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M/S Norne
Updated Aug. 9-2010

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Manager: H. Kuhnle, Bergen
3971 gt, 6910 tdwt
Signal Letters: LDNF

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.

  Voyage Record
From May-1940 to Aug.-1940:  

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

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 18 Baltimore New York City May 21 Independent Had arrived Baltimore from Norway, Apr. 18
(see archive document).
May 28 New York City Fernandina June 1 Independent
June 11 Fernandina New York City June 14 Independent
July 24 New York City Wilmington, NC July 26 Independent
Aug. 8 Wilmington, NC Bermuda Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 15 Bermuda BHX 66 See link to HX 66
(and narrative below).
Aug. 20 Bermuda portion joined main convoy HX 66 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below


According to the archive document, Norne arrived Baltimore from Narvik, Norway on Apr. 18-1940, continuing to New York a month later.

 Final Fate - 1940: 

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.

*Norne had originally been scheduled for Convoy HX 53 from Halifax on June 25, but did not sail, and had also been cancelled from HX 54 on June 29 - from the archive document, we learn that she was in New York when these convoys sailed, having been there since June 14, and did not leave New York for Wilmington until July 24.

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.

For info, U-32 had also been responsible for the attacks on Jern, Luna, Altair and Eli Knudsen, and later sank Tancred.

Crew List:
All the survivors were picked up from a raft, except the radio operator and Ordinary Seaman Vikan, who were in the water.

Radio Operator
Ole August Torkildsen
Marner Hansen
Helge Mortensen
Able Seaman
Martin Liverød
Ordinary Seaman
Paul Vikan
Ordinary Seaman
Eskil Gustav
Birger Ericsson
1st Engineer
Hilmar Lundekvam
Nils Nilsen
Odd Tvedt
Harald Albertsen
Mess Boy
Kalmar Jensen

Leif Hauge

1st Mate
Fridtjof Müller

2nd Mate
Frithjof Busch

3rd Mate
Selmer Hansen

Able Seaman
Kaare Østby

Able Seaman
Konrad Mikkelborg

Ordinary Seaman
Knut Johannesen

Jr. Ordinary Seaman
Bernt Lund

2nd Engineer
Mikal Pedersen

3rd Engineer
Odd Svendsen

Thorbjørn Hornhauer

Gunnar Byrknes

Bernhard Pedersen

Dagfinn Nilsskog

Frithjof Pedersen

Theodor Holdøy

Galley Boy
Hilmar Jensen

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - Some of the names are spelt a little differently at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway (for instance, the cook is listed as Theodor Holbø, the galley boy as Henry Jenssen).

Operations information for U-32

U-32 | Hans Jenisch

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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).


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