Mr Albert Johan Moss
Albert Johan Moss was born in Bergen Norway on December 14 1882 as one of six children of Eduard and Dorothea Moss. 16 years old he started his career a sailor. After a shipwreck outside Preston vest of England in December 1911, he was on his way to sign on as second mate at the Norwegian steamer “Norheim” in Philadelphia. On Titanic he shared a third class cabin at the E-deck with two more seamen also heading for “Norheim”. Struggling with collapsible B on board Titanic, he was swept overboard, but after some time in the cold water, he reached collapsible B and managed to climb up on it.
After two weeks at hospital in New York he continued to Philadelphia and on board “Norheim” as planned. Later on he was appointed captain at another Norwegian steamer “Nordkyn”. Despite Norway was not a part of WW1, “Nordkyn” was torpedoed outside Morocco. Albert and all the crew members managed to enter the lifeboats and reached a Moroccan town after three days.
Well home in Bergen he married his own niece Ingrid, the daughter of his elder brother Bernhard. He then had a ten year long pause from his seafaring life, and Ingrid and Albert got three children Gunvor, Egil, and Reidun; the latter later married to Håkon Bertelsen and got five children.
In 1930 Albert was back at sea in coal transport from Spitzbergen to Germany. This continued until 1941 when the coal steamers were transferred from Spitzbergen via Iceland to Scotland. Here he took over as a captain at S/S “Munin” in freight along the British coasts until June 1944. Then Albert and “Munin” were engaged in the freight of ammunition and other goods during the invasion in Normandy for the rest of WW2.
Eventually, in January 1946 he was allowed to return to Bergen and meet again with family and friends. There he lived a long and quite life as a pensioner together with Ingrid, children and grandchildren until his death on July 4. 1973. Although he gave some interviews to radio and newspapers, Albert did not like to speak about his experiences at sea, neither the Titanic disaster nor other of his sinister experiences.
Philip Hind (Editor)
Dag Bertelsen, Norway (grandson of Albert Moss)
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