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D/S Gunny
Updated Sept. 27-2011

To Gunny on the "Ships starting with G" page.

Crew List

Source: From Kenn Dunn.
Picture originated from SHIPSEARCH(Marine), Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Kenn says it did not come with copyright restrictions.
Onother picture is available on this external page (click in it to make them larger).

Owner: A/S Nesjar.
Manager: Eilert Lund, Bergen
2362 gt, 1403 net, 4095 tdwt.
Call Sign: LCLW.

Built by Eltringhams Ltd., Willington-Quay-on-Tyne in 1920. According to the external website that I've linked to above, she was delivered in June-1920 as Gunny to A/S Eliassens Rederi (J. Eliassen), Bergen. From May-1930, owned by D/S A/S Gunny (J. Eliassen), Bergen, same name. From Jan.-1934 by D/S A/S Gunny (Eilert Lund), Bergen, no name change. From June-1937, A/S Nesjar (Eilert Lund), Bergen.

Captain: Otto Henrichsen.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Sept.-1940 to March-1942:

(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 some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Sept. 13 New York City Pernambuco Oct. 3 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded N America
(see also Page 1)
Oct. 4 Pernambuco Rio Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 13 Rio Capetown Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 2 Capetown Durban Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 12 Durban Aden Dec. 3 Independent
Dec. 18 Aden Suez Dec. 25 BN 11 Convoy available at BN 11
(external link)
Later arrived Alexandria, Dec. 31
(Page 1)
1941 Jan. 19 Suez BS 13 Missing movement, Page 1 above.
For Mombasa.
Dispersed Jan. 27.
Convoy available at BS 13
(external link)
Jan. 27 Dispersed from BS 13 Mombasa Febr. 7 Independent
Febr. 9 Mombasa Durban Febr. 19 Independent
Febr. 22 Durban St. Thomas March 23 Independent
March 23 St. Thomas Boston Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 4 Boston New York City Apr. 5 Independent
May 5 New York City Trinidad May 14 Independent
May 16 Trinidad Capetown June 13 Independent
June 14 Capetown Rangoon July 12 Independent
July 28 Rangoon Calcutta Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 31 Calcutta Singapore Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 10 Singapore Hong Kong Sept. 18 Independent
Oct. 15 Hong Kong Singapore Independent
Oct. 28* Singapore Penang Oct. 30 Independent *Page 2 gives departure Oct. 25
Oct. 30 Penang Calcutta Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 21 Calcutta Durban Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 21 Durban Lagos Jan. 8-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 19 Lagos Takoradi Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 31 Takoradi Trinidad Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 24 Trinidad Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below


As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Gunny arrived St. Thomas on Apr. 10-1940, the day after the German invasion of Norway. She had started out from Demerara on Apr. 6.

With Eidsvold, Fosna, Gylfe, Norfold, Velma and Vilja, she's listed in Convoy BN 11, which departed Aden on Dec. 18-1940 and arrived Suez on the 25th. From Suez, she proceeded to Alexandria, with arrival Dec. 31, departing again on Jan. 12-1941, arriving the Zuez Canal on the 13th. About a week later, we find her, with a cargo of cotton, in station 63 of Convoy BS 13, again with Eidsvold and Norfold in company, as well as Høegh Hood, Nyholm and Thorsholm. This convoy left Suez on Jan. 19 and was dispersed on the 27th, Gunny arriving Mombasa on Febr. 7.

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1, while the rest of her voyages are listed on Page 2.

 Final Fate - 1942: 
(It'll be noticed that some of the dates in this report differ slightly from those found on Page 2 above - this is probably simply due to different time zones used in the records).

With a cargo of 3100 tons manganese ore and 367 tons mahogany logs, she departed Takoradi (West Africa) on Jan. 30-1942 for New York via Trinidad for orders, arriving Port of Spain on Febr. 16. According to "Nortraships flåte", while Gunny was at Port of Spain, U-161 torpedoed 2 ships nearby on Febr. 19 (this must have been the American Mokihana and the British British Consul, both damaged - ref. external links at the end of this page). Therefore, when she left Port of Spain for New York in the morning of Febr. 23 she was provided with escorting aircraft until she was 50 n miles out (2 other ships were with her on departure Port of Spain, but I don't know their identity).

On March 2, while heading northeast at a speed of 9 knots (course 321° true, not zig-zagging, in heavy sea, wind southeast force 4, weather clear and fair, visibility good), she was hit on the starboard side near No. 4 Hatch at the poop deck by a torpedo from U-126 (Bauer), position 27 09N 66 33W*, the explosion blowing off the entire stern of the ship (the boiler and ore cargo exploded), and she sank in about 30 seconds.

* This position is according to J. Rohwer. Survivors' statements say she had been in 26 56N 66 22W at noon that day, the explosion occurred at 14:10 [ship's time?]. Charles Hocking simply gives the position as "about 400 miles south of the Bermudas".

3rd Mate Sigurd Nedberg was on watch on the bridge at the time and went down with the ship. 3rd Engineer Olav Brattaule, who was on duty in the engine room, immediately ran up on deck, at which time he noticed that the entire after deck was under water (the engines were stopped from the deck control). He was pulled under when the ship sank, but survived. Able Seaman Håkon Hansen was at the helm, the captain was asleep in his office, and by the time he reached the boatdeck the ship was already half under water. He ran back to his cabin to fetch the ship's papers and when he came out again she sank and he was pulled under. Some men had manned the starboard and port lifeboats, but as Gunny sank they too were pulled under.

When the captain surfaced he managed to grab a hold of a broken hatch, then he and 12 others were able to climb onto 2 rafts. They had no food nor water, and were cold, wet and miserable in the ensuing stormy weather. The injured Chief Engineer Birger Jørgensen died on the 4th day and was buried in the sea; he had a badly injured leg and was in great pain the whole time. The assumption was that gangrene had set in.

The remaining 12 survivors were rescued by the Swedish M/S Temnaren (voyage Gothenburg-Progreso) early in the morning of March 9 and landed in Progreso on March 13, where the Norwegian Vice Consul (Felix Lejeune) came on board and took them to Merida, as there were no hotels in Progreso. 4 men were admitted to hospital, while the rest were treated by a doctor who came to the hotel.

An original document (received from Eric Wiberg) indicates that Bertha Brøvig later took 11 of Gunny's survivors from Progreso to New Orleans, with arrival March 28. This matches Bertha Brøvig's voyages for this period. The same document states that when Gunny's captain was interviewed at Merida, he said that on March 7, while adrift on the raft in approximate position 26 03N 67 57W, he heard a violent explosion followed by sea water hurled into the air about 10 miles away. He's positive it was from a torpedoed ship - the position doesn't quite fit, but could this have been Tønsbergfjord?

The survivors later stated they never saw a U-boat, but none of them doubted that it had been a torpedo that had caused the sudden explosion. "Nortraships flåte" says that 10 Norwegians and 4 of other nationalities were lost with Gunny.

Maritime hearings were held in New York on Apr. 8-1942, with Captain Henrichsen, 3rd Engineer Olav Brattaule and Ordinary Seaman Henry Moe appearing (the latter had just come off duty at the helm 10 minutes before the torpedo hit, and was on the after deck when the explosion occurred).

For info, U-126 was also responsible for the loss of Inga I, Høegh Giant and Leiv Eiriksson - follow the links for details.

Crew List:
This list was sent to me by Ken Dunn, who in turn received it from the Maritime Museum in Oslo, along with the Maritime Declaration.

Otto Henrichsen
2nd Mate
Otto Evensen
Berent Berentsen
Able Seaman
Håkon Hansen
Able Seaman
Erling Abrahamsen
Ordinary Seaman
Henry Moe
2nd Engineer
Ragnvald Ottesen
3rd Engineer
Olav Brattaule
Rudolf Karlsen
Erling Berglund
Oddmund Pettersen
Victor Jensen

1st Mate
Ole Gaarden

3rd Mate
Sigurd Nedberg

Able Seaman
Asbjørn Langsaas

Able Seaman
Arne Karlsen

Ordinary Seaman
Emil Lundquist

Ordinary Seaman
Kurt Fredrickson

1st Engineer
Birger Jørgensen
(died on raft, 4th day)

Arne Karlsen

Hans Ødegård

Leif A. Pettersen

Sergei Leppvik

Asbjørn Stubberud

Bror Ekendahl

Reidar Robertsen

Related external links:
The attack on Mokihana | The attack on British Consul

Stavern Memorial commemorations - 10 Norwegians are commemorated here, Kurt Fredrickson is not included, maybe he was Swedish? (11 Norwegians and 3 of other nationalities are listed above). This would also fit in with the "Nortraships flåte" statement that 10 Norwegians and 4 of other nationalities lost their lives.

U-126 | Ernst Bauer.

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, statements at the maritime hearings received from Ken Dunn, who in turn got them from the Maritime Museum in Oslo, and misc. others as named within the above narrative (ref. My sources). Also, a memorandum dated March 27-1942 and another dated Apr. 13-1942, both signed U.S.N.R. Ensign A. J. Powers, based on survivors' statements, received from Tony Cooper, England.


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