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D/S Jacob Christensen
Owner: A/S D/S Mathilda
Built in 1920 by J. Blumer & Co. Ltd., Sunderland for A/S August (Jacob Christensen), Bergen. In 1923 owners became A/S D/S Mathilda. See also this thread on my ship forum.
Captain: August Konow (identical to Sverre Helmsersen's captain?)
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.
A French visitor to my website has told me that according to his records Jacob Christensen was stopped for examination by the German Deutschland on Oct. 12-1939, 300 nm bearing 70 from Cape Race.
She's listed in Convoy HN 11 from Norway to the U.K. in Febr.-1940, bound for Methil in ballast. Early in March, A. Hague has included her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 17 and later that month she can be found in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 20, again bound for Methil in ballast (the archive document states she was bound for Blyth, where she arrived March 23) - follow the links for more convoy info; several Norwegian ships took part.
When Norway was invaded on Apr. 9-1940, Jacob Christensen was in an English port to load a cargo of coal for Norway, but upon hearing the news she instead took on board war materials and headed for France (voyage to France in this time period is not shown on the archive document).
She was scuttled at Rochefort on June 18-1940 in order to block the harbour. The crew was given passage to Falmouth on a small English vessel. Mate/radio operator at the time was Sverre K. Andersen who, under the codename "Arquebus" went on to become a well known and highly decorated member of "Kompani Linge" (a British controlled group based in the U.K., with Norwegian volunteers).
Jacob Christensen, meanwhile, had been raised and repaired by the Germans. Renamed Baldur in 1941 (Seereederei "Frigga" A.G., Hamburg). Torpedoed and sunk on May 23-1944 by HMS Sceptre (McIntosh) off Castro Urdiales, Spain. See also this thread on my ship forum.
Related external link:
Back to Jacob Christensen on the "Ships starting with J" page.
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).