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Owner: Rederi-A/S Aladdin.
Built in Papendrecht, Netherlands in 1918. Previous names: Megrez until 1920, sold to Germany in Nov. 1920 and renamed Karpin, then Bockenheim until 1924, at which time she was sold to Norway.
Captain: Olav Bilet.
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Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.
Errors may exist and several voyages are missing.
Askild's 1940 voyages are shown on Page 1 of the archive documents (it'll be noticed that she had quite a long stay in New York that fall). Her 1941 voyages also start on this page and continue on Page 2 (which shows another long stay at St. John, N.B. that summer, and again in Sydney, C.B. shortly thereafter). In Dec.-1941, she's listed, together with Snar, in the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 60, bound for Reykjavik, cargo of lumber and 2 passengers, arriving her destination on Dec. 29, remaining there for a month, before returning across the Atlantic.
She's also mentioned among the ships leaving Halifax to form Convoy SC 73 on March 6-1942. She's not included in the Advance Sailing Telegram for this convoy, nor is this voyage mentioned in A. Hague's Voyage Record, but several voyages are missing from the record. Going back to Page 2 we see that she did leave Halifax on that date, with destination St. John's, N.F., where she arrived on March 9, but this does not necessarily mean she had joined this convoy.
The rest of her voyages are listed on Page 3, while convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.
Askild had departed St. John's, N.F. on Dec. 2-1942, bound for St. Lawrence, N.F. in ballast, and joined Convoy CL 61 that afternoon (external link).
At 04:20 the following morning, Dec. 3, she ran aground by Chance Cove (near Cape Race) due to worsening weather. The entire crew was called to the boatdeck, distress calls were sent out as well as flashes. They all stayed on board until she broke up at 06:30. The seas were continuously washing in over the boatdeck where the crew was still assembled, so they were sent to the port side, which was still fairly undamaged, to try to get ashore. At that time two men were found to be missing, assumed to have been knocked overboard by the seas. The rest managed to get the port boat out and by 07:30 they were all ashore, but had to climb straight up a cliff in order to get clear of the breakers.
As day dawned, they managed to get further up with the help of lines from the lifeboat. While 1st Mate Nils Jespersen remained with 16(?) crew, the captain and 3 others went to look for help (this adds up to 21, there were 20 survivors). En route, Ordinary Seaman William Nilsen had to be left behind due to exhaustion, while the captain, together with Gunner Einar Rognerud and Ordinary Seaman Gunnar Pedersen reached the light house at Cape Race several hours later. A report was immediately sent to St. John's, and people from the lighthouse went out to look for those who had remained behind. They soon returned carrying William Nilsen, while others, with the help of dogs, kept searching for the others, but came back early the next morning without having found them.
A fresh search team was then sent out, from Cape Race as well as from Trepassey, and later that day the men from Trepassey returned with Able Seaman Hans Jeppesen and the Canadian Galley Boy Walter Sheeby. Medications, food and dry clothes were sent from St. John's. On Dec. 5, the remaining 14 were finally found. They were taken to private families in Portugal Cove and Cape Race, then transported to St. John's on the 6th.
The maritime hearings were held at St. John's on Dec. 10-1942 with Captain Bilet (on board for 3 years), 1st Mate Jespersen (on board since Oct.-1942), 2nd Engineer Hansen (who had been on board for 7 weeks), Boatswain Bentsen (since Apr.-1939), and Ordinary Seaman Pedersen (on board for 5 months) appearing.
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Back to Askild on the "Ships starting with A" page.
Norway had also had a ship by this name in WW I, built 1892, 2540 gt - torpedoed and sunk by the German UB-20 off Ushant on May 19-1917.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume I, and misc. - ref My sources.