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D/S Nurgis
Updated July 31-2010

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Owner: D/S A/S Nurgis
Manager: Karl M. Thuestad, Haugesund
700 gt, 300 net, 1024 tdwt
Signal Letters: LENX

Delivered in Jan-1919 from J. Meyer Scheepsbouw Maatschappij, Leeuwen, the Netherlands as Oranjepolden (Oranjepolder?) to Algemeine Nederlandsche Scheepsvaar Mats., Rotterdam. 181.4' x 28.3' x 12.7', triple exp. Purchased by D/S A/S Nurgis (Karl M. Thuestad), Haugesund in 1929, renamed Nurgis.

Captain: Thorvald Skaare

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

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

  Voyage Record
From Jan.-1940 to Sept.-1940:  

(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 as can be seen, this record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Jan. 27 Norwegian Waters Methil Jan. 31 HN 9A
March 3 Methil Norwegian Waters March 7 ON 17
March 22 Norwegian Waters Methil March 25 HN 21 Missing voyages, Page 1
June 17 Southend Hartlepool June 18 FN 198B Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
* June 21 Middlesbrough Southend June 23 FS 201 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
*Page 1 gives her voyage information as Hartlepool for Queenborough.
June 27 Southend Blyth June 29 FN 206 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 1 Blyth Southend July 2 FS 209 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
Aug. 10 Tyne Southend Aug. 12 FS 248 Convoy available at link above
See also Page 2
Aug. 30 Southend Portsmouth Aug. 31 CW 10 Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
Sept. 3 St Helens Roads Southend Sept. 4 CE 10 Convoy available at CE convoys
(external link)
Again, compare w/Page 2
Sept. 13 Southend Humber Sept. 14 FN 279 Detached for bunkers.
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 2, Page 3 & Page 4

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

Nurgis is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 9A from Norway to the U.K. in Jan.-1940. Early in March A. Hague has included her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 17, and towards the end of that month (just a couple of weeks before Norway was invaded), we find her in Convoy HN 21, bound for Dundee with pulp. Follow the links for more information on these convoys; several Norwegian ships took part. Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, it looks like the intention was to return to Norway. She left Methil for Halden, Norway on Apr. 6, but she must have been diverted elsewhere, due to the German invasion on Apr. 9. She's not mentioned, but perhaps she was intended for Convoy ON 25?

She made a voyage to Calais early the following month, and was subsequently in service around the U.K.

 Final Fate - 1941: 

Nurgis was attacked by 2 German aircraft on March 8-1941, 7 n. miles off Lizard, when on a voyage from Swansea to Southampton with 815 tons bricks, having departed Swansea the previous day (see Page 4). The machine gun fire destroyed her starboard Hotchkiss gun, but the 2nd mate returned the fire with the port gun, until it got jammed and had to be given up. The first aircraft dropped 2 bombs which detonated close to the ship, causing a steam pipe to the boiler to break, and destroying the port lifeboat. She developed a list to port and those on board started to lower the starboard lifeboat under continuous machine gun fire. The 2nd aircraft also dropped 2 bombs which exploded close to the ship's side and she started to sink. The lifeboat was launched, but while doing so Able Seaman Osberg and Stoker Helmersen were shot and injured. One of the aircraft returned and dropped another 2 bombs, but they did not explode.

There were several ships in the vicinity, and the British Arthur Wright, which was closest to them, picked up the men from the lifeboat. Nurgis went down about 30 minutes later. Her men were taken to Falmouth where the injured crew members were admitted to a hospital. The remaining crew were sent to Cardiff on March 10 where an inquiry was held on March 17 with the captain, the 1st and 2nd engineers, and the 2nd mate appearing.

Crew List - No casualties:

Thorvald Skaare
1st Mate
Bjarne Ulstad
2nd Mate
Gustav Uhrbom
Able Seaman
Karl Osberg
Able Seaman
Christopher Murphy
Able Seaman
Daniel James
Able Seaman
George Luff Thomas
1st Engineer
Olaf Modahl Nilsen
2nd Engineer
Nils Skivik
Helmer Helmersen
Petter Grønning
John Kemp
Petter Fredriksen
Mess Boy
Kenneth Appleby

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre gamle skip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II and misc. (ref. My sources).


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