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M/S Nordhav II (& Nordhav I)
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Manager: Jan L. Backer, Kristiansund
Trawler. When I first included this ship, I thought it was a regular merchant ship; strictly speaking, this vessel does not belong in my list, but I'll leave it in case someone is looking for information on her.
Delivered in 1913 from Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd., Beverley (262) as Sweeper to Thomas S. Bascomb, Grimsby, 425 gt, 217 net, 150' x 25.1' x 13.5', Triple expansion (Amos & Smith Ltd., Hull), 514 ihp. Requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1914 as minesweeper HMS Sweeper. Sold in Apr.-1936 to A/S Nordhavet (Jan L. Backer), Kristiansund, renamed Nordhav.
Some details from misc. responses to this query on my Ship Forum:
Another (posted by Tore Setså, Norway) says:
And another (by Atle Wilmar, Norway):
There are also 2 postings from someone who believe their relative served on this ship, one from the sister of someone who used the name Harry Cooke, his real name was John (Jack) Purcell, the other from the grandson of Torfinn Thorbjørnsen.
See also the responses to this query on the forum, one (also by Tore Setså) saying:
Another is from the grandson of someone who served on board (not named, but I believe it's the grandson of Aksel Pedersen, mentioned above), and states:
From other sources: Requisitioned by the Royal Norwegian Navy in Sept.-1939 and used in Finnmark. Arrived Rosyth in June-1940. Converted to minesweeper May 6-1942.
Torpedoed and sunk by U-714 (Schwebke) on March 10-1945 at Dundee, when in Convoy FS 1753d* (U-714 was sunk with all hands just 4 days later - see the external link provided below). As mentioned, the survivors from Nordhav II were rescued by the Norwegian minesweeper Syrian, and taken to Dundee. (More details on Syrian can be found under this thread on my Ship Forum).
A visitor to my website has told me that "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles" says she was a fishing trawler impounded by the British, hired by the RN in June-1940 and converted to a minesweeper. Position for her sinking given by this source is 2 miles north of buoy No 25, off Montrose, Scotland.
The same visitor also mentions a Nordhav I, saying this was a 644 gt trawler, built 1915 as French Ocean, had misc. owners and names (Spanish Meliton D. Dominguez 1924, French Ocean II 1929, Nordhav I for Jan L. Backer 1935). Nordhav I is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 20 from Norway to the U.K. in March-1940, bound for Hull in ballast. Hired by Royal Navy in June-1940 as HMS Nordhav I and became A/P Avalon in Sept. that year. Purchased Sept.-1940, renamed Adonis in July-1941. Sunk Apr. 15-1943 by E-boat off Lowestoft, 21 of 32 crew lost. Originally Hull trawler H 308.
Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemoration - Odd Hansen is commemorated.
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