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Norwegian Homefleet - WW II 
Ships starting with Sa through Sn

= the ship was sunk (or otherwise lost)
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Sal - Sam

Name of Ship
Shipping Company
M/S Salangen T.A.D.S.
Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, Tromsø
131 gt
Built in Harstad 1919.

Pre war history : Delivered in Sept.-1919 from Harstad mek. Verskted, Harstad as Salangen T.A.D.S. to Tromsø Amts Dampskibsselskap, Tromsø, certified for 100 passengers, service Harstad-Kvæfjord-Gratangen-Grovfjord.

POST WAR: Rebuilt and modernized in 1951, 145 gt, in service north and west of Tromsø. Ran into a vessel at Skervøy harbour on July 15-1954. Ran aground near Fjelldal, Tjeldsund in Oct.-1954, minor damages. Ran aground at Rakfjordskjær on Oct. 28-1969. Taken out of service on July 13-1971 and put up for sale. Sold on Apr. 8-1972 to Arnt Olsen, Bø, Vesterålen. Drifted ashore in a storm near Vinjesjø on Dec. 27-1972, heavily damaged and condemned.

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

This company had another Salangen later on, built in Kristiansund as Ladejarl for Fosen Trafikklag A/S, Trondheim in 1966, 377 gt, car and passenger ferry (296 passengers, 27 cars) in service Trondheim-Vanvikan, later Flakk-Rørvik (19778). Sold in June-1979 to Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap and renamed Salangen, service between Hinnøy and Grytøy. Sold to Skien in 1987, renamed Anitras Dans the following year. Sold to Tønsberg in 1989, renamed Cehili. Sold to Tore Arne Thoresen, London in 1990, rebuilt, registered in Grimstad, no name change. Owned by Ocean Shipping Ltd., Belize in 1995, converted to Caribbean cruiser at a yard in Hamburg.

D/S Salten
A/S Saltens Dampskibsselskab, Bodø
351 gt
Built in Oslo 1908.

Pre war history: Delivered in Aug.-1908 from Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo (274) as Salten to A/S Saltens Dampskibsselskab, Bodø. Steel hull, 147.8’ x 21.6’ x 9-9.5’, 351 gt, Triple Expansion (Akers) 65nhp 350ihp, 10 knots. This was Salten D/S's flagship, and was very modern and well equipped for its time. Registered for 290 passengers and in regularly scheduled service in Salten and Ofoten. For a while she was in coastal service Trondhjem-Harstad (WW I), but later returned to the Salten/Ofoten service. Damaged during a hurricane on Dec. 29-1917, repaired and back in service.

WW II: In the fall of 1940 she was placed in the Trondheim-Mosjøen-Bodø-Fauske-Rognan coastal route for Det Nordlanske Dampskibsselskap A/S, Bodø, replacing this company's Skjerstad until the new Skjerstad took over in 1941 (both these ships are listed further down on this page - Salten D/S and Det Nordlandske D/S had the same owner) at which time Salten went back to her regular service in Salten and Ofoten. After a while Salten, Steigen and the hired Bolga served the company's routes in Nordland alone, while the rest of the fleet was either laid up due to shortage of fuel or requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine. By the winter of 1945 Salten was also laid up, while Bodin was used in the reduced routes in Nordland.

POST WAR: Renamed Kunna in Sept.-1952 when the company took delivery of a new ship named Salten. Sold in Oct.-1952 to Sivert Bakke, Bergen. Rebuilt at Bergens Mek. Verksteder, Bergen, delivered in 1953 and hired out to Brand-Båtane A/S, Sykkulven. In use as accommodation vessel at some point during the 1950's. Sold in March-1958 to unknown breakers in Belgium for breaking up.

(This info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His source: Article about Saltens D/S in "Skipet" 1.93 by Jens Chr. Egenæs).

D/S Samev *?
O. M. Olsen & Co., Fredrikstad
940 gt
Built in Montrose (Scotland) 1922. Previous names: Emilie Dunford until 1932, Lysaker II until 1939.

Pre war history: Delivered in May-1922 from Coaster Construction Co. Ltd., Montrose (7) as Emilie Dunford to Dunford S.S. Co. Ltd. (Errington S. Dunford & Co. Ltd.), Newcastle, 961 gt. Sold in 1932 to Ludvig Lorentzen, Lysaker (near Oslo), renamed Lysaker II. Collided in Febr. 3-1937 with an unknown vessel near Graadyb (near Esbjerg, Denmark) on a voyage Sannesund-Ghent with cobble stones, sank, raised and taken to Esbjerg, condemned. Sold "as is" in Oct.-1937 to O. M. Olsen & Co., Fredrikstad, repaired and back in service. Owned by Skibs-AS Samev (O. M. Olsen & Co.), Fredrikstad June-1939, renamed Samev.

WW II: In the "Home Fleet" from Apr.-1940.

POST WAR: Sold in Nov.-1950 to Copthall Shipping Co. Ltd. (H. P. Marshall & Co. Ltd.), London, renamed Copthall. Here's a picture of the ship when under that name, received from George Robinson. Sold in 1957 to J. B. Shipping Co. Ltd., London. Sold in 1959 to Valmar Cia. Naviera SA, Panama, renamed Southport. Ran aground May 15-1964 after departure Briton Ferry on voyage to London, refloated, ran aground again May 23, condemned. Sold that same year to Bisco for breaking up, arriving Briton Ferry on June 24-1964 to be broken up by Thor W.Ward Ltd.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - his source: Article by Dag Bakka Jr. about Ludvig Lorentzen, Lysaker in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 3.2001)

Related external link:
2 who died on this ship
- The Norwegian text here says she was attacked by aircraft off Stad in Apr.-1942, and the helmsman, Gustav Adolf Johansen was so seriously injured that he died on Apr. 22. It adds that the ship was later lost, possibly due to a limpet mine; went down while at quayside in Moss on May 19-1943. 2 died. If this is correct(?), she must have been raised and repaired. There's also an engineer listed, Arthur Oliver Larsen.

M/S San Miguel * later raised
Fred Olsen & Co., Oslo
2380 gt
Built at Kinderdijk, Holland 1920, purchased in 1921.

San Miguel had arrived Norway with a cargo of oranges, and when the invasion of Norway took place on Apr. 9-1940 she took refuge in Hardangerfjord and ended up in the middle of an intense battle at Ulvik on Apr. 25. German soldiers were sent on board from a motor torpedoboat, but had to jump overboard due to the heavy fire from Norwegian forces. All the Norwegians had already abandoned ship. She eventually sank, but was later raised, though did not enter service again until after the war.

A visitor to my website, Nils A. Hjelmevoll, who lives in Ulvik, has told me that according to his father her cargo had been discharged there some time between Apr. 9 and Apr. 25. She had 24 000 cases of oranges, the largest cargo of such ever transported to the country up until then. She ran into the ice in the fjord, and after a few days the whole area smelled of oranges. In the beginning no-one was allowed to help themselves to the cargo, but after a while the locals were given permission to do so, and many a cellar was filled with this exotic fruit. With regard to the battle at Ulvik he adds that it was the minesweeper M1 (Tiger des Fjordes) and 4 or 5 MTB's from the 1st Schnellboot Flottille (Bärtels) that were involved that day. Veslefrikk (Afrika) was also there at the time. Norwegian forces had arrived Ulvik that same morning, but it seems nobody knows who fired the first shot, whether it was trigger happy locals, or military forces, but either way, fire from shore hit the German vessels, killing 1 or more and injuring several. The fire was immediately returned, causing considerable damage in the center of Ulvik as well as to surrounding farms, several of which caught on fire. San Miguel and Veslefrikk were scuttled in order to prevent them from ending up in German hands - German prize crews had attempted to board but were too late to save the ships. Veslefrikk, which had a cargo of ore, sank right away about 3-400 m east of the center of town, while San Miguel capsized and sank alongside the quay. The former was so damaged she was never raised, but was attempted dispersed by explosives after the war to prevent danger to shipping in the area. Nils says that San Miguel was, in fact, raised by the Germans the following summer and re-entered service(?)

POST WAR: Sold in 1958 to to Mohamed Abubakar Bakhashab, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, renamed Ras Tanura. Renamed Mansour in 1961 (not sold). Driven aground at Jeddah during a storm in Nov. 1965 and sold for breaking up.

Norway had lost a steamship by this name in WW I, built 1908, 1659 gt (O. Thoresen) - struck a mine and sank in the North Sea on Nov. 18-1915.

D/S Sanct Svithun *
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
1376 gt
Built in Danzig 1927.

Please continue to D/S Sanct Svithun.

D/S Sand
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
ca. 246 gt
Built at Fevig 1898. Previous name: Statsraad Haugland until 1899.

Pre war history: Delivered on June 1-1898 from Fevigs Jernskibsbyggeri, Fevik (19) as Statsraad Haugland to Søndre Bergenhus Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Steel hull, 119’ x 20.6’ x 8.5’, 242.97 gt, Tripple Expansion (Furness, Westgarth & Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough, UK) 280ihp. Towed from Fevik to Middlesbrough for installation of the engine. Constructed by Engineer Randulf Hansen, who was also responsible for some of the other "most beautiful ships in the world", Vøringen, Dronningen and Britannia. Named for Cabinet Minister Baard Madsen Haugland from Stord. In regularly scheduled service Bergen-Sunnhordland (Mondays and Thursdays), Bergen-Midthordland-Samnanger (Wednesdays) and Bergen-Kvinnherad (Saturday nights, soon extended to Herand and Øystese). The company was unable to compete with Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab which had routes to the same areas and she was sold in Febr.-1899 to Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger, renamed Sand and used in that company's longer routes. From the fall of 1899 she was in local service Stavanger-Nedstrand-Sand-Sauda, also Stavanger-Årdal-Hjelmeland-Hålandsosen, Stavanger-Fister-Hjelmeland-Hylen, and Stavanger-Vikedal-Sandeid-Åmsosen. Remeasured on Sept. 24-1903, 223,33 gt. In the summer of 1910 she was in the tourist trade Stavanger-Lysefjorden together with the company's Bergen and Kong Olaf. Rebuilt and lengthened in 1919, new bow, 136.6’ x 20.6’ x 8.4’, 246,08 gt.

WW II: In June-1940 the nighttime run Stavanger-Haugesund-Bergen was moved to the daytime, and at first the company's Saude (further down on this page) was entered, then a month later also Sand.

POST WAR: By 1945 she was in service Stavanger-Sand-Sauda, Stavanger-Vikedal-Sandeid-Åmsosen, and occasionally Stavanger-Sjernarøy. In local service Stavanger-Steinnesvåg, Finnøy in the summer of 1952. Renamed Haukelid on Dec. 29-1952 because the company had a newly rebuilt "seabus" delivered which was to have the name Sand. Sold on Dec.14-1953 to Brødrene Anda, Hundvåg (in the Stavanger area) for breaking up. Deleted from Norwegian registers on Aug. 31-1956.

(This infor recived from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr., 1994, "Fjordabådane" by Magnus Torgersen, 1981 and articles about Stavangerske D/S by Alf Johan Kristiansen in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 2.90 and 1.91).

D/S Sandeid
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
187 gt
Built in Stavanger 1892. Previous name: Sandnæs until 1903.

Pre war history:
Delivered on June 19-1892 from Stavanger Støberi & Dok. Stavanger as Sandnæs to Sandnæs Dampskibs-Aktieselskab, Sandnes. Steel hull, 107.8’ x 20.1’ x 9.4, 167 gt, 2cyl. Compound (SS&D) 35 nhp, 9 knots. Registered for 460 passengers. Was at first in regularly scheduled service Stavanger-Sandnes-Høgsfjord, with once a week nighttime runs Sandnes-Stavanger-Bergen (with mail). In the fall of 1892 she made this voyage 2 nights a week, while the service to Høgsfjord was discontinued. Rebuilt in 1896, 187 gt. Early in the morning of Jan. 12-1899 she collided with Avaldsnæs near Bøneset in Karmsundet. The bow of Sandnæs hit Avaldsnæs in the side so hard that she broke in 2 and sank very quickly, with the loss of 4 people (Inger Velde, John Hinderaker, Magnus Hinderaker, age 16 and Karl Skjold, age 17), while Sandnæs received only minor damages. In May-1903 a new and larger vessel with the name Sandnæs was delivered, and the old one was taken out of service (my text under Gann has more details on this newer ship).

Sold on Sept. 2-1903 to Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger, renamed Sandeid and placed in regularly scheduled service in Ryfylke, at first Stavanger-Hjelmeland-Åmsosen. Collided in Lindøysundet near Stavanger on the evening of Aug. 11-1907 with the yacht Betty belonging to Chr. Bjelland (factory owner in Stavanger). Betty sank quickly and out of the 11 on board 4 died (Bjelland's wife Thora Bjelland, merchant Hjalmar Thomsen, his wife Josefine Thomsen and their son Bjarne Thomsen, 18). Sandeid only received minor damages. She was later in service Stavanger-Nedstrand-Sandeid-Åmsosen-Yrkje, Stavanger-Sand-Hylen and Stavanger-Sand-Sauda. In the winter of 1909/1910 she was in the nighttime run Stavanger-Haugesund-Bergen every Sunday. Around the time of WW I she was in service Stavanger-Fister, then later Stavanger-Vadla-Hålandsosen and in the winter of 1923/1924 Stavanger-Nedstrand-Åmsosen, and Stavanger-Skjold.

On Dec. 29-1919, 6 young people died when boarding at Åmsosen in heavy winds. The fjord was frozen so Sandeid could not get in to Åmsosen and instead remained off Raudnes. The passengers attempted to row out to the ship, succeeding the first time but the second time the 7 passengers ended up in the cold water when the boat capsized, and 6 of them died (Bergliot Førland, Barbro and Ingeborg Koltveit, Bertel Eide, Harald Stein and Alfred Stokka). Sandeid was occasionally in service Stavanger-Steinnesvåg, later Stavanger-Jørpeland-Tau.

WW II: Occasionally in service Stavanger-Rennesøy, and also Stavanger-Finnøy-Sjernarøy, then Stavanger-Skjold.

POST WAR: Sank on Dec. 5-1951 off Utstein Kloster in the inlet to Mastrafjorden in a heavy storm. Her deck cargo was knocked overboard by the seas which also filled the well, and Sandeid started to list, causing the "cargo" of live pigs and sheep to shift in the hold. She was unable to righten herself due to the heavy seas and sank. Out of the 15 on board, 1 passenger (Sigrid Håland) and 7 crew died (Captein Racin Frafjord, Mate Gunnar Melhus, Pilot Lauritz Hansen, Machinist Ragnvald Evensen, Assistant Thomas Tollefsen, Able Seaman Trygve Fløysvik and Stoker Ingolf Olsen). Sandeid was on a voyage from Skjold via Tysvær and Austre Bokn to Stavanger at the time. Deleted from Norwegian register on Jan. 18-1952.

(Info from T. Eriksen - His source: "Fjordabådane" by Magnus Torgersen 1981, article about DSD by Alf Johan Kristiansen in "Skipet" 2.90 and 1.91, "Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab 1855-1955" by R.A.Lorentzen 1955, and article about Sandnes Damp by Per Alsaker in "Skipet" 4.91).

D/S Sandnæs
Sandnæs Dampskibs-Aktieselskab, Sandnes
578 gt
Built in Stavanger 1914.

Pre war history: Delivered in June-1914 from Stavanger Støberi & Dok, Stavanger as Sandnæs to Sandnæs Dampskibs-Aktieselskab, Sandnes. Steel hull, 167.1’ x 27.1’ x 11.7’, Tripple Expansion (SS&D) 148nhp 850ihp, 12 knots, 578 gt. Used in the regulalry scheduled night time run Stavanger-Bergen.

WW II: Requisitioned by the Germans in Apr.-1940 and used as accommodation vessel for U-boat crews and soldiers in the North of Norway all through the war.

Pic 1
Pic 2 - Both from Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

POST WAR: When returned to owners in May-1945, she was in a terrible state (in particular her interior, which was badly damaged). Repaired. Renamed Soma in March-1950 when a new M/S Sandnes was delivered. "Reserve" vessel for the night time run, frequently laid up but well maintained. Hired out for use as accommodation vessel during Kristiansand's 300 year jubilee in 1951 (together with Gann), rebuilt in 1952 (672 gt) and used as accommodation vessel again in 1954 during Haugesund's 100 year jubilee, and again used as such in Bergen in 1955 and 1956 during that city's "Festspill" (a yearly, well known festival). In the summer of 1957 she was hired out to be used as hotel and accommodation vessel during the filming of "The Vikings" in Maurangerfjord, Hardanger. In 1960 she was no longer used as "reserve" vessel for the night time run, and a few years later, on Febr. 4-1965 she was sold to Husø Verft & Mek. Verksted, Tønsberg, possibly in use as accommodation vessel again? Sold in 1967 to Skips-AS Kes (Eiv. Skudem, Nøtterøy),Tønsberg, renamed Hustel, used as accommodation vessel. In 1972 part of her interior was removed at Moss Rosenberg Verft, Stavanger and subsequently placed at Norsk Sjøfartsmuseum, Bygdøy as part of the museum's permanent exhibit (The Norwegian Maritime Museum, near Oslo). The rest of the ship broken up in 1973?

(T. Eriksen, Norway - his source: Article about Sandnæs Aktie-DS in the Norwgian magazine "Skipet" 4.91 by Per Alsaker).

Related external link:
Maritime Hjemmesider - This site, which lists all 3 ships as well as the newer M/S Sandnes mentioned above, and several other local vessels (text is in Norwegian), says that when Sandnæs III had the name Soma she had been sold to Stavanger (in 1950) and adds she was broken up in Germany in 1973.

Other ships by this name: This was the company's 3rd ship named Sandnæs, the 1st one is listed above, the 2nd Sandnæs was built in 1903, ref. Gann.

M/S Sandsfjord
Osmund Johannesen, Brattholmen
34 gt
Built in Åkrafjord 1905. Previous name: Gyda.

Pre war history :
Delivered in 1905 from unknown builders in Åkrafjord as freighter(?) Gyda to Lars Lodden, Bømlo. Wooden hull, 59’ x 17’ x 7’, 34 gt, 2cyl 2tev Union. By 1934 she belonged to Sven Tengesdal, Sand in Ryfylke with the name Sandsfjord. Sold in 1934 to Osmund Johannesen, Brattholmen, Sotra (Bergen). Rebuilt, fitted out for passengers and for carrying cars - registered for 36 passengers and 3 cars. Hired out in 1935 to A/S Biltrafikk, Sotra and used in ferry service Alvøen-Brattholmen, Sotra.

POST WAR: In Jan.-1946 Rutelaget Bergen-Vest A/S, Bergen took over the lease (formerly Dampskibsselskabet Topdal), continued in the same route. Sold in Dec.-1951 to Gisund Ferje AL, Gisund, renamed Bjorelvnes. Sold in 1966 to Kjell Bjørklid, Lyngseidet, renamed Maarfjeld. Hired out in 1974 to Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, Tromsø and probably used in local ferry traffic. Sold in 1976 to Draugen Froskemannsklubb, Trondheim. Sold in 1994 to unknown owner near Bergen. Laid up in Øygarden.

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

M/S Sandøy
Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane, Bergen
187 gt
Built at Rosendal 1937. Previous name: Fanaraaken (before delivery).

Pre war history: Delivered in March-1937 from Skaalurens Skipsbyggeri, Rosendal as Sandøy to Fylkesbaatane i Sogn og Fjordane, Bergen. Wooden hull, 98,3’ x 23,7’ x 9,7’, 187 gt, 4cyl 2tev Wichmann 300bhk. Originally contracted as Fanaraaken for Brødrene Lervaag (brothers Oskar, Harald and Ingolf Lervaag), Mongstad who had run a cargo service Bergen-Sogn, competing with Fylkesbaatane; at first with M/K Odnen, then with M/K Leonard (?), and later with the hired Lønningdal I. On March 2-1937 Fylkesbaatane succeeded in reaching an agreement with the brothers Lervaag and purchased Fanaraaken before she was delivered. The brothers were employed in the company, Oskar Lervaag as captain of the new vessel, which was subsequently renamed Sandøy. The name Fanaraaken was given to the Fylkesbaatane's new ship being built at the time. Before delivery Sandøy was somewhat altered to enable her to carry several cars (8 cars on deck). From the summer of 1937 she functioned as ferry between Lærdal and Vadheim; in the wintertime she was in cargo service.

WW II: When Norway was attacked on Apr. 9-1940 she was in Lærdal, where she stayed until the fighting in the south of Norway was over. For a short period of time that year she was requisitioned by the Germans. On Aug. 30-1940 she ran ashore near Feios, repaired.

POST WAR: Continued as car ferry after the war, for several summers before 1957 in the Kaupanger-Årdalstangen route, having been further adjusted and fitted out for this purpose, now able to carry 12-15 cars. Later in use Lavik-Brekke-Instefjord. Continued in cargo service in the wintertime, again adjusted for that particular purpose (able to carry live animals, often Bergen-Dalsfjord, where animals were picked up for butchering in Bergen). Ran aground near Rutledal in outer Sognefjord in Sept.-1952. Bjørghild (rented) picked up the 4 passengers, cargo and mail, while salvage vessel Uller refloated Sandøy that same day, undamaged and able to continue her voyage. In the fall of 1964 she ran aground near Gjølanger in Dalsfjord, but refloated the next morning by the salvage vessel Salvator. Had to go to Bergen for repairs and did not re-enter service for Fylkesbaatane. Sold in Febr.-1965 to Johs. Hjertaker, Onarheim, Tysnes, renamed Onarøy. Hired out to Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen for use in their cargo service Bergen-Sunnhordland, then from June 1-1969 in that company's Bergen-Hardanger cargo service, replaced in this route by the rented Sfinx in 1972. Sold in Oct.-1972 to Mecca Navigation Ltd., Georgetown, British Virgin Islands, departing Bergen on Nov. 28 for service in West India. In 1981 she was seen as a wreck on a beach on the island of Bequia near St. Vincent.

(All info on this vessel received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr., 1994, "Båtene våre, -hvor ble de av?", Dag Bakka Jr. for Bergens tidende 1984(?), and "101 Fjordabåtar, FSF 1858-2000" by Magnus Helge Torvanger).

Sap - Sau
D/S Saphir *
Edvin Endresen, Stavanger
4306 gt
Built in Newcastle 1905. Previous name: Christian Børs until 1939.

Picture of this ship when Christian Børs - From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Pre war history: Built by Swan & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle (730), 4306 gt, 2788 net, 7100 tdwt; 375’5" x 51’ x 25'4" draft; 1-triple expansion steam turbine engine, 376 nhp, 1640 ihp, 10 knots. Launched as Christian Børs (Vilhelm Torkildsen, Bergen), delivered in June 1905. Owned by A/S D/S Christian Børs (Vilhelm Torkildsen), Bergen from 1914. Transfered to Skibs-A/S Vilhelm Torkildsen's Rederi, Bergen in 1938 (same managers). Sold in 1939 to Skibs-A/S Saphir (Edvin Endresen), Stavanger, and renamed Saphir (info received from a stamp collector, who adds that there's a stamp showing her sinking, stern down).

WW II: Shelled and sunk by a British destroyer on Apr. 10-1940 at Narvik (some sources say she was mined), no casualties.

POST WAR: Refloated in May-1958 ('57?), towed to Grimstad and broken up.

Other ships by this name: This company had another Saphir after the war (tanker), delivered in 1949, built in Fredrikstad, 1139 gt. Sold to Italy in 1956, renamed Luigi N, renamed Luigia Montanari in 1960 for new Italian owners, sold in 1975, renamed Antonelloesse for owners in Rome. Broken up in 1997. The company's 3rd ship by this name, also a tanker, was delivered in Jan.-1962, built in Leirvik, Norway, 3914 gt. Sold to owners in London in 1970, renamed Wadhurst. Sold again in 1982, renamed Lilian S (Panama). Sold to Kenya in 1989, renamed Montrose. Still in service. Norway had also lost a steamer by this name to WW I, delivered in Oct.-1901 to Erich Lindøe, Haugesund, 1406 gt. Torpedoed and sunk on May 25-1918 by U-94, 1,5 n. miles north/northwest of Trevose Head on a voyage Barry Dock-Bayonne with 1818 tons coal. Crew was picked up by British fishing vessels and taken to Padstow. Another D/S Saphir was sold to A/S D/S Saphir (Peder Lindøe & Co. A/S, Haugesund) while building, originally intended for W. Butler Wang, Tønsberg, 2430 gt (built 1920). Sold in 1922 to Ferm Ångfartygs-A/B, Gothenburg and registered as Ferm of Kristinehamn, then Danish Astra II from 1930. Torpedoed and sunk by U-100 on Aug. 29-1940.

D/S Sardinen * (raised post war)
Chr. Bjelland & Co. A/S, Stavanger
177 gt
Built in Hull 1894. Previous names: Blackbird until 1913, Hillevaag until 1915.

Pre war history: Delivered in Aug.-1894 from Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engine Co. Ltd, Hull (389) as steam trawler Blackbird for Pioneer Steam Fishing Co. Ltd, Grimsby, steel hull, 94’ x 20.7’ x 10.6’, 136 gt, triple expansion 41 nhp (Earle’s). Sold in 1907 to Robert C. Smith, Lossiemouth, Scotland. Sold in 1912 to P. Smith, Inverness, Scotland. Sold in 1913 to Martin Egeland, Hillevåg (this is an area of Stavanger), renamed Hillevaag and used as trawler/fishing vessel. Sold in 1915 to Chr. Bjelland & Co., Stavanger and renamed Sardinen (R-51-S), used for transport of materials to owner's canning factory and as fishing vessel. Subsequently fitted out as seiner, fishing near Iceland in the summertime, and off the northwestern coast of Norway in the wintertime - also near New Foundland. In 1928 the owner changed the name to Chr. Bjelland & Co. A/S, Stavanger. Rebuilt and lengthened in 1930 at Stavanger Støberi & Dok, Stavanger, 114.3’ (lpp?) x 20.7’ x 10.5’, 177 gt, 215 tdwt. Rebuilt again in 1935 at Rosenberg Mek. Verksted, Stavanger.

WW II: Bombed and shelled in Sognefjord by Mosquito's from Banff Strike Wing (143rd, 235th and 248th squadrons) on Nov. 14-1944 when on a voyage Årdalstangen-Bergen with the barge Camperfehn in tow, 1 died. The vessels were taken to shore where they both sank in shallow waters. The barge was raised shortly afterwards.

Some sources lists this ship as damaged by air mine in Karmsundet on Febr. 14-1941, but that was the German cargo vessel Sardinia.

POST WAR: Raised by Norsk Bjergningskompagni in Sept.-1945 and towed to A/S Haugesund Slip, Haugesund for repairs. At the same time she was rebuilt (new wheel house) and became a motor vessel, Wichmann 370 bhp (1946). Dimensions as per 1954 were 122’ x 20.7’ x 13.5’, 188gt? Back in service in 1946. Sold in Apr.-1960 to Br. Bjørnevik Motorverksted A/S, Buøy, Stavanger, rebuilding commenced? Sold in Jan.-1961 to Tor Karsten Næss, Solbakk, Strand (Ryfylke). Converted to freighter at Br. Bjørnevik Motorverksted A/S, Buøy, 195 gt - new motor? Back in service on Apr. 8-1961 as freighter Bakkenæss, on time charter to Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab for cargo service Sweden and Denmark, later Stavanger-Sandeid / Åmsosen. Remeasured in 1969, 189 gt (Trygve says: could this be wrong?). Rebuilt 1971. On time charter to Rogaland & Agder Felleskjøp in 1974, for transport of feed concentrate between Stavanger and Sandeid / Åmsosen and other places in Ryfylke. New engine in 1976, Wichmann 300 bhp (from 1963), 197 gt, 219 tdwt. Owner's home place changed to Tau, Ryfylke in 1976. Rebuilt in 1987 (1981?) at Kopervik Slip, Kopervik, new aluminum wheelhouse and deck tanks for transport of feed concentrate in bulk, 194 gt. Rebuilt again in Apr. 1991 at Vedavågen, Karmøy, hold completely replaced with tanks for transport of feed concentrate in bulk.

This ship is still in use!

(Majority of info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Dag Bakka Jr., A. J. Kristiansen, Erling Skjold, and misc.).

Related external links:
1 who died
- Stoker Fredrik Oluf Wallin is commemorated at this memorial in Stavern, Norway.

Sorties Flown by Banff Strike Wing - Scroll down to the relevant date. The page says that Gula was damaged in the same attack.

This company also had another Sardinen - my Ship forum has a thread about this ship.

M/S Sardinia
Fred Olsen & Co., Oslo
1975 gt
Built at Kinderdijk, Holland 1921.

Pre war history: Built by J. & K. Smit for Otto & Thor Thoresen A/S, Christiania, launched in Oct.-1920, delivered in early 1921. Length overall 315' x 42' x 20' 4". A single-decker, with 4 holds and 5 hatches served by 10 winches and derricks, accommodation for 8 passengers. Single screw driven by a Werkspoor engine, 4-stroke, single-acting, 6 cyl. of 670 mm diameter and 1200 mm stroke, output at 110 r.p.m. was 1650 bhp, 11 knots. In regular service between Las Palmas and London, together with San Jose. In 1921, Otto Thoresen Line, its title and ships were purchased by Fred. Olsen & Co. (D/S A/S Spanskelinjen, later Den Norske Middelhavslinje).

Picture of Sardinia
Another picture - Source for both: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

POST WAR: Sold in 1957 to the Panamanian registered Cia. de Nav. Epos S.A., operated by A. Scufalos, Montevideo, Liberian flag. Renamed Georgios S the following year. Sold in 1961 to Cia. de Nav. Pelagos, renamed Stefanos, then sold again the following year to a company headed by M. Scufalos, Piræus, renamed Egli. Lost in Febr.-1963 when her cargo of pyrites shifted, causing her to heel over and sink, voyage Thesaloniki-Alexandria.

(Majority of info from "Merchant Ships of the World in Color 1910-1929 [so entitled because it has color pics of the ships] by Laurence Dunn, who gives her tonnage as 2060 gt, 3000 tdwt. Also some details from R. W. Jordan and Fred. Olsen fleet list).

Norway had lost a steamship by this name to WW I, built 1914, 1500 gt (O. Thoresen) - sunk by the German U-59 while on a voyage from Teneriffe for London with a cargo of fruit on Jan. 23-1917.

D/S Sarp * later raised
Mørck & Holter, Sarpsborg
1116 gt
Built in Oslo 1916. Previous name: Eika III until 1939.

Sarp is listed in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 15 in Febr.-1940. The following month we find her in Convoy HN 18 from Norway to the U.K., bound for Tyne in ballast, returning to Norway later that month with Convoy ON 22. Several Norwegian ships took part in all these convoys. She was still in Norway when the Germans invaded on Apr. 9-1940.

In Norwegian coastal trade.

Sunk off Egersund on Oct. 9-1944. Raised 1944. Reported repairing at Sarpsborg, Febr. 1-1945. Bombed while waiting for convoy in Egersund on March 24-1945, voyage Sarpsborg/Menstad - Sandnes with cargo of 1300 tons oats and 364 balls of cellulose, 2 died, namely Captain Omar Rudolf Andreassen and the pilot. Beached (on fire) at Hovlandsvig, condemned, later sold?

Other ships sunk in the attack that day were the German Thetis and Uj 1435, both later raised (Thetis sailed as Strømsøy for a Norwegian owner after the war, later Norwegian Mars and Marsk, then from 1959 as Ourana of Lebanon - still in service in 1997).

POST WAR: Raised right after the war and put back into service, used as barge? Reported at Kristiansand Aug. 21-1945. Sold to Swedish breakers in 1945?

(Sources: R. W. Jordan and "Senkninger og forlis fra Åna Sira til Haugesund 1939-1945, Øistein Thomas Berge).

Related external link:
Sorties Flown by Banff Strike Wing - According to this page Sarp was damaged, not sunk in the Oct. 9-1944 attack (scroll down to the relevant date).

D/S Sarpfoss
Thor Thoresen A/S, Oslo
1493 gt
Built in Oslo 1919.

Built at Nylands Verksted, Oslo for Skibs A/S Thor Thoresens Linje (Otto & Thor Thoresen A/S), Oslo, 254.8' x 39.2', completed in Dec.-1919 (258), original name not known, renamed Sarpfoss in 1939 (same owner).

WW II: Sarpfoss is listed in the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 7 in Jan.-1940. In March we find her, with a general cargo for Manchester, in Convoy HN 18 from Norway to the U.K., and the following month she's listed in Convoy ON 25, the last convoy from the U.K. to Norway before the Germans invaded.

When on a voyage Manchester-Oslo with a cargo of 1723 tons of coke on Apr. 9-1940 (this must have been when in Convoy ON 25, mentioned above) she was taken as prize by Kommandanten der Seevereidigung Bergen. She was allowed to unload her cargo in Oslo before being sent to Hamburg, and was later freed.

POST WAR: Found in Fredrikstad at the end of war in Europe. Still owned by Thor Thoresens Linje as per 1947. Broken up at Boom 1954, arrived Aug. 28.

(Source: A thread on my Ship Forum, starting here).

M/S Saturnus * raised
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
956 gt
Built in Bergen 1930.

Pre war history: Delivered in July-1930 from Bergens Mek. Verksteder, Bergen (143) as Saturnus to Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Steel hull, 192.1’ x 30.1’ x 20.5’, 956 gt, 1100 tdwt, 4cyl 2tev Atlas dm 1500bhp, 10 knots. Used in the company's cargo routes between the south and north of Norway, and still in that service as per the summer of 1939.

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

WW II: Laid up in Todalsfjord when sunk by German aircraft on Apr. 30 (28th?)-1940*. Raised on March 21-1941 by Norsk Bjergningskompani, repaired and reentered service in the fall of 1942. Due to the increasing shortage of fuel towards the end of the war she was often inactive.

*A posting to my Ship Forum re this ship (by Erling Skjold, Norway) says the following:
"Several details regarding the Saturnus are known since the first postings in 2003 (Erling is referring to the thread starting here). She was damaged by German bombing 28.4.40 (leak), and was ordered to be scuttled by Commander senior grade (Kommandörkaptein) Aas from Krististiansund. The crew then scuttled her by opening the valves in the evening of 28.4.40. She sank ca 06.00 29.4.40. She had no cargo left, as the final cargo was unloaded at Angvik 23.4.40 before she was laid up. She had been more or less laid up since 9.4.40, as she was ordered into Kristiansund 8.4.40 by a British destroyer at Stad, due to the "mining" there. The Germans had of course no idea what cargo she carried, nor any idea what ship this was. They just bombed all available maritime targets in this area during the last days of April 40."

POST WAR: Back in her regular service in May-1945. Laid up in Bergen in 1955, then sold in Aug. that year to Kr. E. Samuelsen & Ivar Olsen, Oslo, renamed Bergion. Sold in Oct.-1956 to Navigenoa SpA (Fratelli Frassinetti), Genoa, Italy, renamed Levante. Ran aground near Capo di Monte Sante on the east coast of Sardinia on Oct. 23-1963, voyage Tunisia-Marseilles, with the loss of 12 men.

(Info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Articles about BDS in "Skipet" 1-2.88 by Dag Bakka Jr., Norges eldste Linjerederi, BDS 1851-1951" by Wilhelm Keilhau and details supplied by Erling Skjold, Norway - ref. thread on my Ship Forum).

M/K Saudafjord
A/S Jøsenfjord Ruteselskap, Stavanger
69 gt
Built at Vadla 1916. Previous name: Jøsenfjord until 1930.

Pre war history: Built in 1916 at Haugeøyrå in Vadla, Jøsenfjord by unknown builders from Hardanger as Jøsenfjord for P/r Aake Hauge, Johannes Hauge & Øistein Dale, Vadla in Ryfylke. Wooden hull, 52.6’ x 14.2’ x 6.1’, 26.77 gt, 1cyl 2tev rm Avance 30bhp. In the winter of 1917 she was used to transport herring around Haugesund, then in the spring of 1917 she was placed in once daily service Vadla-Hjelmeland-Fister-Stavanger and back, later twice a day. In the winter of 1918 she was back in the herring trade and in the spring of 1918 in the regular route. Rebuilt and lengthened by Ola Furenes og Ansgar Sjursen, Rovik near Sandnes in 1918, 64.7’ x 14.3’ x 7.3’, 40.65 gt. Later owned by P/r Johannes Hauge, Vadla, Magnus & Johan Kalheim, Stavanger and Ketil Førre, Ølesund / Stavanger (year unknown). During WW I Jøsenfjord was often inactive due to shortage of fuel. After the war the route was extended to include large portions of the southeastern Ryfylke fjords (Årdalsfjorden, Erfjord, Jøsenfjord and Vatlandsvåg in Sandsfjorden). Sold in Aug.-1920 to A/S Jøsenfjord, Vadla in Ryfylke, same service. At some point in the 1920's she was leased out for a period of time to Engvald Oppedal, Odda and used to transport workers from Odda to the zinc company at Eitrheimsneset in Sørfjord. In the summer of 1929 she was leased to Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibselskab, Bergen, used as "car ferry" Skånevik-Kyrping-Fjæra in Sunnhordland. Sold in Dec.-1929 to A/S Saudafjord (Inge Sand, Lars Sørskaar & Thomas Sand), Sauda (Lars Sørskaar was skipper, even before this sale). Renamed Saudafjord in March-1930 (A/S Jøsenfjord's condition for the sale, this company now had another Jøsenfjord). Remeasured in Apr.-1930, 41.30 gt. In use as "car ferry" Sauda-Ropeid (she had space for 3 automobiles). Leased to Jon Aakre, Åkra in Sunnhordland at some point in the 1930's for use in the local Åkrafjord / Indre Sunnhordland-Bergen route. Sold back to A/S Jøsenfjord Ruteselskap, Stavanger on Aug. 21-1933 (this company having changed its name meanwhile). A 2tev Union 60bhp was installed.

WW II: Rebuilt in Vatlandsvåg in 1941-42, 69 gt, a 2cyl 2tev Wichmann 90bhp installed by M. Haldorsen & Sønner, Rubbestadneset, Bømlo. In regular service throughout the war.

POST WAR: Sold in May-1946 to A/L Dua, Tromsø, in local milk transport. In 1946 the owning company changed its name to A/L Melketransport, Tromsøysund / Tromsø. Sold in March-1962 to Rolf Sunnaas, Nesoddtangen / Olso. Sunnaas Sykehus in Oslo (a hospital) had received a donation from Canada which they chose to spend on a vessel so that the patients could be taken on outings to Oslofjord in the summertime, and Saudafjord was extensively overhauled and fixed up. Renamed Birgit Sunnaas in March-1964, but as it turned out she was not used as much as had originally been intended and she fell into a bad state of repair. Sold in Dec.-1970 to P/r Frank Johansson & Tor Ellingsen, Oslo, allegedly renamed Hennesey, but this name was never formally registered. Work to get her fixed up was again started. Sold in 1971 to an unknown, retired skipper in Oslo. Motor removed. Laid up in Bestumskilen in Oslo where she sank in shallow waters on Dec. 28-1972. Blown up and removed on Dec. 9-1977 by Oslo Kommune (Park- og Idrettsvesenet) who had unsuccessfully attempted to trace the owner for a long time. She can still be found in Norwegian registers.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Article about A/S Jøsenfjord Rutelag in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 2.91 by Alf Johan Kristansen and Per Alsaker, and the book "Fjordabådane" by Magnus Torgersen, 1981).

D/S Saude *
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
325 gt
Built Stavanger 1897. Previous name: Stavanger until 1914.

Pre war history: Delivered in June-1897 from Stavanger Støberi & Dok, Stavanger (30) as Stavanger to Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger. Steel hull, 130.4’ x 21.7’ x 9.6’, 331 gt, Tripple Expansion ( Laxevaags ) 58nhp 430ihp, 10,5 knots. In the company's night time service Stavanger-Bergen until 1909 at which time she was placed in local traffic in Ryfylke, though still used in coastal service as needed. Renamed Saude in March-1914. Rebuilt and modernized in 1928, well enclosed, 130.4’ x 21.7’ x 16.8’, 325 gt.

WW II: In the afternoon of Sept. 9-1944 Saude was on her way from Bergen to Stavanger when she collided with motor cutter Lerøy off Klokkarvik, Sotra. Lerøy's bow was cut off and she quickly sank. Saude's captain claimed at the maritime hearings that Lerøy had altered course just before the collision without giving a warning with her whistle beforehand, while Lerøy's captain stated that, when realizing they would not be able to go in front of Saude, speed was decreased in order for Saude to pass her, but when about 60m away Saude suddenly altered course without reducing her speed or giving a warning on her whistle, thereby ending up on a collision course.

On Nov. 13-1944 Saude collided with U-1052 (Scholtz) and sank in Vatlestrømmen, Flesland (near Bergen), when on a voyage Stavanger-Bergen with general cargo. No casualties, all 51 on board saved. Wreck is in appr. position 60 20N 05 10E.

(Info on pre war history and collision with Lerøy received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: Article by Alf Johan Kristiansen about Stavangerske D/S in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 2.90, and "Skipsforlis i Bergensleden, fra Bømlahuk til Holmengrå" by Erik Bakkevik 2005).

Related external link:

D/S Securitas

See Rona.

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

Delivered in March-1943 from A/B Junohus, Uddevalla, Sweden as freighter Sei to A/S Frostfilet, Trondheim. Wooden hull, 105,3’(lpp) x 23,6’ x 10,5’, 192 gt, 250 tdwt, 2cyl 2tev Bolinder 150bhp. Used by the Germans as freighter.

4 other freighters of about the same size were also built for the Germans; Flyndre, Kveite, Hyse and Lange (all 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. Company named Frostfilet Norsk A/S, Trondheim from May-1947. Sold that year to Carl Wilhelmsen, Oslo. On fire on Jan. 10-1948 while in port at Stokmarknes, having arrived there in ballast from Risøyhamn. Towed, still burning, to Børøy, where she sank the next day.

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

D/S Seimstrand
Alversund & Manger Dampbaatlag A/S, Bergen
119 gt
Built in Bergen 1913.

Pre war history: Delivered in Apr.-1913 from A/S Mjellem & Karlsen, Bergen (47) as local passenger/cargo vessel Seimstrand to Alværsund & Mangers Dampskibsselskab, Bergen, steel hull, 100.9' x 19' x 9.6', 119 gt, Tripple Expansion (Mjellem & Karlsen) 40nhp. This was one of 4 almost identical sisterships, the others being Haus, Manger and Austrheim. In regularly scheduled service Bergen-Salhus-Frekhaug-Alverstraumen-Seim with passengers, cargo and mail. In 1927 the company name was changed to Alversund & Manger Dampbaatlag A/S, Bergen.

WW II: Continued in her regular service all through the war.

POST WAR: Rebuilt at Frydenbø Slip & Mek. Verksted, Damsgård, Bergen in 1947, a 4t single acting Crossley dm 480bhp motor installed, 187 gt, 95 net. At some point in the 1950's she was placed in the Bergen-Fedje/Byrknesøy route. New motor in 1967, 2t s.a. Wichmann 400bhp. Laid up at Florvåg, Askøy in the summer of 1973, then in Oct. that year she was hired out to Indre Nordhordland Dampbåtlag, Bergen. Sold in March-1974 to Divemasters Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica, in use between the Antilles islands. Sank in 1984 while laid up in port at Kingstown, St.Vincent.

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

Seimstrand in Bergen - 2nd ship alongside the quay. Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
Post war picture of Seimstrand - From T. Eriksen.

This company had previous had another Seimstrand, built in 1891, 49 gt, sold to new owners in Bergen in 1913 and renamed Rundemanden. Became Icelandic Gunnar in 1924.

D/S Selje *
A/S Rederiet Odfjell, Bergen
6698 gt
Built in Jarrow and Hebburn-on-Tyne 1930.

Please see D/S Selje for more information and a picture.

M/K Sendingen II
Kristoffer S. Hovden, Florø
69 gt
Built at Vestnes 1917. Previous name: Isstjernen until 1928.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1917 from yard at Vestnes as cutter Isstjernen (meaning "the Ice Star") to Fugleberg & Tøssel, Ålesund. Wooden hull, 58,3’, 43 gt, 2cyl 2tev Grei 55bhk. Used as seal catcher. After Christmas 1924 she departed Herøy, Sunnmøre for Ålesund with 8 people on board. Found drifting and abandoned the following day near Harøy north of Ålesund. Sold at auction in 1928 to Kristoffer S. Hovden, Florø and renamed Sendingen II. Somewhat rebuilt? Used in the local regularly scheduled Bremanger-Florø-Bergen service, often with cargo. Rebuilt and lengthened in 1935, 69’ x 17,9’ x 7,8’, 69 gt. At some point of WW II she was on hire to Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane and used in the Florø-Svelgen-Bremanger route. Taken over by Ragnar Hovden, Florø in the 1940's (not sure if this took place post war), same service. Later owned by Ragnvald Hovden, Florø, same service.

POST WAR: Sold in May-1973 to Lars Nersund, Sandnessjøen, used as freighter? Sold in 1979 to the company Vistfjorden (Oddvar Masdalen, Søndeled). Sold in Febr-1983 to Terje Bøe A/S, Tønsberg, not in use. Sold again that same month to unknown German owners, used for smuggling alcohol. Sank in the North Sea in 1983.

(All details on this vessel received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr. 1994 and "101 Fjordabåter, FSF 1858-2000" by Magnus Helge Torvanger 2000).

M/S Senja * later raised
Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab, Stokmarknes
858 gt
Built in Moss 1938.

Sister ship of Vardø and Andenes.

Placed in the company's cargo service Oslo-Kirkenes.

WW II: Service Oslo-Havnnes, Lyngen from the fall of 1941, also in occasional coal trade to Svalbard. Requisitioned by the Germans in Oct.-1944 and sailed under German flag with German crew. Bombed and sunk at Kilbotn near Harstad on May 4-1945 by Avenger and Wildcat aircraft from the escort carriers HMS Queen, Searcher and Trumpeter. (Black Watch was also sunk in this attack).

POST WAR: Raised in 1947 by Tarangers Bergningsselskap, repaired at Akers mek. Verksted, Oslo and back in service from Apr.-1948, 891 gt. Cargo service Oslo-Kirkenes 1948-1966. Renamed Hestmannen 1966. Sold in 1967 to Pramnos Shipping Agency, Piræus, Greece and renamed Pramnos. Collided on May 10-1973 with M/S Tony and sank of Porto San Stefano, Italy when on a voyage Civitavecchia - Marina di Carrara with cement.

Related external link:
Black Watch - Jan Heggås, Norway has told me that this picture from the attack on Page 3 of this Norwegian article about Black Watch, clearly shows Senja in the smoke.

(Misc. sources, incl. info received from Jan Heggås, Norway - His sources: "På Nordnorsk kjøl - Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab gjennom 75 år", Reidar Stavseth, published by VDS 1956, and info received from Per Alsaker, Bergen).

Vesteraalen D/S later had another cargo vessel named M/S Senja, built in Tønsberg in 1966, 1387 gt. Sold in 1974 and renamed Blikur, broken up in 1999. As recently as 1997 Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap had a Senja, built that year in Gdynia, Poland, 1400 gt, in service on the coast of Norway, later sold. (The latter company, when named Tromsø Amts Dampskibsselskab, had also had a D/S Senjen, built in Trondheim 1875, 108 gt, lost 1896. Another D/S Senjen was built in Trondheim in 1897, 273 gt, lost in 1906). Sources: As above, and "Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap" fleet list 1866-1996, Finn R. Hansen.

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M/S Sibaldi
Johs. Presthus, Bergen
171 gt
Built Sandefjord 1912. Previous names: Pequeña until 1913, Neb II until 1926.

Ships history: Delivered in June-1912 from Framnæs Mek. Verksted, Sandefjord as whale catcher Pequeña (175 gt) to Hvalfangerselskapet Quelimane A/S (Thøger Andresen), Larvik, operated in East Africa. The company ceased to exist and Pequeña was sold to A/S Ørnen, Sandefjord in 1913, renamed Neb II. Sold in Sept.-1925 to Soc. Potuguesa da Pesca de Cetaceos Ltda., Setubal, Portugal, renamed Sibaldi. Sold in 1928 to Søren L. Christensen, Sandefjord. Sold in May-1932 to Thorland Ltd., London (A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord), converted for ocean fishing. Sold in 1938 to Ingebrigt Bakke, Steinsland, Sotra, converted to seiner and freighter, 171 gt, and entered service as Sibaldi in Jan.-1939. Owned by Ingebrigt Bakke, Steinsland & Johs. Presthus, Bergen (Johs. Presthus, Bergen) from Nov.-1939. Johs. Presthus, Bergen, Apr.-1941 (B-50-B).

POST WAR: Lengthend in Nov.-1951 at Br. Lothe A/S Flytedokken, Haugesund, 207 gt. Refrigerated hold installed. Remeasured 1960, 199 gt. Sold in Aug.-1962 to Skips-A/S Ekspedit (E. Reiss), Oslo, renamed Cool Boy, in use as refrigerated vessel. Sold in March-1966 to Skips-A/S Andvake, renamed Blaaegg. Sold in Jan.1979 to Einar Cook, Bergen for breaking up. De-rigged and laid up in Nyhavn, Bergen. Towed to Måløy Skipsopphugging, Måløy in 1981 - later sunk?

(Sources: "Damp - Dampskipets æra i Vestfold", and info received from T. Eriksen, Norway)

D/S Sigurd Hund *
A/S Nordlandslinjen, Harstad
549 gt
Built in the Netherlands 1925. Previous names: Sulitjelma and Treue.

Pre war history: Delivered in June-1925 from NV Scheepswerf / J. Th. Wilmink & Co., Gröningen (110) as Treue to August E. Peters, Hamburg, 549 gt, 294 net, 825 tdwt, 159.3' x 27.2' x 11.4', Triple exp., 80 nhp, 445 ihp (NV Maschinenfabriek Fulton, Hoogezand). Sold in July-1929 to Det Nordlandske Dampskibsselskab A/S (J. Sannes), Bodø and renamed Sulitjelma, in service to Hamburg. Sold in July-1935 to Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen, then in Oct. that same year to A/S Nordlandslinjen (O. Jacobsen), Harstad and renamed Sigurd Hund. In coastal service (see also the text for Skjerstad).

WW II: Sigurd Hund was on a voyage from Herøy to Bergen with a cargo of niter when she hit the shallows off Raudna, Jæren on July 18-1940. This caused a leak and the crew had to run her ashore south of Raudna in order to save her. Local vessels and many civilians helped with the unloading of her cargo that evening. She was taken in tow for Sirevåg the next day but capsized and sank 200 meters from land. No casualties. She's still at a depth of 20 meters today.

(Source: "Senkninger og forlis fra Åna Sira til Haugesund 1939-1945" by Øistein Thomas Berge", "Bergenske, byen og selskapet", Dag Bakka Jr., and misc.).

Other ships by this name: Nordlandslinjen had previously had another Sigurd Hund, originally delivered as Signemin in 1919 (C. B. Nielsen, Skien), renamed Nystrand in 1923, Tron in 1924 (D/S A/S Tron, Oslo), then Sigurd Hund for Nordlanslinjen, Harstad from June 1925. Sold in Jan.-1931 and renamed Sigurd I for Ingvar Andresen, Oslo, sold again in 1932 and managed by Wictor Esbensen, Oslo. Became Swedish Nord in 1935, Björnö in 1952, Italian Marisalva in 1955. Ran aground in Nov.-1965, voyage Lisbon-Marina di Carrara. The company also had a ship by this name post war, launched in 1942 as HMCS Campenia for the Canadian Navy, renamed HMCS Bowell and again HMCS Miscou same year, sold to Bergen in 1946 and renamed Cleveland (converted to motor vessel), purchased by Nordlandslinjen in 1950 and renamed Sigurd Hund. Sold to Ålesund in 1963, renamed Vestfar the following year, then Hans Hansen in 1971 for owners in the Faroe Islands. Sold for breaking up in 1974. In Sept.-1964 the company had a Sigurd Hund delivered to them from Brødrene Lothe A/S Flytedokken, Haugesund. This ship was sold in 1977 to owners in the Cayman Islands and renamed Bimiti, ran aground in 1979.

D/S Sigurd Jarl * raised
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
924 gt
Built in Christiania (Oslo) 1894.

My page D/S Sigurd Jarl has more information on this ship, as well as 2 pictures.

D/S Sigurd Jarl
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
2335 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1942.

Delivered from Fredrikstad Mek. Verksted in July-1942 as Sigurd Jarl (303) to Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab. Originally meant for the company's Mediterranean service, but altered and placed in Hurtigruten due to heavy war losses. 2335 gt, 1329 net, 1200 tdwt, 289.6' x 43' x 23', one 4 cyl. compound steam engine by yard, 1800 ihp, 14 knots, coal fuelled boilers. 63 beds in 1st class, 120 in 3rd class.

Requisitioned by the Germans in Nov.-1942 and used as a "theater ship" for entertainment of the troops. Returned to Nordenfjeldske in Sept-1944 and placed in Hurtigruten service Tromsø-Trondheim. One of the many vessels used in the tragic, forced evacuation of Finnmark in Oct.-1944 (about 45 000 people were evacuated). As the Germans retreated ahead of the approaching Russian forces, they ordered an evacuation of the entire Norwegian population of Finnmark and of Troms, whereupon the "scorched earth" tactic was implemented. Over 10 000 homes were burnt, as well as bridges, power stations, factories, fishing vessels, telephone facilities etc.

On Jan. 17-1945 she was run into by D/S Torridal while in port in Trondheim.

POST WAR: On Oct. 2-1945 she was taken out of service for 2 weeks due to boiler damage. Following a stay at a yard she was placed in Hurtigruten service from Bergen on Nov. 17-1945. On May 30-1946 she went on trial runs in Trondheimsfjord before going back to Hurtigruten service after having been at the yard in Trondheim for 3 weeks. Certified for 650 passengers, beds for 79 people in 1st class and 130 in 2nd class. Ran aground near Florø on Nov. 4-1947, then went to Fredrikstad for repairs. At the same time she was converted to oil fuelling and her cabin capacity was increased to 50 beds (Kong Harald meanwhile took over her route, while the hired Christiania took over Kong Harald's route). Back in Hurtigruten service on March 24-1948. Ran aground near Bygnes in Sortlandsundet on Aug. 19-1950. Erling Jarl attempted to refloat her, but she was eventually pulled off by Parat and Uller, then towed to Fredrikstad for repairs. Damaged again when she ran into the quay at Finnsnes on July 30-1954. Run into by M/S Ueland on June 3-1957 at Stigfjorden near Lurøy. Ueland sank, 2 men saved while 1 died. Collided with M/S August Thyssen in Rørvik harbour on Febr. 28-1960, and returned to Trondheim for repairs. Departed Trondheim on June 12-1960 on her last nothbound voyage for Hurtigruten. Sold that same month to National Transport Machinery Import, Peking and renamed Xin Hua, still registered in 1970.

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

Related external links:
Norway's Liberation

Hurtigruten Company Flags - This is a section of a German website about Hurtigruten.

Nordenfjeldske also had a 3rd Sigurd Jarl, delivered in May-1962, built in Bremen, 1389 gt, lengthened in 1973 and became 1597 gt. Broken up in Liverpool in 1990.

D/S Sirius *
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
962 gt
Built in Flensburg 1885.

My page D/S Sirius has a picture and more information on this ship, including details on her final fate.

M/S Sirius * later raised
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
938 gt
Built in Bergen 1941.

Delivered in Aug.-1941 from Bergens Mek. Verksteder, Bergen (371) as cargo vessel Sirius to Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Steel hull, 223.9’ x 35.2’ x 13.5’, 938 gt, 1260 tdwt, 6cyl 2tev Sulzer dm 110bhp, 12.5 knots. Used in Bergenske's coastal cargo routes. Laid up in Bjordal, Sognefjorden in July-Aug.-1944 together with Deneb due to shortage of fuel and to avoid being requisitioned. Sunk on Jan. 6-1945 by British aircraft from 144th, 455th and 489th squadrons while still laid up in Bjordal.

NOTE: I've also seen the date Jan. 9-1945 as the date of aircraft attack.

POST WAR: Raised in the summer of 1945, towed to Bergens Mek. Verksteder, Bergen for repairs on Sept. 4. Reentered coastal cargo service on Jan. 23-1947. From 1955 she was periodically used in Den Norsk-Tyske Hamburglinje, operated by BDS and the German companies Ernst Russ and A. Kirsten. BDS used Diana, Sirius and Deneb. As per Sept.-1958 Sirius was laid up in Bergen. Sold in March-1964 to Skibs-AS Karlander (Egil Paulsen), Fredrikstad, renamed Slogen and in service to the far east. While at Rubai, Sumatra on Nov. 7-1967 there was an explosion on board and she suffered extensive fire damages. Towed to Singapore for inspection and subsequently condemned. Sold "as is" in Jan.-1968 to Thome & Co., Singapore. Sold again that same year to Ong Say Bah (madame Dolly Seah), Singapore. Sold in May-1970 to Chuan Ho Machinery (Pte.) Ltd., Singapore for breaking up.

(Info from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Articles about BDS in "Skipet" 1-2.88 by Dag Bakka Jr. and "Norges eldste Linjerederi, BDS 1851-1951" by Wilhelm Keilhau).

The company had another Sirius delivered in 1970, 499 gt, later named Nornews Express, then Paper Express (Haugesund?) in 1986. Sold to Trondheim in 1995, renamed Torello,1944 gt.

D/S Sivert Nilsen *
Saltens Dampskibsselskab, Bodø
281 gt
Built in Trondheim 1896.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1896 from Trondhjems Mek. Værksted, Trondheim (76) as Sivert Nilsen to Saltens Dampskibsselskab, Bodø. Steel hull, 120.2’ x 20.3’ x 8-10’, 239 gt, Triple Expansion (TMV) 55nhp 300ihp, 10 knots. In regularly scheduled service in Salten, registered for 148 passengers. Damaged during a hurricane on Dec. 29-1917, repaired. Lengthened, rebuilt, interior altered in 1930, 130.7’ x 20.2’ x 8-10’, 281 gt.

WW II: On a voyage from Røtnes in Steigen to Stokmarknes in order to enter service for allied forces, she was bombed and sunk by German aircraft in Vestfjord on June 1-1940. Captain Arne Sejnæs died.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway - his source: Article by Jens Chr. Egenæs about Salten Dampskibsselskap in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet"1.93).

Related external link:
More info on the captain

D/S Sjøstrand
A/S Nesodden Dampskibsselskab, Oslo
/S Nesodden-Bundefjord Dampskipsselskap, Oslo - 1941)
111 gt
Built in Gothenburg, Sweden 1904. Previous name: Styrsö II until 1908, Kronprins Olav until 1940.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1904 from Eriksbergs Mek. Verkstads AB, Gothenburg as Styrsö II to Styrsö Nya Badhus AB, Gothenburg. Steel hull, 94’ x 20.5’ x 6.8’, 111 gt, 2cyl Compound 26nhp, registered for 250 passengers, very little/or no cargo capacity. In use around Gothenburg. Sold in Aug.-1908 to A/S Næsoddens Dampskibsselskab, Oslo, renamed Kronprins Olav and in regularly scheduled service in inner Oslofjord, typically Oslo-Flaskebæk-Ildjernet, intended for the company's summer routes, for city people wanting to go to the countryside. In 1915 the company's name was changed to A/S Nesodden Dampskibsselskab, Oslo.

WW II: Renamed Sjøstrand in 1940 (the Germans did not allow ships to carry the names of the exiled Norwegian royal family members). In Febr.-1941 the company fused with A/S Nesodden-Bundefjord Dampskipsselskap, Oslo, and the 2 companies' routes were combined.

POST WAR: Renamed Kronprins Olav again. Remeasured in 1946, 158 gt. Sold in 1954 to Halfdan Hellum, Svelvik, renamed Kronola. Sold in Oct.-1954 to D/S A/S Borgundøy (Abraham Bjellebø), Fjellberg in Sunnhordland, with intention of having her converted to freighter? Condemned in 1960 following a fire.

(Infor received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Article about A/S Nesodden-Bundefjord D/S by Harald Lorentzen in Skipet 3.90 and misc.).

M/S Skagerak I *
Christiansand Dampskibsselskap A/S
1281 gt
Built Aalborg, Denmark 1939.

In service Kristiansand - Hirtshals before she was taken as prize by the Germans in Apr.-1940 and converted to minelayer. Departed Swinemünde on Jan. 5-1944 carrying mines which were unloaded in Bergen, then took on board a cargo of ammunition for Trondheim. Departed Trondheim on Jan. 17 heading south again and on the 20th, when she was west of Svåholmen 8 aircraft (489th New Zealander Sqn) attacked the convoy (she was escorted by M 489 and M 427 at the time). Skagerak I (korvettenkapitän Silex) was hit by a torpedo and sank, taking 7 German crew with her. Position given in the German commander's report was 58 19,8N 06 1,1E, at a water depth of 120 meters (I've also seen the position 58 11N 06 11E listed).

Picture of Skagerak I - Taken in the summer of 1941. 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).

(Source: Senkninger og forlis fra Åna Sira til Haugesund 1939-1945, Øistein Thomas Berge. Excerpts from this book, and order information are online).

Germany had a ship named Skagerrak (spelt with 2 r's), in the Kriegsmarine from 1939 (Olschiff 3), sunk by HMS Suffolk on Apr. 14-1940 (Roger W. Jordan).

M/K Skandfer
? gt
Built ?

In the "Home Fleet". M/K stands for "motor cutter", in this case she was a "fiskekutter"=fishing cutter. From the fall of 1941 the regular express passenger/cargo service went no further north than Tromsø. Several of the regular ships had been sunk with great loss of civilian life and it was decided to put smaller vessels like fishing cutters into the most northerly routes to carry mail, passengers and small cargoes. It was called the "replacement route", and administered by Vesteraalens Dampksibsselskab. A total of 27 vessels were used for this service (Tromsø-Kirkenes). 3 were lost, they were M/K Vaaland, M/K Moder II and M/K Uløy. The original service south of Tromsø continued as before. After the loss of Uløy in July of 1944 the replacement route stopped going to the easternmost part of Finnmark, then stopped altogether in Oct.-1944 after the forced evacuation of Finnmark, with Skandfer making the very last trip of them all on Oct. 29-1944, from Finnmark to Tromsø. (I've also seen the name spelt Skanfer).

See also Grinnøy and Ethel May.

I've found a motor vessel named Skandfer, built 1912, belonging to Helge Jacobsen, home port Tromsø. This ship was 38 gt, and may very well have been the the one I've listed here, as the cutters used in the "replacement route" were generally very small. Some of the ships in the replacement route that are not listed on this website due to lack of info were Mil 33 (skipper Bernhard Johansen), Maiblomsten, Polarfjell, Jana, Havnes.

D/S Skjerstad *
Det Nordlandske Dampskibsselskap A/S, Bodø
593 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1904. Previous name: Teutonia until 1923.

Please see a separate page about this ship.

D/S Skjerstad
Det Nordlandske Dampskibsselskap A/S, Bodø
762 gt
Built Lübeck, Germany 1925. Previous name: Hansa.

See D/S Skjerstad (w/picture).

D/S Skjervøy *
151 gt
Built 1915.

Requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine in July-1940. Sunk at Hustadvika on Aug. 17-1944, no further details for the time being.

I've found another D/S Skjervøy belonging to Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, Tromsø, built 1905, 331 gt. and still in service in the early 1970's (as barge Odin from 1965). Also, the same company had an M/S Skjervøy from 1966, originally delivered as Flakstad to Vesteraalens D/S in June-1954, 149 gt. Sold to Troms Fylkes D/S in Aug.-1966 and renamed Skjervøy. Later had several different owners until June-1989 when she was sold to Langøysund A/S, Stokmarknes and renamed Langøysund. Changed owners again a few times in the years to come and was still in service in 1996 (used in the tourist trade to Svalbard).

D/S Skjold
Artur & Fred Kvamme, Lillesand
86? gt
Built in Gothenburg 1875. Previous names: Sandefjord until 1880, Malangen until 1891.

Pre war history: Built in 1875 by Eriksberg Mek. Verkstad A/B, Gothenburg as Sandefjord for Skibsaktieselskabet Sandefjord, Sandefjord. From 1878 she was in State supported service on Tanafjord. Ran aground on Oct. 7-1878 off Vardø. Wreck sold at auction. Purchased on Aug. 21-1879 by Tromsø Amts D/S, Tromsø, no name change. Somewhat altered, then mostly in service to Kjosen in Lyngen and to Balsfjord. Renamed Malangen in July-1880. Sold in 1891 to Dampskibsselskapet Skjold (Arthur & Fred Kvamme), Lillesand and renamed Skjold.

POST WAR: Sold in 1945 to Skips-A/S Gun I (Sverre Gundersen), Oslo. Sold in 1951 to Arthur Kvamme, Hurum, in service for Elektro-Kjemisk & Intertransport for 14 months. Sold in 1954 to Roald Jensen, Oslo. Sold in 1966 to Roy Engelstad & Co., Oslo. Converted to barge.

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

M/K Skjomtind
Ofotens Dampskibsselskap, Narvik
from 1942
47 gt
Built Rosendal 1925. Previous name: Prægtig until 1938, Prektig until 1942.

Pre war history: Delivered in Nov.-1925 by Gjert Eidsviks Skipsbyggeri, Rosendal as Prægtig for Annanias Th. Bergsvåg, Strandvik, Bergen. Wooden hull, 51,8’ x 14,7’ x 5,8’, 26 gt (7 net). Remeasured in 1927 (26 gt, 8 net). In 1932 she was placed in local service Bergen- Fedje. Lengthened and rebuilt in May-1938, 47 gt (27 net), 62,7 x 15,3 x 7,8 - 2 cyl. 84 hp, 8 knots, renamed Prektig. Sold on Oct. 2-1942 to Ofotens Dampskibsselskap, Narvik, certified for 100 passengers, renamed Skjomtind, in service in outer Ofoten.

POST WAR: Sold on Oct. 8-1956 to Bjarne & Peder Bang, Hammerfest and hired out to Finnmarks Fylkesrederi, Hammerfest. Renamed Lotre in 1959. Sold in 1961 to Saltens Dampskibsselskap, Bodø and renamed Kunna. Rebuilt, 47 gt, 23 net. Sold in 1964 to Bjørn Storvestre, Sandstrand, Sortland. Laid up near Ramnefloget, Sortland 1976. Seen as wreck near Ramnefloget in 1988.

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

Another Skjomtind was delivered to the company in Dec. 1967, not much bigger than the former one, 43 gt. Sold and renamed Ramsund in 1979, Kameleon in 1992 (Tromsø Taxibåter A/S, Tromsø, used by divers), still in service as such in 1996.

M/K Skjærgård
Nils O. Heimark, Austevoll
43 gt, later 73 gt
Built in Forlandsvåg 1939.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1939 from Lars Hausbergs Båtbyggeri, Forlandsvåg, Sotra as Skjærgård to Nils O. Heimark e.a., Austevoll, Bergen. Wooden hull, 58,8’ x 17,8’ x 6,8’, 43 gt. Used in regularly scheduled local traffic Bergen-Austevoll (competing with Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab's routes).

WW II: Rebuilt and lengthened in 1942 by Ottesen Skipsbyggeri, Sagvåg, Stord - 75,5’, 73 gt. Requisitioned by the Germans and used as transport (year unknown).

POST WAR: Returned to owners in May-1945, in bad condition. On hire to Det Midthordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Os on July 13-1945 (company had lost Fusa) and placed in the Bergen-Os-Tysnes run, until 1946 when she was replaced by Lønningdal I. Went to Ottesen Skipsbyggeri, Sagvåg, Stord for repairs and on Apr. 20-1946 she entered the Bergen-Austevoll route again, but this route had economical problems. In July-1952, after the owners' application for State funding had been rejected, she was hired out to Hardanger Sunnhordlandske D/S and in service to Austevoll, Stolmen and Fitjar. Her last voyage in this service was on May 31-1968; new roads and ferries made the route redundant. Sold in Jan.-1969 to Georg Hopland, Austrheim, probably used as freighter. Renamed Agonus in 1972. Sold in 1990 to Steinar Anfindsen. Ålesund. Deleted from Norwegian register as condemned in Febr.-1994.

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

D/S Skogheim *
Nils Røgenæs, Haugesund
2669 gt
Built in Fevig 1919.

Pre war history: Delivered in Apr.-1919 from Sørlandets Skibsbyggeri, Fevig as Skogheim to A/S Baltic (N. Røgenæs), Haugesund, 2669 gt, 1632 net, 4580 tdwt, 300.8' x 47.1' x 30.9', Tripple exp. 264 nhp. Transferred in 1921 to D/S A/S Theologos (same managers).

WW II: Arrived Haugesund on the day of the German invasion of Norway, Apr. 9-1940, on a voyage U.S.A.-Oslo with a cargo of sugar. Laid up at Bøvågen, but re-entered service in the summer of 1940 under German control. Ran aground and sank near Songvår Light on Dec. 4-1940 on a voyage Kirkenes-Emden with a cargo of iron ore. Crew of 26 saved.

(Sources: "Våre gamle skip", and R. W. Jordan).

D/S Skogøy
Ofotens Dampskibsselskap, Narvik
205 gt
Built in Oslo 1889. Previous name: Indtrønderen, until 1926(?).

Pre war history: Delivered in 1889 as Indtrønderen to Indtrøndelagens Dampbaadsamlag, Stenkjær, 208 gt. In service in Trondheimsfjord, 112 passengers and cargo. Taken over by Innherreds Forenede Dampskibsselskaber, Stenkjær in 1896, rebuilt, 205 gt. Taken over in 1900 by Indherreds Aktie-Dampskibsselskap, Stenkjær, rebuilt 1910, sold in 1914 to Namsos Dampskibsselskap, Namsos. Sold in March-1926 to Ofotoens Dampskibsselskap, Narvik, renamed Skogøy, in milk transport for Ofotens dairy, laid up in Oct.-1927, then in Jan.-1928 replaced Barøy after that vessel had been lost.

WW II: Requisitioned for evacuations in 1940, briefly laid up in Skjomen in Apr. then in July in service Svolvær and Tysfjord. Overhauled and repaired at Kaarbøs mek. Verksted, Harstad in 1943 and placed in service Svolvær.

POST WAR: From 1945 she made tourist voyages to Lofoten in the winter time. Renamed Tjeldøy in June-1953, laid up. Sold in March-1954 to Ole Johan Tangstad, Narvik and renamed Tangstad, rebuilt. Sold in 1955 to Magnus Johansen P/R, Harstadbotn/Narvik. Sold in 1957 to Grenlands mek. Verksted, Porsgrunn to be converted to motor cargo ship, but these plans were given up. Broken up in 1960 and deleted from register in 1961.

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

The names Skogøy and Tjeldøy have been in frequent use for this company's vessels through the years, they also have a Skogøy today.

M/S Skramstad * later raised?
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
4300 gt
Built in Hamburg 1925.

In German control from May-1940. Auxiliary ship from March 31-1941, KMD Oslo. Bombed at Bodø, Norway by aircraft from the carrier USS Ranger on Oct 4-1943, stranded, total loss. Wilh. Wilhelmsen's Topeka was also hit in this attack (Operation Leader), as was the German Ibis.

(Charles Hocking gives the tonnage as 5472 gt for this ship and adds that she was carrying German troops at the time).

Picture of Skramstad - Taken at Philadelphia March-1939. Received from Markus Berger (Copyright Swiss Ships / MB Collection).

POST WAR: Skramstad was salvaged in 1946 and renamed Bertnes under the Norwegian flag. Broken up in 1948 (not sure if this info is correct).

Related external links:
1 who died
- Motorman Øivind Larsen is commemorated. According to this website Skramstad had a Norwegian crew. The Norwegian text says she was on a voyage from Trondheim to Narvik with 850 German soldiers on board when she was attacked by allied aircraft near Rødøy on the Helgeland coast on the date mentioned above. She was set on fire but the crew managed to have her beached near Svinvær, where she burned out. An unknown number of Germans also died. The majority of the Germans managed to get to shore.

Hyperwar - Linked directly to Robert Cressman's book entries for 1943 - scroll down to Oct. 4 for details on the air attack in which Topeka, Ibis and Skramstad were bombed. The German Schleswig is also mentioned, this must be the ex Norwegian Austanger, which had been seized by the Germans and renamed Schleswig. A Norwegian steamer Vagan is mentioned as being damaged, this is the D/S Vaagan on my V-page.

D/S Rabat - (German ship) - A website for divers; this section discusses Operation Leader, and has several pictures of the air attacks, as well as of Rabat. The text is in Norwegian, but included on page 2 is the German maritime declaration for Rabat. This site says that Topeka and Skramstad were sunk. (Ships sunk and damaged are listed on page 4).

Norway - A grateful Nation remembers - Air Group 4, Operation Leader (great article). The site also has the personal story of a young German soldier who was on board Skramstad, and an article on the German view.

Other ships by this name: Klaveness had previously had a steamship by the name Skramstad, built Hartlepool 1891, 1375 gt, ex General Boyd, renamed Skramstad in 1900. Sold to Japan in 1903 - later names Chisima Maru, Tisima Maru. Also, another Skramstad was built for the company in 1905 (in Sandefjord), 1400 gt. Sold to Buenos Aires in 1913, renamed Atlantico. (Info from "Damp - Dampskipets æra i Vestfold).

D/S Skudd 2
Hvalfangstselskapet Finnhval A/S, Tønsberg
(Yngvar Hvistendahl)
247 gt
Built in Tønsberg 1929

Pre war: Delivered in Aug.-1929 from Kaldnes Mek. Verksted A/S, Tønsberg (79) as whale catcher Skudd 2 to Hvalfangstselskapet Skytteren A/S (Hvistendahl, Sørlie & Co.), Tønsberg. Steel hull, 115.7’(lpp) x 23.9’ x 14’, 247 gt, Triple Expansion (Kaldnes) 135nhp 950ihp. From around 1935 owned by Hvalfangstselskapet Skytteren A/S (Yngvar Hvistendahl), Tønsberg. Sold in Sept.-1936 to Hvalfangstselskapet Finnhval A/S, Tønsberg.

WW II: Hired out to Den Konglige Norske Marine on Oct. 12-1939, operating as patrol boat, based in Tønsberg. On Apr. 8-1940 she was patrolling the areas from Færder and westwards towards Svenner in the outer Oslofjord when the German invasion fleet appeared at midnight (see also Sørland, Halden I, Kristiansand and Alpha). The following day she found the burnt out Pol III drifting without a crew and towed her into Tønsberg. Seized in Tønsberg by the Kriegsmarine in the afternoon of Apr. 14-1940, and on Apr. 20 she was placed in service as NO-03 Dar-Es-Salaam, later as NO-02 from Apr. 1-1941.

POST WAR: On May 10-1945 she was undergoing repairs in Fredrikstad (in service for German Mine-Sweeping Administration that month). Returned to owners that year and fitted out as whale catcher, catching for the factory Antarctic in the 1945/46 season. Sold in 1946 to A/S Blomvaag Hval, Herdla (Joh. A. Hojem), Bergen, catching around the coast for the whaling station at Blomvåg every summer up to and including 1954. Sold in May-1955 to Halvard Berntsen, Tau in Ryfylke, converted to freighter at Thaules Mek. Verksted, Avaldsnes, Karmøy, 124.4’ x 23.1’ x 13.2’, 259 gt 300 tdwt, and a 4cyl 2tev Wichmann 320bhp (1957) motor installed. Owned from Apr.-1957 by Bernt Berntsen e.a., Tau, entering service as freighter Loanna. Owned by Bernt Berntsen, Tau from 1968. Sold in May-1970 to Mathias Nilsen e.a, Tromsdalen, converted to fishing vessel, 254 gt., entering service as fishing vessel Bertel Nilsen (T-77-T) in 1970(?). In 1979 owner was John A. Nilsen, Rotsund. Sold in July-1982 to Neptuges (Alf Vestre & Co. / Sæbjørn Vestre / Knut F. Løseth), Ålesund and renamed Minus. Sold in Apr.-1983 to Harald Grøntvedt & Sønner (Harald Grøntvedt), Kråkvåg, converted to live fish carrier, 225 gt, 205 tdwt, entering service as Seihav that same year(?). In June-1989 a new motor was installed at Kristiansund Mek. Verksted, Kristiansund N, 2tev Wichmann AX 1350bhp (1975), 11 knots, 2000l/d. Sold in Dec.-1991 to Karoløs ANS (Odd Karsten Østervold), Bekkjarvik in Austevoll, in service as live fish carrier. Sold in June-1995 to Seihav A/S (Hans Bakke), Torangsvåg in Austevoll, still in service as live fish carrier. Owner as per Dec.-2002 was Seivåg A/S, Bekkjarvik.

(Received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: "Hvalfangsten, eventyret tar slutt", Dag Bakka jr. 1992, Atle Wilmar via a posting to my Ship Forum, Geir Ole Søreng, Skipet and misc.).

For some info on other Skudd whale catchers, please follow this link.

D/S Skulda
William Hansen, Bergen
1105 gt
Built in Bergen 1910.

M/S Sneland *
Johs. H. Wiik, Bergen
223 gt
Built in Arendal 1939.

Taken over by the Germans. Shelled and sunk in Stadhavet on Dec. 27-1941 by a warship. According to a posting to my Ship Forum Sneland was identical to the German V5102/Donner, which was sunk by the British DD Offa and DE Chiddingfold near Vågsøy. (See also Maaløy and Eystein).

Norway also had a Sneland I.

Related external link:
Allied raid on Vågsøy and Måløy

There was later another, much larger Sneland, built 1972 for A/S D/S Vestland (Rich Amlie), 14 137 gt. Sailed under T/C as Southland for a while. Became Panamanian Island in 1983, Turkish Anadolu Guney that same year (reg. Panama), Youming 1991, Yan Fa 1996.("Våre motorskip", Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn).

M/S Snorre I *
277 gt
Built 1923. Previous name: Elfride.

Taken over by the Germans. Struck a mine and sank at Kjøkkelvik near Bergen on Nov. 20-1940, on a voyage Oslo-Trondheim.

I've found a motor vessel Snorre I, built 1944, 119 gt, owned by S/A Snorre (Bjarne Gundersen), home port Oslo. It's possible the Snorre I that was sunk in 1940 also had this owner(?). I've received some more details on the history of the 1944 built vessel from T. Eriksen, Norway): Signal letters LLGN. Built in 1944 as fishing vessel Snorre I for S/a Snorre /Bjarne Gundersen, Oslo (O-x-O). Measurements as per 1954 were 86,7’ x 21,5’ x 10,1’, in 1949 she was 119 gt, hull made of wood, engine Wichmann 150 bhk. She was on hire (bare-boat) at some point in the 1940's to til Simon Eidesvik, Bømlo for fishing purposes. Post War: On hire (bare-boat) in 1946 to Harald Falnes, Skudeneshavn, Karmøy, seiner, fishing around Iceland in the summer and for line fishing near Greenland. On hire in 1947 (bare boat) to Karl A. Dahl, Vedavågen, Karmøy, seiner, fishing near Iceland in the summer. Sold in 1953 to Harald Falnes, Skudeneshavn, Karmøy, seiner/freighter (R-61-SH). Sold in 1958 to P/r /Elias Håkonsen m.fl., Åkrehamn, Karmøy (R-x-A, later R-x-K ). Around 1969 she was sold to Håkon Vea, Vedavågen, Karmøy (R-x-K), probably industry trawler. Renamed Signe Helen in 1978. Condemned and deleted from Norwegian register in 1986.

There was also a Snorre II, built 1939, 28 gt, signal letters LKMH, Alf Herman Isaksen, Honningsvåg.

Snurp II *
Olaf Pedersen & Trygve Sommerfeldt, Oslo
126 gt

Built 1943.

Delivered in March-1943 from Gravdal Skipsbyggeri & Trelastforretning, Sunde in Sunnhordland (305) as fishing vessel/seiner Snurp II to A/S Rena (Olaf Pedersen & Trygve Sommerfeldt), Oslo. Wooden hull, 92.1' x 21.8' x 10.9', 126 gt., 3cyl 2tev Wichmann 155bhp.

In Febr.-1940 A/S Rena had sold their ship Rena. Because of the war the profits from the sale cound not be invested in the normal manner, so instead 10 wooden fishing vessels and freighters were ordered at various Norwegian builders. 2 of these contracts were sold on to Blaahval A/S, while 2 were not built. The remaining 6 were delivered as Snurp I, Snurp II, Snurp III, Snurp VI, Snurp VII and Snurp VIII. The vessels were hired out on 24/30 months' TC (BB), with the option of sale to various owners in western Norway, and after a short while sold.

On May 15-1943 Snurp II was on a voyage Trondheim-Harstad with cases of beer, when she sank in Skorafjorden. Crew of 4 died. Reason is given as overloading.

(Received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Arild Engelsen, article about Olaf Pedersens Rederi by Dag Bakka jr. in Skipet 1.76 and 3.84, and misc.).

D/S Snyg *
Kr. Høgh-Hervig, Haugesund
1326 gt
Built in Amsterdam 1918. Previous names: Kinheim and Groenlo.

Pre war history: Delivered as Kinheim to Mij. S. S. Kinheim, Amsterdam. Later Groenlo until 1923, when she was purchased by D/S A/S Snyg (Kr. Høgh-Hervig), Haugesund and renamed Snyg.

WW II: Snyg is listed in Convoy HN 8 from Norway to the U.K. in Jan.-1940. The following month she's listed in Convoy HN 14 from Norway. Early in March we find her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 18, returning to the U.K. later that month with Convoy HN 20, in ballast for Blyth. She subsequently went back to Norway at the very end of March with Convoy ON 24.

She was on a voyage from Oslo to Kristiansund with iron and lumber when she was hit by a bomb from a British Hudson aircraft west of Hådyret off Egersund, Norway on Jan. 4-1941. The entire crew was rescued by M 1103 which had arrived on the scene, and taken to Egersund.

This company had previously had another ship by the name Snyg, built in 1891 as Zoppot (Desiderius Siedler, Danzig), 370 gt. - purchased by Kr. Høgh-Hervig in 1908 and renamed Snyg. Struck a mine on Febr. 26-1918, 20 n. miles off Quesant on a voyage in convoy from Newport Monn with coal. 4 died.

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