Posted by Darren Dypevåg
on May 21
Is there any way of finding out what convoy a particular ship was part of on specific dates? Even if that trip was uneventful?
I would like to know what convoy (U.R./R.U.?) the Norwegian Merchant Ship BESTUM was with to/from Reykjavik 24 Jul 1942.
What convoy the BORGHOLM was with going to Algiers 26 June 1944.
And what convoy the VIGSNES was part of from Algiers to Scotland 27 June 1944 - 21 Aug 1944.
I hope that this info will then lead to details on cargoes, routes, crews etc.
Is there anyone/anywhere that holds such info on ships voyages during WWII?
here's a bit more on those ships...
My grandfather's Statement of Sea Service says:
Name of Vessel: BESTUM. Rating: 3. Engineer. Service from: 12 May 1942, Newcastle. Service to: 8 Dec 1942, Newcastle.
Name of Vessel: BORGHOLM. Rating: 3. Engineer. Service from: 8 July 1943, Hull. Service to: 26 June 1944 Algiers.
Name of Vessel: VIGSNES. Rating: 3. Engineer. Service from: 27 June 1944, Algiers. Service to: 21 Aug 1944 Ardrossan.
Any advice please.
A Norwegian Merchant Engineer's Story
Posted by Darren on June 12.
I recieved the following e-mail, thought someone may like to read it...
I can't be specific about the Ship: Bestum but let me tell you of the circumstances at Rykjavik about July 24, 1942. In early July 1942, a convoy from New York took the U.S. Tenth Infantry Regiment, Fifth Infantry Division to Iceland to relieve a Canadian contingent that was stationed there. If the Bestum wasn't a part of the convoy from New York, it most likely was in the convoy that took the Canadians to UK.
On February 19, 1943, a large convoy took the rest of the Fifth Infantry Division (The Second Infantry Regiment and the Eleventh Infantry Regiment) to Iceland to relieve U.S. Marines stationed there.
Convoys would form up in 1941 and 42 at Iceland for runs to Murmansk, Russia. It is entirely possible that Bestum was a part of one or more of those convoys.