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M/S Ingria
Updated Nov. 8-2011

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Owner: A/S Inger
Manager: Jacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen
4391 gt, 7680 tdwt
Signal Letters: LCBX

Built by Burmeister & Wain's Maskin- og Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen in 1931.

Captain: Fredrik Ditlefsen (from 1937).

Related items on this website:
Warsailor Stories - The story of one of Ingria's survivors, Frithjof Remø.
Guestbook message

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Febr.-1943:

(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
1940 Apr. 11 Philadelphia New York City Apr. 12 Independent Had arrived Philadelphia Apr. 7
(Page 1).
Apr. 18 New York City Bermuda Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 24 Bermuda Leixoes May 5 Independent
May 6 Leixoes Lisbon May 7 Independent
May 10 Lisbon Casablanca May 14 Independent
May 19 Casablanca Lisbon May 23 Independent Notional sailing date
May 25 Lisbon New York City June 6 Independent
June 12 New York City Philadelphia June 13 Independent
June 18 Philadelphia Philadelphia Independent A Hague says:
Voyage unknown.
Page 1 gives New York
(arrived Philadelphia June 22).
June 23 Philadelphia Lisbon July 5 Independent
July 17 Lisbon Leixoes July 18 Independent
July 21 Leixoes Lisbon July 22 Independent
July 23 Lisbon New York City Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 6 New York City Hampton Roads Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 8 Hampton Roads New York City Aug. 9 Independent
Aug. 21 New York City Cristobal Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 31 Balboa Los Angeles Sept. 11 Independent
Sept. 11 Los Angeles Yokohama Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 4 Yokohama Miri Oct. 25 Independent
Oct. 28 Miri Noumea Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 26 Noumea Balboa Dec. 24 Independent
Dec. 25 Cristobal Philadelphia Jan. 2-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 18 Philadelphia New York City Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 23 New York City Capetown Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 24 Capetown Mombasa March 7 Independent
March 7 Mombasa Bombay March 17 Independent
March 20 Bombay Colombo March 24 Independent
March 25 Colombo Madras March 28 Independent
March 28 Madras Calcutta Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 30 Calcutta Colombo May 5 Independent
May 9 Colombo Capetown May 30 Independent
June 8 Capetown Trinidad June 28 Independent
June 30 Trinidad Halifax July 10 Independent
July 16 Halifax Liverpool July 31 HX 139 See also narrative below
Aug. 23 Liverpool Freetown Sept. 14 OS 4 For Capetown.
Convoy available at OS 4
(external link)
Sept. 19 Freetown Capetown Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 7 Capetown Port Elizabeth Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 11 Port Elizabeth East London Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 13 East London Durban Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 18 Durban Lourenço Marques Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 21 Lourenço Marques Beira Independent Page 2 gives arrival Oct. 23.
Oct. 25 Beira Durban Oct. 28 Independent
Nov. 15 Durban Capetown Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 21 Capetown Freetown Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 12 Freetown Liverpool Jan. 1-1942 SL 95 Convoy available at SL 95
(external link)
1942 Jan. 30 Liverpool OS 18 For Durban.
Detached Febr. 20.
Convoy available at OS 18
(external link)
Febr. 20 Detached from OS 18 Durban March 9 Independent
March 16 Durban Lourenço Marques March 17 Independent
March 19 Lourenço Marques Beira March 21 Independent
March 28 Beira Lourenço Marques March 30 Independent
Apr. 1 Lourenço Marques Durban Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 6 Durban Port Elizabeth Apr. 8 Independent
Apr. 10 Port Elizabeth Freetown Apr. 26 Independent
May 4 Freetown SL 109 Detached to SL 109F, May 19.
Convoy available at SL 109
(external link)
May 19 Detached from SL 109 Liverpool May 26 SL 109F Convoy available at SL 109F
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2
July 1 Liverpool OS 33 For Bombay.
Detached July 20.
Convoy available at OS 33
(external link)
See also this section of the site
July 20 Detached from OS 33 Capetown Independent Again, see Page 2 above
Aug. 4 Capetown Bombay Aug. 27 Independent
Sept. 26 Bombay Mormagoa* Sept. 27 Independent *Mormugao?
Oct. 2 Mormagoa Capetown Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 25 Capetown Trinidad Nov. 23 Independent A. Hague says:
With engine defects
Nov. 30 Trinidad Gitmo Dec. 4 TAG 25 Did not sail.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Dec. 8 Trinidad Gitmo Dec. 12 TAG 27 Convoy available at link above
Dec. 12 Gitmo New York City Dec. 19 GN 27 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 29 New York City Loch Ewe Jan. 13-1943 HX 221 See also narrative below
1943 Jan. 14 Loch Ewe Methil Jan. 15
Jan. 15 Methil Hull Jan. 17 FS 1013 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Febr. 4 Hull Methil Febr. 6 FN 936 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 9 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 10 EN 194 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 11 Loch Ewe ON 166 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them, and several Norwegian ships took part.

From Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that Ingria was in Philadelphia when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, having arrived there from Baltimore on Apr. 7. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.

Skipping now to July 11-1941, when she was scheduled for Convoy HX 138 from Halifax to the U.K., but she instead joined the next convoy on July 16, HX 139, bound for Mersey with general cargo. The Commodore's narrative is also available. The following month, we find her in Convoy OS 4, which departed Liverpool on Aug. 23 and lost several ships, among them the Norwegian Segundo (follow the link for details - see also the external link below). Beth, Chr. Knudsen and Elg are also named in this convoy. Ingria arrived Freetown Sept. 14, proceeding to Capetown on Sept. 19, with arrival Oct. 4. With a cargo of copper, wool and whale oil, she later returned to the U.K. in Convoy SL 95 (together with Jenny), departing Freetown on Dec. 12; she arrived Liverpool on Jan. 1-1942. See the links provided within the table above for more on these convoys. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2.

At the end of that month (Jan. 30-1942), she joined Convoy OS 18, bound for Durban and Beira with general cargo as well as aircraft, station 61. This was a Freetown bound convoy, which arrived there on Febr. 20; Ingria parted company that day and arrived Durban on March 9, Beira (via Lourenço Marques) on the 21st, departing Beira again on the 28th. Along with Brasil, Jenny and Thorshavet, she later went in the other direction with Convoy SL 109/SL 109F, departing Freetown on May 4 (links in Voyage Record). She was bound for Liverpool with general cargo, station 91. Mike Holdoway, the webmaster of the SL Convoys site, has told me that the general cargo consisted of 2026 tons mimosa extract, 1505 tons copper, 976 tons chrome ore, 571 tons wool, 510 tons magnesite, 473 tons asbestos, 439 tons tea, 192 tons hides etc, 82 tons cobalt, 179 tons sundries, for a total of 6953 tons. She arrived Liverpool on May 26, later proceeding to Manchester - again, see Page 2. In July, we find her in Convoy OS 33 (station 63), voyaging from Liverpool to Capetown and Bombay. The external website that I've linked to in the Voyage Record has a lot more information on its passage; the site has a separate section for OS 33, which lost several ships. Ingria was in the convoy from departure Liverpool on July 1 until detached on July 20 to continue her voyage to Capetown and Bombay unescorted. According to the archive document, she arrived Bombay on Aug. 27 (remaining there for a month). She had a cargo of military and general stores (including explosives) and was designated as 'carrying dangerous cargo'. She was armed with a 3" gun, 4 machine guns and kites. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Sophocles, Maloja and Jenny.

Ingria was scheduled for Convoy HX 220 from New York on Dec. 21-1942, but instead joined the next convoy on Dec. 29, HX 221; see also the Commodore's narrative (the Commodore was in Abraham Lincoln). Ingria had a general cargo for Hull, where she arrived, via Loch Ewe and Methil, on Jan. 17-1943 - see Page 3. She left Hull again on Febr. 4 and arrived Loch Ewe, via Methil, on Febr. 10, then the next day she embarked on what was to be her last voyage, as will be seen in the next paragraph.

For more information on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external link:
Ships hit from Convoy OS 4

 Final Fate - 1943: 

Ingria left Loch Ewe for New York in ballast in station 83 of Convoy ON 166 on Febr. 11-1943. Molda, Skandinavia, Tai Shan, Tropic Star and Brasil are also listed, as are Glittre, Stigstad and N. T. Nielsen-Alonso (all sunk - follow the links for more details).

At about 05:15* (GMT?) on Febr. 24, Ingria was torpedoed by U-600 (Zurmühlen), in the 5th attack on the convoy. (Page 3 of the archive documents gives the time as about 05:35). The torpedo struck on the port side between hold No. 4 and the engine room, which immediately flooded, stopping all the machinery. By the time the ship had been abandoned in 2 lifeboats her stern was just 2' above water and she had cracked all the way across. The boats were clear of the ship when another torpedo struck about 20 minutes later, this time from U-628 (Hasenschar) and she sank, 45 12N 39 17W.

The survivors were picked up by the escorting Canadian corvette HMCS Rosthern a couple of hours later and landed in St. John's on Febr. 27. The maritime hearings were held there that same day(?) with the captain, the 1st mate, the 2nd engineer and Ordianry Seaman Remø (helmsman) appearing.

*Jürgen Rohwer gives the time as 07:54 (German time) for the first attack on Ingria, and 08:13 for the second. (He also has Thorsholm as a straggler from Convoy ON 166 when she struck a mine laid by U-118, 15 n. miles 14° Cape Espartel, but Thorsholm could not have been in this convoy - please see my page about Thorsholm for more on this).
A memorandum (signed by U.S.N.R. Lieutenant Robert G. Fulton, based on interviews with survivors of Ingria) gives the time for the first attack as 08:10 GCT, and as 08:48 GCT for the second attack, adding that the survivors were picked up by Rosthern at approximately 09:00 GCT, in other words, just 10 minutes or so after the second attack. Some additional details in this memorandum: She was on a course 297° true, speed 9 knots, radio silent but receiving, not zig-zagging; however, several changes in the base course had been made during the night. 5 trained lookouts, equipped with binoculars, had been on watch for an hour, 3 on the bridge and 2 at the after gun. Weather was clear with broken clouds obscuring the moon which was in the third quarter. Visibility was excellent, wind west/northwest force 3, with medium swells running. Splash from first explosion rose mast high. Regular radio was put out of commission, SSS and abandoning ship signals were sent on the emergency set, with no replies. Confidentials thrown overside in a weighted box. The U-boat was not sighted at any time, therefore, no counter offensive action was possible. Vessel was seen to sink, stern first, approximately 40 minutes after the first torpedo struck.

The following ships were also sunk (in addition to the Norwegian ships already mentioned):
The American Chattanooga City (no casualties), Expositor (6 died), Hastings (9 died), Jonathan Sturges (56 died), the British Empire Redshank (no casualties), Empire Trader (no casualties), Eulima (63 died), Manchester Merchant (36 died), the Rescue Vessel Stockport (63 died), the Panamanian Winkler (20 died). The Dutch Madoera was damaged. For more information, please see my page about Convoy ON 166, as well as the external links at the end of this page.

Crew List - No Casualties:

Fredrik Ditlefsen
1st Mate
Fredalf Halvorsen
2nd Mate
Thorleif Bryde
3rd Mate
Per Finn Næsø
Radio Operator
Edward Smith
Jacob Sandås
Ole Henriksen
Able Seaman
Nils Paulsen
Able Seaman
Anton Vetås
Able Seaman
Paul Nesøy
Able Seaman
Arnt L. Jensen
Able Seaman
Hans Jacob Hansen
Ordinary Seaman
Frithjof Remø*
Ordinary Seaman
Ambjørn Ekeland
Ordinary Seaman
Arne Fredriksen
1st Engineer
Peder Brandal
2nd Engineer
Theodor Rath
3rd Engineer
Paul Einvik
Øivin Larsen
Ingerolf Johannesen
Jørgen M. Ingebretsen
Einar Kvalvik
Thorbjørn Skoger
Knut Solemsli
August Adamson
Oldridge Atkinson
Olaf Nilsen
Francisco Almeida
Galley Boy
Candido Fereira
Mess Boy
Bern C. Harrington
Mess Boy
Stephen Taft
Mess Boy
Stanely Waterland
Knut Kristensen
Alf Eikeland
Yngvar Heier
Kjell Norstrand
Gunvar Johnsen**

* I've included Frithjof Remø's personal story on my page Warsailor Stories - it's the first story on that page (there's also a link to the original, Norwegian version). He had joined Ingria in Hull on Jan. 20-1943. He says 2 were wounded in the attack. It's not so much an account of the sinking, but the story of 5 brothers and a sister who served outside of Norway during the war; the brothers on 17 different ships altogether. Another sister was involved in "illegal" activities in Norway, as was their father. One of the brothers served on Bonneville when that ship was sunk. He and a sister had escaped Norway with the pilot vessel Rundø.

** This external page has a list of Gunvar Johnsen's other ships.

External links related to the text on this page:
Hyperwar - Linked directly to Robert Cressman's book entries for 1943 - scroll down to Febr. 20, 21, 22 and 23 for details on the attack on ON 166 (I don't see Ingria mentioned at all here).

ON 166, 21 - 26 Feb 1943 - Details on the battle and a list of ships sunk. Again, see also my own page about Convoy ON 166.

Operations information for U-600 | Operations information for U-628

U-600 | U-628

Canadian Flower Class Corvettes

Back to Ingria on the "Ships starting with I" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague, "Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two", Jürgen Rohwer, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum), and misc. (ref. My sources). Summary of statements by survivors, in a Memorandum signed by Lieutenant Robert G. Fulton, was received from Tony Cooper, England.


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