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D/S Jan Mayen
Updated Nov. 15-2011

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Crew list

Owner: A/S Jan Mayen
Manager: Johan Koppernæs, Ålesund
399 gt, 143 net.
Signal Letters: BFSG

Buillt in Bergen in 1915 (1914?). Previous name: Rikard Kaarbö.

Captain: Arnold B. Gjertsen

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

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

Partial Voyage Record
From Apr.-1941 to Nov.-1942:

(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.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Apr. 6 Methil Loch Ewe Apr. 10* EN 95/1 Earlier voyages, Page 1
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
*Page 2 gives arrival Apr. 8
(also, missing voyages).
Oct. 6 Loch Ewe Reykjavik Oct. 11 ON 23 For Iceland
(missing voyages, Page 2).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 13 Loch Ewe Reykjavik Dec. 17 UR 1 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
1942 ?*Jan. 21 Loch Ewe Methil Jan. 23 WN 234 *Compare w/Page 2
(also shows earlier 1942 voyages).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 2.
Febr. 18 Aberdeen Loch Ewe Febr. 21 EN 48 For Iceland.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 28 Loch Ewe Reykjavik March 4 UR 14 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 2 & Page 3
May 16 Methil EN 85 A. Hague says:
Detached at Cape Wrath, May 18.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Page 3 gives arrival Iceland May 21
(also, more missing voyages).
June 24 Methil Cape Wrath June 25 EN 102 Convoy available at link above
Page 3 gives arrival Reykjavik June 29.
July 16 Reykjavik Scrabster July 20 RU 32 Again, see Page 3
(also, missing movements).
Aug. 7 Methil Cape Wrath Aug. 8 EN 121 Convoy available at link above.
Page 3 gives arrival Reykjavik Aug. 11
(also, missing movements, w/more on Page 4).
Sept. 16 Methil Cape Wrath Sept. 18 EN 138 Convoy available at link above.
Page 4 gives arrival Reykjavik Sept. 20.
Nov. 3 Reykjavik Scrabster Nov. 8* RU 47 *Compare w/Page 4.
Convoy available at RU convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 4.
Nov. 18 Methil Cape Wrath Nov. 19 EN 163 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Page 4 gives arrival Iceland Nov. 25
(also, more missing voyages).
See also "Final Fate" below

 Misc. Voyages: 

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.

In July-1942 I have her in Convoy RU 32 from Reykjavik to the U.K.; her destination is given as Hull - see also Page 3.

 Final Fate - 1943: 

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).

Crew List - No casualties:

Arnold B. Gjertsen
1st Mate
Nils Eilertsen
2nd Mate
Harald Wigestrand
Able Seaman
Rolf Eugen Eriksen
Able Seaman
Johannes Brandal
Able Seaman
Indahl Hansen
Able Seaman
Eilef Øygarden
1st Engineer
Henrik Bigset
2nd Engineer
Arne Thorvaldsen
Johan Kristiansen
Harald Kadak
E. A. Pettersen
Sivert Egseth
Mess Boy
Ragnar Andersen
Paul Georg Loe

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).


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