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D/S Bjørkhaug
Updated Jan. 28-2013

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Owner: Rederi A/S Bjørkhaug
Manager: A/S Elling Aarseth & Co., Ålesund
2058 (2094?) gt, 1212 net, 3200 tdwt.
Call Sign: LKBE.

Built by Meyer & Co.'s Scheepsbouw Maatschappij NV, Zaltbommel, Netherlands in 1919. Previous name: Stad Zaandam until 1938.
According to this external page, she was delivered in March-1919 as Stad Zaandam to N.V. Stoomb. Mij. std. Zaltbommel (Halcyon Line), Rotterdam. From 1938, as Bjørkhaug for Rederi A/S Bjørkhaug (Elling Aarseth), Ålesund.

Captain: Ole Sandvik

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

Voyage Record
From Febr.-1940 to July-1943:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (some listings may be incomplete). Where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known.

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Febr. 23 Methil Bergen Febr. 27 ON 15
March 22 Norwegian Waters Methil March 25 HN 21
March 27 Methil Roads Tyne March 28 FS 131 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 31 Tyne Rouen Apr. 3
Apr. 15 Rouen Downs Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 17 Southend Tyne Apr. 19 FN 148 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
May 25 Tyne Downs May 27 FS 179 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
May 27 Southend Brest May 29 OA 156 Convoy available at OA 156
(external link)
See also this external page
(Bjørkhaug not listed)
June 7 Brest Barry June 9 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(see also Page 1).
June 12 Barry Milford Haven Independent
June 14 Milford Haven OB 167 For Gaspe Bay.
Dispersed June 17.
Convoy available at OB 167
(external link)
June 17 Dispersed from OB 167 Gaspe July 2 Independent
July 6 Gaspe Halifax July 9 Independent
July 11 Halifax HX 57 Straggled
July 13 Straggled from HX 57 Clyde July 25 Independent
Aug. 8 Clyde Methil Aug. 11 WN 6 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 12 Methil Grimsby Aug. 14 FS 250 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Aug. 23 Grimsby Hull Aug. 23 Independent
Sept. 22 Hull Methil Sept. 24 FN 288 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 26 Methil OA 220 Dispersed Sept. 28.
Convoy available at OA 220
(external link)
Sept. 28 Dispersed from OA 220 Sydney, C.B. Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 11 Sydney, C.B. Buctouche Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 20 Buctouche Sydney, C.B. Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 24 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Nov. 8 SC 9
Nov. 11 Clyde Methil Nov. 16 WN 37 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 17 Methil Tyne Nov. 19* FS 337 *Page 1 gives arrival Nov. 17.
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 27 Tyne Methil Nov. 28 FN 344 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 28 Methil Oban Dec. 2 EN 33 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 17 Oban Oban Dec. 18 OB 260 Returned
(not included, Page 1).
Convoy available at OB 260
(external link)
Dec. 20 Oban Penarth Dec. 21 Independent Notional sailing date
1941 Jan. 18 Penarth Cardiff Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 27 Cardiff Clyde Jan. 29 Independent
Jan. 31 Clyde OB 280 Dispersed Febr. 3.
Convoy available at OB 280
(external link)
Febr. 3 Dispersed from OB 280 Sheet Harbour Febr. 23 Independent
March 2 Sheet Harbour Halifax March 4 Independent Notional sailing date
March 10 Halifax Clyde March 31 SC 25
Apr. 15 Liverpool* OG 59 *From Clyde, Apr. 17
(Page 2).
A. Hague says:
Detached Apr. 26.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
Apr. 26 Detached from OG 59 Curacao May 11 Independent
May 27 Curacao Sydney, C.B. June 9 Independent
June 10 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe June 27 SC 34
June 29 Loch Ewe Methil* July 1 WN 146 *Arrived Leith, June 30, Methil Rds. July 10
(see Page 2).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
July 12 Methil Roads Loch Ewe July 15 EC 44 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
July 16 Liverpool* OB 347 *From Loch Ewe, July 18
(Page 2).
For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed July 31.
Convoy available at OB 347
(external link)
July 31 Dispersed from OB 347 Sydney, C.B. Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 15 Sydney, C.B. Campbellton Independent Page 2 gives arrival Aug. 16
Aug. 30 Campbellton Sydney, C.B. Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 5 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Sept. 20 SC 43 Convoy will be added
See ships in SC convoys
Sept. 22 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 23 WN 183 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 25 Methil Hull Sept. 29 FS 604 A. Hague says:
After collision on Sept. 27.
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 16 Hull Loch Ewe Oct. 19 EC 86 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Oct. 24 Loch Ewe ON 29 For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed in 51 17N 57 00W, Nov. 5.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 5 Dispersed from ON 29 Sydney, C.B. Nov. 7 Independent
Nov. 15 Sydney, C.B. Rexton Nov. 18 Independent Page 2 gives arrival Richibucto same day
Nov. 20 Richibucto Newcastle, N.B. Nov. 21 Independent A. Hague says:
No data for passage Rexton/Richibucto
Nov. 23 Newcastle, N.B. Sydney, C.B. Nov. 24 Independent
Nov. 28 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Dec. 13 SC 57
Dec. 14 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 16 WN 218 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 19 Methil Southend Dec. 22 FS 677 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 2
1942 Jan. 1 Southend Tyne Jan. 3 FN 594 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 5 Tyne Methil Febr. 5 FN 622 Convoy available at link above
Febr. 8 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 10 EN 44 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 13 Loch Ewe ON 66 For Halifax.
Dispersed Febr. 26.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Febr. 26 Dispersed from ON 66 Halifax March 1 Independent
March 18 Halifax Belfast Lough Apr. 2 SC 75
Apr. 3 Belfast Lough Milford Haven Apr. 4 BB 157 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 5 Milford Haven Southampton Apr. 7 WP 137 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Left Southampton Apr. 12
(Page 3).
Apr. 13 Cowes Roads Newport Apr. 15 PW 140 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 20 Newport Port Talbot Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 24 Port Talbot Milford Haven Apr. 25 Independent
Apr. 27 Milford Haven Halifax May 11 ON 90 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 3 Halifax Sydney, C.B. June 5 HS 9 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
June 5 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough June 18 SC 86
June 19 Belfast Lough Milford Haven June 20 BB 188 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
June 23 Milford Haven Southampton June 25 WP 176 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
July 6 Cowes Roads Port Talbot July 8 PW 182 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 12 Milford Haven Halifax July 28 ON 112 Had sailed Port Talbot for Milford Haven July 12
(Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 2 Halifax St. John, N.B. Aug. 4 XB 32 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Aug. 20 St. John, N.B. Halifax Aug. 21 BX 34F Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 29 Halifax Preston Sept. 13 SC 98 See also narrative below
Sept. 20* Preston Liverpool Oct. 1 Independent *Sept. 30?
(Page 3)
Oct. 24 Liverpool Clyde Oct. 30 Independent Via Silloth
(Page 3).
See also narrative below.
Oct. 30 Clyde Gibraltar Nov. 10 KX 5 Convoy available at KX convoys
(external link)
Nov. 11 Gibraltar Algiers Nov. 14 TE 3 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
See also Page 4
Dec. 16 Algiers Bone Dec. 18 TE 9 Convoy available via link above
Dec. 31 Bone Algiers Jan. 2-1943 ET 8 Convoy available via link above
1943 Jan. 21 Algiers Bone Jan. 22 KMS 7 Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Febr. 1 Bone Oran Febr. 6 MKS 7 A. Hague says:
Paused Algiers Febr. 3-5
(see also Page 4).
Febr. 17 Oran Algiers Febr. 18 KMS 9 Bone to Algiers.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Febr. 22 Algiers Bougie Febr. 23 Escorted
Febr. 23 Bougie Philippeville Febr. 24 Notional sailing date.
March 2 Philippeville Bougie March 2
March 9 Bougie Philippeville
March 11 Philippeville Bone March 11 KMS 10
March 18 Bone Algiers March 20 ET 15 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Missing movements?
(Page 4).
March 24 Algiers Bougie March 24
March 26 Bougie Philippeville March 26 TE 19Y Convoy available via link above
March 30 Philippeville Bougie March 31 Escorted
Apr. 8 Bougie Algiers Apr. 8 Independent
May 10 Algiers Bougie May 10
May 11 Bougie Philippeville May 11 Escorted
May 12 Philippeville Bizerta May 13 Independent
May 23 Bizerta Bone
May 24 Bone Oran May 27 ET 21 Convoy available via link above
June 9 Oran Bizerta June 12 GTX 2 Convoy available via link above
June 17 Bizerta Oran June 20 GUS 8A Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
July 1 Oran Bougie July 4 KMS 17
July 8 Bougie Algiers July 9 Blew up July 16.
See "Final Fate" below

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details; the Commodore's notes and/or narrative are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

A. Hague has included Bjørkhaug in Convoy ON 15 from the U.K. to Norway in Febr.-1940. Towards the end of the following month, she's listed as bound for Rouen with a cargo of pulp in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 21 from Norway. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, she had started out in Bergen on March 21 (Norway was invaded on Apr. 9) and arrival Rouen is given as Apr. 4. It'll also be noticed that she appears to have spent a long time at Tyne (or Shields) later on.

Together with Akershus, Inger Lise, Ruth I and Varangberg, she's named in A. Hague's listing for Convoy OA 156, which left Southend on May 27-1940 - ref. link provided within the Voyage Record above. As will be seen, when clicking on the second link (based on original documents), she's not mentioned there (nor is Ruth I), so I'm not sure whether she sailed in this convoy or not. Going back to Page 1, we see that she had left Shields on May 25 and arrived Brest May 29/30. In June she's listed as bound for Gaspe Bay in Convoy OB 167, which originated in Liverpool on June 13 and dispersed on the 17th, Bjørkhaug arriving Gaspe independently on July 2 (having sailed from Milford Haven June 14). Garonne, Polarsol, Ruth I, South America and Vav are also listed in this convoy (link in the table above). With a cargo of timber for Grimsby, Bjørkhaug returned to the U.K. later that month in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 57. She arrived Greenock on July 25, having straggled from the convoy on July 13 (according to A. Hague), later arriving Grimsby on Aug. 14. The archive document subsequently shows a long stay in Hull.

We now find her, along with Star, Tordenskjold and Ørnefjell, in Convoy OA 220, which left Methil Sept. 26 and dispersed on the 28th, Bjørkhaug arriving Sydney, C.B. independently on Oct. 10, proceeding to Buctouche the next day, then returned to Sydney, C.B. in order to join the slow Convoy SC 9 from there on Oct. 24, cargo of pit props for Tyne. She arrived Greenock on Nov. 8, later arriving Tyne on the 17th - again, see Page 1.

The external website that I've linked to further down on this page has Bjørkhaug in Convoy OB 256, leaving Liverpool on Dec. 8-1940. No destination is given, but if she was in this convoy, she could not have gone far, because she's also listed (with Høyanger and Varangberg) in Convoy OB 260, originating in Liverpool on Dec. 16. However, she's said to have returned to port (Oban). Page 1 now shows a long stay at Penarth, before proceeding to Cardiff on Jan. 18-1941, then on to Clyde, and at the end of that month she's listed in Convoy OB 280, together with Kaia Knudsen, Ringhorn, Ringstad, Sandar and Vanja. Again, see the links provided within the Voyage Record. This convoy, which had originated in Liverpool on Jan 31 (Bjørkhaug sailed from Clyde that day) was dispersed on Febr. 3, Bjørkhaug arriving Sheet Harbour independently on Febr. 23. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2.

She headed back to the U.K. on March 10 with Convoy SC 25 from Halifax, cargo of paper and wet pulp, destination Ridham Dock. In the middle of the following month we find her, with Fernlane, Hjalmar Wessel, Ila, President de Vogue and Solsten, in the U.K.-Gibraltar Convoy OG 59 (originated in Liverpool Apr. 15, arrived Gibraltar Apr. 28 - see ships in all OG convoys). Bjørkhaug, however, was bound for Curacao and detached from the convoy on Apr. 26 in order to proceed to her destination, where she arrived independently on May 11, having started out from Clyde on Apr. 17. After a couple of weeks' stay in Curacao, she proceeded to Sydney, C.B. and on June 10 she's listed, with a cargo of phosphates for Leith, in Convoy SC 34 from there. She arrived Leith (via Loch Ewe) on June 30. In July, she joined Convoy OB 347 in order to head back to Sydney, C.B., with arrival Aug. 2 (convoy left Liverpool on July 16 and dispersed July 31; Bjørkhaug had sailed from Loch Ewe on July 18. Akabahra, Astra, Balduin, Fido, Gudrun, Hestmanden, Leka, Marga, Maridal, Orania, Siak, Spes and Sveve are also listed). Page 2 has her subsequent movements.

About a month later, A. Hague has included her in the slow Convoy SC 43*, which left Sydney, C.B. on Sept. 5-1941 and also had Astrell, Atle Jarl, Bernhard, Bonde (returned), Erica, Fjord, Fjordheim, Galatea, Ingerfem, Solstad, Torfinn Jarl and Vigsnes in its ranks. Bjørkhaug had a cargo of timber, sailing in station 13 of the convoy and arrived Loch Ewe Sept. 20. As can be seen in the Voyage Record, A. Hague says she was involved in a collision on Sept. 27; I have no further details on this, but it'll be noticed that she spent over 2 weeks in Hull afterwards - perhaps some repairs had been necessary? With Akabahra (returned), Astra, Boreas, Marga, Spero (returned), Spica and Trondheim, she went back in the other direction again in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 29*. Eglantine and Montbretia are named among the escorts for this convoy (see ON convoy escorts), which originated in Liverpool Oct. 22 and dispersed Nov. 5, Bjørkhaug arriving Sydney, C.B. on Nov. 7. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made with Convoy SC 57 from Sydney, C.B. Her destination is given as Ridham Dock - again, see Page 2 for a listing of her voyages in this period.

Page 3 shows another long stay at Tyne at the beginning of 1942. She subsequently headed to Halifax with Convoy ON 66*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 13 and dispersed off Halifax on the 26th - Loke is also listed. According to the archive document, Bjørkhaug arrived Halifax on March 1, and later that month we find her, with a cargo of steel and pulp for Southampton, in Convoy SC 75. She arrived Southampton, via Belfast Lough and Milford Haven, on Apr. 7, returning to Halifax with Convoy ON 90* (convoy left Liverpool Apr. 28, arrived Halifax May 15 - note that the archive document gives her arrival as May 11 and she reamained there until June 2). Aun, Borgholm, Heimgar, Lido, Lisbeth (returned), Nea, Norjerv, Norvarg, Rio Verde, Selbo, Snar, Suderøy, Velox and Ørnefjell are also named in this convoy.

With a cargo of lumber for Southampton, she returned to the U.K. early in June in Convoy SC 86 from Sydney, C.B. (Ramø served as Vice Commodore Vessel), then in July she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 112*, and arrived Halifax on July 28 (convoy originated in Liverpool July 13, Bjørkhaug had sailed from Milford Haven on the 12th). She had again been in the company of several other Norwgian ships, namely Albert L. Ellsworth, Borgholm, Bruse Jarl, Evviva, Facto, Fidelio, Gezina, Hjalmar Wessel, Ingerfem, Lisbeth, Loke, Norjerv, Ragnhild, Selvik and Titanian (returned). At the end of the following month she joined Convoy SC 98 from Halifax, cargo of lumber for Preston, where she arrived Sept. 13 (she had been cancelled from the previous convoy, SC 97, in which Bronxville was sunk - follow the link for details; Vice Commodore was in Bonneville). Bjørkhaug later spent over 3 weeks in Liverpool (Page 3).

In a posting to my Guestbook a visitor to my website has told me that Bjørkhaug was at Silloth (on the West coast of the U.K, in Cumbria) in October 1942 (this matches up with the info found on Page 3). He says she had arrived there from Devonport, the Naval base on England's south coast, on the 25th (Devonport not mentioned on the archive document) and loaded Government stores, probably for delivery to Devonport, prior to the North African campaign, and left again on October 29. Bjørkhaug was indeed used as ammunition and supply ship during the Torch operations, the allied invasion of North Africa, which commenced Nov. 8-1942 (several of the Norwegian ships that had been in Convoy SC 98 took part in these operations - see also Athos). With 1860 tons of stores, A. Hague has now included her, along with Akabahra, Berto, Evviva, Hildur I, Marga and Selbo, in Convoy KX 5 (external link), which left Clyde on Oct. 30 and arrived Gibraltar on Nov. 10, with Montbretia among the escorts.

According to A. Hague, she made a voyage from Algiers to Bone with Convoy KMS 7* in Jan.-1943. At the beginning of the following month, she made a voyage from Bone to Oran with Convoy MKS 7, and later that month she's said to have made a voyage from Oran to Algiers in Convoy KMS 9*. She's also mentioned in connection with Convoy KMS 10, which had left Clyde for Gibraltar and North Africa on Febr. 26-1943. Note, however, that she was not present from the U.K., but is said to have joined on March 11, together with Star; see the narrative for that date on my page about KMS 10 as well as Page 4, which says she arrived Bone that same day. The document also shows a long stay in Algiers that spring.

Again, please go back to the Voyage Record for information on some of her other 1943 voyages.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The entire SC series will also be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated), but for now, see ships in all SC convoys. See also ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys.

More information on all the other Norwegian ships named here can be found via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external link:
OB convoys - As mentioned, Bjørkhaug is listed in OB 256 (but may not have sailed).

 Final Fate - 1943: 

In July-1943 we find Bjørkhaug in Convoy KMS 17 - scroll down to the second table on that page. She joined the convoy from Oran, and was bound for Bougie, where she arrived July 3, leaving again for Algiers on July 8, with arrival July 9, according to Page 4.

She was still in Algiers on July 16, loading, among other things, scrap iron and Italian landmines. Concerned about this cargo, the 1st mate had asked the army officer who was overseeing the operation on the quay whether there was any danger of the mines exploding, but was told they were completely harmless. However, while most of the crew were on their coffee break that afternoon a huge explosion occurred which blew away the whole front part of the ship, killing everyone who was there at the time. The forward section of the midships building and the bridge were forced towards the aft of the ship. The boatswain said in his statement at the subsequent hearings that her port side was alongside the quay while the loading of cargo was taking place, but the explosion had thrown her 45 degrees out from the quay so that her stern part was closest to the quay.

The walls and ceiling of the mess room collapsed and thick smoke came in. The 1st mate managed to find his way out, and saw that the motorboat on the poop was on fire, and all other lifeboats were destroyed. While helping one of the survivors look for a lifebelt (he couldn't swim), they came to the captain's cabin and found it completely collapsed and under water, the captain's arm visible above water in between the debris. The 1st mate tried to free him, but he was lifeless. There had also been 2 British Naval Officers in the captain's cabin at the time of the explosion.

Some of the survivors were able to get off the ship by themselves, while others were assisted by a motorboat. 7 had been injured and were taken to a hospital, while the remaining 14 were taken care of by the Norwegian Consulate. 4 Norwegians, 1 Danish, 3 British and 1 Russian were killed. There were also some local labourers as well as some British soldiers on board, the latter overseeing the operations, all assumed killed. Several explosions and fires occurred in the harbour area, where an estimated 1000 people were killed, mostly Arabic dock labourers.

The maritime hearings were held in Algiers on July 19-1943 with the 1st mate, the 2nd mate, the boatswain and Stoker Einar Pettersen appearing.

It was the general belief that the loading procedures left a lot to be desired, and that some of the mines might have gotten caught in the net that was used as this was being pulled up again, and might then have fallen into the hold from a great height. Also, some of the equipment was in bad shape. It had been impossible to get this renewed, in spite of several requests.

George Monk has told me that Captain Sandvik later received an ungazetted award (commendation) - his source: Seedies List of awards to the British Merchant Navy which includes awards to Allied merchant seamen.

This picture, showing Bjørkhaug and the surrounding area after the explosion, was received from Willem Pop, Holland.

This message in my Guestbook says that Fort Confidence, cargo of oil, caught fire after the explosion on Bjørkhaug and had to be towed out of the harbour. This was done, with great bravery, by the Dutch tug Hudson. Willem Pop, who sent me the above picture, and who has written a book about Hudson's captain (entitled "Kapitein B. C. Weltevreden" and available through the Internet), has told me that Hudson also towed away the troopship P 24 and the hospitalship Lady Nelson. Willem adds: "There is one member of the crew of the tug, A. van Katwijk, who is still alive and is living here in Maassluis in the Netherlands. B. C. Weltevreden was the captain of the tug Hudson and he got Lloyds Silver Medal for Meritious Services and he was mentioned a Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (5-4-1944). The tug Hudson is now a museumship." (Ref. link at the end of this page).

I've also seen a book about Hudson, in Dutch and entitled simply "Hudson".

Crew List:
According to
this external page, the 1st mate had previously served on Frisco, Braconda and Leiv Eiriksson. He had joined Bjørkhaug in July-1941.

1st Mate
Jørgen Rønning
2nd Mate
Lars M. Hansen
Radio Operator
Arthur Blake
Oskar Øren
Ordinary Seaman
John Bacon
Ordinary Seaman
George Beaverstock
1st Engineer
Peder Strand
3rd Engineer
Henry Berg
William Brathø
Bertus von Gastel
Einar Pettersen
Alfred Grenaa
Joseph Weeks
Ernest Burgers
Bjarne Johnsen
Cato Tollefsbøl
Mess Boy
James S. Burges
Mess Boy
Henrikus Neilden
James Salter
George Postlethwaite
John Trawers

Ole Sandvik

Able Seaman
Andreas Bryn

Able Seaman
Markus Skoglund

Able Seaman
Bruno Mortensen

Ordinary Seaman
Leslie N. Hill*

Ordinary Seaman
Alexis Stephanoff

2nd Engineer
Peter Haaskjold

Mess Boy
Derek Hopkins*

Herbert Senior*
Here's a Guestbook message from a friend of Les Hill's.

* Billy McGee, England has told me that Leslie Hill from Leytonstone, Essex and the 17 year old Derek John Hopkins from Ilford, Essex are commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 17; further details on them can be found by entering each name in the relevant search field at the website of The Commonwealth War Graves Comm., using 1943 and WW II in the other search fields to narrow the search. I also found the British gunner on this page, commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - The 4 Norwegians are commemorated at this Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway.

Museum ship Hudson

Back to Bjørkhaug on the "Ships starting with B" page.

Haugesund had a steamer by this name in the early 1920's. See my page about D/S Mari for further details.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum), and misc. - ref My sources.


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