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M/T Storaas
Updated July 28-2012

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Owner: Skibs-A/S Nanset
Manager: Iver Bugge, Larvik
7886 gt, 4719 net, 11 850 tdwt
Signal Letters: LDLN

Built by Götaverken A/B, Gothenburg in 1929.

Captain: Arnold Morits Jensen. According to this external page, he joined Storaas in Nov.-1929, starting as 1st mate.

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 Nov.-1939 to May-1943:  

(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
1939 Nov. 4 Naples Port Said Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 25 Abadan Suez Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 14 Port Said Haifa Dec. 15 Independent
Dec. 16 Haifa Passed Gibraltar Dec. 25 Independent
Dec. 25 Passed Gibraltar Antwerp Jan. 3-1940 Independent
1940 Jan. 23 Antwerp Curacao Independent
Febr. 15 Curacao Cristobal Independent
Febr. 19 Balboa Cabo Blanco Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 28 Cristobal Liverpool March 21 Independent
March 28* Liverpool Trinidad Apr. 18 Independent *From Stanlow, March 29
(Page 1).
Apr. 22 Trinidad Aruba Apr. 24 Independent
Apr. 27 Aruba Dakar May 14 Independent
May 18 Dakar Oran May 27 Independent
June 7 Oran Gibraltar June 8 Independent
June 9 Gibraltar Curacao June 26 Independent
June 29 Curacao Bermuda July 5 Independent
July 6 Bermuda BHX 56 See link to HX 56
July 11 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Clyde July 21 HX 56 Missing movements, Page 1
Dec. 4 Clyde Clyde Dec. 5 OB 254 Returned
(Page 1 gives Dec. 7).
Convoy available at OB 254
(external link)
Dec. 10 Clyde OB 257 Dispersed Dec. 13.
Convoy available at OB 257
(external link)
Dec. 13 Dispersed from OB 257 Curacao Jan. 4-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 7 Curacao Bermuda Jan. 14 Independent
Jan. 21 Bermuda Clyde Febr. 8 BHX 104
Febr. 27 Liverpool* OB 291 *From Clyde Febr. 28
(Page 1).
Dispersed March 3.
Convoy available at OB 291
(external link)
March 3 Dispersed from OB 291 Trinidad March 21 Independent See also narrative below.
May 3 Trinidad Freetown May 21 Independent
June 8* Freetown Belfast Lough July 2 SL 77 *Page 1 gives departure May 30.
Convoy available at SL 77
(external link)
July 3 Belfast Lough Swansea July 5 BB 42 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
July 13 Swansea Milford Haven July 13 Independent
July 17 Liverpool* OB 348 *From Milford Haven, July 16
(via Belfast Lough - See Page 1).
For NYC.
Detached July 30.
Convoy available at OB 348
(external link)
July 30 Detached from OB 348 New York City Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 17 New York City Halifax Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 27 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 30 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Sept. 18 SC 42
Sept. 19 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 21 WN 182 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2
Oct. 5 Methil Roads Loch Ewe Oct. 7 EC 81 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Oct. 12 Loch Ewe ON 25 For Curacao.
Dispersed Oct. 24.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 24 Dispersed from ON 25 Curacao Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 7 Curacao Capetown Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 30 Capetown Abadan Jan. 25-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 27 Abadan Colombo Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 12 Colombo C 1 Dispersed Febr. 13.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Febr. 13 Dispersed from C 1 Fremantle Febr. 28 Independent
March 12 Fremantle Abadan Independent Page 2 gives arrival Apr. 6.
Apr. 9 Abadan Melbourne May 16 Independent
June 23 Melbourne Abadan July 28 Independent
July 31 Abadan Adelaide Sept. 7 Independent
Sept. 8 Adelaide Melbourne Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 13 Melbourne Melbourne Sept. 13 Independent A. Hague says:
Put back after grounding
(not noted, Page 2).
Nov. 19 Melbourne Bahrein Dec. 19 Independent
Dec. 25 Bahrein Bandar Abbas Independent
Dec. 28 Bandar Abbas PA 17 For Durban.
Detached Jan. 2-1943.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
1943 Jan. 2 Detached from PA 17 Durban Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 19 Durban Capetown Jan. 23 Independent
Febr. 3 Capetown CA 9 For Abadan.
Dispersed Febr. 5.
Convoy available via link above
Febr. 5 Dispersed from CA 9 Abadan March 1 Independent
March 3 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
March 9 Bandar Abbas PA 28 For Mombasa.
Detached March13.
Convoy available via link above
March 13 Detached from PA 28 Mombasa March 21 Independent
March 24 Mombasa Abadan Apr. 5 Independent
Apr. 8 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Apr. 13 Bandar Abbas PA 33 For Capetown.
Detached Apr. 17.
Convoy available via link above
Apr. 17 Detached from PA 33 Capetown May 11 Independent
May 28 Capetown CD 20 Compare w/Page 2
Sunk - See "Final Fate" below.
Convoy available at CD 20
(external link)

 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 links provided for more convoy information; several Norwegian ships took part.

From Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that Storaas was on her way from Stanlow to Trinidad when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940.

With a cargo of fuel oil, she's listed in the Bermuda portion of the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 56 in July that year, station 57. She arrived Greenock on July 21, and judging from the information found on the archive document, she later went into drydock and did not leave the U.K. again until Dec.-1940. She's listed, with destination Cape Town and Abadan, in Convoy OB 254, originating in Liverpool on Dec. 4. However, she returned to Clyde, subsequently joining Convoy OB 257 from there. This convoy originated in Liverpool on Dec. 10 and dispersed Dec. 13, Storaas arriving Curacao on Jan. 3/4-1941 - Cape Town and Abadan are not mentioned for this period on the archive document. Ref. external links provided within the Voyage Record for more on these OB convoys - A. Hauge has also included Dagrun, Titanian and Topdalsfjord in OB 257, while another section of the site also lists Suderholm, adding that Erviken, Hørda and Taranger were scheduled but did not sail. (It looks like Suderholm didn't sail either, or returned to port, she's listed in OB 258).

Storaas headed back to the U.K. on Jan. 21-1941 in Convoy BHX 104 from Bermuda, bound for Clyde with fuel oil, arriving Febr. 8. According to the book "Våre falne", she lost a crew member shortly thereafter. Carpenter Nils Ove Andreassen died of heart failure on Febr. 18-1941, and is buried in Leith, Scotland (please see the link to Stavern Memorial at the end of this page). In March that year, she was on her way to Trinidad, sailing in Convoy OB 291, when she was attacked by aircraft, 85 n. miles west of Achill Head (see also Skaraas). The gunners defended her, which avoided direct hits but two bombs detonated so close that the engine stopped from the impact. The escorting British corvette HMS Tulip stayed nearby for protection until her engine could be started again and she could continue. OB 291 had originated in Liverpool on Febr. 27 and was dispersed on March 3. Storaas arrived Trinidad on March 21, having started out from Clyde on Febr. 28. In addition to Skaraas already mentioned, Caledonia, Grena, Hardanger, Hilda Knudsen, Laurits Swenson and the Panamanian Norvik (Norwegian managers) are also listed, ref. link in the table above.

According to Page 1, she remained in Trinidad for quite some time, before leaving for Freetown on May 3, arriving May 21. With a crago of crude oil, she's listed in Convoy SL 77, which departed Freetown on June 8 and arrived Liverpool on July 3 - again, see the link provided in the Voyage Record - it'll be noticed, when going back to the archive document, that her departure Freetown is given as May 30; she arrived Belfast Lough July 1. This departure date fits better with Convoy SL 76, which left Freetown that day, but she's not listed there, and this convoy is said to have arrived Liverpool on June 21, so the arrival date is off. Had she started out in SL 76, then joined SL 77 while en route, or does the archive document give the wrong departure date?

We now find her, along with Audun (to Iceland), Grena and Tautra, in Convoy OB 348, originating in Liverpool on July 17-1941, arriving Halifax on the 31st; Storaas, however, was bound for New York, and arrived there on Aug. 4, having been detached from the convoy on July 30 (according to A. Hague) - she had started out from Milford Haven on July 16. From New York, she later proceeded to Halifax then on to Sydney, C.B., and with a cargo of fuel oil, she headed back to the U.K. again on Aug. 30 in the slow Convoy SC 42, which lost many ships, as will be seen when following the link. The Norwegian Askeladden, Måkefjell, Knoll, Lancing, Regin, Inger Elisabeth, Kul, Arosa, Vestland, Bestum and Stargard are also named in this convoy; the latter was sunk - follow the link for details. Storaas arrived Loch Ewe on Sept. 18 - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2.

The following month, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 25, originating in Liverpool on Oct. 10-1941, dispersed Oct. 24, Storaas arriving Curacao on Nov. 4 (having sailed from Loch Ewe on Oct. 12). This convoy, which also included Fjordheim, Ingerfem and Ørnefjell, will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section in due course, along with more info; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. From Curacao, she proceeded to Table Bay and Abadan.

Her subsequent voyages are listed on Page 2; convoy information for some of these (as well as for voyages made in between those mentioned here) can be found in the Voyage Record. As will be seen, she had a long stay in Melbourne in the spring of 1942. In Aug.-1942, when en route from Abadan to Australia, she lost another crew member. Mate Aksel Monrad Bjønnes died on board of heart failure on Aug. 3 and was buried at sea - again, ref. link to the Stavern Memorial at the end of this page. She had another long stay in Melbourne later on. A. Hague says she had left Melbourne on Sept. 13 but ran aground and returned that same day - I have no further details on this, but it'll be noticed that she did not leave Melbourne again until Nov. 19, when she proceeded to Bahrein.

 Final Fate - 1943: 

Storaas had departed Simonstown in ballast for Durban and Abadan on May 28-1943 in Convoy CD 20 (external link; the Norwegian Høegh Scout is also listed), escorted by 4 armed trawlers. That same evening, she was struck in the engine room by a torpedo from U-177 (Gysae), 34 57S 19 33E. A ship a little in front of her on the starboard side had just been hit (American Agwimonte) and as no orders from the Commodore were forthcoming, Captain Jensen, fearing a torpedo from the starboard side, had decided to order hard port wheel. Just as Storaas had turned about 30° a ripping sound was heard and immediately afterwards the wake of a torpedo was seen heading their way from starboard, resulting in a horrific explosion. The main engines stopped immediately, all the lights went out, and the after part started to sink very quickly, then seemed to stop.

Without orders the crew took to the aft lifeboats which were launched without problems. The starboard boat with the 2nd mate on board came alongside for the captain, the 1st and 3rd mates and the radio operator, as the port boat had already left the ship's side. (An attempt had been made by those remaining on board to launch the amidships, starboard motor boat, but the after tackle got caught and the boat flooded, though remained afloat).

The boats were ordered to stay nearby, the captain intending to reboard as soon as it was light. However, Storaas received another torpedo, and shortly afterwards an escorting trawler came up and ordered them all on board as quickly as possible (the trawler, named as HMSAS Vereeniging at, also picked up surviors from the rafts and a lifeboat from Agwimonte). The captain's request to stay near the ship until daylight was denied, as the escort had to remain with the convoy. They were landed in Port Elizabeth on May 30-1943, then travelled by train to Cape Town. 4 men were missing, all of whom, except the steward, were in the engine room when the explosion occurred.

Meanwhile, in the pitch black engine room, with oil and water gushing in from above, Mechanic Halaas was trapped, but eventually managed to free himself and get to the surface. He then swam around in the dark until he found an opening through which he could get out on deck, about an hour after the ship had been torpedoed. He went to his cabin and got some clothes and also found a flash light. Being unable to get the port dinghy out by himself, he stayed on board, near the dinghy in case the ship should capsize. He saw lights on the water quite a ways off and signalled for help with his flash light - someone signalled back; this was believed to have been survivors on a raft from the other torpedoed ship. Two hours passed, then another torpedo hit on the starboard side, abaft amidships, and about 10 minutes later an explosion occurred on the port side, causing Storaas to list heavily to port. He entered the dinghy, waited till the water reached it, then simply rowed away.

The ship remained afloat for as long as he could see it. He rowed all night in order to keep warm, but had no idea in which direction land was until daylight, when he started to row in that direction. Late in the afternoon of May 29 a trawler picked him up. He was landed in Cape Town, where he stayed at a nursing home for 2 weeks while being treated for various wounds.

The maritime inquiry was held in Cape Town on June 18-1943 with the captain, the 2nd mate, the 1st engineer, Mechanic Halaas, Able Seaman Olsen, and Able Seaman Brandt attending. The captain stated that the escorting trawler had the marking T-62, however, HMSAS Vereeniging had T-72. None of the witnesses had seen the steward prior to the attack.

Note: I posted a query to's forum re this attack (see the external link below), and Roland Berr replied with an excerpt from U-177's KTB, as follows:

"(GR 6752)
21.25 h Spead of two on a big and a small steamer (AGWIMONTE)
21.27 h Spread of two on a big Tanker (STORAAS)
Both spreads shot on great range (25 hm, thats 2500 Meters!!!). Heard detonations after 7 and 8 minutes. No success observed. None of the ships seems to be hit. CO GYSAE assumed one surface runner and the remaining torpedos detonated at end of running time. After this attack the boat took a new attempt to get a good attack position and reload torpedos, managed just to load two tubes.

22.10 h U-177 sighted a hospitalship in the opposite direction the convoy goes

23.53 h U-177 fired a further spread of two against the big frighter (AGWIMONTE), turned around and fired a second spread of two (Backward torpedoes) against the tanker at 23.55 h. 24.00 h U-177 obsered a hit in the maschinery of the tanker and another on the frighter. Whilst the convoy continues the journy one escort and one BLUE FUNNEL steamer going to the hidden ships for rescue duty. As there is no attack on U-177, GYSAE decided to reload and try to sink the tanker with a coupe de grace.

(GR 6769)
00.40 h After reloading tube VI U-177 starts a further attempt to attack. As both hidden ships are circled by escorts the CO of U-177 decides to wait some more time. At this time the boat is just 2000 Meters away from its victims.

00.46 h U-177 fired a single torpedo against the AGWIMONTE hitting her in the machinery

01.10 h coupe de grace against the tanker (single torpedo). The torpedo struck the STORAAS again with the result of sinking a little deeper

01.25 h AGWIMONTE is sinking

(GR 6766)
Because there is allready no attempt by the escorts to hunt U-177, GYSAE decides to try a third attempt to sink the tanker.
01.53 h U-177 fired a further torpedo which hit STORAAS after 2'14 min and sink her."

Time given on Page 2 of the archive documents is 21:53.

The Dutch Salabangka was also sunk in this convoy (by U-178, June 1) - ref. external links below.

Crew List:
2nd Mate Syvertsen was the officer on watch on the bridge.
Mechanic Halaas had just joined the ship in Simonstown (where Storaas had arrived on May 22).

Able Seaman Olsen, who was at the helm when the explosion occurred had also joined the ship just 10 days before.
Able Seaman Brandt, who was on lookout on the wheel house roof, had been on board for 4 months.

Arnold Morits Jensen
1st Mate
Ragnar Martinsen
2nd Mate
Karsten Harry
Lie Syvertsen
3rd Mate
Leif Tellefsen
Radio Operator
Nils A. Thorstensen
Olaf Olsen
Karl Karlsen
Able Seaman
Olaf Kristiansen
Able Seaman
Peder Abrahamsen
Able Seaman
Fritz Halvorsen
Able Seaman
Konrad Andersen
Able Seaman
Arne Abrahamsen
Able Seaman
Gustav Kristenson
Able Seaman
Anton Andersen
Able Seaman
Sven Rasin Olsen
Able Seaman
Ludvik Larsen
Able Seaman
Olaf Seldal
Able Seaman
Eugen Kristian Brandt
1st Engineer
Lars Eriksen
2nd Engineer
Finn Christoffersen
3rd Engineer
Frank Gulbrandsen
Paul Olsen Halaas
Hans Høst
Leif Johnsen
Erling Jacobsen
Nils Henning
Olav Sørhus
Alexander Scott
Olaf Olsen
Eric Carlson
Galley Boy
Sydney Adams
(South African)
Mess Boy
José Vaz
Saloon Boy
Henry Pitcher
(South African)
Raymond Sydney
Francis Cook
Kenneth Durham

4th engineer
Gunnar Mathisen

Haakon Olaisen

Ole Kraasgåt

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - This site says that 5 died in the sinking. In addition to the 3 above, Mate Aksel M. Bjønnes and Carpenter Nils O. Andreassen are commemorated. However, checking with "Våre falne", which names Norwegians who died in WW II, I find that Aksel Monrad Bjønnes had died on board of heart failure on Aug. 3-1942, when en route from Abadan to Australia, and was buried at sea (this matches a voyage listed on Page 2). Carpenter Nils Ove Andreassen had died on Febr. 18-1941, also of heart failure, and is buried in Leith, Scotland (he had 6 children). According to Page 1, Storaas had arrived Greenock on Febr. 11-1941, having come from Bermuda (Convoy BHX 104).

My query to the forum regarding the attack on Storaas no longer seems to exist at this link. Roland Berr replied with an excerpt from U-177's KTB, confirming there were 3 attacks (Rowher mentions only one attack on Storaas).

Operations information (& crew list) for U-177

U-177 | Robert Gysae

See also's account on the attack - here's's info on the attack on Agwimonte, as well as the attack on Salabangka.

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

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume II, Norwegian Maritime Museum, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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