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D/S Røyksund
Updated May 22-2012

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Owner: D/S A/S Fraktfart
Manager: Sigv. Risanger, Haugesund
695 gt, 371 net, 1000 tdwt
Signal Letters: LETG

Delivered in May-1919 from N. V. Machf. & Scheepswerf van P. Smit jr., Rotterdam as Marguerite Pry to owners in Amsterdam, 756 gt, 975 tdwt, 182.2' x 28' x 12.9', Triple exp. 116 nhp (P. Smit jr.). From 1921 she sailed as Alfriston of London. Purchased in 1930 by J. Henning Thuestad, renamed Røyksund (R-145-H), registered for D/S A/S Røyksund. Sold in July-1933 to D/S A/S Fraktfart (Sigvald Risanger), Haugesund. Remeasured 1935 - 695 gt, 1000 tdwt.
Note that the external page that I've linked to above shows a more detailed history. The site agrees that she was delivered in May-1919 as Marguerite Pry, adding that owners were Soc. Anon Belge d'Arm (Arm. J. Pry), Antwerp. From 1920, she sailed as Vatour for Soc. Belge d'Arm. Maritime (E. Deckers), Antwerp, then as Europa for Kersen, Hunik & Co., Rotterdam that same year. Renamed Alfriston for J. Harrison Ltd., London in 1921. Owned from 1923 by H. Harrison Ltd., London, no name change. From 1930 as Røyksund for D/S A/S Røyksund (J. Henning Thuestad), Haugesund, then owned from 1933 by D/S A/S Fraktfart (Sigv. Risanger), Haugesund.

Captain: Lars Ommund Johansen Langeland

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 as can be seen, the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 31 Norwegian Waters Returned Apr. 4 HN 23B
Apr. 9 Norwegian Waters Methil Apr. 12 HN 25 Missing voyages, Page 1
July 12 Southend Methil July 14 FN 220 See also narrative below.
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
Oct. 15 Clyde Methil Oct. 19 WN 23 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements:
Page 1 & Page 2
Nov. 8 Southend Methil Nov. 10 FN 329 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1940 movements, Page 2 above
1941 Febr. 4 Methil Maryport Febr. 8 EN 67/1 Earlier 1941 movements, Page 2.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
More missing movements, Page 2
March 14 Clyde Methil March 18 WN 99 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2.
Apr. 4 Methil Douglas Apr. 9 EC 2 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Apr. 15 Holyhead Port Talbot Apr. 16 BB 6 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Subsequent movements:
Page 2 & Page 3
Sunk following month.
See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

Røyksund, in ballast for Tyne, is listed in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 23B from Norway to the U.K. at the end of March-1940, but according to A. Hague she returned to port, later joining Convoy HN 25, which left Bergen on Apr. 7, 2 days before the German invasion. Please follow the links for more information on these convoys - several Norwegian ships took part. Røyksund arrived Shields on Apr. 14 - see Page 1 of the archive documents. Apart from some voyages to France that spring, she was subsequently in service around the U.K.

The external website that I've linked to below has named her among the ships in Convoy OA 169, which left Southend on June 17-1940 and was dispersed 2 days later. Her destination is given as Rochefort, but there's a note saying she was diverted to Weymouth. Going back to the archive document, we learn that she arrived Weymouth Bay on June 18 (original destination is given as Cherbourg). This convoy was composed of 2 parts, OA 169(1) and OA 169(2), Røyksund being in station 14 of Part 2, together with Gulhaug, Lom, Roy, Thorøy and Varegg (see also Balder), while Vinland is listed in Part 1. It'll be noticed that A. Hague has not included Røyksund in OA 169, but his listing is incomplete.

Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2.

Related external link:
OB (& OA) convoys - OA 169 is included; here is OA 169(2). See also Arnold Hague's listing for Convoy OA 169 (incomplete).

 Final Fate - 1941: 

Røyksund departed Cowes, Isle of Wight on May 22-1941 in ballast for Newport Mon. in convoy, via Dartmouth and Falmouth for orders, arriving Dartmouth May 23, Falmouth May 24 (see Page 3). She left Falmouth again on May 27 and that same night, when the convoy was between Trevose Head and Hartland Point at about 11 p.m., an aircraft was seen heading straight for Røyksund. Her 4 British gunners opened fire but one of them was killed immediately by the machine gun fire from the aircraft, and about half a minute later a bomb detonated in the engine room, killing 3 men and causing extensive damage. 2 explosions were heard.

The 1st engineer, who was asleep in his cabin got up to find his door blocked, but the 2nd explosion opened it again. By the time he got out water was already filling his cabin. All the lifeboats on the starboard side were blown away, and the ship sank almost immediately, forcing the crew to jump overboard. Some grabbed a hold of two rafts that floated up while others kept afloat on lifebelts until the escort arrived and picked them all up within 15-20 minutes. 3 were presumed drowned.

The maritime inquiry was held in Cardiff on June 5-1941 with the captain, the 1st and 2nd mates, the 1st engineer, and the steward appearing. The 1st mate stated that he had seen the body of Able Seaman Lossius on the trawler that picked them up, so it's possible he was buried in Swansea where they were landed(?).

2 of her gunners (including the surviving J. Taylor) were Army gunners from Cardiff who had joined Røyksund there on May 14 or 15, while the other 2 were Naval Ratings from Portsmouth who had joined her in Cowes on May 22.

Crew List:

Lars O. J. Langeland
1st Mate
Gudmund Landraak
2nd Mate
Kåre Duedahl
Able Seaman
Alf Svåsand
Able Seaman
Fredrik Johansen
Able Seaman
Hans Kristiansen
1st Engineer
Johan Emil
Hilmar Gilberg
William Chesney
Bjarne Johan Mjaanes
Egil Langby Andersen
John Taylor

Able Seaman
Arild Ronne Lossius

2nd Engineer
Karl Ludvik Larsen

Harry Holm

Harry Langshaw*

Gordon Woodward*

David Melville*

F. Heath*

* Billy McGee, England has told me that Harry Langshaw is commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 89; I found him on this page on the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website. I also found a Gordon Albert Woodward (Plymouth Naval Memorial), a David Melville (age 19, Portsmouth Naval Memorial), and a Frank William Heath (age 25, Chatham Naval Memorial) who might be the gunners listed above. All these links are external.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemorations

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

Sigvald Risanger later had another ship by this name, originally delivered in Jan.-1927 as Main to Rud Chr. Gribel, Stettin, 977 gt. Awarded Norway as replacement for war losses, then purchased by D/S A/S Rask (Sigvald Risanger) in Dec.-1946 and renamed Røyksund. Sold to Germany in July-1955 and renamed Birka. Delivered for breaking up in 1961.

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


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