They found that they had come ashore in
a place called Aandalses, which was a holiday village near the
main road, and no doubt their whereabouts would have been reported
to the ground forces sometime soon.
With the adrenalin still pumping and everyone facing an uncertain
fate, a young deckhand volunteered to swim over to Molde Island
and get a boat to take them all over! It was an outrageous idea,
but the crew gave him plenty of cheer and encouragement and the
teenager quickly stripped and in a minute he was getting smaller
as he swum away from the shore. Jakey realized that letting this
young lad take on such a task was tantamount to madness, but with
the U-boat, the dive bombers, the sinking of the "Hammond'
and the town of Molde going up in flames, he conceded that the
whole day had been one of madness!
On a cold evening in a foreign land, a voice called out from the
darkness of the water, "Skipper! I'm back with a boat!"
tOn 27th April 1940, Molde again came under heavy air attack
again, and the Norwegian government officials took refuge inside
a big garage building near the wharf, which was spared by the
bombers because the Germans would be using it themselves. Inside
the garage, the officials met Jakey and they told him that a warship
was coming to get them out of Norway. .
Along with King Haakon of Norway and his son Olav, Jakey and
the crew of the "Hammond", and members of the Norwegian
government, together with ministers from the British, Polish,
Danish and French legations all embarked onboard the "Glasgow!"
After clearing the wharf, the HMS "Glasgow" made a
clever tactical manoeuvre. Instead of crossing the North Sea to
Scotland directly after departing from Molde, she stayed inside
the fjords and headed north. So while the Luftwaffe were scouring
the waters of the North Sea looking for the "Glasgow,"
in the failing light, she was heading Northwards for Tromso, navigating
through the narrow fjords of Norway!.
When the "Glasgow" got to Tromso, the King and the Norwegian
officials stayed there to continue running the country and giving
support to the people. The "Glasgow" returned to Scotland
with the foreign legations, and Jakey and his crew.
Later, on the 7th of June 1940, the King of Norway and his entourage
left Tromso for Scotland aboard the HMS "Devonshire"
Now we all have to admire Jakey and his crew, because all this
was confidential, and everybody on the "Glasgow" was
sworn to secrecy about the King's whereabouts! And of course had
'gerry' ever found out where the King was.... Well?.
Jakey never revealed to us that the King had remained in Norway,
and anyway nobody knew that King Haakon had left his country till
he started living in Buckingham Palace with the King & Queen.
Amazingly! Jakey had always kept his word!