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D/S Selbo
Updated Febr. 20-2010

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Owner: Skibs-A/S Selvik
Manager: Einar Wahlstrøm, Oslo
1778 gt, 995 net, 2570 tdwt
Dimensions: 263.4' x 40' x 16'.
Machinery: Tripple exp. (Earle Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Hull), 220 nhp, 800 ihp.
Signal Letters: LJZJ

Delivered in Aug.-1921 from Ouse Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Goole (79) as Hubro to Bergen Lloyd (Bjørnstad & Brækhus), Bergen. Managed from 1923 by Sigurd A. Brækhus, Bergen. Sold in Jan.-1933 to Ångfartygs-A/B Kjell (L. Jeansson A/B, Stockholm), Kalmar, Sweden and renamed Balder. Sold again in 1938 to Skibs-A/S Selvik (Einar Wahlstrøm), Oslo and renamed Selbo.

Captain: Arne Ragnar Lund

Related items on this website:
A Guestbook message - From the twin brother of Trimmer P. Cole, who died when Selbo was sunk.
Guestbook message - From someone looking for relatives of a crew member.
Another Guestbook message - From someone who has an heirloom in his possession; Selbo carved in a bottle, and would like to find relatives of the crew member who carved it. I later received an E-mail saying the following: "I am just following up on my previous e-mail, and hope you can help me a bit further. I have been contacting some older relatives and have found out some more information on this “Westie” fellow who sailed on the SS Selbo. I am not sure now that he may have been killed, there are two names on the list that interest me, the most important one is Able Seaman John Sorensen, his last name has come up a few times. The other person of interest is 3rd Engineer Andreas Samuelsen. These seem to be the best two choices, is there a way you could use your connections to post a message to see if anyone can respond to this, I can identify the person in question if I could get someone to send in an old photograph of the person, or maybe identify where they were from, then I could put in an ad in the personals for that local paper. If anyone or family of these two members could contact myself with information or pictures then I could be sure of his identity, I have this beautiful carving of the SS Selbo in a bottle, handmade in June 1942 prior to her sinking. I seem to have problems getting info on this site so any assistance you can give is very much appreciated. I would love to give this ship in a bottle to a family member as a keep sake, as it is beautiful, very detailed. I will take a picture of it and try and post it on your site, if I have any problems then I will forward to you, thank you for your patience and assistance in advance". (I have suggested the National Archives of Norway for birthdates and hometowns etc. of the 2 seamen in question - if anyone can help Brad, please contact me via the address provided at the bottom of this page and I'll forward his address).

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 Febr.-1940 to Nov.-1942:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors do exist, and some voyages are missing. See also the narrative below.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Febr. 8 Norwegian Waters Methil Febr. 11 HN 10
Febr. 13 Tyne Southend Febr. 15 FS 95 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 7 Methil Norwegian Waters March 10 ON 18
March 27 Norwegian Waters Methil March 30 HN 22
Apr. 1 Tyne Southend Apr. 3 FS 135 Convoy available at link above
Apr. 7 Southend Blyth Apr. 9 FN 140 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
May 1 Blyth Southend* May 3 FS 159 *Arrived Rouen, May 4
(see Page 1. Also, missing voyages).
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
July 1 Tyne Southend July 2 FS 209 Convoy available at link above
Missing movements, Page 1
Aug. 17 Clyde OB 199 For Chedabucto.
Straggled Aug. 19.
(Page 1 gives arrival St. Francis, N.S. Aug. 30).
Convoy available at OB 199
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1.
Sept. 10 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool* Sept. 26 SC 4 *Arrived Runcorn, Sept. 27
(Page 1. Also, missing movements).
Dec. 8 Liverpool OB 256 Dispersed 59 04N 15 30W, Dec. 12.
(Page 1 gives arrival Sydney, C.B. Dec. 25).
Convoy available at OB 256
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 1.
1941 Jan. 22 Halifax Liverpool* Febr. 8 SC 20 Earlier 1941 movements, Page 1
See also narrative below.
*Page 1 gives arrival Loch Ewe, Febr. 6
Febr. 8 Loch Ewe Methil Febr. 10 WN 81 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1 above
Febr. 25 Methil Loch Ewe March 1* EN 77/1 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
*Page 1 gives arrival Febr. 27.
March 2 Loch Ewe OB 292 Dispersed March 6.
Convoy available at OB 292
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Halifax March 19
Missing voyages, Page 2
Apr. 29 Halifax Loch Ewe May 19 SC 30
May 19* Clyde* Methil May 21 WN 129 *From Loch Ewe May 20
(Page 2).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2.
* June 14 Liverpool Gibraltar June 28 OG 65 Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
*Convoy OG 65 did sail from Liverpool on June 14 and arrived Gibraltar June 28, but Selbo left Oban on June 15 and arrived Lewisport June 27 - see Page 2. Also, missing voyages
July 22 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Aug. 6 SC 38 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Aug. 7 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 9 WN 163 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2
Aug. 29 Sunderland Loch Ewe Sept. 1 EC 66 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 3 Loch Ewe ON 12 Dispersed 53 34N 36 14W, Sept. 14.
For Philadelphia
(Page 2)
Oct. 11 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough Oct. 27 SC 49 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Oct. 28 Belfast Lough Cardiff Oct. 30 BB 94 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2
* Nov. 25 Liverpool Gibraltar Dec. 13 OG 77 *Compare w/Page 2 - Also, missing voyages.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
Dec. 31 Gibraltar Liverpool* Jan. 12-1942 HG 77 *Page 2 gives arrival Barrow Jan 14.
1942 Jan. 26 Liverpool Halifax Febr. 15 ON 60 For Halifax.
Missing voyages, Page 3.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 30 Halifax Loch Ewe Apr. 16 SC 77
Apr. 17 Loch Ewe Aberdeen Apr. 19 WN 271 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
* Apr. 25 Methil Oban Apr. 27 EN 76 *Compare w/Page 3
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 28 Liverpool* Halifax May 15 ON 90 *From Loch Ewe
(Page 3).
For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 21 Halifax Sydney, C.B.* May 23 HS 3 *Arrived Pugwash May 23
(Page 3).
Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
June 2 Halifax? Sydney, C.B. June 4 HS 8 Compare w/Page 3.
Convoy available at link above
June 5 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool June 20 SC 86 Again, see Page 3.
June 30 Liverpool Boston* July 18* ON 108 For Sydney, C.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
*Convoy ON 108 did arrive Boston on July 18, but Selbo arrived Halifax July 15 - See Page 3.
Aug. 29 Halifax Loch Ewe Sept. 12 SC 98
Sept. 13 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 14 WN 336 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3.
Oct. 17 Methil Preston(?) Oct. 20 EN 151 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Again, see Page 3
Oct. 30 Clyde Gibraltar Nov. 10 KX 5 Convoy available at KX 5
(external link)
Nov. 18 Gibraltar Algiers Nov. 21 TE 5/1 Convoy available at TE 5
(external link)
See also "Final Fate" below.

 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.

Selbo is listed in the Norway to U.K. Convoy HN 10 in Febr.-1940, bound for Northfleet with pulp. According to A. Hague, she returned to Norway early in March with Convoy ON 18, and at the end of that month, we find her in Convoy HN 22 from Norway, again bound for Northfleet with pulp. As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, she later arrived Blyth (from London) on Apr. 9-1940, the day of the German invasion of Norway. She remained there until May 1, when she proceeded to France. It'll also be noticed that she later appears to have spent a long time at Tyne (Shields); the reason for this long stay is not known.

In Aug.-1940, she's listed, together with the Norwegian Norefjord and the Panamanian Norvinn (Norw. managers), in Convoy OB 199, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 16 and dispersed on the 20th. Her destination is given as Chedabucto; according to the archive document referred to above, she arrived St. Francis, N.S. on Aug. 30, having started out from Clyde on the 17th - A. Hague says she had become a straggler on Aug. 19, in other words, the day before the convoy was dispersed. She headed back to the U.K. again on Sept. 10 in the slow Convoy SC 4 from Sydney, C.B. Selbo was bound for Manchester with a cargo of pulp wood, arriving there, via Runcorn and Partington, on Oct. 16. A few days later, she was scheduled for Convoy OB 232 (ref. external link below), which left Liverpool on Oct. 21, but she did not sail. She shows up again, together with Akabahra, Henrik Ibsen, Inger Elisabeth, Ledaal, Mathilda, Rolf Jarl and Sandanger, in Convoy OB 256, leaving Liverpool on Dec. 8, dispersed Dec. 12, Selbo arriving Sydney, C.B. on Dec. 25 (link provided within the Voyage Record). From there, she proceeded to St. John, N.B., then Yarmouth, N.S., before heading to Halifax (again, see Page 1).

With a cargo of pit props for Hull, she was scheduled for the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 19 on Jan. 12-1941; from Page 1 above, we learn that she was still at Yarmouth, N.S. at that time (see also Ruth I). She instead joined the next convoy on Jan. 22, SC 20, and arrived Hull, via Loch Ewe and Methil Roads, on Febr. 14. She subsequently appears in Convoy OB 292, originating in Liverpool on Febr. 28, dispersed March 6. Her destination is not given (ref. link in Voyage Record), but according to the archive document, she arrived Halifax on March 19, having sailed from Loch Ewe on March 2. Fjord, Granli? (said to have been sunk, but there's some disagreement as to convoy - follow link for details), Hellen, Ruth I and Solitaire are also listed. Having made voyages to St. John, N.B., Annapolis and Digby, then on to Halifax, Selbo headed back to the U.K. on Apr. 29 in Convoy SC 30, bound for Boston (Lincs.), cargo of lumber, arriving her destination, via Loch Ewe and Methil Roads, on May 25 - the Commodore's narrative/escort's report are also available for this convoy. In June that same year, we find her in Convoy OG 65*, which departed Liverpool on June 14 and was a Gibraltar bound convoy, which arrived there June 28; note, however, that Selbo arrived Lewisport on June 27 (see Page 2), so must have left the convoy at some point in order to proceed to that destination (she had started out from Oban on June 15).

According to Arnold Hague, she returned with Convoy SC 38*, which left Sydney, C.B. on July 22-1941 and arrived Liverpool Aug. 8 - Selbo, carrying a cargo of pulp, stopped at Loch Ewe Aug. 6. This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added. The following month, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 12, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 1 and dispersed on the 14th. Selbo joined from Loch Ewe, and it looks like she was bound for Philadelphia, but her arrival there is not given on the archive document. She left Philadelphia again on Oct. 3 for Sydney, C.B. and from there, A. Hague now has her, with a general cargo, in station 93 of Convoy SC 49*, departing on Oct. 11, arriving Liverpool Oct. 27; Selbo stopped at Belfast Lough that day, later proceeding to Cardiff, where she arrived Oct. 30. About a month later, she made a voyage to Gibraltar, and for this voyage, A. Hague has included her in Convoy OG 77*, which left Milford Haven on Nov. 24 and arrived Gibraltar Dec. 13; going back to Page 2, we learn that she sailed from Clyde on Nov. 28, but arrival Gibraltar is not given. Having made a voyage to Almeria and back to Gibraltar, she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HG 77 on Dec. 31. She was bound for Barrow with iron ore, arriving there on Jan. 14-1942.

She now made another Trans-Atlantic voyage, joining the westbound Convoy ON 60*, which started out in Liverpool on Jan. 26-1942 and arrived Halifax Febr. 15, Selbo proceeding from there to Curacao on Febr. 24, with arrival March 9, returning to Halifax a few days later. On March 30 we find her, with a cargo of phosphates for Aberdeen, in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 77. She arrived Aberdeen, via Loch Ewe, on Apr. 19 (according to Page 3), subsequently returning across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 90* (from Liverpool Apr. 28, to Halifax May 15 - Selbo joined from Loch Ewe). In June that year, she's listed in Convoy SC 86 from Sydney, C.B., cargo of lumber for Liverpool, and at the end of that month she can be found in the westbound Convoy ON 108*, departing Liverpool June 30. Selbo arrived Halifax on July 15, remaining there for several weeks before heading back to the U.K. on Aug. 29 with Convoy SC 98, cargo of lumber for London.

* The ON 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. As will be seen, they all had several Norwegian ships. The OG convoys will also be added, but for now, please see my page listing ships in all OG convoys. Note also that the entire SC series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), see ships in all SC convoys.

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

Related external links:
OB convoys - OB 232 is included.

See also this chronological
list of OA and OB convoys 1940

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Selbo served as ammunition and supply ship for Operation Torch in Nov.-1942, and is said to have been one of the first supply ships to arrive Algiers after the allied invasion. Carrying 1524 tons of cased petrol, she's listed, together with Akabahra, Berto, Bjørkhaug, Evviva, Hildur I and Marga (all carrying similar cargoes), in Convoy KX 5, which sailed from Clyde on Oct. 30-1942 and arrived Gibraltar Nov. 10. From Gibraltar, she later joined Convoy TE 5, departing Nov. 18, arriving Algiers Nov. 21 (both these links are external). Berto and Marga are again included, as are Facto and Selvik.

On Nov. 27 she was given orders to continue to Bone with her cargo of petrol (in 25 gallon cans), and was in a convoy(?) 15 n. miles north of Cape Cavallo when German aircraft attacked on the 28th (Page 3 gives the time of loss as 13:20). She was hit in the stern by a torpedo and immediately set on fire when her cargo exploded. 8 were able to get into the motor lifeboat which the captain and 3rd mate had launched, the other lifeboats were on fire. The boat landed 4 hours later at Mon near the Phare Alida Light where some British soldiers were stationed. 3rd Engineer A. Samuelsen, who had been badly burnt, was immediately taken by car to an American first aid station at Djidjelli. The next day the others were taken to Bougie where they were accommodated at the theater over night (the 3rd engineer had meanwhile been transported to the military hospital near Bougie). On Nov. 30, they were moved from Bougie to Camp Iferiuer where they stayed until Dec. 3, at which time they embarked M/S Derwenthall, departing Bougie on Dec. 4, arriving Algiers that same evening (according to A. Hague, this ship left Bougie on Dec. 3 and arrived Algiers Dec. 5, having sailed in Convoy MKS 3X). Cook Borgersen and Able Seaman Sørensen arrived Algiers on Dec. 12 with the Norwegian D/S Evviva, which is said to have been in the same convoy as Selbo during the attack (one of Evviva's gunners is said to have shot down a plane and later received a British "mentioned in dispatches").

Following the attack, several of Selbo's crew had jumped overboard, 9 of whom were rescued by a lifeboat from the British escort trawler Lord Nuffield and taken to Bone. 6 men were left behind in the hospital there when the above mentioned 2 crew members departed with Evviva (according to Evviva's voyage record for this period, she left Bone on Dec. 6). Able Seaman Alf Løken and Donkeyman Johannes Hellerud later died and were buried in Bone.

A personal story found in the book "Tilbakeblikk" states that survivors from Selbo were taken aboard the freed Norwegian Bosphorus, which had been interned in Algiers for two and a half years. They arrived Greenock with that ship on Dec. 23-1942 (Convoy MKS 3Y), and the maritime inquiry was held there on Dec. 29 with the captain, the 1st mate and Able Seaman Sørensen (helmsman) appearing. The 1st mate stated that all those who had died during the attack had been aft, except for the mess boy who had been amidships. The mate had seen 2 bodies floating in the water, terribly burnt and unidentifiable.

Crew List:
In addition to the Norwegians listed below as having died in hospital, the following were also admitted to a hospital in Bone with burns:
H. Pike, D. Munden, T. Bailey and G. Sjømstrøm.

Arne Ragnar Lund
1st Mate
Juel S. Jahren
2nd Mate
Edward Osvaldsen
3rd Mate
Fritz Andersen
Able Seaman
John Sørensen
1st Engineer
Peter Schmedling
2nd Engineer
Olaf Røen
3rd Engineer
Andreas Samuelsen
Gustav Sjøstrøm
Harold Pike
Olaf Ottem
Arne Borgersen
Galley Boy
Donald Munden
Ernest Sadler
Thomas Bailey
denotes those who left the ship in the motor lifeboat
See also the text further up on this page re. John Sørensen and Andreas Samuelsen (at the link to the last Guestbook message).

Able Seaman
William Arntzen

Able Seaman
Hjalmar Hansen

Able Seaman
George Garrett*

Able Seaman
Andor Jensen

Able Seaman/Gunner
Alf Aronsen*

Able Seaman/Gunner
Per S. Pettersen

Able Seaman/Gunner
Ingvald Strømmø

Able Seaman/Gunner
Alf Løken**
Johannes Hellerud**

Gunnar Olsen

Alf Gunderstad

Peter Keith Cole*

Mess Boy
Leonard Brewer*
Here's a Guestbook message from the twin brother of P. Cole.

* There seems to be some doubt as to whether Alf Aronsen lost his life or not. It appears this information was found to be incorrect after the war. I have no way of verifying this.

** These 2 men survived the initial attack, but died in hospital later and were buried in Bone. Alf Løken is listed as having died on Jan. 28-1943 and Johannes Hellerud on Dec. 8-1942.

* Billy McGee, England has told me that the 3 British seamen are commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 94. I found them on the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website. Leonard Brewer from Wellington, Somerset (age 17) can be found on this page, Peter Keith Cole from Leyton, Essex (age 19) is listed on this page, and here is George Garrett from Battersea, London (age 27).

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - Norwegians only (Alf Aronsen is included).

Back to Selbo on the "Ships starting with S" page.

This company had another Selbo post war, this ship sailed as Bencas during the war; follow the link for info.

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).


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