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Manager: Vilhelm Torkildsen, Bergen
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
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.
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.
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.
Crew List - No survivors:
Related external links:
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).