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Owner: A/S Ganger Rolf
Built at Akers mek. Verksted, Oslo in 1920.
Captain: Gabriel Hansen
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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 (please be aware that some of the external convoys may be incomplete).
Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.
According to A. Hague, Bolette sailed in Convoy HN 7 from Norway to the U.K. in Jan.-1940, returning to Norway later that month with Convoy ON 9. The following month, she's listed in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 10B from Norway, bound for Grangemouth with general cargo. Early in March, we find her in A. Hague's listing for the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 17A and on March 27, she can be found in Convoy HN 22, again bound for Grangemouth with general cargo. From Page 1 of the documents received from the National Archives of Norway, we learn that she arrived Grangemouth on March 30, having sailed from Bergen on the 26th. When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9, she was at Tyne (or Shields), spending a long time there, before heading to France.
That fall, A. Hague has included her in Convoy OA 198, departing Methil on Aug. 13-1940, dispersed on the 18th, Bolette arriving Chandler independently on Aug. 28. On Sept. 2, she proceeded to Sydney, C.B. (Page 1) in order to join the slow Convoy SC 4 back to the U.K. on Sept. 10, bound for Whitehaven with a cargo of lumber, arriving her destination on Sept. 29. (There's a note in connection with this convoy stating that she also appears in the Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HX 72, in which Simla and several others were sunk - follow the links for details).
According to the external website that I've linked to below, Bolette was later scheduled, with destination Sydney, C.B., for Convoy OB 232, which left Liverpool on Oct. 21, but she did not sail, nor did Selbo, which was also scheduled. The Norwegian Heien, Lysaker IV, Måkefjell, Polyana, Rimfakse, Siak, Skiensfjord (Commodore Vessel) and Tyr are listed in this convoy. Bolette's movements in this period are shown on Page 2, and as can be seen, she did not make any more voyages across the North Atlantic.
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.
Bolette was hit by 2 bombs from a German aircraft on April 16-1941 off St. Ives near Lands End, when on her way from Workington for Devonport with a cargo of coal. She had arrived Milford Haven on Apr. 13 (Page 2) to await convoy, then departed in convoy(?) in the morning of Apr. 15. According to the captain's statements at the subsequent hearings the attack took place at 02:20 (Apr. 16). 1 of the bombs hit just behind the bridge, the other on the poop deck, causing the engine to stop and the light to go out. There was a fire in Hold No. 3, she listed to port and started to sink.
The port lifeboat was launched with 9 men but before it could get clear the ship capsized and the foremast hit the boat, pushing it under so that those in it ended up in the sea. The steward, who was on his way to the forward raft at that time, was struck in the back of his head by the mast and also thrown into the sea. Bolette sank in 5 minutes (50 25N 05 35W). Some were able to climb onto the keel of the capsized lifeboat, others, including the steward, swam towards the raft floating nearby.
The 11 survivors were picked up about an hour later by the destroyer HMS Kipling and taken to Plymouth. The maritime hearings were held there on Apr. 19-1941 with Captain Hansen, 1st Engineer Heldal, Steward Andersen, and Boatswain Johansen appearing. The latter was at the helm when the attack occurred.
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Back to Bolette on the "Ships starting with B" page.
Other ships by this name: Fred. Olsen's 1st Bolette (named for his mother) was built in Fredrikstad in 1910, 1431 gt - sunk in the North Sea by a German U-boat on June 22-1917. A 3rd Bolette (motor vessel) was built in Belfast in 1951, sold to John S. Latsis, Athens in 1964. Their 4th Bolette (motor tanker) built 1965 in Japan, was sold in 1970 to S.F.T.P., Paris. The 5th Bolette (motor vessel), ex Daghild was built in Malmö in 1974, purchased in 1979 and sold in Dec. that same year to Linsland Shipping, Monrovia and renamed World Joy. Fred. Olsen's 6th ship by this name was purchased in 1984, 5286 gt, ex Sally Express, built at Papenburg in 1974. Passenger/car ferry Norway-Denmark. Sold in 1988 to Comarit, Morocco and renamed Boughaz.
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.