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Rad - Ram
Name of Ship
Managed By
  • D/S Radix *
Martin Mosvold, Farsund
6795 gt
Built Sunderland 1919.

SOLD IN 1939 to Germany and renamed Tine Asmussen. Seized by Mexico on Apr. 1-1941, renamed Juan Casiano in 1941. Foundered in heavy weather 90 miles off Savannah on Oct. 19-1944, 21 died ("The World's Merchant Fleets").

  • D/S Raftsund NS
Lars L. Eide, Bergen
610 gt
Built in Tønsberg 1919. Previous name: Bras.

My page about D/S Raftsund has more information.

  • D/S Ragnhild NS
2866 gt
Built in West Hartlepool 1942. Previous name Empire Carey until 1942.

See D/S Ragnhild.

  • M/T Ragnhild Stenersen
Johan Stenersen, Oslo
11 163 gt
Built in Gothenburg, launched 1941.

Ordered in Oct.-1938 by Stenersen Tank A/S (Johan Stenersen), Oslo to be built at A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg, Sweden (546) for delivery in Febr.-1941. Launched in May-1941 as Ragnhild Stenersen. Laid up unfinished in Gothenburg under Allied control. In June-1943, after the death of Stenersen, management was taken over by Christian Fredrik Bonnevie, Oslo.

POST WAR: In the fall of 1945 the Norwegian State considered converting the ship to a whale factory for Melsom & Melsom, but this did not come to pass. Delivered in Dec.-1945 as tanker Kim, steel hull, 540.6' x 66.5' x 39.9', 11 163 gt, 17 300 tdwt., 8cyl Götaverken. Did not enter service. Sold in Dec.-1945 to Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales, Buenos Aires, Argentina, taken over on Dec. 4 at her trials and renamed San Antonio. Sold in 1981 to unknown breakers in Pakistan, arriving Karachi in tow from Montevideo on Febr. 3-1981. (This info from Trygve Eriksen, Norway - His source: Article about Skips-A/S Kim by John M. Gramstad in Skipet 3.98).

  • D/S Ragni * neutral
Alf Lindø, Haugesund
1264 gt
Built Campeltown, Scotland 1919. Previous names: Frithjof Eide, Hillbrook, Ebchester.

See D/S Ragni for more information.

  • M/T Raila
Hagb. Waage, Oslo
5551 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1926.

Sold to Sweden in 1940. Renamed Sigrid Reuter.

Picture of Raila - From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

  • M/T Raila
Hagb. Waage, Oslo
8200 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1940, launched Sept. 18.

Laid up in Gothenburg from Sept.-1940 under Allied control, delivered in May-1945.

  • D/S Ramø NS
R. Ursin-Smith, Oslo
2334 gt
Built at Willington Quay-on-Tyne 1921. Previous names: Asborg until 1931, Speed until 1933.

Please continue to my page about D/S Ramø for information on some of her war voyages.

Ran - Rav
  • D/S Randi NS *
Wahl & Co., Oslo
1132 gt
Built in Moss, Norway 1917. Previous name: Lillemor until 1935.

Seized by the Japanese in Dec.-1941 - follow this link to D/S Randi for more information.

  • M/S Randsfjord NS *
Den Norske Amerikalinje A/S, Oslo
3999 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1937.

Read more about this ship on a separate page, M/S Randsfjord, which includes a picture, details on her final fate and a crew list at the time of loss.

  • D/T Ranella NS *
Thomas Andersen, Arendal
5590 gt
Built in Sunderland 1912.

D/T Ranella has more information on her loss as well as a crew list.

  • D/S Ranen NS
Det Helgelandske Dampskibsselskab, Sandnessjøen
463 gt
Built Kristiansund 1918.

Please continue to D/S Ranen.

  • M/T Ranja NS *
Hagb. Waage, Oslo
6355 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1928.

Please go to my page about M/T Ranja for more information on this ship. Includes a picture, details on her loss and a crew list at the time.

  • D/S Rapid II NS
Alfred I. Thommesen, Arendal
714 gt
Built Hardinxveld 1916. Previous names (from Jan-Olof, Sweden, using "Lloyd's War Losses"): Porto, then Kong Frode till 1935, Kjørrefjord till 1938, Vesle-Hei 1939.

Rapid II is listed as sailing in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 16 at the end of Febr.-1940. The following month we find her in Convoy HN 19 from Norway to the U.K., bound for Dundee with a cargo of paper. She went back to Norway at the end of that month (March) with Convoy ON 23, so that when the Germans invaded on Apr. 9, she was in Halden, Norway, but was able to get to Strømstad, Sweden on Apr. 13. Laid up there for the duration under Nortraship control. Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.

Ships in Sweden has information on the ships there at the outbreak of war in Norway.

An earlier ship by this name: Kopervik's (near Haugesund, Norway) first steamship was called Rapid, delivered in 1883 as Rapid to H. Asmussen, Flensburg, 297 gt (built in Gothenburg). Later had German owners, but became Norwegian again in 1893 (Ole Waage, Kopervik). Used for herring fishing. From 1906 managed by Lars Melkevik. Lost on Aug. 23 that year after having run aground on Langanes, Iceland on a voyage Siglufjordur-Kopervik with 1950 barrels of salted herring.

  • D/S Rask NS *
Sigv. Risanger, Haugesund
632 gt
Built in Papendrecht, Netherlands 1890. Previous names: Göteborg, Uno.

D/S Rask has more. Also has details on her loss and a crew list at the time.

  • M/S Ravnaas NS *
Arnt J. Mørland, Arendal
4019 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1931.

See M/S Ravnaas for information about her WW II history and the men who served on her (includes a picture).

  • D/S Ravnanger NS *
Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
3371 gt
Built at Krimpen, Holland 1919.

D/S Ravnanger has a picture of the ship as well as details on some of her voyages and final fate w/crew list.

  • D/S Ravnefjell NS
Olsen & Ugelstad, Oslo
1339 gt
Built Oslo 1938.

D/S Ravnefjell has more details.

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  • M/T Realf * neutral
Rønneberg & Galtung, Moss
8083 gt
Built in Malmö, Sweden 1937.

My page about M/T Realf has more info, including details on her final fate.

An earlier ship by this name: This company had previously had another ship named Realf, built in 1918 as War Rajput for British owners. Sold in 1920 and renamed Conia, later Athelbeach from 1925 (still British). Sold to Norway in 1929 and renamed Realf for A/S Furulund (Odd Berg), Oslo, then from 1930 owned by A/S Asplund (Rønneberg & Galtung), Moss. She had British owners again from the fall of 1935 and was renamed Athelmere in 1937, then sailed as Panamanian Alexandros from 1951, broken up in 1964. See also Realf II below.

  • M/T Realf II NS
Rønneberg & Galtung, Moss
5069 gt
Built Gothenburg 1916. Previous names: Laid down as Varjag, then Hamlet till 1937, Credo till 1940.

Please continue to M/T Realf II.

  • D/S Regin NS
M. Hannestad, Halden
1386 gt
Built in Papendrecht 1917. Previous names: Rex until 1922, Spind until 1932, Marg until 1939.

My page D/S Regin has more information.

  • M/T Regina NS
H. E. Hansen-Tangen, Kristiansand
9545 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1937.

One of the 26 Norwegian ships interned in North and West Africa in 1940-1942. My page Interned Ships has a list of all 26, and a separate page about M/T Regina has more info on this ship and her crew.

  • D/S Reiaas NS *
Birger Ekerholt, Oslo
1128 gt
Built in Oslo, Norway 1918.

Follow this link to D/S Reiaas for more information (w/crew list).

  • M/S Reinholt NS
S. Holter-Sørensen, Oslo
4801 4799? gt
Built in Malmö, Sweden 1939.

Captain Hans Nielsen. Shelled continuously for 20 minutes by U-752 (Schroeter) on Apr. 23-1942, when on a voyage from Santos to New York with a cargo of hides. There's more about this incident on a separate page entitled M/S Reinholt.

  • M/S Rena NS
Trygve Sommerfelt, Oslo
5242 gt
Built in Odense, Denmark 1924. Previous names: Emma Mærsk until 1926, Førdefjord until 1937.

Please continue to M/S Rena.

  • M/S Resolut NS
Hjalmar A. H. Wiik, Bergen
194 gt
Built in Oslo 1884.

In Sweden when the war started in Norway. Permission from Nortraship to go to Norway, released July 6. (Subsequently in German control?).

My page about Ships in Sweden has more information on the Norwegian ships there.

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  • M/T Rigmor NS *
Johan Stenersen, Oslo
6305 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1931.

(Owned by Waages Tankrederi A/S)

One of the well known "Kvarstad"-ships that attempted to break out of Sweden on March 31/April 1-1942 following a long court case there. Only 2 out of a total of 10 ships involved managed to reach their destination (Operation Performance, Sir George Binney). Please go to my page Kvarstad Ships & Men for background facts and details on the breakout and all ships involved, with a crew list for each ship as well as info on their fate, and pictures of some of the ships (including Rigmor).

  • D/S Rimac NS *
Anders Smith, Arendal
942 gt
Built Porsgrunn 1919. Previous names: Frank until 1921, Havmøy until 1934.

More information on this ship is available at D/S Rimac, which includes some details on her loss and a crew list at the time.

  • D/S Rimfakse NS *
Albert Schjelderup, Bergen
1334 gt
Built Malmö, Sweden 1921.

A separate page about D/S Rimfakse has more, including info on loss and a crew list.

  • D/S Rinda NS *
Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
6029 gt
Built in Sunderland 1917. Previous names: Sjoa, then Appleby until 1920.

Please continue to D/S Rinda for more (incl. crew list).

  • D/S Ringen NS *
Birger Ekerholt, Oslo
1499 gt
Built Rotterdam 1917. Previous names (from a website visitor): Loosedrecht, then S. E. Calvert.

D/S Ringen has more details (w/crew list).

  • D/S Ringhorn NS *
Albert Schjelderup, Bergen
1298 gt
Built in Dordrecht, Netherlands 1920. Previous name: Hans Gude until 1927.

More information is available on my page D/S Ringhorn, which includes details on her loss and a crew list at the time.

  • M/S Ringstad NS *
Olav Ringdal, Oslo
4765 gt
Built in Hamburg 1923. Previous names: Talisman until 1936, Vigilant until 1940.

Again, please continue to a separate page to see all available information on D/S Ringstad, including details on her loss and a crew list.

  • D/S Ringulv NS *
Olav Ringdal, Oslo
5153? 4702? gt
Built in Glasgow 1903. Previous names: Launched as Keramiai (until 1915), Lyngenfjord until 1924, Sigrun until 1929, Norskehavet until 1937.

One of the 26 Norwegian ships interned in North and West Africa 1940-'42. As usual there's quite a bit of conflict with regard to dates and facts. For instance, "Nortraship's flåte" says she was interned on June 22-1940, later requisitioned as Ste Marthe. Birger Dannevig's "Skip og menn" also says she was renamed Ste Marthe, sailed under the French flag until Nov. 29-1942 when she was transferred to the Germans, sunk in the Messina Straits on June 14-1943. R. W. Jordan, however, says she was interned in Oran on June 17-1940 and renamed Ste Marguerite in '41, sailed under the French flag until Nov.-1942 (agreeing she was transferred to the German Kriegsmarine at that time), torpedoed and sunk by the allied submarine "HMS United" on June 14-1943, 37 54N 15 42E. Others, including Guri Hjeltnes' "Sjømann - Lang vakt", as well as Captain Thorvald Messel's diary, say she was requisitioned in Safi, Morocco on June 17-1941.

Please see a separate page about D/S Ringulv for more information. Also, read about her and the fate of her crew within all the links at the very bottom of this page.

This company later had another Ringulv post war, built 1961, 10 666 gt. Sold to France in 1969 and renamed Dracula. Later names: Ogoque 1973, Captain Pappis 1976, Granikos 1980. Broken up in 1984.

  • M/S Ringwood NS *
Olav Ringdal, Oslo
7203 gt
Built in Newcastle 1926. Previous name: Beljeanne until 1937.

Pre war history: Delivered in Aug.-1926 as Beljeanne from Armstrong Whitworth & Co. Ltd., Newcastle (1015) to Rederiet Belpareil A/S (Christen Smith), Oslo, 7203 gt, 4283 net, 10 410 tdwt, 414.4' x 67.1' x 31', two 4 cyl. 2T single acting DM (builders), 2700 bhp. From Oct. 29-1935 owners were Belships Co. Ltd., Skibs-A/S (Christen Smith), Oslo. Sold in Oct.-1937 to Skips-A/S Ringwood (Olav Ringdal), Oslo and renamed Ringwood.

WW II: Captain Alfred Parker. Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.

Ringwood was captured and sunk on Oct 15-1940 by German raider Orion. My page about Norwegian Victims of Orion has more details, including a crew list and a pre war picture of the ship.

This company later had another Ringwood post war, built in 1962, 10 860 gt. Sold to Greece in 1969 and renamed Keharitomeni. Later names: Grogoroussa 1973, Agni 1977, Mercur 1979, Ceylan Skipper 1982, Atamas 1984. Broken up in 1985.

  • M/S Rio Branco NS
Øivind Lorentzen, Oslo
3210 gt
Built in Kiel, Germany 1925. Previous names: Marie Horn until 1935, Boca Raton until 1936.

Please continue to M/S Rio Branco.

  • M/S Rio Negro
Øivind Lorentzen, Oslo
3376 gt
Built in Kiel, Germany 1925. Previous names: Consul Horn 1936, Hindhead until 1936.

SOLD IN 1939 to Poland and renamed Morska Wola.

  • D/S Rio Novo NS
Øivind Lorentzen, Oslo
2490 gt
Built in Sunderland 1937.

My page about D/S Rio Novo has information on some of her convoy voyages.

  • M/S Rio Pardo
Øivind Lorentzen, Oslo
3133 gt
Built in Kiel, Germany 1925. Previous names: Henry Horn until 1934, Pine Court until 1937.

SOLD IN 1939 to Poland and renamed Stalowa Wola.

(Picture of Rio Pardo is available).

  • M/S Rio Verde NS
Øivind Lorentzen, Oslo
3223 gt
Built in Kiel 1924. Previous names: Therese Horn until 1934, Shoreham until 1937.

See M/S Rio Verde for more information.

  • D/S Risanger NS *
Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
5455 gt
Built in Sunderland 1921. Previous names: Hiskø until 1921, Hufterø until 1924, Tananger until 1929, Labelle County until 1934.

Please continue to D/S Risanger (w/crew list).

  • D/S Risøy NS *
O. Nordahl Sånum, Mandal
793 gt
Built Selby 1918. Previous names: Horsia, Heljo, Kenrhos, Kilfinny.

Again, all available information has been assembled on a separate page D/S Risøy, which includes a crew list.

  • M/S Rita NS
Chr. Østberg, Oslo
1753 gt
Built Rotterdam 1922. Previous names: Dordrecht until 1925, Romø until 1928, Karibia 1928, Zulia until 1935.

My page about M/S Rita has information on her war voyages.

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  • D/S Roald Amundsen NS
7191 gt
Built in Baltimore 1943. Previous name: William Strong until Apr.-1943.

One of 10 (11?) ships added to Nortraship's Fleet in 1943. Continue reading about this ship.

  • D/S Rolf Jarl NS
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
1917 gt
Built in Trondheim, delivered in Oct.-1920.

See D/S Rolf Jarl.

  • D/S Romulus NS
Alf Rød, Halden
3708 gt
Built in Sunderland 1921.

See D/S Romulus.

  • D/T Ronald
N. R. Bugge, Tønsberg
6322 gt
Built Port Glasgow 1920.

Company associated with Hector Whaling, Gt. Britan.

Picture of Ronald - Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

SOLD IN 1940 to Belgium and renamed Mafuta.

Norway had lost a steamship (whale factory) by the name Ronald to WW I, built Middlesbrough 1894, 3021 gt (J. T. Farsjø & Co. from 1916), ex Eskside, ex Claverly - became Norwegian (A/S Hektor) in 1910 - sunk by UC-21 off Ushant on March 16-1917, voyage Cardiff-Civitavecchia.

  • M/S Ronda * neutral
A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
5136 gt
Built in Bremen, Germany 1937.

My page M/S Ronda has more details and info on her loss.

  • M/S Rose
Anders Jahre, Sandefjord
3063 gt
Built in Landskrona, Sweden 1938.

SOLD IN 1939 to Germany and renamed Alstertor. Used by the Kriegsmarine as supply ship and blockade runner. Spotted on June 23-1941 by HMS Marsdale and 4 destroyers and scuttled to avoid capture, 41 12N 13 10W (R. W. Jordan).

Picture of Rose - Source: Sverre Johansen's postcard collection (not 100% sure this is the same ship).

Related external link:
More on Rose - The site also has pictures and information on several other Norwegian ships; here's a list, and here's the main page. Text is in Norwegian.

  • Rose
925 displacem. t.
Built England 1941

See a separate page about this corvette.

  • M/S Roseville NS
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
5745 gt
Built in Odense, Denmark 1930.

Please continue to M/S Roseville.

  • D/S Roy NS *
August Kjerland, Bergen
1768 gt
Built South Shields 1921. Previous name: Danae 1935.

My page about D/S Roy has more.

  • D/S Royal NS
Alfred I. Thommesen, Arendal
759 (799?) gt
Built Hausweert, N.V.W. Zeeland 1918. Previous name from 1925 Sortland (Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab), sold to Arendal in 1939 and renamed Royal.

Please continue to D/S Royal for more information.

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Ru - Rø
  • D/S Rudolf * neutral
S. A. Larsen & E. Thorvildsen, Oslo
924 gt
Built Newcastle 1893. Previous names: Skeffington until 1901, Småland until 1915.

D/S Rudolf has more (includes info on a Swedish Rudolf which was lost around the same time).

  • D/S Rutenfjell NS
Olsen & Ugelstad, Oslo
1334 gt
Built Oslo 1935.

1 of the 26 Norwegian ships interned in North and West Africa 1940-1942; my page Interned Ships lists all of them. See also D/S Rutenfjell for more info.

  • D/S Ruth I NS *
Brummenæs & Torgersen, Haugesund
3531 gt
Built Newcastle 1900. Previous name: Ruth.

All available information on the war voyages of this ship, final fate and crew list have been added to a separate page, follow this link to D/S Ruth I.

  • D/S Rym NS *
Johs. Larsen, Bergen
1369 gt
Built Alblasserdam 1919. Previous names (from site visitor): Mont Rose, then Mosel.

Please continue toD/S Rym for information on her final fate and crew list at the time of loss.

  • D/S Røsten NS *
Rafen & Loennechen, Tønsberg
737 gt
Built Norrköping 1920. Previous name: Gripen.

D/S Røsten has more information (w/crew list).

  • D/S Røyksund NS *
Sigv. Risanger, Haugesund
695 gt
Built in Rotterdam 1919. previous name: Marguerite Pry and Alfriston.

Please see D/S Røyksund for more details, including info on loss w/crew list at the time.

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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

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