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D/S Norjerv
Updated March 20-2012

To Norjerv on the "Ships starting with N" page.

Crew List

Manager: Nortraship
5582 (5775?) gt
Signal Letters: LNAJ

Info from Barbara Mumford (her source: "Empire Ships"): One of the ships built under United States Shipping Board contracts (WW I) and purchased from U.S.A. by British Ministry of War Transport at the beginning of WW II. Design 1080 Ames-type - 8800 tdw, 410 ft x 54 ft. Engines: T3cyl. 5775 gt. Built by Ames Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Seattle, Wash. Completed as West Islip (USSB) in 1919. Sailed as Golden Rod (Oceanic & Oriental SN Co., San Francisco) 1928, Willhilo (Williams SS Co. Inc., New York) 1935, Indianan (American Hawaiian SS Co.) 1937, Empire Eagle (M.O.S.) 1940.

This was one of 19 ships transferred to Nortraship in 1942; Empire Ships on my page "Ship Statistics & Misc." gives the names of the other 18. Norjerv was taken over in Hull, April 14-1942 (she had arrived U.K. from Halifax as Empire Eagle in Convoy SC 74 - see also Convoy WN 263 and Convoy FS 764, both external. Note that she's listed as Empire Eagle in several previous convoys on this website, use the Search page to find them, with "Empire Eagle" as keywords). Most of the "Empire"-named ships that were transferred from the British to the Norwegian flag during the war years were given the prefix "Nor", others were named for members of the (exiled) Norwegian Royal Family.

Captain: Karl Johan Hamre

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

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

á Voyage Record
From Apr.-1942 to July-1944: á

(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
1942 Apr. 24 Flamborough Head Methil Apr. 25 FN 688 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 25 Methil Loch Ewe Apr. 27 EN 76 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 28 Liverpool* ON 90 *From Loch Ewe - See Page 1
For Philadelphia.
Detached May 15.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 15 Detached from ON 90 Cape Cod Canal May 17 XB 20 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 17 Cape Cod Canal New York City May 18 Independent
May 20 New York City Philadelphia May 21 Independent
June 2 Philadelphia New York City June 2 Independent Left New York June 7
(Page 1)
June 8 Cape Cod Canal Halifax June 10 BX 23B To Sydney, C.B.
Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
June 16 Halifax Sydney, C.B. June 18 HS 13 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
June 19 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool July 2 SC 88 See also narrative below.
On to Garston
(Page 1)
July 13 Liverpool Cape Cod Bay July 30 ON 112 A. Hague says:
For Sydney, C.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 30 Cape Cod Canal New York City Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 1 New York City Baltimore Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 20 Baltimore New York City Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 30 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
Sept. 2 Cape Cod Bay Halifax Sept. 4 BX 36 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Sept. 5 Halifax Loch Ewe Sept. 20 SC 99
Sept. 21 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 23 WN 339 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 24 Methil Hull Sept. 25 FS 916 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 11 Hull Methil Oct. 13 FN 836 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 14 Methil Oban Oct. 18 EN 150 Via Kirkwall
(Page 1).
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 18 Oban New York City Nov. 7 ON 140 For Baltimore.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 8 New York City Baltimore Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 17 Baltimore Philadelphia Nov. 17 Independent
Nov. 20 Philadelphia New York City Nov. 20 Independent
Nov. 25 New York City Halifax Nov. 30 SC 111 Returned.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 6 Halifax Loch Ewe Dec. 25 SC 112 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Dec. 25 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 27 WN 376 Compare w/Page 1
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 30 Methil Southend Jan. 2-1943 FS 1000 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
1943 Jan. 25 Southend Methil Jan. 27 FN 927 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 29 Methil Loch Ewe Jan. 31 EN 190 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 2 Loch Ewe Philadelphia March 1 ON 165 For Philadelphia
March 22 Philadelphia New York City March 23 Independent
March 25 New York City Boston March 26 Independent
March 27 Boston Halifax March 29 BX 39 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
March 31 Halifax St. John's, N.F. Apr. 6 SC 125 Returned
Apr. 19 St. John's, N.F. Clyde May 3 SC 127 See also Page 2
May 17 Clyde ONS 8 For Hampton Roads.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
June 1 From ONS 8 Cape Cod Canal June 3 XB 56 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
June 3 Cape Cod Canal New York City June 4 Independent
June 5 New York City Hampton Roads June 7 Independent
June 20 Hampton Roads New York City June 21 Independent
June 22 New York City Boston Independent Page 2 gives arrival June 23
June 30 Boston Halifax July 2 BX 60 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
July 8 Halifax Liverpool July 23 SC 136
Aug. 8 Liverpool OS 53/KMS 23 For Buenos Aires.
Convoy split Aug. 17.
Available at OS 53/KMS 23
(external link)
Aug. 17 Convoy split OS 53 For Buenos Aires.
Detached Aug. 20.
Convoy available at OS 53
(external link)
Aug. 20 Detached from OS 53 Buenos Aires Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 19 Buenos Aires Montevideo Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 22 Montevideo Freetown Oct. 11 Independent
Oct. 13 Freetown Gibraltar Oct. 25 SL 138 Freetown to Gibraltar.
Convoy available at SL 138
(external link)
Oct. 31 Gibraltar Alexandria Nov. 11 KMS 30 For Alexandria.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Nov. 20 Alexandria Port Said Nov. 21 Independent On to Suez, Nov. 22
(Page 2).
Nov. 24 Suez Aden Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 3 Aden Lourenšo Marques Dec. 16 AKD 8 Convoy available at AKD 8
(external link)
1944 Jan. 1 Lourenšo Marques East London Jan. 4 Independent
Jan. 5 East London Buenos Aires Jan. 27 Independent
Febr. 18 Buenos Aires Rosario Febr. 19 Independent
Febr. 27 Rosario Buenos Aires Febr. 28 Independent
March 4 Buenos Aires Freetown March 24 Independent
Apr. 1 Freetown SL 154 Rendezvoused w/MKS 45, Apr. 11.
Convoy available at SL 154
(external link)
Apr. 11 SL 154 & MKS 45 joined up Liverpool Apr. 23 SL 154/MKS 45 Convoy available at SL 154/MKS 45
(external link)
June 13 Liverpool Swansea June 15 Independent
June 18 Swansea Barry June 18 Independent To prepare as blockship for Normandy
July 7 Barry Seine Bay July 9 EBC 34 Arromanches blockship.
See "Last Voyage" below.
Convoy available at EBC 34
(external link)
See also Page 3

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for further details; several Norwegian ships took part.

As mentioned further up on this page, Norjerv was taken over by Nortraship in Hull on April 14-1942, having previously arrived U.K. as Empire Eagle in Convoy SC 74. Shortly thereafter, she joined the westbound Norh Atlantic Convoy ON 90*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 28 and arrived Halifax on May 15; Norjerv, however, was bound for Philadelphia, where she arrived (via New York) on May 21, having started out from Loch Ewe on Apr. 28 - see Page 1. Aun, Bjørkhaug, Borgholm, Heimgar, Lido, Lisbeth (returned), Nea, Norvarg, Ørnefjell, Rio Verde, Selbo, Snar, Suderøy and Velox are also listed in this convoy. Norjerv was scheduled to return with the slow Convoy SC 87 from Sydney, C.B. on June 12, but instead joined the next convoy on June 19, SC 88, steel and cotton for Liverpool. Acanthus, Montbretia, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts (see SC convoy escorts).

In July we find her, along with Albert L. Ellsworth, Bjørkhaug, Borgholm, Bruse Jarl, Evviva, Facto, Fidelio, Gezina, Hjalmar Wessel, Ingerfem, Lisbeth, Loke, Ragnhild, Selvik and Titanian (returned), in the westbound Convoy ON 112*, departing Liverpool on July 13. Norjerv arrived New York on Aug. 1, continuing to Baltimore that same day. The following month she's listed in Convoy SC 99 from Halifax, later joining the westbound Convoy ON 140* (originated in Liverpool Oct. 17, arrived New York Nov. 7). Brush, Corneville, Haakon Hauan (returned), Hallanger, Harpefjell, Solsten and Stirlingville are also named in this convoy, but note that they were not all present from the U.K. Norjerv was bound for Baltimore, where she arrived on Nov. 9, having started out from Oban Oct. 18.

According to Arnold Hague she now joined Convoy SC 111*, which left New York on Nov. 25-1942, but she returned to port (Halifax - see Page 1), later joining SC 112*, which had originated in New York on Dec. 4 (Norjerv joined with the Halifax portion a few days later). Both these convoys had several Norwegian ships, namely Brush, Gudvor, Harpefjell, Heimgar, Novasli, Sevilla and Sir James Clark Ross in SC 111 (though like Norjerv, some of these went to Halifax; it looks like this convoy encountered bad weather) and Acasta, Aragon (for St. John's only), Borgholm, Dageid, Fjordheim, Garnes (also for St. John's), Harpefjell, Heimgar, Primo (for Halifax), Sir James Clark Ross, Solitaire and Tropic Star (returned) in SC 112. Judging from the archive document, Norjerv's final destination was London on that occasion.

In Febr.-1943 she's listed in Convoy ON 165, bound for Philadelphia, station 22 (the Commodore's narrative is also available). Eglantine and Acanthus were among the escorts for a while. Norjerv arrived her destination on March 1, having sailed from Loch Ewe on Febr. 2. At the end of March we find her in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 125 but she returned to port, arriving St. John's, N.F. on Apr. 6, according to Page 2. Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are again named among the escorts. She left St. John's again on Apr. 18, joining Convoy SC 127, which had started out from Halifax on Apr. 16; it'll be noticed when following the link that she's not mentioned on my page about this convoy, but Halifax ships only are currently included there (will be updated). In May she's listed, along with Lago and Lisbeth, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 8*, which left Liverpool on May 17 and arrived Halifax on June 1. Norjerv's destination is given as Hampton Roads; she arrived New York on June 4, Hampton Roads June 7, having started out from Clyde on May 17. In July that year she sailed back to the U.K. in Convoy SC 136 from Halifax (Commodore in Titanian).

She subsequently made a voyage to Buenos Aires. Together with Facto, Selvik and Tigre she's listed in Convoy OS 53/KMS 23, which left Liverpool on Aug. 8-1943 and split up on the 17th, the KMS portion arriving Gibraltar on Aug. 18, while the OS convoy, in which Norjerv sailed, had Freetown as its final destination, arriving there on Aug. 27 - ref. external link provided within the Voyage Record above. Norjerv had a cargo of chemicals sailing in station 123 of the convoy, and arrived Buenos Aires on Sept. 12, having detached from the OS convoy on Aug. 20. She's also said to have made a voyage from Freetown to Gibraltar in Convoy SL 138, which left Freetown on Oct. 13. This convoy, which also included Kristianiafjord and Norefjord, joined up with MKS 28 from Gibraltar on Oct. 24, before proceeding to the U.K. as a combined convoy (Hallfried was sunk - follow link for more details), but as mentioned, Norjerv stopped at Gibraltar, arriving Oct. 25. From Gibraltar, she made a voyage to Alexandria, having joined Convoy KMS 30*, which left Gibraltar on Oct. 31 (Selvik and Topdalsfjord are also included); she arrived her destination on Nov. 11. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 2.

In Apr.-1944 she shows up in Convoy SL 154/MKS 45. The SL portion of this convoy, in which Norjerv took part (Hardanger is also listed), left Freetown on Apr. 1 and joined up with the MKS portion* from Gibraltar en route, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on Apr. 23 (link in table above). Norjerv was on a voyage from Rosario to Mersey with a cargo of wheat, corned beef and general. Again, see also Page 2, which shows that she had left Rosario on Febr. 27 and had arrived Freetown, via Buenos Aires, on March 24. She now remained in Liverpool for several weeks, before proceeding to Swansea, where she arrived June 15 (Page 3).

* The ON and ONS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys. Also, the entire SC series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated), but for now, please go to ships in all SC convoys. The MKS and KMS convoys will also be added; see ships in all MKS convoys and ships in all KMS convoys.

More details on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here can be found via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Last Voyage - 1944: 

Norjerv was sunk as blockship at Normandy in 1944. I've come across conflicting dates, Aug.-1944, June 26, July 20, and July 16. I'm inclined to lean towards the latter date as it comes from the diary of Hjalmar Holthe (see crew list below), which can be found on this external page (text is Norwegian). He says they departed Barry in the evening of July 6, anchored up for the night, then continued the next morning, joining a large convoy and arriving France on July 10 - note that A. Hague has included her, together with Leiv Eiriksson, in Convoy EBC 34 (external link); see also Page 3. They remained there for several days enduring many air attacks, before Norjerv was eventually sunk on July 16, whereupon those who had been on board were taken aboard a landing craft and landed in Southampton on July 18.

Crew List:
* Hjalmar Holthe is also listed in the crew list for Brant County and Vest
(his diary also describes the loss of these ships, and has a list of the other ships he sailed with).

Karl Johan Hamre
1st Mate
Helge Slettingdalen
2nd Mate
Arnfinn Larsen
3rd Mate
Sigvald Mikalsen
Radio Operator
Johannes Askeland
Radio Operator
George C. Gill
Radio Operator
John Shackleton
Oskar Johansen
Herman Hansen
Able Seaman
Thor Antonsen
Able Seaman
Odd Hansen
Able Seaman
Henry Christiansen
Able Seaman
Jakob Størøy
Able Seaman
Leif Selstrøm
Ordinary Seaman
Tellef Hansen
Ordinary Seaman
Kaare Myhre
Ordinary Seaman
Kaare Arthur Olsen
Ordinary Seaman
Harald Hansen
Deck Boy
John Preston
1st Engineer
Hamrik (Henrik?) Andersen
2nd Engineer
Laurits Melkevik
3rd Engineer
Even Evensen
4th Engineer
Hjalmar Holthe*
Herman Johansen
Gunnar Amundsen
Bjarne Clementsen
Olaus Jørgenvik
Ingolf Reiersen
Agnar Vik
Morten Kristoffersen
Knut Haugsland
Ludvig Meland
Galley Boy
Sivert Paulsen
Mess Boy
Anthony Richards
Mess Boy
Dennis Williams
Mess Boy
James Thomas
Saloon Boy
Rodney Reynolds

as per "Empire Ships"

Raised in 1949 but broke in two on June 3-1949 while in tow of tugs Tradesman (ex Empire Julia) and Rifleman (ex Empire Vera) bound for Strangford Lough, N. Ireland, for scrapping. Both parts sank.

Related external links:
The Empire Ships - On the "Mariners" website. Empire Eagle can be found on this page. This site says she was sunk on June 26-1944 - according to Page 3, she was in Barry on that date.

Mulberry - From the comprehensive website Skylighters.

Back to Norjerv on the "Ships starting with N" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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