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D/S Douro
Updated July 5-2011

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Crew List

Manager: E. B. Aaby, Oslo
928 gt, 1300 tdwt
Call Sign: LDFY

Built in Tønsberg in 1921. Previous name: Peik (possibly for Hans H. Torgersen & Co. A/S Tønsberg?).

Captain: Bernhard Høgseth

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 | Page 7

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

Partial Voyage Record
From Aug.-1940 to Apr.-1942:

(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.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Aug. 18 Milford Haven Gibraltar* Sept. 2 OG 41 Earlier voyages, Page 1
*Arrived Setubal Aug. 31
(missing voyages, Page 1)
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
Oct. 29 Milford Haven Setubal Nov. 11 OG 45 A. Hague says:
For Setubal.
Page 1 gives arrival Leixoes Nov. 8, left Nov. 13
(also, more missing movements).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
Dec. 9 Gibraltar Liverpool Dec. 23 HG 48 See also narrative below.
Page 1 gives arrival Cardiff Dec. 25.
1941 Sept. 20 St Helens Roads Southend* Sept. 21 CE 50 Earlier 1941 voyages:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4 & Page 5
Convoy available at CE convoys
(external link)
*Page 5 gives arrival Shoreham Sept. 20
(also, missing voyages, w/more on Page 6)
Dec. 11 St Helens Roads* Southend Dec. 12 CE 60 Convoy available at link above
*From Shoreham, Dec. 11.
Missing voyages, Page 6
Dec. 28 Loch Ewe Reykjavik Jan. 2-1942 UR 4 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
1942 Febr. 13 Loch Ewe Scrabster Febr. 16* WN 245 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
*See narrative below & Page 7
(Also, missing voyages).
Febr. 27 Methil Loch Ewe March 1 EN 52 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 7 Loch Ewe Reykjavik March 11 UR 15 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 7
Apr. 4 Methil Loch Ewe Apr. 6 EN 67 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 11 Loch Ewe Reykjavik Apr. 15 UR 19 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
Again, see Page 7.
Sunk in May-1942
See "Final Fate" below


According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Douro was on her way from Rouen to Swansea when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940.

As can be seen, A. Hague has included her in Convoy OG 41 from the U.K. to Gibraltar in Aug.-1940. The Norwegian Varegg is also listed in this convoy, which arrived Gibraltar on Sept. 2, having left Milford Haven on Aug. 18. Going back to the archive document mentioned above, we learn that Douro arrived Setubal (Portugal) on Aug. 31, proceeding to Oporto on Sept. 3. At the end of the following month we find her in Convoy OG 45. According to A. Hague's record, she arrived Setubal on Nov. 11, however, the archive document gives arrival Leixoes on Nov. 8. With pit props for Cardiff, she was scheduled to return to the U.K. in Convoy HG 47 from Gibraltar on Nov. 20, but instead joined the next convoy on Dec. 9, HG 48, and arrived Cardiff Dec. 25. The OG convoys mentioned here will be added to my Convoys section in due course, in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys.

Her 1941 voyages also start on Page 1 and continue on Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, and Page 6. The latter document also has some 1942 movements.

There's a ship listed as Duro, scheduled for Convoy RU 11 from Reykjavik to the U.K. on Febr. 8-1942, bound for Scrabster with fresh fish. No tonnage is given for this ship, but I'm wondering if it might be a misspelling of Douro? Going to Page 6 and Page 7 of the archive documents, we find that she was indeed in Iceland around this date, later departing Reykjavik on Febr. 11, arriving Scrabster on the 14th. She may have made this voyage independently, as the next RU convoy does not match up with the dates, nor is she listed there (RU 12 left Reykjavik on Febr. 15).

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Douro departed Reykjavik for Hull with 375 tons fish on ice on May 7-1942 (this date fits with the departure date for Convoy RU 22 - however, she's not included in that convoy, so may have sailed independently). On May 9 she was attacked by aircraft and was hit by 4 bombs amidships on the port side, behind the funnel, position 60 41N 12 58W. She sank in 2 minutes having broken off amidships.

As the lifeboats were destroyed the survivors had to jump overboard. 10 eventually managed to get on two rafts, 8 on one and 2 on the other (the 2nd engineer and Able Seaman/Gunner Karlsen), and that afternoon they were spotted by a British aircraft which signalled to them that help would be summoned. A few hours thereafter the aircraft returned signalling that help was on its way and that evening the Icelandic trawler Gyllir (Captain Karl Jonsson) came to their assistance. They were taken to Reykjavik where 2 injured men received medical treatment.

7 had been killed on board, 3 drowned, including the captain. The 1st mate, who had spent about an hour(?) in the water before getting on a raft, stated at the maritime hearings that while still in the water he had approached a lifeboat with 2 men, namely Stoker Mauritz Johansen and Boatswain Theodor Kristiansen. He had strongly encouraged them to swim towards a raft which was drifting slowly about 100 meters away, because he considered the lifeboat in such a state that it was unsafe, but the 2 stayed where they were and were not seen again. The captain had been seen in the water by Gunner Kristiansen who at that time was holding on to the remnants of the motorboat, so he could not go to his aid.

Gunner Kristiansen received Krigsmedaljen (the War Medal) for shooting down the enemy plane that day. It fell into the ocean about 500 meters from them.

The maritime hearings were held in Reykjavik on May 16-1942 with the 1st mate, the 2nd mate and Able Seaman/Gunner P. Kristiansen appearing.

Crew List:

1st Mate
Arne Dihle
2nd Mate
Kåre Duedahl
Able Seaman
Lois Jean ?
Able Seaman/Gunner
Karl L. Karlsen
Able Seaman/Gunner
Peder Kristiansen
Ordinary Seaman
Egil Moe
Ordinary Seaman
Knut Johansen
Ordinary Seaman
William Reay
2nd Engineer
Amandus Steffensen
Otto Bjørnsen

Bernhard Høgseth

Theodor Kristiansen

1st Engineer
Alf Berntsen

Alexander Tollefsen

Maurits Johanson

George Cook*

Fred Hodder

Gunnar Andersen

Gustav Berg

Mess Boy
William H. Rawlings*

Further details on the men denoted * can be found by entering each name in the relevant search field on the The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website, entering WW II and 1942 in the other fields to narrow down the search results. William Rawlings is listed as Ordinary Seaman there.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemorations
- Norwegians only are commemorated here.

Back to Douro on the "Ships starting with D" page.

Here's some information on another Douro, built in 1948 (external link).

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. - ref. My sources.


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