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Manager: Rob. Nilson & Arild Nyquist, Oslo
Delivered in July-1923 from Hølens Verksted, Larvik (29) as Fagerbro to D/S A/S Fagerbro (Rob. Nilson and Arild Nyquist), Oslo. 222.9' x 34.2' x 14.2', Triple Exp., 600 ihp (Davey, Paxman & Co. Ltd. Colchester).
Captain: Norman Lagesen.
Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
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.
Errors may exist, and as can be seen, the record is incomplete.
Fagerbro is listed in Convoy HN 6 from Norway to the U.K. in Dec.-1939/Jan.-1940. She's said to have arrived Manchester on Jan. 7-1940. She must have returned to Norway, because she's also listed in Convoy HN 10B the following month, bound for Manchester with general cargo. On Apr. 3, we find her in Convoy HN 24, which arrived Methil from Norway on Apr. 7; in other words, she got out just before the German invasion (Apr. 9). Fagerbro arrived her destination Manchester on Apr. 9. Subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 of the archive documents.
In Sept.-1940 she made a voyage from Clyde to Oporto, where she arrived on Sept. 17, having sailed in Convoy OG 42, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 4 and arrived Gibraltar on the 16th. This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it (and escorts) are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys. The Norwegian Ask, Avance I, Kongshaug, Libra, Ophir and Roy are also included. They all returned to the U.K. the following month in the Gibraltar-U.K. Convoy HG 45. Fagerbro was bound for Newport with pit props and arrived there on Nov. 6, proceeding to Cardiff a few days later (again, see Page 1).
Her 1941 voyages are shown on Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5 and Page 6. The latter document also has a few 1942 voyages. As can be seen, she was mostly in service around the U.K., with occasional voyages to Iceland later on. With a cargo of fish for Hull, she was scheduled for Convoy RU 16 from Reykjavik to the U.K. on March 23-1942, but appears to have cancelled. From Page 7 of the archive documents, we learn that she sailed from Reykjavik on March 31; she may have made this voyage independently(?). Arrival Hull is given as Apr. 9 and she made another voyage to Reykjavik later that month, returning to the U.K. in May. Page 8 also has some 1942 voyages, as do Page 9 and Page 10. Her 1943 voyages also start on the latter document and continue on Page 11 (it'll be noticed that she made several more voyages to Iceland). Some convoy information is available in the Voyage Record above, but unfortunately, A. Hague's record is incomplete.
I've been told by a visitor to my website (Michael Meras) that she on Nov. 28-1943 was involved in a collision with the British Stuart Queen and Dutch Tilly, while in a convoy in Cowe Roads (his source: Lloyd’s Weekly Casualty Reports Sept.-Dec.-1943 seen at The City of London Guildhall Library). I have no further details on this. Page 12 shows her voyages in this period, while the rest of her 1943 movements are listed on Page 13, which also has some 1944 voyages.
She was one of the about 50 Norwegian ships taking part in Operation Neptune (the maritime side of the invasion of Normandie, June-1944), arriving Utah Beach on June 14, according to J. R. Hegland's "Nortraships flåte". She was attacked twice by aircraft in the early morning hours of that date, and an aircraft was seen crashing in the sea with its engine on fire after Fagerbro's gunners had fired at it with the port and midship Oerlikons. A. Hague has included her in several convoys in this time period, but I cannot guarantee accuracy, as most of these voyages are not detailed on the archive documents, Page 14 and Page 15. Her 1945 voyages start on the latter document and continue on Page 16.
From Page 17, we learn that she made some voyages to Norway in the course of 1945.
Sold in Jan.-1949 to Skibs-A/S Idræt (Sverre Monsen), Stavanger and renamed Idræt. Sold in Jan.-1954 to A/S Bokn (Erik Bakkevig), Haugesund, and renamed Kurér, in lumber trade between The White Sea and the U.K. Sold to Brødrene Anda, Stavanger (breakers) in March-1961, arriving Stavanger in tow on March 9-1961 for breaking up.
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc.