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Owner: Skibs-A/S Karaibien
Built in Danzig in 1931.
Captain: Peter O. Petersen.
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.
When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, Dalvangen was on her way from Kingston, Jamaica to to Fort de France - see Page 1 of the archive documents. Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3 and Page 4, which also has some 1942 voyages, while the rest are shown on Page 5.
According to the captain's own statements (found in "Nortraship's flåte") Dalvangen was on a voyage between Port of Spain and Paramaribo in Dec.-1942* when they spotted some red flashes. Having been warned about U-boats using such measures to attract merchant ships, they continued for a while, but after some hesitation they set course for the lights with guns and lifebelts at the ready. On approaching, they discovered 23 British survivors who had been in a lifeboat for 9 days following the loss of their ship. They were taken to Georgetown, British Guiana. Name of their torpedoed ship is not given, but according to a posting to my Ship Forum Dalvangen rescued survivors from Empire Arnold - this is a response to an old thread which starts here. (Empire Arnold had belonged to Convoy E 6, from which the Norwegian Mirlo was sunk). Note, however, that this ship was sunk on Aug. 4-1942 (by U-155), in other words, much earlier than the date given in the captain's statement, so unless there's a date mix-up in the Norwegian source(?), Dalvangen appears to have rescued survivors on more than one occasion that year(?). Note also that one of the responses to the forum query states that Dalvangen had departed Trinidad for Paramaribo on Aug. 12-1942, and that the survivors were landed there on Aug. 15 (this fits in with the dates found on Page 4). Tony Cooper, who posted that particular message, adds that there were 47 survivors in all, and that Lawrendoc, which had left Trinidad on Aug. 9 also rescued survivors on Aug. 11 and landed them at Demerara the following day.
Just for info, a message in my Guestbook from March 25-2001 states the following:
On Jan. 10 -1943, Dalvangen picked up 21 survivors in a lifeboat from the American Collingsworth, torpedoed and sunk by U-124 in Convoy TB 1 the day before (ref. link below). A visitor to my website says the survivors were landed at Paramaribo the next day. According to the archive document referred to above, Dalvangen did indeed arrive Paramaribo on Jan. 11-1943, having left Trinidad on Jan. 8. Another 34 survivors had been picked up from rafts and debris by USS PC-577 and also landed at Paramaribo, 12 had died, including the captain.
The rest of her 1943 voyages are shown on Page 6, which also has a few 1944 movements, while others are listed on Page 7 and Page 8. Her 1945 voyages also start on the latter document and continue on Page 9 and Page 10 (to Apr.-1946). Convoy information for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record above.
Related external links (Uboat.net):
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc. other as named within the above text.