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D/S Erling Lindøe
Peder Lindøe & Co. A/S, Haugesund

(Norwegian Homefleet WW II)

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This picture was sent to me by Bjørn Milde, Norway and is from his own postcard collection.
It was taken while in Cape Town in 1937.

Tonnage: 1281 gt, 751 net, 2030 tdwt.
Dimensions: 236.9' x 36.4' x 16.1'.
Machinery: Triple Expansion (Alblasserdamche Marchf.).

Delivered in June-1917 from N. V. Werf de Noord, Alblasserdam, Holland to A/S D/S Erling Lindøe (Peder Lindøe), Haugesund.

 WW II: 

Attacked in the North Sea while on a voyage from Casablanca to Lysaker on March 20-1940 (Norway was still neutral). See the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 21 as well as my page about Convoys attacked by aircraft. Erling Lindøe may have returned to port after the attack(?) because she shows up again in Convoy ON 23 from the U.K. to Norway a few days later.

She struck a mine and sank in Kattegat on Aug. 11-1944 (off Varberg, Sweden). Jan Olof, Sweden has told me that according to information found in Swedish archives 19 were killed, 6 survived*. He adds that Erling Lindøe was on a voyage from Ballangen, Norway to Holtenau (for further orders) with a cargo of pyrites when this occurred at 20:45 hrs. The mine hit the bow of the vessel and she sank almost immediately. Approximate position: 57 16N 11 48E.

* "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn says that 13 died, 3 were saved.

I also found a mention of this incident in an old book, "Norsk presse under Hakekorset" (The Norwegian Press under the Swastika), Vol. II, 1946 by Gunnleik Jensson, which is a collection of newspaper articles from the war years. When this note appeared in the Oslo newspaper "Aftenposten" on Aug. 14-1944 it said that 19 went down with the ship, 13 of whom were Norwegian. 3 of the 6 survivors were the Norwegian 1st Mate Erik Eriksen, 2nd Mate Rolf Munthe and 2nd Engineer Hans Hansen. It adds that she sank immediately.

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Commemorations - This site also says that 13 were killed; the following 12 are commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway:
Steward Johan Anker Bernhardsen, Seaman Anthon Laurits Hansen, Deckboy Ingolf Hansen, Engineer Kristian Andreas Kanck, Stoker Reidar Konrad Kjeilen, Cook Arne Berntin Lie, Donkeyman Thomas Løe Eilertsen, Able Seaman Selmer Olsen, Deckboy Nils Karluf Pedersen, Captain Kenny Emil Pensgård, Seaman Anker Strandslett Hansen, and Able Seaman Kåre Ådnesen.

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(Sources: "Skip og Menn", Birger Dannevig, and others as named within above text).

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