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D/S Ingerto
Updated Nov. 7-2011

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Owner: A/S Inger
Manager: Jacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen
3089 gt, 4700 tdwt
Signal Letters: LEMA

Built by Union Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. in 1920. Previous name John R. Gibbons until 1924.
According to the external website that I've linked to above she was delivered in July-1920 to American Bauxite Comp. (Aluminium Linie), Philadelphia. Renamed Ingerto for A/S Inger (Jacob Kjøde A/S), Bergen in 1923.

Captain: Olaf Ellingsen.

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.

Voyage Record
From Nov.-1941 to - March-1942:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
Ingerto was in German control in 1940, but had been taken over by Royal Norwegian Navy at Spitsbergen in Aug.-1941 and went back into allied service. Background history can be found in my text for the icebreaker Isbjørn. Ingerto had sailed from Svalbard (Spitsbergen) on Aug. 26-1941 for Reykjavik; she had arrived Eydisfjord on Sept. 1 (according to my page about Isbjørn). See also the archive document
1941 Nov. 2 Reykjavik ON 31 Joined from Iceland Nov. 4, dispersed Nov. 15
Nov. 15 Dispersed from ON 31 Bermuda Nov. 20 Independent
Nov. 20 Bermuda New Orleans Nov. 28 Independent
Dec. 25 New Orleans Freeport Dec. 27 Independent
Dec. 30 Freeport Hampton Roads Jan. 8-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 15 Hampton Roads Halifax Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 23 Halifax Clyde Febr. 9 SC 66 See also narrative below & archive doc
Febr. 26 Clyde ON 70 A. Hague says:
Detached March 10.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 10 Detached From ON 70 Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

In Nov.-1941, she can be found in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 31, joining the convoy off Iceland on Nov. 4, arriving Bermuda on Nov. 20, proceeding to New Orleans that same day, with arrival Nov. 28 - further 1941 voyages are shown on the archive document and A. Hague's record above (it'll be noticed that she remained in New Orleans for almost a month).

With a cargo of sulphur for Glasgow, she was scheduled for Convoy SC 65 from Halifax on Jan. 17-1942, but as can be seen when going back to the archive document, she did not arrive Halifax until Jan. 21, so instead joined Convoy SC 66, which left on Jan. 23 and arrived Liverpool on Febr. 9; Ingerto stopped at Clyde, Febr. 8. According to the archive document, she was bound for Manchester.

 Final Fate - 1942: 

According to the first external website that I've linked to at the end of this page, Ingerto was scheduled for station 111 of Convoy OS 20 on Febr. 22-1942 (from which Charles Racine was sunk - follow the link for more info), but did not sail. This sealed her fate, because instead she departed Clyde in ballast for Mobile on Febr. 26, joining the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 70, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 25. This convoy will 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. The Norwegian Benwood and Brimanger are also listed. Ingerto is said to have left the convoy in position 44 30N 49 30W on March 11 and was last seen on the 12th, never to be heard from again. The assumption was that she was torpedoed on the 18th, but German records indicate she was torpedoed by U-578 (Rehwinkel) around noon on the March 12 in approximate position 41N 51W* (according to "Nortraships flåte").

* Roger W. Jordan ("The World's Merchant Fleets 1939") gives the position as 29 45N 66 30W. J. Rohwer gives the position 29 35N 66 30W.

For info, U-578 was also responsible for the attack on Berganger later that year - follow the link for details.

Crew List - No Survivors:


Olaf Ellingsen

1st Mate
Johannes Sundsby

2nd Mate
Karl E. Johnsen

3rd Mate
German Rasmussen

Radio Operator
Georg Ingebrektsen

Torstein T. Kase

Able Seaman
Arnold Dahl

Able Seaman
Alfred Pedersen

Able Seaman
Carmel Carmelbei*

Able Seaman/Gunner
Martin Sandnæs

Able Seaman/Gunner
Sigurd Anker Frestad

Ordinary Seaman
Charles Thomas*

Ordinary Seaman
Robert Brisland*

Ordinary Seaman
Frank Newman*

1st Engineer
Herman Woldseth

2nd Engineer
Erling Lervik

3rd Engineer
Johan Olsen

Hjalmar Davidsen

Adolf Kiil

Leif Engstrøm

Sigurd Hansen

Oliver Thomsen

Sigurd Jørgensen

Hjalmar Karlsen

Hans Jensen

Odd Lesund

Hans Paulsen

Felix Savedra Roe

Nils Skarpenes

Frank Thorsen

Galley Boy
Cramford Eagelsham

Mess Boy
W. N. Davidson

More details on the men denoted * can be found by entering each name in the relevant search field at the The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website, with WW II and 1942 in the other fields to help narrow down the search results. Charles Thomas, age 23, is commemorated at Halifax Memorial, Carmel Carmelbei is commemorated at Tower Hill, as are the 18 year old Robert Brisland and the 19 year old Frank Newman. The date for the latter 3 is given as March 18-1942. The galley boy and the mess boy don't appear to be commemorated.

Related external links:
OS and OS/KMS Convoys - As can be seen, Ingerto is mentioned in Convoy OS 20.

Stavern Memorial commemorations - At first glance 24 Norwegians appear to be commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway, but Hjalmar Karlsen is listed twice. In addition to those named above there's an Able Seaman/Gunner Oluf Knudsen; he may have died at an earlier date.

Operations information for U-578


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


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