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Updated Sept. 1-2010
Manager: A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord
Launched Dec.-1913, delivered Febr.-1914.
Owned by A/S Ørnen and managed by A/S Thor Dahl of Sandefjord. She had been purchased in 1928 and converted from an oil tanker. She was 12,201 gross tons, 7272 net tons, 16,500 deadweight tons, 527.1 feet registered length, 66.75 inches breadth, 33.9 feet draught, and 42.1 feet registered depth. She was fitted with a quadruple-expansion four-cylinder steam engine of 787 nominal horsepower, had a speed of 10 knots and carried about 2000 tons of fuel oil. As the 16,203 tons deadweight tanker San Lorenzo, she was launched by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, River Tyne, on 27 December 1913, and was delivered to her owners Eagle Oil Transport Co Ltd, London, on 10 February 1914. During the First World War she was employed as a naval base fleet oiler.
On 3 June 1917 she was torpedoed by the German submarine U54 about 140 miles off northwest Ireland. The submarine reported that about 1700 hours on that day a convoy of two tankers escorted by armed trawlers was sighted by periscope proceeding on a westerly course; U54 surfaced and pursued the ships and at 2145 hours dived for a submerged attack on the leading tanker. Both tankers were carrying out a zig-zag course and it was not until 2300 hours that U54 was able to fire a torpedo, at a range of 560 metres, and this hit the leading tanker, which was San Lorenzo. Another German submarine, U70, was in the vicinity and witness the attack. U54 surfaced shortly after midnight and observed that the tanker was stopped, but on an even keel, with two armed trawlers standing by. When U54 returned for a daybreak attack shortly before 0500 hours on 4 June, the tanker had gone and was presumed sunk. But despite having extensive damage, San Lorenzo was able to get to port safely and was repaired.
On 14 September 1928 San Lorenzo was sold to Thor Dahl, converted into a whale factory, and renamed Ole Wegger.
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Some of her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
As can be seen when going to the archive document, Ole Wegger had arrived New York City from the Antarctic on May 3-1940 (via Table Bay and Trinidad). Following a month's stay in New York she headed to New Orleans, then on to Mobile, where she stayed for several weeks before proceeding to Halifax, with arrival Aug. 1, subsequently remaining there for a long time. Departure is given as Oct. 10, when she sailed to Curacao, then on to Rio de Janeiro, where she arrived Nov. 4, departing Rio again on Nov. 8 in order to return to the whaling grounds.
Captain Kristian Evensen. On Jan. 14-1941, she was captured by the German Pinguin - my page Norwegian Victims of Pinguin picks up the story from here, with details on the events surrounding the capture of the Norwegian ships by this German raider, crew list at the time of capture, post war info, and a link to a list of Norwegian ships captured or sunk by the other German raiders. There's also more info on Pinguin
Back to Ole Wegger on the "Ships starting with O" page.
Thor Dahl had previously had a whale catcher by the name Ole Wegger, built in Oslo 1911, 177 gt, sold in 1915 or 1916 to T. Dannevig & Co., Norway. "Damp - Dampskipets æra i Vestfold" says she was renamed Spera 1926 (Chr. Salvesen & Co., Leith, owner Hans Ellefsen Ltd.), renamed Windhower 1929, Gun 5 1931 (A/S Africa, Bjarne Gundersen, Sandefjord).