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Owner: Jansens Rederi A/S, Bergen
Delivered in Jan.-1922 from Hølens Verksted, Larvik (24) as Botne to A/S Botne (Finn Friis & C. O. Lund), Drammen. Sold in 1928 to E. B. Aaby, Oslo. Sold in 1933 to D/S A/S Henriksen & Kierulf, Oslo. Sold in 1938 to Jansens Rederi A/S (Ingvar Jansen), Bergen.
Captain: Alf Ravn Johannessen, later Mons Lie (at time of loss).
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, and as can be seen, this record is incomplete.
Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, Botne was in Aberdeen when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Later that month, she made a voyage to Brest. It'll also be noticed that she spent quite a long time at Greenock and Clyde later on that year. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.
According to "Nortraships flåte", she sailed about 10 n. miles ahead of D/S Samlanes when the latter struck a mine on March 13-1941. Botne's captain at that time is listed as Alf Ravn Johannessen. From Page 2, we learn that she was on her way from Swansea to Falmouth on that date.
About 2 months later, she experienced the aircraft attack in which D/S Ala was hit by 2 bombs on May 17. She took Ala in tow towards land until a tug from Shoreham came to assist. Botne had sailed from Dartmouth on May 16 and arrived Shoreham on the 17th - see Page 3 (further 1941 movements are shown on Page 4 and Page 5).
Botne collided with the British tanker British Hope near Lundy Island on September 3-1941. A visitor to my website has told me that "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles" says the incident occurred 8 miles WNW of Bude, North Cornwall. According to Page 5, she had left Falmouth on Sept. 2. The destroyer Vimiera rescued the crew from the ship, which was sinking. British Hope, which made it to port and sailed through the war, was in Convoy WP 29 at the time (external link). Not sure if Botne was also in this convoy; she's not mentioned, but the listing may be incomplete (the Norwegian Mosli and Suderholm are included - as can be seen, A. Hague has listed the British tanker Vimeira in this convoy; was this the ship that rescued survivors from Botne, rather than the destroyer Vimiera?).
Most sources do not mention any casualties from this incident, but "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig" (Maritime Declarations from WW II) has listed the second mate as "died". He is not mentioned at the memorial for seamen in Stavern, so I'm not entirely sure this is correct - hence my question mark.
Back to Botne on the "Ships starting with B" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum), and misc. others for cross checking info. - ref My sources.