Master Ship Index
Site Map
Available Discussion Forums Home

 Homefleet Ships starting with H 
 Homefleet Main 

Norwegian Merchant Fleet 1939 - 1945
Ships starting with He

Ships in Foreign Trade (allied service)

Please read this

= the ship was in Nortraship's Fleet
= the ship was sunk (or otherwise lost)

= steam ship
= steam tanker
= motor vessel
= motor tanker
= turbine tanker

Heg - Hei
Name of Ship
Managed By
  • M/T Hegra NS
10 297 gt
Built in Chester, Pa. 1944.

Please continue to M/T Hegra for further details, including convoy voyages.

  • D/S Heien NS
H. Heitmann & Søn, Oslo
995 gt
Built in Larvik 1926.

See D/S Heien.

  • D/S Heilhorn NS
A/S Torghatten Dampskipsselskap, Brønnøysund
192 gt
Built in Trondheim 1908.

According to this message posted to my Ship Forum, she was built by Ørens mek. Verksted, Trondheim for A/S Torghatten D/S, Brønnøysund, 101' x 18.1' x 8.3', triple exp. steam engine by builders, 225 ihp.

WW II: Requisitioned in the fall of 1939 for use as guardship for the 2nd Naval Defence District, 14th Guarddivision Agdenes. Escaped to Iceland in June-1940, and later under Nortraship control.

POST WAR: Returned to owners in 1946. Owned from 1958 or 1959 by Vang Sørensen Copenhagen, Denmark. Scrapped in 1961.

  • D/S Heilo NS
H. Heitmann & Søn, Oslo
992 gt
Built in Larvik 1921. Previous name: Kristine Tysland.

Pre war: Delivered from Hølens Verksted, Larvik (25) in June-1921 as Kristine Tysland to A/S Tyslands Rederi (Jacob Tysland), Bergen. Sold in the spring of 1924 to D/S A/S Heilo, Oslo and renamed Heilo, managed by H. Heitmann & Søn, Oslo. From the summer of 1938 she was owned by D/S A/S Heitmanns Rederi, same managers.

WW II: Heilo is listed in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 17A early in March-1940 (according to A. Hague, she had started out from Kirkwall on March 5). Towards the end of that month Heilo, with a general cargo for Liverpool, joined Convoy HN 22 from Norway to the U.K. - follow the links for further details, several Norwegian ships took part in both these convoys. She must have returned to Norway at some point, because she had been requisitioned by Nortraship, but was intercepted and seized by the Germans near Henningsvær while attempting to escape from Norway on June 9-1940 - in other words, she ended up in the Homefleet.

In Warsailor Stories I've included the personal story of someone who was on board Heilo at the time - the first story on that page (there's also a link to the Norwegian version). He says nothing about Heilo trying to escape, just that she was seized by the Germans. It's the story of 5 brothers and a sister who served outside of Norway during the war; the brothers on 17 different ships altogether. Another sister was involved in "illegal" activities in Norway, as was the father.

POST WAR: Sold in 1950 to C. Koehn Reederei, Hamburg, Germany and renamed Carl. Owned from the spring of 1954 by Koehn & Bohlmann Reederei KG, Hamburg. Sold for breaking up in 1960 (Germany).

This company also had a Heilo post war, originally built as Tully Crosby for The United States War Shipping Administration in 1943, 1791 gt. Became British Baltic Jeep that same year, then Alexander T in 1949. Jacob Salvesen, Farsund took over in 1951 and named her Spind. Renamed Heilo in 1953for H. Heitmann, Oslo. Later names: Capetan Vassilis 1956 (Costa Rica), Christina 1959 (Beirut), Capetan Vassilis again in 1961. Lost in Apr.-1965, following a fire in her cargo, voyage Madras-Rotterdam.

  • M/S Heimgar NS
Claus Stamer, Bergen
2978 gt
Built in Landskrona, Sweden 1921. Previous names: Sulina until 1927, Sparreholm until 1936.

A separate page about Heimgar has info on some of her convoy voyages during the war.

  • M/S Heimvard NS
Lauritz Kloster, Oslo
4851 gt
Built in Malmö, Sweden 1930.

For more information on this ship (and a picture), please follow this link to M/S Heimvard.

  • M/S Heina NS *
A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
4028 gt
Built in Copenhagen, Denmark 1925.

M/S Heina has more information on this ship and details on her final fate (and crew list).

  • D/S Heire NS
H. Heitmann & Søn, Oslo
807 gt
Built in Arendal 1917. Previous name: Stend.

Please go to D/S Heire.

top of page

Hek - Hen
  • Hektor 6 & Hektor 7 NS
N. Bugge, Tønsberg
315 & 233 gt
Whale catchers. This company was associated with Hector Whaling Ltd., Gr. Britain.

Hektor 6 - built 1929, 315 gt. Hired by South African Navy in May-1941 for use as an anti-submarine vessel and renamed Roodepoort on Jan 30-1942. Later in service as a minesweeper.
Post war: Returned on Febr. 9-1946 and renamed Hektor 6.

Hektor 7 - 233 gt. Hired by Royal Navy on Nov. 20-1940 for use as minesweeper HMS Hektor 7.
Post war: Returned Nov. 25-1945. Sold in 1947 to Olsen Whaling Co., Newfoundland and renamed Olaf Olsen. Lost 15 miles northeast of Cape Breton while in tow from Williamsport, N.F. to Sydney, C.B. in 1957 (Source: Ulf W. Gustavsen, Norway).

  • M/S Helgøy NS
Erling H. Samuelsen, Oslo
5614 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1920. Previous name: Theodore Roosevelt until 1936.

Please continue to M/S Helgøy.

  • D/S Helios NS *
Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
1922 gt
Built in Fredrikstad, Norway 1925.

Captured by the Japanese on Dec. 8-1941 off Saigon. Continue reading about this incident..

  • D/S Hellas NS *
Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
1921 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1925.

More information is available at D/S Hellas.

  • D/S Helle NS *
Thoralf Holta, Porsgrunn
2467 gt
Built in Wilmington, Delaware 1918. Previous names: War Nurse, then Piqua until 1920, Marconier until 1929, Ganda until 1932.

My page D/S Helle has more details on the history of this ship, as well as her final fate and a crew list at the time.

  • D/S Hellen NS *
Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
5289 gt
Built in Hong Kong 1921.

See D/S Hellen for info on her final fate and a crew list.

  • D/S Henrik NS *
Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
1350 gt
Built in Shanghai 1920.

Again, please go to a separate page, D/S Henrik for more info and a crew list.

  • D/S Henrik Ibsen NS
A. Gowart Olsen, Stavanger
4671 gt
Built in Middlesbrough 1906.

D/S Henrik Ibsen has info on some of her war voyages.

Her - Hes

  • M/S Heranger NS
Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
4877 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1930

More details (and a picture) can be found at M/S Heranger

  • M/T Herborg NS *
Sigurd Herlofsen & Co. A/S, Oslo
7892 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1931.

See M/T Herborg, as well as Norwegian victims of Thor for more information on this ship.

  • M/T Herbrand NS
Sigurd Herlofsen & Co. A/S, Oslo
9108 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1935. Previous name: Mosvold until 1937.

Read more about Herbrand by following this link.

  • M/S Herdis
Sigrud Herlofsen & Co. A/S, Oslo
4928 gt
Built in Sweden 1940, launched Sept. 9.

Laid up at Landskrona, Sweden under Allied control for the duration of the war, returned in 1945.

Other ships by this name: Bachke & Co., Trondheim had also had a ship by this name. Built 1911, 1157 gt. Requisitioned by the British government, torpedoed in convoy near South Cheek, Robin Hood Bay on June 29-1918 by the German UB-40, while on a voyage from Tyne to Rouen with a cargo of coal. Helge Myhre A/S, Oslo managed a tanker by this name in 1991, originally delivered as Lord Kelvin in 1978 to owners in London, 21 374 gt. Misc. owners till 1987, when she became Norwegian Helios (Helge R. Myhre A/S, Oslo), renamed Herdis in 1991 for Kamur Lease A/B, Gothenburg, managed by Helge R. Myhre A/S, Oslo. Had various Norwegian managers until 1997 when she was sold to India and renamed Jag Vayu.

  • D/S Herleik *
O & H Holta A/S, Skien
Panamanian flag
1893 gt
Built Grangemouth 1914. Previous names: Venice until 1922, Wigmore until 1926, Mai until 1931.

Some of her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.

Sailed under the Panamanian flag in 1940. Seized in Bangkok by the Japanese on Dec. 8-1941 and renamed Yulin Maru in Jan.-1942. Damaged by TF 38 aircraft (Vice Admiral John S. McCain) off Takao, Formosa on Jan.21-1945, then sank after having run aground on Febr.24, position 13 48N 109 14E (near Qui Nohn, French Indochina).

  • M/S Herma NS
Leif Erichsen, Bergen
2406 gt
Built in Newcastle upon Tyne 1924. Previous names: Beldis 1936, Beldisa until 1937.

Please continue to M/S Herma for details on her history, including some war voyages.

  • M/S Hermelin NS
Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
1683 gt
Built in Hong Kong 1940.

See M/S Hermelin.

  • M/S Hermion NS
Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
5202 gt
Built in Vegesack 1937.

All available information and a picture has been added to M/S Hermion.

  • D/S Hermod NS *
Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
1515 gt
Built in Danzig, Germany 1925.

Sunk by Japanese warship in Apr.-1942, see D/S Hermod.

  • M/S Hermund
Sigurd Herlofson & Co. A/S, Moss
4953 gt
Built at Landskrona, Sweden - launched in May-1942 and laid up unfinished.

POST WAR: Building completed after the war and the ship delivered as Hermund in Aug.-1945 to Skibs-A/S Oilexpress (Sigurd Herlofsen & Co.). Sailed as Black Condor between May-1950 and March-1962 for Black Diamond Line; managed by Herlofson & Hvattum, Oslo from 1957, renamed Hermund again in March-1962. Purchased by Egil Næsheims Rederi-A/S, Haugesund in Apr.-1965 and renamed Vardal. In trade between Canada and Soviet-Russia for a while. Sold in Dec.-1968 to Italian interests and registered in Febr.-1969 as Monica D, Black Diamond Navigation Co. S. A., Panama. Arrived Thos. W. Ward Ltd., Briton Ferry on July 31-1972 for breaking up.

  • D/S Hero NS *
Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
1376 gt
Built at Shanghai 1918.

Please see D/S Hero, includes details on her loss and a crew list.

  • D/T Heron *
S. H. Smith Sørensen, Arendal until 1939
5540 gt
Built in Port Glasgow 1919. Previous names: War Shikari until 1921, Chiton until 1926.

SOLD IN 1939 to Germany and renamed Rekum. Sunk by gunfire from British coastal batteries on March 20th, 1944 off Boulogne.

  • M/T Heron
S. H. Smith Sørensen, Arendal
8484 gt
Built in Malmö, Sweden 1940.

Laid up under Allied control (left Malmö on Febr. 16-1944 for Karlshamn).

POST WAR: Sold by S. H. Sørensen to Spanish breakers and arrived at Santander in tow on Jan. 30-1965.

  • M/S Herstein NS *
Sigurd Herlofsen & Co. A/S, Oslo
5100 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1939.

Please follow this link to M/S Herstein for more information on this ship. Includes a link to a complete crew list (most of whom died on Montevideo Maru) and links to information on the sinking of Montevideo Maru.

  • D/S Herøy *
Thoralf Holta, Porsgrunn until 1939
3323 gt
Built in Landskrona, Sweden 1921. Previous name: Adour until 1934.

SOLD IN 1939 to Germany and renamed Iris. Sunk by allied aircraft on March 17-1945. See also D/S Log.

Picture of this ship when Adour - From Gunnar Skiold's photo archive

Norway had a Herøy (motor vessel) as late as 1992, 1041 gt, originally the Danish Carl Jacob, built 1970, 299 gt. Became Stenfoss of Bergen in 1974, 414 gt 1980, then Herøy of Sandnessjøen 1992, Harding Falcon of Haugesund 1998.

  • D/S Hestmanden NS
Vesteraalens Dampskipsselskab, Stokmarknes
979 gt
Built at Laxevaag (Bergen), Norway 1911.

Please continue to D/S Hestmanden.

Continue to Ships starting with Hi through Hy

Can't find the ship you're looking for? Check out
 Homefleet Ships starting with H 
or the Master Ship Index, link below.

top of page


Sources / Acknowl.
Merchant Marines/Ships/Navies Links

D/S Ringulv's Story:
O. C. Holm | Odd's letters | D/S Ringulv | Evacuation from Le Havre | Labor Camps In Africa | Rudzin's Diary | Messel's Diary

  Home | Guestbook