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D/S Ruth I
Updated May 23-2012

To Ruth I on the "Ships starting with R" page.

Crew List

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Owner: A/S Britannic
Manager: Brummenæs & Torgersen, Haugesund
3531 gt, 2172 net, 5800 tdwt
Signal Letters: LCWO

Delivered in Apr.-1900 from C. S. Swan & Hunter Ltd., Newcastle as Ruth to Hagb. Waage, Christiania (Oslo). Tonnages as above, 330' x 48' x 24.7', triple exp. 276 nhp (T. Richardson & Sons), owners: D/S A/S Ruth. Purchased by A/S Britannic (Brummenæs & Torgersen) in 1927, renamed Ruth I in Apr.-1932. In lumber and coal trade. (The external page that I've linked to above has more detailed information).

Captain: Einar Haugland

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message from the daughter of Knute Grytebust, who served on Ruth I (still around, Febr.-2008).
Guestbook message from the grandson of Captain Einar Haugland, with some info on his life after the war. He lived to be 97 years old.
Guestbook message from the granddaughter of Stoker Kai Emil Seiler, one of the casualties of Ruth I.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

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

  Voyage Record
From March-1940 to Apr.-1944:  

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 14 Norwegian Waters Methil March 17 HN 19
March 16 Detached from HN 19 Workington March 21 Independent
Apr. 1 Workington Swansea Apr. 4 Independent
May 1 Swansea Rouen May 4 Independent
May 14* Rouen Downs May 17 Independent *Page 1 gives departure May 16
May 18 Southend Tyne May 20 FN 174 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
May 25 Tyne Southend May 27 FS 179 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 1
May 27 Southend OA 156 Detached May 29.
Convoy available at OA 156
(external link)
May 29 Detached from OA 156 Nantes May 30 Independent
June 7 Nantes Mumbles June 9 Independent
June 10 Mumbles Barry June 10 Independent
June 11 Barry Milford Haven Independent
June 14 Milford Haven OB 167 For NYC.
Dispersed June 17.
Convoy available at OB 167
(external link)
June 17 Dispersed from OB 167 New York City July 2 Independent
July 23 New York City Hampton Roads July 25 Independent
Aug. 10 Hampton Roads Sydney, C.B. Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 25 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Sept. 10 SC 2
Sept. 13 Clyde Methil Sept. 16 WN 15 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 19 Methil Middlesbrough Sept. 20 FS 286 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 4 Middlesbrough Methil Oct. 5 FN 298 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 8 Methil OA 226 For Sydney, C.B.
Rendezvoused w/OB 226, Oct. 11.
Convoy available at OA 226
(external link)
Oct. 11 From OA 226 OB 226 Dispersed Oct. 12.
Convoy available at OB 226
(external link)
Oct. 12 Convoy dispersed Sydney, C.B. Oct. 26 Independent
Dec. 6 Sydney, C.B. Pugwash Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 13 Pugwash Pictou Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 20 Pictou Halifax Dec. 22 Independent
1941 Jan. 12 Halifax Oban Jan. 30 SC 19 See also narrative below
Febr. 3 Oban Methil Febr. 7 WN 79 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 8 Methil Hartlepool Febr. 9 FS 407 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 23 Hartlepool Methil Febr. 23 FN 412A Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 25 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 27 EN 77/1 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 2 Loch Ewe OB 292 Dispersed March 6.
Convoy available at OB 292
(external link)
March 6 Dispersed from OB 292 St. John, N.B. March 24 Independent
Apr. 8 St. John, N.B. Halifax Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 18 Halifax New York City Apr. 22 Independent
May 3 New York City Halifax May 7 Independent
May 24 Halifax Sydney, C.B. May 26 Independent
June 1 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough June 20 SC 33 See also narrative
June 21 Belfast Lough Portishead June 23 BB 37 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Via Barry Roads
(Page 1)
July 10 Portishead Barry July 10 Independent
July 17 Barry Milford Haven July 18 Independent
July 19 Milford Haven Cadiz Aug. 2 OG 69 For Cadiz.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
Aug. 10 Cadiz Gibraltar Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 11 Gibraltar Aguilas Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 17 Aguilas Gibraltar Aug. 18 Independent
Aug. 18 Gibraltar Barrow Sept. 1 HG 71 Convoy available at HG convoys
(external link)
Sept. 9 Barrow Clyde Sept. 11 Independent
Sept. 12 Clyde Huelva Sept. 27 OG 74 Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
Oct. 1 Huelva Gibraltar Oct. 2 Independent
Oct. 22 Gibraltar Liverpool Nov. 4 HG 75 On to Garston, back to Mersey
(Page 2).
Nov. 27 Liverpool ON 41 For Tampa.
Dispersed 47 44N 45 16W, Dec. 11.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 11 Dispersed from ON 41 Tampa Dec. 30 Independent
1942 Jan. 13 Tampa Hampton Roads Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 21 Hampton Roads Halifax Jan. 26 Independent
Jan. 30 Halifax Loch Ewe Febr. 14 SC 67
Febr. 16 Loch Ewe Methil Febr. 18 WN 246 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 19 Methil Middlesbrough Febr. 20 FS 730 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 10 Middlesbrough Methil March 11 FN 651 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
March 13 Methil Loch Ewe March 15 EN 58 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 15 Loch Ewe ON 76 Detached March 31.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 31 From ON 76 Cape Cod Canal Apr. 2 XB 6 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 2 Cape Cod Canal New York City Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 3 New York City Mobile Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 24 Mobile New York City May 4 Independent
May 4 New York City Halifax May 7 Independent
May 14 Halifax Loch Ewe May 28 SC 84
May 28 Loch Ewe Methil May 30 WN 289 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
May 31 Methil Hartlepool June 1 FS 817 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
June 9 Hartlepool Methil June 10 FN 729 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 13 Methil Loch Ewe June 15 EN 97 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 16 Liverpool* Halifax July 1 ON 104 *From Loch Ewe
(see Page 3).
For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 10 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 12 HS 25 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 13 Sydney, C.B. St. John's, N.F. July 15 LC 29 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 15 St. John's, N.F. Botwood July 17 JN 7 Convoy available via link above
July 31 Botwood St. John's, N.F. Aug. 1 NJ 7 Convoy available via link above
Sept. 18 St. John's, N.F. Halifax Sept. 23 JH 17 A. Hague says:
In tow of Mary Moran.
Convoy available via link above
Dec. 16 Halifax Loch Ewe Jan. 1-1943 SC 113 See also narrative below
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
1943 Jan. 7 Loch Ewe Methil Jan. 9 WN 381 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 10 Methil Southend Jan. 13 FS 1009 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Jan. 23 Southend Blyth Jan. 25 FN 925 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 18 Blyth Methil Febr. 18 FN 946 Convoy available at link above
Febr. 19 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 21 EN 197 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 22 Loch Ewe ON 169 For Halifax.
A. Hague says:
Straggled March 6,
Page 3 gives arrival March 15
March 18 Halifax St. John, N.B. March 19 Independent
July 5 St. John, N.B. Halifax July 7 FH 64 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
July 8 Halifax Loch Ewe July 23 SC 136
July 23 Loch Ewe Methil July 25 WN 458 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
July 26 Methil Southend July 28 FS 1178 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 3
Aug. 7 Southend Tyne Aug. 8 FN 1093 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 1 Tyne Methil Sept. 2 FN 1114 Convoy available at link above
Sept. 3 Methil Oban Sept. 6 EN 276 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 14 Oban Sydney, C.B. Sept. 28 ONS 18 For Sydney, C.B.
Oct. 1 Sydney, C.B. Shelter Bay Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 29 Shelter Bay Rimouski Oct. 30 Independent
Nov. 2 Rimouski Sydney, C.B. Nov. 6 QS 70 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Nov. 7 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Nov. 22 SC 146
Nov. 23 Loch Ewe Methil Nov. 24 WN 508A Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 25 Methil Grimsby Nov. 27 FS 1282 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 9 Grimsby Hull Dec. 9 Independent
1944 Febr. 4 Hull Methil Febr. 6 FN 1257 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 7 Methil Oban Febr. 10 EN 343 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 13 Oban Halifax Febr. 29 ONS 29 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
March 29 Halifax SC 156 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below
(also, Page 4).

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for further details; several Norwegian ships took part.

Ruth I is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 19 from Norway to the U.K. in March-1940, bound for Workington with a cargo of ore. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, she left Workington again on Apr. 1, arriving Swansea on the 4th, and was still there when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9. From Swansea, she proceeded to Rouen on May 1.

Later that month, A. Hague has included her, together with Akershus, Bjørkhaug, Inger Lise and Varangberg, in Convoy OA 156, originating at Southend on May 27, dispersed May 30. No destination is given for Ruth I, but from the archive document, we learn that she arrived Nantes on May 30; A. Hague says she had been detached from the convoy the day before. In June we find her, along with Bjørkhaug, Garonne, Polarsol, South America and Vav, in Convoy OB 167, which originated in Liverpool on June 13 and dispersed on the 17th, Ruth I arriving New York on July 2. (These convoys are available via the external links provided within the Voyage Record). She headed back to the U.K. on Aug. 25 with the slow Convoy SC 2 from Sydney, C.B., in which the Norwegian Gro and others were sunk - follow the links for details. Ruth I had a cargo of steel and scrap for Hull. In Oct.-1940, she's listed as bound for Sydney, C.B. in Convoy OA 226, which left Methil on Oct. 8 and joined up with Convoy OB 226 on Oct. 11, then dispersed the next day, Ruth I arriving her destination on Oct. 26. A. Hague has also included Grado and Marita in OA 226 (the listing is incomplete - ref. links in the table above), while Brant County, Laurits Swenson, Petter and Samuel Bakke were in OB 226.

Ruth I now remained at Sydney, C.B. for quite a long time, before proceeding to Pugwash on Dec. 6 - again, see Page 1. Having made a voyage to Pictou, she headed to Halifax and with a cargo of pit props for West Hartlepool, she was scheduled to return to the U.K. in Convoy SC 17 from there on Dec. 23, but did not sail, and was also cancelled from SC 18 on Jan. 2-1941, but eventually got away in Convoy SC 19 on Jan. 12. She lost touch with the convoy and was attacked by aircraft, as follows:

From a visitor to my website, Juan Carlos Salgado (author, and researcher of WW2 incidents related to Spain) I've received the following:
"According to Kenneth Poolman ("Focke-Wulf Condor - Scourge of the Atlantic"), on page 55, this ship was attacked and damaged on 28 January 1941 by Condors: '...Condors picked up two stragglers from Convoy SC 19. One of them, the Norwegian Ruth I, carrying a cargo of pit props, was attacked at 8.30 a.m. three hundred and fifty miles west of the Orkneys. Bombs and cannon fire damaged her superstructure, and wounded her Chief Engineer and Boatswain."

This incident is also recorded in "Nortraships flåte" which says that 5 aircraft (FW 200) spotted the convoy(?) in 55 55N 13 20W, notified the U-boats in the area and attacked just before 09:30 on Jan. 28. Time for the attack on Ruth I is given as 09:26, but no injuries are mentioned, and she was not damaged according to this source, which adds that 2(?) British ships were sunk in the attack, and when 3 U-boats reached the area late into the night another 5 ships went down. Ships sunk by U-boats in this convoy were, in fact, the Greek Aikaterini, the British King Robert and W. B. Walker, all on Jan. 29 and all sunk by U-93 - the British West Wales, sunk by U-94 on the 29th, the Egyptian Sesostris by U-106, and on the 30th the British Rushpool was sunk by U-94. As far as I can tell, the only ship sunk by aircraft was Grelrosa - and I also believe these 2 ships were far away from the convoy itself when they were spotted - follow the link to Convoy SC 19 - see also the Analysis of attacks, as well as the external link re this convoy below and Page 1, which shows that she arrived West Hartlepool, via Oban and Methil Roads, on Febr. 9, remaining there until Febr. 22.

We now find her, together with Fjord, Granli (? follow link), Hellen, Selbo and Solitaire, in Convoy OB 292, originating in Liverpool on Febr. 28-1941, dispersed March 6. Again, no destination is given for Ruth I, but according to the archive document, she arrived St. John, N.B. on March 24, having sailed from Loch Ewe on March 2. With a cargo of steel and lumber for Garston, she was scheduled for the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 28 on Apr. 9, but did not sail (she did not arrive Halifax from St. John, N.B. until Apr. 10) - she was also cancelled from the next convoy, SC 29, as well as from SC 31 and SC 32, but joined SC 33 from Sydney, C.B. on June 1 (again, see Page 1 for a listing of her movements in this period). Her destination is now given as Portishead, where she arrived, via Belfast Lough and Barry Roads, on June 23 (Page 2). In July, she's included in Convoy OG 69*, which departed Milford Haven for Gibraltar on July 19, but after Inga I had been torpedoed Ruth I and 2 British ships were ordered by the Commodore to leave the convoy, and she reached Cadiz safely on Aug. 2. Follow the link to Inga I for more info on what had taken place in the convoy - see also the external link provided further down on this page.

With a cargo of iron ore, she headed back to the U.K. again later that month in Convoy HG 71, departing Gibraltar on Aug. 18, arriving Liverpool Sept. 2 - Ruth I stopped at Barrow the day before. This convoy is not available among the HG convoys included in my Convoys section, but see the link in the table above. She now appears among the ships in Convoy OG 74*, which left Liverpool on Sept. 12 and arrived Gibraltar on the 27th; Ruth I, however, was bound for Huelva, where she arrived that same day, having sailed from Clyde on the 12th. Benwood is also listed in this convoy, which lost several ships (ref. link further down on this page). With a cargo of iron pyrites for Mersey, Ruth I headed back in the other direction again in Convoy HG 75 from Gibraltar on Oct. 22. 6 German U-boats and 3 Italian submarines were waiting off Gibraltar, and the convoy battled its way through for 5 days, losing 4 Merchant ships, namely Alhama, Ariosto (Commodore Vessel), Carsbreck and Ulea, all British, but Ruth I, the only Norwegian ship in the convoy, made it through yet again, arriving Liverpool on Nov. 4, Garston the next day (Page 2). According to Jürgen Rohwer, the escorting British destroyer Cossack was also lost (U-563), while HMS Ariguani was damaged by U-83 (F-105 - formerly a merchant ship, requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to Naval fighter catapult ship). See my page about this convoy as well as the external links below for more details.

Ruth I now made a voyage to Tampa, joining the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 41*, departing Liverpool on Nov. 27, dispersed Dec. 11, Ruth I arriving Tampa on Dec. 30. Ada is also listed, while Rose is named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts.

In Jan./Febr.-1942 she took part in Convoy SC 67 from Halifax, cargo of phospahtes (Heina was sunk - follow the link for info), and in March she's listed, with Petter II and Rena, in the westbound Convoy ON 76*, which left Liverpool on March 15 and arrived Halifax on the 31st; Ruth I, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived Apr. 2, having started out from Loch Ewe on March 15 (Page 2). With a general cargo for West Hartlepool, she sailed back to the U.K. in May in Convoy SC 84 from Halifax, arriving her destination on June 1, subsequently joining the westbound Convoy ON 104*, which originated in Liverpool on June 16 and also included Askeladden, Bonde and Veni. Ruth I was bound for Halifax, where she arrived on July 1, having sailed from Loch Ewe June 16.

With a cargo of wood pulp, she was scheduled for the Newfoundland portion of the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 93 later that month, but did not sail. She was also cancelled from SC 94, SC 95 and SC 96, and I've checked the Advance Sailing Telegrams for SC 97 (Bronxville was sunk, follow the link for more info) and SC 98, but Ruth I is not mentioned in any of them. She does not show up in an eastbound North Atlantic convoy again until Convoy SC 113*, originating in New York on Dec. 12-1942, arriving Liverpool Jan. 2-1943; Ruth I stopped at Loch Ewe on Jan. 1, having joined this convoy with the Halifax portion. From Page 3 of the archive documents, we learn that she had previously arrived Halifax from St. John's, N.F. in tow of a tug on Sept 23 (A. Hague says this was Mary Moran - As can be seen in his Voyage Record above, Ruth I had spent several weeks at St. John's, N.F.). She had departed Halifax again for Loch Ewe on Dec. 16. Askot (to St. John's only), Hallanger, Henrik Ibsen, Kirsten B (to St. John's), Lisbeth, Norvarg, O. B. Sørensen, Rio Verde and Titanian are also listed in this convoy.

She later joined the westbound Convoy ON 169 (from Liverpool Febr. 22-1943, to New York March 21; Ruth I joined from Loch Ewe - Commodore was in Geisha). According to A. Hague, she became a straggler from the convoy on March 6; the archive document says she arrived Halifax on March 15, continuing to St. John, N.B. 3 days later. She did not leave again until July 5, when she proceeded to Halifax in order to join Convoy SC 136 on July 8, cargo of steel and lumber (Commodore in Titanian). It'll be noticed, when going back to Page 3, that she also had quite a long stay at Tyne that fall. In Sept.-1943, we find her in the westbound Convoy ONS 18, which joined up with Convoy ON 202 and lost several ships, including Oregon Express and Skjelbred. Please follow the link to my page about this convoy for much more information on the battle, including the Commodore's report and several other reports; see also my pages about Skjelbred and Oregon Express for further details. Ruth I arrived Sydney, C.B. on Sept. 28, having started out from Oban on the 14th. Early in Nov.-1943 she's listed in the Sydney, C.B. portion of the eastbound Convoy SC 146 (Commodore in Rena). Ruth I sailed from Sydney on Nov. 7 and had a cargo of lumber for Grimsby, where she arrived (via various other ports) on Nov. 27, according to Page 4, which also shows that she subsequently had a long stay at Hull.

Her last westbound Trans-Atlantic convoy voyage was made in Convoy ONS 29*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 12-1944 and arrived Halifax on the 29th; Ruth I had started out from Oban on the 13th. A. Hague has also included Atlantic, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Heimgar, Iron Baron, Nordanger, Norfalk, Suderøy, Tercero and Vav, while Acanthus, Eglantine and Rose are named among the escorts - see ONS convoy escorts. Ruth I now remained in Halifax for a month, before embarking on her last voyage.

* The ON and ONS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with further info on each, in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys. The OG convoys will also be added, but for now, please see ships in all OG convoys. Note also that the entire SC series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated); ships sailing in SC 113 are listed at ships in all SC convoys.

More information on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned here can be found via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external links:
Ships hit from Convoy SC 19 - See also my own page about Convoy SC 19, with Analysis of attacks

Convoy OG 69

Ships hit from convoy OG 74

Ships hit from Convoy HG 75 - Includes details on the attack on Cossack, as well as the attack on HMS Ariguani. Again, here's my own page about Convoy HG 75.

Casualties of Cossack - A section of the HMS Cossack Association website.

 Final Fate - 1944: 

In the period Jan./March 1944 Germany lost close to 40 U-boats in the North Atlantic. In the same time period over 100 convoys with around 3360 merchant ships had crossed back and forth, and only 3 had been sunk, so the conventional U-boats had lost in the face of the developing defence methods of the Allies. A number of them were called back, some stayed in the North Atlantic as weather ships, while others were kept for the convoy routes, if nothing else than to tie up the Allied battle forces.

The eastbound Convoy SC 156 had an encounter with a member of the latter group when U-302 (Sickel) attacked on Apr. 6-1944. The first ship to be hit was Ruth I, carrying a cargo of steel, lumber and pitprops, on a voyage from Halifax to Loch Ewe, having left Halifax on March 29 (the Advance Sailing Telegram for this convoy gives her final destination as Hull). The torpedo struck on the port side behind midships, and the engine room and fireroom immediately filled with water, killing 3 men there. She broke in two and within a few minutes the midships deck was in the water line, with the 2 parts sticking high up. The port lifeboat and the motorboat were destroyed in the explosion, and the starboard boat was leaking considerably but could still be used, so 17 men got into it. A "homemade" raft held the other 19 survivors.

Ruth I sank 20 mins later, position 45 05N 35 11W ("Nortraships flåte" gives 45 04N 35 20W), with lumber and props scattered over a large area of the ocean. Page 4 of the archive documents gives the time as 04:40 GMT, but whether this shows the time of initial attack or actual sinking, I don't know. The captain's report gives the time as approximately 02:20 for the attack; I'm not sure which time zone he's using.

All 36 were picked up about an hour and a half later that morning by the escorting British frigate HMS Chelmer (Lt. Cdr. R. A. Cherry) where the injured were treated by the ship's doctor. (Other escorts for Convoy SC 156 are named on this page). On Apr. 12 they were transferred to the convoy's rescue vessel, the British Goodwin, and landed at Gourock the next day.

The maritime inquiry was held in Glasgow on Apr. 17-1944 with the captain, the 2nd mate, the 3rd engineer and Able Seaman Iversen appearing.

Next, Sickel on U-302 turned his attention to M/T South America - follow the link for details. These two Norwegian ships were to be Sickel's last victims. Shortly after the attack on Convoy SC 156, U-302 was sunk with all hands by the British frigate HMS Swale - ref. external link at the end of this page.

Crew List:
The 2nd mate was on watch on the bridge
Able Seaman Iversen was on lookout on the bridge, and Able Seaman Harald Hegle by the port aft Oerlikon, just above where the torpedo struck.
The 3rd engineer was on watch in the engine room, but was just on his way up.
Jr. Ordinary Seaman Freelance was at the helm.
Gunners Wardell and Murphy were on watch by the aft gun.
The captain was asleep in his cabin.

Einar Haugland
1st Mate
Knut Haavik
2nd Mate
Anker Marthinsen
3rd Mate
Monrad Paulsen
Radio Operator
Harry Hansen
Radio Operator
John Robert Dreiman
Alfred Kristensen
Able Seaman
Nils Iversen
Able Seaman
Albert Melberg
Able Seaman
Sigurd Nilsen
Able Seaman
Harald Hegle
Able Seaman
Vilhelm Harkestad*
Able Seaman
Arne Konrad Torgersen
Ordinary Seaman
Harry Oskarsen
Ordinary Seaman
William Spears
Jr. Ordinary Seaman
Eric Freelance
1st Engineer
Sverre Pedersen
2nd Engineer
Ole Hendriksen
3rd Engineer
Johan M. Rossehaug
Andreas Johansen
Einar A. Grønvold
Johan E. Blichfeldt
Andreas Larsen
Peder Elias Follestø
W. Atkin
Bjarne Norby
John Wilfred Gorman
Leif Knutsen
Leif Bakke
Galley Boy
F. Burdall
Mess Boy
Arthur J. Smith
Saloon Boy
Alfred Wilkins
James Robert Barton
Francis Henry Wardell
Eric Ronald Murphy
Fred Robinson

Holger Larsen

Kai E. Seiler

Ernest Meekin*
See also:
Guestbook message from the granddaughter of the Danish stoker
Guestbook message from the grandson of the captain

* There was a Vilhelm Harkestad who had escaped from Norway with M/B Fred / Fri in Sept.-1941 - same person? (Possibly the brother of Nils A. Konradsen [Harkestad] who died when Sneland I was sunk on May 7-1945).

* The 17 year old Ernest Meekin can be found on this page of the The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website. He's commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 89. The Norwegian stoker is commemorated at the Stavern Memorial, link below.

Back to Ruth I on the "Ships starting with R" page.

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, "The allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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