Updates on City of Flint (11-3-39)


The German-controlled American freighter City of Flint entered port in Haugesund, Norway - despite being ordered by its Norwegian escort, Olav Tryggvason, not to. The German captain later told interrogators he was just following orders from his government and did not know why he was instructed to dock in Haugesund (it was probably to get instructions from the vice consul on how and when to proceed to Germany).

Norway decided to seize the freighter and return its command to the Americans, and at 23:30, a boarding party stormed the ship and removed the German prize crew.

The Germans were interned for violating international law, which forbade a ship from entering a neutral port without sufficient cause.


The SS City of Flint is now free!