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Manager: A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
Built by W. Gray & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool (928), delivered in July-1920 as Hørda to A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen, 379.9' x 53.7' x 23.9'.
Captain: Osmund Lind
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Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.
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.
Hørda, general cargo for Liverpool, was scheduled for Convoy HX 56 from Halifax to the U.K. on July 7-1940, but instead joined HX 57 on July 11, arriving Liverpool on July 26. She now remained in Liverpool for quite a long time, before she on Sept. 17 joined Convoy OB 215, which was dispersed on the 21st (link within Voyage Record). Alfred Olsen, Gard, Lyra, Siremalm (returned) and Torborg are also listed. No destination is given for Hørda, but from the archive document, we learn that she arrived Hampton Roads on Oct. 5. On Oct. 24, we find her in Convoy HX 83 from Halifax, again bound for Liverpool with a general cargo, arriving her destination on Nov. 7. According to the external website that I've linked to below, she was scheduled for Convoy OB 257, leaving Liverpool on Dec. 10, but instead joined OB 259 on Dec. 14, bound for Halifax, where she arrived on Dec. 29, the convoy having been dispersed on the 17th. Belinda, Dalfonn, Erviken (returned), Helgøy, Idefjord, Leiesten, Taranger and Thorshavet are also named - again, see the link provided within the table above.
From Halifax, she travelled to Boston and New York in Jan.-1941, then returned to Halifax in order to join Convoy HX 106 on Jan. 30, for which Topdalsfjord served as Commodore Vessel (Hørda had been scheduled for an earlier convoy, HX 104, which left Halifax on Jan. 21, but she was still in New York at that time - see archive document). According to A. Hague, she became a straggler on Febr. 10 - she arrived Liverpool on Febr. 18.
As mentioned, Hørda had arrived Liverpool from Halifax on Febr. 18-1941. About a month later, she joined Convoy OG 56, which left Liverpool on March 17. OG 56 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section in due course, with more details on it - in the meantime, the ships sailing in it (and escorts) are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys. The Norwegian Atle Jarl, Rym, Sneland I and Vigsnes are also named. This was a Gibraltar bound convoy (arrived there on Apr. 2), but Hørda was bound for Halifax, and had parted company with the convoy on March 20 in order to proceed to that destination. However, she did not make it to Halifax. On March 24, she was torpedoed and sunk by U-97 (Heilmann), all 30 on board died.
"Nortraships flåte" states that she had departed Liverpool in a westbound convoy that had been directed far to the south because a section of it was to head for Gibraltar in 20° W, adding that the convoy was dispersed at 20:00 hrs on March 23 in position 49 54N 19 10W, which was also the last known position of Hørda (other sources do not mention a dispersal of this convoy). J. Rohwer gives the position 49N 23W for her sinking, but does not mention a convoy in connection with this ship, nor with the British tanker Chama from OG 56, sunk by U-97 on the 23rd in 49 35N 19 13W. The Norwegian source says the latter was torpedoed just a few hours after the convoy had been dispersed with the loss of 58 men. The author (J. R. Hegland) adds that Heilmann probably assumed that a convoy had just been dispersed and therefore headed straight west at 8 knots in the hopes of encountering more ships. Hegland also indicates he may have been informed of the presence of another ship by the Italian sub Veniero (Petroni), which shelled and sank the Danish steamer Agnete Mærsk on the 24th with the loss of all on board (also from Convoy OG 56). About half an hour later, in about 49N 23W, U-97 hit an unidentified steamer estimated to be 4000 tons, in other words Hørda. Hegland speculates that Hørda may have witnessed the sinking of the Danish ship and steered away at full speed, thereby going straight down when the torpedo hit her. This map on Uboat.net (external link) shows the location of Hørda's loss.
U-97 was also responsible for an attack on G. C. Brøvig the month before.
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Other ships by this name: Haugesund had a steamer by the name Hørda in WW I, built in 1892 for Carl Foss, Haugesund, 612 gt, later managed by T. H. Skogland (1900), then sold in 1905 to Th. Nordbø. Ran aground on Jan. 22-1915 near Shawbost, the Hebrides when on a voyage Odda-Lisbon with the loss of all 14 on board. Also, J. Ludwig Mowinckel, Bergen had a ship by this name in the late 1890's, originally delivered in Aug.-1893 as Sirona to owners in London, built at Stockton-on-Tees, 2830 gt. Sold in March-1898 to J. Ludwig Mowinckel and renamed Hørda. Ran aground on Nov. 10-1912 off Utsira Light, when en route to to Bergen. This company also had a Hørda after the war. This ship had originally been delivered in Dec.-1944 as Cape Beagle to the U.S. Shipping Administration (built in Beaumont, Texas, 5145 gt.) and was purchased by A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen in 1946, renamed Hørda. In 1954 managers became A. I. Langfeldt & Co., Kristiansand, renamed Sunland. Sold to owners in Piræus in 1966, renamed Elena, broken up in 1972. A more recent Hørda was delivered to A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen in Jan.-1955, built in Oslo, 5734 gt. Sold to Indonesia in 1974, renamed Tegal. Broken up in 1984. The company had a new Hørda delivered in Jan.-1982, 24 999 gt, sold in 1991 and renamed Gull Arrow for Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi, Bergen.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume I, and misc. others, some of which are named within above text - (ref. My sources).