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M/T Lincoln Ellsworth
Updated Dec. 12-2009

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Crew List

Source: Bjørn Milde, Norway (from his own postcard collection).

Owner: A/S Laboremus
Manager: T. Dannevig & Co., Oslo
5580 gt, 3205 net, 8340 tdwt.
Signal Letters: LCSN

Built by Götaverken A/B, Gothenburg in 1927.

Captain: Kristian Olsen.

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This original image from the National Archives of Norway shows her voyages.

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Apr.-1941:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 16 Suez Aden Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 22 Aden Abadan Apr. 29 Independent
Apr. 30 Abadan Aden May 9 Independent
May 11 Aden Abadan May 19 Independent
May 20 Abadan Bombay June 4 Independent
June 7 Bombay Abadan June 13 Independent
June 16 Abadan Mombasa July 2 Independent
July 4 Mombasa Abadan July 17 Independent
July 19 Abadan Colombo July 28* Independent *Archive doc gives arrival July 30
Aug. 14 Colombo Abadan Aug. 28 Independent
Aug. 29 Abadan Bombay Sept. 7 Independent Notional sailing date
Sept. 14 Bombay Abadan Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 23 Abadan Capetown Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 17 Capetown Freetown Oct. 30 Independent
Nov. 4 Freetown Milford Haven Nov. 28 SL 54 Convoy available at SL 54
(external link)
Dec. 5 Milford Haven Swansea Dec. 7 Independent
1941 Jan. 24 Swansea Clyde Jan. 28 Independent
Febr. 2 Clyde OB 281 Dispersed Febr. 5.
Convoy available at OB 281
(external link)
Febr. 5 Dispersed from OB 281 Curacao Febr. 28 Independent
March 1 Curacao Bermuda March 7 Independent
March 9 Bermuda BHX 114 See HX 114 below
March 14 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Reykjavik March 26 HX 114
Apr. 5 Reykjavik Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

It looks like Lincoln Ellsworth was at Suez when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She had arrived there from Abadan the day before - see the archive document.

In Nov.-1940, she's listed, together with the Norwegian Norse King and Evita, in Convoy SL 54 from Freetown to the U.K.; ref. external link provided within the Voyage Record above. The convoy left Freetown on Nov. 4 and arrived Liverpool on the 26th - Lincoln Ellsworth arrived Milford Haven on the 28th, later proceeding to Swansea.

With Braganza and Leka, she's also included in Convoy OB 281, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 1-1941 and dispersed on the 5th, Linclon Ellsworth arriving Curacao on Febr. 28, having started out from Clyde on Febr. 1, according to the archive document. She headed back across the Atlantic on March 9 in the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 114 and was detached to Reykjavik on March 25, arriving there the next day. She had a cargo of fuel oil, and had sailed in station 15 of the main convoy (according to A. Hague's listing). Several Norwegian ships took part, as will be seen when following the link to my page about this convoy. Hidlefjord was sunk and Kaia Knudsen damaged. Judging from Commodore Vice Admiral F. A. Sommerville's notes for HX 114, it looks like he had also served as Commodore for Convoy OB 281.

 Final Fate - 1941: 

Lincoln Ellsworth left Reykjavik again alone on Apr. 5 in order to travel to Trinidad in ballast, but did not make it to her destination. On April 6, she was torpedoed forward of amidships on the port side and set on fire by U-94 (Kuppisch), position 62 37N 27 06W. All 29 survived and were rescued from their two lifeboats two days later.

In the afternoon of Apr. 7 the 1st mate's lifeboat had been spotted by an aircraft, which dropped food and water down to them. The survivors in this boat were picked up near Sandar by HMS Skyrock*, while those in the captain's boat were rescued by HMS Derbyshire that same day (Apr. 8?), also near Sandar. They were all landed in Reykjavik where the maritime hearings were held on Apr. 29, with Captain Olsen, Able Seaman Jonasson (helmsman), Ordinary Seaman Tørresen (lookout) and the 3rd engineer appearing. According to the captain's report presented at the inquiry the survivors in the boats had observed a 2nd torpedo striking forward of the engine room, before she was shelled from both sides, then sank by the stern about an hour and a half after the first torpedo had hit. (J. Rohwer mentions only one torpedo).

*There used to be a website entitled "Islandia" which no longer appears to be online. The text for Apr. 8 on that site mentioned that 16 seamen from Lincoln Ellsworth were rescued that day by several small fishing boats out of Hellissandur.

For info, U-94 was also responsible for the attacks on Eastern Star, John P. Pedersen and Hvoslef - follow the links for dates and more details.

Crew List - No Casualties:

Kristian Olsen
1st Mate
Martin Terjesen
2nd Mate/Radio Operator
Anker Marthinsen
3rd Mate
Peder Espeseth
Able Seaman
Kåre Kim Mathisen
Able Seaman
John Jonasson
Able Seaman
Olaf Holm
Able Seaman
Jens Møller Rømedal
Ordinary Seaman
Hans Mikkelsen
Ordinary Seaman
Osvald Heggeseth
Ordinary Seaman
Albert Tørresen
Ordinary Seaman
Hjalmar Dahle
Deck Boy
Samuel Scott
1st Engineer
Olav Olsen
2nd Engineer
Hans Grava
3rd Engineer
Knut Ågestad
Ludvik Meinseth
Alexander Pettersen
Karl Evensen
Olaf Greibesland
Jacob Risvold
Sverre Pedersen
Georg Hornmoen
Reidar Jacobsen
Nils Bokker Andersen
Tsen An
Viktor Berg Melkersen
Henning Smedberg
2nd Cook
Chin Hing

Related external links:
Operations Information for U-94

U-94 | Herbert Kuppisch - Here's's details on the attck on Lincoln Ellsworth. The site, which does mention a 2nd torpedo hitting aft, causing her to develop a list to port, adds that when she did not sink the U-boat fired 121 rounds from the deck gun of which about 100 were hits.

Back to Lincoln Ellsworth on the "Ships starting with L" page.

The company later had another tanker by this name, built in 1948. The Clydebuilt Ships website has more details on this ship (external link).

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. others for cross checking info.


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