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D/S Rimac
Updated May 15-2012

To Rimac on the "Ships starting with R" page.

Rimac in London ca. 1937/1938.
Received from Øistein Eriksen, Norway (see this Norwegian Guestbook message), whose father, Erlioth Johan Kristian Eriksen, served on board.

Owner: Skibs-A/S Mairo
Manager: Anders Smith, Arendal
942 gt, 1300 tdwt
Signal Letters: LEBI

Delivered in Apr.-1919 from Porsgrunds Mek. Værksted A/S, Porsgrunn (80) as cargo vessel Frank to A/S Frank (Chr. J. Reim), Porsgrunn. Steel hull, "Porsgrunn-type" (engine aft and bridge amidships), 202’ x 32.1’ x 12’, 942 gt, 1300 dwt, Tripple Expansion (Porsgrunds) 103 nhp, 9 knots. Sold in Dec.-1919 to A/S Havtor (P. Meyer), renamed Havmøy in Apr.-1921. Sold in Dec.-1933 to Skibs-A/S Mairo (Anders Smith), Arendal and renamed Rimac.

Captain: Aksel Åberg

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.

  Voyage Record
From March-1940 to Apr.-1941:  

(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 some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 15 Methil Norwegian Waters March 18 ON 20 Missing voyages:
Page 1
June 17 Southend Hartlepool June 18 FN 198A Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 22 Middlesbrough* Southend June 24 FS 202 *From Hartlepool
(Page 1).
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1.
June 30 Southend Sunderland July 2 FN 209 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 4 Sunderland Southend July 5 FS 212 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
July 6 Southend Shoreham July 7 CW 1 Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 1
July 13 Southend Sunderland July 15 FN 221 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 17 Sunderland Southend July 18 FS 224 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
July 20 Southend Falmouth July 22 CW 7 Compare w/Page 1.
Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
Aug. 4 Portsmouth Southend Aug. 5 CE 8 Convoy available at CE convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
Sept. 3 Tyne Southend Sept. 5 FS 271 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 9 Southend Methil* Sept. 11 FN 277B *Arrived Blyth
(Page 1).
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 13 Blyth Southend Sept. 15 FS 280 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2
Sept. 26 Blyth Southend Sept. 28 FS 292 Convoy available at link above
Oct. 3 Southend Tyne Oct. 5 FN 298 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2.
Nov. 3 Southend Blyth Nov. 5 FN 326 Convoy available at link above.
Missing 1941 movements, Page 2.
1941 Apr. 3 Southend Tyne Apr. 5 EC 2 Earlier 1941 movements:
Page 2
Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3
Apr. 17 Southend Blyth Apr. 18 EC 8 Convoy available at link above
See also "Final Fate" below


A. Hague has included Rimac in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 20 in the middle of March-1940. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, she later arrived Sunderland from Fredrikstad, Norway on Apr. 4, thereby ending up in allied control (Norway was invaded on Apr. 9). Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3. As can be seen, she was in service around the U.K.

 Final Fate - 1941: 

Rimac is said to have been on a voyage from Blyth to Loch Ewe with a cargo of coal when she in the early morning hours of Apr. 27-1941 was run into by the British Lord Plender, but in view of the location of her loss it appears this voyage information is incorrect. A couple of Norwegian sources state that this took place half a mile off Long Hope, north of Great Yarmouth, but I've been told that there is no such place near Great Yarmouth, and that it happened west of Sheringham, North Norfolk. David Tranter has told me that according to "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles" by Richard & Bridget Larn, she was on a voyage from Blyth to Woolwich, and position is given as 52 56 45N 01 14E in this source (0.5M west of Sheringham). Page 3 says she was bound for London, having departed Blyth on Apr. 25.

Rimac sank; 5 are said to have died, but it looks like 3 lost their lives - ref. my text at the external link below. Lord Plender lost 3(?). The 14 surviors from Rimac were taken aboard Lord Plender and landed at Grimsby. A lifeboat is said to have drifted ashore at Weybourne and another at East Runton.

This was Anders Smith's only ship.

Crew List:

Aksel Åberg
1st Mate
John Milton
2nd Mate
Karl Pettersen Ulla
Able Seaman*
Edmund Sigurd Lund
Able Seaman
Reidar Badski
Ordinary Seaman
Sverre Pedersen
Ordinary Seaman
Ragnvald Langaker
Peder Wåge
Åke Manner
Oscar Frøseth
Jørgen Karluf Løknæs
Thure Waldemar Lundsten
Mess Boy
Oswald Shreave
+ 1 more?

Able Seaman
Halvor Sætre

1st Engineer
Fritz Klem

2nd Engineer**
John Helgesen

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - This website says that 5 died. In addition to the 3 listed above, Engineer Johan H. Havnerås and Able Seaman Edmund Lund are commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway. The latter is included among the survivors in "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig". *According to "Våre falne", which names Norwegians who lost their lives during the war, he became ill after his rescue and died on June 27-1941, buried in Newcastle. This book lists Engineer Havnerås as **John Helgesen Havnerås (his father's name was Helge, hence the Helgesen), adding that he died when Rimac sank on Apr. 27-1941 - It'll be noticed, when clicking on the last 2 names at the memorial, that the birthdates are the same; in other words, John Helgesen in my crew list and Johan H. Havnerås are one and the same, and is listed twice at the memorial. This leaves us with 3 casualties at the time of the collision.

Back to Rimac on the "Ships starting with R" 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). The prewar history was received from T. Eriksen, Norway - His source: Article about Chr. J. Reim by Kjell Malmgren and Dag Bakka Jr. in "Skipet" 4.88.


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