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D/S Nyland
Updated Aug. 5-2010

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Manager: Vilhelm Torkildsen, Bergen
1374 gt, 2605 tdwt

Built in Oslo in 1940. (Constantine Group booklet says she was completed in 1939, placed under the management of J S Constantine S.S. Line Ltd. in 1940).

Captain: Otto Kampevold

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 March-1940 to Dec.-1940:  

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 7 New Orleans Downs March 29 Independent See also Page 1
Apr. 3 Downs St. John, N.B. Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 28 St. John, N.B. Halifax Independent
Apr. 30 Halifax Avonmouth May 14 HX 39
May 19 Avonmouth Newport May 19 Independent
May 22 Newport Cardiff May 22 Independent
May 25 Cardiff Milford Haven Independent
May 27 Milford Haven OB 155 For Marseilles.
With OA 155, formed OG 31, May 29.
Convoy available at OB 155
(external link)
May 29 Formed at sea Gibraltar June 3 OG 31 For Marseilles.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
June 4 Gibraltar Marseilles June 7 Independent
June 18 Marseilles Gibraltar June 21 Independent A. Hague says:
Dates notional
(see also Page 1).
June 24 Gibraltar Oran June 25 K 12 Convoy available at K 12
(external link)
June 26 Oran Gibraltar June 28 Independent
June 29 Gibraltar Hampton Roads July 14 Independent
July 16 Hampton Roads New Orleans July 23 Independent
Aug. 3 New Orleans Bermuda Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 15 Bermuda BHX 66 See link to HX 66
Aug. 20 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Methil Roads Sept. 1 HX 66
Sept. 2 Methil Southend Sept. 4 FS 270 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 1
Sept. 15 Southend Tyne Sept. 17 FN 281 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 17* Tyne Methil Sept. 19 FN 283 *Page 1 gives departure Sept. 19.
Convoy available at link above
Sept. 22 Methil OA 218 Dispersed Sept. 27.
Convoy available at OA 218
(external link)
Sept. 27 Dispersed from OA 218 Sydney, C.B. Oct. 5 Independent
Oct. 6 Sydney, C.B. Port Alfred Oct. 8 Independent
Oct. 11 Port Alfred Sydney, C.B. Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 17 Sydney, C.B. Oban Nov. 1 HX 81
Nov. 3 Oban Methil Nov. 6 WN 30 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 6 Methil Southend Nov. 8 FS 329 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 1
Nov. 15 Southend Tyne Nov. 16 FN 335 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 30 Tyne Methil Dec. 1 FN 346 Convoy available at link above
Dec. 2 Methil EN 35/1 Foundered.
See "Final Fate" below.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)

 Some Convoy Voyages - 1940: 
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; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Nyland was on her way to St. John, N.B. when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. From St. John, where she had arrived Apr. 17, she later proceeded to Halifax where she joined Convoy HX 39 on Apr. 30, cargo of newsprint for Avonmouth, station 34. She arrived Avonmouth on May 14, and later shows up, together with Novasli, Simla and Thyra, in Convoy OB 155, originating in Liverpool on May 26 (link in the table above). This convoy joined up with Convoy OA 155 on May 29, forming the Gibraltar bound convoy OG 31, which arrived there on June 3. See my page listing ships in all OG convoys for the names of other ships in OG 31. From Gibraltar, Nyland proceeded to Marseilles the next day, with arrival June 7.

She returned Gibraltar again later that month and, having made a voyage to Oran and back to Gibraltar, she headed to Hampton Roads, where she arrived on July 14. A couple of days later she sailed to New Orleans then proceeded to Bermuda on Aug. 3, and on Aug. 15 she joined the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 66 (Norne and others were sunk; follow the links for more info). Nyland was bound for London with wood pulp; according to Page 1, she arrived Gravesend on Sept. 4. Together with Diana, Mathilda and Tricolor, she later joined Convoy OA 218, which left Methil on Sept. 22 and dispersed on the 27th (again, see the link provided in the Voyage Record above). Her destination is not given, but from the archive document, we learn that she arrived Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 5, continuing to Port Alfred the next day, then returned to Sydney, C.B. in order to join the Sydney portion of Convoy HX 81 on Oct. 17, bound for Oban with newsprint, arriving there on Nov. 1.

 Final Fate -1940: 

Having made some voyages around the U.K., Nyland left Methil for Oban in Convoy EN 35 on Dec. 2-1940 in order to join Convoy OB 255, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 7 (external links - her destination is given as British Guinea; according to Page 2, she was bound for Mackenzie River, Canada). EN 35 arrived Oban on Dec. 6, however, Nyland never reached Oban (Colombia, Mathilda and Spero are also named in this convoy). Terrible weather was encountered and many ships sought refuge.

After an S.O.S. had been received saying that she had run aground on West Rock, Isle of Iona on Dec. 6 and was about to break up, a tug was sent out to assist, but no trace of her nor her crew was found.

Charles Hocking says Nyland (voyage from the Tyne to Mackenzie) had last been sighted by the Norwegian Marga off Skerryvore on Dec. 5*, and adds that a piece of wreckage bearing her name was found 2 weeks later. A visitor to my website has told me that "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles" says basically the same thing, adding that the wreckage was found at Torran Rocks.

*Checking Marga's voyages for this period, we find that she was on her way from Methil to Oban on this date, having left Methil on Dec. 2; she arrived Oban Dec. 7. She's not listed, but perhaps she too had been in Convoy EN 35?

Crew List - No survivors:


Otto Kampevold

1st Mate
Johannes Christensen

2nd Mate
Alf Danielsen

3rd Mate
Sverre Kristensen

Tennis van Brienen

Able Seaman
Jock Caeser
(N. Foundland)

Ordinary Seaman
Per Olaf Børjesson

Ordinary Seaman
Bernhard Murphy*

Ordinary Seaman
Herbert R. Harris*

Jr. Ordinary Seaman
Kaj Donald
H. Nielsen

Deck Boy
Knut Stenbakken

1st Engineer
Olai Stokke

2nd Engineer
Thomas Berg Pettersen

Knut Gulbrandsen

Johan Johansen

Kåre Vilvang

Bojre Steinsson

Ole Halvorsen

Robert Lunde

Mess Boy
William McDougall*

* The 3 Canadians are included in the Canadian Merchant Navy War Dead database (entering Nyland for ship will bring up all 3).

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - Norwegians only are commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway (some of the names are spelt a little differently here).

S/S Nyland - Technical data (Darren Dypevåg).

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

Other ships named Nyland: V. Torkildsen had also lost a steamship by this name in WW I, built 1915, 1824 gt - sunk by UC-17 in the Bay of Biscay on Febr. 23-1917. There was also a Swedish ship by this name, torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat (U-16) southwest of Stavanger on Sept. 28-1939 - this external page has more info.

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. for cross checking info (ref. My sources).


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