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Owner: Rederi A/S Hadrian
Delivered in Oct.-1919 from Bergens mek. Verksted as Nyhavn to D/S A/S Nyhavn (Chr. Haaland), Haugesund. 1626(?) gt, 947 net, 2450 tdwt, 244.6' x 37.7' x 15.8', Triple exp. (BMV). Sold in Oct.-1933 to Rederi A/S Hadrian (Hilmar Reksten), Bergen and renamed Hadrian.
Captain: Bernt Breivik. (One of my father's ships, M/S Titanian, had a captain by this name after the war - same man?).
This document received from the National Archives of Norway shows her voyages prior to being interned.
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 are missing.
According to A. Hague, Hadrian sailed in the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 7 in Jan.-1940. As will be seen when following the link, several Norwegian ships took part.
Hadrian was 1 of the 26 Norwegian ships interned in North and West Africa in 1940-1942. My page Interned Ships has a list of all 26.
When it comes to these ships, there's always some disagreement in my various sources as to dates etc.; so also with Hadrian. According to "Nortraships flåte", she was interned in Dakar on June 22-1940, requisitioned by the Vichy French on July 9-1941 and renamed St. Clementine. R. W. Jordan's "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939" agrees with this date, but says she was renamed Ste Germaine, as does the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page.
A posting to my Ship Forum by Laurent Rizzotti states that Hadrian had arrived Ziguinchor, Senegal on Apr. 7-1940, coming from Dakar (info from French archives - agrees with info on archive document). A French visitor to my website has told me that according to his records Hadrian sailed from Casablanca on Apr. 24-1940 in convoy 91 KS under French escort (convoy is available via the external link provided in the table above). At Le Verdon on Apr. 30*. Seized in Dakar in July-1940, under French flag at Dakar 1941 as Ste Germaine. Sailed from Dakar on July 12-1941 in convoy - this agrees with details found on the archive document (Skotfoss, now renamed Ste Lucille was also in this convoy). At Casablanca on July 21. Sailed from Casablanca in convoy on July 29-1941. At Oran Aug. 2.
When she was requisitioned, the crew was placed on board Duala, another Norwegian ship at Dakar.
Guri Hjeltnes' "Sjømann - Lang vakt" says she had a crew of 18, 17 of whom were Norwegian, 1 died, 16 escaped. In fact, Captain Bernt Breivik, Chief Engineer Edvard Magnussen Njøten, and Able Seaman Hugo Mattson (Swedish) from Hadrian took part in the daring escape of M/S Lidvard from Dakar on July 26/27-1941 - follow the link for more info. The book and movie "Flight from Dakar" are based on this incredible escape.
R. W. Jordan adds that Hadrian was in German service from 1942 as Helga (possibly not Helga until 1944?), and that she was bombed and sunk by Russian aircraft off Sevastopol on May 11-1944. She may also briefly have had the name Nora VI in 1942 and Hagen and Helga in 1944. When bombed on May 11, there was an explosion in the ammunition. (See also this external page).
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund and misc. other as named within the above text.