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Norwegian Homefleet - WW II 
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Name of Ship
Shipping Company
D/S Raagan *
Thorleif Lea, Haugesund
226 gt
Built Selby 1917. Previous names: Cornelius Buckley until 1922, Savaria till 1933, L. H. Rutherford till 1937.

Pre war history: Launched on Febr. 24-1917 at Cohrane & Sons Ltd., Selby, UK (692), delivered in May that year as escort vessel HMS Cornelius Buckley to The Royal Navy. Steel hull, "Non-Standard-Mersey-class" escort trawler, 120’ x 23.9’ x 13’, 248 gt, Triple Expansion (Earle & Co. Ltd., Hull ) 72nhp 400ihp, 11 knots - in use as minesweeper. Sold in 1921 to Croft Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. (W. F. Croft), Grimsby, UK, converted to fishing vessel/trawler (120.3’ x 22’ x 12’), renamed Savaria on Febr. 14-1922 (Fishery No. GY 1341). As per 1922 registered/owned by Baker & Green, Grimsby??, then by Croft Steam Fishing Co. Ltd. (R. H. Davison), Grimsby (GY 1341). Managed from Oct. 22-1930 by R. H. Davison, Hartlepool, UK (HL 36). Sold on Nov. 19-1933 to A. Brown, Newcastle and renamed L. H. Rutherford. Sold on May 11-1937 to A/S Raagan (Thorleif Lea), Haugesund. Converted to seiner, 120.2’ x 22’ x 11.9’, 226 gt, renamed Raagan (R-161-H). Fishing off Iceland in the summer of 1938 (on her way home all her deck cargo was washed overboard in heavy weather).

WW II: Requisitined by the Kriegsmarine in 1940, renamed Eber. In use by Hafenschutzflotille Stavanger as guardboat NS 21. Hit by torpedo from allied aircraft and sunk on Febr. 17-1942 in 59 07N 05 17E, south of Austboen off Skudeneshavn. (Raised and repaired, sunk 1943?).

(Received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Alf Johan Kristansen, Theodor Dorgeist, David Hepper, Roger Hollywod via this thread and this thread on my Ship Forum, as well as "Skipsforlis gjennom tidene,-fra Skudefjorden til Bømlahuk", Erik Bakkevig, 2003, "Norske Islandsfiskere på Havet", Kari Shetelig Hovland 1985).

I've also found a ship by this name, built 1937 belonging to Thorleif Lea, home port Haugesund, a motor vessel of 356 gt. Hildur I also became Raagan, managed by Thorleif Lea, so it's quite possible that the Raagan I've listed here was managed by the same company(?)

D/S Radøy *
Alversund & Manger Dampbaatlag A/S, Bergen
182 gt
Built Oslo 1909. Previous names: Henrik Ibsen until 1921, Visingsborg until 1928, Beta (2) until 1930.

Pre war history: Delivered in July-1909 from Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo (285) as Henrik Ibsen to Skien-Telemarkens Dampskibsselskab, Skien, 97.7' x 18.5' x 13.6' - 181 gt, 90 net, Tripple Expansion (Akers) 438ihp, 12 knots. Used in the express service Skien-Notodden. Laid up in 1917, then sold the following year to A/S Hortens Motorfart (Finn Rønn), Horten, in regularly scheduled service Oslo-Horten. The company went bankrupt in 1921 and she was sold in Aug. that year to Visingö Ångbåts A/B (Axel Svensson), Visingborg, Sweden. Rebuilt in Marstrand, new interior. Entered service as D/S Visingborg that fall, managed by O. Visborg from 1924. Sold in Apr.-1928 to A/S Alpha, Moss, renamed Beta, in service Oslo-Hankø-Larkollen-Moss-Fredrikstad. Sold in May-1930 to Alversund & Mangers Dampbaatlag LL, Bergen, renamed Radøy, in service from Bergen to Radøy and Alversund.

WW II: Requisitioned by the Germans in Oct.-1940 for use as transport. Sunk on Oct. 4-1944 during a British air attack, probably aimed at the German U-boat bunker "Bruno" at Laksevåg (Bergen). Sten sank in the same attack.

POST WAR: Remained at Laksevåg until the summer of 1945, broken up.

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

Radøy I
Westergaard & Co., Oslo
(L. Hannevig) - German controlled
133 gt?
Built in Elbe, Germany 1943.

Built in 1943 by Ernst Menzer Schiffswerft, Geesthacht, Elbe, Germany (400) as M/T barge Ölfahrzeug 150 for Kriegsmarinewerft Kiel, Kiel, Germany. Contracted for use by KMW Bergen, Norway. Steel hull, 133 gt (?), 4tev Deutz motor. Sold in 1944 to Westergaard & Co. (L.Hannevig), Oslo, renamed Radøy I and in use for the Germans in Bergen harbour.

POST WAR: Westergaard & Co. (under the administration of the Norwegian State, Oslo) 1945. Sold in 1948 to Herman Gram, Oslo. Sold in Apr. -1949 to Lars L. Eide, Øystese (Bergen). Converted to freighter in Nordheimsund, Hardanger, 101' x 21.4' x 8.3', 149.94, 225 tdwt, 4cyl 4tev Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz 125 bhp (1943). Entered service as freighter Bergstø in Nov.-1949. In 1950 she was on TC to Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen for cargo service Stavanger-Sunnhordland-Hardanger, continuing in this service until 1959. Sold in Jan.-1960 to Skips-AS B.H.B. (Ketil Bredrup), Bergen, renamed Nyhavn - in coastal service. Sold in June-1961 to P/r Gustav & Odd Helland, Eikelandsosen (Bergen), renamed Fjordbuen. In 1962 a 3cyl 2tev Normo 210 bhp motor was installed. Owner was Odd Helland, Eikelandsosen Febr.-1979. Sold in Febr.-1986 to Bjarne Olav Eidnes, Grimo in Hardanger - in lumber trade.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - misc. sources incl. info received from Theodor Dorgeist, Germany).

M/S Ragnvald Jarl (III)
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
1789 gt
Built in Cobenhagen 1930. Previous name: Bornholm until 1940.

Pre war history: Delivered on March 22-1930 as Bornholm to Bornholms Dampskibsselskap, Rønne, Denmark - 1350 gt.

WW II: Purchased by Nordenfjeldske D/S in Sept.-1940 and renamed Ragnvald Jarl. She needed to be rebuilt and wasn't delivered from Fredrikstad Mekaniske Verksted until Oct.-1942. Had become 1789 gt and was certified for 540 passengers. Placed in the express cargo/passenger service (Hurtigruten) Trondheim-Tromsø on Oct. 30. Bombed while involved in a rescue operation on the coast of Helgeland on Oct. 4-1943 (no further details). Laid up Oct. 27-1943 due to shortage of fuel oil. Seized by the Germans on Sept. 21-1944, converted to hospital ship, later troop transport (Sigurd Jarl took over the service from Trondheim on Sept. 26).

POST WAR: Continued in Hurtigruten service from Trondheim July 6-1945 (after some repairs?). On May 19-1946 she departed Trondheim via Narvik to transport about 250 children from Finnmark, who had been in Sweden (evacuated?). Hired to Fiskeridepartementet (Department of Fishing) in March-1947. Renamed Harald Jarl in Febr.-1956. Departed Bergen for Lübeck on July 26-1956, sold to Lübeck Linie GmbH, Lübeck, renamed Nordland. Converted to tourist vessel and put into the summer service Lübeck-Bornholm, as well as on cruises on the Norwegian coast and in the Baltic. In 1958 she was in service Cobenhagen-Travemunde and Cobenhagen-Helsingborg. Sold in 1970 to Oy Carelia Lines Ltd., Helsinki and renamed Suvetar. To Rotterdam in 1972 and used as accommodation vessel. Sold to Spain in Apr.-1974 for breaking up.

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

Other ships by this name: Nordenfjeldske had also had a Ragnvald Jarl built in 1890, 1095 gt - sold in June-1919 to Spain and renamed Capita Revuelta, sold again in 1922 (no name change). The company's 2nd ship by this name was built in 1921, 1877 gt - sold in Oct.-1936 to A/S Nea (O. Grundtvig/Bachke & Co.), Trondheim and renamed Nea. The company also had a Ragnvald Jarl after the war (I have many fond memories of her, as I used to visit my father on board when I was little, see Odd's ships for details on, and a picture of her).

D/S Ramfoss
Thor Thoresen A/S, Oslo
1137 gt

Built in Christiania 1908. Previous name: Kronprins Olav.

Pre war history: Delivered in May-1908 from Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo (263) as Kronprins Olav to A/S Ivar An. Christensen (Ivar An. Christensen), Haugesund. Steel hull, 228.1’(lpp) x 36.1’ x 15.7’, 1137 gt., Tripple Expansion (Akers) 129nhp, 9 knots. Drifted ashore and sank near Järnnes Udde near Skeleftå, Sweden on Dec. 12-1912 during a storm with heavy snow, when on a voyage Gefle-Hörnefors with wood pulp (possibly in ballast?). Salvaged in the spring of 1913 and repaired. Owned in 1913 by A/S Ivar An. Christensens Rederi (Ivar An. Christensen), Oslo (owner had moved to Oslo). Owner in 1920 was A/S Ivarans Rederi (Ivar An. Christensen), Oslo. Sold in 1924 to Pehrson & Wessels Rederi A/S (Pehrson & Wessel), Drammen. In Oct.-1930 owner became Skips-A/S Drafn (same manager). Ran aground on Aug. 23-1930 near Skallelv in Varangerfjorden when on a voyage Blyth,UK-Vardø, Norway with coal. Refloated on Aug. 29, considerably damaged - repaired. Sold in 1938 to G. S. Pedersen, Haugesund. One of several Norwegian ships affected by the Spanish civil war when she was forced to go to Ceuta in June-1938, but freed right away. Sold in June-1939 to N. Larsen & Sønner A/S, Stathelle. Sold again in 1939 to Hans Hannevig, Borre. Sold in Nov.-1939 to Skips-A/S Thor Thoresens Linje, Oslo.

Picture of Kronprins Olav - Source: Bjørn Mildes postcard collection.

WW II: Kronprins Olav, cargo of pulp for Ellesmere Port, is listed in the Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 15 from Norway to the U.K. in Febr.-1940. Several of the ships in the previous convoy, HN 14, had returned to port and later joined HN 15, among them a ship named Kronprins Olav, which is listed as Danish by A. Hague, but I'm inclined to believe this was the Norwegian ship - follow links for more info, several Norwegian ships are included.

Renamed Ramfoss in 1942? 1943? - this probably had something to do with the fact that the Germans would not allow Norwegian ships to carry the names of the (exiled) royal family during the war.

Ramfoss sailed in the convoy in which Knute Nelson struck a mine on Sept. 27-1944.

Shelled and set on fire by allied aircraft in the Great Belt, off Kalundborg, Denmark on May 3-1945 when on a voyage Nakskov-Oslo. 2(?) crew died.

POST WAR: Arrived Oslo from Denmark with cargo of corn on July 11-1945, in tow of tug Bamse. Condemned. Purchased "as is" by A/S Dione (Chr. J. Reim, Porsgrunn) in 1945 and repaired at Porsgrunds Mek. Værksted A/S, Porsgrunn, 239’ x 36.1’ x 15.7’, 1150 gt, 1880 tdwt. Delivered in Dec.-1946 as cargo vessel Disa. Owned in 1950 by A/S Frisco (Chr. J. Reim), Porsgrunn. Sold in Aug.-1957 to unknown Belgian breakers, broken up.

(Sources: "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn, and info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His source: Article about Chr. J. Reim by Kjell Malmgren and Dag Bakka Jr. in "Skipet" 4.88).

Related external link:
1 who died
- Stoker Ivar Theodor Kjøbstad is commemorated - this website says he's the only one who died.

D/S Ranheim *
Bjarne Isaksen, Trondheim
298 (329?) gt
Built in Oslo 1913.

Shelled and sunk by British warships (destroyer Zulu and cruiser Carlisle) near Hemnesberget on May 12-1940. D/S Nordnorge had been sunk the same day by the same warsips. There's a conflict here, in that "Norges, Sveriges og Danmarks Handelsflåter - tilgang & avgang 1940-1945" (Det Norske Veritas, 1946) states she was 329 gt, and was shelled and sunk in Juvik (near Hemnesberget) by a French warship on this date, when on a voyage Oslofjord to the north of Norway.

M/S Ransæter *
236 gt
Built 1927.

Struck a mine and sank near Prestmåsøy, north of Bodø on July 16-1943 when on a voyage from Sørfjord to Thamshavn with a cargo of quartz.

(Source: "Norges, Sveriges og Danmarks Handelsflåter - tilgang & avgang 1940-1945", Det Norske Veritas, 1946).

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemorations
- The Norwegian text says that she had a trans-shipment for Nordenfjeldske D/S for Bodø, and also had a cargo from Thamshavn on board when she struck a mine at Sørfolla in Nordland county and sank southwest of Prestmåsøy. Date is given as July 17-1943. She had a crew of 8, as well as 4 passengers including the captain's wife and 13 year old daughter. It says 4 died, among them the captain's daughter, but 4 crew members are named, namely Engineer Yngvar Martin Grindstad, Able Seaman Kjell Arne Kvarsnes, Ordinary Seaman Marius Rasmussen Sæle and Able Seaman Albert Toresen. It adds that the sinking was due to lacking and careless information by the German Bodø port office about German minefields.

M/K Rapp II
J. Angell & Sønner, Hopen
126 gt
Built in Bergen 1883. Previous name: Rap.

Pre war history: Rapp II had previously been the sailing vessel Rap of 106 gt for J. E. Lemkuhl, Bergen. Used quite a bit for transport of herring from Iceland to Bergen. At some point in the 1880's she foundered in a storm at Eyafjord, Iceland, repaired. Stranded on Nov. 21-1890 in Herjangsfjord near Narvik during a hurricane. Over a hundred fishing vessels were lost. Rap was eventually deleted from the register, but later repaired and in 1916 she was owned by Chr. Fredriksen, Melbu in Vesterålen. At that time her name was Rapp II, but she was not registered. A 2cyl 2tev Bolinder 50bhp was installed that same year. Back in Norwegian register in 1918. Sold in 1936 to J.Angell & Sønner, Hopen in Lofoten (N-325-V). In 1936 a 2tev Skandia semidiesel 130bhp engine was installed. Rebuilt in 1937, 126 gt.

WW II: Rapp II was in Bergen during the big explosion there on Apr. 20-1944 (D/S Rogaland has more details). She was 300 meters away from the source of the explosion and was heavily damaged, but was able to proceed to a yard at her own power, and was later repaired and rebuilt, becoming 148 gt.

POST WAR: Owned by Angell Hopen A/S, Hopen in Lofoten in 1968. Sold in 1970 to John Pettersen, Hennes in Vesterålen. Sprang a leak on Oct. 1-1972 in Vestfjorden north of Landegode and sank in bad weather and heavy seas. Crew of 3 were rescued by a helicopter. Deleted from register in 1973.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway).

D/S Rauma
Møre Fylkes Ruteselskap, Molde
120 gt

Built in Oslo 1889.

Pre war history: Delivered in June-1889 from Akers Mek. Værksted, Oslo (121) as Rauma to Romsdals Dampskibsselskab, Molde. Steel hull, 96.9' x 16.1' x 7-9', 120 gt., Triple Expansion (Akers) 25nhp, 143ihp, 10 knots. Registered for 170 passengers. Placed in regularly scheduled service between Molde and the Romsdal fjords. Remeasured in 1894 (120 gt). In 1906 a new boiler was installed at Akers Mek. Værksted, Oslo. 25nhp, 135ihp, later 26nhp, 144ihp. In June-1920 she was taken over by Møre Fylkes Ruteselskap, Molde. Placed in summer tourist service Sjøholt - Stranda - Hellesylt - Geiranger, June-1925, still in local route in Romsdal during the winter.

WW II: In Apr.-1940 Rauma had just arrived Molde with wounded, Norwegian soldiers from Åndalsnes, when she was attacked by German bombers. An attempt was made to beach her, but she sank in the attempt. Raised and repaired that same year, and back in her regular service.

POST WAR: Company's name was changed to Møre og Romsdal Fylkesbåtar, Molde in 1947. Extensively rebuilt in 1949 at A. M. Liaaens Mek. Verksted, Ålesund, 160 gt, 4cyl 4tev Crossley dm (1948), 10 knots, delivered in Jan.-1950 and placed in regularly scheduled service to Sunnmøre, mostly between Ålesund and Hjørundfjorden. Taken out of the route in 1962 and laid up at Vegsund. Sank there in Jan.-1963 while laid up because an open valve ended up under water when the vessel sank down a little following a snow fall. Raised shortly thereafter, but not found to be worthy of repairs. Sold in May-1963 to Maaløy Skipsopphugning, Måløy (breakers) and broken up. Deleted from Norwegian registers in Jan.-1965.

(Info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His source: Jens Christian Egenæs and misc.).

Re - Ri
D/S Renøy
Finmarkens Amtsrederi, Hammerfest
286 gt
Built in Trondheim 1899. Previous names: Otto Sverdrup until 1916(?), Partagas until 1922, Renø until 1926.

Pre war history: Delivered in Jan.-1899 as Otto Sverdrup (191 gt) to Indherreds Forenede Dampskibsselskap, Stenkjær. Transferrred in 1900 to Indherreds Aktie-Dampskibsselskap, Stenkjær. On hire to Norges Geografiske Oppmåling 1901. Sold in 1916 to A/S Haahønen Fabrikker, Kristiania and renamed Partagas, converted to cargo vessel, 196 gt. Sold in Dec. 1916 to D/S A/S Partagas (Max Paaske), Kristiania. Management taken over by Harald B. Arnesen, Kristiania in 1917. Sold in Nov. that same year to A/S Arendal Smelteverk, Eydehavn/Arendal. Sold in 1921 to Trosvik mek. Verksted, Brevik and converted to cargo/passenger vessel, 286 gt. Sold in 1922 to Finmarkens Amtsrederi, Hammerfest, renamed Renø, then Renøy in 1926. Salvaged a German fishing vessel near Leisund (Loppa) on Febr. 1-1932, towed to Bergsfjord (this vessel had run aground).

WW II: Requisitioned by the Germans on March 5-1941, participated in several prisoner transports. Took part in the forced evacuation of civilians from Finnmark in Sept.-1944.

POST WAR: Returned to owners on May 8-1945. Overhauled 1948. Damaged by fire on Loppa in Sept.-1952. Partly laid up, partly in use as substitute vessel in the period 1953-1956. Sold in 1956 to Grimstad Skipsopphugging (breakers).

(Source: Finnmarks Fylkesrederi og Ruteselskap fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

Other ships by this name: Renøy II was delivered to Finnmark Fylkesrederi og Ruteselskap, Hammerfest in July-1958, built in Risør, 150 gt, 60/140 passengers and cargo. Had been damaged by fire while being built late in the winter of 1957, new hull had to be built. Sold in 1976 to Gunnar M. Vanes, Myre, Vesterålen, renamed Queens Bank. Sold in 1983 to Per Pettersen, Mehamn, renamed Polarvakt, still in service 1995 for same owner, but sold in March-1998 to Rederi Odin A/S, Leknes for tourist trade Lofoten and Vesterålen, renamed Polar Lady, repainted - still in service in 2001 (renamed Rennesøy of Stavanger in 1992?). Another Renøy (M/S) was delivered to the company in May-1999, built at Stord (Oma 30 M Katamaran). (Finnmark Fylkesrederi og Ruteselskap fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

Hjalmar A. H. Wiik, Bergen
194 gt
Built in Oslo 1884.

For consistency, this ship has been included in the other section, due to the fact that she was in Nortraship's register at the beginning of the war. Follow the link.

D/S Rex
A. Salvesens Rederi, Kragerø
588 gt
Built Stavanger 1918. Previous names (from a site visitor): Braatt II, then Sprøit until 1939).

Under German control.

Norway also had a ship named Rex post war. This ship had been delivered in Nov.-1919 as Avilesino for Skibs-A/S Maderas, Christiania, 1182 gt, built in Moss. From 1926 she sailed as Orania for O. B. Sørensen & Co., Arendal, and from 1949 as Rex of Kragerø. Purchased in Febr.-1954 by Øistein Torgersen, Haugesund. In seasonal lumber trade until sold in Nov.-1964 to breakers in Gothenburg (this was Haugesund's last coal fuelled steamship). Converted to barge Granita II, later Ris I, broken up in Gothenburg. ("Våre gamle skip"). See also pre war information for Regin, which had originally been built as Rex.

D/S Richard With *
Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab, Stokmarknes
905 gt
Built in Trondheim 1909.

Passenger/cargo vessel, coast of Norway, built by Trondhjems mek. Verksted, Trondheim.

Rescued 18 from the Estonian ship Borghild at Hustadvika in 1940.

Attacked by German aircraft with machine gun fire and bombs on May 5-1940; and considerably damaged, beached at Sørreisa and passengers taken ashore, no casualties. D/S Bjarkøy took some of the "important" passengers on board (Richard With had on board an English and 2 French officers, as well as 2 English soldiers, bound for Harstad), while others were taken to Finsnes by Clio, escorted by Heimdal. Richard With later floated free, and Clio took her in tow to the anchorage. As her engine was found to be relatively undamaged, her voyage continued to Finsnes, then on to Tromsø later that day. (This info is from the subsequent enquiry which was held in Tromsø on May 8, with Captain Olav Isachsen, 1st Mate Frithjof Wicklund Hansen, 3rd Mate/Radio Operator Alf M. Wingaard, 1st Engineer Jonas K. Hammer (killed when she was torpedoed the following year), 2nd Engineer Martin Martinsen and the pilot, Egil A. Hansen appearing - found at the National Archives, Norway - ref. links below).

Departed Tromsø on June 15-1940 for Trondheim, requisitioned on arrival by the Germans for use as troop transport to Narvik.

Torpedoed by British submarine Tigris (Bone) and sunk off Rolfsøy on Sept. 13-1941, position 70 50N 23 57E. 26 crew, 7 of whom were women died, as well as 71 passengers. Only 13 were rescued. (Numbers vary according to source).

The following casualties are listed in "Minner og minnesmerker fra 1940-1945" by Øistein Wiik (in alphabetical order):
Fisherman Kåre Arnold P. Baardsen, Chief Steward Håkon Meyer Eilertsen, Anna Forthun, Fisherman Kristoffer Gabrielsen, Fisherman Oddvar Paul Garde, Chief Engineer Jonas Kornelius Hammer, Galley Boy Sigve Eilif Hansen, Seaman Hans Herman Emil Hanssen, Mate Herlof Arvid Hauge, Engine Boy Einar Holand, Cook Lauritz Randulf Andreas Holde, Ordinary Seaman Hagberg Wilhelm Håheim, Carpenter Erling Robert Johansen, Mate Trygve Håkon Johansen, Coastal Pilot Waldemar Johansen, Stoker Kristoffer Simon Johan Jørgensen, Boatswain Anton Martin Karlsen, Seaman Emanuel Karlsen, Trimmer Torleif Berg Karlsen, Captain Kristian Dahl Knudsen, Deck Boy Gunnar Magnus Kristensen, Olufine Marine Larsen, Cabin Girl Karoline Myhr, Cabin Girl Sigrid Amanda Nilsen, Jr. Ordinary Seaman Hartvik Johan Herman Olsen, Waitress Johanne Eline Olsen, Atle Karl Pettersen, Postal Manager Olav Kjeldsen Risdal, Restaurant Manager Aksel Martin Schei, Steamship Girl Judith Jensine Solvold, Carpenter Jæger Kristian Svendsen, Stoker Peder Hepsø Tellefsen, Postal Worker Jacob Magnus Valeur, Coastal Pilot Albert Julius Vikten, Able Seaman Edmund Teodor Wangen, Serenne Wilhelmsen. Seaman Einar Marius Enoksen is listed as having died in an accident while at Svolvær on March 6-1941.

For info, in the spring of 1999, all the records of Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab from 1881 to 1988 were donated to The National Archives of Norway. Note that the site has quite a bit of info about Richard With, with examples of some of the available documents at the archives, including a document showing the names of those who were on board when she was attacked by aircraft on May 5-1940 (the report is continued on page 2, page 3, and page 4), as well as several drawings of her and pictures of her & other Hurtigruten ships (click on them to enlarge - all these links are external, and text is in Norwegian).

More related external links:
Those who died
- 33 are commemorated. This website also says that some sources indicate she was sunk by a Russian submarine. She was on a voyage from Honningsvåg to Hammerfest when she was attacked, and sank in 50 seconds. The fishing cutter Skolpen nearby saw Richard With going down and arrived on the scene 15 minutes later, but by that time there were few surviors to be found. Due to uncertainty on how many passengers had been on board, the estimated number of dead varies. It goes on to say that out of the 41 who worked on board, including postal workers, 13 were rescued and 28 died. 2 pilots also died. 19 passengers were rescued, a possible 68 died. An estimated 100 people lost their lives. Out of the many ships sunk along the coast of Norway during the war, this is the one that cost the most Norwegian lives.

Richard With - Details on the sinking (facts and personal opinions, text in Norwegian). The site also has a Picture of Richard With.

Here's the newest Richard With (delivered to Ofotens & Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab on Nov. 30-1993, 11 202 gt)

M/S Rigel *
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
3828 gt
Built in Copenhagen, Denmark 1924.

Please continue to a separate page about D/S Rigel for more information, incl. picture.

M/S Ringar
Olav Ringdal, Oslo
5013 gt
Built in Stavanger 1921/'22. Previous name: Handicap until 1937.

Pre war history: Built at Rosenberg mek. Verksted, Stavanger (51), originally ordered in 1916 for A/R Vestlandske Lloyd (Brødrene Olsen), Stavanger with the intended name T/S Rosenberg, but the contract was sold in 1920 to Bruusgaard & Kiøsterud and changed to M/S. The ship was eventually delivered in Jan.-1922 as Handicap to Bruusgaard Kiøsteruds D/S A/S (Bruusgaard Kiøsterud & Co.), Drammen, 5013 gt, 3028 net, 8863 tdwt, 415.3' x 54.7' x 25.4', 2 x 4 cyl. 2 tev DM (Sulzer), 2700 bhp. Sold in Jan.-1937 to Ringdals Rederi A/S (Olav Ringdal), Oslo and renamed Ringar.

WW II: Ringar's Mess Boy William Andreas Halvorsen died of his injuries on Oct. 4-1943, after having fallen down into the hold in the dark.

POST WAR: At Tønsberg in May-1945. Sold in July-1946 to Decker & Montemurro Ltd., Buenos Aires, Argentina and renamed Clelia Decker. Sold in 1949 to Incomfin, Zürich, renamed Melide (Panamanian flag?). Sold in 1951 to Anstalt Melide (Italnavi Soc. di Nav. SpA), Panama. Sold again the following year to San Antonio SA (Cia. Armatoriale Italiana SAS, Venice), Panama. In 1953 a 7cyl. 2T DV DM (Sulzer Bros., Winterthur) motor was installed, 3300 bhp. Sold in 1957 to Overseas Enterprises Inc. (Soc. di Gestione Marittima e Commerciale SarL, Trieste), Panama and renamed Montreux. Arrived Kaohsiung on March 10-1967 for breaking up.

Picture of M/S Ringar - Received from Erling Skjold, Norway.
Picture of her as Montreux - Received from Markus Berger (taken by an unknown photographer at Gloucester City N.J. July 7-1965).

(Misc. sources, incl. E-mail from R. W. Jordan, and Skipet 1/1984, Dag Bakka Jr.).

Olav Ringdal, Oslo had another Ringar post war, built 1966, 11 859 gt. Later sailed as Rea for owners in Monrovia from 1972. Later names: Sunward 1978, Atlantic Mariner 1980. Broken up in 1987.

M/K Riskafjord I
A/S Riskafjord, Stavanger
49 gt
Built at Stord 1905. Previous names: Sagvaag until 1915, Sirafjord until 1923.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1905 from Ottesen Skibsbyggeri, Jensaneset in Sagvåg, Stord som fishing vessel and freighter Sagvaag to Lars Stokka & Magnus Folgerø, Espevær / Haugesund. Wooden hull, 60.2’ x 16.8’ x 6,2’, 36,8 gt - used in connection with fishing for mackerel and as accommodation vessel. Sold in Dec.-1915 to Haugesunds Motorskibsselskab A/S, Haugesund. Said to have been renamed Sirafjord but this was never registered. Rebuilt in 1920, 36.89 gt, and a 1cyl 2tev Wichmann 30bhp installed. Entered regularly scheduled service Haugesund-Utsira. Sold on Nov. 7-1923 to A/S Riskafjord, Stavanger, renamed Riskafjord I. Rebuilt in Haugesund and placed in the company's local Stavanger-Hommersåk-Riskalandet service. Collided on Nov. 21-1924 with Oscar II in heavy fog and rain at Siriskjær near Lervik in Stavanger resulting in a large hole just above the waterline aft and she sank in 3-4 minutes in 17 fathoms. No-one was hurt (she had 10 passengers) but cargo of around 1000 liters of milk was lost, the rest of her cargo was saved. Raised Dec. 2/17-1924 with the help of 2 barges and towed to Sandnes Mek. Verksted, Sandnes for repairs. At the same time A/S Riskafjord purchased a new motor (2cyl 2tev Wichmann 90-140bhp), but the old motor was still repaired. Rebuilt in 1935, 49 gt. Rebuilt again in 1939.

WW II: Leased for a while to Rosenberg Mek. Verksted, Stavanger for transporting workers between Stavanger and the shipyard at Buøy, in addition to her regular service on Sundays and holidays.

POST WAR: Sold in the fall of 1950 to Simon Innvær, Urangsvåg, Bømlo. The intetion was to have her converted to freighter, but hull proved to be unsuitable so she was derigged and motor removed, with her hull laid up near Urangsvåg were she was partially broken up, the wreck remaining there until into the 1960's. Deleted from Norwegian register as broken up, Aug. 30-1952.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Article in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 3.91 by Hagbart Lunde and Arne Ingar Tandberg, Fraktefarten i Moster", Moster Sogelag, 1998, and "Fjordabådane" by Magnus Torgersen, 1981).

This company also had another Riskafjord - see Viervåg I on my V-page. Maritime Hjemmesider (external link) has a little bit about the various "Riskafjord" vessels (w/pictures).

D/S Riskafjord II
A/S Riskafjord, Stavanger
70? gt
Built in Gothenburg 1864. Previous names: Särö until 1867, Oldevig until 1870, Lövsta until 1874, Sylfid until 1879, Wittus until 1881, Byelfven until 1884, Olava until 1927.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1864 from Göteborgs Mek. Verkstad (Alex. Keiller & Co.), Gothenburg, Sweden as steamer Särö to unknown, Swedish owner. Steel hull, 82' x 13.8' x ?, 70 gt, high pressure steam engine (GMV) 20nhp. Sold in 1867 to unknown owner in Karlstad, Sweden, renamed Oldevig. Sold in 1869 to William Lindberg, Stockholm, Sweden. Sold in 1870 to Gävle-Löfsta Ångfartygs Bolag Gävle, Sweden, renamed Lövsta. Sold in 1873 to Carlscrona-Sölvesborg Ångfartygs A/B, Karlskrona, Sweden, renamed Sylfid in 1874. Sold in 1877 to Capt. Sellgren, Karlskrona. Sold in 1879 to Ångfartygs A/B Wittus, Karlskrona, renamed Wittus. Sold in Nov.-1880 to Kapt. Cederquist, Karlskrona. Sold in Apr.-1881 Kapt. Silvén, Säffle, Sweden, renamed Byelfven. Sold in 1884 to Johannes Bredvig, Fredrikshald, renamed Olava. In 1885 a 2cyl Compound (Akers) 125 ihp engine was installed. Sold in 1909 to A/S Olava & Parat (Marcus Hannestad), Fredrikshald. From 1915 and until Dec.-1918 she was requisitioned by Den Konglige Norske Marine (Royal Norwegian Marines) as neutrality guard near Hvaler. Owned in 1916 by A/S Olava & Parat (Anders Riddervold), Fredrikshald and in 1918 A/S Olava & Parat (A. Lund), Fredrikshald. Sold in March-1927 to A/S Riskafjord, Stavanger, renamed Riskafjord II. Rebuilt and repaired at Rosenberg Mek. Verksted, Stavanger then placed in owner's local Stavanger-Hommersåk-Riskalandet service. Rebuilt again in 1934, aftership covered and electric lights installed.

WW II: Requisitioned by the Germans on Oct. 22-1944 and placed in A/S Jøsenfjord Ruteselskap's routes.

POST WAR: Returned in May-1945, quite worn down. Repairs were postponed because Rosenberg Mek. Verksted, Stavanger wished to hire the ship for transporting workers from Stavanger to the yard at Buøy. Drifted ashore and sank at unknown place in 1950. Raised and towed to Sigurd Sagens Båtbyggeri, Hommersåk for repairs and extensive alterations. Registered for 160 passengers, a 4t single acting General Motors dm 165 bhp (194x) motor installed. Back in service on June 5-1952. New motor installed by Aabenraa Motorfabrik A/S, Aabenraa, Denmark in 1960 (3cyl Callesen dm 225 bhp), 12 knots. In 1976 Riskafjord II took over A/S Riskafjord's routes alone, following the sale of the company's only other remaining ship Tourist I. Riskafjord II's last voyage in the route took place on Oct. 31-1996, having been replaced by a high speed vessel. She's the oldest saltwater passenger/cargo vessel in Norway, and though her days in regular service are over, and she's generally laid up at Hommersåk, she is still used for various charter tours, being kept in excellent condition. Plans are in place for a restoration back to her 1952 condition, but finances have not allowed this.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Article about A/S Riskafjord in "Skipet" 3.91 by Hagbart Lunde and Arne Ingar Tandberg and misc. other).

Related external links:
Riskafjord II - History and pictures (text in Norwegian).
Picture 1
Picture 2 (Pic 1 and 2 are from this page)
And another
And yet another (on the Termaloma Productions website).

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D/S Roald Jarl
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
1404 gt
Built in Trondheim 1913.

Pre war history: Delivered in March-1913 from Trondhjems mek. Verksted (153) as Roald Jarl to Det Nordenfjeldske D/S, 1404 gt, 810 net, 2350 tdwt, 253.3' x 38.5' x 15.4', Tripple exp. 173 nhp (builders). Placed in the company's Mediterranean service upon completion, in service for Den Norske Syd-Amerikalinje (Norwegian South America Line) from 1914 till 1918. Ran aground near Warkworth en route to Trondheim on Jan. 5-1914.

Picture of Roald Jarl - From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

WW II: Roald Jarl is listed in Convoy HG 20 from Gibraltar to the U.K. in Febr.-1940. In March that year we find her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 22.

Stopped by German aircraft in Apr.-1940 when en route from Narvik to Rouen with wood pulp and taken to Trondheim as prize. Freed after a short period of time on condition she was used in service to Hamburg. Ran aground off Stad in May-1942, salvaged by D/S Bro and 4 fishing cutters.

POST WAR: At Stavanger in May-1945 and returned to Norwegian control. To Fredrikstad Mekaniske Verksted in Jan.-1946 for repairs, and to be rebuilt. Completed in Jan. the following year and placed in Mediterranean service. Sold on June 11-1948 to Rederi-AB Asta (Arthur Andersson), Mariehamn, Åland and renamed Asta, managed from 1955 by Lennart Karlsson, Mariehamn. Arrived Mariehamn on Nov. 14-1957 to be laid up. Sold in 1960 to West Germany for breaking up.

The company later had another ship by the name Roald Jarl, built in Fredrikstad in 1965, 21 937 gt. Sold to China on Nov. 4-1974 and renamed Kuang Hai, sold again in 1994 and renamed Li Wang (still Chinese owners). Still registerend under that name and same owner in 1999.

D/S Rogaland * later raised
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
902 gt
Built Stavanger 1929.

See my page D/S Rogaland for a lot more information on this ship as well as some pictures.

D/S Rolf
Sør-Askøy Dampskibsselskap A/S, Strusshamn
45 gt
Built at Laksevåg (Bergen) 1887.

Pre war history: Delivered in July-1887 from Laxevaag Maskin & Jernskibsbyggeri, Laksevåg, Bergen (25) as Rolf to Hans Johan Wilhelm Juuhl, Brattholmen (Bergen). Iron hull, 56.6' x 13.1' x 8', 34 gt, 2cyl Compound 11nhp. In regularly scheduled service between the south side of Bergen-Askøy and Brattholmen and Døsjø in Fjell. Lengthened in 1888, 67.5' x 13.3' x 8', 45 gt. Sold in 1893 to Herman Fredrik Barstad, Hop, Askøy, continuing in the same service, but also to the northernmost part of Fjell. Sold in 1896 to Lindaas-Masfjordens Dampskibsselskab, Bergen, in local service Bergen-Nordhordland. New boiler installed in 1914, laid up in 1916. Sold in 1921 to Stord Fiskematkjøkken (Chr. Baardsen, Leirvik), Stord. Sold in May-1924 to Dampskibsselskabet Sør-Askøy A/S, Strusshamn, Askøy (was registered for 112 passengers at this time), in regulalrly scheduled service Kleppestø, Strusshamn and Skarholmen, Askøy-Bergen. Hired out in the summer of 1928 to A/S Hjelme & Herlø Dampskibsselskab, Bergen for use in the company's Bergen-Sotra-Øygarden route.

WW II: Sold in March-1941 to Brødrene Anda, Hundvåg, Stavanger for breaking up, then sold again that same year to Ole Hidle, Stavanger, rebuilt to freighter but uncertain whether this was completed.

POST WAR: Deleted from register in Oct.-1946 as broken 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).

Norway had also had Rolf from the late 1880's and onwards, built 1886 for owners in Arendal, 371 gt. Sold to Buenos Aires in 1904, sailed as Saladero of Uruguay from 1913.

D/S Rona
Trygve Skogland, Haugesund
1376 gt
Built in Flensburg 1894. Previous names: Urania until 1901, Vordingborg until 1914, Dorte Jensen until 1915, Alliance until 1935.

Pre war history: Delivered in Apr.-1894 as Urania for Alfred Christensen, Copenhagen. Renamed Vordingborg 1901, Dorte Jensen in 1914, Alliance in 1915. Purchased by A/S Rona (Trygve Skogland) from owners in Skien in Oct.-1935, renamed Rona. Took part in ammunition transport during the Spanish Civil War. Condemned and laid up in Sarpsborg with damages in March-1937, repaired and re-entered service.

WW II: Rescued survivors from the Norwegian Sydfold in the North Sea in Jan.-1940.

Rona, cargo of cod roes for Ardrossan, is listed in Convoy HN 15 from Norway to the U.K. in Febr.-1940 (she had initially started out in the previous convoy, HN 14, but returned to port). She's also listed in Convoy ON 24 in March/Apr.-1940 - follow links for more info, several Norwegian ships are included.

Collided on Sep. 3-1940 with the German U-57 which sank with 6 of her crew. The U-boat was later raised (this info. from

Damaged in allied air attack off Åna Sira on Apr. 26-1941, 3 died, namely Captain Olaf Antoni Aursland, Deck Boy Erling Gerhard Erlandsen, and Able Seaman John Alexander Johnsen (died in hospital Apr. 28).

The wreck was sold in 1942 to Aug. Kjærland, Bergen, converted to salvage vessel Securitas. From 1944 as Torvåg.

POST WAR: Sold to Sweden in June-1948 for breaking up.

Other ships by this name: Norway had several ships by this name post war. For instance, the British Imperial Transport, built 1931, which had been repaired after her encounters with U-94 and U-587 in March-1942, and renamed Mesna in 1947 for Simonsen & Astrum, Oslo, was renamed Rona in 1949 for Skips-A/S Agnes, Mandal - broken up in 1958. Einar Saanum, Mandal had a Rona in 1958, originally delivered as Swedish Soya Maria in 1949, 10 471 gt, acquired by Skips-A/S Agnes (Einar Saanum), Mandal in 1958 and given the name Rona. This ship was later renamed Pat for owners in Famagusta, broken up in 1968. Einar Saanum also had a Rona delivered to them in 1968, 29 020 gt; later names: Pilot Trader 1978 (Monrovia), Norman Trader 1979 (Monrovia), Fort Norman 1979 (Hong Kong), broken up in 1984.

D/S Rosendal
Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
357 gt
Built in Bergen 1909.

Pre war history: Delivered on Sept. 30-1909 from Laxevaags Maskin- & Jernskibsbyggeri, Laksevåg in Bergen as Rosendal to Hardanger Søndhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Steel hull, 140,8’ x 23,6’ x 10,7’, 357 gt, Tripple Expansion 80 nhp, 470 ihp, 11,5 knots. In regularly scheduled service Bergen-Ytre (outer) Hardanger-Sunnhordland (Captein K. Alsager). Rebuilt and modernized in 1929. In Oct.-1930 the company name was changed to Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen.

Picture of Rosendal & 3 others - Taken at Lervik, Stord in 1930. Rosendal is the vessel closest to the quay, next to her is Ullensvang, Søndhordland and Hordaland, all from the same company. This is NOT the Hordaland listed on my H-page which was built in 1937, this is an earlier one (1880-1936).
Picture of company's Vøringen & Rosendal - Vøringen can be found discussed at this link. All these pictures were received from Bjørn Milde, Norway (from his postcard collection).

WW II: In regular service all through the war, often Bergen-Stavanger-Hardanger-Bergen (Captein Fagerbakke). Collided in Febr.-1942 with the company's Aalvik in Granvinsfjorden. In the winter of 1943 she was nearly wrecked when sailing across Slettå near Haugesund. Her forward well filled with water due to the heavy seas, causing her to develop a list with the result that the deck cargo had to be discarded before she straightened enough that the well could be bailed. At some point in the 1940's she collided with the coastal steamer Bergen in Stavanger harbour (post war?).

POST WAR: Docked in Dekkedokken in Bergen in July-1945, refurbished. Sold in Sept.-1952 to Van Heugen Freres, Brügge, Belgium for breaking up, departing Bergen on Sept. 19, arriving Brügge Sept. 22.

(Info from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr., 1994, "Over Fjord og Fjell, HSD 1880-1980" by Bård Kolltveit 1980 and "Bergenske Fjordabåter", Dag Bakka Jr. for Bergens Tidende, 1974).

M/S Rotvær *
74 gt
Built ?

Taken over by the Germans. Bombed and sunk by aircraft near Petsamo on July 30-1941.

My ship forum has a thread about this ship, starting with this query. A response by E. Skjold, Norway says the following:
"MK Rotvær (T-44-H) was at quay at "Svenskekaia" in Petsamo unloading alcohol (rom) when she was sunk by bombs by British FAA aircraft operating from carriers HMS Furious and Victorious (no casualties). Swordfish aircraft from 812 squadron and Albacore aircraft from 827 squadron were involved. The attack turned out to be a nightmare for the British squadrons with heavy losses, and little achievment. As far as I know, no Soviet forces were involved at all. She sailed on charter for KMD Oslo.

Reported built in 1919, but this is just a total renewing of the hull. When she originally was built is unknown to me (ex British sailcutter?). Owner Karlot Mikkalsen P/R"

Ru - Rø
M/T Ruth *
Hagb. Waage, Oslo
5486 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1932.

Captured by the Germans in 1940 and renamed Thorn. Shelled and torpedoed by the submarine HMS Tigris (Bone) on Apr. 2-1941, 25 miles west of Loire estuary, sunk the next day.

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

Other ships by this name: There was also an American ship by tthe name Ruth (steam), torpedoed and sunk June 29-1942, as well as a Swedish one, bombed and sunk by British aircraft on May 7-1942. The latter vessel was the former Mexicana (Norwegian). Norway had previously had a steamship named Ruth - built in 1908 for Ruth A/S (W. Butler Wang), Tønsberg, 549 gt. Changed owners in Norway several times in the years to follow, then became Swedish Ferdiborg 1928-1934, Belgian Yolande 1934-1935, Scottish Murrayfield 1935. Deleted from register around 1946.

M/S Rutland
D/S A/S Rutland (Joh. P. Mathiesen), Oslo
206 gt
Built in Motala 1867. Previous names: Södern until 1882, Motala Wärkstad until 1893.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1867 from Motala Co., Motala, Sweden as passenger vessel Södern to Ångfartygsbolaget Södern, Norrköping, Sweden. Iron hull, 156 gt, 2cyl Compound. Taken over by Motala Mek. Wärkstad, Motala in 1882, renamed Motala Wärkstad, converted to cargo vessel, 99.8’ x 22.2’ x 10.3’, 156 gt. In 1888 a 2cyl Compound engine was installed by owner. Taken over that same year by Transport-AB Motala, Motala. Sold in Dec.-1893 to D/S A/S Rutland, Oslo, renamed Rutland, in regularly scheduled service in Oslofjord. Lengthened in 1916, 111.8’(lpp) x 22.2’ x 10.3’, 211 gt. At some point manager became Joh. P. Mathiesen, Oslo.

WW II: Rebuilt in 1940, 112.4’(lpp) x 22.2’ x 10.4’, 206 gt, a 2cyl 2tev Wichmann 170bhp motor installed.

POST WAR: Ran aground and sank (in 5 fathoms) on May 14-1948 near Barkved Light at Tjøme, voyage Oslo-Bergen with general cargo, no casualties.

(From T. Erikssen, Norway - misc. sources, incl "Langs kysten i femti år, fraktenæringen 1946-96" by Dag Bakka Jr. 1997).

M/S Rutland 2
D/S A/S Rutland (Joh. P. Mathiesen), Oslo
166 gt
Built in Moss 1912. Previous names: Saaheim until 1920, Denofa 2 until 1939.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1912 from Moss Værft, Moss (9) as Saaheim to A/S Tinn Dampskibsselskab (C. W. H. Bothner), Oslo. Steel hull, 101’ x 19.6’ x 9.2’, 173 gt, 150 tdwt, 2cyl Compound, in regularly scheduled cargo service Oslo-Grenland. Sold in Sept.-1920 to De Nordiske Fabrikker De-No-Fa A/S, Oslo, renamed Denofa 2, cargo service in Oslofjord. Sold in May-1939 to D/S A/S Rutland (Joh. P. Mathiesen), Oslo, renamed Rutland 2, in regularly scheduled cargo service in Oslofjord.

WW II: Rebuilt in 1940, 166 gt, 180 tdwt, and a 2cyl 2tev Wichmann 130bhp motor installed.

POST WAR: Sold in May-1956 to Olav Linga, Folkedal in Hardanger, renamed Fjordgubben, somewhat rebuilt, 167 gt. In 1957 a 3cyl Brunvoll 220bhp motor was installed. Sold in Oct.-1960 to P/r / Hilmar Boge, Bogavik in Fusa, renamed Gullfjell, in coastal service. Sold in Jan.-1962 to P/r / Erik H. Torjussen, Egersund, coastal service. Sold in 1963 to P/r / Per Håland jr., Egersund. This company had a number of freighters whose names started with "Gull" in the 1960' and '70's, Gullfjell being the first one - in coastal service. Sold in Oct.-1966 to P/r / Arthur Kristengård, Talset, renamed Nyvonia I. Sold in 1971 to P/r / Sverre Betheussen, Evenskjær, in sand trade? Registered in Harstad in 1974. Deleted from Norwegian register as condemned in June-1982.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway, misc. sources incl. Dag Bakka Jr.).

M/F Rya
Tromsø Ferjer A/S, Tromsø
83 gt
Built in Skjervøy 1938.

Car/passenger ferry in service Futrikelv-Skulgam (Kvaløysund). 8 cars. Made of wood, 83 gt, 33 net.

WW II: Continued in regular service through the war?

POST WAR: Owning company and ferry sold to Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, Tromsø in 1967 - same service, no name change. Taken out of the route in Nov.-1968, renamed Blåmann. Laid up in 1969, sold in 1970 to Brødrene Isaksen A/S, Tromsø who still owned her in 1994.

(Source: Troms Fylkes D/S fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

Troms Fylkes D/S had another Rya from 1969, 12 gt - later became Notmann for Notmann A/S, Knarrveik (1995).

D/S Ryfylke *
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
1151 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1917. Previous names: St. Croix until 1921, Baltricer (I've also seen Baltriger and Baltrover) until 1931(?).

Pre war history: Delivered in March1917 from Kjøbenhavns Flytedok & Skibsværft, Copenhagen as cargo vessel St. Croix to Det Østasiatiske Kompagni, Copenhagen. Steel hull, 220,4’ x 32,7’ x 17,3’, 1113 gt. Engine: Tripple Expansion (K.F.& S.V.),1100ihp, 13,5 knots. Sold in 1921 to United Baltic Corp. Ltd., London, renamed Baltricer. Sold to Det Stavangerske D/S in Sept.-1931, rebuilt at the company's own yard at Klaseskjæret in Stavanger, equipped with refrigerated hold, interior was modernized and boilers converted for oil fuelling, 1151 gt. Placed in Hurtigruten service Stavanger-Oslo as Ryfylke that same year?

WW II: Requisitioned by the Germans in Apr.-1940, laid up in Oslo and in use as accommodation vessel, but returned to Stavangerske in Nov. that same year and hired out to Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim for use in Hurtigruten Bergen-North Norway. When northbound in Hurtigruten on Febr. 5-1941 she was shelled and sunk by the British submarine Sealion (Bryant), off Honningsvåg, Stadt (a newspaper article says she was southbound). Crew and passengers were allowed to go in the lifeboats before the ship was sunk. 2 lifeboats with 45 people were picked up by the rescue vessel Christian Bugge.

NOTE: Rohwer says she was also torpedoed, Charles Hocking agrees (he adds she was under German control, but this probably just refers to the fact that she was in the "Homefleet", in other words in German controlled waters).

(Sources: Info received from T. Eriksen, Norway [his sources: Articles about Stavangerske D/S in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 2.90 and 1.91 by Alf Johan Kristiansen], and a newspaper article received from Jan Olof Hendig, Sweden).

D/S Ryfylke
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
883 gt
Built in Danzig, Germany 1929.

See Kronprinsesse Märtha.

This company also had a ship named Ryfylke in the 1970's/'80's, built in 1975, 364 gt. Sold in 1987 to Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap and renamed Karlsøy - still in service in 1996.

D/S Rygja *
A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
3535 gt
Built in Sunderland 1920.

Built by John Blumer & Co. Ltd., Sunderland (243) and delivered in June-1920 as Rygja to A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen - 3535 gt, 2147 net, 6247 tdwt, 356.3' x 48.8' x 23.9'. (I've also seen the tonnage given as 4000 gt for this ship).

WW II: In German control from 1940. Struck a mine on Apr. 4-1943 and sunk off Skagen, voyage Narvik-Germany with iron ore. 1 died.

Related external link:
The 1 who died - Stoker Olaf Monrad Gabrielsen is commemorated.

Other ships by this name: This company had previously had another Rygja, delivered in May-1905, built in Sunderland, 3826 gt. Sold in 1915 to owners in the U.S., renamed Allaguash. Had various American owners until 1924, when she was renamed Birte Jensen for Albert Jensen A/S, Copenagen, Denmark, then renamed Guldborgsund in 1926 (D/S Codan, Copenhagen). Became Greek Marathon in 1927, Kosti in 1932, Finnish Arica in 1941, Tirrenia in 1950 (still Finnish). Sank off Port Sudan following an explosion Jan. 24-1953. In Apr.-1951 another Rygja was delivered to the company, built in Amsterdam, 10 362 gt. Sold to Singapore in 1956 and renamed Gervase Sleigh. Broken up 1969. Another Rygja was delivered to the company in March-1959, built in Bremen-Vegesack, 12 883 gt. Sold and renamed Corco for owners in Monrovia in 1966, Grand Corco in 1971, Liberian flag. Renamed Ocean Faith in 1978, Liberian flag. Sold to the Philippines in 1981 and renamed Marilag, broken up in 1982.

D/S Ryvarden
Leif Brande, Haugesund
316 gt
Built in Port Glasgow in 1921. Previous name: Nuthatch until 1936.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1921 as Nuthatch to Kelsall Bros. & Beeching Ltd., Hull. Purchased by A/S Varden (Leif Brande) in Sept.-1936, renamed Ryvarden. Used as freighter and for seasonal fishing.

POST WAR: Sold in March-1947 to Adolf Hermanson, Skärhamn/Gothenburg. Converted to motor vessel in July-1947, became 302 gt. From 1952 she was owned by Axel Danilson Skärhamn, in 1957 by J. Hj. Thorsson, Skillinge and renamed Silvana. Wrecked? on Jan. 20-1959 near Bålsön, Sweden.

(Source: "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn).

Other ships by this name: Another Haugesund company had a ship named Ryvarden post war. This was Den norske Amerikalinje's Norefjord during the war (listed on my N-page) which was sold in 1949 to F. N. Nordbø A/S, Haugesund and renamed Ryvarden. Also, Haugesund had a steam ship by this name in the early 1900's, delivered in March-1907 for Johs. Sundfør, Haugesund, 1116 gt. Sold in 1916 to K. J. Bredsdoff & N. Chr. Sørensen, Kragerø. From 1928 she sailed as Aiku of Åbo (Finland). Aground on Febr. 26-1935, later taken to Fredrikshavn, condemned.

M/T Rødskjæl * raised
Norsk-Engelsk Mineralolieaktieselskab, Oslo
133 gt
Built Tønsberg 1914.

Pre war history: Built at Kaldnes Patentslip & Mek. Verksted, Tønsberg 1914 as coastal tanker Rødskjæl for Norsk-Engelsk Mineralolieaktieselskab (NEMAK), Oslo. Engine Bolinder 121bhp, steel hull.

WW II: Stationed in Hammerfest, in service between Hammerfest and Kirkenes. Sunk by German aircraft at Narvik harbour in Apr.-1940 (I've also seen the date May 4-1940), raised and towed to yard in Harstad, repaired.

POST WAR: Stationed in Svolvær, in service Vesterålen. Owned by A/S Norske Shell, Oslo 1951 (I have her listed in an old book from 1947 as owned by Norske Shell already at that time, signal letters LHDR). Rebuilt in 1959, new engine General Motors 210 bhk. In 1960 owner changed name to A/S Shell-Båtane, Oslo. Renamed Rødskjæl I in 1966. Sold that year to Birger Aspen, Trondheim. At first rebuilt to enable the transport of herring in refrigerated seawater from the fishing fields, but this proved unsuccessful because of low herring stock at that time. Returned to yard and converted to well boat for transport of live fish, 143 gt. Delivered in 1967, in service as Epo. New Engine in 1982, GM-Detroit Diesel 350 bhk (from 1970's) 9 knots. Owner became P/r Epo /Birger Aspen, Trondheim in 1984, then Nils Birger Aspen, Sjetnhaugan near Trondheim in 1987 (possibly a son of the former?). From Jan.-1989 Aqua Frakt AS, Austafjord, Nord Trøndelag. Owned by Nordsol A/S, Krakhella, Apr.-1993. Loman Fiskeriselskap A/S / Jarle Printzlow, Frekhaug June-1997. In service as well boat. A renovation is currently planned at Fosen, Norway (by new owners, spring-2011).

(From T. Eriksen, Norway).

D/S Røst
Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab, Stokmarknes
379 gt
Built Trondheim 1898.

Pre war history: Delivered in June-1898 from Trondhjems Mek. Værksted A/S, Trondheim (80) as Røst to Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab, Stokmarknes. Steel hull, 131.6' x 21.1' x 9.4', 290 gt, Triple Expansion (TMV) 75nhp 375ihp, 10 knots, registered for 148 passengers, in regularly scheduled service in Lofoten and Vesterålen. Remeasured in 1900, 290 gt, 65nhp 390ihp. Ran aground and sank in Mortsund, Lofoten in Jan.-1912, raised and towed to Bergen, repaired, rebuilt and lengthened at Bergens Mek. Verksted, Bergen - 155'/147.6'(lpp) x 21.1' x 9.4', 379 gt, 68nhp 375ihp. Delivered in Jan-1913 and reentered service.

WW II: In regular service all through the war. Possibly used in connection with the forced avacuation of Finnmark.

POST WAR: In a bad state of repair in May-1945 - repaired and reentered service, mostly Svolvær-Lofoten-Røst-Bodø. When this route was taken over by the company's Hadsel, Røst was laid up in 1950. Sold in March-1951 to Ole T. Flakke, Kristiansund N., then sold again that same month to A/S Høvding Skipsopphugging, Sandnessjøen (breakers), converted to barge and used in connection with owner's breaking up services. On May 19-1952, Røst was alongside the wreck of the German Tirpitz near Tromsø, and was loaded with 100 tons ammunition, taken from the wreck, when she sprang a leak and sank. Later raised and towed to Sandnessjøen, broken up by owner.

(Info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: Articles about VDS by Jens Chr. Egenæs in Skipet 4.94 and 1.95).

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