HMT Gaul


Gaul was requisitioned by Royal Navy at the outbreak of Second world war and refitted as an anti uboat trawler. After the German invasion of Norway in April 1940, the Allies sent troops to help Norway in their struggle against the German invasion, but attempts to repulse the German advance didn't go very well. 28. April General De Wiart was ordered to evacuate Namsos. Gaul was attacked by German Heinkel 111 bombers 1. May 1940 and was so severely damaged she had to be abandoned. She sank close to shore in Krokvika soon after. In the 1950`s the ship bells of Gaul and HMT Aston Villa were raised, and in 2001 they were handed over to the local community house in Namsos. In the last half of the 1960`s the remaining depth charges on the wreck went of during work on the wreck, and she relocated to deeper waters. The wreck rest today upside down on a depth of 52 to 65 meter. Also see the wreck of HMT St. Goran.

Former names:
HMT Gaul

170,7 x 28,6 x 15,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
531 grt Middlesbrough ( UK ) 1936  ( UK )

Underwater Picture: The wreck of HMT Gaul
Courtesy of Namsos