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Owner: Skibs-A/S Corona.
Delivered in Nov.-1920 from A. Mc. Millan & Co.Ltd., Dumbarton as Torrey for A/S To (Martin Mosvold), Kristiansand. Martin Mosvold encountered economical difficulties and the ship was taken over in 1922 by A. I. Langfeldt, Kristiansand. Purchased by H. M. Wrangell & Co. A/S in June-1923 and registered as Augvald for D/S A/S Augvald. Transferred to Skibs-A/S Corona (same managers) in Nov.-1929.
This ship, like many other Norwegian vessels, got caught up in the Spanish Civil War when she was stopped in the straits of Gibraltar by Franco's navy and forced to a Spanish port in Apr.-1937, but was later freed.
Captain: Rolf Svensen.
Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.
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.
Augvald, general cargo for Liverpool, can be found among the ships in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 24 in the spring of 1940. This convoy left Halifax on March 2 and arrived Liverpool on the 17th, Augvald sailing in station 23 of the convoy, in which the Norwegian Grey County and Aun also took part. At the beginning of the following month she was in Convoy OG 24. This was a combination of Convoy OB 120, which left Liverpool on March 31 (and in which Augvald had started out in station 57, later moved to station 97) and OA 120, the 2 convoys having joined up on Apr. 3 to form the Gibraltar bound Convoy OG 24, which arrived there on Apr. 8 - however, Augvald had detached on Apr. 6 in order to proceed to St. Michaels, and that's where she was when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9 - see also the archive document. OG 24 will be added to its own individual page in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on it; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys. The Norwegian Buesten is also listed in OB 120 and OG 24.
Augvald headed back to the U.K. again in June with Convoy HX 49, in which Eli Knudsen and Randsfjord were sunk (follow the links for details). Augvald joined from Bermuda, and had a general cargo for Brest, but went to Liverpool, where she arrived June 25, remaining there for quite a long time. In July we find her, with Annavore and Heranger, in Convoy OB 186, which left Liverpool on July 20 and dispersed 2 days later, Augvald arriving Hampton Roads independently on Aug. 5. The following month she's listed in the Sydney (C.B.) portion of Convoy HX 70, bound for Newcastle with grain (Hird was sunk - follow link for more info). This convoy originated in Halifax on Sept. 1 and arrived Liverpool on the 16th. Augvald arrived Methil Roads on Sept. 17, later proceeding to Shields, where she spent 3 weeks (see archive document). In Oct.-1940 she appears, together with the Norwegian Fjord and Granli, in Convoy OA 231, leaving Methil on Oct. 18, dispersed on the 23rd, Augvald arriving Three Rivers independently on Nov. 3. With a cargo of wheat for Oban, she returned across the Atlantic later that month in Convoy HX 87, having joined the convoy from Sydney, C.B. again.
Together with Finnanger, Litiopa, Thorshavn and Anna Knudsen, she's also listed in Convoy OB 273, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 12-1941 and dispersed on the 16th, Augvald arriving Baltimore independently on Jan. 29. As will be seen, this proved to be her last westbound Atlantic crossing.
For more information on all the other Norwegian ships named here, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.
As mentioned, Augvald had arrived Baltimore on Jan. 29-1941. She left Baltimore again for Halifax on Febr. 7, with arrival there on Febr. 11, leaving again on the 13th in Convoy HX 109. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Alaska, Danio and Vivi (the latter having joined from Bermuda); see ships in all HX convoys.
Augvald was bound for Hull with 7000 tons steel and tractors. Due to the bad weather, the convoy had trouble staying together and was delayed several days (1 ship stranded in Iceland, another was lost on the open sea. Augvald lost her port lifeboat on Febr. 26).
She lost sight of the convoy on March 1 and was torpedoed the following evening by U-147 (Hardegen) in 59 30N 07 30W. Position for the sinking given in Norwegian records is 155 miles northwest of the Hebrides.
Able seaman Rasmus Kolstø and 2nd Mate John Hemmingstad had been on the bridge when the torpedo hit in the bow and immediately ran to the port aft raft, but it got caught so Kolstø jumped overboard. He was pulled under by the suction as the ship sank and when he came to the surface he spotted the light on the raft and was able to get on to it. He heard cries for help around him but couldn't maneuver the raft alone.
At dawn he saw the gig with 3 men waving to him, but being as this gig had no equipment of any kind they drifted helplessly further and further away, until Kolstø lost sight of them that afternoon. The next day a destroyer passed by without spotting him, on the 7th day 2 aircraft passed him and on the 8th day a Sunderland seaplane circled over the raft several times but was unable to land so it disappeared.
Finally, on the 11th day the lone survivor saw the smoke from a large convoy and on March 14 he was hoisted aboard the corvette HMS Pimpernel, unable to stand up by himself (this was Convoy OB 296, escorted by Pimpernel - external link). According to Norwegian sources the rescue took place about 150 n. miles northwest of Loch Ewe (this is actually the position given by J. Rohwer for Augvald's sinking). The Commanding Officer of Pimpernel, F. H. Thornton, whose report I've received from R. Griffiths, England, gives the position of the rescue as 58 50N 9 10W, at 10:45 BST on March 13-1941, giving the sinking date as March 1. I've added this report in its entirety below.
After a while they also encountered a raft with 2 Icelandic fishermen from Reykjavik by the last names of Hansen and Johnson who were also taken aboard Pimpernel. There had originally been 3 of them on the raft, but the 3rd man had died. They had been on this raft for 4 days.
Rasmus Kolstø, who had joined Augvald in Liverpool on July 10-1940, had to have one of his toes amputated after he had been landed in Greenock and taken to Smithson Hospital. In a statement to the Royal Norwegian Vice Consulate in Greenock on March 22 he said that 1st Mate Jan Nordberg and Able Seaman Birger Vatland had paid off Augvald before departure Baltimore.
29 men had died, among them two young English mess boys age 14 and 16.
The maritime hearings were held in Glasgow on June 17-1941. Kolstø was still in a hospital at that time, but had been moved to Mearnskirk Hospital in Glasgow on May 8 due to the bombing of Greenock.
Other ships lost from Convoy HX 109 were the British Cadillac (U-552, 37 died), Holmelea (U-47, 28 died), Pacific (U-95, 34 died), and Empire Tiger (went missing Febr. 27 - foundered). Belgian Persier stranded, later salvaged.
For info, U-147 (but with a different commander) was also responsible for the attack on Rimfakse the following month. The U-boat was sunk with all hands in June that same year; ref. link at the end of this page for more information.
Received from Roger Griffith's, England - His source: Public Records Office, Kew.
13.3.41 at 10:45 BST in 58 50N 9 10W. Picked up one survivor of SS Augvald of Haugesund, Norwegian. Ship torpedoed 1.3.41 and sank before lifeboats could be launched. Possible that three others got away in bridge boat. Bound for Loch Ewe after becoming parted from Convoy. Second day on raft saw a destroyer a good way off and same night a merchant vessel close to but did not use flares or calcium light in case vessel was German. (It is of interest that the survivors of the Benjamin Franklin, Norwegian vessel, also stated that they had not used flares at night for fear of being picked up by a German vessel). Third day sighted Sunderland flying boat but was unable to attract attention. Biscuits in tank mouldy, water breaker steeved in two places and water foul. The raft was fitted with a canvas screen across one end which provided a certain amount of cover. Survivor landed at Greenock suffering gangrene in the toes of both feet.
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An earlier Augvald: Haugesund had also lost a ship by this name to WW I, originally delivered in 1898 as Alala to E. F. & W. Roberts, Liverpool, 3406 gt. Purchased by Erich Lindøe, Haugesund in 1911 and converted in Tønsberg to a whale factory, named Augvald, used near Bahia dos Tigres (Angola) in the period 1911-1914. Put into cargo service in 1915. Sunk in the North Atlantic on June 23-1918 by U-151 when on a voyage La Palace-Baltimore in ballast, with the loss of 3 men.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Våre gamle skip", L. M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume I, and misc - ref My sources.