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Manager: Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
Previous names: Hiskø until 1921, Hufterø until 1924, Tananger until 1929, Labelle County until 1934.
Delivered in Apr.-1921 from W. Pickersgill & Sons Ltd., Sunderland to Henrik Østervold, Bergen. 5455 gt, 8590 tdwt, 380.3' x 52.1' x 26.6', Triple exp. 1500 ihp, 9.5 knots. Taken over by Bergens Privatbank in June-1923. Purchased by Westfal-Larsen in Dec.-1939(?). (There are some discrepancies here; Westfal-Larsen's fleet list states she had the name Tananger 1923-1929, and that she was delivered as Hufterø in 1921 - Hiskø is not mentioned). See also the external page that I've linked to above. J. Rohwer says she was built in 1920.
Captain: Sverre Kure Olsen
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.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.
As will be seen when going to the archive document, Risanger was on her way from Harstad, Norway to New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She stopped at Norfolk on Apr. 15, proceeding to New York a month later, with arrival May 17. From there, she headed to Halifax on June 7 in order to join Convoy HX 50 on June 13, general cargo for Brest, station 93. However, she did not go to Brest (probably due to the situation in France at the time), but arrived Weymouth Bay on June 27. The archive document gives her destination as London, as does the original Advance Sailing Telegram for this convoy and she later arrived there on July 1.
At the end of that month we find her (together with Solferino) in Convoy OA 192, which left Methil on July 30 and dispersed Aug. 3 (see the external link provided within the Voyage Record). According to the archive document, she arrived Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 14, proceeding to Halifax a few days later, where she stayed for quite a long time, before returning to Sydney, C.B. With a cargo of steel and lumber for Middlesbrough, she subsequently joined the slow Convoy SC 5 on Sept. 18, and arrived Ardrossan on Oct. 3.
Risanger was on a voyage from Newcastle-on-Tyne to Alexandria via Cape Town with a cargo of coal and vehicles when she was torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U-65 (von Stockhausen) on Dec. 27-1940, 12 30N 21 30W. She had started out from Oban on Dec. 3, and according to A. Hague, she had joined Convoy OB 253, which had been dispersed on Dec. 6. Stiklestad and Varangberg are also named in this convoy, though the latter returned.
The torpedo struck on the port side between hatch No. 2 and 3, causing the coal cargo in No. 2 hold to run out and she developed a heavy list to port. All hatches and cross webs disappeared and water and coal smoke rose high in the air.
After about 20 minutes the U-boat surfaced and shelled the ship until she sank. By then everyone had gotten into the lifeboats, of which only the motorboat and 2 jolly boats were usable. The motorboat drifted off when the painter broke. The captain, the 1st mate and the 1st engineer left the ship about 15 minutes after the torpedo had hit. The latter had been in the store room when the attack occurred but went up on deck when he heard the explosion. However, he was delayed for a long time at the exit from the engine room by the masses of water coming in from the deck.
The boats set an eastward course towards the nearest land on the African coast. They were all picked up on Dec. 29 by the Norwegian M/T Belinda, which landed them in Cape Town on Jan. 10-1941. An inquiry was held there on Jan. 14 with the captain, the 1st mate, the 1st engineer, the donkeyman, Ordinary Seaman Gotfredsen (helmsman), Ordinary Seaman Heggen, and Stoker Fredrikson appearing.
* William Humble's brother Frederick was on board Thorshavet when sunk. See this Guestbook message.
Back to Risanger on the "Ships starting with R" page.
Other ships by this name: Westfal-Larsen had another Risanger delivered from Kockums, Malmö in Aug.-1951. Sold in Aug.-1971 to Arne Teignes Rederi, Egersund, renamed Rytterfjell. Sold in 1976 to Piræus and renamed Tofalos G. Broken up in Taiwan in 1980. Another Risanger (chem. tanker) was delivered in Nov.-1976, built in Poland, 17 057 gt. This ship later sailed as Bow Sirius for Skibs-A/S Storli, Bergen from 1990, renamed Ncc Narjan that same year - sold for breaking up in 2004 (majority of info from Westfal-Larsen fleet list). Here are some details on a more recent Risanger built 1991 - external link.
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).