To Ships in Allied Service starting with B

Norwegian Homefleet - WW II 
Ships starting with Ba through Bl

= the ship was sunk (or otherwise lost)
D/S = steam ship D/T = steam tanker
D/F = steam ferry M/S = motor vessel
M/T = motor tanker    M/F = motor ferry
M/K = motor cutter T/T = turbine tanker


Name of Ship
Shipping Company
D/S Baden
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1392 gt
Built Oslo 1937. (A/S Jelølinjen, owner).

For more details (and a picture), please continue to my page D/S Baden.

D/S Bali * raised
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1428 gt
Built Newcastle 1928. Previous name: Alnwick till 1936. (A/S Ganger Rolf, owner).

Passenger vessel, Rotterdam service.

WW II: Requisitioned by the German Navy in 1941, renamed MRS 3 (Minenräumschiff=minesweeper) with 10 motorboats aboard. At Helsingborg in Aug.-1943, at Oslo in May-1944. Sank on November 9-1944 in Dordrecht during a storm, later raised.

POST WAR: At Kiel July-1945. Returned to Fred Olsen in July-1945. Used for the Newcastle route as replacement for the ships lost during the war. Sold in 1952 to Burmese Shipping Board, renamed Pyidawhta. Sank on May 6-1955.

A visitor to my site says his information indicates she was returned to Norway on June 1-1945.

D/S Banan
Erling Sannes, Bodø
1581 gt
Built in Oslo 1913. Previous names: Banan 1936, Edward M Raphel 1936.

Banan is listed in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 17A early in March-1940.

Under German control from Sept. 18-1940. (Info from a message on my Ship Forum).

Jørgen Blix Larsen died on board during an air attack in Bodø on Oct. 27-1944.

An earlier ship by this name: Norway had previously had another Banan from 1888 till 1913. This was a whale factory, built in Sunderland in 1888 as Banan of 1007 gt. for Banan A/S, Thorvald Dannevig, Kristiania. Later owned by the whaling company Nimrod A/S (Chr. Nielsen, Larvik) from 1910-1913 and used at Svalbard. She became Solli for D/S Granli A/S (Lie & Røer), Kristiania in 1913, changed owners a couple of times between 1914 and 1915, at which time she became the Munk for Christoffersens Dampskipsrederi A/S, Brevk. Renamed Fjeldli in 1916 (Bergen), sunk in the North Sea by a German U-boat on Apr. 14-1917, on voyage from Copenhagen to London with cement and sand. ("Damp - Dampskipets æra i Vestfold", see My sources / Books ).

M/T Banco * later raised
Edvin Endresen, Stavanger
462 gt
Built Fredrikstad 1940.

Delivered in Sept.-1940 from Glommens mek. Verksted, Fredrikstad (91) as Banco to Skibs-A/S Saphir (Edvin Endresen), Stavanger, 462 gt, 220 net, 600 tdwt, 156.1' x 25.6' x 10.9', 6 cyl. 2T DM (Atlas Diesel, Stockholm), 525 bhp.

Please note that there appears to be a mix up on my site - according to the 2nd external website that I've linked to below, this ship is identical to M/T Vilna.

Requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine and put into service on Sept. 2-1940.

Jürgen Rohwer mentions a D/S Banco of 461 gt (listed as German) in his book "Allied Submarine Attacks". Attacked (but torpedoes missed) on Febr. 27-1943 by the Russian Submarine SC-422 (Vidyayev) at Berlevåg.

Collided in heavy snow on Nov. 12-1943 with the German patrol boat NKi-11, and taken in tow to Berlevåg bottom up. The wreck was taken over by the Norwegian State in Dec.-1944.

POST WAR: Raised in 1946 by Lars Folkedal and towed to Leirvik Sveis, Stord. Repaired and delivered on July 1-1947 for Sam. Fresvig, Th. Joh. Kyvik and John K. Kyvik, Haugesund and put into service as Paust in 1948 (D/S A/S Kristine owner, Sam. Fresvik mgr) - a picture of her as Paust is available at the 2nd external website below. Went to P/R Paust, Haugesund in 1950 (Th. Joh. Kyvik manager). Equipped with new motor in 1958 (6 cyl. 4T DM - Mak Maschinenbau Kiel A/G, Kiel, 560 bhp), then lengthened and remeasured in 1961 (500 gt). Sold in 1971 to Anthony Alexatos (Valeamakis Alexatos Shipping Ltd.), Piræus, renamed Danoil. Sold in 1973 to Hellenic Shipping Co. Ltd., Piræus and given the name Karolos K. Subsequently sailed for misc. Greek owners under the names Mark IV - 1977, Mark V in 1979, Hellenic I (Olympic I?) in 1980 and Jet IV in 1981. Broken up in 1987.

(Misc. sources, incl "Våre motorskip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn).

Related external link:
Those who died - The Norwegian text here says that M/T Banco was rammed and sunk by a German escort vessel off Berlevåg, Norway on Nov. 12-1943. She was in service on the coast of Norway. Captain Olaf Nonus Endresen, Chief Engineer Wilhelm Elias Pedersen and Mate Ivar Aadnesen are commemorated. "Minner og minnesmerker fra 1940-1945", Øistein Wiik and "Våre falne" also lists Engine Room Assistant Elias Johan Austnes among the casualties, giving the date as Nov. 14-1943.

M/T Banco - According to this, Banco had been launched as Vilna - see the link to my text for this ship above.
Another M/T Banco - Ex Utsire.

D/S Barøy *
Ofotens Dampskibsselskap, Narvik
424 gt
Built in Trondheim 1929.

Passenger/cargo, delivered on Aug. 19-1929 from Trondheim Mek. Verksted, 424 gt, nt 234 net; 143.8' pp x 24.1' x 16.3'; triple-exp. engine, 68 nhp (this info from a visitor to my site, who collects stamps with ship images).

WW II: Captain Andreas Alfred Liland (this name also shows up for Nordnorge). Sunk on September 12-1941 by a Royal Navy plane in Vestfjorden off Narvik. She had a crew of 26, 18 were lost (5 were women), 59 civilian passengers out of 68 (21 women, 7 children), 35 German soldiers - numbers vary depending on source. Ofoten & Vesteraalen D/S fleet list (Finn R. Hansen) states she was hit in the foreship by a torpedo from aircraft from HMS Victorious. This source agrees with the casualty numbers given above, adding that 18 were rescued by D/S Skjerstad.

"Minner og minnesmerker" by Øistein Wiik gives the following names (in alphabetical order):
"Girl" Berte Elida Agnethe Andersen, Student Sverre Berg Bardal, Stoker Kristian Andreas Fjeld, Fisherman Advall Kristian Magnusen Fure, Radio Operator Per Rudolf Jacobsen, Steamship Girl Ingvalda Othelle Jakobsen, Pilot Olaf Johan Amandus Johansen, Coastal Pilot Kristian Johnsen, Waitress Fransine Oluffa Karlsen, Ordinary Seaman Erling Kristensen, Boatswain Karl Karstein Kristiansen, Steamship Girl Karen Liaklev, Stoker Gustav Ragnvald Lockert, Able Seaman Jens Jørgen Lorentzen, 1st Engineer Henry Johan Lund, 1st Mate Morten Mortensen, Postal Clerk Asbjørn Petersen, Postal Assistant Jørgen Kjeldsen Risdal, Cook Bjarne Rødland, Mate Sverre Øystein Skogøy, Ordinary Seaman Eilif Kaurin Svendsen, Hans Kristian Ødegaard, Waitress Aslaug Marianne Ørndal. In "Våre falne" (which lists Norwegian WW II casualties of all causes) I also found Unn-Berit Abrahamsen (born 1936), her sister Brynhild Johanne Abrahamsen (born 1938), and their mother Reidun Abrahamsen.

Related external links:
Some of those who died - 19 Norwegians are commemorated. This website says that only 2 German soldiers out of 40 survived. The following information is also provided (translated):  "The vessel was in service between Trondheim and Narvik when she was attacked and sunk by a torpedo from allied aircraft off Tranøylandet, near Bremneset on Sept. 12-1941. At the time she had her deck lights lit due to ongoing work with the cargo. She had 105 passengers on board, 68 Norwegian and the rest German. She sank very quickly and all on board had to jump into the sea, as it was impossible to lower the lifeboats. The coastal steamer Skjerstad came by, and when she discovered that she was moving among people crying for help in the water, she stopped and managed to take on board 19 survivors as well as 15 bodies. The temperature in the water was about 7-8 °C. Skjerstad called for further assistance by using the ship's sirens".

D/S Barøy - (Website for divers).

The sinking of Barøy - Text is in Norwegian.

Other ships named Barøy:
The company had previously had another Barøy, delivered in June-1914, built in Kristiania (Oslo), 302 gt, in service Narvik-Trondheim. Laid up in 1916 due to company's economical problems, then hired out to Vesteraalens DS, Stokmarknes in Oct. that year, Lengthened at Kaldnes, Tønsberg July-1917, 373 gt, and entered into the Trondheim service, but taken out of that service (replaced by Nordnorge) in 1924 and placed in the Narvik-Svolvær service, as well as Ofotfjord. Ran aground at Ballangen on May 24-1924, ran aground again during a heavy storm when leaving Andenes, Febr. 17-1928, and lost.

Barøy III was delivered on Febr. 21-1952 (contracted in June-1946), built Trondheim, 700 gt, service Mosjøen-Svolvær, passenger capacity 250. Temporarily in Hurtigruten service Bergen-Kirkenes from Apr.-1952, then in regular service from Sept. 4-1953. Lengthened in Bergen 1955/'56, ran aground in port at Honningsvåg on Aug. 16-1960, and had quite a bit of engine trouble in 1962. On hire from May-1964 to shipowner Eilertsen, Oslo for service Skagerak, then sold in Aug. that year to Birger Svendsen & Sønner A/S, Fredrikstad, on hire to shipowner Fredriksen, still in service Skagerak, but returned to Ofotens DS in 1965. Sold in 1966 to Pacific owners (Gilbert/Ellis Islands) for intended use as training vessel, renamed Teraka. Reported sunk on June 19-1973 near Tarawa, Gilbert Islands following engine trouble.

Ofotens DS had another Barøy delivered on May 14-1969 from Kaarbøs Mek. Verksted, Harstad, 439 gt, in service Trondheim-Western Finnmark. Lengthened in 1973, 492 gt. Laid up at Langstein 1979-'80, sold on May 24-1981 to K/S Nord-Poolen A/S, Trondheim. Sold on May 27-1986 to P/R Brønnøy Ship (Petter A. Slotvik), Brønnøysund, renamed Brønnøy and placed in coastal service between the south and north of Norway. Remeasured June 11-1987, 299 gt. Placed in the DK-NOR service from Denmark to Norwegian ports in 1991 and still in same service in 1996 (info from Ofoten og Vesteraalens DS fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

D/S Basel
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1110 gt
Built in Christiania (Oslo today) in 1923.

Owned by A/S Ganger Rolf.

Basel is listed in the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 7 in Jan.-1940, and at the end of that month we find her in U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 9. She returned with Convoy HN 10B the following month, bound for Grangemouth with general cargo, heading back to Norway at the end of Febr. with Convoy ON 16. In March she joined Convoy HN 20, again bound for Grangemouth with general cargo, then went back to Norway again at the end of that month with Convoy ON 24. She was still there when the Germans invaded on Apr. 9 - follow links for more convoy info; several Norwegian ships took part.

She was reported on 10 August 1944 as being in "Germany/Norway trade", and "escaped to Sweden on 26 April 1945".

Picture of Basel - Source: Roger W. Jordan.

POST WAR: Sold for breaking up in 1954.

(Misc. sources, incl. a message posted to my Ship Forum by Roger W. Jordan - his source: "Ships Available to the Enemy in North Waters", published in August 1945 by the Ministry of Economic Warfare).

Other ships by this name: Fred Olsen later had another Basel (motor vessel) built El Ferrol 1962, 299 gt, sold in 1969 to Mevatne & Vindenes A/S, Fusa. Renamed Mevi 1970, Roselle 1976, Øyholm 1985, Vosso 1988. A 3rd Basel (motor vessel, only 199 gt) was built at Fiskarstrand in 1970. Sold in 1975 to Lyder Aune, Heimdal and renamed Ringen.

D/S Bastø
A/S Alpha, Moss
ca. 322 gt

Built in Moss 1934.

Pre war history: Contracted on Dec. 2-1933 at A/S Moss Værft & Dokk, Moss (60) by A/S Alpha, Moss. Delivered on June 26-1934 as car ferry Bastø, steel hull, 146' x 27' x 13', 321.81 gt, Compound (Frederikstad Mek. Verksted) 750ihp, 12 knots, registered for 400 passengers and 18 cars. Entered service in the ferry route Moss-Horten on June 30-1934. On July 14-1939 this route was taken over by the owner's newly built ferry Bastø II, while Bastø was hired out to Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane and used in the tourist trade Bergen-Sognefjorden.

WW II: Back in Moss, Sept. 3-1939. On Sept. 12-1939 owner's Alpha was requisitioned by Den Konglige Norske Marine for use as neutrality watch, and Bastø took over this vessel's route Moss-Oslo. While Bastø II was in dock in Oct.-1939, Bastø was placed in the ferry route Moss-Horten for a week, then returned to the Moss-Oslo service. Laid up on Febr. 7-1940, due to high prices on coal, Glommen I taking over her route. Requisitioned by the Germans on June 4-1940, and used to transport bombs from Oslo to Kjevik near Kristiansand, returning with grain from a captured Finnish sailing vessel. Returned to owners on June 25-1940, but requisitioned again on Oct. 11 that year. Proceeded to Mo i Rana, remaining there for 3 weeks. From Nov.-1940 she was used as ferry between Elsfjord-Hemnesberget. Went to Narvik and took on board provisions for Alta. Placed in private route Alta-Hammerfest for general Dietl. In 1941 she went to Tromsø to take on board bombs and grenades for Finnmark. That summer she was used in the Lyngseidet-Olderdalen route. At Moss Jan. 3-1943, en route to Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo. On Jan. 8-1944 she was in Tromsø when a fire erupted on board, temporarily repaired. Arrived A/S Moss Værft & Dokk, Moss for repairs on Febr. 15-1944, but by Sept. that year repairs had barely begun and were not completed until around Jan. 20-1945. Re-entered service Moss-Horten, occasionally ordered for single voyages for the Kriegsmarine, among them a voyage Tønsberg-Moss with sugar, while owner's Beta replaced her in her route. On July 7-1945 owner's Bastø II took over, and Bastø was placed in the Moss-Oslo service.

POST WAR: Hired out on June 17-1946 to Flyktnings- og Fangedirektoratet for transport of foreigners to Germany. Temporary bunks had been installed for 200 passengers on both decks (Beta took over her route in the meantime). Renamed Alpha in Febr.-1947. From July 1-1949 she was in the ferry service Moss-Horten together with Bastø II. On July 24 that year, the company's newly built ferry Bastø took over Alpha's share of the service. In the summer of 1950 she was in the Moss-Oslo route every other day, though ready for service every day if needed. On Nov. 15-1950 the Moss-Oslo route was changed to cargo service only and the company's Glommen 2 took over. Alpha was then laid up for sale. Sold on May 7-1952 to Kristian Ravn, Narvik, converted to car ferry, 300 gt, registered for 200 passengers and 24 cars, entering service Røsvik-Bonåsjøen as car ferry Røtinn that same year. In 1954 a 2tev Alpha dm 660bhp motor was installed. Owned from Dec. 1-1961 by A/S Nord-Ferjer, Narvik. Sold in July-1970 to Traghetti Delle Isole S.p.a., Trapani, Sicily, renamed Costa Gaia. On Nov. 26-1971 she was unloading cars at Trapani harbour when she capsized and sank - raised. Owned in 1973 by Traghetti Delle Isole –Cia de Navigazione, Trapani, Sicily, repaired, entering service that year as Vulcano.

(All details on this vessel from T. Eriksen, Norway, his source: Article about A/S Alpha by Knut H. Næss in Skipet 3.95).

M/S Batnfjord
Knut Indergård, Batnfjord
81? gt
Built France 1894? Or in Stavanger 1863 as Spes? Jenny from 1904 until 1933, Bergny until 1936, Solvaag until 194?

NOTE: I've mostly seen the name spelt Batenfjord, but it seems Batnfjord is the correct spelling. There's a a message on my Ship Forum about this ship, with quite a bit of history. According to this posting she belonged to Knut Indergård, Batnfjordsøyra, Nord Møre from 1939. I also found this vessel in an old book ("List of Norwegian War and Merchant Ships to which Signal Letters have been allotted", 1947) which says she was built in 1894, 81 gt, agrees with owner, home port Kristiansund, call sign LFJC.

According to Trygve, who posted the info to my Ship Forum there's some disagreement in various sources as to the origin of this ship. Some say she was built in France in 1894 and had French owners until owned by Hans Mikkelsen Jensen, Marstal, Denmark some time after 1907. Or, she may have been built in Stavanger in 1863 as the wooden sailing ship Spes. If this is the case, her further history is a bit cloudy until 1904, when Spes was renamed Jenny for N. Jönnson, Limhamn, Sweden. On June 16-1907 she collided with the Danish steamferry Marie near Masnedø. Condemned and sold "as-is" that same year to shipbuilder O. Hansen, Stubbekøbing, Denmark, repaired by owner, 74 grt. Later owned by Hans Mikkelsen Jensen, Marstal, Denmark, as mentioned, then by J.Nielsen Kragenæs, Ærø, Denmark. Became Norwegian when sold in 1916 to Hans Aas, Fredrikstad, converted to motor vessel (bolinder 122bhk from 1914). In 1918 she was owned by L.A.Frøset, Steinkjer, who went bankrupt in 1925, at which time she was taken over by Innherred Sparebank, Steinkjer (bank). In 1928 owner was Johannes Kaldefos, Bergen, then in 1933 she went to Salomon Havn, Eikefjord, and later that year to Hermann Michelsen, Bergen, renamed Bergny, but never registered. Owner in 1935 was N. Rømer, Trondheim, 1935 Ragnvald Solvåg, Bud, and in 1936 she was renamed Solvaag. In 1939 Knut Indergård, Batnfjordsøyra, Nord Møre was the owner, renamed Batnfjord at some point in the early 1940's.

WW II: Rescued 142 people from Prinsesse Ragnhild on Oct. 23-1940.

POST WAR: Owner in 1965 was Oskar Holbakken, Stjørna, then in 1966 she went to the company Batnfjord (Jørgen Eilertsen), Kabelvåg. Capsized and sank at Stadt on Nov. 28-1968 when southward bound with firewood from Balsfjord. Lost stability because of water on deck.

D/S Bauta * later raised
William Hansen, Bergen
1657 gt
Built Nova Scotia, Canada 1919. Previous name: Canadian Sealer until 1925.

Bauta is listed in the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 7 in Jan.-1940. Several Norwegian ships sailed in this convoy.

Jan-Olof, Sweden has sent me an old newspaper clipping saying that she collided with the Swedish Mälaren off Filtvet Light (Oslofjord) in the morning of Jan. 28 (27?)-1940. Bauta was struck on the starboard side, abaft the engine room, and started to sink, but Mälaren succeeded in taking her towards land where she came to rest in shallow waters near the lighthouse. Her crew went in the boats, no casualties.

The Swedish vessel was considerably damaged and was repaired at Akers mek. Verksted in Oslo. At the time of the German invason of Norway on Apr. 9-1940, Bauta was in the process of being raised, but the salvage vessels were requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine, so she was not raised till early 1942 and delivered for repairs to Pusnes mek. Verksted, Arendal during March that year. Returned to service around Sept.-1943.

POST WAR: Sold to Liberia in Dec.-1951.

(Sources: Newspaper clipping mentioned above, and misc. postings to my ship forum in this thread, as well as this posting).

William Hansen had previously had another vessel by this name; see info under Karen on this website.

M/T Beaumont
Biørn Biørnstad & Co., Oslo
5702 gt
Built in Odense, Denmark 1929.

Delivered in Jan.-1929 from Odense Staalskibsværft, Odense (31) as Beaumont to Skibs-A/S Beaumont (Biørn Biørnstad & Co.), Oslo. 5702 gt, 3215 net, 8600 tdwt, 390.6' x 55.2' x 25.9', 6 cyl 2 TEV DM (B&W), 2250 bhp.

WW II: Seized in Trondheim by the Germans in 1940, renamed Bromberg and used in the TSV-Nord (Trossschiffverband-Nord).

POST WAR: Recovered and renamed Beaumont in 1945 ('46?). Renamed Bodø for Erling Sannes & Co. (Erling Sannes), Bodø in 1956, broken up in 1958.

Other ships by this name: The company's 2nd ship by this name was delivered in March-1958, built in Tønsberg, Norway, 15 895 gt. Became Greek Theofilos J Vatis in 1965, Bessy K in 1973 - broken up in 1982. A 3rd Beaumont was delivered in Dec.-1966, built in Gothenburg, 41 243 gt. Sold to China in 1974 and renamed Gao Hu - deleted from Lloyd's register in 1984. Yet another Beaumont was delivered in Febr.-1976, built at Leirvik, Norway, 140 588 gt. Renamed Berge Beaumont for Sig. Bergesen d.y. in 1981, Berge Chief in 1982, Jerash in 2002 (Jordan), Sea Beauty in 2003. Broken up in 2003.

M/S Belpamela
Christen Smith, Oslo
3215 gt
Built Newcastle upon Tyne 1928.

My page M/S Belpamela has more information on this ship, as well as a picture.

D/S Bera
Bachke & Co., Trondheim
771 gt
Built in Bergen 1925.

Delivered in June-1925 from Mjellem & Karlsen. Bergen as Bera (59) to A/S Dacapo (Bachke & Co.), Trondheim. 771 gt, 430 net, 1150 tdwt, 197' 10" x 31' x 14' 3", Triple exp. steam engine by yard, 550 ihp.

WW II: En route to Bergen on Apr. 9-1940 when Norway was invaded, directed to Dalsfjord in Sunnfjord by Norwegian patrols, then proceeded further north to Kjelkenes, Svelgen. Seized by the Germans at Svelgen on May 13-1940.

From Theodor Dorgeist, a German visitor to my website I've received a document on this ship, and have tried to translate it here (accuracy has since been confirmed by Theodor):
She departed Swansea for Stavanger via Kirkwall on March 6-1940. When Norway was invaded in Apr. that year she was in Murviken with 950 tons Calcium Carbide. It appears she was found hidden in Svelgen (the Sørgulen fjord) by the Germans on May13, with her cargo meant for Weston Point, and taken as prize. On May 30 she was sailed to Hamburg where she was taken over by KMD Hamburg. On June 11 her cargo was freed for German use, and on July 10 she came under Leth & Co., Hamburg, then given back to KMD Hamburg on July 17. Cargo was seized as "good prize" on Nov. 19. On Sept. 16-1941, through KMD Oslo, she became "distribution ship" (not sure how to say this in English; the German word is "Verteilerschiff") for KMD Trondheim. In 1942 the commissioner of shipping in Norway took control of the ship and on Jan. 25-1943 she was returned to Bachke & Co. At the end of the war she was in Trondheim.

Bera was involved in a collision on Jan. 21-1941 with the NS-23 in Stavanger. All blame given to Bera. On Febr. 1-1944 she was attacked by a submarine (HMS Stubborn?) in convoy together with the Motto, escorted by ND-01 and ND-08 at Folla. The torpedoes missed. (This attack is not mentioned in the book covering allied submarine successes, but I've been told that the Stubborn was at Folla that day).

POST WAR: Purchased in 1950 by A/S Steinmann ( Ottar Holter, Mgr.), Sarpsborg, still as Bera. In Dec-1952 she was sold to Germany. Taken over on Febr. 27-1953 by Preussenlinie Arlt & Co. KG (Ivers & Arlt Mgrs.), Bremen and in service as Eva Arlt. Sold on July 27-1955 to Gedania (Mgr. Eduard Bosselmann ), Hamburg and renamed Gedania. Sold for breaking up in 1956 to Walter Ritscher, Hamburg – Harburg, arriving Jan.12.

NOTE: Bachke & Co. lost most of their ships to WW II, namely Enid, Eldrid, Hilda, Gunvor, Gudrid (later raised) and Inger, all listed on this website. Bera and Sigrid survived, Nea was sold after the war.

(Misc. sources, incl. Bachke & Co. fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

D/S Bergen
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
553 gt
Built in Stavanger 1909.

Pre war history: Delivered in Jan.-1909 from Stavanger Støberi & Dok, Stavanger as Bergen to Det Stavangerske D/S, Stavanger. Steel hull, 157,6’ x 25,8’ x 11’, 486 gt, Tripple Expansion (SS&D), 700ihp, 12,3 knots. Placed in the nighttime service Stavanger-Bergen. In the summer of 1910 she was in the tourist trade Stavanger-Lysefjorden together with the company's Sand and Kong Olaf. Rebuilt at some point in the 1920's, 553 gt.

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

WW II: When the war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 she was in Flekkefjord, back in service on May 10. Requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine that same year and used as Sperrwachtschiff 14.

POST WAR: Returned to Stavangerske in May-1945, repaired and back in service. Sold in May-1954 to Grimstad Ophugnings Co., Grimstad for breaking up.

(Info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: Articles about Stavangerske in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 2.90 and 1.91 by Alf Johan Kristiansen).

Norway had previously had another ship by this name, originally built in 1873 for a Dutch company, but came into Norwegian ownership in 1883, 386 gt. Had various Norw. owners (among them, Bergenske Dampskibsselskab from Febr.-1908 till July-1909, then sold to Haugesund owners). Ran aground off Newton Dec. 12-1910, voyage Altona-Dysart.

D/F Bergen
Laksevaag Kommunale Færgeselskap, Bergen
88 gt
Built in Laksevåg (Bergen) 1890.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1890 from Laxevaag Maskin & Jernskibsbyggeri, Laksevåg in Bergen as Bergen to Laxevaag Dampfærgeselskab, Bergen. Steel hull, 2 propellers, 2 wheelhouses, 65,1’ x 16’ x 5,7, 88 gt, 2cyl Compound. In service from Sukkerhusbryggen to Laksevåg in the Bergen harbour. On Jan. 1-1914 the owning company, including vessels and routes, were taken over by Laksevaag Kommunale Færgeselskap, Bergen (owned by Laksevaag Sognekommune). From some point in the 1930's she was only used as reserve, and fell into a bad state of repair.

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

WW II: Still in use as reserve?

POST WAR: Sold in Aug.-1953 to Harald Jensen, Bergen, converted to barge.

(Details on this vessel received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his source: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr., 1994).

M/S Bess
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1116 gt
Built Oslo 1939. (A/S Ganger Rolf, owner).

POST WAR: On a voyage from Antwerp to Norway, took on a list, capsized and sank in the North Sea on August 13th, 1951. 22 were drowned, 9 survived and were rescued by the German trawler Adolf. A Norwegian article detailing her loss has been added to a separate page at M/S Bess.

D/S Bessheim *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1774 gt
Built Christiania 1912. (A/S Ganger Rolf, owner).

Please continue to a separate page about D/S Bessheim, which also has a picture.

D/S Betty
Bergens Privatbank
(Eilert Lund), Bergen
2439 gt
Built in Yoshiura, Japan 1919. Previous names: Kaihei Maru until 1920, Hundvaagø until 1923.

Pre war history: Delivered in Sept.-1919 from Yoshiura Shipbuilding Yard, Yoshiura, Japan as cargo vessel Kaihei Maru to an unknown, Japanese company, 2439 gt. Sold in Oct.-1920 to A/S D/S Hundvaagø (Henrik Østervold), Bergen, renamed Hundvaagø. Sold to D/S A/S Betty (Johan Eliassen), Bergen in Sept.-1923, renamed Betty. Run by Eilert Lund, Bergen Jan.-1934 (for Bergens Privatbank, Bergen [bank]). Sold in May-1937 to A/S Neptun (Bruusgaard & Bødtker-Næss Jr.), Oslo. Sold in July-1939 (forced sale) back to D/S A/S Betty (Bergens Privatbank), Bergen, and run by Eilert Lund, Bergen, then from Sept.-1939 owned by Bergens Privatbank, Bergen (run by Eilert Lund), Bergen.

NOTE: According to "The World's Merchant Fleets" by R. W. Jordan, Betty was sold by A/S Neptun (Bruusgaard & Bødtker Næss Jr.), Oslo to A/S Nesjar (Eilert Lund) in 1939.

WW II: A posting to my Ship Forum indicates that Betty may have been attacked by the Polish submarine Wilk on Oct. 19-1940. 4 miles south of Lister Light, but the 3 torpedoes missed.

Looks like she was in German control and in service to Germany at some point, because Donkeyman Einar Arvid Sivertsen died (illness) while in Hamburg on July 11-1943.

Struck a mine on March 13-1945, 23 n. miles northwest of Yjmuiden, Holland, towed to Nieuwe Waterweg, Holland on the 15th with a 30° list. Temporarily repaired at Wilton Fijenoord, Schiedam, Holland.

POST WAR: In the fall of 1945 she was extensively repaired at Kristiansands Mek. Verksted, Kristiansand. Sold in Jan.-1946 to Torsøes Rederi A/S (Birger Torsøe), Kristiansand, delivered in March that year. Sold in Apr.-1951 to P.Gennari fu Duilio, Rimini, Italy, renamed Bramante. Sold for breaking up by Sadel, Savona, Italy in Oct.-1959, work commenced on Oct. 10.

(Misc. sources, incl. info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his source: Article about Eilert Lund in the Norwegian Magazine "Skipet" 4.87)

D/S Biri * later raised
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
940 gt
Built Christiania 1914. (A/S Ganger Rolf, owner).

In Norwegian coastal trade. Ran aground on Oct. 22-1944 and abandoned. Bombed and damaged by Mosquitoes from the 235th and 248th squadrons on Oct.26(? error?), sank the following day.

POST WAR: Raised in 1947 and reapaired.

Related external link:
Sorties Flown by Banff Strike Wing - This webpage says the aircraft attack on Biri took place on Oct. 23-1944 (scroll down to the relevant date for details). No attacks in Norway by the above mentioned squadrons are mentioned for the date Oct. 26.

Fred. Olsen later had another Biri, built Hamburg 1957, sold in 1970 to Simon Møkster, Stavanger.

D/S Birk *
Rederiet Odfjell A/S, Bergen
3664 gt
Built in Port Glasgow 1920.

Delivered in Sept.-1920 from Robert Duncan & Co. Ltd., Port Glasgow (346) as Birk to A/S Storli (Rederiet Odfjell A/S), Bergen. 3664 gt, 2178 net, 7300 tdwt, 359.8' x 52.1' x 23.6', Tripple exp. (D. Rowan & Co. Ltd., Glasgow), 366 nhp.

Picture of Birk - Received from, and painted by, Jan Goedhart, Holland.

WW II: Birk, in ballast for Swansea, is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 16 from Norway to the U.K. at the beginning of March.-1940, returning to Norway later that month with Convoy ON 22.

Seized by the Germans in May-1940, used for ore transport Norway-Germany, carrying coal on her return trips. She had arrived Kirkenes on Dec. 21-1941 to take on her next cargo of ore, and was anchored up outside while awaiting her turn. She was still waiting on Febr. 15 (18?)-1942 when she broke away in a storm and drifted into a mine field, 26(?) died. The mine had been laid by the Russian submarine K-23* on Oct. 29-1941.

* There's some disagreement here - some sources say Birk was NOT sunk by a mine laid by K-23, because those had been swept by MRS Bali and ships from the 3rd M.S.Fl. on Nov.8.-1941. She drifted into a minefield laid on Febr. 11-1942 by M/S Brummer (a 4 row minefield at Bøkfjord). Birk is today on the east side of Kjemøy at a depth of 247 meters.

"Minner og minnesmerker fra 1940-1945" by Øistein Wiik lists the following casualties (in alphabetical order):
Stoker Einar Berger, Stoker Arvid Donald Bordewich, Lars Hadler Borge, Mate Trygve Brekke, Donkeyman Kåre Eriksen, Steward Oscar Charles Haug, Engineer Nils Hermann Hurlen, Donkeyman Ingvald Kåre Johansen, Ordinary Seaman Reidar Johansen, Stoker Gunvald Johansen, Able Seaman Wilhelm Johansen, Trimmer Gunnar Kristiansen, Able Seaman Arnold Thorvald Olsen, Boatswain Lauritz Johan Olsen, Stoker Trygve Olsen, Stoker Olaf Pedersen Skarnes, 2nd Mate Bernhard Mathias Smelvær, Ordinary Seaman Olav Enok Frey Strand, Carpenter Karl Oliver Svalland, Able Seaman Johnny Erland Svensson, Cook Kjell Wickmann Thorkildsen, Mate Thor Henry Virik Thorsen, Stoker Olaf Tønnesen, Trimmer Gerhard Aae.

(Misc. sources, incl. R. W. Jordan).

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial Commemorations  - The Norwegian text says the following: Birk was at anchor in Bøkfjorden off Kirkenes waiting for a cargo of ore on Febr. 15-1942. A bad storm was brewing that day. The captain and 1st engineer were ordered by the Germans to come ashore for a conference, and when they returned they couldn't find their ship, though they looked for her for a long time. It was reported she was difficult to maneuver when in ballast, and the assumption was she had drifted off into a mine field, exploded and sunk.

Odfjell ASA today - with fleet lists.

Lillesand Sjømannsforening's website has a picture of Birk.

Other ships by this name: This company had also lost a Birk to WW I, originally delivered in 1909 as Helga to owners in Drammen (E. B. Aaby), 715 gt, renamed Birk for A/S D/S Birk (A/S Rederiet Odfjell), Bergen in 1915 - sunk by U 35 on Oct. 4-1916, voyage Philippeville-Marseilles. Also, Odfjell had a tanker by this name delivered to them in 1951, 2257 gt. Became South Korean Chun Ji in 1953. Yet another Birk ws delivered to the company in 1955, 499 gt. Later names: Hans 1965 (Hamburg), Cadaques 1967 (Panama). Another Birk was built in 1966, 9428 gt, owned by Skibs A/S Hassel (Rederiet Odfjell), Bergen. According to Historical Index of the Great Lakes she became Liberian Coastal Transport in 1980, Chemical Mar of 9217 gt in 1982. Her fate is also given: "Sustained severe damage when sulphuric acid leaked into pump room while discharging at Curacao on March 21, 1982. More flooding occurred later. Vessel declared a constructive total loss. Arrived at Brownsville, TX, March 30, 1983, in tow from Fort Liberte, for scrapping". There's also a picture of the ship (type 'Birk' in the field for 'vessel', then submit search, or simply type Norway in the field for 'Registry' and all the Norwegian vessels listed on the site will come up in the search results).

M/T Biwi *
Gill Johannessen, Oslo
790 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1940.

Captain Albin Lyngmo. Lay in Stockholm, Sweden, returned to Norway and was subsequently taken into German control 1940. In 1942 she was used by the Kriegsmarine in Trondheim shipyard. According to a personal story I've come across Biwi was used, among other things, to transport aviation fuel from Warnemünde to Trondheim, and also replenished U-boats and war ships. One of Biwi's tasks (according to this story), was to refuel Tirpitz.

See link to "Ships in Sweden" at the bottom of this page for information on all the Norwegian ships in Sweden early in the war.

On Dec. 26-1944 Biwi was torpedoed by a British MTB and was beached near Olaskjær south of Bramanger but sank. A visitor to my site has told me that the book "Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-45" by J. Rohwer and G. Hummelchen" lists the attackers as MTB 717 and MTB 627 from the Norwegian 54th MTB Flottilla (the name is spelt Buvi in this source).

POST WAR: Repaired and went to Swedish ownership, renamed Servus. Renamed Kolibri in 1957 (Dutch), Bruna Montanari in 1958 (Italian).

D/S Bjarkøy * raised / renamed
Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, Tromsø
311 gt
Built in Trondheim 1907. Previous name: Bjarkø till 1936.

Pre war history: Delivered in May-1907 as Bjarkø to Troms Amts Dampskibsselskap, Tromsø ("amt" is the oldfashioned way of saying "fylke"=county), 286 gt, in service locally, Troms. Laid up in 1931. Repaired and rebuilt in 1934 (311 gt), renamed Bjarkøy in 1936.

WWW II: Sunk at Gratangsbotn having lost stability when bomb fell nearby during aircraft attack on May 22-1940 (this took place during the evacuation of French soldiers). Sold to Erling Sannes, Bodø in 1944, raised and repaired, renamed Bogøy, 321 gt. (another fleet list by the same author says she was sold to Erling Sannes in June-1942, raised and towed to Risør by Trål I. Renamed Bogøy in Oct.-1945)

POST WAR: On hire to Ofotens DS, Narvik in 1945, then sold to that company in Oct. that year, in service Mosjøen. Laid up in the winter seasons in the period Oct.-1953-1956. Ran aground near Tamsøy in Porsangerfjord in Febr.-1955 when on hire to FFR, Hammerfest, refloated by salvage vessel Uller. Sold in 1957 to Sivert Bakke, Bergen, resold to Belgium that same year for breaking up.

(Source: Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab ASA fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

Other ships by this name:
The company later had another Bjarkøy. This ship was originally contracted for Namdalens Aktie-Dampskibsselskap, Namsos in March-1939 to be delivered by A/S Trondhjems mek. Verksted in July-1940 with the intended name Herlaug, but she was seized by the Germans and launched as Heimdal on May 27-1941, rebuilt to fit their purposes in June that year. At war's end she was taken over by Direktoratet for Fiendtlig Eiendom (Dept. of Enemy Property). Sold on Aug. 2-1946 to Erling Sannes, Bodø, rebuilt in Sweden Oct.-1946, fitting out completed at Risør 1947. Completed in Aug.-1948 and sold to Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, renamed Bjarkøy, 347 gt, 135 passengers. Sold on June 4-1969 to Mebo Ltd. Telecommunication, Zürich, registered in Panama, renamed Mebo - in use as floating radio station in the North Sea. Renamed Angela I in 1982, still in service 1990's. See also this external page, as well as this page, which give slightly different information.

A 3rd Bjarkøy was built in Sandnessjøen in 1971, 285 gt. This ship was sold to the UK in 1991 (Walk The Plank Development, Ltd., Lancaster), converted to floating theater and renamed Fitzcarraldo - still used as such in 1995.

TFDS's 4th Bjarkøy (tanker) was originally built as Esso Bergen for Esso Norge A/S, Tønsberg in 1970, 499 gt. Became Bjarkøy in 1994.

Finally the company had a Bjarkøy built in Gdynia, Poland in 1997, 1400 gt, (tanker) same owner in 2000. (Info from company fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

D/S Bjergfin *
Norsk Bjergningskompagni A/S, Bergen
648 gt
Built in Delfzijl 1917. Previous name: Svanholm until 1942.

See text under D/S Svanholm for more history and her final fate.

D/S Bjønn *
Thoralf Holta, Porsgrunn
5509 gt
Built in Danzig, Germany 1921. Previous name: Bolivia until 1935.

Captain Johan Gerhard Olsen. When the Germans approached Bergen on Apr. 9-1940 Bjønn was among several ships en route to this city. 9 vessels were stopped south of Bergen by Norwegian patrol boats and sent elsewhere (the others were Hellesund, Neptun, Stensaas, Haardraade, Rogaland, Tindefjell, Jarl, and Vestra. D/S Force was also en route to Bergen, and proceeded into port - follow the links for more details on each ship - see also San Miguel). Bjønn went to Haugesund. Seized by the Germans in May-1940.

Bombed and sunk on Dec. 9-1941 at Hustadvika, on a voyage from Trondheimsfjord to Danzig with a cargo of ore. 4 died, including the captain.

Related external link:
Those who died - Trimmer Johannes Alfred Nilssen, Stoker Agustinius R.W.G. Gundersen, Able Seaman Harry Knut Haugom, and Captain Johan Gerhard Olsen are commemorated at the Stavern Memorial.

D/S Bjørgvin
Arendals Dampskibsselskap, Arendal
793 gt
Built Fredrikstad 1910. Previous name: Norge.

Pre war: Built in 1910 as Norge by Fredrikstad mek. Verksted for Arendals Dampskibsselskab. Norge, Captain Knudsen, was on a northbound voyage from Haugesund, having departed Haugesund around midnight on Aug. 21-1928, when she at great speed ran into Trollholmen and sank. Others on board at the time were 2nd Mate Sigurd Jakobsen, and Boatswain Thorvald Abrahamsen, the latter responsible for a prisoner below deck. 7 crew, including the captain, the boatswain and 3 passengers (incl. the prisoner) lost their lives. Later raised and renamed Bjørgvin in 1929. Left Kristiansand late at night on Febr. 16-1929, arriving Mandal a few hours later, discharged and loaded cargo, then left again for Farsund (27 hours delayed in her route). Ran into Dreda (a small islet west of outer Mannevær). Managed to refloat herself and proceeded to Kleven. Following an examination there, and later in dock in Bergen, no damages were found and Bjørgvin continued in her regular route Oslo-Bergen.

WW II: Continued in regular service. Departed Kleven early in the morning of Oct. 13-1941. Captain at that time was Lars Johan Paulsen. Heavily damaged following a collision shortly after departure with P. G. Halvorsen, which was just about to leave after having spent the night in Mannefjorden. Bjørgvin's 25 crew and some of the passengers took to the lifeboats, while a few of the officers remained on board in an attempt to take the ship to shore, but between Hattholmen and Hårkniba she settled on the ground, and remained only partly above water. I assume she must have been raised and repaired, since she has a post war history. (P. G. Halvorsen had received only minor damages in the collision).

Picture after one of the accidents described above. Received from Aage A. Wilhelmsen, who also sent this picture.
Another picture of Bjørgvin - From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

POST WAR: Returned to her regular service in 1947. Rebuilt that year and became 911 gt. Ran aground off Tønsberg Tønne on May 1-1960 (I've also seen the date given as May 21), and sank in deep water there on May 24(?). Wreck sold to Mr J. T. Høeg, Larvik for breaking up "as lies".

Related external links:
Bjørgvin - Briefly on her history and final fate, a Norwegian website for divers (text in English and Norwegian).

Picture of this ship when named Norge - Linked to Arendals Dampskibsselskab's website.

(Source for pre war and WW II details: Article written by and received from Aage A. Whilhelmsen - His source: "Kystruten Oslo-Bergen", "Arendals Dampskibsselskab 1857-1982" and Lindesnes Avis).

Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskap had also had a ship named Bjørgvin, built 1870, 389 gt - Had several different owners until she was sold in 1911 to D/S A/S Ulsnæs (H. Waage), Stavanger and renamed Ulsnæs.

M/S Bjørnefjord (Florvåg)
Westergaard & Co., Oslo
German controlled
128 gt
Built in Arendal 1942.

This was one of several vessels under construction when the war broke out in Norway that came under German control before delivery. When the war was over they were taken over by the Norwegian State, and the original owners were given a chance to "buy" back their vessels. In Bjørnefjord's case, her intended name while being built was Florvåg.

Ship's history: Delivered in Oct.-1942 from Pusnes Mek. Verksted, Arendal as transport Bjørnefjord to Westergaard & Co. (L. Hannevig), Oslo. Steel hull, 97,4’ x 17,2’ x 7,1’, 128 gt, 6cyl 4tev Deutz dm 300bhp. Originally contracted for Askøy Bilferjeselskap A/S, Florvåg at Askøy, but taken over by Westergaard & Co. and renamed Bjørnefjord. In essence this ferry was requisitioned by German authorities, in that Westergaard & Co. managed a number of vessels for the Germans. She was used as tender for the German Tirpitz.

POST WAR: Seized by the Norwegian State in May-1945 - Direktoratet for Fiendlig Eiendom, Oslo (Directorate for Enemy Property). Sold in Aug.-1946 to Askøy Bilferjeselskap A/S, Florvåg, Askøy, repaired and fitted out as local, regularly scheduled passenger/cargo vessel / "sea bus" at Karlsens Verksted, Florvåg and entered service as Florvåg in March-1947. In passenger service Sukkerhusbryggen (in Bergen)-Florvåg. Frequently laid up in the 1950's, but also used as "reserve ferry". Transferred to A/S Florvåg, Florvåg in 1960. Hired out in the summer of 1960 and used in the Fredrikstad-Strömstad route. Sold in June-1966 to Skips-AS Skagen (M.A.Eilertsen, Oslo / Alf Nepstad, Askøy). Hired out, in service to Denmark. Broken up in 1980.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - his source: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr., 1994).

A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen had a steamship ship by this name, originally delivered in Nov.-1907 as River Plate to owners in London, built in Sunderland, 3680 gt. Renamed Bjørnefjord for Mowinckels in 1913. Sold to Haugesund in 1927 and renamed Balto for A/S Stolt-Nielsens Rederi. Sold again in 1933 and renamed Louise Moller for Moller & Co., Shanghai/U.K. Torpedoed and sunk by U-178 on Nov. 13-1942, when on a voyage Durban-Mombasa with coal. has an account of her loss.

D/S Bjørnungen *
A. F. Bjørnestad, Oslo
165 gt
Built 1893. Previous names: Vigilant until 1919, Fremtid I until 1940.

Pre war history: Launched in Sept.-1893 by J. Tecklenborg, Geestemünde, Germany. Delivered on Oct. 14-1893 as fishing vessel/trawler Vigilant to P/r / B. Bartling & Co., Bremerhaven, Germany (fishery No. BX 29). Steel hull, 102.7’ x 20.8’ x 9.7’, 132.49 gt, steam engine (J. Tecklenburg) 280ihp. Sold on Nov. 23-1898 to P/r Albert Köhler, Bremerhaven. Rebuilt and lengthened at J. Tecklenborg, Geestemünde, Germany in Oct.-1899, 121.8’ x 20.8’ x 9.7’, 164 gt. Suffered engine failure in Aug.-1901, towed to Bremerhaven. Sold on Jan. 8-1902 to P/r H. Hohnholz, Bremerhaven. Sold on Nov. 6-1905 to Hochseefischerei Bremerhaven AG, Bremerhaven. Converted to logger in 1908. In March-1913 she was in the river Weser, when a fire occurred on board, as a result of an explosion in a kerosene tank. Towed to Bremerhaven where the fire was extinguished by fire services. Sold on May 11-1915 to P/r Mikal Viga, Fister in Ryfylke, converted to freighter, 165 gt. Renamed Fremtid I in 1919. Sold in 1925 to A/S Fremtid I (P. Elias Pedersen), Skudeneshavn, Karmøy.

WW II: Sold in 1940 to Dampskibs-AS Bjørnungen (A. F. Bjørnstad), Oslo, renamed Bjørnungen. Captain Alfred A. L. Akselsen. Sunk between Kirkenes and Honningsvåg on Oct. 6-1941 by the Russian torpedo cutter TKA-12 (Sub Lt A. O. Shabalin). She was on a voyage Mosjøen-Kirkenes with among other items, railway tracks. 8 died.

Misc. sources, incl. info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources "Lang Kyst" Trygve Nordanger 1975, and Tham Körner.

Related external link:
Those who died
- 7 are commemorated at this memorial, namely Captain Alfred Antonius L. Akselsen, Seaman Hans Olav Andersen, Mate Morten Aleksander Andersen, Steward Harald Bjørgum, Stoker Paul Margido Eide, Able Seaman/Mate Evald Gangsø, and Chief Engineer Jacob Bernt Stubergh.

D/S Bjørnungen
A. F. Bjørnestad, Oslo
233 gt
Built in Bergen 1912. Previous name: Tyssedal until Nov. 1941.

See D/S Tyssedal for further details.

M/S Blaamannen *
174 gt
Built in Risør 1918.

Struck a mine off Haugesund on May 28-1940 when on a voyage from Bergen to Oslo. 6 died. According to Jürgen Rohwer the mine had been laid by the French submarine Rubis (Cabanier) on May 27. (He also claims she was a sailing vessel). See also D/S Jadarland and D/S Øyulf.

Related external link:
Those who died - Able Seaman Otto Olsen, Engineer Johan Nikolai Pettersen, 2nd Engineer Karl Fredrik Pettersen, Deckboy Peder Alfred Pettersen, Steward Ole Johan Sandberg Johansen, and Captain Harald Tverå are commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway.

M/S Black Prince *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
5039 gt
Built in Oslo 1938.

Please continue to M/S Black Prince (includes picture).

M/S Black Watch *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
5035 gt
Built in Oslo, delivered 1939 for the Oslo-Kristiansand-Newcastle passenger service.

See my page M/S Black Watch.

D/S Blenheim *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1807 gt
Built in Oslo 1923.

My page D/S Blenheim has more information on this ship, as well as a picture.

M/K Blia *
A/S Jan Lerøy, Bergen?
29 gt?
Built 1929?

This was a fishing cutter that had successfully crossed over to Lerwick with refugees on board in March-1941, but sank in Nov. that year when she attempted another crossing. Please follow the link to M/K Blia above for more information on this.

Related external link:
The Shetland Bus

M/S Blomvaag
Øygardsbåtane LL, Bergen
133 gt
Built at Rosendal 1940

Pre war history: Delivered in Febr.-1940 from Skaalurens Skipsbyggeri, Rosendal as local passenger/cargo vessel Blomvaag to Øygardsbåtane LL, Bergen. Wooden hull, 94,1’ x 21,6’ x 9,9’, 133 gt, 4cyl 2tev Union, 250bhk, 10,5 knots. In regularly scheduled local service with passengers, cargo and mail Bergen-Øygarden.

WW II: Continued in the same service for most of the war, but laid up at some point because of lack of oil. Often used to transport people wanted by the Gestapo to places where they could get further transport to Shetland.

POST WAR: Back in service in the summer of 1945. Rebuilt at some point in the 1950's. On Jan. 1-1960 company fused into Øygarden & Sotra Rutelag LL, Bergen, same service. In Oct.-1969 she was placed in the Tjeldstø, Øygarden -Herdla, Askøy route (corresponding with bus service to Kleppestø, Askøy, then ferry from there to Bergen). Sold in Sept.-1973 to A. Sage & G. Mallion, Maidstone, Kent, UK. Sold again in 1975 to Thomas Jack (Shipping) Ltd., London and renamed Pinewood S. Laid up in the Thames. Changed owners several times in the '70's. Sank on March 19-1988 at Gillingham, wreck later observed on the beach there.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - his source: "Fjordabåten" Dag Bakka Jr. 1994 and "Bergenske Fjordabåter" Ingem. Fænn for Bergens Tidende 1974).

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