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Norwegian Homefleet - WW II 
Ships starting with I

= the ship was sunk (or otherwise lost)
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M/K = motor cutter T/T = turbine tanker
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Ib - In

Name of Ship
Shipping Company
D/S Ibis
J. Larssen, Bergen
1367 gt
Built Alblasserdam, the Netherlands 1918.

Ibis is listed in Convoy HN 6 from Norway to the U.K. in Dec.-1939/Jan.-1940. She must have gone back to Norway at some point, because at the end of Jan.-1940 she shows up in the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 9B, subsequently returning to Norway at the end of Febr. with Convoy ON 16. In the middle of the following month we find her in Convoy HN 18, bound for Hartlepool in ballast. When the Germans invaded on Apr. 9-1940 Ibis was in Norway, having arrived with Convoy ON 25 (several other ships in this convoy, including my father's ship Ringulv, were able to turn around and go back to the U.K., as the invasion was underway).

Ibis was set on fire and partially sunk when she became the victim of a British air attack by 235th Sqdn. from Banff Strike Wing on Febr. 21-1945. Ibis was anchored at A/S Stord Verft (yard) where she had been undergoing repairs (she may have been there since June-1943?). Nearby was the seal catcher Søndmøringen. D/S Gula was also present, but not seen by the attackers as she was partially hidden by Ibis. (Gula was also there for extensive repairs to damages resulting from another air attack on Nov. 14-1944). At 09:36 the Strike Leader and 11 aircraft from the 235th squadron attacked these ships. Ibis' captain, Olav Helland, stoker Isak Nordvik and some yard workers were on board. None of Ibis' complement was hurt, but some of the workers received minor injuries. My text under D/S Austri has a lot more details on this attack.

Picture of Ibis w/bomb damage - Received from Erling Skjold, Norway (his caption says "in Kristiansund 1942", so this may be from an earlier attack).

POST WAR: In 1948 Ibis was chartered to KPM for operation in Indonesian waters. Sold in 1952 to Pan Norse SS Co. (Wallem & Co., Bergen). Sold in 1954 to Kongsang Co. Ltd, Pusan, Korea, and renamed Kyung Nam. Sold in Nov.-1954 to San Jeronimo SS Co Ltd, Panama (managers John Manners & Co Ltd, Hong Kong), and renamed San Francisco. Sold in Dec.-1958 to Compania Naviera Lanena Ltda, Panama, renamed Tolerante in 1959. Arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Apr. 27-1960 to be broken up.

Related external link:
2 who died/D/S Ibis - The Memorial for Seamen, Stavern, Norway. This site says that Ibis was attacked and damaged by aircraft while in port at Kristiansund on May 5-1942, and this corresponds with Erling Skjold's caption for the above picture - Cook Jens Drageid and Chief Engineer Harald Myking are commmemorated.

There was also a sloop named Ibis (British Navy), built 1940, 1250 gt, took part in the landings at Algiers on Nov. 10-1942 - bombed and sunk by French aricraft, 4 officers, incl. the commander H. M. Darrel-Brown, and 104 ratings were killed.

M/K Ideal *?
Paul Strand, Tustna
88 gt
Built 1892.

According to the website below there was a vessel by this name, a fruit carrier which traded on the coast of Norway during the war. She was attacked and sunk? by aircraft on July 11-1942. 1 died. The website mentions no nationality for this ship, so I'm not entirely sure whether the one I've listed here as 88 gt is the same one.

Related external link:
The 1 who died - This is Steward Benjamin Golmen, who was from Tustna, so it's very possible it IS the same ship.

M/T Inger Johanne *
Jacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen
1202 gt
Built in Lübeck 1938.

In Sweden at the outbreak of war in Norway, returned to Norway (see Ships in Sweden). Seized by the Germans 1940, renamed Ingeborg, then "Nachschubtanker" Norwegen. Bombed and set on fire by allied aircraft off Just near Lillesand, Norway on Oct.15-1944 when on a voyage from Oslo to Kristiansand with petrol. 15 or 16 died in the flames (1 survivor?).

"Minner og minnesmerker fra 1940-1945" by Øistein Wiik names the following casualties (in alphabetical order):
Seaman Bjarne Andersen, 2nd Engineer Albert Kristoffer Arnesen, Pumpman Ingvald Olaf Gåseide, Motorman Johan Ansgar Johansen, Cook Robert Schjølt Johansen, Jr. Ordinary Seaman Olav Kleppe, Able Seaman Karl Olav De Lange, 1st Mate Henry Oskar Melbye, Able Seaman Nils Olai Nilsen, Steward Nils Martin Hallvardson Nordeide, Engineer Sverre Mikael Syversen, Mate Kåre Syversen, Engineer Ansgar Hilmar Sæther, Captain Gilbert Taraldsen.

Related external link:
Casualties - 15 are commemorated at the memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway.

D/S Ingerseks *
Jacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen
4970 gt
Built in Middlesbrough 1913: Previous names: Wascana, then Wagama until 1934.

Pre war history (info from "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn):
Delivered in July-1913 from Sir R. Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough as Wascana to A/S Asker (L. Harboe Jensen, Asker) Christiania. Later on a 10 years time charter trading ore as Wagama. Company taken over by Chr. Haaland, Haugesund on July 25-1917, renamed A/S Atlas in 1927. Laid up in Haugesund from Dec.-1930 until 1934. Sold in May-1934 to Jacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen and renamed Ingerseks.

WW II: Seized by Germans in May 1940, German crew. Stranded at Risenfjord off Trondheim on Apr. 22-1945 (on a voyage to Germany), bombed the next day by British aircraft. Total loss.

Picture of Ingerseks - Received from, and painted by, Jan Goedhart, Holland (who says she was not placed under German flag until 1944).

Related external links:
Ingerseks - includes picture.

Another page about this ship - Also with a picture and her history (a little different from what I have above). The site adds she hit a mine and was sunk in 1942, but raised.

D/S Ingerto NS *

Jacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen
3089 gt

In German control 1940, but recaptured at Spitsbergen in Aug.-1941 and went back into allied service (follow the link).

D/S Ingøy *
Finnmark Fylkesrederi, Hammerfest
327 gt
Built in Trondheim 1872. Previous name: Kong Eystein until 1926.

Please see my page D/S Ingøy for more details.

D/S Innherred
Indherreds Aktie-Dampskibsselskab, Steinkjer
339 gt
Built in Trondheim 1929.

Pre war history: Delivered in March-1929 from Trondhjems Mek. Verksted, Trondheim (193) as Innherred to Indherreds Aktie-Dampskibsselskab, Steinkjer. Steel hull, 130.3’ x 22.1’ x 16.1’, 339 gt, Tripple Expansion (TMV) 77nhp, registered for 245 passengers. In service Trondheim-Namsos and Trondheim-Innherred. Also substituted for the company's Namsos in the coastal Innherred-Bergen run when needed.

WW II: Continued in her regular service through the war(?)

POST WAR: Boiler converted to oil fuelling in 1946. Taken out of service in the fall of 1954 and laid up in Trondheim (by this time train service and transport by road had made her routes redundant). Sold in May-1957 to M. E. Arkoulis, Piraeus, Greece and renamed Naftilos. Sold in 1960 to Evangelos Toyias, Piraeus, renamed Rena - remeasured, 287 gt. Broken up in Greece in 1969.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Article about Indherreds Aktie-Damp. in "Skipet" 3.91 by Dag Bakka Jr. and Per Alsaker, and Lloyds Cas. Returns 1973).

M/T Irania
Hans Hannevig A/S, Horten
2184 gt
Built in Glasgow 1929.

Pre war: Built by Blythswood Shipbuilding Co., Scotstoun in 1929 as Irania, owned from 1929 till 1937 by Iranian Tankers Co. Ltd, G.B., from 1937 by Skibs A/S Irania, Norway (Hans Hannevig).

WW II: Captain Ragnar Thommesen. In Sweden at the outbreak of war in Norway (see Ships in Sweden - includes a crew list for Irania). Chartered to Skipsfartsdirektoratet, Oslo in 1940 and returned, subsequently came under German control January 1-1941. Engineer Leif Solgaard is listed as having been killed by shrapnel during an air attack in Skagerak on Oct. 23-1944. (According to the external website that I've linked to below, she was bombed by allied aircraft at Arendal on that date and badly damaged).

Picture of this ship as Elizabeth Mary post war - From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

POST WAR: Repairing in Fredrikstad, Norway in May-1945. This external page has another picture of the ship when named Elisabeth Mary (main page can be found here) Later names: Astrality, Frimau, Mont Keto, Obock and Thessaloniki. Owned from 1948 till 1953 by A/S Hannevig, Norway, from 1953 till 1954 by FT Everard & Co Ltd., G.B., from 1954 till 1957 by Soc. Fret Maroc, in 1957 by Gem Spg. Co., from 1957 till 1958 by Cie D'Arm Maritime, France, from 1958 till 1963 by Tanker Shipping Co Ltd. Wrecked Nov. 22-1963, position 38 41N 24 03E.

D/S Irma *
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
1392 gt
Built in Middlesbrough 1905.

Please continue to a separate page about D/S Irma.

Is - Iv
D/S Isbjørn *
Jacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen
437 gt
Built in Oslo 1894.

Icebreaker, Svalbard, initially requisitioned by the Germans, but later under allied control. Follow the link for details about how this took place.

Isfjord *
Kristian Holst, Harstad?
? gt
This information was very kindly sent to me, and I've decided to include it as this ship has an interesting history, and it DID serve the war effort in some way. This was originally a 3-masted barque; here's what was sent to me (by a stamp collector, specializing in stamps with ship images):

Pre war history: 1884-Belgian Antarctic Expedition; K. Jacobsen, Svelvig, Norway. Gt 336;118'pp x 25' x 13'6"; aux. steam engine, 30 nhp, 7 kn. Built as a sealer named Patria. In 1896 she was sold to Adrian de Gerlache, a Belgian Naval officer, for use in Antarctic exploration, and renamed Belgica. She sailed from Antwerp on 16 Aug. 1897 for the Antarctic. Gerlache was leader of the expedition, George Lecointe, ship's captain, and Roald Amundsen, of later fame, was Chief Officer. A Romanian scientist, Emile Racovita, was a member of the party, explaining Belgica's appearance on a Romanian stamp. The ship reached Lat 71°30' S. on 3 March 1898 and was caught in the pack ice before she could reach clear water. Thus she became the first ship to spend the winter in the Antarctic. On 14 Feb. 1899 she freed herself and returned home. In 1905 the ship was sold to Prince Philippe, Duke of Orleans, and registered at Ostende as a yacht. Under the leadership of Gerlache she sailed to Greenland. In 1916 she was sold to a mining company in Norway, her name changed to Isfjord, and engaged in carrying coal. Sold again in 1917 to Kristian Holst, Harstad, Norway, she carried coal along the Norwegian coast. Over the years she declined to the role of barge.

WW II: When Norway was invaded in April 1940 she was being used for the storage of high explosive shells, and was scuttled to prevent her from falling into the hands of the enemy.

NOTE: I'm not sure whether she kept the name Isfjord after she had been sold to Kristian Holst in 1917, or whether she still had the same owner when the war started. I've found a very small vessel named Isfjord, also belonging in Harstad (Joakim A. Rasmussen), 34 gt, but it can't be the same one because the year built is given as 1939.

M/S Isflora *
168 gt
Built 1917.

According to "Norges, Sveriges og Danmarks handelsflåter, tilgang og avgang 1940-1945" (Det norske Veritas, 1946), Isflora was requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine on Sept. 25-1940. Presumed lost at some point in the first half of 1943 (I've seen the date Jan.-1943).

A message on my Ship Forums says that a German source states Isflora was used by them as Taifun. Lost Dec. 21-1942 after collision near Måløy.

Rohwer has a V5103 (Isflora) listed in his "Allied Submarine Attacks of World War Two", but 149 gt and sunk Aug.9-1942 in a collision off Lervik, so this must be another vessel.

A/S Isflora, Brandal had a a motor vessel by this name after the war, built 1947, about 200 gt, home port Risør.

D/S Island *
F. N. Nordbø A/S, Haugesund
638 gt
Built at Berverley 1918. Previous names: HMS Kilchattan until 1921, Benton until 1923, Fundus until 1925, Steinmann until 1935.

Pre war History: Delivered in Oct.-1918 as escort vessel HMS Kilchattan for The Royal Navy. Converted to cargo vessel Benton and owned by B. Burletson (Joplin & Hull), Newcastle from 1921. From 1923 she sailed as Fundus for Johannes Ick GmbH, Hamburg, then purchased in 1925 by Skibs A/S Motor (A. Salvesen), Kragerø and renamed Steinmann. In 1928 owner became Steinmann Rederi A/S (H. A. Halvorsen & Ottar Holter), Sarpsborg, 1930 A/S Ekko (N.H. Hjelmert & Ansgar Pedersen Staubo), Tvedestrand, 1933 Joh. Sætvedt, Bergen, 1933 Karl Søraas, Bergen. Purchased by F. N. Nordbø A/S, Haugesund in Nov.-1934, owned by D/S Island A/S (F. N. Nordbø A/S), Haugesund, 1934-'35, renamed Island 1935 and owned by A/S Ryvarden, same managers.

WW II: Island, cargo of fresh fish for Aberdeen, is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 15 from Norway to the U.K. at the end of Febr.-1940 - she had initially started out in Convoy HN 14, but returned to port. In March we find her in Convoy ON 21 to Norway - follow links for more info, several Norwegian ships took part.

T. Eriksen, Norway has told me that Island on the night of March 22-1941 rescued 10 crew from the escort vessel Wiesel which ran aground off Florø in bad weather - 8 died, 1 missing.

Island was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine Sealion (Colvin) off Mehavn, Finnmark on Dec. 5-1941 (71 07N 27 54E) when on a voyage Honningsvåg-Tanafjord with 575 tons coal.

(Pre war history is partly from "Våre gamle skip", partly from a message on my Ship Forum, posted by Rune Rautio; his sources: Bergen Maritime Museum, KTB Seekommandant Kirkenes and Statutory Declaration of 18.12.41 at Haugesund Local Court - Norwegian National Archive):

Other ships by this name: The former German ship Anita L. M. Russ of Hamburg, built 1926, 1796 gt was purchased by D/S A/S Skottland (F. N. Nordbø) in Nov.-1952. At the time she came from UK owners. This ship had been wrecked near Måløy in 1941. Rebuilt in Haugesund and renamed Island. Sold in 1954 to H. Peters Rederei and sailed under German flag as Hildegard Peters of Hamburg. According to "Damp - Dampskipets æra i Vestfold", Norway's Johan Bryde, Sandefjord had previously had a whale catcher named Island, built 1903 - sold to Japan in 1907 and renamed Island Maru.

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