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D/S Hada County
Updated Sept. 30-2011

To Hada County on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Manager: A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
4853 gt, 2936 net, 8030 tdwt
Call Sign: LCND

Delivered from Craig, Taylor & Co. Ltd., Stockton-on-Tees (202) in March-1921 as Nordkyn to A/S Doris (Gørrison & Co. A/S) Christiania. 386' x 53' x 26.6', Triple exp. (Blair & Co. Ltd., Stockton-on-Tees), 515 nhp. In 1922 owners became A/S Baltic (same managers), and from 1923 owned by A/S Panama (same managers). Sold to A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen in 1925, renamed Hada, owned by A/S Samseiling from 1927 (A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi), Bergen, renamed Hada County.

Captain: Andreas Hansen, who had been on board for 14 years, first as 3rd mate, then 2nd mate and 1st mate. He had been her captain for 2 months when the ship ran aground.

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.-1939 to Dec.-1941:

(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 may be missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1939 Sept. 2 Rotterdam Quebec Sept. 18 Independent Thence Montreal
Sept. 23 Montreal Sydney, C.B. Independent
Sept. 28 Sydney, C.B. Downs Oct. 10 Independent
Nov. 4 Antwerp Downs Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 6 Southend OA 31 Possibly this convoy.
Dispersed Nov. 10.
Available at OA 31
(external link)
Nov. 10 Detached from OA 31 Quebec Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 23 Quebec Montreal Nov. 24 Independent
Nov. 30 Montreal Quebec Independent
Dec. 4 Quebec Sydney, C.B. Independent
Dec. 8 Sydney, C.B. Downs Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 22 Downs Antwerp Dec. 23 Independent
Dec. 31 Antwerp Downs Jan. 1 Independent
1940 Jan. 2 Downs Halifax Jan. 16 Independent
Jan. 17 Halifax St. John, N.B. Jan. 18 Independent
Jan. 31 St. John, N.B. Downs Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 16 Downs New Waterway Febr. 16 Independent
March 3 Flushing Downs March 4 Independent
March 6 Downs Boston March 18 Independent
March 22 Boston St. John, N.B. March 24 Independent
Apr. 3 St. John, N.B. Weymouth Bay Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 23 Weymouth Bay Dunkirk Apr. 24* Independent *Page 1 gives arrival Apr. 27
May 7 Dunkirk Havre May 7 Independent
May 11 Havre Port Talbot May 13 Independent
May 14 Port Talbot Milford Haven Independent
May 16 Milford Haven OB 149 For Quebec.
Dispersed May 17.
Convoy available at OB 149
(external link)
May 17 Detached from OB 149 Montreal* May 30 Independent *See also Page 1
June 11 Montreal Quebec June 12 Independent
July 10 Quebec Sydney, C.B. July 13 Independent
July 13 Sydney, C.B. Louisburg July 14 Independent
July 14 Louisburg Halifax July 16 Independent
July 19 Halifax Avonmouth Aug. 5 HX 59
Aug. 22 Avonmouth Swansea Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 24 Swansea Milford Haven Aug. 25 Independent
Aug. 26 Milford Haven OB 204 Dispersed Aug. 29.
Convoy available at OB 204
(external link)
Aug. 29 Detached from OB 204 Quebec Sept. 7 Independent
Sept. 13 Quebec Port Alfred Sept. 16 Independent
Sept. 24 Port Alfred Sydney, C.B. Sept. 26 Independent
Sept. 27 Sydney, C.B. Barry Roads Oct. 11 HX 76 From Sydney, C.B.
Missing movements, Page 1
Nov. 4 Swansea Milford Haven Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 5 Milford Haven Clyde Nov. 7
Nov. 10 Oban* OB 239/1 *Compare w/Page 1.
Dispersed Nov. 14.
Convoy available at OB 239/1
no ships listed - see narrative below and OB 239
(external links)
Nov. 14 Detached from OB 239/1 Montreal Nov. 29 Independent
Dec. 3 Montreal Quebec Dec. 8 Independent Via Three Rivers
(see also Page 1)
Dec. 11 Quebec Louisburg Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 18 Louisburg St. John, N.B. Dec. 19 Independent
1941 Jan. 2 St. John, N.B. Halifax Jan. 4 Independent
Jan. 6 Halifax Belfast Lough Jan. 21 HX 101 Compare w/Page 2
Jan. 22 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Jan. 25
Febr. 20 Avonmouth Swansea via Barry Roads Febr. 27 Independent
March 3 Swansea Milford Haven March 3 Independent
March 4 Milford Haven OB 294 Dispersed 51 29N 20 30W, March 9.
Convoy available at OB 294
(external link)
March 9 Detached from OB 294 Hampton Roads March 24 Independent
March 27 Hampton Roads New York City March 28 Independent
Apr. 16 New York City Halifax Apr. 19 Independent
May 10 Halifax Belfast Lough May 28 HX 126 See also narrative below
May 29 Belfast Lough Liverpool May 29 Independent
June 16 Liverpool OB 335 For Halifax.
Dispersed June 25.
Convoy available at OB 335
(external link)
June 25 Detached from OB 335 Halifax July 2 Independent
July 2 Halifax New York City July 4 Independent
July 19 New York City Halifax July 24 Independent Missing voyage, Page 2
July 27 Halifax Liverpool Aug. 11 HX 141
Aug. 30 Liverpool ON 11 A. Hague says:
For Boston.
Dispersed Sept. 11
(see also narrative below)
Sept. 11 Detached from ON 11 Quebec Sept. 13 Independent
Sept. 30 Quebec Montreal Oct. 1 Independent
Oct. 8 Montreal Quebec Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 11 Quebec Halifax Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 16 Halifax Belfast Lough Oct. 30 HX 155 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Oct. 31 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Nov. 2 BB 95 Convoy available at BB 95
(external link)
Nov. 13 Avonmouth Swansea Nov. 14 Independent Left Swansea Nov. 18
(Page 2).
Nov. 18 Milford Haven ON 38 ONM section, from Milford Haven.
Straggled Nov. 26.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 26 Straggled from ON 38 Independent Wrecked - See "Final Fate" below
The following 2 entries should probably be ignored, unless she was attempted taken to St. John after having run aground on Dec. 6, but ran aground again, then given up as total loss on the 14th?
? Nov. 30 Dispersed from ON 38? St. John, N.B. Dec. 7 Independent
? Dec. 12 St. John, N.B. Wrecked, Grand Harbour, NS Dec. 14 Independent Grounded and became total loss

 Misc. Convoy Voyages – 1940-1941: 
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 on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

A. Hague suggests that Hada County may have been in Convoy OA 31, which left Southend on Nov. 6-1939 and dispersed on the 10th, Hada County arriving Quebec on Nov. 23; there's a note saying "possibly this convoy" - ref. external link provided within the table above.

Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, she was on her way from St. John, N.B. to the U.K. when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Her initial destination had been Antwerp, but she was diverted to Dunkirk, where she later arrived (via Weymouth Bay) on Apr. 27.

She's now listed among the ships in Convoy OB 149, which originated in Liverpool on May 16 and dispersed the next day. Her voyage information is given as Swansea-Quebec. The Norwegian Sandar and Novasli are also included. Again, ref. external link in the above record. Hada County arrived Quebec on May 29, having sailed from Milford Haven on May 17.

She headed back to the U.K. again on July 19 in Convoy HX 59 from Halifax, cargo of aluminium for Avonmouth, where she arrived Aug. 5, later joining Convoy OB 204, which originated in Liverpool Aug. 26 and dispersed Aug. 29, Hada County arriving Quebec on Sept. 7 (she had again started out from Milford Haven). Storanger and Thyra are also listed in this convoy. Later that month, we find her in Convoy HX 76 - this convoy sailed from Halifax on Sept. 26, but Hada County joined from Sydney, C.B. At the beginning of Nov.-1940, she joined Convoy OB 239, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 4 and also included Einar Jarl, Henrik Ibsen and Velox, but the convoy is said to have returned to Oban on the 8th (according to Page 1, Hada County had started out from Milford Haven on Nov. 5 and arrived Clyde Nov. 7). A. Hague now has her in another convoy with the designation OB 239/1, which left Oban 2 days later and dispersed on the 14th, but no ships are listed in this convoy; again, see the links in the Voyage Record - unless they did not return, they were presumably the same as those that had started out in OB 239(?). Going back to the archive document, we find that Hada County sailed from Clyde on Nov. 9 and arrived Montreal on the 29th.

On Jan. 6-1941, she's listed in Convoy HX 101 from Halifax, general cargo for Avonmouth, where she arrived Jan. 25 (see Page 2). In March, we find her in Convoy OB 294, from which the Norwegian Bianca and several others were lost - follow the link for further details - Heina and Polykarp are also named in this convoy (see also Granli), which originated in Liverpool on March 5 and dispersed on March 9, Hada County arriving Hampton Roads on the 24th. With a general cargo for Liverpool, she was scheduled to return to the U.K. on Apr. 20 in Convoy HX 122, but did not sail. She shows up again in station 83 of Convoy HX 126 on May 10, in which M/T John P. Pedersen and several others were sunk. My page about HX 126 and the page about John P. Pedersen have a lot more info on the events taking place in this convoy. Among several other reports, the Commodore's narrative and this report are also available.

With Abraham Lincoln, Boreas, Charles Racine, Leiv Eiriksson, Ranja, Skaraas (collided - returned), Skiensfjord and Thorshavet, Hada County subsequently joined Convoy OB 335, departing Liverpool on June 16-1941. She arrived Halifax on July 2 and, having made a voyage to New York and back to Halifax, she later joined Convoy HX 141 from there on July 27, arriving Liverpool on Aug. 11, then returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 11 at the end of that month. Her destination is given as Boston, but when going back to Page 2 of the archive documents, we learn that she arrived Quebec on Sept. 13 (the convoy having been dispersed Sept. 11); Boston is not mentioned. According to A. Hague, she headed back to the U.K. on Oct. 16 with Convoy HX 155 from Halifax (this convoy is not yet available among the HX convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added - for now, please go to the section listing ships in all HX convoys. Fenja, Høegh Scout, Olaf Bergh, Slemdal, Stiklestad and Suderøy are also listed). She arrived Belfast Lough on Oct. 30, proceeding to Avonmouth the next day, with arrival there Nov. 2. Her return voyage proved to be her last.

 Final Fate - 1941: 

As mentioned above, Hada County had arrived Avonmouth on Nov. 2-1941. On Nov. 13, she proceeded to Swansea, with arrival the next day (see Page 2), leaving again for Milford Haven on Nov. 18, and from there, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 38 in order to sail to St. John, N.B. with coal. This convoy originated in Liverpool on Nov. 19 and dispersed on the 30th, but according to A. Hague, she had become a straggler on Nov. 26. ON 38 will also be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Atlantic, Fjordaas, Geisha, Marit II, O. A. Knudsen, Sandanger, Skaraas, Stiklestad and Troubadour are also listed.

On Dec. 6, she ran aground near Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick; total loss. No further info is available.

Crew List - No Casualties:

Andreas Hansen
1st Mate
Haakon Andersen
2nd Mate
Otto Karlsen
3rd Mate
Thorleif Bjørnsen
Radio Operator
Richard Clark
Bernhard Skaar
Harald Olsen
Able Seaman
Bjarne Andersen
Able Seaman
Ole Meling
Able Seaman
Thorbjørn Olsen
Able Seaman
Romar Bjerkaas
Ordinary Seaman
John Rosand
Ordinary Seaman
Lloyd Langell
Ordinary Seaman
Karl Andersen
Ordinary Seaman
Thorleif Jensen
Ordinary Seaman
Johan Kjær
1st Engineer
Johan Fahlvik
2nd Engineer
Olaus Sæterbø
3rd Engineer
Gustav Wettermark
Jørgen Myhre
Kristian Larsen
Leif Eriksen
Oddmund Stoveland
Hjalmar Hansen
Edvard Johannesen
Rolf Strøm
Martin Jakobsen
Einar Pettersen
Anker Knudsen
Ingolf Olsen
Hans Brunnsell
Rowald Meredith
Kenneth Kiff
Engine Boy
Aanon Tveit
Nils Myrmell
José Felices
Galley Boy
Harry Coxon
Mess Boy
Leslie Pollard
Saloon Boy
Patrick Beedle
Geroge Martin
James Fennimore

Back to Hada County on the "Ships starting with H" page.

This company had another Hada County after the war, ex Furnifield M. Simmons, built in Wilmington in 1943, 7177 gt. Became Danish Ellen Maersk in 1947 (A. P. Møller, Copenhagen), then sold to Mowinckels in 1948 and renamed Hada County. Sailed under the Liberian flag as Comet from 1952 (Frinton Shipbrokers, London), managers became Pegasus Ocean Services, London in 1964. Broken up in Sakaide, Japan in 1968.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Misc. sources, incl. "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum), and misc. - ref. My sources.


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