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Norwegian Homefleet - WW II 
Ships starting with So through Sø

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So - Sp

Name of Ship
Shipping Company
D/S Sogn
Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane, Bergen
379 gt
Built in Newcastle 1875.

Pre war history: Delivered on Apr. 19-1875 from C. S. Swan & Co., Newcastle as Sogn to Nordre Bergenhus Amts Dampskibe, Bergen. Steel hull, 146,5’ x 21,9’ x 11,3’, 320 gt, 2cyl Compund 70nhk, 11 knots. Due to a strike at the yard delivery was delayed for 2 months. Used in the regularly scheduled Bergen-Nordfjord service. Had a fire on board in 1878 and had to be beached (location unknown, later repaired). Passengers picked up by Lyderhorn and taken to Bergen. Rebuilt and lengthened in 1890, 158,2’, 379 gt. Rebuilt again in 1897 (parts of interior refurbished). Collided near Kalvåg in Jan.-1898 with the sailing vessel Advance which was laden with herring and sank. Sogn was rebuilt again in 1898, new interior and new boiler. Collided near Måløy in 1900 with the British Dorothy which was badly damaged (blame given to Dorothy in court, 1902). Collided off Helleneset, Bergen on Aug. 27-1910 with Manger which sank in 15 minutes. Ran into a motor vessel off Hennebygd, Nordfjord in Oct.-1911, 1 died. On Jan. 25-1919 the owning company changed its name to Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane, Bergen. Rebuilt at some point in the 1920's, new deckhouse, well behind the bridge covered.

WW II: When Norway was attacked on Apr. 9-1940 she was at A/S Mjellem & Karlsen in Bergen. Back in her regular service in May-1940, often in the Bergen-Nordfjord route. Her captain, Martin Haugen was courier for the resistance movement until he had to go undercover in 1944. Damaged at some point during an allied air attack, date and location unknown. During the night of March 29-1945 she was at Nordre Nykirkekai with her crew asleep on board, when an intoxicated member of the crew of the German S-boot S-13 fired a torpedo which sank the company's Kommandøren at Søndre Nykirkekai. Sogn had also been at this quay earlier so had a lucky escape on this occasion.

POST WAR: Continued in the Bergen-Nordfjord route May-1945, with increasing amounts of cargoes for which she was not suitable. Laid up in Aug.-1949 then sold in Sept. that year to Br. Anda, Hundvåg, Stavanger for breaking up.

(All details on this vessel received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr., 1994, "Bergenske Fjordabåter", Dag Bakka Jr. for Bergens Tidende, 1974 and "101 Fjordabåtar, FSF 1858-2000" by Magnus Helge Torvanger 2000).

M/S Solbjørn *
Malena Nielsen, Trondheim
145 gt
Built in Salten.

Struck a mine and sank near Kolvereid in inner Follafjord on May 21 (20?)-1944, on a voyage from Trondheim to Kongsmoen in ballast. Unable to find further details for the time being, but she may actually have been a barge, in which case she doesn't really belong on this website.

M/S Sollund II
Andr. L. Grønaas, Mosterhamn
200 gt
Built in Larvik 1923. Previous name Eik II until 1925, Sibaldi 1925, Eik II until 1935.

Pre war history: Delivered in Oct-1923 from Hølens Mek. Verksted A/S, Larvik (37) as whale catcher Eik II to Hvalfangerselskapet Norge A/S (Chr. Nielsen & Co. A/S), Larvik. Steel hull, 110’(lpp) x 21,5’ x 12,6’, 205 gt, Tripple Expansion. Owned in 1925 by Soc. Portuguesa de Pesca De’Cetacea Ltda, Lisbon, Portugal, renamed Sibaldi. Renamed Eik II again for Hvalfangerselskapet Norge A/S (Chr. Nielsen & Co. A/S), Nov.-1925. Sold in 1934 to Andr. L. Grønaas, Mosterhamn, Bømlo, converted to combined seiner/freighter at Rosenberg Mek. Verksted, Stavanger, 121’ x 21,7’ x 12,6’, 200 gt, a 2cyl 2tev Bolinder 240bhp installed (1918, from Nordland). Entered service in 1935 as Sollund II (H-100-M), in use as seiner on the coast during the herring fishing season in the winter, around Iceland in the summer, otherwise as freighter.

WW II: Requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine (Oslo) on May 28-1940 and used as supply vessel for Luftwaffe (Luftgaukommando Norwegen). Returned on May 21-1943.

POST WAR: Transferred in Jan.-1949 to Jenny Grønaas, Mosterhamn, Bømlo (widow). That year a 4cyl Skandia Verken 420bhp was installed (the old Bolinder engine was sold and ended up in seiner/freighter Streif the following year). Rebuilt in 1954 at Sagvåg, Stord - new wheelhouse and interior. Sold in Aug.-1960 to P/r / Olav Håheim, Tyssebotnen, in coastal service. Rebuilt and lengthened at A/S Haugesund Slip, Haugesund in 1963, 138,7’ x 21,6’ x 12,6’, 275 gt, 320 tdwt, renamed Toya that year. Sold in Dec.-1965 to Birger Skarsvåg, Trondheim. Rebuilt in 1969? 285 gt. Sold in Nov.-1969 to A/S Klaveness Chartering, Oslo. Sold in March-1971 to Sameiet Toya (Samuelsen & Galtung, Oslo). Sold in Aug.-1972 to P/r / Knut Krogsæter, Finnøy in Romsdal, renamed Øifinn, in local sand trade. Reported missing on Oct. 29-1974 on voyage Rausand-Steinshamn with sand. Assumed lost near Bjørnsund at Hustadvika with a crew of 4. Only debris from a lifeboat was found.

(Details on this vessel received from T. Eriksen Norway - his sources: Article about Streif by Bjørn Tandberg in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet", 2.2000, "Fraktebåtane i Moster", Moster Sogelag 1998, info from Theodor Dorgeist, Germany - and several others).

There's a thread mentioning this vessel (and several others) on my Ship Forum starting here - there are many responses. Please note that the claim that she was converted to ferry is incorrect.

D/S Solskin *
Holger Fischer, Oslo
372 gt
Built in Torskog 1926.

Bombed by British aircraft and sunk west of Eigerøy on Oct. 30-1941 on a voyage from Visnes, Karmøy to Lysaker. 8 bombs were dropped, 5 hit the ship.1 died (in hospital).

Related external link:
The 1 who died
- Chief Engineer Jakob J. Sletteland is commemorated.

M/S Solund (Lyderhorn)
German controlled
132 gt
Built in Arendal 1942.

Delivered in Jan.-1942 from Pusnes Mek. Verksted, Arendal (57) as Solund to German authorities. Steel hull, 94,6’ x 17,2’ x 6,2’, 132 gt, 6cyl 2tev Wichmann 300bhp, 13 knots. Originally ordered in 1939 for Dampskibsselskabet Topdal, Bergen (name altered to Rutelaget Bergen-Vest A/S in 1943) for use in regularly scheduled passenger service ("sea bus"). Due to the war completion was delayed and in Dec.-1940 the vessel was taken over by the Germans. Used as transport in Trondheimsfjord.

POST WAR: Found in Trondheim at war's end in May-1945 and seized by the Norwegian State - Direktoratet for Fiendlig Eiendom, Oslo (Directorate for Enemy Property). Purchased in the summer of 1945 by Rutelaget Bergen-Vest A/S, Bergen. Repaired at A/S Stord, Leirvik, Stord and refitted for use in regularly scheduled passenger service, registered for 225 passengers (did not take much cargo). Delivered on Aug. 22-1946 and entered service as Lyderhorn, in local service Bergen-Knarrevik-Brattholmen-Alvøen, later shortened to Bergen-Knarrevik-Brattholmen, when busses increasingly took over. Sold in June-1962 to Øygarden & Sotra Rutelag LL, Bergen, renamed Fjellgar, local service Bergen-Brattholmen-Valen-Knarrevik several times a day. This route ceased to exist from Dec. 11-1971 when the Sotra bridge was opened and Fjellgar entered service Turøy-Misje-Solsvik (Sotra). Renamed Fjellgar Senior in Oct.-1972, laid up as reserve. Sold in Nov.-1974 to E. Sykes, UK for intended use as houseboat. Seen in Neward on Trent in 1990.

(Details on this vessel from T. Eriksen - his sources: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr., 1994 and "Båtene våre, Hvor ble de av?" by Dag Bakka Jr. for Bergens Tidende 1984(?).

D/S Solviken *
Haakon J. Wallem, Bergen
3502 gt
Built Fredrikstad, Norway 1940.

Solviken was in Sagua la Grande, Cuba in Apr.-1940, then headed to Denmark and Norway (cargo of sugar), thereby ending up in German control.

Picture of a painting - Received from, and painted by, Jan Goedhart, Holland.
Another picture - Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Torpedoed by Russian aircraft May 25/26-1944 and sunk east of Nordkyn, on a voyage from Fredrikstad to Kirkenes with lumber. Pumpman Trygve Pedersen and 1st Engineer Herman August Solvi lost their lives.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - This website adds that Solviken had been damaged in Narvik harbour when she drifted into a minefield on Christmas Eve-1942 - Chief Engineer Simon Martinius Hansen died on that occasion.

This company had previously had another Solviken, which was sold in 1940.

D/S Sport
Det Nye A/S Sport, Oslo
(D/S A/S Asker, Røken & Hurum, Oslo)
110 gt

Built Oslo 1900

Pre war history: Delivered in 1900 from Akers Mek. Verksted A/S, Oslo (187) as Sport to A/S Sport, Oslo. Steel hull, 91.1' x 16.1' x 8.2', 110 gt. Tripple Expansion (Akers) 53nhp 279ihp, registered for 213 passengers. In regularly scheduled service Oslo-Grimsøy-Brønøy-Nesøy. In 1903 the company went bankrupt, and Sport was taken over by Det Nye A/S Sport (T. Mortensen), Oslo (in reality she was run by Dampskibs-A/S Asker, Røken & Hurum, whose funnel markings were later painted on her) - same service, but during the summer only, otherwise laid up.

POST WAR: Taken over on Jan. 1-1947 by Dampskibs-A/S Asker, Røken & Hurum (T. Mortensen), Oslo, service remaining the same. On July 16-1952 owners went bankrupt, and their ships (Asker, Louise 2, Hval and Sport) were taken over by Sørensen & Lie Kullkompani, Oslo as creditors. Sold that same year to Drammen Kommune, Drammen and in service Drammen-Rødtangen. Sold in 1963 to Østfold Skipsopphugning, Sarpsborg (breakers) and broken up in 1964.

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

D/S Spro
A/S Nesodden Dampskibsselskab
/S Nesodden-Bundefjord Dampskipsselskap, Oslo - 1941)
103 gt
Built Oslo (Kristiania) 1890. Previous name Oscar until 1918.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1890 from Akers Mek. Verksted AS, Oslo as Oscar to Tønsberg & Omegn Dampskibsselskab, Tønsberg. Steel hull, 85.2’ x 16.9’ x 3.4’, 103 gt, 2cyl Compound 215ihp, registered for 198 passengers, very little cargo capacity. Sold in 1918 to A/S Næsoddens Dampskibsselskab, Oslo, renamed Spro. In service Oslo-west side of Nesodden, and was in this service all year long, unlike several of the company's other vessels which were especially intended for use in the summertime when people living in the city wanted to go to the countryside. In 1915 owning company changed its name to A/S Nesodden Dampskibsselskab, Oslo.

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

POST WAR: Sold in 1954 to unknown breakers for breaking up.

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

D/S Stamsund
Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab, Stokmarknes
864 gt
Built in Moss 1939

Pre war: Ordered Oct. 19-1937, launched Apr. 4-1939, trials on Aug. 18 that year, then delivered on Aug. 28 from Moss Værft & Dokk, Moss (78) as Stamsund to Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskap, Stokmarknes.

WW II: Taken as prize by Tsingtau at Hellesund on Apr. 13-1940 and taken to Kristiansand. Taken over by KMD Oslo on May 18 for use as Luftwaffe transport. Arrived Stavanger with a German crew, June 1. Damaged by machine gun fire from aircraft July 31-1940? Handed over to KMD Stettin on May 10-1941 (R. C. Gribel, Stettin) for use by Luftzeuggruppe 5, Abteilung See, Oslo. Damaged in a storm at Narvik on Dec. 25-1942, and again on Dec. 29. Later in use as supply vessel for Gebirgs Korps, Norwegen. Returned, in Tromsø, to owners on Jan. 13-1943 (to be controlled by Reichskommissar Seeschiffahrt, Norwegen). When in a convoy from Kirkenes to Tromsø, she was attacked by the Russian sub S-51 off Kongsøyfjord on Sept. 8-1943, but all torpedoes missed. Damaged by return fire from Tirpitz when the latter was attacked by the British midget sub X-7 on Sept. 22-1943. On Dec. 8-1943, when on a voyage from Honningsvåg to Berlevåg escorted by 3 Vorposten boats, she was struck aft and damaged by a torpedo (which did not detonate), probably from the Russian sub S-55 (apparently the only sub in the area at the time). Uj-1219 dropped depth charges.

In Nov.-1944 she was taken over by Admiral Polarküste for use for Seekommandanten Tromsö, with German crew.

POST WAR: Reported at Tromsø, May 9-1945. Returned to owners May 27. Heavily damaged by fire on board on Aug. 24-1954, at Ørlandet, 1 died. Repaired and rebuilt at Bergen mek. Verksted, 874 gt, 448 net. Sold in Oct.-1966 to Chr. M. Sarlis & Co., Patras and renamed Pellini. Sold in 1972 to A. Argyris, V. Anagnostopoulos & E. Ioannou, renamed Sophia A., then Sofia A. in 1979 for Elias Xafas, Piræus. Broken up in Greece in 1982.

See also a thread on my Ship Forum, starting here.

(Source: Theodor Dorgeist, Germany).

D/S Standard *
J. B. Stang, Oslo
1286 gt
Built in Middlesbrough 1930.

From a visitor to my website I've received the following: "Launched 30 May 1930. Timber carrier. Yard Number 919 (Smith's Dock). Owners Messrs Aktieselskapet Standard, (J.B. Stang), Oslo. 2050gt (this differs quite a bit from what I've listed). Dimensions 242'6" 37'0" 17'0". Machinery, triple expansion 3 cylinder by Smith's Dock. Cylinders 17" 28" 47" x 33" stroke, 2 scotch boilers,180psi. Built to carry sawn timber from Norway to Bristol, returning with coal or coke. Special features of the design included pivot points for derricks being fitted high up so as to allow the loading of high deck cargoes of timber. High bulwarks were also a feature of the design, allowing timber to be stowed on deck during winter crossings of the North Sea. Built to Norske Veritas Highest Class and the requirements of the Norwegian Sea Control Board."

I've also seen this ship listed as being 1264 gt. with home port Narvik.

Picture of Standard - Received from Lillesand Sjømannsforening, source: Arne Gundersen's collection.

WW II: Standard, cargo of pulp for Bristol, is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 15 from Norway to the U.K. at the end of Febr.-1940. The following month we find her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 22 - follow links for more info, several Norwegian ships took part.

Torpedoed and sunk on Oct. 14-1944 by the British submarine Viking (Banner-Martin) in Saltenfjord, Norway.

The following casualties are named in "Minner og minnesmerker fra 1940-1945" by Øistein Wiik (in alphabetical order):
Engineer Arthur Andersen, Stoker Paulus Elvin Ellingsen, Seaman Ole Hansen, Mess Girl Anna Hansine Gustava Johnsen, Steward Arthur Johnsen (died in hospital Nov. 22 - husband of Mess Girl Anna Johnsen, half brother of Stoker Paulus Ellingsen), Captain Nils Kristian Johnsen, Stoker Peder Arne Olai Johnsen, Mate Ivar Anker Karlsen, Able Seaman Rolf Torleiv Kristiansen, Able Seaman Mikal Olaf Berg Mortensen, 1st Engineer Alf Henry Nilsen, Donkeyman Paul Andreas Paulsen, Mate Johan Anton Aasen.

Related external link:
Those who died
- 12 are commemorated at this memorial. The site adds that she was on a voyage from the south of Norway to Narvik at the time, and that several crew were injured in the resulting fire.

Norway had another steamship by this name 1904-1905, 1414 gt, Bull & Gjertsen, Tønsberg, built Sandefjord 1904. Sold to Japan in 1905, renamed Fukushu Maru, then Hukusyu Maru 1938.

D/S Stanja
J. B. Stang, Oslo
1845 gt
Built in Oslo, Norway 1915.

Stanja is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 17 from Norway to the U.K. in March-1940, bound for Bristol with general cargo. At the beginning of Apr.-1940 she joined Convoy ON 25 for Norway, thereby ending up in the Homefleet.

According to J. Rohwer the Russian submarine K-2 (Utkin) claimed to have torpedoed and shelled this ship on Aug. 10-1941 at Tanafjord, but no torpedo was observed by Stanja, nor was she hit by gunfire.

Statsraad Lemkuhl
Bergens Skoleskib, Bergen
1701 gt
Built Geestemunde, 1914. Previous name: Grossherzog Friedrich August.

Please continue to a separate page about Statsraad Lemkuhl (includes pictures of the ship).

D/S Stavanger I
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger
800 gt
Built in Trondheim 1914.

Pre war: Delivered on July 22-1914 from Trondhjems Mek. Værksted, Trondheim as Stavanger I to Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, Stavanger. Steel hull, 205.3’ x 28’ x 12.4’, Tripple Expansiom (TMV) 170nhp, 930ihp, 13.5 knots, 718 gt. Used in the company's night time service Stavanger-Bergen. Rebuilt at some point in the 1930's, 800 gt.

WW II: Requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine on Apr. 24-1940 and used as accommodation vessel/tender Bremse, at first in Stavanger, later near Herdla airport. Returned to owners on Dec.19-1941 and back in her regular service.

POST WAR: Renamed Kong Sverre in 1949 (a new ship was to have the name Stavanger I), continued in the same service once a week. Rebuilt and modernized at Rosenberg Mek. Verksted, Stavanger in 1951, converted for oil fuelling, 868 gt. On hire to Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane in the summer of 1961 and 1962 for 2 voyages a week in Hurtigruten, Bergen-Sogn / Nordfjord (as replacement for Nordfjord I which was lost on May 9-1961). Laid up on Dec. 23-1962. Sold in March -1963 to Brødrene Anda, Hundvåg, Stavanger for breaking up. Partly de-rigged, but was used as "quay" for Brødrene Anda's barge Rans (formerly D/S Snar, belonging to Høgh-Hervig). Broken up in May-1967. (From T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: Articles about Stavangerkse D/S in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 2.90 and 1.91 by Alf Johan Kristiansen, and ”Båtene våre,-hvor ble de av?”, Kjartan Rødland for Bergens Tidende).

This company had another Stavanger in 1973, delivered in July, built at Tjørvåg, 746 gt, 399 passengers, 50 cars, service Stavanger-Tau. Sold in July-1982 to Finnmark Fylkesrederi, Hammerfest, renamed Porsangerfjord, redecorated, 763 gt., service Nordkapp. Rebuilt and modernised in 1983, same tonnage. Sold in Jan.-1992 to A/S Langelandsfærgen (Dannebrog Rederi A/S, Lohals), renamed Lundeborg. Rebuilt at Karstensens Skibsværft, Skagen, placed in service Lohals-Korsør in Apr. that year. Laid up for sale in Denmark in March-1995. Still in service Lohals-Korsør in June-1998, for Sydfynsk DS under the name Tranekær, but sold to Italy in 2000. Seen in Porto San Stefano in Aug.-2000 with the name Isola del Iglio. (Finnmark Fylkesrederi og Ruteselskap fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

D/S Stavangerfjord
A/S Den norske Amerikalinje, Oslo
13 156 gt
Built at Birkenhead, England 1918.

See my page D/S Stavangerfjord.

D/S Stavenes
Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane, Bergen
181? gt
Built in Bergen 1904.

Pre war history: Delivered in Sept.-1904 from Bergens Mek. Værksted, Solheimsviken, Bergen as Stavenes to Nordre Bergenhus Amts Dampskibe, Bergen. Steel hull reinforced for travel through ice, rounded bow, 104,6’ x 20,1’ x 9,8’, 181 gt, Tripple Expansion 49nhk 237ihk. Used in regularly scheduled service in Dalsfjord and Førdesfjord in Sunnfjord, occasionally in Nordfjord and around Florø. During the wintertime in the period 1904-1909 she carried mail Gudvangen-Lærdal in inner Sogn. In regularly scheduled service Florø-Måløy-Nordfjordeid-Sandane, summer of 1912. On Jan. 25-1919 the owning company changed its name to Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane, Bergen. Rebuilt in 1934; could now carry 7-8 cars and at the same time she got electricity and a covered wheelhouse. Used as ferry Lærdal-Vadheim in inner Sogn every summer.

Here's a picture of Stavenes - From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

WW II: In service in inner Sogn all through the war.

POST WAR: For several years after the war Stavenes was in the tourist trade Flåm-Balestrand-Fjærland in the summertime, then in service Lustrafjorden-Årdal and Flåm-Gudvangen in the wintertime. Rebuilt at Frydenbø Slip & Mek. Verksted, Damsgård in Bergen, spring 1954. Converted to motor vessel with a 6cyl 2tev Weddop 300bhk (1942), 10 knots, then in 1957 with a 2tev Normo dm 350bhk (1957). Ran aground on Dec. 23-1958 near Ortnevik in Sogn, refloated herself, no damages. Later placed in the local Bergen-Gulen-Solund-Hyllestad route in outer Sogn. Ran aground in Nov.-1960 south of Bakkastraumen in Nordhordland county. The floating library vessel Abdullah took the passengers to Bergen. Refloated by salvage vessel Salvator the next morning. Laid up at some point in the 1960's, then in the summer of 1969 she was hired out (with some adjustments) for use in the film "Song of Norway", filmed in Gudvangen, Aurland, Olden and Geiranger, then laid up again. Sold in Dec.-1972 to J. Graham Kew, Rugby for use as a yacht. Not long afterwards she visited western Norway with the American Jeffrey A. Hoffmann as skipper, later astronaut for NASA.

Following the death of her owner she was laid up at Grimsby for 3 years and fell into a bad state of repair. Taken over at some point in the 1970's by The Monks Ferry Training Trust, Birkenhead. Placed in drydock in Port Penryth, northern Wales with the intent of fixing her up using unemployed workers. All interior was removed and some alterations made before the project stranded and she continued to fall into bad state of repair. After a while the dock was to be torn down so Stavenes had to be removed. A politician in Liverpool helped prevent her from being broken up.

In Jan.-1990 Sigmund and Jarle Lomelde from Sogn went to England to see if she could be preserved, then in Oct. that year she was also examined by people from Fylkesbaatane and from Sogndal Utviklingsselskap. Taken over by Veteranskipslaget Stavenes, Kaupanger in May-1991 for restoration back to her 1930's appearance, and towed from Liverpool to Solund that same month. That summer a new deck was installed and her diesel engine removed, laid up in Kaupanger where she sank in the winter of 1994 due to large amounts of snow. Raised, a temporary roof installed across her entire length. In 1998 the owners purchased a suitable steam engine from a condemned Swedish tug (engine was built in Jönköping in 1893). Additionally, a suitable boiler was obtained from Måløy Sildoljefabrikk (herring oil factory). In 200o she was still laid up in Kinsedal, Lustrafjord.

(All details on this vessel received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Fjordabåten" by Dag Bakka Jr., 1994, "Bergenske Fjordabåter" Dag Bakka Jr. for Bergens Tidende, 1974 and "101 Fjordabåtar, FSF 1858-2000" by Magnus Helge Torvanger 2000).

M/K Staværingen
Stadsbygdens Trafikselskap A/S, Stadsbygd
90 gt

Built at Stord in 1918. Previous name: Haugesund until 1923.

Pre war history: Delivered on Nov. 16-1918 from Gunvald Ottesens Treskibsbyggeri, Sagvåg, Stord as Haugesund to Haugesunds Motorskibsselskab A/S (Malte Sørensen), Haugesund. Wooden hull, 80.9' x 18.5' x 8.4', 90 gt., 2cyl 2t single acting Bolinder 80bhp. In regularly scheduled service Haugesund-Utsira, Haugesund-Skjold and weekly voyages Haugesund-Stavanger and Haugesund-Sunnhordland. In 1921 she was hired out for a brief period to Haugesund Dampskibsselskab, Haugesund. On Oct. 26-1922 she embarked on her last voyage to Sunnhordland. Ran aground in Brattholmsundet on Febr. 26-1923, repaired at Risøy in Haugesund. On March 14-1923 the route Haugesund-Skjold was discontinued, and on Apr. 19 that year, Haugesund was sold to Stadsbygdens Trafikselskap A/S, Stadsbygd, registered for 135 passengers, in service Rødberg-Trondheim from May 17-1923. Renamed Staværingen Dec. 21-1923. Rebuilt in 1939, new bridge and wheelhouse, registered for 150 passengers.

POST WAR: Ran aground in Stadsbygd on Oct. 19-1945, repaired. In March-1947 a 2t single acting Wichmann, 200bhp was installed, and in 1952 a 2t single acting Wichmann 240bhp. On Jan. 1-1958 the owning company fused with Fosen Trafikklag A/S, Trondheim, which took over Staværingen. Continued in the same route until Jan. 26-1959 when she was placed in service to Frosta, then to Stadsbygd on May 16 that year. From Sept. 14-1959 she was used as "reserve", then laid up on Oct. 22, occasionally in use as reserve in the period 1959-1960, otherwise laid up. On June 8-1960 she was placed in daytime service Trondheim-Brekstad. She replaced Fosenferja in the Trondheim-Vanvikan route in May/June-1961, while the latter vessel was at the yard. Laid up for sail in 1961, after the service to Brekstad had been discontinued on Sept. 25 that year. Sold on July 6-1962 to A/S Bil & Maskin (A. Adolfsen & O. Halvorsen), Trondheim, converted to freighter. Sold on Aug. 31-1964 to Reidar Arnesen, Trondheim. Sold on Sept. 26 that same year to Sigurd Vindenes, Vinnesleiren, Fusa. Converted to barge in 1965 for use at a herring plant. Sank on June 6-1967 near Olavskjæret north of Florø.

(All details on this vessel received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his sources: "Selskapet og dets fartøyer, -Fosen Trafikklag ASA" by Finn R. Hansen and misc.).

D/S Steigen
A/S Saltens Dampskibsselskab, Bodø
212 gt
Built Kristiania 1897. Previous name Horten until 1940.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1897 from Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo (171) as Horten to Tønsberg & Hortens Dampskibsselskab, Tønsberg. Steel hull, 118.2’ x 19.2’ x 8-11’, 213 gt, Triple Expansion (Akers) 51nhp 320nhp, 10 knots, registered for 316 passengers and in regularly scheduled service Tønsberg-Oslo.

WW II: Sold in Aug.-1940 to A/S Saltens Dampskibsselskab, Bodø, renamed Steigen. Rebuilt, new interior (more cabins and smaller saloons due to the longer routes), 203 gt, registered for 200 passengers. Placed in the company's routes in Salten and Ofoten. After a while Steigen, the company's Salten 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 Steigen was also laid up, while Bodin was used in the reduced routes in Nordland.

POST WAR: Back in service in 1945. Sold in June-1952 to Br. Anda, Hundvåg in Stavanger for breaking up, completed March-1953.

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

The company later had another ship by this name (passenger and car ferry), built 1973, 380 gt. Sold in Oct.-1985 to Helgeland Trafikkselskap A/S, Sandnessjøen and renamed Nesna (their 3rd) - still in service in 1998.

M/S Steiner *
Markus Nese, Bergen
108 gt
Built in Bergen 1894.


Related external link:
A casualty
- The Norwegian text says she struck a mine on May 13-1945, 6 days after the war was over, west of "Rutletangane" in the Sognefjord. She had a cargo of 800 barrels of apple sauce as well as fire wood. Seaman Helge Olsen Skjerven was killed.

M/S Stella Polaris
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
5209 gt
Built in Gothenburg, Sweden 1927.

Please continue to M/S Stella Polaris for more information (and pictures).

D/S Sten *
Thv. Halvorsen, Bergen
1464 gt
Built in Sunderland 1910.

Sten is listed in Convoy HN 14 from Norway to the U.K. in Febr.-1940.

She was damaged by limpet mine (the British X24, Westmacott) near Bergen on Sept. 11-1944. Kong Oscar II was also damaged that day, as was the floating dock at Laksevåg, which sank in the attack.

Sten was bombed and sunk in a British air attack on Oct. 4-1944, aimed at the U-boat bunker which was located near the shipyard at Laksevåg (Bergen).

POST WAR: Raised by salvage vessel Achilles Dec.-1945/Jan.-1946, condemned, broken up.

This company had also lost a steamship named Sten (ex Lerfos, ex Sulitjelma, ex Coleridge) during WW I, built 1879, 1045 gt (or 1113 gt?) - torpedoed and sunk by the German UB-35, 5 miles north of Godrevy lighthouse, Cornwall on Oct. 17-1916, with the loss of the captain and 8 men, voyage Skien-Grimsby with general cargo.

D/S Stenkjær
Indherreds Aktie-Dampskibsselskab, Steinkjer
159 gt
Built in Oslo 1878.

Pre war history: Delivered in Sept.-1878 from Nylands Værksted, Oslo (39) as Stenkjær to Stenkjær Dampskibsselskab, Steinkjer. Iron Hull, 115.4’ x 17.6’ x 7.6’, 134 gt, 2cyl high pressure steam engine (Nylands), registered for 234 passengers. In regularly scheduled service Steinkjer-Trondheim. In 1888 the steam engine was rebuilt in Bergen; 4cyl Tripple Expansion (tandem), 40nhp. Rebuilt in 1895, 163 gt. In 1896 she was managed by Indherreds Forenede Dampskibsselskaber, Steinkjer (a temporary fusion of the owning company, Indtrøndelagens Dampbaadsamlag and Levangers Dampskibsinteresentskab). In 1900 the owning company fused into Indherreds Aktie-Dampskibsselskab, Steinkjer (a formal fusion of the above mentioned companies). In service Innherred-Trondheim together with Kong Oscar. Suffered heavy fire damages when at Trondhjems Mek. Verksted, Trondheim in March-1917. Repaired and rebuilt in 1918 at Trondhjems Mek. Verksted; new interior, new boiler, 159 gt.

WW II: Requisitioned in 1939 by Den Konglige Norske Marine (Royal Norwegian Navy) and used as guardboat for 14th Bevoktningsskvadron, 2nd Sjøforsvarsdistrikt. Seized by the Kriegsmarine in Trondheim on Apr. 14-1940, used by Hafenschutzflotille Drontheim. At some point in the '40's her boiler failed (allegedly caused by inexperienced engineer). Laid up in Trondheim.

POST WAR: Returned to owner in May-1945 in bad state of repair, incl. defective engine and boiler. Still laid up. Sold in 1948 to Brødrene Anda for breaking up, completed May 3-1950.

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

D/S Stensaas *
John Wilsons Rederi A/S
1359 gt
Built in Fredrikshavn, Denmark 1918.

Pre war history: Delivered in Febr.-1918 from Fredrikshavns Værft & Flydedok, Fredrikshavn, Denmark (161) as cargo vessel Stensaas to Agdesidens Rederi A/S (John Wilson & Arnt Mørland), Arendal. Steel hull, 234.2’ x 37.2’ x 16.4’, 1359 gt, 2200 tdwt, Triple Expansion (Kockums MV, Malmö) 123nhp. Owned in 1919 by Agdesidens Rederi A/S (Arnt J. Mørland), Arendal (Wilson left the company in order to start up his own). Sold in 1930 to John Wilsons Rederi A/S (John Wilson & Søn), Arendal.

WW II: Sensaas, in ballast for Burntisland, 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 - follow links for more info, several Norwegian ships took part.

When the Germans approached Bergen on Apr. 9-1940, Stensaas was among several ships en route to this city (she had previously arrived Norway from the U.K. with Convoy ON 23). 9 vessels were stopped south of Bergen by Norwegian patrol boats and sent elsewhere (Neptun, Tindefjell, Haardraade, Rogaland, Hellesund, Vestra, Jarl, Bjønn and Stensaas. D/S Force was also en route to Bergen, and proceeded into port - follow the links for more details on each ship - see also San Miguel). Stensaas, Tindefjell, Haardraade, Hellesund and Rogaland were asked to turn around and proceed to Leirvik, Stord, while Bjønn went to Haugesund. Stensaas was later laid up in Nordrepollen in Maurangerfjorden where she remained until late in May, without contact with the outside world.

Appears to have made voyages to Denmark and Germany; her 1st Engineer Thore Christian Wathne from Stavanger died in Korsør, Denmark on Sept. 16-1941 (Stensaas was en route to Bremen at the time).

Early in the morning of Apr. 23-1942 she was in a German convoy on a voyage Narvik-Kirkenes, carrying materials for German troops, when she was torpedoed and sunk by the Russian submarine SC 401 (Moiseyev), position 71 04N 28 20E, near Sletnes, Finnmark (Norway). No casualties, crew was rescued by UJ-1101. Other escorts were V 6103 Nordlicht and UJ 1110. The latter was also attacked by the same sub later that day, but was not hit. SC 401 did not return from her patrol; according to Miroslav Morozov (see forum thread below) she struck a mine in the mine field "Karin", which had been laid by minelayer Ulm off Nordkyn a few days before.

(Misc. Sources, incl. "Handelsflåten i krig", Book 5, "Hjemmeflåten - Mellom venn og fiende", Lauritz Pettersen, "Allied Submarine Attacks of World War Two", Jürgen Rohwer, and info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His Sources: Article about Mørland i "Skipet" 4.87 by Toralf Nilsen, also info from Kirill Klementuev, Øistein Thomas Berge, and Erling Skjold ref. this thread on my Ship Forum).

D/S Sterkodder (Stærkodder?)
Norsk Bjergningskompani, Trondheim
246 gt
Built in Lillesand 1920.

There was a seal catcher by this name, but I believe the one listed here was a salvage vessel.

Sto - Str
D/S Stord
Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
465 gt
Built in Bergen 1913.

See my page D/S Stord for further details (and a picture of the ship).

M/K Store Bill *
Firda Canning, Måløy
72 gt
Built ?

I've received some details on this vessel through a message in my Norwegian Guestbook (posted by Hermund Kleppa), saying that the freighter Store Bill from Måløy, Sogn og Fjordane was in civilian supply service to the north of Norway in the summer of 1942. This service was for Fiskeinnkjøp (a company purchasing fish, under Forsyningsdepartementet=The Department of Supplies). Fiskeinnkjøp had a contract with 60-70 vessels for this service, carrying supplies both ways. On the northbound voyages they mostly carried things like barrels, boxes etc. as well as food stuffs like potatoes. Store Bill had made 4-5 such voyages before she was lost on July 19-1942. She had arrived Honningsvåg at the same time as a German convoy consisting of 28 transports and warships, among them were several barges carrying ammunition and dynamite. Russian bombers attacked on July 14, and again on the 19th. Store Bill was hit by a bomb killing everyone on board. 1 crew member was found and buried as "unknown seaman" on July 22, the other 4 were not found.

Picture of Store Bill - Taken during the war. Received from Hermund Kleppa (owner: Firda Canning, Måløy). According to the markings on her side, she was in use as fishing vessel, SF-48-SV=Sogn og Fjordane/Sør-Vågsøy).

Related external link:
The 5 who died - the text on Minnehallen's website (Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway) says that 5 men died, yet 6 are listed. Upon further checking I found that 2 captains are listed, this is an error. Captain Christian Hartvig Evensen was captain of D/S Bill which was torpedoed in another part of the world on July 29. He was taken prisoner on the U-boat and later died at a hospital in France - follow the link to D/S Bill for further details. The 5 casualties from Store Bill commemorated in Stavern are Captain Bernhard Samson Skavøpold, Steward Torleif Emil Johnsen, Engineers Herloff Strand and Sigurd Ytrebø, and Seaman Kristoffer Olai Svoren. The Norwegian text says Store Bill carried food and supplies to the people in Finnmark and was at Honningsvåg with a cargo of, among other things, 20 tons potatoes on July 19-1942. Alongside were also some German vessels. When Russian aircraft attacked that day Store Bill was hit and set on fire.

D/S Storesund
Knut Knutsen O. A. S., Haugesund
562 gt
Built Christiania 1890. Previous name: Sunpulp and Are.

Pre war history: Delivered in Oct.-1890 as Sunpulp to Fearnley & Eger, Christiania. This ship was owned by Fred. Olsen when she was purchased by Gjerdsjø & Bakkevig, Haugesund in 1913 and renamed Are. Sold to Knut Knutsen O. A. S. in Febr.-1923 and renamed Storesund. In Apr.-1923 she was registered for D/S Storesunds Rederi (Antoni Amundsen), then D/S A/S Varøy (Amundsen) from 1927, then Knut Knutsen O. A. S. again from 1935.

WW II: Storesund is listed in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 20 in the middle of March-1940.

Ran aground on July 27-1941 near Makkaur when on a voyage Kirkenes-Alta with cargo of ammunition, but refloated.

It would appear she was also a victim of the Banff Strike Wing attack in Hjeltefjorden in which V 5502 Biber (D/S Veslefrik) was sunk on Sept. 24-1944. According to "Minner og minnesmerker fra 1940-1945" by Øistein Wiik, Fisherman/Seaman Annstein Gismarvik died in the attack.

POST WAR: Sold to Arendal in Nov.-1950 and renamed Vestkap. Sold in 1952 to Belgium and broken up there in 1954.

Here's a picture of this ship when she had the name Vestkap - received from Maurice Voss, Belgium.

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

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial
- this website says Storesund was in coastal service in Norway, and claims she was sunk during the allied air attack mentioned above.

This webpage says she was damaged in the attack, which sounds more correct, since she had a post war life (name is spelt wrong though)
Sorties Flown by Banff Strike Wing

Other ships by this name: The company had a Storesund delivered in May-1958 (motor vessel) which later became the diver-support vessel Constructor in the North Sea 1974 (oil rigs), 1450 gt - later Panamanian Cape Constructor 1981, Knut Constructor 1982, Trident Cape 1986 (under Maltese flag). Haugesund Dampskibsselskap had a ship by this name built 1974, 203 gt (Hydrofoil/passenger). Sold to Kristiansand 1980, later became Fjordbris for Stavanger Dampskibsselskap Apr.-1981, then Hidle 1990. Sold to Turkey in 1992, renamed Fergun Express.

D/S Stortind *
Karl Andreassen, Sigerfjord
169 gt
Built in Hull 1896. Previous names: Toronto, then Borgarøy and Gavlfjord.

Trawler, owned by A/S Stortind.

According to J. Rohwer, she was shelled by the Russian submarine V-2 (Shchekin) on Nov. 1-1944 and sunk at Billefjord, cargo of petrol. However, it appears V-2 was not at sea on that date, and that she was stranded following a fire on board. Please see this thread on my Ship Forum. One of the responses (by Erling Skjold) states: "She transported gasolin in 350 drums, that leaked. The ship was totally unfit for such cargo, and in addition she carried ammunition. During anchoring (sparkling), the gasses from the gasolin exploded. After 3 hours burning, she was shelled by German AA-guns ashore and sunk".

Related external link:
2 who died
- the website agrees Stortind had a fire on board on that date, and exploded and sank while at Billefjord, Finnmark. Able Seaman John Bratland and Stoker Carl Johan Ulriksen are commemorated.

D/S Süder Piep (Süderpiep?)
Westergaard & Co., Oslo?
323 gt
Built 1942.

Halvor Sperbund, Norway has told me this was a tug in German service (he spells the name Süderpiep, which is probably the correct name), but with Norwegian crew, German Flak crew. He adds that Süderpiep was towing the barge BSL 1 when she and another ship were attacked by allied aircraft off Herdla on Oct. 19-1944.

Related external link:
3 who died
- Arne Frantzen is listed as a mate of Süder Piep here, but he was, in fact, the captain of BSL 1. The other listings, Mate Martin Frøkedal and Captain Andreas Johannessen are correct.

D/S Susanna
Jacob Kyvig & Sam. Fresvig, Haugesund
810 gt
Built at Hoogesand 1918. Previous names: Guy, Berit and Susanna.

Pre war history: Delivered in June-1918 as Guy to Hugo Persson, Landskrona, 763 gt. From 1924 she sailed as Berit (K. Th. Einersen) Christiania. Purchased in 1927 by Johs. Fresvig and registered as Susanna for D/S A/S Kristine. Management taken over by Jacob Kyvig and Sam Fresvig in 1928.

WW II: Damaged on Aug. 11-1940 during air attack in Korsfjord.

POST WAR: Converted to motor vessel at Haugesund Slip and sold in 1953 to Cia. Maritima Camaran S.A., Costa Rica. Ran aground in July-1963 in the Black Sea as Susanna under Honduran flag and abandoned. Later towed to Odessa, USSR.

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

Related external link:
2 who were killed / air attack
- Seaman William Hals and Stoker Jørgen Torkildsen.

Haugesund had previously had another ship by this name in WW I, originally delivered as Jæderen to Sømme & Wattne, Stavanger in Nov.-1889, later owned by Sigval Bergesen, Stavanger - 442 gt. Purchased in 1914 by A/S Susanna (Johs. Fresvig), Haugesund and renamed Susanna. Sold in March-1917 to Trygve Skogland, Haugesund. Sunk on March 23-1917 by UC-45 south/southeast of Aberdeen when on a voyage Haugesund-U.K. with 3300 cases of herring on ice? Crew rescued and taken to Aberdeen.

D/S Svan
Dampskibsselskabet Juno
Niels Rafen, Holmestrand
112 gt
Built in Montala, Sweden 1860.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1860 from Motala Werkstad, Motala, Sweden as Svan to Wätternbolaget, Vadstena, Sweden, iron hull, 96’ x 15,4’ x ?, steam engine. Sold in 1868 to unknown owners in Arendal and placed in service Arendal (Norway) -Århus (Denmark), but was quickly found to be unsuitable for this route. Sold in Aug-1869, Dampskibsfart på Nordsjø, Skien, in regulalry scheduled service in Telemark. Sold in May-1870 to Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo as partial payment for company's new Løveid. Sold in May-1970 to Haneberg & Due, Oslo, service Oslo-Drøbak-Hvidsten-Moss-Horten-Holmestrand. Rebuilt and lengthened in 1874 at Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo, 111’ x 15.4’ x 7.2’, 112 gt, registered for 170 passengers. In1887 a Triple Expansion (Akers) engine was installed at Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo. Sold in 1900 to Dampskibsselskabet Juno, Holmestrand, same service. In 1931 the route was discountinued and Svan was placed in the Oslo-Holmestrand route together with the company's Svelvik (see Bolga) every summer. In the wintertime they were both used as reserves.

POST WAR: Sold in Febr.-1950 to Alf Mortensen, Oslo, probably in Oslo-Holmestrand service in the summer of 1950. Converted to barge at some point in the '50's at owner's property in Holtenesstøa. Further fate unknown.

(Info received from T. Eriksen, Norway - his source: Article about Dampskibsselskabet Juno by Gunnar H. Aadne in Skipet 1.93).

D/S Svanefjell * later raised
Olsen & Ugelstad, Oslo
1371 gt
Built 1936.

Svanefjell, with general cargo for London, is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 15 from Norway to the U.K. in Febr.-1940. At the end of March we find her in Convoy ON 23 to Norway - follow links for more info, several Norwegian ships took part.

Bombed and sunk by aircraft at Menstad, Norway on March 30-1945. According to the Banff Strike Wing website below the attackers consisted of twenty four rocket firing Mosquitos and another eight Mosquitos who were providing air cover and fire suppression, from 143, 235, 248, and 333 squadrons. Gudrid and Torafire, and the German Scharnhorn were also sunk in this attack. There's also a Norwegian Qudrid Borgstad of 1664 tons mentioned; I'm not sure what ship this could be. Svanefjell was later raised and put back into service.

POST WAR: Sold in 1955 to Finland, renamed Helsingfors. Sold in 1958 to Finska Fiskeri A/B, Finland, renamed Rina. Sold in 1964 to Astrosureno Compania Naviera SA, Panama, renamed Katerina (Greek flag).

Related external link:
Sorties Flown by Banff Strike Wing - This page describes the air attack on March 30.

D/S Svanholm * raised * (as Bjergfin)
Trygve Matland, Haugesund
696 gt
Built in Delfzjil, the Netherlands, 1917.

Pre war history: Due to WW I she was not delivered until 1919 as Svanholm to D/S A/S Svanholm (Johan Reiersen & Trygve Matland), Haugesund, 696 gt. From 1924 managed by Trygve Matland. This ship, like many other Norwegian vessels, got caught up in the Spanish Civil War when she was forced to go in to Passajes on Apr. 12-1937, but was freed after a few days. She had been on a voyage Tonnay Charente-Reqijada, Spain at the time.

WW II: Svanholm is listed as sailing in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 17 early in March-1940. She returned to the U.K. later that month with Convoy HN 19, bound for Newcastle with fresh fish. There are ships by this name in other HN and ON convoys as well, but unless the Advance Sailing Telegram is available, which usually shows the tonnage of the ship, it's difficult in some cases to determine the nationality, as there was also a Danish ship by this name (for instance, see Convoy HN 5 and Convoy HN 12).

Svanholm was sunk by German aircraft off Tustna near Kristiansund on Apr. 28-1940, no casualties. Raised by Norsk Bjergningskompagni A/S, Bergen, which had taken over the wreck "as is" that same year. Repaired, 648 gt, and re-entered service in Aug.-1942 as Bjergfin (I've also seen the name spelt Bjergfinn).

Bombed and sunk by allied aircraft at Eidsfjord near Florøy on Jan. 25-1945, voyage Stavanger-Harstad via Bergen. She had a cargo of 15 000 sacks of flour from Stavanger. The captain was killed and 2 of his men badly injured. There's a posting about this incident on my Ship Forum which says that there were two convoys being attacked at the same place, namely Be-156-Al (Bergen - Aalesund) consisting of the German Ilse Fritzen (1922/4883 ex French St. Octave) and Bjergfin with escorts V-5111 (Odin), V-5115 (Freja) and V-5310 (Seewolf), and Convoy Al-134-Be (Aalesund - Bergen) consisting of the Norwegian Løvaas, Tore Hund and the German Radue. Ilse Fritzen and Bjergfin were both sunk, of the others only Løvaas had some very minor damages. Ilse Fritzen was on a voyage from Stettin to Tromsø with coal and mines, and suffered 2 wounded. (Posted by Erling Skjold, Norway who says 4 of Bjergfin's crew were wounded).

Related external links:
The one who died
- Captain Gunnar Færevaag.

Sorties Flown by Banff Strike Wing - scroll down on the page to Jan. 25-1945 for details on the air attack, and the subsequent loss of aircraft and men. This site says Bjergfin was only damaged.

This company had another ship by the name Svanholm after the war. This was the former D/S Heire (follow the link for more info).

M/S Svanøy
Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane, Bergen
75 gt
Built in Haugesund 1925.

Pre war history: Delivered on June 4-1925 from Hauges Jernskibsbyggeri, Haugesund (10) as Svanøy to Fylkesbaatane i Sogn & Fjordane, Bergen. Steel hull, 75’ x 16,8’ x 8,1’, 75 gt, 2cyl 2tev Bolinder 120bhk, registered for 120 passengers. In the tourist traffic in inner Sogn for the first time that summer, and was painted white for that trade every summer thereafter up until the war started. In the fall of 1925 she was placed in cargo service Bergen-Høyanger (Fylkesbaatane had landed a contract with Norsk Aluminium Company for the transport of raw materials to, and products from the aluminum works in Høyanger). Placed in regularly scheduled service in Sogn og Fjordane, mostly Fjærland-Balestrand-Vik 1931, with weekly trips to Høyanger during the nights leading up to Thursdays, returning to Fjærland Friday mornings. In the summertime she also made tourist voyages every afternoon Balestrand-Fjærland-Balestrand. Additionally, Svanøy sometimes ran the Florø-Kalvåg-Svelgen and Flom-Gudvangen routes in the summertime.

Picture of Fanaraaken w/Svanøy - Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

WW II: When Norway was attacked on Apr. 9-1940 she was in Gulen, later transported mobilized Norwegian troops from Gulen and Solund to Nordeide and on to Gudvangen. Returned to her regular service later that year, but occasionally laid up during the war due to shortage of fuel.

POST WAR: Rebuilt at Storemøllens Patentslip, Sandviken, Bergen 1955, 89 gt. By spring of 1960 she was in the Bergen-Solund route, later laid up. Sold in Nov.-1972 to Lars Åge Eldøy e.a. (Fiskerstrand & Eldøy, Ålesund), renamed Synøva (4 families in Ålesund owned the vessel, for personal use). Sold in Sept.-1974 to Henry Melville Calder, Whitby - see this Guestbook message from his son. On Sept. 3 she had an extremely rough crossing from Ålesund to Peterhead, with her motor failing several times. The new owner planned to create a new establishment at Marlborough Sounds west of Picton near New Zealand, by sending over (on Synøva) equipment and 20 people of various backgrounds and skills. After having been fitted out for the voyage she departed Hartlepool on June 14-1975 for Gibraltar with 7 people on board, but upon arrival the other project participants withdrew, so Calder's family ended up having to find work in Gibraltar to save up money before the voyage could be continued. They eventually reached the French island of Reunion in The Indian Ocean, then returned to Gibraltar, where she among other things was used for week-end trips Gibraltar-Marokko with British soldiers (the Gibraltar-Spain border was closed at this time). Sold in Apr.-1977 to Hector Sheppard, Gibraltar, personal use. Transferred at some point in the 1980's to Sheppard's Marina (Hector Sheppard), Gibraltar, mostly in use as accommodation vessel for the marina's employees. Eventually in bad state of repair. Returned to Haugesund in 2005 for restoration to her original appearance.

Related external link:
Svanøy - Quite a bit of information on the preparations for returning her to Haugesund (text is in Norwegian). See also:
This external page, which also has a lot of information.

(All details on this ship 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(?), article about Svanøy by Odd Magne Djønne in Skipet 3.99, and "101 Fjordabåtar, FSF 1858-2000" by Magnus Helge Torvanger 2000).

D/S Svartnes
40 gt
Built in England 1942.

Rescue (salvage?) vessel, made of wood (55 passengers, 3 crew). Not entirely sure if this vessel was in use in Norway during the war.

POST WAR: Purchased by Finmmark Fylkesrederi in 1947 for use between Vardø and the mainland. Severely damaged at Vardø during storm in 1949, comdemned. There was also a rescue vessel called Årøy built in England at the same time, 40 gt. Again, I don't know whether it was used in Norway during the war. This vessel was also purchased by Finnmark Fylkesrederi in 1947 and placed in service to Alta, then replaced Svartnes in the Vardø-Kiberg route in 1949 after that ship was lost. Årøy foundered in bad weather off Kiberg in Jan.-1957.

Other ships by this name: Svartnes II was built in 1917, unknown owner and original name, 46 gt. Added to register in the 1940's. Owned in 1947 by A/S Laumb & Co. (Bernhard Findell), Oslo, Jelø I, LKGT. Sold same year to Andreas Bakke, Mortenhals/Tromsø, registered in Oslo. Sold in 1954 to Lorentzen Mek. Verksted, Kabelvåg. Taken over in 1958 by Finnmark Fylkesrederi (after Lorentzen had gone bankrupt), 60 passengers, 2 cars - service Vardø-Svartnes under the name Svartnes. Sold in 1968 to Helge Øi, Bodø, registered in Hammerfest as Aquarius. Deleted from register in 1970. I've also come across a larger Svartnes, 1512 gt, LLTZ, built 1938, owned by Den Norske Stat/Skipsfartsdirektoratet.

M/S Sveggsund *
Fru Nilda Skog? Tromsø
210 gt
Built in Venersborg, Sweden, 1873. Previous names: D/S Wänneren, Murman, 3te April, Marie, Braken, Oksø and Mossa.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1873 as D/S Wänneren. Later as Murman and 3te April. When she was purchased by H. J. Kyvig in June-1893 she belonged to owners in Vardø, renamed Marie and used as fishing vessel with Johs. Fresvig as captain and part owner. Sold in 1915 to Ålesund and registered for Skibs-A/S Marie (Ove Hamre), then from 1918 Jervell & Co. From 1920 she sailed under the name Braken, motor vessel from 1923, Oksø 1927. Registered in Trondheim from 1928 as Mossa, 1930 as Sveggsund, went to owners in Tromsø from 1940.

WW II: Taken over by the Germans. Lost in Billefjord on Febr. 12-1943 due to fire. She had a cargo of petrol.

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

M/S Svein I *
50 gt
Built 1932.

Struck a mine off Gullholmen light in the Oslofjord on Nov. 16-1944. 2 died, 3 were rescued. According to a posting to my Ship Forum, the wreck was sold back to the owner in 1949.

Related external link:
The 2 who died
- Emil Foss and Boatswain Anthon Marthin Halvorsen are commemorated at the Stavern memorial.

D/S Svelvik
Damskibsselskabet Juno
Niels Rafen, Holmestrand
177 gt
Built in Trondheim 1905. Previous name: Farmand until 1909.

The text under Bolga has more history.

D/S Sverre Sigurdssøn (II) *
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskipsselskab, Trondheim
1081 gt
Built in Italy 1923. Previous name: Borzoli until 1929.

Pre war: Delivered in 1923 as Borzoli. Sold to Nordenfjeldske in 1929 and renamed Sverre Sigurdssøn. Placed in the coastal run Oslo-Kirkenes in Jan.-1930.

WW II: Struck a mine and sank at Hjeltefjord, near Herdla, Norway on June 10-1940 when on a voyage from Trondheim to Oslo with general cargo. Mine laid by the French submarine Rubis (Cabanier) on June 9. Position given by the sub was 60 36N 04 55E.

Related external link:
1 who died
- This is the pilot, Einar Meier Toft.

Nordenfjeldske's first Sverre Sigurdssøn was built 1882, 879 gt, (later 839 gt, then 1081 gt) certified for 750 passengers. Ran aground near Valdersund on Febr. 27-1913 and towed to Trondheim by the salvage vessel Nidaros. Sold in 1928 to Brødrene Anda, Stavanger for breaking up.

D/S Svolder
E. B. Aaby, Oslo
2026 gt
Built 1941.

German control. My Ship Forum has a thread about this ship.

POST WAR: Returned to owners 1945. Sold in 1955 to German buyers, renamed Henry Boge. From 1959 Christina Bischoff, 1963 Pedro and 1965 Machote. Sunk under tow on Oct. 31-1970 on voyage Tampa - La Spezia after sale to Italian breakers. (This info from Terje Nilsen via Ship Forum).

E. B. Åaby had sold a ship by this name to Sweden in 1939 (C. L. Schonmeyer, Stockholm) renamed Atlantides.

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D/S Sydnes *
Hans Storaas, Bergen
Built in Bergen 1866. Previous names: Fridtjof until 1904, Flesland until 1908, Lepsøy until 1921, Erdal until 1941.

See D/S Erdal for the history and fate of this ship.

M/T Sysla *
Johan Stenersen, Oslo
6367 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1932.

Seized by the Germans in 1940 and renamed Belchen. Shelled on June 3-1941 by cruisers HMS Aurora and Kenya and sunk at Davis Strait. 49 survived, picked up by U-93.

A visitor to my website has told me that U 93 had met up with Belchen on June 2. U 557 had also been there but left early in the morning of June 3. U-93 dived when the enemy ships showed up. She surfaced about one hour later, and after searching for a while she found the survivors consisting of 20 military and 29 civilian crewmembers. The Captain and 4 men had died in the attack.

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D/S Sætre
D/S A/S Asker, Røken & Hurum, Oslo
172 gt
Built in Stettin, Germany 1925. Previous name: Stubbenkammer until 1930.

Pre war history: Delivered in May-1925 from Stettiner Oderwerke AG, Stettin, Germany (719) as passenger vessel Stubbenkammer to Sassnitzer Dampfschiffahrts GmbH, Sassnitz, Germany. Steel hull, 2 funnels 103'(lpp) x 21.8' x 9.5', 172 gt, 76 net, Triple Expansion (Stettiner Oderwerke) 334 ihp - registered for 500 passengers. Sank in shallow waters in Sassnitz at some point in the 1920's. Sold "as-is" in 1929 to Gerhard Mortensen, Oslo (D/S A/S Asker, Røken & Hurum, Oslo), raised and taken to Oslo where she was repaired and somewhat rebuilt at Nylands Verksted. Registered for 334 passengers. Entered service as Sætre in May-1930, used in the regularly scheduled service Oslo-Askerlandet-Sætre route. Sold in July-1930 to D/S A/S Asker, Røken & Hurum, Oslo.

WW II: Hired out in Sept.-1939 to Den Konglige Norske Marine (Royal Norw. Marines) for use as guard vessel near Færder at the inlet to Oslofjord. Taken over by German authorities in Tønsberg on Apr. 14-1940.

POST WAR: In Trondheim when the war ended in 1945 and returned to owners in a bad state of repair. Sold in July that year to Lindås-Masfjordens Dampbaatlag A/S, Bergen "as-is" (as a temporary replacement for that company's Masfjord which had been lost in the war). Picked up in Trondheim, repaired and rebuilt, stern covered, one funnel, 233 gt. Entered regularly scheduled service Bergen-Nordhordland as Masfjord in Nov.-1945. In Apr.-1951 the owning company fused into A/S Bergen Nordhordland Trafikklag, Bergen. Laid up as reserve. Sold in July-1953 to P/r Trygve Tveita, Røyksund near Haugesund with the intention of having her converted to freighter, but remained inactive. Sold in Oct.-1953 to P/r Johan Ness, Smørsund in Sveio. Conversion to freighter was commenced at Thaules Mek. Verksted, Avaldsnes, Karmøy and completed at A/S Haugesund Slip, Haugesund - 166 gt, 79 net, 200 tdwt, a 2cyl 2t single acting Bolinder 200 bhp (1942) motor installed. Entered service in 1954 as freighter Aalfjord. In Sept.-1954 she was on time charter to Innherreds Aktie Dampskibsselskab, Steinkjer, in cargo service Trondheim-Steinkjer.

Rebuilt at Ørens Mek. Verksted, Trondheim in 1958, passenger accommodations installed, 200 gt, registered for 150 passengers. In 1963 new motors were installed at Hommelvik Verft: 2x 6cyl 4t single acting Volvo Penta dm totalling 400 bhp. In Dec.-1968 she was taken out of the route when the company's cargo vessel Steinkjer took over. Sold in Jan.-1969 to Erling Solheim, Haukøy in Tysfjord. Passenger accommodations removed, 168 gt(?), in coastal service. Sold in Dec.-1974 to Styrk Fjørtoft, Førde in Sveio. Sold in July-1975 to Roald Blikø, Levanger, renamed Blikøgutt (but the name Aalfjord remained painted on her). Sold in Oct.-1976 to P/r / H. Sørensen, Harstad and the name Ken Rune painted on her, but was not formally renamed. Taken over in 1979 by P/r Mathiassen Mek. Verksted (Reidar J. Mathiassen), Harstad (was at the yard for classification, but work was not paid for and the yard took over the vessel). Condemned and laid up at the yard, occasionally used in connection with misc. work. Sunk off Harstad in 1989, deleted from Norwegian register as condemned in 1991.

Picture of Masfjord (the vessel on the inside - the other ship is Alversund) - Taken in Bergen in the 1950's. Received from Bjørn Milde, Norway (from his postcard collection).

This info received from T. Eriksen Norway, misc. sources.

D/S Søndhordland
Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
138? gt
Built in Bergen 1872.

Pre war history: Delivered on July 11-1872 from Bergens Mek. Værksted, Solheimsviken, Bergen as Søndhordland to Det Søndhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Iron hull, 96,4’ x 16,6’ x 8,1’, 103 gt, 2cyl Compound (BMV) 38nhp. In regularly scheduled service Bergen-Sunnhordland (Bergen-Indre Sunnhordland-Åkrafjorden, and Bergen-Sunnhordland-Ålfjorden). In 1880 this company fused with Hardanger Søndhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Used in the local Bergen-Sunnhordland run (as well as Hardanger). Lengthened in 1884, 116’ x 16,6’ x 8,1’, 155 gt. New boiler in 1897. Company name changed to Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen in Oct.-1930.

Picture of Søndhordland - From Bjorn Mild'es postcard collection.
Picture of Søndhordland & 3 others - Taken at Lervik, Stord in 1930. Closest to the quay is Rosendal, 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). Also from Bjørn Milde.

WW II: Requisitioned by the Germans in Sept.-1940 and used as stationary steam supplier for a German warship undergoing repairs. Returned to owners in March-1941, but requisitioned again in June that year and used as accommodation vessel. Returned to owners in May-1943 and back in her regular service.

NOTE: Two of my sources say that Captain Hartvig Waldemar Meidel (who had previously served as captain of M/S Eidfjord) died when Søndhordland was bombed and sunk(?) off Vedholmen, south of Bergen on Sept. 9-1940 - unable to find more details on this (was there perhaps another ship by this name?).

POST WAR: Joined several other local vessels in Byfjorden on Aug. 27-1945 to meet KNM Stord (which had King Haakon VII on board). Laid up in 1947. Condemned in Jan.-1949, then sold in Dec. that year to Sigvart Waagen, Askøy, renamed Skarholmen. In use as accommodation vessel. Sold for breaking up in 1950.

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

M/F Sørfjord 2
Johs. Ådland, Haus
45 gt
Built Lundegrend, Tysnes 1937.

Pre war history: Delivered in 1937 from unknown builders in Lundegrend, Tysnes as car ferry Sørfjord 2 to Johs. Ådland, Haus (Bergen). Wooden hull, about 60’, 45 gt, 1cyl 2tev Union 40bhp. Registered for 5 cars, and was Hordaland's first ferry for cars only. In service Garnes-Hausvik.

POST WAR: Replaced in the service by the owner's newly built Hausferja in 1955. Sold that same year to P/r Kåre & Asbjørn Straume & Georg Vik, Stamneshella (Bergen) and converted to freighter, 45 gt / 85 tdwt. In local sand trade. Sold at some point in the '50's to P/r Kåre Straume, Stamneshella & Eilert Gjelseth, Bergen, in local sand trade. Sold in 1972 to Eivind Gjelsvik, Stanghelle (Bergen). Wrecked in 1973.

(From T. Eriksen, Norway, misc. sources).

M/K Sørland *
Ragnvald Solevåg, Bud
107 gt
Built Risør 1920. Previous name: Motosa? One of my sources claims she was built in 1910 (misprint?).

Skipper Asbjørn Martinsen. En route from Moss to Oslo with cargo of paper and general when she ended up in the middle of the German invasion on Apr. 9-1940 and was shelled and sunk by German warships off Drøbak. 2 died out of a complement of 6.

She had departed Moss at 03:00 that morning. Because of the blackouts and air raid sirens in Moss the loading of cargo had been delayed. In addition to the paper from the paper factory Borregaard in Sarpsborg she also had some canned goods from Fredrikstad, as well as some excelsior on deck. On the bridge at the time of attack was Peder Male; Engineer Hans Rishaug had been in the engine room but joined Male on the bridge. Boatswain Hans Oluf Frisnes, Engine Room Assistant Jon Kristengård and Cook Ole Tornes (18 years old) were in the forward cabin, while skipper Martinsen was in his cabin located aft. After having come out of the Moss sound those who were on watch became aware of flashes of light near Drøbaksund and heard shots being fired. The engineer notified the skipper and the men in the forward cabin, but assuming it to be a military excercise they continued at slow speed towards the east side of the fjord, and the men in the cabins remained where they were. After a while they realized that the warships were not Norwegian, but they kept going, never dreaming that a small civilian vessel like Sørland would be attacked.

The skipper had just gotten up and had come on deck around 4 in the morning when Sørland was fired upon and hit by the German R-18 and R-19. Male quickly turned the ship around and headed out the fjord, but the German vessels continued shelling her, setting her on fire, whereupon course was set for the beach near Elle Light, near Skiphelle, Drøbak. The engineer wanted to run forward to warn the 3 who were in the cabin, but could not do so because the deck cargo and the entire deck were on fire. The skipper helped him put his lifebelt on so that he could jump overboard, closely followed by Male, while the skipper chose to wait until the ship was closer to the beach, as he was not a good swimmer, and managed to back the burning vessel up onto the beach and get ashore.

Meanwhile, in the cabin, Assistant Kristengård had woken up when part of the rigging fell down on the deck. At the same time a grenade came through the ship's side and into the cabin where it exploded. Getting out of his bed, he found his 2 shipmates dead in their bunks. He managed to get out and jumped overboard, where ice floes made swimming difficult, but the 3 who had jumped overboard were able to get to shore. Sørland burnt down to the waterline and sank at a depth of 3 meters.

This was the first Homefleet ship to be lost after the war had started in Norway. (See also Kristiansand, Halden 1 and Alpha).

(Details received from T. Eriksen - His sources: "Lang Kyst" by Trygve Nordanger 1975, article about the fighting in Oslofjorden Apr. 8 and 9-1940 in Skipet 1.90 by Frank Abelsen and the 2nd website that I've linked to below).

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- Hans Oluf Frisnes is listed as mate here, and Ole Tornes as able seaman. The Norwegian text says that the crew managed to beach her and that 5 had been on board, 2 were killed in their cabins, while 3 managed to get to shore by swimming through the ice.

Sørland - Some more details from a Norwegian website for divers (text in English and Norwegian).

Sørlandets Seilende Skoleskibs Institution, Kristiansand
577 gt
Built in Kristiansand 1927.

Sailing vessel, training ship. In German control and in use as accommodation vessel for U-boat crew.

Picture of Sørlandet - Received from Bjørn Milde, Norway (from his postcard collection).

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Fulriggeren Sørlandet - History of this ship and more (English and Norwegian text).

D/S Sørøy *
Finnmark Fylkesrederi, Hammerfest
506 (492?) gt
Built in Trondheim 1910. Previous name: Sørø until 1926.

Pre war history: Delivered in June-1910 as Sørø to Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskap, Trondheim. Departed Trondheim for Hammerfest on her first trip on June 20-1910, to enter service on the 25th. Due to an engineer strike she was briefly laid up in Hammerfest in June-1912. Sold in March-1916 to Finmarkens Amtsrederi (old fashioned way of saying Finnmark Fylkesrederi), no name change. Ran aground at Porsanger in 1917. Renamed Sørøy in 1926, while at the same time the company changed its name to Finnmark Fylkesrederi. (The old name of Sørø is simply an old fashioned spelling for Sørøy, the word meaning 'South Island"). Ran aground in inner Porsangerfjord on Jan. 9-1935, with the forepeak, engine room and after cargo hold filling with water. Raised and towed to Tromsø. That same year Sørøy entered the newly established tourist route Honningsvåg-Hamnbugt.

WW II: Took part in the mobilization in Oct.-1939. Ran aground on Nov. 12 off Havøysund, but minor damages only. Bombed off Bøknes on June 5-1940, again minor damages.

Requisitioned by the Germans in Jan.-1941 for 6 months. Was in service Honningsvåg-Laksefjord on Jan. 19-1942 when she was torpedoed and shelled by the Russian submarine K-23 (Potapov) near Sværholdt. 2 died.

NOTE: This incident is also mentioned by J. Rohwer who adds in a footnote that 2 torpedoes missed that day, then the sub attacked with gunfire, firing 31 x 100 mm shells, setting the ship ablaze.

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- The Norwegian text says Sørøy was in service between Porsanger and Laksefjord and came from Honningsvåg when she on Jan 19-1942 was at anchor near Sværholt and was attacked by a Russian submarine. Two torpedoes hit land, and the ship was set on fire and sank. A postal worker, Reidar Georg Hansen and a passenger died (not named).

Other ships by this name: Sørøy II was delivered in Sept.-1949, 699 gt., local passenger/cargo. Hired out to Kings Bay Kull Co. May-1951, on hire several times in period 1950-1960 (Hurtigruten), made trips to Svalbard in the summer time, 1953. Into Mosjøen-Hammerfest-Hamnbukt service 1955. On hire to Stavangerske DS Oct.-1962, leased by the State for Maritime courses 1965. Sold in Dec.-1966 to Arbeidsdirektoratet, renamed Skule, stationed in Trondheim. Hired out for service Svalbard 1966-1967. Given as gift to Østfold Maritime Skole (School) in 1979, renamed Østfold, later Glommen. Still around in 1995 (Fredrikstad). Sørøy III was built 1967, 272 gt, still in cargo service in Vest-Finnmark 2001. (Finnmark Fylkesrederi og Ruteselskap fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

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