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D/S Bonde
Updated Febr. 2-2013

To Bonde on the "Ships starting with B" page.

Survivors & Casualties

Received from Reidar Sletten (taken at Humberside).

Source: Markus Berger (see Swiss Ships - external link).

Owner: D/S A/S Henriksen & Kierulf
Manager: Dagfinn Henriksen and Haakon Kierulf, Oslo
1570 gt, 2425 tdwt.
Call Sign: LJEL

Built by Porsgrund mek. Verksted, Porsgrunn in 1936.

Captains: Christian A. Hansen, (?) Skoli, and at time of loss, Finn Abrahamsen (from Jan. 13-1943).

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message from Alfred Rose's granddaughter
Guestbook message from the nephew of George Kugele. (See crew list).

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6

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

Voyage Record
From March-1940 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 (where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known).

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 7 Norwegian Waters Methil March 10 HN 17
March 11 Methil Tyne March 12 MT 28 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 23 Tyne Downs March 25 FS 127 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 25 Downs Caen March 26 Independent
March 29 Caen Downs March 30 Independent
March 31 Downs Tyne Apr. 2 FN 134 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 2 Tyne Blyth Apr. 2
May 8 Blyth Downs May 10 FS 166 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
May 10 Downs Caen May 11 Independent
May 15 Caen Downs May 16 Independent
May 16 Downs Tyne May 18
May 19 Tyne Methil Roads* TM 69 Convoy not available
*Arrived Grangemouth, May 20.
See Page 1
June 13* Methil Tyne June 13 MT 88 *Page 1 gives departure June 9.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
June 17 Tyne Southend June 18 FS 197 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
June 21 Southend Belfast June 25 OA 172 For Belfast.
Convoy available at OA 172
See also this page
(external links)
June 28 Belfast Weymouth Bay July 1 Independent Notional sailing date
(see also Page 1).
July 21 Southend Hartlepool July 22 FN 228 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 24 Hartlepool Methil July 25 FN 230 Convoy available at link above
July 26 Methil OA 190 For Sydney C.B.
Dispersed July 29.
Convoy available at OA 190
(external link)
July 29 Dispersed from OA 190 Sydney, C.B. Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 14 Sydney, C.B. Quebec Aug. 18 Independent
Sept. 18 Quebec Cap a L'Aigle Sept. 19 Independent
Sept. 23 Cap a L'Aigle Chatham, N.B. Sept. 24 Independent
Sept. 25 Newcastle, N.B Sydney, C.B. Sept. 27 Independent
Sept. 27 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Oct. 12 SC 6
Oct. 15 Clyde Methil Oct. 19 WN 23 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 22 Methil Immingham Oct. 24 FS 317 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 2 Immingham Hull Nov. 2 Independent Left Hull Nov. 8
(Page 1).
Nov. 10 Humber Methil Nov. 11 FN 330 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 14 Methil Oban Nov. 17 EN 25 (1) Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 18 Oban OB 244 For Sydney C.B.
Dispersed Nov. 22
Nov. 22 Detached from OB 244 Sydney, C.B. Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 8 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Dec. 10 Independent
1941 Febr. 9 Halifax Halifax Febr. 13 HX 108
(Bermuda portion only)
See narrative below.
(see also Page 2).
Ships in HX convoys
has more complete info.
March 1 Halifax Halifax March 2 HX 112 Returned
March 10 Halifax Loch Ewe March 30 SC 25
Apr. 1 Loch Ewe Methil Apr. 4 WN 107 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 8 Methil Harwich Apr. 10 FS 458 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
Apr. 17 Great Yarmouth Spurn Apr. 18 EC 8 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Apr. 22 Hartlepool Hartlepool Apr. 23 Put back.
Apr. 28 Hartlepool Methil Apr. 29 FN 459 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
May 2 Methil Roads Oban May 5 EC 14 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
May 6 Oban OG 61 For Montreal.
Detached May 12.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
May 12 Detached from OG 61 Montreal May 24 Independent
May 31 Montreal Sydney, C.B. June 4 Independent
June 10 Sydney, C.B. Milford Haven June 29 SC 34
June 30 Milford Haven Falmouth July 1 Independent
July 2 Falmouth Solent July 3 Independent See also Page 2
July 10 Solent Dartmouth July 10 Independent
July 11 Dartmouth Fowey July 11 Independent
July 14 Fowey Falmouth July 14 Independent
July 15 Falmouth Barry July 16 PW 4 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 19 Barry Milford Haven July 19 Independent
July 25 Milford Haven ON 1 For Montreal.
Dispersed in 42 29N 45 45W Aug. 9.
Aug. 9 Dispersed from ON 1 Montreal Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 16 Montreal Quebec Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 31 Quebec Sydney, C.B. Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 5 Sydney, C.B. Sydney, C.B. Sept. 17 SC 43 Convoy will be added
See ships in SC convoys
Sept. 24 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough Oct. 10 SC 46 See link above
Oct. 11 Belfast Lough Swansea Oct. 13 BB 87 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Oct. 19 Swansea Milford Haven Oct. 20 Independent
Nov. 1 Milford Haven Liverpool Nov. 2 To Garston Nov. 3
(Page 3).
Nov. 10 Liverpool* Holyhead Nov. 11 Independent *From Garston
Nov. 12 Holyhead Penarth Nov. 13
Dec. 30 Penarth Newport Dec. 30 Independent
1942 Jan. 3 Newport Milford Haven Jan. 4 Independent Via Barry Roads
(Page 3)
Jan. 6 Milford Haven Liverpool Jan. 7
Jan. 13 Liverpool Clyde Jan. 14 Independent
Febr. 4 Clyde Oban Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 6 Oban Methil Febr. 9 WN 242 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 12 Methil Southend Febr. 14 FS 724 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Febr. 26 Southend Methil Febr. 28 FN 642 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
March 1 Methil Clyde March 5 EN 53 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Also, Page 3
March 16 Clyde Oban March 16 Independent
March 17 Oban Methil March 20 WN 259 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
March 21 Methil Southend March 23 FS 756 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
March 29 Southend Methil March 31 FN 668 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 1 Methil Clyde Apr. 4 EN 66 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 14 Clyde ON 86 For Halifax.
Detached Apr. 27.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 27 Detached from ON 86 Boston May 1
May 1 Boston New York City May 3 Independent
May 8 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
May 10 Cape Cod Bay Halifax May 11 BX 15 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
May 14 Halifax Loch Ewe May 27 SC 84
May 28 Loch Ewe Methil May 30 WN 289 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
May 31 Methil Immingham June 1 FS 817 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
June 11 Immingham Methil June 13 FN 732 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 13 Methil Loch Ewe June 15 EN 97 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 16 Liverpool* Halifax July 1 ON 104 *From Loch Ewe
(Page 4)
For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 2 Halifax St. John, N.B. July 3 Independent
July 8 St. John, N.B. Halifax July 10 BX 28F Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
July 10 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 12 HS 25 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 17 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough July 30 SC 92
July 31 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Aug. 1 BB 205 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Aug. 5 Avonmouth Penarth Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 19 Penarth Milford Haven Aug. 20 Independent Via Barry Roads
(Page 4)
Aug. 21 Milford Haven Halifax Sept. 5 ON 124
Sept. 11 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Sept. 13 HS 50 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 14 Sydney, C.B. Port Alfred Sept. 18
Sept. 15* Sydney, C.B. Father Point Sept. 18 SQ 37 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
*I'm not entirely sure the last entry belongs here - see also Page 4.
Sept. 19 Port Alfred Montreal Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 27 Father Point Sydney, C.B. Sept. 30 QS 38 Convoy available via link above
Oct. 7 Sydney, C.B. Sydney, C.B. Oct. 9 SC 104 Returned.
Convoy will be added
See ships in SC convoys
Oct. 15 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Nov. 1 SC 105 See link above
Nov. 1 Loch Ewe Methil Nov. 3 WN 356 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 4 Methil Southend Nov. 6 FS 951 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 5
Nov. 15 Southend Humber Nov. 16 FN 866 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 17 Humber Sunderland Nov. 18
Dec. 19 Sunderland Southend Dec. 21 FS 990 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Also, Page 5
Dec. 24 Southend Methil Dec. 26 FN 900 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 30 Methil Belfast Lough Jan. 3-1943 EN 179 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
1943 Jan. 10 Belfast Lough Liverpool Jan. 11 Independent Missing movements, Page 5
Jan. 16 Liverpool Loch Ewe Jan. 18 Independent
Jan. 19 Loch Ewe Reykjavik Jan. 23 UR 59 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
Jan. 25 Reykjavik Reykjavik Febr. 16 A. Hague says:
Passage to various Icelandic ports & return
(see Page 5).
Febr. 18 Reykjavik Belfast Lough Febr. 24 RU 62 Convoy available at RU convoys
(external link)
Febr. 24 Belfast Lough Cardiff Febr. 27
March 6 Cardiff Swansea March 7 Independent
March 9 Swansea Mumbles March 9 Independent
March 10 Mumbles Solent March 11 WP 306 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Also, Page 5
March 16 St Helens Roads Southend March 17 CE 161 Convoy available at CE convoys
(external link)
See also Page 6
March 20 Southend Immingham March 21 FN 973 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
March 24 Immingham Southend March 26 FS 1071 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 27 Southend St Helens Roads March 28 CW 166 Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
Apr. 7 Solent Swansea Apr. 9 PW 320 Again, see Page 6
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 18 Swansea Milford Haven Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 20 Milford Haven ONS 5 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Misc. 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 convoy links provided for further info; several Norwegian ships took part.

With a cargo of wood for Tyne, Bonde is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 17 from Norway to the U.K. in March-1940. According to A. Hague, she arrived Tyne on March 12. Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, she was at Blyth when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 and remained there for quite a long time.

In June* that year, she shows up in Convoy OA 172, leaving Southend on June 21, dispersed 4 days later. Bonde's destination is given as Belfast, cargo of coal, station 64. This convoy was composed of 2 parts, OA 172(1) and OA 172(2), Bonde being in Part 1, as were the Norwegian Trolla and Vestland, while Evviva was in Part 2. There's a note in connection with this convoy (Part 1) stating that Bonde and Trolla were left behind as they could not maintain 5 knots in the fresh wind and sea. (A. Hague has also included Fernbank in OA 172, see links provided within the Voyage Record). The following month we find Bonde, along with Galatea, Hjalmar Wessel, Jernland, Kul, Siak, Solferino and Tai Ping Yang in Convoy OA 190, departing Methil Roads on July 26 (again, ref. link in the table above. Another section of the site also has Solferino in this convoy, while A. Hague has this ship in OA 192). This time, Bonde was bound for Sydney, C.B. (Cape Breton) in ballast, and arrived there independently on Aug. 12 (according to A. Hague), the convoy having been dispersed on July 29.

*It'll be noticed, when going back to Page 1, that there's a note saying "Methil for Rouen, sailed Shields for Nantes; diverted to Belfast". She had sailed from Methil June 9, from Shields June 17, but probably due to the German advance into France around this time, she was diverted to Belfast, joining Convoy OA 172 from Southend, as stated.

Having made voyages to Quebec (remaining there for a month), Cap a L'Aigle, Chatham, N.B. and Newcastle, N.B., she returned to Sydney, C.B. in order to join the slow Convoy SC 6 on Sept. 27, cargo of pit props for Immingham, arriving Oct. 24 (via various other ports - again, see Page 1). The following month, she went in the other direction with Convoy OB 244. Her destination was again Sydney, C. B., where she arrived independently on Dec. 6, the convoy having dispersed on Nov. 22. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2. From Sydney, she proceeded to Halifax on Dec. 8, subsequently remaining there for a long time; reason not known.

With a cargo of grain for Swansea, she was scheduled for the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 22 on Febr. 8-1941, but did not sail. According to Arnold Hague, she joined Convoy HX 108* the next day, but returned to port. She's now mentioned in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HX 112, in which Beduin and Ferm and others were sunk (follow the links for details). This convoy departed Halifax on March 1; Bonde is crossed out on the document, but A. Hague says she joined and returned to Halifax. She finally got away in Convoy SC 25 on March 10; her destination is now given as Ipswich, where she eventually arrived (via various other ports) on Apr. 11 (Page 2).

In May that same year she appears in the U.K.-Gibraltar Convoy OG 61, which originated in Liverpool on May 5 and arrived Gibraltar on the 19th. Bonde, however, was bound for Montreal, so she detached from the convoy on May 12 in order to proceed to that destination, where she arrived on May 24 (having started out from Oban on the 6th). This convoy will be added to my Convoys section; in the meantime, see this list of ships in all OG convoys. The Norwegian Berto, Gard, Leka and Vestland are also listed. With a cargo of grain, Bonde headed back to the U.K. on June 10 with Convoy SC 34 from Sydney, C.B., and arrived Southampton, via Milford Haven and Falmouth, on July 4 (again, see Page 2). Later that month we find her, again with destination Montreal, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 1, originating in Liverpool on July 26. Bonde sailed from Milford Haven on July 25 and arrived Montreal Aug. 14, the convoy having been dispersed Aug. 9. See also Page 3.

Arnold Hague now has her returning to the U.K. with Convoy SC 46*, which departed Sydney, C.B, on Sept. 24-1941 and arrived Liverpool on Oct. 10; Bonde stopped at Belfast Lough, later continuing to Swansea. She had a cargo of grain, and sailed in station 105, having previously started out with SC 43*, departing Sydney, C.B. on Sept. 5, but had returned to port on that occasion. Both these convoys had several Norwegian ships, namely Astrell, Atle Jarl, Bernhard, Bjørkhaug, Erica, Fjord, Fjordheim, Galatea, Ingerfem, Solstad, Torfinn Jarl and Vigsnes in SC 43, and Alaska, Bestik (returned), Bruse Jarl, Fidelio, Gezina, Loke, Senta and Solsten in SC 46.

According to Norwegian records, due to her difficulty in keeping up with the Trans-Atlantic convoy speeds, Bonde served for a while as "feeder" between Glasgow and London for Furness City Line from the late fall of 1941, and endured many air attacks on these voyages. This does not quite match up with her 1941 movements on Page 3 (it'll be noticed that she had long stay at Penarth at the end of that year - reason not known).

She resumed her voyages across the Atlantic in the spring of 1942, and can be found among the ships in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 86*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 14 and included the Norwegian Bur, Drammensfjord, Harpefjell, Maud, Norhauk, Sneland I and Trolla, with Acanthus, Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts). Bonde joined from Clyde; according to A. Hague, she was detached from the convoy on Apr. 27 and arrived Boston May 1, continuing to New York that same day - see also Page 4. Some of these ships, including Bonde, returned to the U.K. with Convoy SC 84, which left Halifax on May 14. Bonde had a cargo of timber for Immingham, where she arrived June 1. She's now listed, together with Askeladden, Ruth I and Veni, in the westbound Convoy ON 104*, which originated in Liverpool June 16. Bonde sailed from Loch Ewe that day and arrived Halifax July 1, continuing to St. John, N.B. the next day, then went back to the U.K. later that month in Convoy SC 92 from Sydney, C.B., cargo of grain for Avonmouth, with arrival Aug. 1. She can later be found in station 54 of the westbound Convoy ON 124, bound for Halifax, cargo of coal, arriving there Sept. 5. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Astrell, Ada and Solhavn.

According to Arnold Hague, she headed back to the U.K. again on Oct. 15 in the Sydney, C.B. portion of Convoy SC 105*, originating in New York on Oct. 11-1942 (Bonde had a general cargo, taking station 75). She had initially joined the Sydney portion of Convoy SC 104* on Oct. 7 (in which Fagersten and Senta and several others were sunk - follow the links for details), but had returned to port (this agrees with Page 4). Other Norwegian ships in SC 104, which was again escorted by Acanthus, Eglantine and Potentilla, as well as Montbretia (see SC convoy escorts), were Bernhard, Boreas, Garnes, Gudvor, Inger Lise, Ingerfem, Lido, Nea, Suderøy and Vinga, while Don, Far, Herma, Kirsten B, Norelg, Polarland and Ramø are listed in SC 105. (Note that my page about Potentilla has an account on the battle for SC 104).

Bonde's subsequent voyages are listed on Page 5 (showing a long stay in Sunderland in Nov./Dec.-1942) and Page 6, with convoy information in the Voyage Record above.

*The 2 unlinked ON convoys mentioned above will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The entire HX series and SC series will also be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated), but for now, see ships in all HX convoys and ships in all SC convoys.

More information on all the other Norwegian ships named here can be found via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Final Fate - 1943: 

Captain at that time was Finn N. Abrahamsen. A visitor to my website has told me that Bonde was on charter to J. E. Murrell and Son at the time of loss.

In a story written by Captain Christian A. Hansen, who had commanded Bonde from Dec.-1939, he says he was relieved at the end of 1942 by Captain Skoli while he himself went on leave. Finn Abrahamsen is not mentioned in this account, but he had joined Bonde on Jan. 13-1943 (according to Page 5, Bonde was in Partington on that date), probably replacing Skoli. C. A. Hansen's leave ended at the beginning of Jan.-1943 at which time Bonde was in Europe, so he couldn't re-join at that time, but was supposed to go back on board upon her return to Canada on this voyage. (Captain Hansen later joined M/T Vanja and M/T Vardefjell, as a gunnery officer).

Bonde was 1 of 3 Norwegian ships in Convoy ONS 5 which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 21-1943. Please follow the link for much more information on this convoy (a 4th Norwegian ship, Gudvor, joined on Apr. 26 from Iceland, along with 2 other ships). Bonde had started her voyage from Swansea on Apr. 19 (Page 6 gives Apr. 18) and was bound for St. John's with a cargo of 1891 tons coal. I've chosen to not include details on the battle itself here, since others have already done so, far better than I ever could; see the external links at the end of this page.

As can be seen on my page about ONS 5, the convoy was arranged in 12 columns with 4 ships in each, except for column 6 which had 2 and column 12 which had 3 ships. The distance between each ship in the column was set at 800 yards, with 1000 yards between each column, making the front of the convoy 5,5 miles wide and a little over 1 n. mile deep. Bonde had station No. 82 in the convoy, behind the British Penhale; later on in the voyage the American USS Sapelo was directly in front of her, Penhale having returned to port. Fana was in station 41 and Rena (Commodore Vessel) was in station 61.

The escort group joined from Londonderry in the afternoon of Apr. 22, with the senior officer of the group being Commander Gretton in the destroyer Duncan. Other escorts were the British destroyer Vidette (joined from Iceland), the frigate Tay, the corvettes Sunflower, Loosestrife, Snowflake and Pink, and rescue vessels were the armed trawlers Northern Gem and Northern Spray. The destroyer Oribi was later ordered to leave Convoy SC 127 and go to the aid of ONS 5 when it became increasingly obvious that grave danger was imminent, and on May 2 the destroyers Offa, Impulsive, Penn and Panther were also dispatched from St. John's to the area, though Penn and Panther were forced to return to St. John's on May 4, due to the fact that it was impossible to get them replenished in the heavy weather. Duncan also had to leave for the same reason. (, which I've linked to at the end of this page, adds Impulsive and Northern Gem to this list of departing escorts, and operates with different dates than what is found in "Nortraships flåte", which I'm using for this narrative). By this time, Pink was far behind the convoy with 4 stragglers, one of which was the Norwegian Gudvor.

Bonde was the smallest ship in the convoy*, and her turn came at 19:50 GMT on May 5 when she was hit in the aft starboard side by a torpedo from U-266 (von Jessen) in 53 28N 44 20W, blowing 20 ft of her stern off, the engine fell down and the engine room and fire room were immediately filled with water. (Shortly before the torpedo hit, Bonde's gunners had spotted a periscope 2 cable lengths off, and had opened fire with the Oerlikon. It looks like she was in station 84 at the time of attack). The starboard lifeboat and the port forward raft were launched with 11 men, who were rescued by HMS Tay an hour later. Captain Abrahamsen, the 1st and 2nd mates, the radio operator and 2 able seamen were allowed to row back to the ship which was still afloat with the afterpart under water, and found another survivor, the 2nd engineer, making the total number of survivors 12, while 14 were gone (ref. crew list below). They were assumed killed in the explosion, which according to Captain John Gates of the British Baron Graham caused her to "jump out of the water". He adds "When the smoke and spray of the explosion had cleared away, the Bonde was already standing on her end with her bow and foredeck vertically out of the water. I looked away for a few seconds and in that time the ship sank".

* A passage in the book "The Fiercest Battle" by Ronald Seth, says
"Not a ship in the convoy but had admired her courage as she had battled with the terrible gales and mountainous seas, never flagging, always in her position. She had become to all those around her an inspiration, a mascot, almost a talisman, and in her going she showed all her resolute courage until the waves swallowed her up."
The book also quotes a statement made by Chief Officer M. Macellan of Baron Graham, who says that
"Bonde was the little ship we all admired so much in that convoy. In such a vast expanse of sea, she looked so tiny as she courageously battled through the heavy weather, frequently disappearing from view completely in the heavy seas and swells. The first thing I used to do as daylight broke in my morning watch was to look for our little friend, and if she was still bobbing along the day was made".
The chief officer of Losada, another ship in the convoy, says
"I knew nothing about the ship or her personnel whatsoever, but when I saw her disappear in a matter of seconds, as it seemed, I felt the loss as of a particular friend",
while the purser of the same ship says
"It was really incredible. We watched, glued to where we stood, with our mouths wide open. I, for one, had not realized that a ship could sink so quickly. In a couple of minutes - I am sure it was no more - her bows and stern were out of the water (clearly her back was broken) and then she was gone".

On May 6, another 5 frigates came to assist; Pelican, Wear, Jed, Spey and Sennen. By then the convoy had been attacked 66 times by a large number of U-boats; it had a difficult time keeping together because of the bad weather and the ships were spread out over a wide area.

On May 9, the Commodore, Captain K. J. Brook on the Norwegian M/S Rena received a telegram (addressed to HMS Tay) from Winston Churchill which read, "my compliments to you and your unceasing fight against U-boats. Please pass to Commodore of convoy my admiration for the steadfastness of his ships".

The survivors of Bonde were landed at St. John's, N. F. on May 8 where the maritime hearings were held on the 11th.

Again, please see the external links below and my page about Convoy ONS 5 for details on other ships sunk.

For info, U-266 was sunk with all hands a few days later - ref. link at the end of this page.

Crew List:

Finn N. Abrahamsen
1st Mate
Rasmus T. Rasmussen
2nd Mate
Edvard Jensen
Radio Operator
Vincent Willox
Ernie Møller
Able Seaman
Arne Jensen
Able Seaman
Hans Vaggestad
Able Seaman
Peter Long
2nd Engineer
Nils A. Pettersen
3rd Engineer
Peder Karlsen Høiberg
Jørgen Bredesen
Francis Foster

Able Seaman
Christopher Henriksen

Able Seaman
Åsulv Devold

1st Engineer
Hartvig Backer Garthe

Olav Reksnes

Ingvald Rislien

Kåre Hansen

Alexander Gailitis

Erling Kristiansen

Rudolf Pettersen

Mess Boy
William Wakeman

Alfred Rose

George W. Kugele

Robert Harmer

John Brunner
* Here's a Guestbook message from Alfred Rose's granddaughter
** Guestbook message from the nephew of George Kugele.

* The Birtish William Wakeman is commemorated at Tower Hill, ref. this page on the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website. There's also an Alfred Rose listed as having died on the date Bonde was sunk, whom I believe might be Bonde's gunner; he can be found on this page, commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. There's also more details on George Kugele (Chatham Naval Memorial), Robert Harmer (Portsmouth Naval Memorial) and John Brunner (Plymouth Naval Memorial). All these are external links.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - The 8 Norwegians are commemorated here.

The Battle for Convoy ONS 5 - A long article on this battle - a section of Ahoy - Mac's Web Log, which has a lot of interesting information.

ONS 5, 28 Apr, 1943 - 6 May, 1943 -'s account.

DANFS - Destroyer Escorts - The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting ships.

Back to Bonde on the "Ships starting with B" page.

Dagfinn Henriksen and Haakon Kierulf later had another ship named Bonde, ex Liberty Ship Peter Lassen, built in San Francisco1944, 7207 gt, became Norwegian Bonde in July-1947. Ran ashore in Febr.-1949 off Ruytinge Bank, voyage New Orleans-Dunkirk. Came under Panamanian flag as Chepo in 1961 (Mariner Shipping Co., Ltd., Hong Kong, then World-Wide Shipping Ltd., Hong Kong & London in 1963), Golden Rose in 1964 (same managers). Broken up in Taiwan in 1968, having arrived Kaohsiung on Febr. 29.

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


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