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D/S Nesttun
Updated July 15-2010

To Nesttun on the "Ships starting with N" page.

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in the thumbnail).

Manager: Birger Jorkjend, Tvedestrand
1271 gt

Built in Dordrecht in 1917.
According to the extrnal page that I've linked to above, she was delivered in Dec.-1917 as Nesttun to A/S Hop (Laur. Christiansen), Bergen. From Febr.- 1931, A/S Hop u.avv. (J. Thrane), Bergen, no name change. From 1932, A/S Hop u.avv. (R. Mohn Olsen), Bergen. From Sept.-1933, Skibs A/S Argo (Birger Jorkjend), Tvedestrand.

There's a message with regard to this ship in my Guestbook, saying the following (there's no year mentioned, possibly 1939? It's an abstract from the Cromer Lifeboat records):

"The No. 1 Life-boat was launched at 11.12 am., on the 16th of November and proceeded towards the casualty reported by Haisborough Light Vessel. (Wireless communication was installed with the Light Vessel). She arrived around 12.55 p.m. and found the S.S. 'Nesttun' flying distress signals and aground. The Coxswain went on board and offered assistance to the Captain, which he accepted. Two Tugs were sent for from Yarmouth, and on arrival were connected by the Life-boat, but failed to re-float the Vessel at first tide. The Life-boat continued to stand-by, and two more tugs arrived during the night, and were also connected by the Life-boat. Further attempts to re-float the Vessel on the morning tide were unsuccessful. At 6.45 p.m., on the 17th the Vessel was re-floated and was towed by the Tugs round Haisborough Light Vessel. At the Captains request the Life-boat transferred 6 Salvage men from the Vessel to the German Tug 'Simson'. The time was then about 9.30 p.m. The wind had freshened considerably from W.N.W., but the Coxswain decided that it was best to try to return back to his Station. When off Mundesley he tried to establish wireless communication with Cromer Coastguard for instructions, but was unsuccessful. The Life-boat at the Slipway about mid-night, but found conditions too bad for re-housing. He decided to wait for low water, but at 2.30 am., further waiting being useless, he started for Wells, his petrol supply being low. At 3 a.m. he met the full force of the gale, and knowing that it would be difficult to make Wells Harbour, he turned back towards Gorleston. The Mechanic ran the engines at half speed to save petrol, and the Life-boat reached Gorleston Harbour at 8 am. with only 3 gallons of petrol left in the tanks. Just before day-break, on arrival at Gorleston, the whole of the Crew, many of them, including the Mechanic, having been wet through for nearly two days, returned to Cromer for change of clothing and rest."

The poster of this message is looking for more details about the captain and crew, so if anyone can help, please contact me at the e-mail address provided at the bottom of this page. (I've suggested he contact the Norwegian Maritime Museum and/or the National Archives. The addresses can be found towards the end of the main page of my ship lists).

Nesttun's captain for a while (from Sept.-1942) was Einar Apeland (see Kongshaug).

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 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10 | Page 11 | Page 12 | Page 13

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

  Voyage Record
From March-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.

Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 7 Norwegian Waters Methil March 10 HN 17
March 13 Tyne Southend March 15 FS 120 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 1
July 18 Methil OA 186 For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed July 21.
Convoy available at OA 186
(external link)
July 21 Dispersed from OA 186 Sydney, C.B. Independent Page 1 gives arrival Aug. 3
(also, missing voyages)
Aug. 25 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool* Sept. 10 SC 2 *Arrived Barrow, Sept. 11
(Page 1 - Also, missing movements)
Oct. 5 Milford Haven OB 224 For St John, N.B.
Dispersed 57 58N 24 25W, Oct. 12.
Convoy available at OB 224
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Halifax, Oct. 27,
St. John, Oct. 29
(also, missing voyages).
Nov. 13 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool* Nov. 29 SC 12 *Clyde.
Missing voyages, Page 1
Dec. 31 Milford Haven OB 268 Dispersed Jan. 4-1941.
Convoy available at OB 268
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Halifax, Jan. 19-1941.
1941 Febr. 8 Halifax Liverpool* Febr. 28 SC 22 *Arrived Loch Ewe, Febr. 26
(Page 1)
Febr. 28 Loch Ewe Methil March 2 WN 91 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements:
Page 1 & Page 2
March 30 Methil Oban Apr. 3 EN 93A/ Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 6 *Liverpool Gibraltar* Apr. 21 OG 58 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
*Convoy OG 58 did arrive Gibraltar on Apr. 21, but as A. Hague himself indicates, Nesttun was bound for Halifax, where she arrived on Apr. 22, having started out from Oban Apr. 7. From Halifax, she proceeded to Parrsboro 2 days later, then back to Halifax - again, see Page 2.
May 9 Halifax Liverpool* May 30 SC 31 *Arrived Milford Haven, May 31
(missing voyages, Page 2)
July 5 Milford Haven OB 343 For Halifax.
Dispersed 46N 55W, July 21.
Convoy available at OB 343
(external link)
Page 2 gives arrival Halifax, July 23
(also, missing voyages)
Aug. 10 Sydney, C.B. SC 40 A. Hague says:
Straggled, Aug. 29*.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
*According to Page 2, she arrived Reykjavik on Aug. 25.
Sept. 5 Iceland Liverpool* Sept. 11 SC 41 *Arrived Belfast Lough, Sept. 11
(Page 2).
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Sept. 15 Belfast Lough Milford Haven Sept. 17 BB 76 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Sept. 18 Milford Haven Southampton* WP 37 *Arrived Falmouth, Sept. 19.
Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 2 & Page 3
Nov. 8 Oban Scapa Flow Nov. 10* WN 203 *Compare w/Page 3
(also, missing movements).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 18 Oban Methil Dec. 21 WN 220 Convoy available at link above.
Again, see also Page 3.
1942 Jan. 24 Methil Oban?* Jan. 27 EN 36 Earlier 1943 movements:
Page 3
*Compare w/Page 3.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 29 Methil Oban?* Febr. 1 EN 39 *Arrived Londonderry, Febr. 2/3.
(Page 3 - Also, missing voyages).
Convoy available at link above
Febr. 22 Oban Methil Febr. 24 WN 249 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3
March 10 Methil Clyde* March 13 EN 57 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
*Arrived Belfast, March 14
(Page 4)
March 23 Belfast Lough Barry Roads March 24 BB 152 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 4
Apr. 3 Holyhead Swansea Apr. 4 BB 157 Convoy available at link above.
More missing voyages, Page 4
Apr. 15 Holyhead Swansea Bay Apr. 16 BB 162 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages, Page 4
May 18 Methil Oban?* May 20 EN 86 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
*Arrived Londonderry, May 21/22
(Page 4)
May 30 Belfast Lough Cardiff June 2 BB 180 Via Barry Roads
(Page 4 - Also, missing voyages).
Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
June 19 Holyhead Mumbles June 20 BB 188 Convoy available at link above.
More missing movements:
Page 4 & Page 5
July 9 Holyhead Swansea July 10 HM 13 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 11 Swansea Plymouth July 12 WP 185 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 5
? Aug. 22 Holyhead Swansea Aug. 23 HM 20 Voyage not included, Page 5.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Sept. 10 Holyhead Swansea Bay Sept. 11 HM 23 Arrived Cardiff, Sept. 12
(Page 5 - Also, missing voyages).
Convoy available via link above
Sept. 29 Holyhead Swansea Oct. 1 HM 30 Convoy available via link above.
More 1942 voyages:
Page 5, Page 6 & Page 7
1943 Jan. 20 Loch Ewe Methil Jan. 22 WN 386 Earlier 1943 voyages:
Page 7 above.
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 7
Febr. 2 Southend St Helens Roads Febr. 3 CW 153 Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 7 & Page 8
July 4 Methil Milford Haven July 6* EN 251 *Page 8 gives arrival July 8.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
More 1943 voyages:
Page 8, Page 9 & Page 10
1944 June 12 Barry Seine Bay June 16 EBC 10 Earlier 1944 voyages:
Page 10 & Page 11
Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
See also narrative below
July 23 Portsmouth Southend July 24 FTC 45 A. Hague says:
Towed by Trinidad Head.
Convoy available at FTC convoys
(external link)
Compare w/Page 11 above
1945 Apr. 27 Methil Belfast* May 2 EN 489 Earlier 1945 voyages:
Page 11.
*Arrived Loch Ewe May 2,
Belfast May 4.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 11, Page 12 & Page 13

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for further details; several Norwegian ships took part in them.

Nesttun is listed as sailing in Convoy HN 17 from Norway to the U.K. in March-1940, bound for London with pulp. Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, it looks like the intention was to head back to Norway the followig month, but she was detained at Methil Roads, the Germans having invaded Norway on Apr. 9. In May, she made a voyage to France, and that summer we find her, together with Havtor and Måkefjell, in Convoy OA 186, which left Methil on July 18 and dispersed on the 21st. Her destination is given as Sydney, C.B., where she arrived on Aug. 3. Having made a voyage to Pugwash, she returned to Sydney, C.B. in order to join the slow Convoy SC 2 on Aug. 25, in which the Norwegian Gro and others were sunk - follow the links for more details. Nesttun had a cargo of lumber for Swansea, arriving there (via Barrow) on Sept. 15. The following month she appears among the ships in Convoy OB 224, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 5 and dispersed on the 12th. Corvus, Inger, Notos and Salonica are also listed in this convoy - see also Touraine. Nesttun's destination on that occasion was St. John, N.B., where she arrived, via Halifax, on Oct. 29. (OA 186 and OB 224 are available via the external links provided in the Voyage Record). She now made a voyage to Digby, N.S., before returning to Sydney, C.B., joining Convoy SC 12 from there on Nov. 13, cargo of pit props for Sunderland.

In Jan.-1941 she's listed, along with Brisk, Egda, Facto, Hallanger and Senta, in Convoy OB 268, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 1 and dispersed on the 4th, Nesttun arriving Halifax on Jan. 19 (she had started out from Milford Haven on Dec. 31-1940 - again, see Page 1). With a cargo of lumber for Wisbech, she headed back across the Atlantic on Febr. 8 with the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 22, and arrived Wisbech, via various other ports, on March 17, according to Page 2. With Brisk, Bruse Jarl, Marga, Marita, Polyana (sunk, follow link for details), Senta, Star and Torfinn Jarl, she's subsequently listed in Convoy OG 58*, a Gibraltar bound convoy originating in Liverpool on Apr. 6. Nesttun, however, was bound for Halifax so would have left this convoy at some point to proceed to that destination, where she arrived Apr. 22, having sailed from Oban on Apr. 7. From Halifax, she now made a voyage to Parrsboro, then returned to Halifax in order to join Convoy SC 31 on May 9 (see also Orders for Local & Ocean Escorts). She had a cargo of lumber for Milford Haven and Poole, arriving Milford Haven on May 31, Poole on June 3, via Falmouth and Dartmouth. In July we find her, together with Arosa, Evviva, Fanefjeld, Ferncourt (bombed, follow link for details), Grado, Henrik Ibsen, Idefjord, Måkefjell, Slemdal, Spurt, Star, Suderholm and Taborfjell, in Convoy OB 343, originating in Liverpool July 6, dispersed July 21 (link in table above). Her destination is again given as Halifax, where she arrived on July 23, having started out from Milford Haven.

A week later, she made a voyage to Montreal, then proceeded to Sydney, C.B., and Arnold Hague has now included her in Convoy SC 40*, departing Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 10-1941, arriving Liverpool on the 29th. Nesttun, however, stopped at Reykjavik on Aug. 25, later joining Convoy SC 41* from there, and arrived Belfast Lough on Sept. 11 (this convoy had originated in Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 24, Nesttun sailed from Reykjavik on Sept. 5). Both these convoys had several Norwegian ships, namely Brisk, Henrik Ibsen, Ingerfire, Novasli, Selvik, Spurt and Suderholm in SC 40, and Akabahra, Astra, Audun, Balduin, Blink, Carrier (returned), Einvik (sunk, follow lik for more info), Evviva, Fagersten, Fanefjeld, Grado, Gudrun, Heien, Hestmanden, Hildur I, Ledaal, Leka, Lom, Marga, Orania (returned), Reiaas, Siak and Spes in SC 41 - like Nesttun, some of them had joined from Iceland. This was her last Trans-Atlantic voyage, as will be seen when going to Page 2 through Page 13.

She took part in Operation Neptune in June-1944 (the maritime side of the invasion of Normandie), arriving with ammunition on June 13, according to J. R. Hegland's "Nortraships flåte". She was damaged at Omaha, probably by a mine, but was beached while the unloading of cargo continued. The damages were temporarily repaired before she went back to the U.K. on July 17. Page 11 has no voyages listed between Aug. 9-1944, when she's said to have arrived North Shields in tow, and March 9-1945, when she left for Plymouth - perhaps she was repairing all that time? According to A. Hague, she had also been towed to Southend the previous month by the American Trinidad Head which had been in the same convoy as Nesttun (FTC 45 - external link; Lysland is also listed).

The rest of her voyages (to Apr.-1946) are shown on Page 11 above, as well as on Page 12 and Page 13. It looks like she finally got to go home to Norway in Jan.-1946, but arrival there is not given.

*The OG convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named at ships in all OG convoys. Also, the entire SC series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated), but for now, go to ships in all SC convoys.

More details on the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page can be found with the help of the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index


According to this external page, she struck a mine on Nov. 7-1950 in the Kiel bay and sank 8 n. miles east of Kiel Light, when on a voyage from London to Copenhagen with coke.

Related external links:
Omaha Beachhead

Omaha Beach - includes several Maps

Back to Nesttun on the "Ships starting with N" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland and misc. - (ref. My sources).


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