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D/S Elna E
Updated July 18-2011

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Crew List

From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
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Owner: Dampsk. A/S Forto
Manager: Leif Erichsen, Bergen
1174 gt, 659 net, 1900 tdwt
Call Sign: LDTH

Built in Bergen in 1925.

Captain: Sigurd August Gabrielsen

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

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

Voyage Record
From March-1940 to Oct.-1940:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (it'll be noticed, that some of the external listings are incomplete).

Errors may exist (this could also mean that she may not have sailed in all the convoys mentioned here). Also, several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 10 Norwegian Waters Methil March 13 HN 18
Apr. 6 Kirkwall Kirkwall* May 6 ON 25 *From Norway.
Missing voyages, Page 1
As can be seen when following the link to ON 25, this convoy was ordered to turn around, due to the German invasion of Norway. However, some ships continued to Norway, and it looks like Elna E was one of them, but was able to get out the following month, arriving Kirkwall May 6.
June 28 Blyth Southend June 30 FS 207 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
* June 30 Southend Tyne July 2 FN 209 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
*Compare w/Page 1
July 5 Southend Methil July 7 FN 214 Convoy available at link above.
Page 1 gives arrival Methil Roads July 9
July 10 Tyne Southend July 11 FS 218 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 1
July 18 Southend Methil July 20 FN 225 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
July 26 Methil Southend July 28 FS 233 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Also, Page 1
Aug. 1 Southend Methil* Aug. 3 FN 239 *Arrived Leith Aug. 4, left Aug. 6
(Page 1).
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 7 Methil Southend Aug. 9 FS 245 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see Page 1
Aug. 15 Southend Blyth Aug. 17 FN 253 Compare w/Page 1
(also, missing movements, w/more on Page 2).
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 14 Southend Tyne Sept. 16 FN 280 Convoy available at link above
Oct. 4 Tyne Southend Oct. 6 FS 300 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
Oct. 24 Methil OA 234 Rendezvoused w/OB 234 Oct. 26.
Convoy available at OA 234
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 2 & Page 3

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

Elna E is listed in the original document for Convoy HN 18 from Norway to the U.K. in March-1940, bound for Middlesbrough with general cargo - follow the link for more details; several Norwegian ships took part. She was in Norway when the country was invaded on Apr. 9, having arrived with the Kirkwall portion of Convoy ON 25, but later managed to get out. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, she arrived Kirkwall on May 6 - departure Norway is not given, but final destination is given as Caen (arrival not known; as can be seen, she later arrived London from Caen on June 9).

In Oct.-1940, A. Hague has included her, together with the Norwegian Skarv, in Convoy OA 234, which departed Methil on Oct. 24 and joined up with Convoy OB 234 on the 26th. According to Page 2, Elna E arrived Milford Haven on Oct. 28 (having left Methil Roads on Oct. 22). Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 3.

 Final Fate - 1941: 

Elna E left Cardiff with a cargo of coal in the morning of March 15-1941 for Barry Roads in order to correct her compasses, then continued on her voyage to Plymouth just after noon that day, following courses given by the Admiralty, passing Scarweather lightship at 15:35. Lundy Island and Hartland Point were later passed without being seen as the visibility was not very good for the rest of the day.

They had been instructed by the Admiralty to pass Lands End at a certain time of day on March 16, and as they were making good time her speed was reduced at 01:00 that morning. About 5 minutes later, when 10-12 n. miles off Crackington Haven, she struck a mine, the explosion occurring forward followed by a heavy spout of water gushing over the ship, and she started to sink by the bow. Her engine was stopped while the steam whistle was used to call the crew to the lifeboats.

The starboard and port boats were launched and manned, and when no more people could be seen in the dark they pushed off, as it looked as though the ship would sink any minute. Shortly afterwards they heard cries from the ship and found that 5 men were still on board. When asked to jump overboard so that the lifeboats could pick them up, only 4 did so right away, while the steward waited too long and was pulled down with the suction as the ship sank. Subsequent efforts to find him failed, and the lifeboats headed for Crackington Haven where they arrived that same day. 2 gunners (presumably British) were sent to Falmouth, while the remaining survivors were sent to Cardiff, where the maritime hearings were held on March 25.

Crew List:

Sigurd A. Gabrielsen
1st Mate
Severin Kipperberg
2nd Mate
Ole Rasmussen
3rd Mate
Bjarne Skaar
Able Seaman
Reidar Olafsen
Able Seaman
Ludvik Karlsen
Able Seaman
Ragnar Leirvik
Able Seaman
Knut Bjørkmann
Deck Boy
Richard Alford
1st Engineer
Trygve Skjølberg
Thore Sæther
Arne Steingrimsen
Ragnar Hoff
Nils Hansen
Einar Utvik
Mess Boy
Thomas Whitney
+ 2 British Gunners?

Johan Sudenius

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemoration - This is the steward.

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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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