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D/S Ringen
Updated May 16-2012

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

Crew List

Received from Peter Schmid, Kiel.

Manager: Birger Ekerholt, Oslo
1499 gt, 2000 tdwt
Signal Letters: LERP

Built in Rotterdam in 1917. Previous names (from a website visitor): Loosedrecht, then S. E. Calvert.
According to this external page, she was delivered from N.V. Burgerhout's Machine Fabriek & Sceepswerf Rotterdam in Jan.-1917 as Loosedrecht to N.V. Stoomv. Maats De Maas (Phs. van Ommeren), Rotterdam. From Jan.-1918, The Shipping Controller (R. & J.H. Rea), London, same name. From 1919, N.V. Stoomv. Maats (N.V. Phs. van Ommeren Scheepsv. bedrif), Rotterdam, no name change. Owned from 1925 by Calvert S.S. Co. Ltd. (J.S. Calvert), Goole, renamed S. E. Calvert. Renamed Ringen for D/S A/S Ringen (E.M. Mathiesen), Tvedestrand in 1928. Owned from 1935 by Ekerholts Rederi A/S (Birger Ekerholt), Oslo, same name.

Captain: Oskar Monsen

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10 | Page 11

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

  Voyage Record
From March-1940 to July-1944:  

(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, the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 2 Norwegian Waters Methil March 5 HN 16 Missing voyages, Page 1
July 28 Methil OA 191 Dispersed Aug. 1
(had arrived Dublin, July 31 - See Page 1).
Convoy available at OA 191
(external link)
Aug. 16 Clyde Methil Aug. 19 WN 8 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Left Methil Aug. 20
(Page 1)
Aug. 29 Tyne Southend Aug. 31 FS 266 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 13 Southend Methil Sept. 15 FN 279 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
Oct. 4 Methil Southend Oct. 6 FS 300 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 1.
Oct. 13 Southend Methil Oct. 16 FN 307 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
Nov. 12 Methil Southend Nov. 14 FS 334 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 1.
Nov. 18 Southend Seaham Nov. 20 FN 337 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
* Nov. 26 Sunderland Southend Nov. 28 FS 346 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
*Compare w/Page 1
Also, missing movements
Dec. 14 Sunderland Southend Dec. 16 FS 361 Convoy available at link above
Compare w/Page 2
(gives departure Sunderland Dec. 10.
Also, missing 1940 movements)
1941 Jan. 23 Sunderland Southend Jan. 26 FS 395 Compare w/Page 2 above
(also, earlier 1941 voyages).
Convoy available at link above
Febr. 4 Southend Blyth Febr. 6 FN 399 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2
Apr. 19 Holyhead Barry Apr. 20 BB 8 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Left Barry, Apr. 24
(Page 2 - Missing movements, Page 3)
May 3 Holyhead Cardiff May 4 BB 15 Convoy available at link above
More missing movements, Page 3
July 19 Holyhead Newport July 21 BB 50 Convoy available at link above
Again, see also Page 3
July 28 Milford Haven Holyhead* MH 6 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
*Arrived Liverpool July 29
(Page 3)
Aug. 17 Oban Methil Aug. 21 WN 169 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements:
Page 3 & Page 4
Sept. 22 Southend Methil Sept. 24 EC 76 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 4
Oct. 20 Oban Methil Oct. 23 WN 196 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1941 movements, Page 4
1942 March 18 Methil Belfast March 20 EN 60 Earlier 1942 voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 5
Apr. 5 Loch Ewe Methil Apr. 7 WN 266 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 5
Apr. 24 Methil Oban* Apr. 26 EN 75 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
*Arrived Londonderry, Apr. 26/27
(Page 5 - Also, more missing movements)
May 15 Loch Ewe Methil May 17 WN 283 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 5, Page 6 & Page 7
Sept. 7 St Helens Roads Southend Sept. 8 CE 118 Convoy available at CE convoys
(external link)
Sept. 8 Southend Tyne Sept. 10 FN 808 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1942 voyages:
Page 7 & Page 8
1943 Febr. 2 Southend St Helens Roads Febr. 3 CW 153 Earlier 1943 movements, Page 8.
Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
Missing 1943 voyages:
Page 8, Page 9 & Page 10
1944 June 5 Southend Seine Bay June 6 ETC 1 Earlier 1944 voyages:
Page 10 & Page 11
Convoy available at ETC convoys
(external link)
June 8 Solent Seine Bay June 9 ETC 3W Convoy available at link above
June 13 Seine Bay Solent June 14 FWC 6 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
June 20 Southend Seine Bay June 22 ETC 15 Convoy available at ETC convoys
(external link)
The above 1944 voyages are not included on Page 11 so comparison cannot be made and accuracy confirmed.
July 3 Southend ETC 26 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below.
Convoy available at link above

 Misc. WW II: 

With a general cargo for Rouen, Ringen is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 16 from Norway to the U.K. in March.-1940 - follow the link for more info, several Norwegian ships took part. As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, she was on her way to Norway when the Germans invaded on Apr. 9, but put back to Kirkwall, remaining there for several weeks. It'll also be noticed that she had a long stay at Leith that summer.

In July-1940, we find her, together with the Norwegian Vestvard, in Convoy OA 191, departing Methil on July 28, dispersed Aug. 1. Her destination is not given, but going back to the archive document mentioned above, we learn that she arrived Dublin on July 31.

In the fall of 1941 she collided with an unknown ship in convoy, and interrupted her voyage on Oct. 26 to go into Hartlepool for repairs (see also Page 4 - this document also shows a long stay at Grangemouth at the end of that year).

 Final Fate - 1944: 

Ringen took part in Operation Neptune in June-1944, arriving Normandie on June 8 and leaving again on June 13, according to "Nortraships flåte" by J. R Hegland. He says she made one more trip between June 22 and 27, then on her 3rd trip from London, at 06:30 on July 4, she struck a mine* off Isle of Wight. She had departed Southend on July 3, and for this voyage A. Hague has included her in Convoy ETC 26 (external link). In 3 1/2 minutes, she was gone.

According to the captain's report they were just passing Buoy R 3 when the explosion occurred below midships, causing all the cargo in holds 1 and 2 as well as some cargo from hold 3 to be thrown up in the air. The 1st mate, who was on watch, was lifted up and ended up lying with his head and arms off the edge of the bridge, with pieces of debris across his back pinning him down. A British gunner was thrown overboard from the starboard side and disappeared. The lookout man, Ordinary Seaman Jacobsen, was also thrown overboard, but resurfaced and was later picked up. The 2nd mate was thrown out of his bunk, and finding the door from his cabin jammed, he had to crawl out through the porthole. As he came on deck he heard cries for help from the gunners' cabin, and with the help of a plank he managed to knock a hole in the door to free Trimmer Rodhaus, before going to the bridge where he was also able to free the 1st mate. George Monk, England has told me that 2nd Mate John Hauge later received the British HonMBE(Civ) and Lloyds Bravery Medal for his actions (his source: Seedies List of awards to the British Merchant Navy which includes awards to Allied merchant seamen).

Captain Monsen, resting on a bench in his cabin on the port side, found himself covered by his bunk, drawers and other items, but managed to get free and out on deck. Coming to the bridge he saw nothing but debris, so he proceeded aft to the lifeboats, to find that the port boat had been launched and rowed away from the ship, while 3 men remained on deck on the starboard side. The captain then attempted to get to the ship's papers in his cabin, but with everything being helter skelter there, and the ship sinking deeper and deeper he returned to the lifeboat. As he came aft the ship heeled over to port, then quickly went down by the bow, so that those who had remained on board had to lower themselves into the water where they were later picked up.

The survivors were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Fernie (L 11 - one of the escorts for Convoy ETC 26) and landed in Normandie that same afternoon. They later boarded Ascanius (for info, this British ship is listed in Convoy FTM 36 from Seine Bay on July 13-1944 - external link; she arrived Portsmouth that same day). 1 Mate Børretzen, Ordinary Seaman Jacobsen, Able Seaman Jensen and Trimmer Rodhaus were sent on board the hospital ship St. Julian.

* Jürgen Rohwer (and several other sources) says Ringen was torpedoed and sunk by U-763 (Cordes) on July 5-1944, while in Convoy ETC 26, position 50 12N 00 46W. All my Norwegian sources insist it was a mine (Ringen did have degaussing, which had been on the whole time). Rohwer's info appears to be incorrect - I posted a query to the forum about this, and the replies indicate that U-763 could not have sunk this ship, the attacks made by this U-boat having taken place over a day later, at 18:03 on July 5. has also listed U-763 as the culprit (external link).

Crew List:
There's a Donkeyman August Bø included in the crew list for
Carrier - same person?

Oskar Monsen
1st Mate
Ludvig Børretzen
2nd Mate
John Hauge
Able Seaman
Olaf Jensen
Able Seaman
Frank Larsen
Able Seaman
Ingemann Skjolde
Able Seaman
Toralf Larsen
Able Seaman
Karl Ny
Ordinary Seaman
Reidar Jacobsen
1st Engineer
Otto B. Andersen
2nd Engineer
Sigurd Pedersen
3rd Engineer
Trygve Espestøl
Hans Andreassen
August Bøe
Valdemar Lindeburg
Sveinung Sonesen
Bjarne Nordby
Magne Pedersen
Charles Agner
? Rodhaus
Kristian Bendiksen
Adolf Skårnes
Galley Boy
Georg Sørensen
Mess Boy
Øivin Haugen
Edgar Lewis
George Cliffe
Daven McKinlay
John Forte
H. Arnold

M. Campbell

I've looked through the list of Campbell's who are included for 1944 at the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website, and the only one I can find who died on the date Ringen was lost is a Kenneth Campbell. There are several M. Campbells who are listed as having died just before or after that date, however, I don't feel they quite fit the bill.

Related external links:
Operations information for U-763

U-763 - As mentioned, says Ringen was sunk by this U-boat, but it's more like that she struck a mine.

Back to Ringen on the "Ships starting with R" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Krigsseileren", "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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