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D/S Fjordheim
Updated Aug. 18-2011

To Fjordheim on the "Ships starting with F" page.

Crew List

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to make it larger).

Manager: Niels Røgenæs, Haugesund
4115 gt, 2497 net, 6650 tdwt.
Call Sign: BNBZ

Delivered in Oct.-1930 from Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Sunderland as Fjordheim to D/S A/S Theologos (N. Røgenæs), Haugesund. Tonnage as above, 324.8' x 51.5' x 23.7', triple exp. & LT turbin (N. East. Mar. Eng.)

Captain: Arthur Jansen

Related item on this website:
Warsailor Stories - Edward Driscoll's story (see crew list below).

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

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

Voyage Record
From Jan.-1941 to Sept.-1944:

(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 several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Jan. 3 Iquique Valparaiso Jan. 7 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded E & W coast of Americas
See also Page 1
Jan. 7 Iquique* Punta Arenas Jan. 12 Independent *From Valparaiso
Jan. 13 Punta Arenas Capetown Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 6 Capetown Lourenço Marques Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 21 Lourenço Marques Capetown Febr. 27 Independent
Febr. 27 Capetown St. Thomas March 24 Independent
March 24 St. Thomas Baltimore March 31 Independent
Apr. 6 Baltimore Hampton Roads Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 7 Hampton Roads New York City Apr. 8 Independent
Apr. 23 New York City Halifax Apr. 26 Independent
May 6 Halifax Reykjavik May 19 HX 125 A 6 Passengers, to Iceland.
(See also narrative below).
June 2 Reykjavik St. John's, N.F. June 10 Independent
June 13 St. John's, N.F. Montreal June 16 Independent
June 24 Montreal Quebec June 25 Independent
June 26 Quebec Sydney, C.B. June 29 Independent
June 30 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough July 17 HX 136
July 19 Belfast Lough Avonmouth July 21 BB 50 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Aug. 3 Avonmouth Milford Haven Aug. 4 Independent See also Page 2
Aug. 5 Milford Haven ON 5 For Montreal.
Dispersed 53 29N 37 35W, Aug. 14
Aug. 14 Dispersed from ON 5 Montreal Aug. 21 Independent
Sept. 1 Montreal Sydney, C.B. Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 5 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough Sept. 20 SC 43 Station 125, later 105.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Sept. 21 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Sept. 22 BB 78 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Oct. 6 Avonmouth Swansea Oct. 6 Independent
Oct. 8 Swansea Milford Haven Oct. 8 Independent
Oct. 9 Milford Haven ON 25 For Montreal.
Dispersed Oct. 24.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 24 Dispersed from ON 25 Montreal Oct. 30 Independent
Nov. 8 Montreal Sydney, C.B. Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 16 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Dec. 5 SC 55 Missing voyages, Page 2
Dec. 24 Liverpool Oban Dec. 26 ON 50 Returned.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Dec. 28 Oban ON 51 A. Hague says:
For Halifax.
Dispersed Jan. 11-1942
Convoy will be added.
See link above
1942 Jan. 11 Dispersed from ON 51 St. John, N.B. Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 30 St. John, N.B. Halifax Jan. 31 Independent
Febr. 4 Halifax Belfast Lough Febr. 21 SC 68 See also narrative below
Febr. 22 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Febr. 23 BB 141 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
March 14 Avonmouth Cardiff March 15 Independent
March 18 Cardiff Milford Haven March 19 Independent
March 20 Milford Haven St. John, N.B. Apr. 8 ON 78 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 18 St. John, N.B. Halifax Apr. 20 BX 8 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Apr. 23 Halifax Belfast Lough May 10 SC 81 See also narrative below
May 11 Belfast Lough Avonmouth May 13 BB 173 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
May 22 Avonmouth Milford Haven May 24 Independent See also Page 3
May 25 Milford Haven Halifax June 11 ON 98 For Sydney C.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 12 Halifax Sydney, C.B. June 14 HS 12 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
June 14 Sydney, C.B. Father Point June 17 SQ 10 Convoy available at SQ 10
(external link)
Compare w/Page 3
July 5* Father Point Sydney, C.B. July 8 QS 15 *Page 3 gives departure July 3.
Convoy available at QS 15
(external link)
July 10 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough July 23 SC 91
July 23 Belfast Lough Avonmouth July 25 BB 202 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
July 31 Avonmouth Swansea July 31 Independent
Aug. 6 Swansea Milford Haven Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 7 Milford Haven Halifax Aug. 27 ON 120 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 30 Halifax St. John, N.B. Sept. 1 XB 36 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Sept. 18 St. John, N.B. Halifax Sept. 20 FH 1 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
Sept. 22 Halifax Belfast Lough Oct. 5 SC 102 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Oct. 7 Belfast Lough Holyhead Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 8 Holyhead Avonmouth Oct. 10 HM 36 Convoy available at HM 36
(external link)
Oct. 19 Avonmouth Swansea Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 28 Swansea Milford Haven Oct. 28 Independent
Oct. 29 Milford Haven Halifax Nov. 18 ON 142 For St. John, N.B.
Via Belfast Lough - see Page 4
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 19 Halifax St. John, N.B. Nov. 21 HF 15 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
* Nov. 21 St. John, N.B. Halifax Nov. 23 FH 16 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
*The above voyage is not included on Page 4, which says she left St. John, N.B. on Dec. 4
Dec. 6 Halifax Belfast Lough Dec. 24 SC 112 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 25 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Dec. 26 BB 248 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
1943 Jan. 3 Avonmouth Swansea Jan. 3 Independent
Jan. 20 Swansea Milford Haven Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 23 Milford Haven Halifax Febr. 13 ON 163 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Febr. 14 Halifax St. John, N.B. Febr. 16 HF 36 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
March 8 St. John, N.B. Halifax March 10 FH 41 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
March 17 Halifax Belfast Lough Apr. 2 SC 123 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Apr. 2 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Apr. 4 BB 276 A. Hague says:
Collision in Barry Roads Apr. 4.
Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 11 Avonmouth Barry Apr. 11 Independent A. Hague says:
Drydocked for collision repairs
June 1 Barry Swansea June 1 Independent
June 6 Swansea Milford Haven June 6 Independent
June 7 Milford Haven Halifax June 27 ONS 10 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
June 27 Halifax St. John, N.B. June 29 HF 62 Stop at Halifax not mentioned, Page 4
Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
July 16 St. John, N.B. Halifax July 18 FH 66 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
July 19 Halifax Avonmouth Aug. 3 SC 137
Aug. 12 Avonmouth Swansea Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 17 Swansea Milford Haven Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 18 Milford Haven Halifax Sept. 1 ONS 16 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Sept. 4 Halifax St. John, N.B. Sept. 6 XB 72A Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Sept. 19 St. John, N.B. Halifax Sept. 20 FH 77 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
Sept. 28 Halifax Swansea Oct. 13 SC 143
Nov. 2 Swansea Milford Haven Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 3 Milford Haven Halifax Nov. 21 ONS 22 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Dec. 15 Halifax Swansea Dec. 31 SC 149
1944 Jan. 11 Swansea Milford Haven Jan. 11 Independent
Jan. 12 Milford Haven ONS 27 A. Hague says:
For N.Y.C.
Detached Jan. 31.
(See also Page 5).
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Jan. 31 Detached from ONS 27 St. John, N.B. Febr. 1 Independent
Febr. 25 St. John, N.B. Halifax Febr. 27 FH 105 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
Febr. 28 Halifax Liverpool March 15 SC 154
March 28 Liverpool ONS 32 For St. John, N.B.
To XB 104 Apr. 17.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Apr. 17 From ONS 32 XB 104 Detached to St. John, N.B. Apr. 18.
Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 18 Detached from XB 104 St. John, N.B. Apr. 19 Independent
May 4 St. John, N.B. Halifax May 5 FH 117 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
May 6 Halifax Sydney, C.B. May 8 Independent
May 13 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough May 26 HX 291
May 26 Belfast Lough Swansea May 28 Independent
June 22 Swansea Belfast Lough June 23 Independent
June 26 Belfast Lough Halifax July 9 ON 242 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 9 Halifax St. John, N.B. July 11 Independent
July 24 St. John, N.B. Halifax July 25 Independent
July 27 Halifax Avonmouth Aug. 10 HX 301
Aug. 20 Avonmouth Swansea Aug. 21 Independent
Aug. 29 Swansea Belfast Lough Aug. 30 Independent
Sept. 1 Belfast Lough ON 251 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below.
Convoy will be added.
See link above

 Some 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 report are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Fjordheim was on her way from Cristobal to Savannah when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2.

In Apr.-1941, British aircraft were stationed in Iceland. The Norwegian 330th Squadron was also placed there and in May that year Fjordheim successfully transported 18 Northrop (N-3-PB) aircraft, spare parts, ammunition and depth charges from Canada to Reykjavik, having sailed in Convoy HX 125 A, unloading on May 22. Cruising order/Commodore's narrative are also available for this convoy, which had left Halifax on May 6 - Fjordheim is said to have parted company for Iceland with the escort Ascania at 12:30 on May 18, in 62N 26 1/4W; she arrived Reykjavik the next day. From there, she made an independent voyage back across the Atlantic the following month, arriving St. John's, N.F. on June 10, proceeding to Montreal a few days later - see Page 2. With a general cargo and trucks for Avonmouth, she headed in the other direction at the end of June in the Sydney, C.B. portion of Convoy HX 136, arriving her destination on July 21. She subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ON 5, which left Liverpool on Aug. 6. Her destination is given as Montreal, where she arrived on Aug. 21, having started out from Milford Haven on Aug. 5.

On Sept. 5-1941, she's listed, together with Astrell, Atle Jarl, Bernhard, Bjørkhaug, Bonde (returned), Erica, Fjord, Galatea, Ingerfem, Solstad, Torfinn Jarl and Vigsnes, in Convoy SC 43* from Sydney, C.B. Fjordheim arrived Avonmouth, via Belfast Lough, on Sept. 22, later joining the westbound Convoy ON 25*, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 10 and dispersed on the 24th, Fjordheim arriving Montreal on Oct. 30. Ingerfem, Storaas and Ørnefjell are also listed. On Nov. 16, we find her in the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 55, general cargo for Manchester, where she arrived Dec. 7/8 (Page 2). Later that month, she joined the westbound Convoy ON 50*, leaving Liverpool on Christmas Eve, but she returned to port (Oban), subsequently joining ON 51*, which had originated in Liverpool on Dec. 27. Fjordheim arrived St. John, N.B. independently on Jan. 17-1942, the convoy having been dispersed Jan. 11. Both these convoys also had other Norwegian ships, namely Charles Racine, Fagerfjell, Fernwood, Høegh Giant, Innerøy, Sama, Skandinavia, Strinda and Taborfjell in ON 50, and Beth, Carrier (returned), Far, Ingerfire and Sirehei in ON 51.

On Febr. 4-1942, she started on her voyage back to the U.K. in the slow Convoy SC 68 from Halifax (having been cancelled from the previous convoy, SC 67 in which the Norwegian Heina was sunk). She had a general cargo for Avonmouth, where she arrived, via Belfast Lough, on Febr. 23/24. Together with Askeladden, Iron Baron and Solitaire, she later joined the westbound Convoy ON 78*, originating in Liverpool on March 21, arriving Halifax Apr. 9. Fjordheim, carrying aircraft(? This seems strange), had station 42 and was bound for St. John, N.B., where she arrived Apr. 8, having started out from Milford Haven March 20. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3. On Apr. 23, she left Halifax in Convoy SC 81 (having been cancelled from the previous convoy, SC 80), and arrived Avonmouth on May 13. Later that month, she be found among the ships in the westbound Convoy ON 98*, which also included Fana and Måkefjell. This convoy originated in Liverpool on May 26 and arrived New York June 12; Fjordheim, however (carrying china clay, station 13), started out from Milford Haven on May 25 and was bound for Montreal, where she arrived, via Halifax and Sydney, C.B., on June 19. The following month, she's listed in Convoy SC 91 from Sydney, C.B., general cargo for Avonmouth, with arrival there on July 25.

With Aun, Borgfred, Måkefjell, Solitaire and Suderøy, she now joined the westbound Convoy ON 120*, originating in Liverpool on Aug. 8-1942, dispersed Aug. 27, Fjordheim arriving Halifax that same day, proceeding to St. John, N.B. 3 days later, with arrival Sept. 1. Along with Aun, Aragon (to Halifax only), Bestik, Borgfred, Nea (returned), Norvarg, Orwell, Solitaire (returned) and Solsten, A. Hague now has her in Convoy SC 102*, which started out in New York on Sept. 19 and arrived Liverpool Oct. 6; Fjordheim joined this convoy from Halifax, and stopped at Belfast Lough on Oct. 5. On the 29th of that month she left Milford Haven in order to head back to Halifax, joining Convoy ON 142*. Bestik (returned), Carmelfjell, Jenny, Kirsten B (joined from Halifax), Norvarg, Primo (from Halifax), Rio Verde, Sevilla (from Halifax), Solitaire, Temeraire and Vinland are also named in this convoy, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 30 and arrived New York Nov. 21; Fjordheim arrived Halifax on Nov. 18, continuing to St. John, N.B. the next day - see Page 4. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in Convoy SC 112*, which again started out in New York (Dec. 4), but Fjordheim joined from Halifax, and arrived Avonmouth on Dec. 26. As usual, she had been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Acasta, Aragon (to St. John's only), Borgholm, Dageid, Garnes (to St. John's), Harpefjell, Heimgar, Norjerv, Primo (to Halifax), Sir James Clark Ross, Solitaire and Tropic Star (returned).

In Jan.-1943, we find her, with Brush, Askepot (both joined from St. John's) and Sevilla in the westbound Convoy ON 163*, which departed Liverpool on Jan. 24 and arrived New York Febr. 16; Fjordheim again joined from Milford Haven and stopped at Halifax on Febr. 13, proceeding to St. John, N.B. the next day. With Carrier, Gudvor and Para, she went back in the other direction in March in Convoy SC 123*, again joining with the Halifax portion, and arrived Avonmouth on Apr. 4 (convoy originated in New York on March 14 and arrived Liverpool Apr. 3). According to A. Hague, she was involved in a collision in Barry Roads on Apr. 4 and was drydocked for repairs - I have no further details on this incident. In June, she's listed among the ships in the westbound Convoy ONS 10*, originating in Liverpool on June 8, arriving Halifax June 27. Fjordheim arrived St. John, N.B. June 28/29 (Page 4). Acasta, Cetus, Grey County, James Hawson, Mathilda, Novasli, Ravnefjell, Sirehei and Titanian are also listed. In July, she shows up in Convoy SC 137 from Halifax, again bound for Avonmouth with general cargo, arriving there on Aug. 3/4.

Later that month, she joined the westbound Convoy ONS 16*, with Ferncliff, Heimgar, Henrik Ibsen, Lago, Ravnefjell and Sommerstad (from Liverpool Aug. 19, to Halifax Sept. 1 - Fjordheim started out from Milford Haven), and having made another voyage to St. John, N.B. and back to Halifax, she headed back across the ocean on Sept. 28 in Convoy SC 143, this time bound for Swansea, where she arrived on Oct. 13. Early the following month, she joined the westbound Convoy ONS 22*, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 4 and arrived Halifax on the 22nd; Fjordheim sailed from Milford Haven on Nov. 3 and her arrival Halifax is given as Nov. 21 on Page 5 of the archive documents (this could simply be a matter of a different time zone used in the record - no other Norwegian ship is named in this convoy). She had time for one more Trans-Atlantic voyage before that year was over, and this was made in Convoy SC 149 from Halifax on Dec. 15. She was again bound for Swansea, where she arrived Dec. 31.

A couple of weeks later, we find her, along with Ferncliff, Iron Baron (returned), Maud, Norse Lady, Orwell, Petter II, Stirlingville, Suderøy (Commodore Vessel - returned) and Vinland, in the westbound Convoy ONS 27*, originating in Liverpool on Jan. 13-1944, arriving Halifax on the 31st; Fjordheim joined from Milford Haven. Her destination is given as New York, but arrival there is not mentioned in her Voyage Record, which says she was detached on the 31st and arrived St. John, N.B. on Febr. 1, agreeing with the archive document mentioned above. Having proceeded to Halifax, she joined Convoy SC 154 from there on Febr. 28, arriving Liverpool March 15, later returning to St. John in Convoy ONS 32*, which departed Liverpool on March 28 and also had Alaska, Chr. Th. Boe, Minerva, Ragnhild, Stirlingville, Tropic Star and Tungsha in its ranks. Fjordheim arrived St. John, N.B. on Apr. 19 - again, see Page 5.

In May that year, she sailed in the Sydney, C.B. portion of Convoy HX 291 (Vice Commodore in Høyanger), arriving her destination Swansea on May 28, and in June she can be found, together with Ferncliff, Fernmoor, Havkong, Marit II, Molda, Peik, Samuel Bakke (Vice Commodore's Ship), Skiensfjord, Solstad, Solsten, Stirlingville, Tercero, Thorshov and Vera, in the westbound Convoy ON 242*, originating in Liverpool on June 25, arriving New York July 11; Fjordheim, however, sailed from Belfast Lough on June 26 and stopped at Halifax on July 9, continuing to St. John, N.B. that same day, with arrival July 11. Having returned to Halifax, she left that port on July 27, joining the large Convoy HX 301, which had started out in New York on July 25. The Norwegian Reinholt served as Commodore Vessel for this convoy, while the Vice Commodore was in Samuel Bakke again. Fjordheim was bound for Avonmouth with general cargo and arrived there on Aug. 10.

* The ON and ONS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys. The entire SC series will also be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated), but for now, please see ships in all SC convoys.

More information on the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page is available via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Final Fate - 1944: 

As mentioned above, Fjordheim had arrived Avonmouth from Halifax on Aug. 10-1944. On Aug. 20, she proceeded to Swansea, with arrival Aug. 21, departing on Aug. 29 for Belfast Lough, where she arrived the next day (see Page 5). She left again on Sept. 1, joining the westbound Convoy ON 251, in order to return to Halifax. Fjordheim, cargo of 4000 tons anthracite, took station 165 of the convoy, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 1 and arrived New York on the 19th. The Norwegian Bernhard, Elg, Evanger, Ferncliff (returned), Germa, Grey County, Heimgar, Henrik Ibsen, Rutenfjell, Snar, Thorhild, Tungsha (Commodore Vessel), Veni and Vera are also listed in this convoy, as is the Panamanian Norbris, which had Norwegian managers and is included under the N's on this website. The fact that Fjordheim had station 165 shows us that this was a very large convoy with (at least) 16 columns. ON 251 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, with more information on it; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named on this page, while the names of the escorts can be found on this page.

At 23:40 ship's time on Sept. 2, Fjordheim was torpedoed by U-482 (Matuschka), the torpedo hitting on the starboard side aft, between hatches No.'s 4 and 5, blowing the hatches to pieces and filling the deck with water and coal. She immediately started to sink by the stern; all 4 lifeboats were manned and launched and had gotten away from the side of the ship when, 6 minutes after the torpedo had struck, the boilers exploded and she sank in position 55 20N 09 58W*.

32 men were in the boats, 1 more was picked up from the water. 5 were still missing, but 2 were found by the British Empire Mallory** which had launched a boat to help in the search. The 33 in the lifeboats were picked up soon afterwards by the escorting Canadian frigate HMCS Montreal (K-319) and transferred on Sept. 7 to the convoy rescue ship, the British S/S Fastnet. The 2 picked up by Empire Mallory were transferred to the rescue ship on Sept. 13.

The 35 survivors were landed at Halifax on Sept. 17, where the maritime hearings were held on Sept. 18-1944 with the captain, the 1st and 2nd mates, the 1st and 2nd engineers, Donkeyman Nilsen, the boatswain and Able Seaman Larsson appearing. The latter had been on lookout duty at the time of the attack, the 2nd mate was on duty on the bridge, while Able Seaman Charley Strøm was at the helm, and the 2nd engineer was on duty in the engine room along with the donkeyman.

* The position given above is from "Nortraships flåte". J. Rowher gives the position for the attack on Fjordheim as 55 55N 09 28W at 00:10 Sept. 3, German time, while a visitor to my website (who has access to the Public Records Office in Kew) has given me the position 55 20N 08 12W.

** From Gerry Calderbank, I've received the following letter, dated New York Oct. 14-1944 and written by Fjordheim's Captain Jansen to his father, Captain W. A. Calderbank of Empire Mallory:
"I wish to express my profound thanks for your very noble act in stopping your ship and searching for survivors from my own ill-fated ship. It must give you great satisfaction to know that in doing so you were directly responsible for saving the lives of two of my men. I also wish you would express my thanks to your gallant Third Engineer for his heroic attempt to save the life of a third one who swam towards your good ship. It was almost equally sad for the two of them that the attempt failed. Your acts have been reported to the proper authorities, and I hope it will be duly appreciated. Please consider this as an acknowledgement for the receipt of ring and watch belonging to E. Hansen. I have handed same over to him some days ago, and he was most thankful for same. Hoping to have the pleasure of meeting you personally in a not too distant future,
I remain,
Very truly yours
A. Jansen"

In the Norwegian magazine "Krigsseileren, Issue No. 1 for 1975, I came across a letter written by Edward Driscoll, who served as ordinary seaman on Fjordheim (see crew list below) and was looking for old shipmates. Additionally, he sailed on 7 other Norwegian ships, namely Frode, Sola(? I believe this must have been Solør), Daghild, Bosphorus, Skotaas, California Express and Cetus. Ian Wilson in Ireland, who saw my note about Ed Driscoll has since been able to locate him. Ian says:
"Ed Driscoll is still living in Wales, in Cardiff, while Marcus Myhre lives in Sandefjord. Ed has been over to visit Marcus and they still keep in touch, very nice after all these years!"
Sadly, Edward Driscoll has now told me that Marcus Myhre passed away in Oct.-2006 (this was Fjordheim's radio operator, again, see crew list below).

Ian has also sent me Marcus' and Edward's memories of the sinking as follows:

Marcus Myhre's memories:
"I had just signed on the ship in Halifax, having been whaling in the Antarctic during the winter 1943/4 (this was probably with Thoris, Bryde & Dahls Hvalfangerselskap A/S, managed by Thor Dahl, Sandefjord - his other ships are listed further down on this page). We were loaded with coal from Swansea when the devil struck us. The captain and I had just heard the evening news from London, and we agreed the war would soon be over. When he was leaving my radio station we heard a terrific bang and he rushed out saying 'I will be back and tell you what has happened'. I did not see him and went out on deck to see for myself. The Chief Officer was already in a lifeboat waiting for me. I managed to go back to the radio station for the papers and accounts, and the code books. The ship had already begun to raise herself. I had to get rid of the code books and send the accounts down to the boat. I lowered myself down on a rope and managed to row away before we could feel the draw of the ship as she went down. We were picked up by a Canadian destroyer and later transferred to a Scottish rescue ship. We came into Halifax on a Sunday morning and thanks to the accounts I could take the whole crew with me to a men's shop and let them have clothes, so they looked human. I was on the train to Three Rivers the same evening and took another vessel back to England, and kept on sailing till the war was over."

Ed Driscoll's memories:
"At the time of the torpedo striking I was on the 8/12 watch, and I was just calling the 2nd officer for his watch, 12/4, and then the big bang. I made it about 11:45. I did not at the time know where the ship was hit, I assumed port side between hatch 3 and 4. I did not go to have a look! I went to the boat deck and helped lower one of the lifeboats. She went down stern first. We rowed for 2 or 3 hours and were picked up by the Canadian frigate 'Montreal'. We were aboard her for five days and they looked after us wonderfully. Then we were transferred to a rescue ship called 'Fastnet'. I have to say she was not very good, food awful. The Norwegian crew marched up to complain. I was ashamed. However a few days later we landed in Halifax, NS, where we stayed for about 10 days. Some went to New York. I stayed in Halifax and joined a tanker called 'Skoras' (Norwegian - this should probably be Skotaas) and left her in Scotland, returned to Wales and joined another Norwegian ship. I sailed on eight Norwegian ships and had a lucky escape when I was blown, yes blown, off a coaster, Frode and was in the water for 1.5 hours and unconscious off the Isle of Wight until picked up by a French destroyer. I came alive as they were taking my wet clothes off (see my page about Frode for more details on this). My time with the Norwegians was brilliant, good men, good food, spotlessly clean, good pay."

Note that Edward has since sent me his WW II sea story, which I've added to my Warsailor Stories section - it includes some details on the sinking of Fjordheim, where he says:

I was torpedoed in the Fjordheim in September 1943 (this, of course, should be 1944). We had loaded coal at Swansea for Halifax, Nova Scotia and joined a convoy at Milford Haven. I was an ordinary seaman on the 8-12 watch. We were off the west coast of Ireland and could still see a shore light flashing astern. I was about to call the 12-4 watch at one bell and, as I stepped inside to call the 2nd Mate, there was a terrible bang. I ran up to the boat deck, where I was joined by others, and we went about lowering the lifeboats. I think I was frightened then, but most frightened of another torpedo hitting the lifeboats as they were being lowered. But it did not happen. It was fine weather and a full moon. We could see the ship clearly as she went down stern first. We were in the lifeboats for a few hours, when a warship came close by and picked us up. It was the Canadian frigate Montreal. We were treated wonderfully for five days, until it was time to transfer to the rescue ship Fastnet in mid-Atlantic. We were sorry to have to leave the warship, they were so kind and helpful. I cannot praise them enough. Things were very different on the Fastnet. I would rather not say anything about that, because it would be all bad. We were taken to Halifax and, on arrival, there were newspaper men on the quay asking questions. They then took us to a lovely Norwegian guest house and, later in the day, to a big store for clothes.

I cannot say for sure how many men were killed; not too many, as we were torpedoed between No.'s 3 and 4 hatches (the report says hatches No.'s 4 and 5). I did hear later, whilst in Canada, that the Donkeyman was in the water without a lifejacket and was seen by the 3rd Mate of a British ship which had stopped - which may or may not have been the right thing to do. The 3rd Mate dived off his ship to reach the Donkeyman but, it was said, he missed him by inches. The Donkeyman was drowned. He was a Norwegian of about 50.

After about ten days in the guest house, I joined the Norwegian tanker Skotaas and I landed in Scotland. Then it was a 19 hour train journey back to Cardiff for a few days leave.

If any old shipmates sees this and would like to get in touch with Edward, I'd be happy to pass on his contact information. My address has been provided at the bottom of this page.

Crew List:
Norwegian, unless otherwise noted

Arthur Jansen
1st Mate
Gustav Berntsen
2nd Mate
Harald Syversen
3rd Mate
Lars Larsen
Radio Operator
Marcus Myhre*
Radio Operator
James A. Walker
August Hågensen
Ole Augustsen
Able Seaman
Ragnar Olsen
Able Seaman
Hans Leiknes
Able Seaman
Sverre Gudmestad
Able Seaman
Einar Beruldsen**
Able Seaman
Charley Strøm
Able Seaman
Frithjof Larsson
Ordinary Seaman
Ernst Hansen
Ordinary Seaman
Kenneth Williams
Ordinary Seaman
Edward J. Driscoll
1st Engineer
Birger Balchen
2nd Engineer
Olaf Johannessen
3rd Engineer
Reimath Dyrstad
Wilhelm Nilsen
Nils Sjøstrøm
Ole Bjørnebo
Ernst Mikenberg
Johannes Utne
Carl Lundblad
Andreas Selbach
Hans L. Johansen
Anker Kristiansen
Galley Boy
Rolf B. Sandvik
Mess Boy
John McMahon
Ingvald Moldestad
Kristian Mælen
Thoralf Gundersen***
Alf Borge

Harald Ballovarre

Einar Lillås

Håkon Johansen

* Radio Operator Marcus Myhre had previously served on Carrier and Thoris. After the loss of Fjordheim he joined D/S Henrik Ibsen, later Rutenfjell.

** Einar Beruldsen's ships are listed on this external page. After the loss of Fjordheim, he joined Pan Europe and Vestvangen.

*** Gunner Thoralf Gundersen had previously served on Hardanger, Nandi, Kolsdal and Cetus. After the loss of Fjordheim, he joined Roseville, later Torrens.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - The names are spelt a little differently at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway.

Operations information for U-482

U-482 - Note the info here that U-482's previously established fate has recently been altered. To add to this, Ian Wilson has told me:
"A U boat wreck in the English Channel when filmed by divers was announced to be U 322. Previously it had been thought this boat had been sunk west of the Shetlands. So what was the boat sunk there? It has been concluded that it could only have been U 482 in the area that day, 24 November 1944, heading from Bergen back again to the area she sank Fjordheim and four others. In thick fog a Norwegian Sunderland flying-boat got a radar contact and led HMS Ascension to the position, which began a depthcharge attack. No. 330 (Norwegian) Squadron operated from Oban in the west of Scotland and Sullom Voe a fjord in the Shetland Islands".

Picture of HMCS Montreal - On the Naval Museum of Manitoba website.

River Class Frigates - On the WW II Canadian ships website.

Back to Fjordheim on the "Ships starting with F" page.

Norway had previously had another steam ship by this name, delivered in Oct.-1904 as Fjordheim for A/S Hekla (Mail & Holby), Christiania, 2363 gt. Purchased by A/S D/S Dicto (B. Stolt-Nielsen), Haugesund in June-1915 and renamed Dicto. Sunk on Apr. 5-1917 by UB-39 southeast of Arment Rock on a voyage Agulias-Maryport with 3560 tons iron ore. 1 died.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre gamle skip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume I, and misc. for cross checking info - ref. My sources.


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