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D/S Jan Mayen
Owner: A/S Jan Mayen
Buillt in Bergen in 1915 (1914?). Previous name: Rikard Kaarbö.
Captain: Arnold B. Gjertsen
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 the record is incomplete.
Her 1940 voyages and some 1941 voyages are shown on Page 1 of the archive documents.
Jan Mayen is listed as sailing in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 23, which departed Liverpool on Oct. 4-1941 and arrived Halifax on the 19th. Jan Mayen, however, was only bound for Iceland, and arrived Reykjavik on Oct. 10, having started out from Loch Ewe on Oct. 6, according to Page 2. This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, the ships sailing in it are named on this page.
Jan Mayen departed Hafnarfjord, Iceland on Jan. 17-1943 and arrived Keflavik that same day (a voyage of about 2 1/2 hours) where she loaded a cargo of about 175 tons fish before starting on her return voyage to Hafnarfjord the next morning, Jan. 18. About 1 1/2 hour after departure she ran into the reef at Leirabodi near Reykjavik. A fishing vessel was called upon to report the incident to Reykjavik, the lifeboats were launched and manned. Not long afterwards, D/S Kongshavn came out from Hafnarfjord (en route to Akranes) and in reply to Jan Mayen's signal with the steam whistle she altered course and anchored nearby. 9 crew members went on board in the port boat, while 6 remained on Jan Mayen. An American motorboat then came out and offered to take them on board, but as they had their own motorboat, only the captain accepted the offer, while the rest were taken aboard an American tug that came out. By that time the engine room was flooded and the after part of Jan Mayen had sunk so they could not stay on board any longer. She was broken up by the sea in the subsequent days and became a total loss.
Hearings were held in Reykjavik on Jan. 22-1943. (Page 4 has a note saying that salvage was abandoned on Jan. 26-1943).
Back to Jan Mayen on the "Ships starting with J" page.
Another Jan Mayen (whaler, 575 gt) was being built at Kaldnes mek. Verksted (121) in 1942, ordered by the Germans, delivered in 1944 as vorpostenboot. In May-1945 this vessel was requisitioned in Tønsberg by allied forces, then transferred to the Ministry of War Transport in 1946. Renamed Empire Janus. Sold in Aug.-1947 to Chr. Salvesen & Co., Leith and renamed Southern Main. Broken up in Odense, Denmark in Dec.-1964. (Source: Ulf W. Gustavsen, Norway). Empire Janus is included on the Empire Ships website (external link). See also this thread on my Ship Forum, as well as this one.
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) - (ref. My sources).