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Owner: Tønsberg Rederi A/S
Built in Norrköping in 1920. Previous name: Gripen.
Captain: Tolle Tollisen
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.
Errors may exist, and as can be seen, the record is incomplete.
A. Hague has included Røsten in Convoy HN 12 from Norway to the U.K. in the middle of Febr.-1940. He says she returned to Norway early in March with Convoy ON 18, and towards the end of that month we find her in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 21 from Norway, bound for Hull with a cargo of pyrites. Follow the links for more info; several Norwegian ships took part.
According to Page 1 of the archive documents, the intention was to head back to Norway on Apr. 4 but instead, she was diverted to Nantes (Norway was invaded on Apr. 9). It'll also be noticed that she appears to have spent a long time in Newport that summer. She had arrived there from Honfleur on June 5, and departure is given as Sept. 18, when she proceeded to Cardiff. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2, Page 3, Page 4 and Page 5 (showing a long stay in Milford Haven from the end of that year). The latter document also has some 1942 voyages, while the rest are listed on Page 6 (which shows a long stay in Cardiff that spring).
The eastbound coastal Convoy WP 183 (external link - incomplete listing), escorted by the destroyer Brocklesby was in Lyme Bay between Dartmouth and Portland when the 2nd S-Flottille with 7 E-boats attacked shortly after midnight on July 9-1942. Røsten, on a voyage from Barry (departed Barry Dock on July 7) to Shoreham with coal was torpedoed, port side, by S-109 (Cmdr. Dross) at 01:45 and as she sank immediately, those on board had to jump overboard. A couple of hours later 9 were picked up by the destroyer and taken to Portsmouth, while the captain?*, the 2nd mate, the 1st engineer, the steward, and Stoker Torgersen were picked up by the British steamer Gripfast.
The E-boats sank 5 merchant ships and an escort trawler (I've read that this was in fact a Norwegian whaler) before they withdrew, but at dawn the convoy was again attacked, this time by aircraft. Gripfast got two direct hits and sank. 2 of the previously rescued Norwegians were killed on board, namely the 1st engineer and the steward who had gone down below, while the other 3 who had remained on deck in the galley ended up in the sea again, 2 of whom were rescued by a Dutch steamer and taken ashore. Captain Tollisen was aided by another man who had a lifevest on, but as it took a while for help to arrive, Tollisen told the man to let go of him and save himself.
A visitor to my website has informed me that "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles" gives location as 24 miles south/southwest of Portland Bill. This source says Røsten was built in 1919 by A/B Östersjövarvet, Norrköping, ex Grippen, ex Comp. Stm. (?? not sure what this means).
The Norwegian D/S Kongshaug (Commodore ship) and D/S Bokn were also sunk in the E-boat attack, follow the links for more info. Other ships lost were the British Manor (anti-submarine trawler, ex Verdunois, ex Manor, in other words, not a Norwegian whaler), sunk by S-63, the British tanker Pomella by S-67, and the Dutch steamship Reggestrom by S-50.
The inquiry was held in Cardiff on July 29-1942 with the 1st mate, Able Seaman Jensen and Stoker Torgersen appearing.
Related external link:
Back to Røsten on the "Ships starting with R" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Krigsseileren" No. 1 for 1988, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II, and misc. (ref. My sources).