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Delivered in Sept.-1930 (July 25?) from Robert Duncan & Co. Ltd., Port Glasgow (397).
From Nov.-1939 until June 21-1941, Adolf K. Lines was 1st engineer on Langanger. His next ship is given as Bosphorus, so he may have been among those who were transferred to this ship when Langanger was requisitioned (see text below). He later served on Duala (1943) and Gabon (1944).
Her voyages are listed on this original image received from the National Archives of Norway.
According to a French visitor to my website Langanger was seized off Tunisia by French patrol boats on Apr. 10-1940 (the day after the German invasion of Norway) and ordered to Bizerta. Released a few days later. As will be seen when going to the archive document above, she arrived Bizerta on Apr. 11. She was on a voyage from Curacao to Trieste, but was diverted to Marseilles, where she arrived, via St. Louis du Rhone, on May 9, having left Bizerta May 5.
Langanger was one of the 26 Norwegian ships interned in Vichy controlled North and West Africa 1940-1942, see Interned Ships for the names of all 26.
There's always quite a bit of date disagreement for these ships in my various sources, so also for Langanger, as follows:
J. R. Hegland's "Nortraships flåte" says she was interned in Oran June 22-1940, requisitioned June 21-1941. However, a French visitor to my site says she sailed from Marseilles (loaded with 14 000 tons of oil fuel on behalf of the French government) on June 22-1940 in Convoy 8P (external link) under French escort, arriving Oran on June 26 - this arrival date agrees with information found on the archive document. John Knudsen is also listed in this convoy.
Guri Hjeltnes' "Sjømann - lang vakt" states she was requisitioned in Oran on June 20-1940, later moved to Bone and interned there. Going back to the archive document, we see that she arrived Bone on July 9, having departed Oran on July 6.
The company fleet list says that she was initially interned in Oran in June-1940, subsequently moved to Bone, where she was seized by French authorities in June-1941 and entered service for them.
Roger W. Jordan (author of "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939") has told me that she was taken over by Vichy authorities at Oran on June 21-1941, then by Kriegsmarine in Marseilles on Nov. 24*-1942 and operated by Mittelmeer Reederei GmbH, Hamburg under the name Toni III. According to this posting to my Ship Forum, she went to La Spezia on Nov. 29 that year, Augusta on May 23-1943, journeyed Bastia-Civitavecchia Aug. 20/21-1943. Scuttled on Aug. 17-1944 at Port de Bouc (while under attack of allied aircraft?). "Nortraships flåte" adds she was declared a total loss in Apr.-1945.
I've found a very interesting article in the book "Tilbakeblikk" which states that after Langanger had been requisitioned in Bone in the summer of 1941 her crew was sent to Algiers and placed on Bosphorus. According to "Sjømann, lang vakt" Bosphorus took on board 21 from M/T Regina and 22 from Langanger on July 21-1941. They later took part in several escapes from Bosphorus, follow the links for more details.
Additional tidbit (from Lauritz Pettersen's "Hjemmeflåten - Mellom venn og fiende". Tonnage for Langanger is given as 14 150 gt):
Some Crew Members:
I looked these men up in Kristian Ottosen's "Nordmenn i fangenskap" (Norwegians in imprisonment) and found the following details:
Nils Jæger is listed as Nils Jaeger, "arrested" (in this case meaning interned) on June 20-1940, transferred to Bona on June 21-1941, released Nov. 16-1942.
Raised in Febr. 1947 (the above mentioned message on my Forum gives 1950), sold to Roger de Perrot & A Bourquin, Neuenburg, repaired at Marseilles. Entered service as Neuchatel on Febr. 9-1950 under Swiss flag. Ownership transferred to Roger de Perrot, Neuchatel in 1954. Sold to Hugo Stinnes Transozean Schiffahrts GmbH, Hamburg on Oct. 1-1954 and renamed Transozean. Renamed Transozean Hugo Stinnes in 1955 (German flag). Sold in July-1961 to Spanish breakers. Arrived Bilbao in tow of tugs Humber and Poolzee on July 26-1961 to be broken up (info from R. W. Jordan and company fleet list).
Related external links:
Back to Langanger on the "Ships starting with L" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume I, and sources named within the text above - ref. My Sources