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Manager: H. Kuhnle, Bergen
Built by Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg in 1930.
Captain: Leif Hauge.
Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
According to the archive document, Norne arrived Baltimore from Narvik, Norway on Apr. 18-1940, continuing to New York a month later.
Norne departed Wilmington N.C., on Aug. 8-1940, bound for Grangemouth, via Bermuda, with a cargo of scrap iron. She arrived Bermuda on Aug. 11 (or 12, depending on time zone), then left again on Aug. 15, joining the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 66*. Please follow the link for more convoy information, the Commodore's notes and a report by the Commanding Officer in HMS Mackay are also available.
On Aug. 29, the ships that were going to the east coast were detached from the convoy, escorted by HMS Hibiscus. (Rohwer calls this portion HX 66A - again, follow the link to HX 66 for more details; the original document also adds HMS Jason as escort for this group and gives the splitting date as Aug. 28). In the early hours of Aug. 30 Norne was hit by a torpedo from U-32 (Jenisch), position 58 48N 06 49W (east of Stronsay). On the bridge at the time were the captain, the 2nd mate and the helmsman, Able Seaman Mikkelborg (all perished). Following 2 explosions on the port side forward of the engine room, she sank very quickly while some crew members were trying to launch the starboard lifeboat. The boat was crushed, and everyone on deck was pulled under with the ship; only 11 came back up.
About 3 hours later they were rescued from the debris and the raft they were clinging to by HMS Hibiscus, which landed them in Scotland on Aug. 31. Mess Boy Jensen was admitted to a hospital (near Burntisland) suffering from blood poisoning of an injured finger. The survivors were fitted out with clothes etc. before being sent to Newcastle on Tyne where an inquiry was held on Sept. 5-1940 with the radio operator, the 1st engineer, Ordinary Seaman Ericsson and the boatswain appearing.
Jenisch had torpedoed two other ships in quick succession, the British S/S Mill Hill, and S/S Chelsea, just before Norne was hit.
Related external links:
Back to Norne on the "Ships starting with N" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", R.W. Jordan, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II, and misc. (ref. My sources).