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Manager: Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
Delivered in Aug.-1926 from Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen.
From Jan.-1956 until March-1956 a British able seaman by the name Thomas Patrick Shaw served on this ship - see my text for Hallfried for a picture and more details on him, including some of his WW II and other post war ships. If anyone remembers this man, please contact me via the address provided at the end of this page.
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 several voyages are missing.
With a cargo of wood pulp and lumber, Høyanger is listed in the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 47 at the end of May-1940 (in which the Norwegian Italia was sunk - follow the link for details). Høyanger arrived Liverpool on June 16, Garston the next day. Later that month, she joined Convoy OB 176, which left Liverpool on June 29 and dispersed July 2. Her destination is given as San Pedro; according to Page 1 of the archive documents, she arrived Cristobal on July 18, proceeding to Los Angeles the next day, with arrival July 30 - see the external link provided within the table above for more on this convoy.
In Oct.-1940, she was 1 of several Norwegian ships in Convoy HX 79. Others were Benwood, Sandanger, Egda, Triton, Thyra and Ravnefjell. This convoy departed Halifax on Oct. 8 and arrived Liverpool on Oct 23 with the loss of 12 ships, but no Norwegian ships were sunk. Høyanger had again joined from Bermuda, sailing in station 81 of the feeder convoy, BHX 79, later taking station 85 of the combined convoy, carrying pulp, lead and lumber for Liverpool. Ships sunk are named on my page about this convoy; see also the external link at the end of this page.
According to the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page, she was scheduled for Convoy OB 256, leaving Liverpool on Dec. 8-1940, but she did not sail (going back to Page 1, we see that she was in Garston on Dec. 7, departing that day for Liverpool. It'll also be noticed that she had spent quite a long time in Garston). She shows up again, with destination Cristobal and Los Angeles, in OB 259, leaving Liverpool on Dec. 14, but note that she's also listed, along with Bjørkhaug (returned) and Varangberg, in OB 260, departing Liverpool on Dec. 16, dispersed on the 19th, so probably did not join OB 259 either. She arrived Cristobal on Jan. 7-1941, proceeding to Los Angeles a few days later.
On March 27-1941, she was scheduled for the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 117, but instead joined the next convoy on March 31, HX 118, carrying a general cargo and lumber, as well as 8 bombers, station 73. In May that year, we find her in Convoy OB 318, in which Eastern Star was sunk, but Høyanger is said to have made it safely to Sydney, C.B. (note that this port is not mentioned on Page 2 of the archive documents, which says she arrived Cristobal on May 27, continuing to Los Angeles the next day). My page about D/S Borgfred and the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page have more on this convoy battle.
In Aug.-1941, Høyanger was in Convoy HX 145 from Halifax (in station 95 with 3 bombers on deck). 2 Kos whalers are named among the escorts, namely Kos IX and Kos VIII, and Troubadour served as the Vice Commodore's ship. Høyanger subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ON 17, leaving Liverpool on Sept. 17, dispersed Sept. 29, Høyanger arriving Cristobal on Oct. 11, again proceeding to Los Angeles. Christmas that year was celebrated while in Convoy HX 166, departing Halifax on Dec. 21-1941.
In Jan.-1942, she's listed as bound for Vancouver in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 61* (left Liverpool Jan. 27, dispersed Febr. 10). According to Page 2, she stopped at Bermuda (Febr. 14), Cristobal (Febr. 23), and Los Angeles (March 8) before proceeding to Vancouver, where she arrived March 13. When on an independent voyage from Cristobal to Halifax in May, she's said to have been involved in a collision with the British Toorak, and was beached at Shelbourne on May 27. She was refloated on June 11 and later underwent repairs in New York, where she arrived Aug. 5. She did not leave again until Oct. 26, when she joined Convoy HX 213. Cargo is given as "valuables and explosives" and she had station 63 of the convoy. She stopped at Belfast Lough Nov. 9, continuing to Swansea 2 days later, with arrival there Nov. 12 - see Page 3. Later that month, she headed back to New York with Convoy ON 149*, arriving New York on Dec. 12, and on Dec. 29 she was ready to join Convoy HX 221 from New York, general cargo for Liverpool, station 51. The Commodore's narrative is also available for this convoy (the Commodore was in Abraham Lincoln).
HX 221 had arrived Liverpool on Jan. 14-1943, and on Febr. 1 she joined the westbound Convoy ON 164 in order to go back to New York, arriving there on Febr. 19, remaining for a month. According to A. Hague, she now returned with Convoy HX 230*, departing New York on March 18, arriving Liverpool Apr. 2 - Høyanger also went to Manchester, again, see Page 3. Later that month, she joined the westbound Convoy ON 179*, arriving New York on May 6, subsequently joining Convoy HX 240 from New York on May 19. The Commodore says that Høyanger and another ship had difficulty in maintaining a speed of 9.5 knots with wind of force 4 and slight sea. The speed of the convoy had to be slightly reduced from time to time on their account. "It is recommended that these vessels be not again included in fast convoys". Her destination is given as Glasgow (arrived June 4), general cargo, station 73. She returned across the Atlantic towards the end of June with Convoy ON 190*, and on July 23, we find her in Convoy HX 249 from New York. She was bound for Cardiff with general cargo, station 93, arriving her destination (via Belfast Lough) on Aug. 6. Later that month, she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 199*, again bound for New York, and according to A. Hague she later joined Convoy HX 265* (Commodore in Abraham Lincoln), which left New York on Nov. 6, but she returned to port with engine defects, joining Convoy HX 270* on Dec. 10, and arrived Liverpool on Dec. 25 (Commodore in Elisabeth Bakke).
On Jan. 8-1944, she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 219*, arriving New York on Jan. 27 (Elisabeth Bakke again served as Commodore Vessel). In March we find her in Convoy HX 282, bound for Avonmouth, where she arrived March 22 (Page 3), returning the following month with Convoy ON 231* along with 14 other Norwegian ships, namely Bernhard, Ferncourt, Haakon Hauan, Spinanger, Vav, Solstad, Idefjord, President de Vogue, Heranger, Kong Haakon VII, Thorsholm, Skaraas, Østhav and Nordanger. This convoy originated in Liverpool on Apr. 7 and arrived New York on the 24th; Høyanger had sailed from Cardiff on Apr. 5 and stopped at Belfast Lough on the 7th - see Page 4. In May, she acted as Vice Commodore ship (Reidar G. Bruusgaard) for Convoy HX 291, which also included several other Norwegian ships, among them Heranger, Vav, O. B. Sørensen, Para, Villanger, Stirlingville, Minerva, Velox and others (follow convoy link). This convoy departed New York on May 10; Høyanger was bound for Liverpool with a general cargo (according to the Stavern Memorial, which I've linked to at the end of this page, 2nd Mate Asbjørn Stangeland died in an accident at sea on May 26-1944, the day Høyanger arrived Liverpool). Some of these ships, including Høyanger, subsequently returned in June with Convoy ON 240* (from Liverpool June 10, to New York June 28, Høyanger served as the Vice Commodore's ship again), and in July she sailed in Convoy HX 299, again as the Vice Commodore's ship, while the Commodore was in Laurits Swenson. Høyanger was bound for Middlesbrough with general cargo, arriving there on July 28.
She headed back to New York on Aug. 18 with Convoy ON 249*, arriving Sept. 2 (this time, the Vice Commodore was in Norma), later serving as the Vice Commodore's ship for Convoy HX 310 from New York on Sept. 21, bound for Liverpool with general cargo (the Commodore was in Reinholt). Acanthus, Rose and Tunsberg Castle are named among the escorts, as is Buttercup, which came under the Norwegian flag following the loss of Tunsberg Castle (see HX convoy escorts). Høyanger subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ON 260* on Oct. 16, this time serving as the Commodore Vessel. Buttercup, Rose (sunk - follow link above for details) and Tunsberg Castle are again named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts. Høyanger arrived Baltimore on Nov. 2, then went back to the U.K. with HX 321 on Nov. 19, again bound for Liverpool with general cargo (Buttercup was among the escorts for a while). Christmas that year was celebrated while in the westbound Convoy ON 274*, for which Samuel Bakke served as Commodore Vessel. Please see the Voyage Record above (and Page 4) for further dates and info on these voyages.
Early in Febr.-1945, she joined the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 336, general cargo for London - the Commodore was in John Bakke. According to "Nortraship's flåte", Høyanger headed back in the other direction the following month with convoy ON 288*, together with Villanger, Viggo Hansteen, Tanafjord, Slemmestad, G. C. Brøvig, Dageid, Heranger, Harald Torsvik and Polartank. This convoy departed Southend on March 2 and arrived New York on March 19. The Norwegian R. G. Bruusgaard was Commodore in the British Port Fremantle. All the other ships mentioned here are indeed listed in that convoy, but Høyanger is not - A. Hague instead has her in the next convoy, ON 289*, which left Southend on March 7 and arrived New York on the 25th (again, see Page 4). He now has her returning with Convoy HX 349* (departure New York Apr. 8, arrival Liverpool Apr. 23 - Commodore in John Bakke), and the following month, she acted as the Commodore Vessel for the westbound Convoy ON 301*, which arrived New York on May 22, having left Liverpool on the 6th; in other words, she was at sea when the news of peace in Europe was received.
As will be seen when going to Page 5 of the archive documents, she got to go home to Norway in Nov.-1945.
Høyanger was sold in June-1958 to Ole T. Flakke, Kristiansund N, and renamed Orkla. Arrived Hamburg March 18-1961 to be broken up by Walter Ritscher.
External links related to the text on this page:
See also this chronological
Stavern Memorial commemoration - This is 2nd Mate Asbjørn Stangeland who, according to this memorial, died in an accident at sea on May 26-1944. From Page 4 of the archive documents, we learn that Høyanger arrived Liverpool from New York on that date.
Picture of Høyanger and Villanger
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Westfal-Larsen had another Høyanger post war, delivered in March-1959, built in Amsterdam, 9477 gt. Sold to Arne Teigens Rederi/Bruusgaard Kiøsteruds Rederi, Drammen in Apr.-1974, renamed Hermion. Taken over by p/r Hermion (Thoresen International), Drammen in 1977, then by Bruusgaard Kiøsteruds Skibs-A/S, Panama in 1981.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Misc. sources, incl. "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The Allied Convoy System" Arnold Hague, and Westfal-Larsen fleet list - ref. My sources.