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Manager: Sig. Gulbrandsen, Oslo
Built in 1918. Previous names: Elgen, Siggen, Eina, Soltind, Belize?
According to "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn, she was delivered in Oct.-1918 from N. V. Werf Zeeland, Hansweert as Elgen to T. J. Wiborg & Sønn, Christiania (Oslo today). 670 gt, 351 net, 970 tdwt, 179.2' x 30.1' x 12.6', Triple exp. 127 nhp - S & v.d. Dongen. (I'm not sure who owned her when she had the names Eina, Soltind and Belize, nor do I know if these names are correct). From 1934 she sailed as Gun for August Kjerland, Bergen. Further history below.
According to British sources this vessel was managed by W. A. Wilson, Southampton during the war, but a posting on my Ship Forum says that Norwegian sources (including Norske Veritas register and "Nortraships flåte") state she was owned/managed by Holter-Sørensen in 1940. "Våre gamle skip", however, says she was managed by Holter-Sørensen from 1946 (Sig. Gulbrandsen before that).
One of the responses to a query I posted on my Ship Forum, states the following:
According to Lloyd's Register, Holter Sørensen did not "buy" the ship until 1946 and Primo was a Gulbrandsen-managed company up until then.
Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
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, the record is incomplete.
A. Hague has included Gun in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 15 in Febr.-1940. At the end of the following month, she's listed in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 23A from Norway to the U.K., bound for Tyne in ballast, thereby ending up in allied service (the Germans invaded Norway on Apr. 9). Please follow the links for more info; several Norwegian ships took part in both these convoys. Gun arrived Tyne on Apr. 4, having sailed from Bergen on March 30 - see Page 1 of the archive documents.
She took part in the Normandie operations in June-1944, arriving Utah Beach on June 22, according to "Nortraships flåte" (this does not quite match up with the info found on Page 14).
In Jan.-1945, A. Hague has her in Convoy TAM 50, which left Southend on Jan. 15 and arrived Antwerp on the 16th; Gun arrived Ostend that day, having started out from The Downs that same day - see Page 16. In March we find her, together with the Norwegian Avance I, in Convoy ATM 106, which left Antwerp on March 27 and arrived Southend March 28. See the external links provided within the Voyage Record.
She did not get to go home to Norway until Apr.-1946 - see Page 19.
Managed by Holter-Sørensen & Co. from 1946, then by Bakkevig & Omdahl from 1952. Transferred to Thomas R. Omdahl, Haugesund in 1954, then sold back to Oslo that same year. From 1956 she sailed as Lista of Copenhagen, then as Lena from 1956, registered in Panama.
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Sweden lost a steamship named Gun to U-3 (Schepke) on Sept. 30-1939, off Hanstholm, Denmark. This website has a list of several vessels named Gun, they appear to be whale catchers. Text is in Norwegian, and here's the main page.