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D/S Sarpen
Updated Febr. 6-2010

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Received from, and painted by, Jan Goedhart, Holland.

Owner: D/S A/S Truls
Manager: M. Thorvik, Oslo
1864 gt

From Jan Goedhart, Holland, I've received a Swedish article (written by Lars-Erik Eriksson), which says that she was delivered in March-1912 from Fredriksstad mek. Verksted, Fredrikstad to The Kellner Partington Paper Pulp Co. Ltd., Sarpsborg, Norway. Tdwt is given as 3050, 84.1m x 12.8m x 5.5m, triple steam engine by yard. In 1917, she was requisitioned by the British, but was returned the following year. Sold in 1935 to D/S A/S Truls, Oslo. See also this external page.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, 2 of the documents are torn, so that some information is missing in the margin)
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6

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

Partial Voyage Record
From July-1942 to Aug.-1943:

(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 the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 July 21 Colombo C 23 Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3
Dispersed July 23.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Page 3 gives arrival Fremantle Aug. 12
(also, missing voyages).
Sept. 23 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Sept. 26 OC 29 Convoy available at OC convoys
(external link)
On to Newcastle, N.S.W. Oct. 26
(Page 3)
Oct. 28 Newcastle, N.S.W. Melbourne Oct. 31 CO 40 Convoy available at CO convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 3
Nov. 18 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Nov. 20 CO 46 Compare w/Page 3
(also, missing 1942 voyages).
Convoy available at link above
1943 Apr. 16 Caloundra* Newcastle, N.S.W. Apr. 19 PG 45 Earlier 1943 voyages:
Page 3 & Page 4
*From Brisbane.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 4.
May 3 Melbourne Newcastle, N.S.W. May 6 OC 92 Convoy available at OC convoys
(external link)
May 8 Newcastle, N.S.W. Brisbane May 10 GP 50/1 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
May 18 Caloundra* Cairns May 22 BT 60/1 *Brisbane.
Convoy available via link above
Missing voyages, Page 4
June 10 Caloundra* Newcastle, N.S.W. June 13 PG 54 *Brisbane.
Convoy available via link above
June 14 Newcastle, N.S.W. Melbourne June 18 CO 101 Convoy available at CO convoys
(external link)
June 25 Melbourne Newcastle, N.S.W. June 28 OC 103 Convoy available at OC convoys
(external link)
July 1 Newcastle, N.S.W. Caloundra* July 3 GP 57/1 *Brisbane.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 11 Caloundra* Sydney, N.S.W. July 13 PG 58 *Brisbane.
Convoy available via link above
July 14 Newcastle, N.S.W.* Melbourne July 18 CO 109 *From Sydney, July 15 - Page 4
(also, missing voyages).
Convoy available at CO convoys
(external link)
Aug. 6 Newcastle, N.S.W. Brisbane Aug. 8 GP 62/1 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 4, Page 5 & Page 6


As will be seen when going to Page 1, Sarpen was on her way from Hong Kong to Bangkok when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940; her final destination was Calcutta, where she arrived, via various other ports, on May 8, later returning to Hong Kong. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2 and Page 3. The latter also shows her 1942 voyages (it'll be noticed that she had some long stays in port that year) and some early 1943 voyages, while the rest are listed on Page 4 and Page 5. Additionally, Page 5 includes her 1944 voyages, as well as early 1945 voyages, and Page 6 has her voyages to March-1946.

(From the Swedish article mentioned above):

Purchased in July-1947 by a Swedish company (Lundqvist), taken over in Hong Kong. Her first captain, K. A. Strömberg, sailed her with a Chinese crew in ballast to Alexandria, where her regular crew signed on; first chief engineer was Ivar Troberg. Cargo was then loaded in Tripoli for Aberdeen, Scotland. On 18 months' time charter to Ministry of Transport; docked in England for 4 weeks and repaired in May/June-1948. Time charter expired in March-1949, at which time a cargo of phosphates was loaded in Africa for Belgium, then entered lumber trade Finland-England. In coal and lumber trade from 1951. On Oct. 23-1952, she capsized against the quay at Brunsbuttelkoog, when in the process of loading 320 tons of coal, causing some of her deck cargo of lumber to fall overboard. Laid up for 8 weeks in 1954 due to bad trade. Got caught in heavy ice on Febr. 28-1956, when on a voyage from Rotterdam to Copenhagen with coal, and drifted towards land. On March 1 the ice breaker Thule came to assist, but suddenly got stuck in the ice and Sarpen, unable to stop in time, ran into her, resulting in a 2 meter large hole in her own front. A subsequent heavy snowstorm caused further problems, and the vessels had to remain in the ice until March 3, when they evenutally arrived Copenhagen.

After the coal had been unloaded, she was repaired by Burmeister & Wain between March 6 and March 17, then headed to Gdansk, Poland, where she was at anchor for 6 days, due to the fact that the harbour was blocked by ice. She continued trading between Finland, Poland, Holland and England until 1958, when she was laid up at Mariehamn for half of that year due to another bad year for sea trade. Reentered service at the end of 1958, but laid up again at Åbo on March 28-1959. On Apr. 11 a new crew came on board, consisting of 23 men all total, and she left Åbo for Kaskö where a cargo of lumber was loaded for Reedham Dock, London, where she arrived via a short stop at Mariehamn on Apr. 27. She then headed to Antwerp, having been sold to Van der Bosche Boom for scrapping, arriving breakers on May 1-1959.
(See also this external page).

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