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D/S Lysaker V
Updated Dec. 27-2011

To Lysaker V on the "Ships starting with L" page.

Received from Ron Beaupre. Picture was taken by James M. Kidd on July 27-1951.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to make it larger).

Manager: Ludvig Lorentzen, Oslo
1571 gt (1599?), 872 net, 2400 tdwt.
Dimensions: 255' x 37.9' x 18.2'.
Machinery: Compound & LT turbine 133 nhp (pmv).

Delivered in Nov.-1936 from Porsgrunds mek. Verksted, Porsgrunn (100) as Lysaker V to Ludvig Lorentzen, Oslo. (Tonnage given as 1599 gt in "Våre gamle skip" at time of delivery). 255' x 37.9' x 18.2', 2 cyl. Comp. (builders), 133 nhp.

Captain: Lars Anker-Thøversen, later Einar Apeland.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, all the sailing dates are missing on Page 2)
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10 | Page 11 | Page 12 | Page 13 | Page 14

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to May-1945:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (please be aware that some of the listings are incomplete).

Errors may exist; this could mean that she may not have sailed in all the convoys mentioned here. Also, several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 30 Methil Downs May 2 FS 158 Earlier voyages, Page 1
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 1.
At the end of May-1940, Arnold Hague has included Lysaker in Convoy FN 185 - external link (he says she had left Ramsgate on May 31 and arrived Methil June 2). This ship was in the Homefleet, and could not have been in the U.K. at that time - I believe the ship in this convoy was Lysaker V. According to the archive document mentioned above, she left Downs on May 31 and arrived Hartlepool June 2.
June 11 Hartlepool Southend June 12 FS 192 Convoy available at link above.
See also narrative below.
Missing voyages, Page 1
Sept. 10 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Sept. 26 SC 4
As already mentioned, all the sailing dates are missing in the margin on Page 2, which shows her subsequent voyages, so no comparison can be made with A. Hague's details.
? Sept. 29 Clyde Methil Oct. 3 WN 19 Not included, Page 2.
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 7 Clyde Methil Oct. 11 WN 21S Convoy available at link above
Oct. 13 Methil Hull Oct. 14 FS 308 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 2
Nov. 8 Methil Oban Nov. 11 EN 21/1 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 18 Oban OB 244 For Halifax.
Dispersed Nov. 22
(Page 2 gives arrival Dec. 7).
Missing 1940 movements, Page 2.
1941 Jan. 2 Halifax Clyde Jan. 19 SC 18 See also narrative below
?* Jan. 15 Methil Hull Jan. 17 FS 389 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
*I suspect the above voyage belongs to Lysaker IV(?) and should be deleted from this record.
? Jan. 25 Clyde Methil Jan. 29 WN 75 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 30 Clyde Methil Febr. 2 WN 77 Convoy available at link above
Missing movements, Page 2
March 9 Methil Loch Ewe March 11 EN 83/1 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 12 Loch Ewe OB 296 For Freetown.
Dispersed March 15
(Page 2 gives arrival Apr. 4).
Convoy available at OB 296
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 2.
Apr. 27 Freetown Milford Haven May 25 SL 73 Convoy available at SL 73
(external link)
May 23(?*) Belfast Lough Milford Haven May 25 BB 24 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
*May have arrived Milford Haven (from Freetown) via Belfast Lough (though not mentioned on archive document). Missing voyages, Page 2
June 13 Milford Haven OG 65 Detached June 18.
Page 2 gives arrival Lunenburg July 2
(also, missing movements).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
Aug. 1 Sydney, C.B. Oban Aug. 15 SC 39 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Aug. 17 Oban Methil Aug. 21 WN 169 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 3
Sept. 15 Loch Ewe ON 16 For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed Sept. 27
(Page 3 gives arrival Oct. 4).
Missing movements, Page 3.
Oct. 17 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Nov. 3 SC 50 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Nov. 4 Loch Ewe Methil Nov. 6 WN 201 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1941 voyages, Page 3
1942 Jan. 2 Loch Ewe Reykjavik Jan. 7 UR 5 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
Jan. 20 Reykjavik Clyde Jan. 26 RU 7 Convoy available at RU convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 3.
Febr. 8 Oban Methil Febr. 11 WN 243 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 3 & Page 4
March 10 Methil Loch Ewe March 12 EN 57 For Iceland.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 16 Loch Ewe Reykjavik March 20 UR 16 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 4
Note that Lysaker V is listed in Convoy RU 16 back to the U.K. A. Hague has not included her in RU 16 (external link), but his listing is incomplete.
Apr. 1 Belfast Lough Belfast Lough Apr. 1 BB 156 Put back.
Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 3 Belfast Lough Barry Apr. 5 BB 157 Convoy available at link above
Missing voyages, Page 4
May 18 Milford Haven Liverpool May 19 MH 105 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 4
May 23 Holyhead Mumbles May 25 BB 177 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 4
June 13 Holyhead Barry June 14 HM 10 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5
Aug. 8 Holyhead Cardiff Aug. 11 BB 208 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 5
Aug. 26 Holyhead Barry Aug. 27 BB 213 Convoy available at link above
Missing voyages:
Page 5 & Page 6
Nov. 28 Holyhead Barry Nov. 30 HM 75 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 6 & Page 7
Dec. 26 Methil Holyhead?* Dec. 28 EN 178 *See Page 7.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
1943 June 15 Methil Oban June 18 EN 243 Missing 1943 voyages:
Page 7 & Page 8
Convoy available at link above
June 19 Oban OS 50/KMS 17 For Algiers.
Convoy split June 27.
Available at OS 50/KMS 17
(external link)
June 27 Convoy split Gibraltar June 29 KMS 17
June 30 Gibraltar Algiers July 3 KMS 17
(link above)
For Algiers
Missing voyages:
Page 8 & Page 9
Nov. 1 Augusta Brindisi Nov. 2 AH 7 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Nov. 10 Brindisi Brindisi Nov. 10 HA 8 Put back.
Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
Nov. 19 Brindisi Augusta Nov. 22 HA 9 Convoy available at link above
Missing voyages, Page 9
Dec. 19 Taranto Augusta Dec. 21 HA 13 Convoy available at link above
Left Augusta Dec. 22, arr. Tunis Dec. 24
(Page 9).
1944 Jan. 12 Augusta Brindisi Jan. 14 AH 18 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 9
Apr. 2 Gibraltar Loch Ewe Apr. 14 XK 15 Convoy available at XK 15
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 9.
Some of the next few voyages are not included on the archive documents so it's difficult to compare and confirm accuracy. See also the narrative below.
June 11 Southend Seine Bay June 13 ETC 7 Convoy available at ETC convoys
(external link)
June 23 Seine Bay Southend June 24 FTC 15 Convoy available at FTC convoys
(external link)
June 29 Southend Seine Bay June 30 ETC 22 Convoy available at ETC convoys
(external link)
July 4 Seine Bay Solent July 5 FTC 26 Convoy available at FTC convoys
(external link)
See also Page 9
July 25 Mumbles Seine Bay July 27 EBC 52 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
July 31 Seine Bay Port Talbot Aug. 2 FBC 42 See also Page 10
Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 7 Mumbles Seine Bay Aug. 9 EBC 65 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 13 Seine Bay Port Talbot Aug. 15 FBC 53 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 20 Barry Seine Bay Aug. 22 EBC 77 Again, see also Page 10
Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 14 Seine Bay Mumbles Sept. 16 FBC 82 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 10 & Page 11
Nov. 13 Solent Newport Nov. 16 EBF 35 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 11
Dec. 11 Southend(?) Milford Haven* Dec. 14 TBC 4 *Arr. Cardiff Dec. 14
(Page 11).
Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Dec. 22 Cardiff St. Helens Roads Dec. 24 BTC 15 Convoy available at BTC convoys
(external link)
Arr. Rouen Dec. 26
(Page 11)
1945 Febr. 27 Antwerp Southend Febr. 27 ATM 77 Earlier 1945 voyages:
Page 11 & Page 12
Convoy available at ATM convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 12.
March 12 Scheldt Southend March 13 ATM 90 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages, Page 12.
May 8 Havre St. Helens Roads May 9 VWC 150 Compare w/Page 12.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
May 17 St. Helens Roads Rouen May 18 WVC 154 Convoy available via link above.
Subsequent voyages:
Page 12, Page 13 & Page 14

 Misc. War Details:

Lysaker V was at Calais in May of 1940 during the chaotic days of evacuations from France, having arrived from Tyne via Boulogne on the 16th with a cargo of coke (had departed Tyne on May 12). Captain at that time was Lars Anker-Thøversen. Under bombardment from German aircraft she had finished unloading her cargo on the 19th but was not permitted to leave. By the 21st the situation was almost unbearable, and due to the heavy bombing the crew had spent the night in shelters. The naval authorities told the captain to be ready for departure as soon as the town's authorities, some valuable papers, secret documents etc. had been brought on board. That afternoon the city was attacked several times with bombs hitting in and around the docks, sinking 2 tugs, and that night another attack occurred and a small cargo ship was sunk. The officers and crew again spent the night in air raid shelters, this time below the city's 2 forts at the inlet to the harbour. The captain and 1st Mate D. Jacobsen returned to the ship several times to see how she was faring. The forts were also attacked by 6 aircraft around 20:30 that night; there were about 2000 people in the shelters below but nobody was hurt. Early the next morning, as soon as they arrived back on board, yet another attack took place, but still no orders to sail.

Dutch and Belgian refugees flocking into town announced that the Germans were at this time right outside the city. While the captain was running from office to office to try to figure out how to proceed, a bomb fell on a house nearby, followed by the sound of children crying. Captain Thøversen and some Dutch refugees managed to pull 8 children out of the ruins, from 8 months to 2-3 years old. No adults were found alive so they took all the children on board Lysaker V. The captain then went back to town to continue his efforts to get the situation clarified but was still told to wait. On his return to the ship he saw masses of people, busses and cars. The refugees were in absolute panic and started to jump on board; one woman threw her little child on board. Sirens were sounding all the while, and the next time the aircraft flew in they hit a British destroyer embarking English refugees nearby and quite a battle ensued before the destroyer headed out with its human load.

On her deck Lysaker V had Belgian and French soldiers and their gear. All the others had been sent below deck, but the officers were now ordered to man the machine guns. Finally, at 24:30 they were out of the harbour heading south at full speed. The captain planned to land the refugees at Cherbourg but on arrival there in the morning (May 23) they were told to continue to Brest with them as the place was already full of refugees, and after having taken on board some fresh water and other supplies they continued at midnight. On May 25 at 10:45 Lysaker V had moored at Brest (Page 1 of the archive docs gives arrival Brest as May 24); the ship and almost 700 lives had been saved. Calais fell on May 26. That same day preparations for the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk started.

The following month she shows up in Convoy OA 168, which left Southend on June 15 and joined up with OB 168 from Liverpool 2 days later to form Convoy OG 34F*, arriving Gibraltar on June 24. Lysaker V, however, was only bound for France again, ref. external links at the end of this page. As will be seen, these convoys had many other Norwegian ships as well. Note that Arnold Hague has not included Lysaker V in this OA convoy - I've linked directly to his listing below. Page 1 states she was diverted, probably because of the German advance on France.

The same document shows that she made a voyage from Milford Haven to Sydney, C.B. in July that year. I have no convoy information for this voyage; perhaps she had sailed independently(?). Having made voyages to Mal Bay, Cape l'Aigle and St. Anne des Montes, she headed back to the U.K. on Sept. 10 in the slow Convoy SC 4 from Sydney, C.B., which also had several other Norwegian ships. Lysaker V was bound for Hull with pit props on that occasion, arriving Hull, via Clyde and Methil Roads, on Oct. 14 - see Page 2. The following month she appears in Convoy OB 244, joining from Oban. She arrived Halifax on Dec. 7, the convoy having been dispersed on Nov. 22. She was scheduled to return with Convoy SC 17 from Halifax on Dec. 23 (pit props for Immingham), but instead joined the next convoy on Jan. 2-1941, SC 18.

According to Arnold Hague, she also took part Convoy OB 296, originating in Liverpool on March 10-1941, dispersed on the 15th. Ingerfire and Novasli are also listed (link in Voyage Record). Her destination is given as Freetown, where she arrived on Apr. 4 (having joined from Loch Ewe), returning to the U.K. later that month with Convoy SL 73, which left Freetown on Apr. 27 and arrived Liverpool on May 25; Lysaker V, cargo of groundnuts, stopped at Milford Haven that day. Elg, Fana, Hardanger, Novasli and Tanafjord are also named in this convoy. She now appears in Convoy OG 65*, departing Liverpool on June 14, arriving Gibraltar on the 28th. Her destination is not given, but from Page 2, we learn that she arrived Lunenburg from Milford Haven on July 2, in other words, she did not follow the convoy to Gibraltar but parted company in order to proceed to this destination. A. Hague later has her returning to the U.K. in Convoy SC 39*, which left Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 1, and in the middle of the following month, she shows up, with destination Sydney, C.B., in station 75 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 16. She arrived on Oct. 4, having started out from Loch Ewe on Sept. 15 (the convoy had been dispersed on Sept. 27). According to A. Hague, she subsequently returned across the Atlantic with Convoy SC 50*, departing Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 17 - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3.

Towards the end of March-1942, I have Lysaker V in Convoy RU 16 from Reykjavik to the U.K., bound for Clyde. Her subsequent voyages are listed on Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7 and Page 8 (convoy information for some of these voyages can be found in the Voyage Record).

In June-1943 she can be found among the ships in Convoy OS 50/KMS 17, voyaging from Oban to Algiers with general cargo (station 42). Again, see the external link in the Voyage Record, as well as my own page for the Gibraltar portion, KMS 17 (and Page 8 above). The Norwegian Norfalk, Evviva, Kristianiafjord, Vigsnes and Marga are also listed. Some of them, including Lysaker V, are also listed in the second table on my page about KMS 17, in other words, she continued from Gibraltar for her destination on June 30, arriving Algiers on July 3. She did not go back to the U.K. again for quite some time, as will be seen when going to Page 8 and Page 9 of the archive docs (some convoy information for this period is available in Hague's Voyage Record).

Lysaker V took part in Operation Neptune the following year (the maritime side of the invasion of Normandie), arriving June 12-1944 and leaving on June 23, according to "Nortraships flåte". By that time Einar Apeland had taken over as captain. In the book "Sjøfolk i krig" by Leif M. Bjørkelund there are several stories told by Captain Apeland (part of his story can be found under D/S Kongshaug). This book is largely based on interviews with seamen 50 years after the war ended, and has some very interesting personal stories in it. With regard to Lysaker V and her part in the Normandie invasion Apeland says they took on a cargo of petrol in Tilbury before joining a convoy at Southend. Each ship in the convoy was given a code number to indicate when to arrive the coast of France. Commodore ship was the British steamer Fenja, while Lysaker V was Vice Commodore Ship. When passing Dover they were fired upon by the guns near Cap Griz Nez on the French coast, but that was nothing compared to the "mess of fire" they encountered on the Normandie coast; Apeland says it was awful to watch, adding that what he saw there was the strongest experience he had of the entire war.

Lysaker V was to unload her cargo in the British sector, namely Sword Beach. Apeland says that just as they passed on the inside of the battleship Nelson on their approach to the beach, Nelson fired off some salvos that went right over the heads of the Norwegians; "the air pressure was enormous!". Once they had maneuvered onto the beach and anchored up, the area came under artillery fire from the Germans on the other side of the Caen channel. A smoke screen was laid over Sword, but nevertheless, early the next morning they were ordered to Juno Beach. However, the anchor had gotten stuck during the low tide, and they couldn't get loose until the water had risen again around noon that day. While unloading at Juno, a powerful storm occurred, but they managed to get all the petrol ashore and by June 23 they were ready for another round trip.

On the next trip they unloaded in the American sector, Omaha Beach near Arromanches, having dropped anchor near the ships that had been sunk for use as breakwater (ref. Lynghaug). During the night Apeland heard a strange sound, as if something came flying through the air. He got up and went to the bridge to ask the mate on duty if he knew what it was. The mate replied he had observed a splash in the water nearby but wasn't sure what had caused it. The next morning a landing craft full of soldiers approached the beach and just as it was behind Lysaker V it blew up in a powerful explosion. What the captain had heard the previous night was a mine being dropped, and with Lysaker V swinging back and forth in the water, it would seem she had a narrow escape, as the mine was just a few meters away from the ship.

Lysaker V went to Plymouth and then to Newport in order to repair a leak in one of the tanks. She then took on a cargo of petrol in Port Talbot (Page 9), again for the American sector Omaha, as well as Utah.

See also Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13 and Page 14. In Oct.-1945, she could finally go home to Norway (according to Page 13).

* The OG convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section; for now, please see the page listing ships in all OG convoys. The entire SC series will also be updated and completed, in the meantime, please go to ships in all SC convoys

More information on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here is available via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in Oct.-1952 to Skibs-A/S Bratsberg (Finn Røgenæs), Haugesund and renamed Kya. On a voyage Norway-Poland with herring on Jan. 13-1955 she sprang a leak and was beached near Skåne, later repaired at Karlskrona. Sold in Sept.-1956 to Backers Rederi A/S, Kristiansund N, sailed as Saltvik for A/S Sandvik (A. C. Olsen), Sandefjord from July-1958, as Ramsvik for p/r Jens Hetland, Egersund & Kaspar Nilsen, Sand (Jens Hetland Jr.), Egersund from May-1963. Used as barge Porfyr of Oslo from 1967 (Bjønndalens Bruk A/S, Egersund, managed by Normann Tandberg, Oslo). Drifted ashore near Torekov, Sweden on Nov. 1-1969, voyage Brevik-Karlshamn in ballast, in tow of Boss. Condemned and broken up on the spot.

External links related to the text on this page:
OB (& OA) convoys; OA 168 is included and Lysaker V is listed. Here is Hague's listing for OA 168, but as already mentioned in the above narrative, Lysaker V is not named.

See also this chronological
List of OA & OB convoys

Omaha Beachhead

Omaha Beach - includes several Maps | Utah Beach | Sword Beach | Juno Beach

Normandy - 6 June/24 July-1944 | Operation Overlord

Back to Lysaker V on the "Ships starting with L" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Våre gamle skip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, Captain Anker Thøversen's report, "Krigsseileren" No. 4, 1991 and No. 1, 1995, "Sjøfolk i krig", Leif M. Bjørkelund. (ref. My Sources).


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