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Owner: A/S Inger
Delivered in May-1930 from Trondhjems mek. Verksted A/S, Trondheim (196) as Inger to A/S Inger (Bachke & Co.), Trondheim. 261' 5" (loa) x 37' 11" x 16' 8", Triple exp. steam engine 814 ihp. (Rohwer gives her tonnage as 1418 gt as does Charles Hocking).
Captain: Jørgen Gerd Jørgensen (when sunk), previously Georg Almaas?
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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 several voyages are missing.
Inger is listed in Convoy HN 9A from Norway to the U.K. in Jan.-1940. In March, she was in Convoy HN 19, bound for Tyne in ballast, then at the beginning of Apr.-1940, she joined Convoy ON 25 in order to head back to Norway (Trondheim), but returned due to the German invasion which was underway on Apr. 9. Inger arrived Kirkwall that same day. Follow the link to ON 25 for more information on the events at this time. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Inger was diverted to Rouen, where she later arrived on May 6. She also made another voyage to France later that month.
In July that year, she's listed in Convoy OB 188, which originated in Liverpool on July 23 and dispersed on the 27th, Inger arriving Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 4 (she had started out from Milford Haven on July 23). The Norwegian Borgholm, Gaston Micard, Glarona, Loke (returned), Lotos and Reiaas are also listed - ref. link provided within the table above. Inger proceeded to Halifax 2 days later and was scheduled for the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 66 on Aug. 16 (Norne was sunk - follow link for details). She also appears to have been cancelled from HX 67, but eventually got away with Convoy HX 69 on Aug. 28, bound for Milford Haven with a cargo of lumber, sailing in station 93 of the convoy. She's mentioned in the Commodore's notes as "deserving of special mention for good station keeping and signalling" - the Captain's name is given as Georg Almaas. The Commodore says she parted company for Milford Haven at 13:00 on Sept. 12. According to Page 1, she later anchored off Mumbles on Sept. 22, before proceeding to Llanelly and Swansea.
The following month, she made another voyage to Sydney, C.B., having joined Convoy OB 224, along with Corvus, Nesttun, Notos and Salonica. This convoy originated in Liverpool on Oct. 5 (Inger sailed from Milford Haven that day) and dispersed on the 12th, Inger arriving Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 21, proceeding to Kingsport, N.S. on Oct. 23, then returned to Halifax on Nov. 1. With a cargo of lumber, she was scheduled to go back to the U.K. with Convoy HX 86 on Nov. 10, but did not sail, and it looks like she was also intended for HX 89 on Nov. 17, but joined Convoy HX 90 on Nov. 21, bound for Sharpness. She lost touch with the convoy in a storm and thereby avoided the subsequent attacks by U-boats, arriving Sharpness, via Barry Roads, on Dec. 10. Tai Yin was also initially in this convoy but returned to port due to the weather. Several ships were sunk by U-boats - follow the link for more convoy information; the Commodore's reports and the escorting Laconia's report are also available. Again, several Norwegian ships took part. This was Inger's last Trans-Atlantic voyage.
For more information on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.
Inger departed Milford Haven for Reykjavik on Aug. 19-1941 with 1300 tons coal and 200 tons coke, joining the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 9. On Aug. 23, she was instructed to go to Loch Ewe escorted by two trawlers (reason not known; a British and a Belgian ship also received the same order). At 22:00 GMT that evening, she was southbound in position 58(48?) 58N 07 50W (about 30 n. miles northwest of Butt of Lewis, Scotland) when she was hit by two torpedoes from U-143 (Gelhaus), the first one striking on the port side near the engine room and the second one (about 6 seconds later) near No. 4 hatch, also on the port side. Luckily, the starboard lifeboat had come loose and floated near the captain, the 1st mate and the 2nd mate who were in the water, and 11 more were picked up by them, but no more survivors were seen as day dawned.
The escort vessels had continued, but the lifeboat was located by an aircraft and the men picked up by the fishing trawler Ladylove that same morning and taken to Stornoway. 3 men had been killed in the engine room, another 6 had gone down with the ship.
Hearings were held in Glasgow on Sept. 2-1941 with the captain, the 1st mate and the 2nd engineer appearing. At that time, the captain had still not obtained an explanation as to why they had been ordered to return to port.
Ladylove was also sunk a few days later - see the external link at the end of this page.
At war's end Bachke & Co. was left with only 2 ships, Bera and Sigrid (Enid, Eldrid, Hilda, Gunvor and Gudrid had also been lost [the latter was later raised], and Nea was sold - these ships are listed under their respective letters of the alphabet - ref. index below.
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Back to Inger on the "Ships starting with I" page.
Other ships named Inger: Bachke & Co. had also had an Inger from 1907 till 1918. This ship was built in Trondheim and delivered as Inger to A/S D/S Inger (Bachke & Co.) in Sept.-1907, 1135 gt. (Bachke & Co. lost 4 ships during WW I [50% of the fleet], namely Dag, Turid, Djerv and Herdis, while Inger, Dacapo [later British Kalua 1923, sunk by German aircraft 1941], Mildrid and Eldrid made it through). Under British flag 1918, The Shipping Controller (J. Currie & Co.), London. Became Furulund for A/S Furulund (Sam. Ugelstad), Oslo in May-1927, then sold to Sweden in 1930 and renamed Falksten, later Kjell Billner 1935. Seized in June.-1940 and became the Helga Schröder for Richard Schröder, Rostock. Arrived Lübeck for breaking up by Alnwick Harmstorff on Apr. 15-1955 (this info from Bachke & Co. fleet list, Finn R. Hansen). Frederik F. Zimmer, Oslo had a ship named Inger after the war, see post war information for Kong Bjørn. Denmark and Sweden also had ships by this name.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Bachke & Co. fleet list, Finn R. Hansen, "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume I, and misc. (ref. My sources).