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Owner: A/S D/S Galatea
Built by Bergens Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Bergen in 1912. According to the website that I've linked to above, she was delivered as Galatea in Jan.-1912 to A/S D/S Galatea (Adolph Halvorsen), Bergen. To The Shipping Controller (L.S.Carr & Co), London in 1918. Returned to Norwegian owners in 1919. From Oct. -1932 managers were Th. Gjesdal, Bergen (same owners).
Captain: Peder Brendsdal
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 the record is incomplete.
According to Arnold Hague, Galatea sailed in Convoy HN 8 from Norway to the U.K. in Jan.-1940. However, she also appears in Convoy HN 9A, and I'm not sure which is correct. At the end of the following month, A. Hague has her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 16, and towards the end of March (just a couple of weeks before Norway was invaded), she's listed in the original document for Convoy HN 21, bound for Hull with general cargo. On Apr. 9, the day of the German invasion of Norway, she left Immingham in order to return to Norway (Skien), but was diverted to Rouen, arriving there on Apr. 21, according to Page 1 of the archive documents. As can be seen, she also made some voyages to France in May and June that year.
In July, she's listed, together with Bonde, Hjalmar Wessel, Jernland (to Clyde only), Kul, Siak and Tai Ping Yang, in Convoy OA 190, which left Methil on July 26 and dispersed on the 29th (see the external link provided within the above table). Galatea was bound for Sydney, C.B in ballast, arriving her destination on Aug. 11. She returned to the U.K. later that month with the slow Convoy SC 2, in which the Norwegian Gro was sunk - follow the link for details. Galatea had a cargo of lumber for Bristol, where she arrived on Sept. 12. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 and Page 4.
Skipping now to July-1941, when she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 1, originating in Liverpool on July 26-1941, dispersed Aug. 9, Galatea arriving St. John, N.B. on Aug. 14. According to A. Hague, she headed back to the U.K. on Sept. 5 in Convoy SC 43 from Sydney, C.B., cargo of lumber, station 24. This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added; for now, the ships sailing in it are named in the section listing ships in all SC convoys. Astrell, Atle Jarl, Bernhard, Bjørkhaug, Bonde (returned), Erica, Fjord, Fjordheim, Ingerfem, Solstad, Torfinn Jarl and Vigsnes are also listed.
Galatea was subsequently in service around the U.K.
A. Hague has also included her in Convoy KMS 67 in Nov.-1944 (voyage Gibraltar-Malta), but as noted in the above Voyage Record, this information does not at all match up with the voyages listed on Page 15 of the archive documents, so I believe it must be an error.
Galatea was on a voyage alone from Liverpool to Barry in ballast when she was sunk in St. Georges Channel, off Bardsey Island by U-1051* (von Holleben) in the evening of Jan. 21-1945 (hit on the starboard side, foreship), position 52 40N 05 23W. According to Page 16 of the archive documents, she had left Liverpool on Jan. 17; time of the loss is given as 21:00.
The sole survivor, Stoker Harald Hvidtsten, was picked up from a raft by the British frigate HMS Tyler (K-576) a few hours later**, in the early morning hours of Jan 22 and landed in Liverpool in the evening of the 24th. 20 had died, including 3 gunners, out of a crew of 18 and 3 gunners.
Related external links:
Back to Galatea on the "Ships starting with G" page.
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)