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M/T Slemdal
Updated March 21-2010

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From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Owner: A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi
Manager: Moltzau & Christensen, Oslo
7374 gt, 4352 net, 10 700 tdwt (Rohwer gives 7341 gt for this ship).
Signal Letters: LDTF

Delivered from Odense Staalskibsværft, Odense, Denmark (44) in Aug.-1931 as Slemdal to A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi (Moltzau & Christensen), Oslo. 424.7' x 60.2' x 34.1', 2 x 7 cyl. 4 TEV DM (B&W), 2925 bhp.

Captain: Johan Manfred Pedersen

Related item on this website:
A note on my Forum from someone whose father was on board at the time of sinking. See also the response to her note, as well as the crew list further down on this page.

In Admiralty service from 1940 (Royal Fleet Auxiliary).

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

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to June-1942:

(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 Apr. 19 Santos Rio Independent See also Page 1
Apr. 28 Rio Trinidad May 11 Independent
May 13 Trinidad Aruba May 15 Independent
May 18 Aruba Para May 28 Independent
May 29 Para Santos June 10 Independent
June 11 Santos Rio June 13 Independent
June 26 Rio Aruba Independent Page 1 gives arrival July 11.
July 13 Aruba Curacao July 13 Independent
July 15 Curacao Pernambuco July 28 Independent
Aug. 1 Pernambuco Santos Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 12 Santos Curacao Aug. 27 Independent
Aug. 18* Curacao Mobile Sept. 2 Independent *Should be Aug. 28.
Oct. 29 Mobile Aruba Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 8 Aruba Santos Nov. 24 Independent
Nov. 25 Santos Rio Nov. 26 Independent
Nov. 30 Rio Aruba Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 14 Aruba Santos Jan. 1-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 4 Santos Aruba Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 23 Aruba Rio Febr. 8 Independent
Febr. 10 Rio Santos Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 12 Santos Buenos Aires Febr. 18 Independent
Febr. 21 Buenos Aires Trinidad March 10 Independent
March 18 Trinidad Curacao March 20 Independent
March 23 Curacao Aruba March 25 Independent
March 26 Aruba Santos Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 15 Santos Rio Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 19 Rio Curacao May 2 Independent
May 23 Curacao Halifax June 1 Independent
June 6 Halifax Liverpool June 22 HX 131 See also narrative below.
Missing movements:
Page 1 & Page 2
July 6 Liverpool OB 343 For NYC.
Dispersed 46N 55W, July 21.
Convoy available at OB 343
(external link)
July 21 Dispersed from OB 343 New York City July 25 Independent
Aug. 4 New York City Baltimore Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 9 Baltimore Halifax Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 16 Halifax Liverpool Sept. 3 HX 145 Arr. Stanlow, Sept. 3
(Page 2).
Sept. 11 Liverpool ON 15 Dispersed 55 47N 30 40W, Sept. 16
Sept. 16 Dispersed from ON 15 New York City Sept. 24 Independent
Sept. 28 New York City Halifax Oct. 1 Independent
Oct. 16 Halifax Loch Ewe Oct. 29 HX 155 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Oct. 30 Loch Ewe Methil Nov. 1 WN 199 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 6 Methil Hull Nov. 8 FS 640 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
From Hull, Nov. 14
(Page 2)
Nov. 23 Spurn Methil Nov. 24 FN 559 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 24 Methil Loch Ewe Nov. 27 EN 11 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
?* Nov. 25 Loch Ewe ON 40 Dispersed, Dec. 4.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
*This entry may be an error(?) - Again, compare w/Page 2
Dec. 3 Loch Ewe ON 42 For Curacao.
Dispersed 47 44N 45 16W, Dec. 14.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Dec. 14 Dispersed from ON 42 Bermuda Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 23 Bermuda Curacao Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 31 Curacao Gibraltar Jan. 19-1942 Independent
1942 Febr. 17 Gibraltar Curacao March 5 Independent
March 9 Curacao Freetown March 25 Independent
March 31 Freetown Pointe Noire Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 11 Pointe Noire Curacao May 1 Independent
May 10 Curacao Gibraltar May 28 Independent
June 5 Gibraltar Lisbon June 6 Independent
June 11 Lisbon HG 84 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages - 1941: 
For information on voyages made prior to and 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; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

Her 1940 voyages and some 1941 are listed on Page 1 of the archive documents. It looks like she spent quite a long time in Mobile in the fall of 1940. She had arrived there from Curacao on Sept. 2 and departure is given as Oct. 29.

At the beginning of June-1941, she was scheduled for Convoy HX 130 from Halifax, but instead joined the next convoy on June 6, HX 131, bound for Manchester with a cargo of gasoline in station 54. The following month, she's listed, together with Arosa, Evviva, Fanefjeld, Ferncourt (bombed and damaged, follow link for details), Grado, Henrik Ibsen, Idefjord, Måkefjell, Nesttun, Spurt, Star, Suderholm and Taborfjell, in Convoy OB 343, which departed Liverpool on July 6 and dispersed on the 21st, Slemdal arriving New York on July 25. Having made a voyage to Baltimore then on to Halifax, she headed back to the U.K. on Aug. 16 in Convoy HX 145, subsequently returning across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 15, which left Liverpool on Sept. 11-1941 and dispersed on the 16th, Slemdal arriving New York Sept. 24; see Page 2.

According to Arnold Hague, she later went back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 155, which departed Halifax on Oct. 16-1941 and arrived Liverpool on the 31st; Slemdal stopped at Loch Ewe on the 29th. She had a cargo of petrol and paraffin and sailed in station 33. This convoy is not yet available among the HX convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added - see Ships in all HX convoys. The following month, she appears among the ships in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 40, departing Liverpool on Nov. 25, but she's also listed in ON 42, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 1 and dispersed Dec. 14, so she probably did not sail in ON 40, or returned to port (or the entry may even be an error - again, see Page 2). Her destination is given as Curacao, where she arrived, via Bermuda, on Dec. 28, having started out from Loch Ewe on Dec. 3. Both these convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section, but in the meantime, the ships sailing in them are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Other Norwegian ships in Convoy ON 42 were Eidanger, Glittre, Kaldfonn, Kollbjørg, Norefjord, Nueva Granada, Olaf Bergh, Tankekspress and Thorshov.

From Curacao, Slemdal now proceeded to Gibraltar, where she arrived Jan. 19-1942, remaining there for about a month before returning to Curacao, subsequently making voyages to Freetown, Pointe Noire, back to Curacao and Gibraltar, then on to Lisbon, with arrival there June 6.

For more details on the other Norwegian ships named here, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Slemdal departed Lisbon again on June 11-1942 with a cargo of 6321 tons Admiralty fuel for Clyde, joining the northbound Convoy HG 84, which had departed Gibraltar the day before. In the early morning hours of June 15 (about an hour after midnight) she was struck by a torpedo from U-552 (Topp) in the forward hold, starboard side. On the bridge at the time were the captain, the 3rd mate, Ordinary Seaman H. Kristoffersen (helmsman), Able Seaman Gundersen (lookout) and Ordinary Seaman Jensen (lookout), while the Dutch Willem Snoeck was on duty by the aft gun. A radio signal about their situation was sent twice, while she sank deeper and deeper, until they at 01:45 decided to take to the lifeboats. As they abandoned ship in 3 boats Slemdal's foredeck was under water and the propeller above water.

The captain's boat and the 1st mate's boat remained nearby to see if she would stay afloat. The British corvette HMS Marigold came over to pick them up at 02:15, but captain Pedersen informed the commander that he preferred to wait until he knew for sure that she could not be saved. 15 minutes later the corvette announced that Slemdal had sunk and the crew in the 2 boats were quickly taken aboard as there was a U-boat nearby, giving them no time to bring the luggage from the lifeboat, so that the captain's bag containing all the ship's papers was lost. According to Captain Pedersen's report the corvette attacked the U-boat about 5 minutes after they had embarked.

The captain's report gives the position for the sinking of Slemdal as 43 28N 17 35W, while J. Rohwer gives position 43 18N 17 38W.

The captain and 6 crew were landed in Liverpool on June 20-1942, and that same day the 2nd mate and 29 crew were also landed.

Arnold Hague's "Convoy Rescue Ships 1940-1945", states that 17 of Slemdal's 37 survivors were picked up by the British rescue ship Copeland. This ship also rescued 27 survivors from Pelayo (crew of 46) and later 41 of the 43 survivors from City of Oxford which was sunk in U-552's 2nd attack (as was S/S Thurso). A. Hague says the 2 attacks came three and a half hours apart. Topp also torpedoed and sank the British S/S Etrib. Please see my page about Convoy HG 84 for more info.

The inquiry was held in Glasgow on June 25-1942 with the captain, the 3rd mate, the 2nd engineer, Able Seaman Gundersen and Ordinary Seaman Kristoffersen appearing. The 2nd engineer stated that the Polish 3rd engineer, who had been in the engine room at the time of attack, was interned by British authorities upon landing.

For info, U-552 had also been responsible for the attacks on the Norwegian Spind, Barbro and Lancing - follow the links for details.

Crew List - No casualties:
The men denoted * were brothers.
** Ingolf Tvedt had previously escaped with 10 others from the interned M/S Nyhorn in a selfmade boat in Dec.-1941. Follow the link for more details. He later became a radio operator and sailed on G. C. Brøvig.

Johan Manfred Pedersen
1st Mate
Trygve Torgrimsen
2nd Mate*
Omar Kristoffersen
3rd Mate
Birger Tveitevåg
Radio Operator
Robert Strand
Hans Thorsen
Karl Klausen
Able Seaman**
Nikolai Kristoffersen
Able Seaman
Olaf Walvåg
Able Seaman
Gustav Nedrebø
Able Seaman
Egil Gundersen
Able Seaman
Arnold Karlsen
Able Seaman
Johan Johansen
Able Seaman
Willem Snoeck
Able Seaman
Paul Knapstad
Ordinary Seaman**
Ingolf Tvedt
Ordinary Seaman
Harry Kristoffersen
Ordinary Seaman
Erling Jensen
Ordinary Seaman
Birger Sandstrand
1st Engineer
Hans Hansen
2nd Engineer
Kasmer (Kasper?)
3rd Engineer
Zygmunt Juriewicz
Martel Olsen
Olaf Olsen
Arthur Olsen
Ole Gulliksen
Åge Olsen
Peder Halhjem
Wlademir Kawart
Albregt Stormark
Peder Andersen
Claus Nissen
Josef Maillet
Asmund Pedersen
Magnus Hagen
Galley Boy*
Halfdan Nielsen
Mess Boy
Matthew Shaughnessy
* See this posting to my forum from his daughter.
The thread starts with this posting from Nikolai Kristoffersen's daughter.

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

Another Slemdal (also a tanker) was delivered to A/S Moltzaus Rederi (Moltzau & Christensen), Oslo in March-1955, built in Fredrikstad, 8992 gt. Sold to owners in Sandefjord in 1961 and renamed Fossland. Renamed Anina in 1963 (Oslo owners). Sold to Greece in 1977, renamed Salamis, then Thermopylae that same year. Broken up in 1987.

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. others as mentioned in above text - (ref. My sources).


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