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D/S Norlom
Updated March 21-2012

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

Crew List

Source: Markus Berger (see Swiss Ships - external link).

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection (dated May 22-1943).

Manager: Nortraship
6326 gt

Info from Barbara Mumford (her source: "Empire Ships"): One of the ships built under United States Shipping Board contracts (WW I) and purchased from U.S.A. by British Ministry of War Transport at the beginning of WW II. Design 1105 - 9600 tdw, 410.5 ft x 54.8 ft. Engines: T3cyl. 6326 gt. Built by Skinner & Eddy Corp., Seattle, Wash. Completed as Editor (USSB) in 1919. Sailed as Empire Dunlin (M.O.W.T.) from 1941. Ran aground on Valient Rock, near New London, Long Island Sound on Apr. 26-1942 on a voyage from New York to the U.K. with a cargo of steel. Leaking; flooded and abandoned. Refloated on May 11 that same year, towed to New York and repaired. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, which shows some of her voyages while still Empire Dunlin, she arrived New York on May 13.

This was one of 19 ships transferred to Nortraship in 1942. Norlom was taken over at Hull on Oct 1-1942. (As Empire Dunlin, she had previously arrived U.K. from Halifax in Convoy SC 98). Empire Ships on my page "Ship Statistics & Misc." gives the names of the other 18 ships transferred to the Norwegian flag in 1942.

Captain: Jacob Østhassel Samuelsen (I believe he's identical to the Jacob Samuelsen who had escaped from Norway in a stolen fishing boat in July-1941 - scroll down to VA 92L on this page.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message from a relative of one of the survivors, Odd Hatvig (see crew list).

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

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

  Voyage Record
From Oct.-1942 to Nov.-1943:  

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (where the Convoy column is left blank, it means convoy is not known).

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 Oct. 27 Spurn Methil Oct. 29 FN 850 See also Page 1.
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 29 Methil Oban Nov. 1 EN 156 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 8 Oban Halifax Nov. 25 ON 144 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 15 Halifax Loch Ewe Dec. 28 HX 219
Dec. 28 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 31 Had put back to Loch Ewe, Dec. 29
(Page 1).
Dec. 31 Methil Roads Tyne Jan. 1-1943
1943 Jan. 29 Tyne Methil Jan. 30 FN 930 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 30 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 1 EN 191 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 2 Loch Ewe St. John's, N.F. Febr. 23 ON 165 See also narrative below.
Apr. 24 St. John's, N.F. Halifax Apr. 27 JH 50 Convoy available at JH 50
(external link)
May 2 Halifax Cape Cod Canal May 4 XB 49 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 4 Cape Cod Canal New York City May 5 Independent
May 6 New York City Baltimore May 7 Independent
May 19 Baltimore New York City May 21 Independent
May 23 New York City Boston Independent
May 26 Boston Halifax May 28 BX 54 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
June 5 Halifax Liverpool* June 18 SC 133 *Loch Ewe
(Page 1).
June 19 Loch Ewe Methil June 20 WN 443 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 21 Methil Middlesbrough June 22 FS 1148 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
July 9 Middlesbrough Methil July 10 FN 1068 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 11 Methil Oban July 14 EN 254 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
July 15 Oban ONS 13 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
July 29 From ONS 13 New York City July 31 ON 193 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 5 New York City Gitmo Aug. 12 NG 378 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Aug. 12 Gitmo La Romana Aug. 14 GAT 80 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Aug. 22 La Romana Macoris Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 25 Macoris Gitmo Independent
Aug. 28 Gitmo Key West Aug. 31 GK 754 Convoy available at GK convoys
(external link)
Sept. 1 Key West New York City Sept. 7 KN 262 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 9 New York City Boston Independent
Sept. 11 Boston Halifax Sept. 13 BX 73 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Sept. 15 Halifax Liverpool Sept. 30 SC 142
Oct. 27 Liverpool OS 57/KMS 31 For Italy.
Convoy split, Nov. 9.
Available at OS 57/KMS 31
(external link)
Nov. 9 Convoy split Passed Gibraltar Nov. 10 KMS 31G For Italy.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Nov. 10 Passed Gibraltar Augusta Nov. 16 KMS 31 For Augusta.
See link above.
Nov. 17 Augusta Taranto Nov. 18 AH 9 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Nov. 24 Taranto Bari Nov. 25 Destroyed in Bari air raid, Dec. 2.
See "Final Fate" below.
(Also, Page 2).

 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.

As mentioned further up on this page, the information at the beginning of Page 1 shows some of her voyages while still Empire Dunlin. She had arrived the U.K. under that name with Convoy SC 98, which had left Halifax on Aug. 29-1942 and arrived Liverpool Sept. 13; Empire Dunlin stopped at Loch Ewe on the 12th, later proceeding to Hull, where she arrived on Sept. 18 and was taken over by Nortraship on Oct 1, renamed Norlom. As can be seen, she remained in Hull for quite some time.

The following month she's listed, together with Bencas (joined from Halifax), Bestik, Borgfred, Cetus, Ingertre, Minister Wedel, Orwell, Suderøy and Titanian, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 144*, departing Liverpool on Nov. 7-1942, arriving New York on the 27th, but Norlom was bound for Halifax, where she arrived Nov. 25, having started out from Oban on the 8th. Eglantine, Montbretia, Potentilla and Rose were among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts). My page about Monbretia has more details on the passage of this convoy, which lost several ships (including Montbretia). Christmas that year was celebrated while in Convoy HX 219, originating in New York on Dec. 13, but Norlom joined from Halifax on the 16th. She had a general cargo for Tyne, where she arrived Jan. 1-1943 - the Commodore says in his notes, Norlom, maximum speed 9.75 knots should not have been included in convoy.

In Febr.-1943 she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 165; Eglantine was again among the escorts, as was Acanthus. The Commodore's narrative is also available. According to the Commodore's notes, Norlom was among the ships joining the convoy from Iceland on Febr. 8, but from Page 1, we learn that she started out from Loch Ewe on Febr. 2. ON 165 arrived New York on March 1, which was also Norlom's destination, but the archive document indicates she put into St. John's, N.F. on Febr. 23. It'll be noticed when going to my page about ON 165 that there's a note in connection with a ship named Norholm, saying that she experienced rudder trouble at 07:00 on Febr. 17, but this ship is not named in this convoy. I believe it's a mis-spelling of Norlom, and this was probably the reason why she stopped at St. John's. She appears to have remained there for quite a long time; departure is given as Apr. 24, when she proceeded to Halifax, with arrival Apr. 27.

She now made some voyages around the U.S. and in June we find her in station 42 of the slow Convoy SC 133, which left Halifax on June 5 and arrived Liverpool on the 19th; Norlom stopped at Loch Ewe on the 18th, later proceeding to Middlesbrough. In July she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 13*, departing Liverpool on July 14 (Norlom sailed from Oban on July 15), arriving Halifax on the 29th. Norlom, however, was bound for New York, and according to A. Hague, she transferred from this convoy to Convoy ON 193* on July 29 in order to complete her voyage to New York. ON 193 had sailed from Liverpool on July 16 and arrived New York on the 31st. Both these convoys had several Norwegian ships, namely Astrid, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Harpefjell, Hiram, Maud, Para, Rena and Sandviken in ONS 13, and Bralanta, Chr. Th. Boe, Fagerfjell, Fernwood, Geisha, Harpefjell, Herbrand, Hiram, Idefjord, Maud, Meline, O. B. Sørensen, Para, Samuel Bakke, Sandviken, Santos, Skaraas, Skjelbred, Stiklestad, Thorhild, Thorshov and Tungsha, as well as the Panamanian Norlys (Norwegian managers, included under the N's of this website) in ON 193 - like Norlom, it looks like some of these had also transferred from the ONS convoy en route.

According to Page 1 and Page 2, she now made voyages to Guantanamo, La Romana, Macoris, Key West, back to New York then on to Boston, before heading to Halifax, where she on Sept. 15-1943 joined Convoy SC 142, cargo of sugar for Liverpool (Gausdal served as Rear Commodore Vessel). Convoy information for some of the above mentioned voyages can be found in the Voyage Record.

The following month, she's listed in Convoy OS 57/KMS 31, voyaging from Liverpool to Italy in station 53, carrying trucks and coal. This convoy, which also included Askeladden, Germa, Jenny, Lido and Somerville, left Liverpool on Oct 27 and split up Nov. 9, the Gibraltar bound ships arriving there on Nov. 10, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, with arrival Nov. 19; see the external link provided in the table above for more convoy information (see also the external link below). The Gibraltar portion, KMS 31, will also be added to my own website, but for now, the ships sailing in it are named on this page. KMS 31 continued from Gibraltar on Nov. 10 with Port Said as its final destination. Norlom proceeded to Augusta with this convoy. She left Augusta again on Nov. 17, arriving Taranto the next day, then continued to Bari on Nov. 24, where she arrived Nov. 25 (Page 2).

* The ON and ONS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys.

More details on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here can be found via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external link:
The attack on Convoy KMS 31

 Final Fate - 1943: 

On December 2-1943 she was still in Bari, where several tankers, ammunition ships and supply vessels were at anchor with much needed supplies for the allied armies for their advance up the Italian mainland. The Liberty ship John Harvey (captain Knowles) had a cargo of liquid mustard gas bombs (in case the enemy should resort to chemical warfare) and was guarded by a unit of the 701st Chemical Maintenance Company. In addition to Norlom, which had not yet unloaded her cargo, the Norwegian Bollsta, Vest, Lom and Salamis were present (see also my page about Hermelin). About 20 enemy aircraft attacked and one of the ammunition ships was hit and blew up (John L. Motley), starting the domino effect of events, with one ship after another catching on fire. The end result was thousands of deaths, many injured and suffering from the effects of the mustard gas. At least 17 ships were sunk. The external websites that I've linked to below will have more information - see also my page about Bollsta, where a list of ships sunk and/or damaged is available.

2nd Mate Oddmund Hjelde on Norlom reported that he was left on board with the captain and 1st Mate Einar Hansen. He himself had started to experience terrible eye pain by then from the mustard gas, flames were everywhere, on board as well as on the water. He had a flash light in his hands and signalled an S.O.S. in the direction he assumed land to be, and his signal was seen. A military rescue came out and got all 3 of them ashore. 3rd Mate Lars Nilsen, 4th Engineer Agnar Gustavsen and a British gunner had been killed, the captain died at a hospital in Bari a couple of days later, the 1st mate died Dec. 14.

From George Southern, who has written a book about the Bari incident entitled "Poisonous Inferno", I've received the following:
"British Radio Officer Ian Peyman (name given as Fredrick Peyman in the crew list) serving aboard D/S Norlom when in Bari 2 Dec 1943 was watching the Norlom's gunners playing cards in the mess. When the raid began he followed the others onto the upper deck where he was knocked unconcious and regained his senses to realise he was on a small raft in the harbour. Alongside him was his cabin mate, Radio Operator Halvor Stensrud. The crew of a motor launch had pulled both men onto the raft with the intention of towing it to safety.

He asked Halvor if he was all right and he replied he was although Ian says 'we were both too much in shock to know how injured we were'. Of those moments Ian says 'All hell was going on in the harbour, fires on the water and shrapnel falling all over, and when the launch started off to take the raft in tow, perhaps a shade too quickly, both of us having nothing to hold on to, when the raft tipped we were both thrown into the water again'. Ian managed to keep afloat until the launch picked him up once more. 'I must have passed out again for I do not remember being hauled into either boat or the raft'. His shipmate Halvor Stensrud was never seen again". (Note that he's included among the survivors in the crew list).

George Southern adds:
"This is just one short account in addition to many others of survivors from many ships and participants of the raid in my book "Poisonous Inferno", the only published book researched and written by a survivor. At the time, I was serving aboard HMS Zetland, a Hunt class destroyer berthed adjacent to the Lom, Bollsta and the Norlom when the attack began. I was knocked unconcious but recovered to take part all night long in rescue, firefighting on abandoned vessels and also salvage on four other abandoned ships".

George has since told me that he received the news at the end of Dec.-2008 that Ian Peyman had passed away.

Lars Kruse (ex Danish) had been set on fire and lost 18 men, while the rest of her crew was injured and taken aboard a Norwegian ship, which according to "Nortrahips flåte" may have been Salamis. However, this Guestbook message says these seamen were taken aboard Norlom, and later rescued by the MTB, together with Norlom's own survivors.

Crew List:

2nd Mate
Oddmund Hjelde**
Radio Operator
Michael Killian**
Radio Operator
Halvor Stensrud**
Radio Operator
Fredrick Peyman**
Arne Sørensen**
Bjarne Meland*
Able Seaman
Olv Brattaker*
Able Seaman
Anton Halvorsen*
Able Seaman
Ivar Jensen**
Able Seaman
Bjørn Swan*
Able Seaman
Jens Jensen*
Able Seaman
Anders Rød*
Able Seaman
Olav Rasmussen*
Able Seaman
Hans Haug**
Able Seaman
Odd Hatvig**
1st Engineer
Ernst Lindestrand
2nd Engineer
Petter Schmedling
3rd Engineer
Ernst Borge
Fritz Olsen*
Henning Helmersen*
Ole Johansen*
Johannes Fivesdal**
Algot Olsen**
Anton Jaastad**
Olav Ness*
Engine Boy
Joseph de Goias**
Engine Boy
Michael Higgins**
Gunnar Grimen**
Finn Olsen*
2nd Cook
Allan Ekdahl*
Mess Boy
But Leung**
Mess Boy
Miguel Flaquer**
(Dom. Republic)
Ernest Birch
Charles Cummings
Alexander Cook
Leslie Cunningham
Eric Blakey

Jacob Ø. Samuelsen
(Died in hospital?)

1st Mate
Einar Hansen**
(Died Dec. 14)

3rd Mate
Lars Nilsen

4th Engineer
Agnar Gustavsen

Robert Anderson

* These men left Bari for Taranto on Dec. 4 (Norlom was still on fire), arriving the same day, then continued to Algiers 4 days later with arrival Dec. 13. All of them had been ashore when the attack occurred. An inquiry was held in Algiers on Dec. 19-1943 with Oiler Ness and Boatswain Meland appearing. Donkeyman Helmersen had also been called as witness, but did not appear due to an accident.

Boatswain Meland stated that the men denoted ** were in the hospital when the others left Bari on Dec. 4 (*in the account by George Southern above, it is stated that Radio Operator Halvor Stensrud "was never seen again") - it's very possible that those who are not mentioned were also in hospital. Boatswain Meland had met the 1st and 2nd engineers in town, both covered in oil "and suffering badly". They had told him that when they jumped overboard, 2 men were lying on deck, assumed to be the 3rd engineer and the 3rd mate. Meland also stated that another Able Seaman, Arne Berg, had been admitted to a hospital in Taranto about a week previously (thereby avoiding the carnage in Bari). Neither of the 2 witnesses seemed to know what had happened to the captain.

** Anton Jaastad is listed as "missing", then added as "saved". According to "Våre falne", a series of 4 books naming Norwegians who died during the war, he had also served on Vinga, but was on Gabon when he on Oct. 15-1944 went missing while in Matadi, Belgian Congo. This fits in with Gabon's voyages for this period.

The only Robert Anderson I can find at the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website who could (possibly) be Norlom's gunner is Robert Russel Anderson (external link), listed as having died on Dec. 11-1943; cemetery is given as Bari War Cemetery.


Refloated in Nov. 1946 and broken up at Bari in 1947.

Related external links:
The Empire Ships - On the "Mariners" website. Empire Dunlin can be found on this page.

Stavern Memorial commemorations - This site says that 4 died on board, 1 in hospital and 1 man died after the war due to the effects of the mustard gas, possibly Radio Operator Halvor Jæger Stensrød(?) who is included among those commemorated here. Oddmund Hjelde is also listed among the casualties, but I believe he was still around in the 1970's. (A search for Anton Jaastad gives no results - I've tried several spellings, Jåstad, Gjørstad, Gjorstad, Gjostad etc.).

Tragedy at Bari - Describes what happened to some of the ships (Naval Historical Center).
Bari Italy - This page has tables showing the names of US Navy personnel in the Harbor at Bari during the attack, as well as Chapt. 6 | Chapt. 7 | Chapt. 8 | Chapt. 9 | Chapt. 10 of the book "Disaster at Bari" by Glen Infield. It's a section of the website "US Navy Armed Guard".
Mustard gas

S/S Norlom - Technical data (Darren Dypevåg)

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

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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