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Norwegian Homefleet - WW II 
Ships starting with He through Hø

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Name of Ship
Shipping Company
M/T Hegg
A/S Rederiet Odfjell, Bergen
495 gt
Built Slikkerveer, The Netherlands 1940/'41.

Built by NV Scheepsbouwwerf de Groot & Van Vliet, Slikkerveer (235), originally ordered for A/S Rederiet Odfjell, Bergen, but seized by the Kriegsmarine in May-1941 (or 1940?) and delivered in Aug.-1941 as Jungfernsand. 495 gt, 259 net, 610 tdwt, 171.4' x 25.9' x 10', 8 cyl. 4T DM (Köln), 400 bhp. Mainly used in the Baltic.

POST WAR: Returned to owners Skips-A/S Oljetransport (A/S Rederiet Odfjell), Bergen in 1945 and given the name Hegg. Sold in 1955 to Rederi-A/B Alpen (A. E. Petterson), Uddevalla, Sweden and renamed Thell. 2 years later a new 4 cyl. 2T Alpha DM was installed, 480 bhp. Sold in 1967 to Rederi-A/B Brevik (Rolf Eliasson), Öckerö, Sweden. Sold in 1972 to Willo Issakainnin, Lappeenranta, Finland and renamed Miki. Owned from 1974 by OY Lake Saimaa Ltd, Kuopio, and in 1975 by Seppo Pirttilä, Helsinki. Sold the following year to Severus OY, Helsinki. Sold to Liberia in 1977.

Related external link:
Odfjell ASA today - with fleet lists.

This company had another Hegg later on, delivered as such in 1957, 497 gt. Later sailed as Greek Samos from 1970, sold for breaking up in 1980.

D/S Heilo NS

H. Heitmann & Søn, Oslo
992 gt

Requisitioned by Nortraship, but intercepted and seized by the Germans near Henningsvær while attempting to escape from Norway on June 9-1940. In order to be consistent, I've listed this ship in the other section

D/S Heim *
A/S Heim, Karmøy
115 gt
Built in Kristiansand 1903.

Pre war history (from T. Eriksen, Norway): Delivered in June 1903 from Kristiandsand Mek. Verksted, Kristiansand (107) as fishing vessel Heim to A/S Heim (Birger Berg), Stavanger. Steel hull, 91’ x 18.3’ x 8,5’, 94 gt, 2cyl Compound 115 ihp. Sold in 1916 to Peder Blindheim, Ålesund. Sold again that same year to Carl Amundsen e.a., Haugesund. Sold in 1919 to A/S Fiskeridrift (F. L. Storaas), Bergen. Sold in 1923 to A/S Heim (Didrik Vea), Vedavågen, Karmøy (fishery No. R-50-A). Lengthened in 1930; 103.5’ x 18’ x ?, 115 gt.

WW II: Ran aground at Kjeflu, Hjeltefjord on Jan. 23-1942 - broke in 2 and sank. No casualties.

Related external link:
Picture of D/S Heim

D/S Hektor
Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
5243 gt
Built in Hong Kong 1921.

German control.

On the night leading up to March 28-1942, when en route to Hamburg, a lifeboat with 6 volunteers was launched in order to rescue the crew of a Danish ship which had sunk following an explosion. In the heavy seas the lifeboat drifted into the propeller and capsized, with the result that Stoker Valter Kjær Andersen lost his life ("Våre falne").

According to the webpage below, Hektor (tonnage given as 5742) was severely damaged during the aircraft attack at Sandefjord in which Concordia was sunk on April 02-1945. Belpamela was also damaged according to this site.

POST WAR: Returned at Sandefjord to Norwegian owners in May-1945.

Related external link:
Sorties Flown by Banff Strike Wing - Scroll down to the relevant date.

Other ships by this name: Norway had another Hektor in the 1980's, delivered in June-1982 as Hektor to K/S A/S Hektorgas (Helge R. Myhre A/S), Oslo, built in Fredrikstad, 15 842 gt. Had various managers until 2004 when she was sold to India and renamed Maharshi Labhatreya. A previous Hektor, also built for the management of Helge R. Myhre A/S and delivered in Jan.-1966, 494 gt, later sailed as Greek Piræus from 1979, then Spyros D 1993 and Aegean II 2001. Yet another Hektor was delivered as such in Oct.-1980 (Helge R. Myhre), 15 818 gt. Sold to Mexico in 1981 and renamed José Mexico. Norway also had whale catchers by this name.

D/S Helgeland
Det Helgelandske Dampskibsselskab, Sandnessjøen
242 gt
Built in Christiania 1905.

Pre war history: Ran aground on Febr. 14-1910 near Austbø when en route to Vefsen. Hired out for the transport of herring from the North of Norway to Kristiansund in Apr.-1915. On hire to N. J. Wiig, Sandnessjøen in May-1915. Rebuilt in 1930. Collided with Vefsen when alongside quay at Sandnessjøen in 1935, repaired. Rebuilt and modernized at A. M. Liaaens mek. Verksted, Ålesund in Oct.-1939.

WW II: Fired upon and damaged in port at Bodø on May 27-1940. Ran aground on Aug. 5-1940. Together with D/S Herlaug she took part in the refloating of D/S Norøy near Sørnes, Vefsen in Jan.-1942. Requisitioned in Nov.-1944 for use during the evacuations of Finnmark.

POST WAR: Renamed Sjona on Jan. 1-1954. Sold in Nov.-1954 to Høvding Skipsopphugging, Oslo/Sandnessjøen for use as accommodation vessel, renamed Aursnes.

(Source: Helgelandske D/S fleet list, F. R. Hansen):

Related external link:
Norway's Liberation - Has some details on the evacuation of Finnmark.

Other ships by this name: This was the company's 2nd ship by the name Helgeland, the 1st one was built in Trondheim in 1867, 51.5 gt. Became a total loss after having run aground near Store Vandve on Jan. 31-1899. A 3rd Helgeland was built in 1954, 286 gt, sold in 1977 to Bjørn Harald Rostad, Svolvær and renamed Lofothav, in coast guard service 1998. A 4th Helgeland was built in 1983 (for Helgeland Trafikkselskap A/S), 287 gt. Renamed Helgeland II in Oct.-1997 when a newly built Helgeland (401 gt, still in service in 1998) was delivered that month. Sold in 1998 to Fylkesbåtane i Sogn & Fjordane and renamed Fjordtroll.

M/S Hellesund
Dampskibsselskabet Veritas
(O. Børresen, Oslo)
363 gt
Built in Delfzilj 1916. Previous names: Feie until 1917, Eikundasund until 1921, Burford Bridge until 1926, Chasna until 1927, San Juan until 1928, San Cristobal until 1932, San Christobal de Martir until 1937.

Pre war history: Delivered in March-1916 from Johs. Berg, Delfzijl, Holland as cargo vessel D/S Feie to D/S A/S Aktiv (Johan Rudolf Troye), Bergen, 397 gt, 500 tdwt, steel hull, 139,3’ x 23,5’ x 11,4’, Tripple Expansion (Johs. Berg). Sold in 1917 A/S Eikundasund (Nic. Møller), Egersund, renamed Eikundasund. Sold in 1921 to Onslow SS Co. Ltd. (W. T. Jaques), London, renamed Burford Bridge. Sold in 1926 to Hamilton y Cia, Santa Cruz de Teneriffe, Spain, renamed Chasna, renamed San Juan in 1927. Sold in 1928 to Alvaro Rodriguez Lopez, Santa Cruz de Teneriffe, Spain (A/S Ganger Rolf - Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo / Santa Cruz), renamed San Cristobal. Sold in 1932 to Cia Interinsular Tinerfena (Alvaro Rodriquez Lopez), Santa Cruz de Teneriffe, Spain, renamed San Christobal de Martir. Sold to Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo in Jan.-1937, then sold again in June that year to Dampskibsselskabet Veritas (Bertrand Jacobsen), Arendal, renamed Hellesund. Partly used in the company's cargo service Oslo-Bergen, but also used for voyages outside of Norway. In July 1938 manager became O. Børresen, Oslo. Rebuilt in 1939, 363 gt, 450 tdwt (a 7cyl Nohab 455bhp motor installed), and back in service in Jan.-1940.

WW II: When the Germans approached Bergen on Apr. 9-1940 Hellesund 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 Neptun, Stensaas, Haardraade, Rogaland, Tindefjell, Vestra, Jarl, and Bjønn. 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). Stensaas, Tindefjell, Haardraade, Hellesund and Rogaland were asked to turn around and proceed to Leirvik, Stord (all 5 were later ordered to Hardangerfjorden on Apr. 16), while Bjønn went to Haugesund. Later that month Hellesund and Neptun went into Ulvik in order to unload some of their cargo, mostly food stuffs. Neptun departed the area before the fighting started, but Hellesund remained, used as ice breaker among other things. Before the Germans attacked Ulvik, she had moved away from the populated area, so she was not heavily damaged, but was later seized by the Germans.

POST WAR: Sprang a leak north of the northern point of Öland (Baltic) on Aug. 19-1945 when on a voyage Hörnefors-Lysaker with 287 tons of wood pulp, of which 50 tons was on deck, and capsized in fog and rain. Crew of 11 (including Captain Hagen) were rescued half an hour later by the Swedish steamer Rudolf. In Kalmarsund this vessel was met by the pilot boat from Kalmar which took the survivors to Kalmar.

(Misc. sources, incl. "Handelsflåten i krig", Book 5, "Hjemmeflåten - Mellom venn og fiende", Lauritz Pettersen, and info from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: Article by Dag Bakka Jr. about Dampskibsselskabet Veritas in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 2.89, and a thread on my Ship Forum).

D/S Helvig
A/S Bundefjords Dampskipsselskap, Oslo
A/S Nesodden-Bundefjord Dampskipsselskap, Oslo
from 1941
101 gt
Built in Moss 1884. Previous name: Bratsberg until 1905.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1884 from Moss Verksted, Moss in sections, transported to Strengen in Telemark and assembled as cargo vessel Bratsberg for Aamdal Kobberverk, Åmdal. Iron hull, 77.4’ x 16.4’ x 6.2’, 101,2 gt, 2cyl Compound 18nhp. Rebuilt in 1891 for use in regularly scheduled service, accommodations for passengers installed, 101 gt, registered for 182 passengers. Sold in 1900 to Skien-Telemarkens Dampskibsaktieselskab, Skien. Sold in 1905 to A/S Helvig (Consul A. Hennum) Helvik, Nesodden, renamed Helvig. In regularly scheduled service Oslo-Bunnefjorden. In 1908, the owning company fused with A/S Bundefjord-Helvig Dampskibsselskab, Oslo (Consul A. Hennum), Helvik, Nesodden. Converted to passenger vessel; had no cargo hold so all cargo was on deck. Continued in the same service. Electric light installed in 1921. In Nov.-1924 the owning company fused with its competitor A/S Nesodden-Frogn-Nordby Dampskibsselskab, Oslo, becoming A/S Bundefjords Dampskipsselskap, Oslo, same service.

WW II: In Febr.-1941 the owning company fused with A/S Nesodden-Bundefjord Dampskipsselskap, Oslo, and the 2 companies' routes were combined.

POST WAR: Sold in 1952 to Simon Innvær, Urangsvåg, Bømlo. Converted to freighter at Br. Lothe A/S Flytedokken, Hasseløy, Haugesund, with wheelhouse from Duen II (which at this time was being converted to "sea bus" Årdalsfjord at the same yard), 80 gt, a 1cyl 2tev Wichmann 50bhp motor installed. Sold in 1955 to P/r Arne & Jens Røksund, Mosterhamn, renamed Tungholm, in coastal service. Sold in 1963 to P/r / Kåre Skimmeland, Mosterhamn. Sold in 1965 to Bernhard Hatlem, Florø. Sold in 1970 to P/r / Odd Eide, Bogen in Kvæfjord. Sold in 1972 to P/r / Jan Jacobsen, Narvik, in local sand trade. Registered in Narvik in 1975. Sold in 1976 to Sverre Engen, Strønstad in Troms, from 1979? owned by Kjell Engen, Strønstad, Troms. Later condemned and sunk in Svolværfjorden. Deleted from Norwegian register on June 17-1999 as condemned.

(Received from T. Eriksen - Misc. sources).

D/S Hemne
Fosen Aktie-Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
265 gt
Built 1878. Previous name Uddevalla until 1942.

Pre war: Delivered in 1878 from Lindholmens Mekaniska Verkstad, Gothenburg, Sweden as Uddevalla to Ångbåts-A/B Bohuslänska Kusten. Iron hull, 129' x 22.6' x 10', 289 gt, 150 dwt., 2cyl Compound, 12 knots, in regularly scheduled service Gothenburg-Oslo.

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

WW II: Sold in Febr.-1941 to Fosens Aktie-Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim, taken over in Fredrikstad in May-1942 and renamed Hemne. Rebuilt at Fredriksstad Mek. Verksted, Fredrikstad, the forward well covered and interior fixed up, registered for 408 passengers. Arrived Trondheim for the first time on July 22-1942, then placed in service to Hemne on the 27th. Occasionally further fixed up in Trondheim. Ran aground near Buganeset and sank in shallow waters on March 26-1944, shortly after departure Hegstad in Åstfjorden, when on her route Kirksæterøra-Trondheim. On board were 30-40 passengers as well as some German military personnel, all of whom were saved, but 6 of the horses which the Germans had placed on the 'tweendeck drowned. Raised in Apr.-1944 by salvage vessel Parat and towed to Trondheim for repairs at Trondhjems Mek. Værksted A/S, however, the work was stopped by German authorities and she was laid up in Nidelven without being repaired.

POST WAR: Moved to Trondhjems Mek. Værksted A/S, Trondheim for repairs in May-1945, registered for 400 passengers, delivered on Febr. 25-1946 and entered service to Hemne. In June/July-1947 she was at a yard for maintenance. Laid up Oct. 15-1951. Used as reserve from Jan. 31-1952, while the company's other ships were at the yard for various maintenance work. Laid up for sale June 21-1952. Sold July 1-1952 to unknown owner in Haugesund, renamed Saltsild. Sold in Oct.-1961 to Br. Anda, Hundvåg in Stavanger for breaking up, arriving Hundvåg on Oct. 14, broken up.

(Translated summary of info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His source: "Selskapet og dets fartøyer, -Fosen Trafikklag ASA" by Finn R. Hansen and the external link below).

Related external link:
This page on the website Kommandobryggan, which also has a picture of the ship when named Uddevalla, says she was sold to Fosens D/S in 1942. Placed in service in the fjords after the war, then sold to Haugesund in 1954, converted to herring catcher and renamed Saltsild. (This site also has an alphabetical Vessel Index and several pictures).

D/S Henrik Wergeland
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
489 gt
Built in Kiel 1883.

Pre War History:

1883-1899: Delivered as Henrik Wergeland to Flekkefjords Dampskibsselskap. Sold to Nordenfjeldske on Aug. 10-1886 (along with Bjørgvin), and placed in the company's coastal cargo service. Towed Olav Kyrre to Trondheim (this ship had lost 3 propeller blades) in Aug.-1886. Some alterations took place in 1887 when the interior was changed and a postal cabin installed. Got a new propeller in 1888. Ran aground near Fredriksværn (Stavern, Norway) and docked in Christiania (Oslo today). Mainmast and winch moved in 1889, also repaired after a collision with Kong Halfdan. In 1890 she was taken in tow to Svolvær with a broken shaft. New boilers acquired in 1892 and installed the following year. The coal box was repaired and extensive alterations made to the 1st class section. The officers' cabins were moved and 2nd class section extended, new ladies stateroom, as well as some other alterations. On March 11-1898 her propeller shaft broke off Jæren and she was towed to Stavanger by D/S Eira, later to Bergen by D/S Rogaland for repairs. Docked in Trondheim in Apr. that year (for general overhaul). Ran aground near Drøbak on Nov. 8-1899 and docked at Akers Mekaniske Verksted for repairs. Keel and front stem broken, 5 new plates installed.

1900-1945: Ran into the quay at Aalesund on Apr. 22-1900 but continued, then went to Laxevaag Værft (yard near Bergen) for repairs on May. 5. Ran aground south of Florø on July 30, docked in Trondheim for repairs - new stem piece installed. Collided on March 20-1913 with D/S Hjørungavaag in Nordsund near the inlet to Kristiansund harbour, went to Storvik Mekaniske Verksted, Kristiansund. Ran aground in Brønnøysund on Dec. 3-1915 with a resulting leak in the hold. In June-1929 an explosion in a lamp in the cargo hold resulted in a fire on board (off Bergen). In 1935-'38 Henrik Wergeland was in generally scheduled cargo service between Oslo and Kirkenes, but taken out of the service in Sept.-1938 and temporarily laid up as "replacement vessel" (D/S Arnfinn Jarl took over in the Oslo-Kirkenes service).

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

WWII: 1 man died on board on Apr. 9-1940 when approaching the quay in Trondheim to be laid up. In 1940-'45 she alternated between service Oslo-Tromsø and Hammerfest-Kirkenes. On Jan. 31-1945 she took the last evacuees from Hammerfest, then entered the regularly scheduled service Oslo-Kirkenes (possibly after the war had ended).

POST WAR: Entered the new service (14 a day) Trondheim-Hammerfest on Apr. 11-1946. Sold in 1949 to Stavanger Skipsopphugging, Stavanger for breaking up.

(Source: "Nordenfjeldske 1857-1985", Finn R. Hansen).

Related external link:
Norway's Liberation

D/S Henry *
Egil Krogh, Haugesund
628 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1907. Previous name: Wasa until 1925.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1907 as Wasa to Ångfartygs-A/B Nornan, Gothenburg, 604 gt. Purchased by D/S A/S Henry (Egil Krogh) in 1925, renamed Henry - became 628 gt.

WW II: Under German control April-1940. Lost southwest of Kristiansund on Febr.13-1944, sunk by Norwegian MTB-632 or MTB-653, stationed on Shetland (I would assume under British orders). The standing order was that Norwegian cargo ships sailing alone were not to be attacked, but due to the fact that there happened to be more than one vessel in the area it appears that the MTB's must have mistaken it as a convoy. The report from the MTB states that 2 cargo ships sailing in a convoy escorted by a patrolboat had been sunk, adding that the vessels had no nationality marks and no navigation lights. All of this later proved to be incorrect; the nationality markings were in place, as were the navigation lights. There were no escorts, but a large tug was sailing about half an hour away from the 2 ships. D/S Irma, the first to be attacked was about to pass Henry at the time, and Henry's crew had gone in the boats to pick up survivors from Irma when she herself received a hit. My text under Irma has a summary of a newspaper article on this incident. It was not known at first that Norwegian vessels were actually to blame, so the attacks caused widespread Nazi (Norwegian as well as German) propaganda against the allies and the Norwegian government, exiled in London.

NOTE: I've also seen the tonnage 636 gt and 626 gt listed for Henry. I've come across some conflicts as to which MTB's were involved; for instance, "Våre gamle skip" lists MTB 627 as one of them (agrees with MTB 653).

Related external links:
2 of those who died - Captain John Olav Gustav Dommersnes and Stoker Johan Wåge Larsen are commemorated (please note that Carl Martin Sæthre, the 2nd man on this list, was not on Henry, but on Henry Morgan), The Norwegian text says that Henry had a cargo of rocks and came from Risør, when she was torpedoed and shelled by MTB 653. 2 of her crew died. One of Henry's lifeboats picked up 6 men from Irma, as well as 3 who were in the water. The Hestskjær lighthouse keeper came out to assist and took the lifeboat to shore, later to Kristiansund.

The Irma (and Henry) Tragedy - A very detailed account on the sinking, text in Norwegian (personal opinions, pictures).

Nasjonal Samling - the Norwegian political party headed by Vidkun Quisling.
History of the Norwegian Political SS
- (both these articles are on NUAV-Norway during WW II. More articles can be found here).

Herold *?
Leirvik Sildoljefabrikk, Stord (from 1942)
95 gt
Built in Troense, Denmark 1865. Previous name: Marie.

Pre war history: Built as Marie for Danish owners. Purchased in May-1915 from Ludvig Michal Jensen, Korsør, Denmark by Ole B. Fredriksen, Skudeneshavn and renamed Herold. In the coal trade England-Skudeneshavn. Was missing for days during a heavy storm in the North Sea in the winter 1924/25 when on a voyage England-Skudeneshavn with cargo of coal, but managed to get to the coast of Nordland. This was Skudeneshavn's last sailing vessel (2 masted schooner). She was sold to Chr. B. Finnvik, Jelsa in Apr.-1933 and converted to barge. Formally deleted from Skudeneshavn's register on March-15-1934. Used to transport ice from Vindafjord to Haugesund, Røvær and Espevær in the period 1933-1942.

WW II: Sold in 1942 to Leirvik Sildoljefabrikk, Stord (herring oil factory), damaged (lost?) in air attack when in port at Bergen in 1944/45 (turn of the year).

(Main source: "Våre gamle skip", Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn).

D/S Hertha
William Hansen, Bergen
1365 gt
Built Sliedrecht, Netherlands 1917. Previous name: Venus 2 until 1923.

Under German control. According to a posting to my ship forum she was damaged, by the Norwegian MTBs MTB-620 and MTB-623 together with the German S/S Harvesthude in Nov.-1942. (R. Jordan says she was sunk north of Bergen Nov. 27-1942. Reported as raised and under repair in Aug.-1943. Reported at Bergen in Aug.-1944. Reported at Østfjorden, Bergen in March-1945).

Picture of Hertha - Received from Ron Beaupre, who says: "This photo was taken by the late Father Peter J Van Der Linden in the Detroit River, 23 July, 1950. Later that year Hertha was renamed Tom Stromer. In 1952 she was renamed again as Remhof. Broken up for scrap at Hamburg in 1954. I have a 1926 Lloyd's Register of ships. At that time Hertha's owner is  A/S D/S Vesla and managed by W. Hansen. Her port of registry is Bergen".

POST WAR: Returned to Norwegian owners in June-1945 and recommenced commercial trading soon after. Further history as above.

(Sources: Ship Forum and E-mails from Roger W. Jordan).

Norway had previously had a barque by this name, a seal catcher built 1884, 252 gt. Sold to Russia in 1914, torpedoed and sunk in the White Sea shortly afterwards. Another Hertha (tanker) was built for William Hansen in 1954, later named Sildin - the Clydebuilt Ships website has more details on this ship.

Hi- Hj
D/S Hillevaag
Anders & Gabriel Andersen, Stavanger
877 gt
Built in Bergen 1885. Previous name: Capella until 1943.

See Capella for more details on this ship.

D/S Hisø
A/S Rieber & Co., Tromsø
123 gt
Built in Arendal 1908.

Seal and whale catcher. Taken as prize by the German Nordmark and used as supply and accommodation vessel for the weather station at Spitsbergen and Greenland according to a reply to a query on my Ship Forum.

Norway lost a cargo ship by this name to WW I, built 1898, 1562 gt - struck a mine and sank on Sept. 7-1916 when on a voyage from Oran for Marseilles with a cargo of wheat. The minefield had been laid by the German U-72 that same day off Oran.

D/S Hitra
Fosen Aktie-Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
282 gt
Built in Oslo 1909. Previous name: Verma.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1909 from Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo (281) as Verma to Romsdals Dampskibsselskab, Molde. Steel hull, 139'/132.6'(lpp) x 20.6' x 20.6', 282 gt, Triple Expansion (Akers) 714 ihp, 14 knots (?). In the coastal route in Sunnmøre and in Romsdal. Hired out on Dec. 4-1915 to Den Konglige Norske Marine (4de Sjømilitære Distriktskommando) for use as guard boat, returned to owners July 13-1917 and renamed Hitra. In the meantime she had been sold in May-1916 to Fosen Aktie-Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim. In service in outer Trondheimsfjord and Froan. Rebuilt at Trondhjems Mek. Værksted A/S, Trondheim, delivered in Apr.-1919. Rebuilt again in 1922, delivered in June. Repaired at Trondhjems Mek. Værksted A/S, Trondheim in Apr.-1926, delivered May 13. At the same yard again in Dec.-1926 for minor repairs and maintenance. Arrived Nesset in Nord-Frøya on Oct. 6-1927, collided with unknown motor cutter. Run into on Nov. 7-1928 by the freighter Rødøløven, when outward bound from Trondheim. Ran aground on Jan. 15-1931 when en route from Bogøy off Frøya to Sula, refloated by salvage vessel Parat and towed to Trondheim, repaired, delivered Febr. 2. Ran aground near Lensvik Apr. 2-1938, towed to Trondheim by Fosen, repaired.

WW II: Ran aground in heavy snow on Jan. 17-1940 near Råkvåg; managed to refloat and proceeded to Trondheim. At Trondhjems Mek. Værksted A/S, Trondheim in May-1940 for her regular spring overhaul.

Continued in regularly scheduled service for the rest of the war. Ran aground on Dec. 13-1941 near Lomøygalten, repaired at Trondhjems Mek. Værksted A/S, Trondheim.

POST WAR: Extensivley repaired at Trondhjems Mek. Værksted A/S, Trondheim Aug. 13-1946, delivered June 3-1947. From Febr. 18-1955 she was replaced in her route by the company's newly built Fosen, and subsequently used as replacement. Laid up for sale in the period Jan./Dec.-1956, then sold to Arendal Skipsopphugging, Tromøy, Arendal for breaking up - broken up in 1957.

(Recieved from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: "Her Byggedes Skibe, TMV 1843-1983", Finn R. Hansen, 1995 and "Selskapet og dets fartøyer, -Fosen Trafikklag ASA", Finn R. Hansen).

Other ships by this name: A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen had a tanker by this name after the war, built in 1961, 22 580 gt, broken up 1981. The same company had another Hitra in the early 1990's, originally built as Liberian Marine Reunion in 1984, 45 798 gt. Became Norwegian Hitra in 1990. Sold to Malaysia in 1998, renamed Perintis.

D/S Hjelmeland
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
204 gt
Built in Stavanger 1910.

Pre war history: Delivered in Sept.-1910 from Stavanger Støberi & Dok, Stavanger (63) as Hjelmeland to Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger. Steel hull, 113.2 x 20.1’ x 9.1’, 191 gt, Tripple Expansion (SS&D) 150ihp, 10 knots. Placed in the route Stavanger-Skjold-Stavanger, later Stavanger-Fister-Hjelmeland-Sandeid-Åmsosen, and Stavanger-Fister-Årdal-Judaberg-Sauda. Rebuilt in 1927, 204 gt. In the 1930's she went back to the Stavanger-Skjold run, also Stavanger-Steinnesvåg and Stavanger-Jørpeland-Tau.

WW II: In the summer of 1940 she was in service Stavanger-Vikedal-Sandeid-Åmsosen.

POST WAR: In service Stavanger-Sand-Sauda, and Stavanger-Jørpeland-Tau in the summer of 1945, then in the 1950's Savanger-Steinnesvåg-Sjernarøy, later Stavanger-Skjold. Converted to oil fuelling at some point in the 1950's. Lost her propeller off Skjold in the evening of Dec. 9-1953, but managed to get into Skjold with the help of a sail and a motorboat, towed to Stavanger for repairs. In the summer of 1958 she was in regularly scheduled service for the last time (Stavanger-Steinnesvåg-Sjernarøy and to Vatlandsvåg). Laid up near Klaseskjæret, Stavanger in Dec.-1958. Sold on Jan. 22-1959 to Brødrene Anda, Stavanger for breaking up. Completed Apr. 9-1959, and deleted from Norwegian register on Apr. 18 that year.

(Details received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabådane" by Magnus Torgersen, 1981 and article about Stavangerske D/S by Alf Johan Kristiansen in "Skipet", 2.90 and 1.91).

D/S Hjeltefjord
Dampskibsselskabet Topdal A/S, Bergen
81 gt
Built in Stockholm, Sweden 1877. Previous names: Bråviken until 1894, Dalen until 1913, Eydehavn until 1919, Nordfjord 3 until 1924.

Pre war history: Delivered in July-1877 from Bergsunds Mek. Werkstad, Stockholm as Bråviken to unknown owners in Norrköping, Sweden. Iron hull, 2cyl Compound(?), tonnage not known. Sold in Oct-1894 to A/S Dalen (I. Christophersen, Kviteseid, Telemark), renamed Dalen. Somewaht rebuilt in Oslo, 85,5’ x 15,6’ x 6,6, 81 gt, in service Skien-Telemarkskanalen-Dalen. In 1901 the company fused with Skien-Telemarkens Dampskibsselskab, Skien, stayed in the same service. In 1907 she was used at Porsgrunds Mek. Verksted, Porsgrunn as partial compensation for a new ship being built. New engine installed in 1913, 2cyl Compound. Sold in Apr.-1913 to A/S Tromøsunds Dampskibsselskab, Arendal and renamed Eydehavn - in regularlcy scheduled local traffic. Sold in the summer of 1919 to A/S Risør Fjordruter, Risør and renamed Nordfjord 3, used in local traffic. Hired out for use between Oslo-Nesodden in 1923. In Apr.-1924 she was hired out to Dampskibsselskabet Topdal A/S, Bergen, registered for 146 passengers at the time. In service Bergen-Laksevåg- Strusshamn (on Askøy)-Kobbeltveit-Ågotnes (Sotra). Sold in July-1924 to Dampskibsselskabet Topdal A/S, Bergen and renamed Hjeltefjord, continued in the same service.

WW II: Owning company changed its name to Rutelaget Bergen-Vest A/S, Bergen on Apr. 8-1943. Requisitioned by the Germans at some point in the war.

POST WAR: Returned to owners in 1945. Ship and routes sold in June-1950 to Askøy Kommune (Askøy Municipality). Ownership known as Rutelaget Askøy-Bergen A/S, Askøy, Oct. 19-1950. Hjeltefjord did not re-enter service and was sold that year to Sivert Thorsen, Florvåg, Askøy. Sold in Oct.-1951 to Belgium for breaking up.

(All details on this vessel received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr. 1994 and "Bergenske Fjordabåter", Dag Bakka Jr. for Bergens Tidende 1974).

D/S Hodnaberg
O. & H. Holta A/S, Skien
765 gt
Built in Raamsdonksveer, The Netherlands 1922. Previous names: Sfinx, later Haardraade until 1944.

See Haardraade for more information.

M/S Holla
4044 gt
Built in Nakskov, Denmark 1925. Previous name Nyhaug.

See M/S Nyhaug for history.

D/S Holmestrand
Damskibsselskabet Juno
Niels Rafen, Holmestrand
179 gt
Built in Oslo 1907.

Pre war history: Delivered in Aug.-1907 from Nylands Verksted, Oslo (180) as Holmestrand to A/S Dampskibsselskabet Juno, Holmestrand. Steel hull, 109.1’(lpp) x 18.6’ x 7.6’, 179.18 gt, Triple Expansion (Nylands), registered for 250 passengers and in local service Oslo-Hurumlandet-Drøbak-Holmestrand. Laid up in 1915, somewhat rebuilt. Back in service in 1923, Oslo-Hurumlandet-Drøbak-Moss-Horten-Holmestrand, then in 1931 Oslo-Hurumlandet-Drøbak-Holmestrand (corresponding with the company's Juno).

POST WAR: Sold in 1952 to Alf Mortensen, Oslo, continuing in the same service. Converted to freighter at Soon Slip & Mek. Verksted, Son in 1954, 109.2’(lpp) x 18.6’ x 10.9’, 164 gt, 180 tdwt, and a 6cyl 4tev MWM dm 250 bhp motor installed. Sold in Jan.-1956 to Sverre Koch, Solum near Skien. In 1959 she was used in the Norwegian movie "Ugler i mosen" (as passenger vessel - many people my age will remember this movie well, it left a great impression on me). In 1963 a 4cyl Vølund 300bhp motor was installed. Sold in May-1967 to Georg Matre e. a. Ølensvåg, sold again that same year to Arild Johansen, Ølensvåg. Sold in Jan.-1968 to Mikal Espedal, Karmøy, used as freighter in Oslofjord. Sold in Oct.-1973 to Br. Anda, Hundvåg in Stavanger for breaking up. Sold in March-1974 to Jacob K. Espeland, Mosterhamn, Bømlo, laid up in Grindheimsvågen at Moster, motor and misc. removed. Sold back to Br. Anda, Hundvåg in Aug.-1976 for breaking up and towed from Grindheimsvågen to Hundvåg - broken up.

(Received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Article about Dampskibsselskabet Juno by Gunnar H. Aadne in "Skipet" 1.93 and misc.).

D/S Holsenøy
Alversund & Meland Eimbaatlag LL, Frekhaug
127 gt
Built in Oslo 1885. Previous name: Bastø until 1928.

Pre war history: Delivered in Jan.-1885 from Akers mek. Verksted, Oslo (106) as local passenger/cargo vessel Bastø to Moss-Horten Dampskibsselskab (R. M. Peterson), Moss, steel hull, 80.6' x 17.1' x 7.8', 92 gt, 52 net, 2cyl Compound (Akers) 25nhp, 10 knots, in service in Oslofjord. Rebuilt and lengthened in 1901, 95.4' x 17.1' x 7.7', 114 gt, 51 net. Somewhat altered again in 1909?, 127 gt. Sold in Jan.-1911 to A/S Alpha, Moss together with the company's other vessels. Sold in Sept.-1928 to Alversund & Meland Eimbaatlag LL, Frekhaug (Bergen), renamed Holsenøy. In regularly scheduled service with passengers, cargo and mail Bergen-Holsenøy-Flatøy-Isdalstø, occasionally to Kvamsvåg and Alverstrømmen.

WW II: In 1943 the owning company's vessels (Holsenøy and Frekhaug) and routes were sold to Alversund & Manger Dampbåtlag LL, Bergen, same service.

POST WAR: Laid up around 1947. Sold in 1949 en bloc with Varden to Stavanger Skipsophugnings Co. for breaking up.

(Received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabåten" Dag Bakka Jr. 1994 and "Bergenske Fjordabåter" Dag Bakka Jr. for Bergens Tidende 1974).

M/S Homborsund
Dampskibsselskabet Veritas
(O. Børresen, Oslo)
253 gt
Built in Moss 1891. Previous names: Transport II until 1894, Loyal until 1939.

Pre war history: Delivered in Nov.-1891 from Moss Jernstøberi & Mek. Verksted, Moss as cargo ship D/S Transport II to Vestlandske Godsdampskibsselskab, Oslo, 233 gt, used in regularly scheduled cargo service. Sold in Jan.-1894 to Dampskibsselskabet Veritas (Bertrand Jacobsen), Arendal and renamed Loyal, used in cargo service Oslo-Arendal-Kristiansand-Stavanger-Haugesund-Bergen, later also to other destinations where needed. Lengthened in 1915, 263 gt. Manager became O.Børresen, Oslo in Apr.-1938 (the company's former agent in Oslo), same service. Rebuilt in 1939, 253 gt, and entered service as M/S Homborsund in May-1939, placed in the company's new express service Oslo-Stavanger-Sandnes-Bergen.

WW II: Requisitioned by the Germans on June 17-1940, under "Luftgaukdo. Norwegen" ("Verteilerschiff"), later returned to owners.

POST WAR: 1955: Dampskibsselskabet Veritas (Knut Knutsen OAS / Øistein Lande, Haugesund). The company, including ships, agents etc. was sold to Knut Knutsen OAS, administration placed under Haugesund Dampskibsselskap A/S, Øistein Lande manager. Renamed Homborsund 2 in March-1956 (when Veritas' new Homborsund was delivered). Sold in Sept.-1956 to D/S A/S Rutland (Joh. P. Mathiesen), Oslo, renamed Rutland 2, in cargo service in Oslofjord. Extensively rebuilt in 1957 at Kristensen Mek. Verksted, Greåker (Sarpsborg), 270 gt (new bow, hatches, superstructure, bridge and interior). Sold in Febr.-1968 to Ole Aune, Heimdal (just outside Trondheim), in coastal service. Renamed Lade in March-1969, then sold in Sept. that same year to Edvard Edvardsen, Sør Fugløy near Bodø. Sold in June-1973 to Birger Mathiesen, Trondheim (265 gt). Sold in Dec.-1976 to Aksel W. Nøstvold, Sørreisa. Sold in Oct.-1981 to Rolf Mathiesen, Båtsfjord. Laid up at Mathiassen Mek. Verksted, Harstad at some point in the 1980's, de-rigged and sunk 1990/'91, deleted from registry Oct. 16-1991. (See also this message in my Guestbook).

(Info on this ship sent to me by T. Eriksen, Norway).

Dampskibsselskapet Veritas, Haugesund had a Homborsund (2) later on, delivered from A/B Åsiverken, Åmål in Dec.-1956, 381 gt. The ship was lengthened at Haugesund mek. Verksted in 1962, 430 gt. Sold in May-1969 to Lars K. Botten, Kristiansund and renamed Rødsand. Sold to Britain in March-1982 and registered in London. Named Sunmar Sea in 1985 for Sunmar Sea Ltd. Partnership, Seattle and in 1993 Coastal Sea for Coastal Transportation Inc., Seattle, Wa. ("Våre motorskip", Leif M. Bjørkelund, E. H. Kongshavn).

D/S Honningsvåg
487 gt
Built Wesermünde, launched Sept.-1939, delivered Jan. 25-1940. Previous name: Malangen.

This was originally the German trawler Malangen which was seized by the Norwegian Navy at the beginning of the war. There's a posting on my Ship Forum which gives the history of this ship. An English translation is provided in the posting underneath it. I've included a brief summary here (I did not realize when I first listed this ship, that it was not a merchant vessel, but will leave it on the list).

NOTE: Honningsvaag is listed in my book "List of Norwegian War and Merchant Ships to which Signal Letters have been allotted" Handelsdepartementet 1947 (The Norwegian Dept. of Commerce), which gives the tonnage 476 gt, signal letters LMEK.

She departed Wesermünde for the Barents Sea on March 27-1940 and unaware of the German attack on Norway she stopped in Honningsvåg on her return voyage on Apr. 13, where she was seized and her crew interned (the crew was later transported to the north of Norway on board D/S Nova). On the 22nd she was declared as prize by the 3rd Sjøforsvarsdistrikt in Tromsø, renamed Honningsvåg and put into service for the Norwegian Navy under the command of A. E. T. Plyhn on the 23rd. Declared as prize by the Tromsø courts on May 29, used by the Royal Navy as aux. patrol vessel from June (there's a question mark in the posting here, but I believe this info might be correct. I thought perhaps the reference to the Royal Navy in this case meant the Royal Norwegian Navy, but then for 1945 it says "returned to the Norwegian Navy" so I'm not sure on this one).

Honningsvåg was involved in the evacuation of British soldiers from Norway on June 7-1940, arriving Thorshavn on the 12th, where she was subsequently converted to patrol vessel. She was operational from Aug. 31 and joined the Iceland group on Sept 6 under the name 4-277 Honningsvåg. Another piece of info I have on this trawler is that she, together with the Norwegian Heilhorn, sank the Norwegian fishing vessel Albion near Brønnøysund while that ship was on her way to the north of Norway with supplies to the German troops on May 19-1940, though there's conflicting info on this. Albion had previously been seized by the Germans.

POST WAR: Sold in 1946 to Trålfiskernes Andelslag, Kristiansund (Per Olsen, manager). Sold in 1971 to Arnt Enebakk, Lødingen. Sold in 1972 to Oddkjell Danielsen, Hol. Broken up at the beginning of 1973.

Finnmark Fylkesrederi, Hammerfest had a ship by this name delivered on July 16-1993, 3780 gt, 544 passengers - service Honningsvåg-Kåfjord. Sold in Aug.-2000 and renamed Sunnhordland, still in service in 2001.

M/S Hopeville
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
5218 gt
Built Copenhagen 1942.

When Norway and Denmark were invaded (Apr. -1940) this ship was under construction by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen (656) with the intended name of Hopeville for A. F. Klaveness & Co., ship referred to as NB 656 by the Germans (when the Germans seized ships while building, NB numbers were given to them; NB=Neubau=New building). Launched March 21-1941 as Johannesberger. On Oct. 9 it was decied to convert her to a transport vessel for the Kriegsmarine, renamed Finnland Apr. 21-1942, 5251 gt. Trials commenced on May 13 (having been postponed for weeks because of ice), and from then on she was considered German property, allocated to D.D.G. Hansa, Bremen. Completed May 19 and proceeded to Stettin on May 20. Damaged and beached on fire near Lohm on Sept. 15 following a torpedo attack by the Russian submarine Lembit (Matiyasevich) near Utø on Sept. 14-1942. At the time she had 992 passengers on board, at least 6 died (or 2 died, 25 injured?); crew and remaining passengers were transferred to the steamer Adler. Towed to Åbo for emergency repairs, then moved to Germany on Nov. 10 for final repairs*. Caught on fire on May 16-1944 while in Helsinki (during welding work), and docked for repairs on May 23, completed May 31. On Aug. 30 that same year (1944) she was bombed by Soviet aircraft while in Stettin, causing an explosion in her ammunition resulting in severe damages, and it was decided not to have her repaired until the end of the war. Prepared for transfer to Dünamünde in Sept for use as blockship. Towed from Stettin to Ostland on Oct. 6 (may not have been used as blockship? - not present at Dünamünde as per Oct. 12 with other vessels sunk as blockships - expected at Libau Oct. 13). Stranded near Libau on Oct. 18 following an air raid while in tow (or because of a storm?). Wreck examined in Jan.-1945, sunk as blockship at Libau in Apr.-1945.

*Jürgen Rohwer's "Allied Submarine Attacks", says M/S Finnland, ex Hopeville was recommissioned on July 1-1943, following the Lembit attack.

Misc. notes:
There's a lot of cunfusion connected to the name Hopeville, and it looks like many sources have had a tendency to mix up the information for 2 different ships, namely Burmeister & Wain's Yard No.'s 656 and 657. I've decided to include all available information here, in case someone is researching this particular ship:

• One source (Wm. A Schell - see below) states that a ship with the yard No 657 was under construction by Burmeister & Wain in 1942 (also initially laid down for A. F. Klaveness) with the intended name of Goslar, but sailed as Gotenland for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, 5266gt. Renamed Hopeville for Skibs A/S Steinstad (A. F. Klaveness A/S), Oslo in Aug.-1945, owned by Skibs A/S Siljestad from 1948. (Here's a Guestbook message from someone whose parents served on her in 1952, and another message from someone who served on her in 1956-1958). Sold in 1967 to Argyros Cia. Naviera S.A., Piræus and renamed Oinoussian Hope. Renamed Esperanza in 1968. Broken up at Shanghai in 1970. This corresponds with some details given to me by a visitor to my site, Jan Weberg, who says via a message in my Norwgian Guestbook that he signed on a ship named Hopeville in June-1966, and was on board until March-1967, at which time she was sold to Greece. Her last voyage under the Norwegian flag was from Necochea, Argentina to Rotterdam via Las Palmas, cargo of grain. He adds that while he was on board he remembers several crew members, who had sailed for Klaveness for several years, mentioning that the ship had been found in Germany in 1945, sunk in the Kiel Canal so that only her masts were visible. She was raised and repaired, then continued sailing for Klaveness until sold (however, this appears to be a mix-up with the fate of Hopeville/Finnland, unless Gotenland was indeed sunk/damaged at some point, as claimed by one of the sources quoted below?).
With regard to Hopeville/Finnland (656), Schell states "reported re-named Johannisberger (note the slight difference in spelling) for service under management of D.D.G. Hansa, Bremen, but does not appear to have entered service under this name". He agrees with the date for attack by Lembit, giving the location as northwest of Dagø in 59 35N 21 12E, adding that she was subsequently converted to a torpedo depot ship, which burnt out after the air raid on Stettin Aug. 30-1944. Stranded Oct. 18-1944 off Libau, had been intended for use as a blockship.

• Another source (Boie) says that the intended name for Gotenland (5266 gt) was originally Hopeville, but she was completed as Elbe; no mention of when she was renamed Gotenland. In service to Finland and the Baltics 1943/'44. Damaged by bomb at Libau on Oct. 27 and 28-1944, repairing in Danzig until Jan. 24-1945. In Flensburg in May-1945, returned to owners on Aug. 29-1945.
With regard to Finnland he says she was launched as Hopeville March 21-1941, completed May 13-1942 un-named. He gives Sept. 15 for the Lembit attack, then, giving the date July 1-1943, he says "in Flensburg Torpedoklarmachschiff für T-Schule" (ship for preparing torpedoes in torpedo-school), service Hangö-Memel-Stettin from July to Aug. 16-1944. He agrees with the date for the heavy damages following the air attack in Stettin, but says she was sunk in an air attack in Libau on Oct. 30-1944, when in use as blockship.

• Yet another source (Hans-Jürgen Abert) also indicates that Gotenland/Goslar (657) may have had the name Elbe at some point in 1942. He agrees (with Boie) that she was handed over to Norway in Flensburg on Aug. 29-1945 (as Hopeville), adding she was in for repairs in Copenhagen on Jan. 17-1946.
With regard to Johannisberger/Finnland, he states she was seized in Aug.-1940, becoming German transport Finnland in May-1942. He gives Nov. 20-1942 (as opposed to my Nov. 10 in the first paragraph) as the date for proceeding to Germany for final repairs after the Lembit attack, becoming "Torpedoklarmachschiff/T Schule, Flensburg". Also, he claims the attack in Stettin on Aug. 30-1944 was by British aircraft, then sunk by Russian aircraft at Libau on Oct. 30 that year (while in use as blockship).

• Then there's Lauritz Pettersen, "Hjemmeflåten - Mellom venn og fiende" (book 5 in the series "Handelsflåten i krig") who lists an M/S B 656 of 5273 gt, seized while building and renamed Finnland. He adds, however, that this ship is sometimes erroneously listed as Johannisberger. Pettersen goes on to say that Finnland was lost on Aug. 30-1944. (He also lists Hopeville, giving her the same tonnage as Finnland [5273 gt], seized and renamed Gotenland, but provides no further details on any of these ships).

This info was received from Theodor Dorgeist, Germany - His sources: Register of Merchant Ships completed in 1940-1941, compiled by Wm. A. Schell in association with Rodger Haworth, in continuation of the work begun by Tony Starke, published by The World Ship Society, as well as those mentioned in my text above.

M/S Hordaland
Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
235 gt
Built in Bergen 1937.

Pre war history: Delivered in May-1937 from A/S Mjellem & Karlsen, Bergen as Hordaland to Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Steel hull, 115,6’ x 21,4’ x 10’, 235 gt, 4cyl 2tev Wichmann 300bhp, 10 knots. (The names Moster and Skånevik were also considered). In regularly scheduled service in Hardanger and Sunnhordland, built for the local run to Kvinnherad and Odda-Granvin.

WW II: When Norway was attacked on Apr. 9-1940 she was in her route in inner Hardanger. Requisitioned for use as troop transport for Norwegian soldiers together with the company's Granvin and Eidfjord. On the night leading up to Apr. 25-1940 Hordaland was alongside the quay in Kinsarvik, where there was also a German ore ship that had been taken as prize by the Norwegian Navy. When German warships came into the fjord that night they opened fire near Trones, and when Norwegian land positions returned the fire Hordaland was hit by a grenade, but not seriously damaged. In the fall of 1940 she was laid up due to shortage of oil, at first in Flakkavåg, later in Fjelberg and Matre. Due to rumours that the Germans planned to requisition her she was placed back in service in the fall of 1941. The Germans considered this sabotage and threatened to fire on her if she left Bergen. By pointing out some cracks in 2 of her cylinders, the company succeeded in delaying the requisitioning so that she could be repaired at a yard. However, the repairs were undertaken alongside the quay in Bergen, and she was not requisitioned afterall.

POST WAR: Repaired and rebuilt in 1946, bridge raised to provide better view, new wheelhouse with a new saloon underneath. Engine rebuilt 1953. Lengthened and rebuilt in 1957 by Br. Lothe A/S Flytedokken, Haugesund, hold enlarged from 86m3 to 124m3, registered for 250 passengers, 134,5’ x 21,4’ x 9,9’, 274 gt, in service Bergen-Hardanger-Odda along with Stord. Sold on Apr. 6-1970 to Jøsenfjord Rutelag, Stavanger, renamed Ombofjord. Somewhat altered, registered for 250 passengers, 244 gt, a 7cyl 4tev MAN dm 10bhp installed. Entered service in Ryfylke on Apr. 20-1970, at first stepping in for Årdalsfjord (ex Duen II) in the Stavanger-Sjernarøy-Ombo-Foreneset-Erfjord route, then for other company vessels while they were in for their yearly overhaul. During the summers of 1970, '71, '72 and '73 she was in service to Vadla in Jøsenfjord, Hålandsosen, Bogsund in Erfjord and Jørstadvåg, Ombo. Every Sunday in service Skiftun-Stavanger with several stops en route. Laid up in the wintertime. In the fall of 1973 she was laid up at the company's yard at Buøy, Stavanger, occasionally in service. Sold in Jan.-1976 to Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger, which at the same time took over all of Jøsenfjord Rutelag's vessels and lines, but as they had no need for Ombofjord she was put up for sail right away. Sold on March 18-1976 to Simon Møkster, Stavanger, renamed Edelweiss and in use during the building of the concrete base for an oil platform in Gandsfjord (outside Stavanger). Returned to Stavanger in Dec.-1976 then sold that same month to Caravan Shipping Co. Ltd. (Michel Amine Aratingi), Limassol, Cyprus and renamed Roumieh for service Famagusta-Beirut. Departed Stavanger on Jan. 13-1977. Deleted from Lloyd's register in Nov.-1978 as lost.

(Facts on this vessel received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr., 1994, "Over Fjord og Fjell, HSD 1880-1980", Bård Kolltveit, 1980, "Båtene våre, -hvor ble de av?", Dag Bakka Jr. for Bergens Tidende, 1984(?), "Fjordabådane" by Magnus Torgersen, 1981 and article aboutJøsenfjord Rutelag by Alf Johan Kristiansen in "Skipet" 2.91).

D/S Hornelen
Fylkesbaatane i Sogn og Fjordane
259 gt
Built Newcastle 1866.

Pre war history: Delivered in Dec.-1866 from C.Mitchell & Co., Newcastle as Hornelen to Nordre Bergenhus Amts Dampskibe, Bergen. Iron hull, 130,4’ x 20,8’ x 11,2’, 2cyl H&L 45nhk, 9,5 knots, 222 gt. Entered service on Jan. 20-1867 with passengers, cargo and mail Bergen-Sunnfjord (later also other areas Bergen-Sogn og Fjordane). Engine modernized in 1874. Rebuilt and modernized at Nylands Verksted, Oslo in 1887, a new 2cyl Compound (Nylands) 52nhk installed, 10 knots. Ran aground at Vårdalsnes, Dalsfjord and sank in 1888. Raised and repaired. Came adrift in Dalsfjord in 1899 and hit several vessels. Collided with the tug Kvik in Byfjorden, Bergen in 1911. Beached at Rugsundøy on Dec. 4-1914 having sunk in shallow waters following a collision with Gudvangen in Skatestraumen, raised and repaired. Ran aground and sank in Svanøybukt on Dec. 27-1915 when en route from Førde to Bergen. Ran her bow high up on a skerry so that her aftership filled with water and she slid off after around 10 minutes. A man with a boat nearby got around half of the 27 passengers to a skerry, the rest had to swim. The company's Balder was nearby and picked up those who were on the skerry, boatswain Ole Hermundsen Takle had died. Hornelen was raised and repaired and back in service in Aug.-1917. Company changed its name to Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane, Bergen on Jan. 25-1919. At some point after this she entered into the summer tourist traffic Fjærland-Balestrand-Flåm, painted white. In a storm and heavy snow she ran aground and sank near Manger on Febr. 11-1926 on a voyage to Dalsfjord; passengers, crew and valuable mail rescued from lifeboats by a German trawler. Raised in Apr.-1926, repaired and modernized that fall.

Old postcard showing Hornelen in Bergen - alongside the quay 1909.
Another picture - Both are from Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

WW II: In Bergen when Norway was attacked on Apr. 9-1940. Back in regular service on May 16-1940. She was not requisitioned by the Germans during the war and continued in her regular service. Damaged during an allied air attack in Nov.-1941, south of Askvoll. The aircraft attacked a German convoy nearby and Hornelen received a grenade through a corner of the bridge. Boatswain Olai Netteland was injured, otherwise minor damages to the ship.

POST WAR: During the summers of 1946, '47 and '48 she was in the tourist traffic Fjærland-Balestrand-Flåm. In the summer of 1949 the new Balholm took over this route, and Hornelen was laid up at Damsgårdsundet, Bergen. Sold in Jan.-1951 to Stavanger Skipsophugnings Co., Buøy, Stavanger for breaking up, delivered on Jan. 10.

(Info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabåten" Dag Bakka jr. 1994, "Bergenske Fjordabåter", Ingem. Fænn for Bergens Tidende 1974, and "101 Fjordabåtar, FSF 1858-2000" by Magnus Helge Torvanger 2000).

M/S Hornøy *
Finnmark Fylkesrederi, Hammerfest
178 gt
Built in Brevik 1937, delivered Jan. 4.

Passenger vessel (capacity 75), Tana. Requisitioned by the Germans 1940-1945. Took part in the forced evacuations of Finnmark in Sept.-1944. Ran aground at Austerbøen near Omgang off Tanafjord on voyage Hammerfest-Berlevåg on Nov. 3-1944. Floated off, drifted out to sea and sank in deep water.

Other ships by this name: This company later had another Hornøy, contracted in Febr.-1939 for Det Helgelandske Dampskibsselskab, Sandnessjøen with the intended name Alsten. Built in Trondheim. Requisitioned by the Germans in June-1941 and rebuilt, launched on May 12-1941 under the name Adolf von Trotha, later renamed Grane. Returned to Norway in 1945 (Direktoratet for Fiendtlig Eiendom). Sold to Finnmark Fylkesrederi in June-1948, went to yard in Harstad in Oct. that year to be rebuilt, delivered in Jan.-1950, renamed Hornøy, 347 gt, 125 passengers. In service on coast of Finnmark 1950-1969. Laid up for sale 1969-1970. Sold in Jan.-1971 to Gardline Shipping Ltd., Lowestoft, renamed Inspector. Hornøy III (W 86 - catamaran) was delivered in Oct.-1979, Westamarin A/S, Alta, 202 gt, 136 passenger plus cargo. Sold to Finnmarks Fylkesrederi (Oct.-1979), named Hornøy, service Måsøy-Hammerfest and Sørøysund. In tourist service to Murmansk in 1984. In service Sørøysund 1995. Sold in Nov.-1998 and renamed La Reina for Helminsen Skips A/S, Fredrikstad. Sold to Iceland in Jan.2000. (Finnmark Fylkesrederi og Ruteselskap fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

D/S Horten
Tønsberg & Hortens Dampskibsselskab, Tønsberg
213 gt

See text under D/S Steigen.

M/S Hosanger I
Indre Nordhordland Dampbaatlag LL, Bergen
229 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1939.

Pre war history: Delivered in June-1939 from Glommens Mek. Verksted, Fredrikstad as Hosanger I to Indre Nordhordland Dampbaatlag LL, Bergen. Steel hull, 128,4’ x 21,9’ x 6,8’, 229 gt., 6cyl 4tev Deutz dm 500bhk. In regularly scheduled service with passengers, mail and cargo Bergen-Osterfjord.

WW II: Requisitioned by the Germans for a voyage Bergen-Oslo in 1944. Laid up towards the end of the war due to lack of oil.

Picture of Hosanger I - Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
Picture of Lynx - In Bergen 1945 (with the Swastika flag). Same source. Hosanger I can be seen further out (the white looking vessel).

POST WAR: Back in service in July-1945. Modernized in the fall of 1955 at Skjønndal Slip, Bergen, a 4tev Deutz dm 560bhk installed. Back in service on Febr. 10-1956. Laid up in 1970, at first in Damsgårdsund in Bergen, later near Vikanes. Sold in the winter of 1973 to Einar Cook, Nyhavn, Bergen. Sold in Sept.-1973 to Skandia Bibelmisjon (Rev. Marthinsen, Brumunddal). Renamed Misjonskipet Fred (this means something like Mission Vessel Peace). Converted to a center for drug abusers; the project was implemented, but stranded after some time. Sold in 1976 to Brødrene Sørensen A/S, Stathelle, in use as accommodation vessel. Broken up in the summer of 1980 at owner's yard in Surtebog, Frierfjord.

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

Hu - Hy
D/S Hugin *
Lars Bakke ? Ålesund
124 gt
Built 1906.

In service on the coast of Norway. According to "Norges, Sveriges og Danmarks handelsflåter, tilgang og avgang 1940-1945" (Det norske Veritas, 1946).

Bombed off Berlevåg on Sept. 27-1942, Stoker Lars Ingvald Wagelseth was among the casualties.

Hugin was shelled and set ablaze between Vardø and Vadsø on July 15-1944, on a voyage Vardø-Kirkenes with a cargo of lumber. Mate Anton Kristian Robertsen, and Seaman Idar Skilhagen died. The following day she was towed to Vadsø (by Langenæs, according to my Ship Forum), where she stayed afloat until September when she sank.

A query to my Ship Forum about the loss of this vessel, resulted in a few responses. The query itself says that Rohwer's "Chronology of the War at Sea" states that Hugin was sunk by the Soviet TKA 239. One of the responses says that according to the subsequent maritime hearings she was attacked by two Russian MTB's. A German soldier and one of the Norwegian crew died. A Russian poster says TK 239 (ex US PT-12) under the command of StLt V.D. Jurchenko was sunk that day, possibly by the escorting Uj 1211, after having been separated from the rest of the group of 9 TKA's that attacked the convoy (under V. N. Alexeev), 5 were taken prisoner, including the commander. He adds that according to Soviet sources TK-12 torpedoed and sank the Norwegian(?) Storegga.

POST WAR (as per one of the messages on my Forum): Wreck sold in 1953 and removed.

Related external link:

D/S Huldra *
William Hansen, Bergen
2112 gt
Built in Oslo ca. 1940.

In service on the coast of Norway. Under German control from May-1940. Struck a mine on March 1-1941 and sank at Hustadvika (Source: R. W. Jordan).

There's a thread re this ship on my Ship Forum, one of the replies saying "The normal credit is to HMS Cachalot (10.1940), but I'm rather sure the HULDRA struck a drifting mine. The area is to deep for airlaid mines, and it wasn't any submarine attacks".

However, another response says: "CACHALOT did not lay a minefield in October 1940 but F.D.28 was laid on 26.1.1941: 50 mines within 2.5' of 62°57.5' N, 06°52'40" E with flooders set for 1.3.1941. So it would appear that she was most likely the culprit as HULDRA is reported to have sunk in 62°58.9' N, 06°51.3' E. NARWHAL had also laid a minefield in the same area in May 1940 but with flooders set for 20.6.1940 so she could not have been responsible unless one mine was rogue and did not deactivate but we will never know for sure".

See also the other responses, one of which says:
The FD.28 fits very good with the position of the located wreck (depth 100+ metres). No mines of FD.28 were reported nor swept, and nothing were found during the minesweeping by 56. M-Fl after the loss of the Huldra. It's strange that a minefield in the main sailingroute was undetected for more than a month, and only one mine remained at the self destruction date. Might indicate some error being made by the submarine during the laying? I think that the most possible reason is the last mine of the FD.28 minefield, but a drifting mine can't be sorted out (the German conclusion was probably drifting mine). Huldra was on voyage Ålesund - Thamshavn in ballast, and the crew was rescued by NM-16".

Another Huldra (tanker) was built for William Hansen in 1950, later became Port Navalo of Rouen. The Clydebuilt Ships website has more details.

D/S Hval
D/S A/S Asker, Røken & Hurum, Oslo
96 gt

Built in Gothenburg 1893. Previous names: Samsø till 1918, Røken till 1934.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1893 from Eriksbergs Mek. Verkstad, Göteborg, Sweden (102) as Samsø to Aarhusbugtens Dampskibsselskab, Århus, Denmark. Steel hull, 91.2' x 17.6' x 8.2', 102 gt, 2cyl Compound (Eriksbergs) 185ihp. Sold June 1-1918 to Skibsaktieselskabet Røken & Hurum, Oslo, renamed Røken, 122 gt. Used in regularly scheduled service Oslo-Askerlandet-Sætre-Verpen. In 1925, owners were forced to cease their operations, and the following year she was sold to Dampskibs-A/S Asker, Røken & Hurum (T. Mortensen), Oslo; service Oslo-Askerlandet-Sætre, all through the year. Rebuilt in 1934 at Drammen Slip & Verksted, Drammen, 96 gt. Renamed Hval in June-1934. Entered service between Oslo and the newly built Hvalstrand Bad in Asker.

WW II: Remeasured in 1943, 114 gt.

At some point in the '40's she was on hire to A/S Nesodden-Bundefjord Dampskipsselskap, Oslo (who had had several of their vessels requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine). Service Oslo-Bunnefjorden. Later returned to owners (year not known).

POST WAR: In 1947 the owning company experienced financial problems and attempted to sell Hval, but without luck. Rebuilt in 1950, an 8cyl 2tev GM-Detroit dm 500bhp motor installed (1942), 12 knots. In the winter of 1952 she was in service alone in the company's winter routes. On July 16-1952 owners went bankrupt, and their ships (Asker, Louise 2, Hval and Sport) taken over by Sørensen & Lie Kullkompani, Oslo as creditors. Sold in Dec.-1952 to A/S Nesodden-Bundefjord Dampskipsselskap, Oslo en-bloc with Oscar. Rebuilt in 1953 at Sarpsborg Mek. Verksted, Sarpsborg, 128 gt. Entered service as Vika on May 22-1953, in owners' route Oslo-Nesodden. Sold in 1960 to Leif Clausen, Moss, renamed Skandia Dan. Company went bankrupt in May-1962, and the ship was taken over by A/S Norsk Alliance, ? as creditors. Sold again that same month to Birger Svendsen, Fredrikstad, renamed Seilø. Rebuilt, new wheelhouse, 130 gt, registered for 180 passengers, service Fredrikstad-Strömstad and Tønsberg-Strömstad. Owned in 1964 by Birger Svendsen & Sønner, Fredrikstad, same service. 1974 - Torgeir Svendsen m.fl., Nesodden / Frs. Sold in 1975 to Lars Hovland & Co., Jørpeland in Ryfylke / Frs., used as floating workshop and warehouse. Sank in shallow waters when laid up at Jørpeland during a storm in the fall of 1979. Raised in 1990 and towed to Brødrene Anda, Hundvåg in Stavanger for breaking up, broken up in Nov. that year.

(This info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His source: Article about Asker, Røken & Hurum in Skipet 3.92 by Pål Ulsteen, and misc.).

D/F Hydro *
Norsk Transportaktieselskab, Skien
494 gt
Built 1914. (Launched Dec. 10, rebuilt, completed June 5-1915).

Captain Erling Sørensen. Sunk at Tinnsjø on Febr. 20-1944 as a result of an act of sabotage by Knut Haukelid from Kompani Linge (a British group based in England, with Norwegian volunteers), Rolf Sørlie and Knut Lier-Hansen. At the time, this domestic ferry carried heavy water from Vemork, Rjukan, meant for Germany. The installations at Vemork had been destroyed on Febr. 27-1943, also through sabotage instigated by men from Kompani Linge, Knut Haukelid among them. Though production resumed after rebuilding, it became clear after a heavy bomb attack of the area on Nov. 16-1943 by 160 American bombers from the Eighth Air Force, that theAllies had no intention of leaving it alone, so production was stopped altogether on Dec. 13, with the intention of moving it to Germany. On board Hydro that day was 15 tons 'kalilut' (don't know word in English, lut means lye), the remainder of the supply of the component used to distill the water. The 3 men, carrying explosives, went on board in the evening of Febr. 19 when Hydro was at Mæl, near Rjukan, and managed to place the explosives undetected before going ashore again. The explosion occurred the next morning while the ferry was enroute to Tinnoset. 14 Norwegians and 20 German soldiers perished according to Lauritz Pettersen, "Hjemmeflåten - Mellom venn og fiende", but these numbers vary greatly according to source.

Related external links:
D/S Hydro - More on the sabotage from a website for divers, text in English and Norwegian (I notice the webmaster has been visiting my website too!).

Et hav av sorg - The fight for the heavy water. The D/S Hydro incident is described in detail (text is in Norwegian). This page says that Hydro had 32 passengers, 7 crew and 8 German soldiers on board. 21 passengers, 4 crew and 4 German soldiers were rescued, mostly thanks to farmers who came out in their small boats.

Operation Freshman - This website gives the names of those who took part in the Febr.-1943 attack on the plant at Vemork, commemorated on a memorial erected in memory of the attack, namely Joachim Rønneberg, Jens Anton Poulsson, Knut Haugland, Knut Haukelid, Claus Helberg, Kasper Idland, Fredrik Kayser, Arne Kjelstrup, Einar Skinnarland, Hans Storhaug and Birger Strømsheim.

Knut Haukelid

Commando Operations in Norway

D/S Hygea *
Helmik Helgesen, Munkejord e.a. (Karmøy)
98 gt
Built 1914.

Sunk by British aircraft from 144th, 404th, 235th, and 248 Squadrons, 1/4 n. mile southeast of Lista on Sept. 21-1944, when on a voyage from Randers, Denmark to Bergen (or Trondheim?) with sand. 1 died (Engineer Stonghaugen) out of a crew of 4. M/S Vangsnes was also a victim of the attack, when the two ships happened to cross eachother's path.

Related external link:
Sorties Flown by Banff Strike Wing - the attack is mentioned under Sept. 21-1944.

Norway had lost a sail ship by this name in 1920, built as Heimdal in 1872, became William D. Munroe in 1907, Ranneberg in 1917, Hygea in 1920 (had 10 different owners). Struck a mine in Nov.-1920 on a voyage Tyne for Larvik with coal.

M/S Hyse
A/S Frostfilet, Trondheim
(German controlled)
191 gt
Built in Uddevalla, Sweden 1943.

Delivered in May-1943 from A/B Junohus, Uddevalla, Sweden as freighter Hyse to A/S Frostfilet, Trondheim. Wooden hull, 105,3’(lpp) x 23,6’ x 10,5’, 191 gt, 2cyl 2tev Bolinder 150bhp. Used by the Germans as freighter.

4 other vessels of about the same size were also built for the Germans; Flyndre, Kveite, Lange and Sei (these are names of different types of fish). They all ended up sailing under the Norwegian flag.

POST WAR: Frostfilet A/S, Trondheim (under administration of the Norwegian State, Oslo) from May-1945. Sold in Jan.-1946 to Skips-AS Berean (Harald Berg), Tønsberg? Sold again that same month to Henrik Ameln, Bergen; - Ameln & Co., Bergen from Sept.-1947 ('48?). Sold in Apr.-1948 to Peder Bruknapp, Feste in Lindås (Bergen), renamed Mjølfjell. Sold at auction to Marie Lem, Florø (Johan Evandt), Bergen, Aug.-1949. Sank on Nov. 4-1950 after having run aground at Kauskjær, Måløysund, voyage Larsnes (Sunnmøre)-Tofte (Hurum) with limestone. (See also a message on my Ship Forum).

(Partly from info found in "Handelsflåten i krig", book 5, Lauritz Pettersen, and partly from T. Eriksen, Norway).

Please note that there are more "Høegh" vessels listed in the other section.
M/S Høegh Carrier *
Per Holm, Oslo
4906 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1935.

Came under German control in 1940. Mostly in service between Rotterdam and Norway with coal. Bombed by British aircraft on April 18-1943 and sunk off Den Helder, Holland. 2 died.

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

Related external link:
The 2 who died - Stokers Thore Willy Thorsen and Georg Wreng are named. The Norwegian text says she was en route to Norway when she was attacked by GERMAN aircraft.

M/S Høegh Silvermann
Leif Høegh & Co. A/S, Oslo
7707 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1941.

General cargo vessel launched in 1941 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen as Høegh Silvermann for Leif Høegh & Co. A/S, Oslo, 7707 gt, 4729 net, 10 550 tdwt, 444' 4" length x 58' 4" beam, 5-cyl. two-stroke cycle double acting oil engine by the shipbuilders. Seized by the Germans, placed in the management of Norddeutscher Lloyd and renamed Lappland, later renamed Goslar 1943.

(Lauritz Pettersen, Hjemmeflåten - Mellom venn og fiende gives 4729 gt, quite a difference here, this must be an error[?]).

Picture of this ship when Goslar - From a visitor to my website; his source: "Handelsschiffe im Kriegseinsatz", Herbert Baasch (b.1920-d.1997); photo by Herbert Baasch. (Posted here with permission of the new owner of Baasch's photo collection).

POST WAR: Recovered at Copenhagen in May 1945 and handed back to Norway. Recommissioned in Aug. 1946 under her new name Høegh Silverbeam. Sold in June-1958 to Spedizione Italiane Maritime Terrestri S.p.A., Italy and renamed Zenobia Martini Secondo, then renamed Zenobia Martini in 1961.

Picture of this ship when Høegh Silverbeam - Scanned from Leif Høegh & Co,'s fleet list and added to this website with the company's permission.

(Source for text: Leif Høegh fleet list).

M/S Høegh Trader
Leif Høegh & Co. A/S, Oslo
7715 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1940.

General cargo vessel launched by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen as Høegh Trader (II) in 1940, 7708 gt (conflict), 4728 net, 10 550 tdwt, 444' 4" length x 58' 4" beam, 5-cyl. two stroke cycle double acting oil engine by the shipbuilders. Seized by the Germans in 1940 while building, renamed Kurland, and transferred to the Kriegsmarine (in the management of Norddeutscher Lloyd), July-1941. Served until 1942 as a "Fleet Scout Ship", then as a target ship and naval auxiliary. (Leif Høegh's fleet list gives the tonnage 7708 gt. Again Lauritz Pettersen has a totally different tonnage, 4729 gt).

Picture of this ship when Kurland - From a visitor to my website; his source: "Handelsschiffe im Kriegseinsatz", Herbert Baasch (b.1920-d.1997); photo by Herbert Baasch. (Posted here with permission of the new owner of Baasch's photo collection).

POST WAR: Recovered at Kiel in May-1945 and returned to Norway. Recommissioned under her new name Høegh Silvercrest in Febr.-1947. Sold in Sept.-1961 to Johs. Presthus Rederi, Norway and renamed Jon Presthus. Sold in 1968 to Pacific International Lines Ltd., Singapore and renamed Kota Berakat.

Picture of this ship when Høegh Silvercrest - Source: Leif Høegh & Co,'s fleet list, w/permission.
Additionally, I've received 6 pictures from Historical Department, MAN B&W Diesel, Copenhagen - (see their museum website, external link) - I believe one of them shows the ship that became Høegh Silvercrest after the war, in other words, Høegh Trader, but can't be sure, here is the picture in question (the other 5 can be found at the link to Høegh Silvercrest below).

Note that Leif Høegh & Co. also had a Høegh Silvercrest before World War II broke out; this ship is listed in the other section of this website

(Main source for text: Leif Høegh & Co. fleet list).

Other ships by this name: Leif Høegh had 6 ships by this name through the years, this was the 2nd one (also their 2nd Høegh Silvercrest).
The 1st Høegh Trader became M/S Gausdal.
The 3rd was the Cape Trafalgar, 5222 gt, built 1944 Beaumont, Texas for the United States War Shipping Administration, and bought by Leif Høegh & Co. in 1947, (sold to Denmark in 1958 and renamed Tenna Dan, 1963 the Liberian Noreverett, then sold to the Philippines in 1965 and renamed Leonor).
The 4th was built at Kiel in 1959, 15 016 gt, sold in 1965 and renamed Star Ballarat (still Norwegian), rebuilt in 1966 and became 15 436 gt.
The 5th was built in 1958 in Italy? as Esso Windsor for Esso Ialiana, Rome, 21 364 gt, renamed Esso Genoa in 1963. Bought by Leif Høegh in Nov.-1969 and renamed Høegh Trader, converted from tanker to car carrier in 1970, sold for scrapping in 1978 (Taiwan).
The 6th was built in Gdynia, Poland 1982, 22 820 gt, renamed Hual Trader that same year. Sold to Panama in Jan.-1986, on bareboat charter to Leif Høegh & Co. A/S.

M/S Høgsfjord I
A/S Høgsfjord Rutelag, Stavanger
ca. 104 gt
Built in Oslo 1878. Previous name: Torghatten until 1926.

Pre war history: Delivered in July-1878 from Nylands Verksted, Oslo (I would imagine the correct name for Oslo in those days was Christiania) as Torghatten to Dampskibsselskabet ”Torghatten”s Aktieselskab (Ulrik Quale), Kvaløy. Iron hull, 86.8’ x 15.2’ x 7.3’, 91.34 gt, 2cyl Compound (Nylands) 90ihp, 8 knots. In regularly scheduled service Bindalsfjorden, Velfjorden and Vega, registered for 120 passengers. Registered in Mo from March-1909. In Aug.-1913 the owning company changed its name to A/S Torghattens Dampskibsselskab (Ulrik Quale), Brønnøysund. On Dec. 6-1917 she was en route from Brønnøysund to Rørøy, Vega with cargo and 11 passengers when she ran aground near Nesholmene. No-one was hurt, but the vessel was damaged. Condemned on the spot and taken over by unknown insurers at Brønnøysund, salvaged. Sold in Apr.-1918 to A/S Baklandets Støberi & Mek. Verksted, Trondheim, partially repaired? Sold in July-1918 to Ole M. Froseth, Trondheim, converted to cargo vessel. Owner went bankrupt on Apr. 5-1921, sold at forced auction to Dyre Halse, Strinda, freighter in the Trondheim fjord. Sold on Aug. 29-1924 to Susanne Vik, Trondheim, who went bankrupt on March 18-1925 and vessel was sold at forced auction to Trondhjems Arbeiderforenings Spareskillingsbank, Trondheim. Used as freighter. In 1925 she was en route from (to?) Denmark with scrap iron and stopped by Egersund, where it was found she had too much cargo and was not allowed to proceed (?), requested put up for sale at forced auction May 23-1925. Auction took place in June-1925, at which time she was sold to A/S Høgsfjord Motorbaadselskab, Fossan in Ryfylke. Converted for regularly scheduled passenger/cargo service at Stavanger Støberi & Dok, Stavanger, "glass veranda" on boat deck, registered for 188 passengers, 92.41 gt. In Apr.-1926 the owning company changed its name to A/S Høgsfjord Ruteselskap, Fossan, Ryfylke, renamed Høgsfjord I and placed in regularly scheduled service Stavanger-Bergsagel-Meling-Ådnøy-Ims-Høle-Forsand-Helle-Oltesvik-Dirdal-Frafjord, as well as to Lysefjord every Wednesday (later changed to Sundays). Around 1930 the owners considered exchanging Høgsfjord I with A/S Riskafjord's Gulos (later A/S Jøsenfjord Ruteselskap's Erfjord), but this did not happen. On May 27-1937 the owning company fused into A/S Høgsfjord Rutelag, Stavanger, same service.

WW II: Rebuilt in the summer of 1940, 104.60 gt. Steam engine removed and broken up by Br. Anda, Hundvåg (Stavanger). A 4cyl 2tev Wichmann dm 255bhp installed by M. Haldorsen & Sønner, Rubbestadneset, Bømlo ("foundations" had been installed at Rosenberg Verft, Stavanger), 10 knots. Back in service in June-1940 - route somewhat shortened in order to save on fuel, but continued all through the war because it was important for the milk supplies to Stavanger.

POST WAR: Laid up near Engøy, Stavanger at some point in the 1960's. Sold on Nov. 8-1969 to Jan Berge & Rudolf Stangeland, Forsand in Ryfylke - motor removed. Sold on Jan. 17-1970 to Ole Bjørn Torjussen, Oslo, renamed Kondor, towed to Oslo for use as houseboat. Caught on fire and irreparably damaged on Dec. 30-1972 while being fixed up at Bjørnehodebukta, Nordre Håøy in Oslofjord. In use for Den Konglige Norske Marine (?) from 1973. Given away in Dec.-1973 to Østfold Skipsopphugning, Sarpsborg for breaking up, on condition that the breakers donate N. Kr. 5000 to Akerøy Fort, Hvaler. Towed to Sarpsborg by a Navy vessel. Breaking up completed March/Apr.-1974, deleted from Norwegian register on Dec. 1-1975.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Article about A/S Høgsfjord Rutelag in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 2.91 by Arne Ingar Tandberg & Per Alsaker, and "Fjordabådane" by Magnus Torgersen, 1981).

D/S Hølefjord I
A/S Høgsfjord Rutelag, Stavanger
Built in Oslo 1913. Previous name: Sundal until 1928, Engene until 1929.

Pre war history: Delivered in Nov.-1913 from Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo as cargo vessel Sundal to Det Nordenfjældske Sprengstofaktieselskab, Trondheim. Steel hull, 79.3’ x 17.1’ x 9.8’, 99 gt, Tripple Expansion (Akers) 26nhp. Used to transport explosives from Drammen to owner's factory in Åsenfjord near Trondheim. Taken over by Dampskibsaktieselskabet Partagas (Axel Aubert), Oslo in Aug.-1920, same kind of service for that company's factory. Renamed Engene in March-1928. Sold in Dec.-1929 to Høle & Forsand Dampskibsselskab, Høle, Ryfylke, renamed Hølefjord I. Converted for regularly scheduled service at A/S Haugesund Mek. Verksted, Haugesund, registered for 189 passasjerer, 85.64 gt. In 1930 she was placed in daily service Bergevik-Forsand-Høle-Ims-Bergsagel-Stavanger and back, extended on the week-ends (from Bergevik to Vika and Eiane). This route transported a lot of milk to Stavanger from areas in outer Høgsfjord. On May 27-1937 the owning company fused into A/S Høgsfjord Rutelag, Stavanger, same service.

WW II: Continued in her regular service through the war, the route being important for the milk supply to Stavanger.

POST WAR: Sold on Febr. 21-1950 to Ole P. Tungland, Jørpeland. Converted to freighter at Sandnes Mek. & Motorverksted, Hana (Sandnes), 86.65 gt, a 2tev Union 120bhp installed. Entered service as freighter Fjelltun in 1951, coastal service. Sold on July 31-1956 to Konrad Mjellelid, Lavik, Sogn - coastal service. Sold in Febr.-1959 to Asbjørn Fredheim, Rongevær & Knut Fredheim, Mastrevik in Austrheim - coastal service. From Sept.-1961 owner was Asbjørn Fredheim, Rongevær - coastal service. Rebuilt and lengthened at Mastrevik Slip & Mek. Verksted, Mastrevik, Austrheim in 1965, Hatch: 9x3.4m, Hold: 245m 3 grain, 87.3’ x 17.5’ x 9.7’, 98.21 gt, 145 tdwt. In 1967 a 2tev Wichmann 3ACA 300bhp (1957) motor was installed at Mastrevik Slip & Mek. Verksted, Mastrevik, 10 knots 40 l/t67. Sold on May 25-1972 to Bjørn Holm, Rørvik, renamed Holmtun. Somewhat rebuilt in 1973 (Moen Skip AS, Kolvereid), 99.31 gt. Sold in Apr.-1981 to Edvard Stabben, Tømmervåg (Kristiansund). Sold in Jan.-1988 to Åke Brasø, Brønnøysund, registered at Brønnøysund 1990. Sold at some point in the '90's to Svein Stokvold, Brønnøysund. Sold in Oct.-1998 to Gabriel Bouvier, Salsbruket, who has now sold her to Fredship A/S, Bergen, and she has been given the name Fjelltun again- see this message in my Guestbook..

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: Article about A/S Høgsfjord Rutelag in "Skipet" 2.91 by Arne Ingar Tandberg and Per Alsaker, "Fjordabådane" by Magnus Torgersen, 1981 and misc.).

Related external link
Picture of ship when named Holmtun - There's also a link to a newspaper article about this vessel (and others - text in Norwegian) and several other pictures of the ship in various stages of restoration.


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