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D/S Kirsten B
Owner: A/S Lillemor
Delivered in 1930 from Moss Værft & Dokk, Moss (51) as Nordbo to C. Henry Smith, Oslo, 1184 gt, 676 net, 1880 tdwt, 266.7' x 36.5' x 15.7', Tripple exp., 127 nhp. Sold in 1934 to A/S Lillemor (Th. Brøvig), Farsund and renamed Kirsten B. (It'll be noticed, when going to the external page that I've linked to above, that the history details are a little different).
Captain: J. T. Tønnesen.
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 do exist (this could also mean that she may not have sailed in all the convoys listed here). Also, several voyages are missing.
As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Kirsten B arrived Cristobal on Apr. 9-1940, the day of the German invasion of Norwary. She had started out from Cartagena on Apr. 7. It looks like she spent several weeks in New York later that year. She had arrived there from Peru on June 18; departure date is given as Aug. 1, when she proceeded to Sydney, C.B., then on to Quebec and back to New York, where she again spent a month (arrived Aug. 24, left Sept. 28). She also had a long stay in Philadelphia, where she had arrived from New York on Oct. 24, leaving again for Baltimore on Dec. 3. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2, where we see another long gap in her voyages. She had arrived New York from Windsor, N.S. on Aug. 6 (8?) that year and departure is shown as Oct. 4, when she proceeded to Sagua.
Kirsten B is mentioned among the ships leaving Halifax to form Convoy SC 70 on Febr. 16-1942 (the information is based on a diary). She was loaded with Red Cross ambulances, trucks and automobiles, and destination is given as St. John's, N.F. only. It'll be noticed, when going to my page about this convoy, that she's not listed in the original Advance Sailing Telegram, and A. Hague has not included her in his listing for SC 70. Going back to Page 2, we learn that she did leave Halifax on Febr. 16, arriving St. John's on Febr. 20, but this does not necessarily mean she had actually sailed in this convoy (though she may have). From St. John's, she proceeded to New York a few days later, and unless some voyages are missing from the record, she subsequently spent a month there.
Together with the Norwegian Borgfred, Rio Branco (returned, later joined Convoy ON 102*) and Tore Jarl, she's listed in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 100*, which had started out in Liverpool on June 2-1942. Kirsten B, however, is said to have joined from Halifax and A. Hague gives her destination as Cape Cod Canal, with arrival there on June 19. According to Page 3 of the archive documents, she had sailed from Halifax on June 17 and arrived New York on the 20th.
A. Hague also has her in the slow eastbound North Atlantic Convoy SC 105*, which left New York on Oct. 11-1942 and arrived Liverpool on the 31st, but Kirsten B did not follow this convoy all the way to the U.K., being bound for St. John's only, arriving there on Oct. 18 (A. Hague gives her arrival as Oct. 22). Other Norwegian ships were Bonde, Don, Far, Herma, Norelg, Polarland (also for St. John's) and Ramø. The following month, we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 142*, originating in Liverpool on Oct. 30, arriving New York on Nov. 21; Kirsten B joined this convoy from Halifax (left Nov. 16), and continued from New York to Boston, where she arrived Nov. 23. ON 142 also had several other Norwegian ships, namely Bestik (returned), Carmelfjell, Fjordheim, Jenny, Norvarg, Primo (also joined from Halifax), Rio Verde, Sevilla (from Halifax), Solitaire, Temeraire and Vinland.
Kirsten B is said to have rounded off that year by sailing in Convoy SC 113*, which departed New York on Dec. 12-1942 and arrived Liverpool on Jan. 2-1943, but she was again bound for St. John's only, general cargo, station 13. (The Norwegian Askot, Hallanger, Henrik Ibsen, Lisbeth, Norvarg, O. B. Sørensen, Rio Verde, Ruth I and Titanian are also named). However, A. Hague also lists Kirsten B as bound for St. John's in Convoy HX 219, leaving New York on Dec. 13-1942, but she could not have been in both. It's possible she was scheduled for one or the other, only to return to port from one of them, or may have been cancelled? Though she's not mentioned on my own page about HX 219, I believe this is the convoy she took part in; according to Page 3, she left New York on Dec. 13 and arrived St. John's on the 20th.
In Febr.-1943, she appears in Convoy SC 119*, which left New York on Febr. 3 and arrived Liverpool on the 22nd; her destination is again given as St. John's, but going back to the archive document mentioned above, she's said to have arrived Halifax on Febr. 8, continuing to Argentia that same day, with arrival Febr. 12. Askot (for St. John's), Boreas, Iris (for St. John's), Iron Baron, James Hawson and Primo are also included in SC 119.
The rest of her voyages are shown on Page 4, Page 5, Page 6 and Page 7 (the latter document also lists some of her early 1946 voyages). Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.
Sold in 1951 to L. F. Mathies & Co., Hamburg, Germany and renamed L. F. Mathies. Sold for breaking up in 1958.
Back to Kirsten B on the "Ships starting with K" page.
This company had lost a ship by the name Kirsten B on March 28-1930, after she had run ashore at Loshavn on a voyage from Brest and Rotterdam to Farsund. She broke in 2 and the after part sank. This ship was built in 1918 as War Birch, later Lake Charles and was 2013 gt. Became Kirsten B for Th. Brøvig in 1929. The website Historical Collections of the Great Lakes has quite a bit of details on this ship (type "Kirsten B" in the search field).
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", by Roger W. Jordan and E-mails from same - and misc.