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D/S Hada County
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Manager: A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
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.
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 some voyages may be missing.
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.
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.
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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.