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M/T Hamlet
Updated Oct. 3-2011

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Received from, and painted by, Jan Goedhart, Holland.

From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Manager: Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
6578 gt, 3994 net, 9960 tdwt.
Signal Letters: BNMB (previously: LITZ)

Built by Götaverken A/B, Gothenburg in 1934. Previous names: Eidsvold until 1934 (Sverre Ditlev-Simonsen & Co., Oslo), Abu until 1937 (Skibs A/S Abu/Magnus Konows Rederi, Oslo).

Captain: Nils. A. Ambjørnsen.

Related item on this website:
Forum message from the stepdaughter of one of Hamlet's crew members, Peter Webster, looking for old friends from Hamlet. Contact address can be obtained by clicking on her name in the message.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Sept.-1939 to May-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 some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1939 Sept. 11 Aruba Kirkwall Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 4 Kirkwall Abo Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 17 Abo Talara Independent
Nov. 19 Talara Rio Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 14 Rio Aruba Dec. 27 Independent
Dec. 29 Aruba Gibraltar Jan. 14 Independent
1940 Jan. 14 Gibraltar Trieste Independent
Febr. 10 Trieste Monfalcone Independent
Febr. 11 Monfalcone Gibraltar Febr. 18 Independent
Febr. 18 Gibraltar Aruba March 3 Independent
March 4 Aruba Baltimore March 31 Independent Via New Haven March 13
Apr. 2 Baltimore Baltimore Apr. 25 Independent A. Hague says:
Intermediate port unknown
(Page 1 indicates Aruba).
Apr. 29 Baltimore Caripito Independent
May 11 Caripito Bahia May 24 Independent
May 25 Bahia Pernambuco May 27 Independent
May 28 Pernambuco Buenos Aires June 26 Independent A. Hague says:
Intermediate calls unknown
(probably Caripito - see Page 1)
June 30 Buenos Aires Trinidad July 20 Independent Intermediate calls unknown
(Caripito - again, see Page 1)
July 20 Trinidad Freetown Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 9 Freetown Trinidad Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 22 Trinidad Aruba Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 28 Aruba Jacksonville Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 5 Jacksonville Cartagena, Col Independent Page 1 gives arrival Sept. 11.
Sept. 12 Cartagena, Col Aruba Sept. 14 Independent
Sept. 16 Aruba New York City Sept. 27 Independent
Oct. 5 New York City Puerto la Cruz Independent
Oct. 13 Puerto la Cruz Aruba Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 16 Aruba Boston Oct. 25 Independent
Oct. 27 Boston Aruba Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 4 Aruba Las Piedras Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 5 Las Piedras Charleston, SC Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 12 Charleston, SC Aruba Nov. 18 Independent
Nov. 19 Aruba Boston Nov. 28 Independent
Dec. 3 Boston Aruba Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 12 Aruba Montevideo Jan. 1-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 4 Montevideo Aruba Jan. 23 Independent
Jan. 24 Aruba Boston Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 5 Boston Aruba Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 16 Aruba Cienfuegos Febr. 19 Independent
Febr. 20 Cienfuegos Aruba Febr. 26 Independent
Febr. 26 Aruba New York City March 7 Independent
March 9 New York City Aruba March 17 Independent
March 18 Aruba Havana March 23 Independent
March 26 Havana Aruba March 31 Independent
Apr. 2 Aruba Havana Apr. 6 Independent
Apr. 8 Havana Santiago, Cuba Apr. 9 Independent
Apr. 10 Santiago, Cuba Aruba Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 14 Aruba San Juan, P.R. Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 17 San Juan, P.R. Mayaguez Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 18 Mayaguez Aruba Independent Page 2 gives arrival Apr. 20.
Apr. 21 Aruba Hampton Roads Apr. 27 Independent
Apr. 29 Hampton Roads Baltimore May 1 Independent
May 10 Baltimore Aruba May 17 Independent
May 18 Cuba* San Juan, P.R. May 20 Independent *Aruba
May 21 San Juan, P.R. Aruba May 24 Independent
May 25 Aruba Havana May 30 Independent
May 31 Havana Aruba June 4 Independent
June 5 Aruba Havana June 10 Independent
June 11 Aruba* Havana* June 16 Independent *Havana to Aruba
(see Page 2)
June 17 Aruba San Juan, P.R. June 20 Independent
June 21 San Juan, P.R. Caripito June 24 Independent
June 25 Caripito Trinidad June 25 Independent
June 26 Trinidad Pernambuco July 7 Independent
July 9 Pernambuco Caripito July 16 Independent
July 17 Caripito Aruba July 19 Independent
July 20 Aruba Santos Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 11 Santos Caripito Aug. 25 Independent
Aug. 26 Caripito Aruba Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 30 Aruba New York City Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 10 New York City Boston Sept. 12 Independent
Oct. 17 Boston Houston Oct. 26 Independent
Oct. 29 Houston Halifax Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 15 Halifax Loch Ewe Nov. 28 HX 160
Dec. 1 Loch Ewe Methil* Dec. 2 WN 212 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
*Missing movement, Page 2
Dec. 10 Methil Oban Dec. 13 EN 17 Did not sail.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 11 Methil Loch Ewe Dec. 12 EN 18 Convoy available at link above
Dec. 13 Loch Ewe ON 46 For NYC.
Dispersed 55 39N 34W, Dec. 21.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 21 Detached from ON 46 New York City Dec. 30 Independent
1942 Jan. 17 New York City Halifax Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 26 Halifax HX 172 Detached to Iceland Febr. 4.
Page 3 gives arrival Febr. 6.
Febr. 13* Reykjavik ON 67 *Page 3 gives departure Febr. 16.
A. Hague says:
Joined from Iceland Febr. 19, detached off Halifax March 1.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
March 1 Detached from ON 67 Curacao March 9 Independent
March 11 Curacao Halifax March 20 Independent
March 27 Halifax Clyde Apr. 8 HX 182 Missing movements, Page 3
Apr. 23 Liverpool* New York City May 7 ON 89 *From Clyde
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Left New York May 11
(Page 3).
May 14 Hampton Roads Key West May 19 KS 500 A. Hague says:
Thence Beaumont, arrived May 23.
Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
May 26 Beaumont Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made prior to and in between those mentioned here, please see Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

Her 1940 voyages (from Apr. 2) and some of her early 1941 voyages are shown on Page 1 of the archive documents.

On Nov. 15-1941, Hamlet joined Convoy HX 160 from Halifax to the U.K. - Montbretia is named among the escorts. Hamlet arrived Loch Ewe on Nov. 28, later proceeding to Grangemouth, with arrival Dec. 3, according to Page 2. She returned across the Atlantic with the westbound Convoy ON 46*, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 13; Hamlet joined from Loch Ewe and her destination is given as New York, where she arrived Dec. 30, the convoy having been dispersed on Dec. 21.

She headed back in the other direction again on Jan. 26-1942 in Convoy HX 172 from Halifax, and arrived Reykjavik on Febr. 6, having been detached from the convoy on Febr. 4 - see also Page 3. From Iceland, she later joined the westbound Convoy ON 67*, which had started out in Liverpool on Febr. 14 and arrived Halifax March 1; Hamlet, however, was bound for Curacao, and arrived there on March 9. This convoy lost several ships, including the Norwegian Eidanger, Finnanger and Sama - follow the links for more info. Belinda, Glittre, Idefjord, Nueva Andalucia, Skandinavia, Strinda and Thorhild are also listed in ON 67. From Curacao, Hamlet proceeded to Halifax 2 days later, in order to join Convoy HX 182 on March 27. This time, Acanthus, Eglantine, Kos XX, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts. She arrived Bowling on Apr. 9, and later that month, we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 89* (originated in Liverpool Apr. 23, arrived Halifax May 5). Hamlet joined from Clyde and arrived New York on May 7.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each - in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. As will be seen, they all had several Norwegian ships.

For more information on the other Norwegian ships named here, please see the alphabet index at the end of the page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Hamlet was torpedoed by U-753 (von Mannstein) in the morning of May 27-1942 when on a voyage from Beaumont, Texas to Liverpool with a cargo of oil, having departed Beaumont the day before (judging from the notes on Page 3 of the archive documents, it looks like she was on her way to Halifax to join a convoy for the U.K.).

I've come across an excerpt from Hamlet's logbook in Issue No. 2 for 1975 of "Krigsseileren", which says she had departed Beaumont with 8927 tons crude oil at 07:20 on May 26. At 04:10 on May 27, when she was in position 28 25N 91 00W*, she was hit by a torpedo in the forward part of No. 10 tank, starboard side. The engine was stopped, the alarm sounded and guns manned while the lifeboats were made ready for launching.

As it appeared the ship would stay afloat they discussed the possibility of getting her to port. The antenna had fallen down so it was impossible to send out a message, and while an emergency antenna was being rigged up another torpedo hit at 04:40, this time she appeared to have been struck in tank No. 12. The ship now started to sink very quickly so orders were given to take to the boats.

4 boats were successfully launched and were away from the ship's side when at 04:55 a 3rd torpedo hit between No. 13 and 15 tanks and she now sank down to the poop (a surfaced U-boat had been observed from the boats before the 3rd torpedo struck).

The lifeboats stayed alongside the ship until daylight at 06:30 to make certain no more men were left on board or in the water, whereupon course was set for nearest land (the poop of Hamlet could still be seen at a 45° angle above the water). At 09:30 assistance was offered by some fishing cutters which took the boats in tow, arriving Morgan City, Louisiana around 21:00.

The maritime hearings were held in New York on June 3-1942 with Captain Ambjørnsen (in his cabin when the first torpedo hit), 1st Mate Aake Andersen (on duty on the bridge), Able Seaman (helmsman) Frithjof Olsen and Able Seaman (lookout) Olaf Finvik appearing.

U-753 was also responsible for the attack on Haakon Hauan 2 days earlier and N.T. Nielsen Alonso in 1943.

* J. Rowher gives the position as 28 32N 91 30W and time as 11:03 on May 27 (German time).

Crew List - No Casualties:
Olaf Finvik had served on Sildra when that ship was torpedoed.
3rd Mate Olaf Johansen had previously served on
Norefjord, later joined Strix and Bernhard (this external page has some more info on him - text is in Norwegian)
Olav M. Sørensen's other ships are listed on
this external page.

Nils A. Ambjørnsen
1st Mate
Aake Andersen
2nd Mate
Aage L. G. Ludvigsen
3rd Mate
Olaf J. Johansen
Radio Operator
Kenneth Fleming
Radio Operator
William Clay
(U.S. Navy)
Gunnar N. Nilsen
Olaf Larsen
Able Seaman
Olaf Finvik
Able Seaman
Thorbjørn Solbakken
Able Seaman
Frithjof Olsen
Able Seaman
Allan J. Collier
Able Seaman
Adrian Fase
Able Seaman
Alf Gunnar Haug
Able Seaman
Frederick Egner
Able Seaman
Olav M. Sørensen
Ordinary Seaman
Jacob Lilleheim
Ordinary Seaman/Gunner
Arthur Thomas Denyer
Ordinary Seaman/Gunner
John Henry Clarke
1st Engineer
Gunnar J. Pettersen
2nd Engineer
Jens Røsland
3rd Engineer
Kristian Larsen
Thorleif Reinemo
Harald Oftedal
Walter Eugen Svendsen
Frithjof Larsen
Søren Eriksen
Odd Lugård Jørgensen
K. F. Halvardsen
Pump Man
Harald K. Amundsen
Olaf Anderson
Håkon Johansen
Galley Boy
Edward C. Butghart
Mess Boy
Peter Webster*
Mess Boy
Robert Walker
Signal Man
Charles Burianck
(U.S. Navy)

* My "Find Old Shipmates" forum has a message from the stepdaughter of Peter Webster, looking for old friends from Hamlet. Contact address can be found by clicking on her name in the message.

Related external links:
Operations Information for U-753


Back to Hamlet on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Other ships by this name: Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen also had a ship by this name built in Gothenburg in 1915 (identical to Credo / Realf II?). I have a picture of a lovely painting of a post war Hamlet, painted by Jan Goedhart, Holland who sailed on her. If anyone would like to have this picture, please contact me through the address provided at the end of this page. See also this page on the Clydebuilt Ships website.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Misc. sources, incl. "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Krigsseileren", Issue No. 2 for 1975, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum) - ref. My sources.


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