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Manager: Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen.
Delivered in July-1915 from Akers mek. Verksted, Christiania (Oslo) as Christoffer Ellingsen (378) to A/S Hindø D/S A/S, Sigerfjord. 500 gt, 213 net, 550 tdwt, 166.4' x 25.2' x 12.6', Triple exp. 106 nhp, 640 ihp (Akers), 12 knots. Purchased in June-1924 by D/S A/S Falkeid (F. N. Nordbø), Haugesund and renamed Falkeid. In 1931 D/S A/S Falkeid and the ship were taken over by Th. Nordbø jr. Sold in Jan.-1935 to Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen and renamed Spica, used in the fishing route to Newcastle. Refrigerated hold of 21 600 c. ft. installed.
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(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 - this could also mean that she did not sail in all the convoys mentioned here, even though she's listed in them. Also, as can be seen, the record is incomplete.
Spica, bound for Newcastle with fresh fish, is listed in the original document for Convoy HN 17 from Norway to the U.K. early in March-1940. According to A. Hague, she returned to Norway later that month with Convoy ON 21 (see also Svinta), and at the end of March we find her in Convoy HN 23A, again bound for Newcastle with fish - according to the escort's report, Regin served as Commodore Vessel. When the Germans invaded Norway on Apr. 9 Spica is said to have been on her way from Newcastle to Bergen, but was ordered to return to the U.K., and therefore ended up in allied service (she's not named in this convoy, but this fits in with the details for Convoy ON 25 to Norway). This is not noted on Page 1 of the archive documents, though it looks like the intention was to head to Tromsø in May, but she returned to Shields. There's a note further down on the document saying "Tromsø for Tyne" so it looks like she did go to Tromsø later on*. It'll also be noticed that she appears to have spent a long time at Tyne that summer. She had arrived Shields on June 13 and departure is given as Oct. 26; via Methil and Kirkwall, she arrived Reykjavik on Nov. 4. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2. As will be seen, she made several voyages to Reykjavik.
In July-1941 she can be found in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 134, joining the convoy from Iceland. Her destination is given as Fleetwood, where she arrived July 11, having sailed from Reykjavik July 3, according to Page 2. The Commodore's report is also available for this convoy, continuing on this page, which indicates the Iceland ships joined on July 5. Going back to the archive document, we see that Spica returned to Iceland shortly thereafter, making another voyage to Reykjavik in Aug.-1941. In Oct.-1941 she's listed as bound for Iceland in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 29, departing Liverpool Oct. 22, Spica arriving Reykjavik on the 29th. This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, please see ships in all ON convoys. Akabahra (returned), Astra, Bjørkhaug, Boreas, Marga, Spero (returned) and Trondheim are also listed, while Eglantine and Montbretia are named among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts).
It'll be noticed, when going to the various archive documents, that Spica made several more voyages to Iceland during the war. Some are included in A. Hague's Voyage Record above, but many of them are not.
From Page 11 (which shows her voyages to Apr.-1946), we learn that she finally got to go home to Norway in Nov.-1945, and again the following month; in fact, Christmas was celebrated in Bergen that year.
Sold in Febr.-1951 to Alf Mortensen, Oslo, delivered Febr. 19 and renamed Inger Lise. Machinery removed at Tjøme Verft, but laid up unfinished. Sold in Oct.-1955 by Govert Grindhaug, Åkrehamn/Kopervik. Converted to motor vessel in 1956 by Br. Lothe A/S, Flytedokken, Haugesund, completed in Aug. that year. Capsized and sank on Oct. 28-1956, 30 n. miles southwest of Lista when on a voyage Trondheim-Hamburg. Crew was saved by Fred. Olsen's M/S Blenheim.
Back to Spica on the "Ships starting with S" page.
Other ships by this name: Bergenske D/S had another Spica before the war, 2360 gt, built in Copenhagen 1923, ran ground on Aug.27-1930 at Cerborus Rock, Canso Straits, N.S., on a voyage Halifax-Chicoutimi with general cargo, total loss. Another Spica was originally built as Baron Kilmarnock of Ardrossan in 1953, purchased by Bergenske D/S in 1957, renamed Spica. Became Panamanian Eastland Trader in 1966, San Antonio in 1967, Lavander in 1973, Southmont in 1977. Sold that year to Singapore, renamed Bloomfield. Broken up 1979.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre gamle skip" , Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, "Bergenske, byen og selskapet", Dag Bakka Jr., "Hjemmeflåten - Mellom venn og fiende", Lauritz Pettersen, and misc. - ref. My sources.