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CONVOY ON 17A – U.K.-Norway

Left Methil on March 4-1940 (Kirkwall March 5) and arrived Norway on the 8th.
Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's research.

Stations are not known.

The increasing demand by neutrals to be included in outward convoys resulted in a congestion of shipping at Methil and Kirkwall, and an extra ON convoy, ON 17A was formed on March 4-1940, the day after ON 17 had departed.

According to A. Hague, the following ships sailed in this convoy (in alphabetical order):

Norwegian Almora
British Ardanbhan
Norwegian Audun
Swedish Balticia
Norwegian Banan
Norwegian Bolette
Swedish Bore
British Briarwood (arrived Narvik on March 10)
Norwegian Brisk
Swedish Dagmar Bratt
Swedish Dahlia
British Ena de Larrinaga
Norwegian Erica
Norwegian Eros
Swedish Frisia
Finnish Gottfrid
Norwegian Heilo
Finnish Helny
Estonian Julia
Swedish Kare (Kåre?)
Norwegian Karen
British King Alfred (arrived Narvik on March 13)
Norwegian Komet
British Margareta
Finnish Margareta
Norwegian Nina
Finnish Oinas
Finnish Ostrobotnia
Estonian Otto
Swedish Rex
Norwegian Rigel
British Sedgepool
Norwegian Sjofna
Norwegian Stargard
Norwegian Tautra
Finnish Tilda
Norwegian Tora
Norwegian Toran
Swedish Tyra Bratt
Estonian Uranus
Norwegian Vaga

A document listing all the ON convoys (from Public Records Office, Kew) states that ON 17A had a total of 41 ships, including 17 joining from Kirkwall; 6 British, 16 Norwegian, 8 Swedish, 8 Finnish, 3 Estonian. 1 was detached (not for Norway).

For information on the Norwegian ships in this convoy, see the Master Ship Index.

See this document, listing escorts for all HN and ON convoys, as well as this external page (scroll down to text under March 5). In addition to naming the escorts, the site says that the destroyer Jervis made an attack at 09:05 on March 7 on a submarine contact northeast of the Shetlands in 61 15N 1 20E.

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