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D/S Nortun
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Updated Apr. 3-2012

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

Received from (and painted by) Jan Goedhart, Holland.

Owner: Viking Corp, Panama (a subsidiary of Viking Tanker Co. Ltd., London, associated with Johan Rasmussen & Co.)
Manager: Johan Rasmussen & Co., Sandefjord
3663 gt

Built by Fredriksstad mek. Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad in 1940.

Captain: Peder T. Inderberg (previously of Nidarnes until sunk).

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message - From someone whose uncle went down with Nortun, he's looking for more information.
Forum messages - From relatives of someone called Francis Klataske, who appears to have been a gunner on Nortun when lost.

  Voyage Record
From Aug.-1942 to March-1943:  

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors may exist, and the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 Aug. 26 Boston Halifax Aug. 28 BX 35 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 30 Halifax Liverpool Sept. 11 HX 205
Sept. 26 Liverpool New York City Oct. 17 ON 134 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 31 New York City Gitmo Nov. 7 NG 318 For Cristobal.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Nov. 8 Gitmo Cristobal Nov. 12 GZ 11 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
1943 Febr. 11 Bandar Abbas Khor Kwai Febr. 13 PA 24 Convoy available at PA 24
(external link)
March 18 Capetown CN 13 Dispersed March 20.
Convoy available at CN 13
(external link)
Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

Nortun, general cargo for Mersey, is listed in station 54 Convoy HX 205 from Halifax to the U.K. at the end of Aug.-1942 - follow the link for more details (see also the Commodore's suggestions for improvements of the convoy system). Acanthus, Eglantine, Montbretia and Potentilla are named among the escorts. Nortun returned with the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 134, departing Liverpool on Sept. 26, arriving New York Oct. 17 - the Norwegian Askeladden (joined from Halifax), Bonneville (Commodore Vessel), Glarona, Grado, Granfoss, Hallfried, Hjalmar Wessel, Loke (from Halifax), Mathilda (from Halifax), Maud, Sir James Clark Ross and Veni are also listed in this convoy; see ON 134 on this page (will later be added to an individual page in my Convoys section). At the end of that month we find her, with destination Cristobal, in Convoy NG 318, which left New York on Oct. 31 and arrived Guantanamo Nov. 7, then joined Convoy GZ 11 the next day, which arrived Cristobal Nov. 12. These convoys are available via the external links provided in the table above. NG 318 also had several Norwegian ships, namely Askeladden, Litiopa, Lynghaug, Norholm, Norsol, Polartank, Polycastle, President de Vogue, Thorshøvdi and Velma. It'll be noticed, when going to Convoy GZ 11 that there's a ship listed as Norwegian King of 645 gt, built in 1918, but this must be an error, because as far as I know, there was no ship by that name in the free fleet. Norway did have a D/S King of that tonnage (and built in 1918), but this ship was in the Homefleet, and besides, she had been lost in 1941.

In Febr.-1943 Nortun is listed, together with the Norwegian Bust and Norfjell, in Convoy PA 24, which departed Bandar Abbas on Febr. 11 and arrived Aden on the 19th; according to A. Hague, Nortun had arrived Khor Kwai on the 13th.

For more details on the Norwegian ships mentioned here, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Final Fate - 1943: 

Nortun was on a voyage from Busreh & Table Bay for Bahia, Trinidad and Philadelphia with a cargo of 5002 tons of chrome ore, 637 tons asbestos, 124 tons of lead and copper concentrates, when she was torpedoed and sunk by U-516 (Wiebe) on March 20-1943, 27 35S 14 22E. A. Hague has included her in Convoy CN 13 (external link), which left Cape Town on March 18 and was dispersed on the 20th; the attack may have taken place after dispersal of the convoy. 8 crew members and two armed guard died, 37 survived.

10 Norwegians are commemorated at the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway, which I've linked to below. Mangård Charles Krogstad is probably the uncle of the poster of this Guestbook message. The site says that 8 Norwegians died when Nortun was sunk. The following are also commemorated:
Steward Johan August Andersen
Engineer Leif Mangor Andersen (previously of Norland, until sunk)
Seaman Rolf Blom-Pettersen
2nd Engineer Arthur Eilif Hansen
Seaman Edgar Arnold Hansen
Captain Peder Torstein Inderberg (see also Nidarnes)
Cook Finn Salomonsen.
I've looked the names up in "Våre falne", a series of 4 books that name Norwegians who died during the war, and find that 2 of the men commemorated died in other incidents. Able Seaman Thorleif Kristian Aslaksen had died in an accident in Melbourne on March 16-1942, while Engineer Johan Jenssen became ill and died at a hospital in New York on July 30-1943, so it looks like he survived the sinking of Nortun (if he had been on board at the time), possibly joined another ship, but died that same year. (I cannot find E. A. Hansen and R. B. Pettersen in these books).

Again, see also these Forum messages from relatives of someone called Francis Klataske, who appears to have been a gunner on Nortun when lost. The thread starts with this message. One of the responses is from Tom Doran, who survived the sinking.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations


Other ships owned by Johan Rasmussen & Co. - Here is the main page.

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

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Lloyd's War Losses, Vol I", "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", Roger W. Jordan, "Våre falne" - and misc.


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