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Ole Wegger
Whale Oil Factory

Updated Sept. 1-2010

To Ole Wegger on the "Ships starting with O" page.

Source: Narve Sørensen.
Other pictures are available on this external page
See also this external page (click in the photo to enlarge).

This one shows her when under German control, received from Jan Visser. (I've also seen a similar picture with a caption indicating that it was taken as she arrives Bordeaux with a German prize crew on board - my page about Norwegian Victims of Pinguin has further details).

Manager: A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord
12 201 gt

Launched Dec.-1913, delivered Febr.-1914.

 Pre War History: 
From a message posted by Roger W. Jordan to my Ship Forum.

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.

This is San Lorenzo's engine plate, which was found at a market in Rouen and belongs to "Les corsaires d'Ango". Received from Anthony Lalouelle - see this thread on my Ship Forum (in particular, this reply).

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.

Related items on this website:
The attack on San Lorenzo by U-54
Norwegian Victims of Pinguin
Ole Wegger crew list
A Guestbook message from the son of someone who was on board Ole Wegger when she was captured, Valter Kristiansen (still around in Apr.-2009, 90 years old).

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.

  Voyage Record
From March-1940 to May-1946:  

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

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 24 Capetown Trinidad Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 24 Trinidad New York City May 3 Independent
June 3 New York City New Orleans June 10 Independent
June 14 New Orleans Mobile June 16 Independent
July 23 Mobile Halifax Aug. 1 Independent
Oct. 10 Halifax Curacao Oct. 19 Independent
Oct. 20 Curacao Rio Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 8 Rio Independent Taken by Pinguin in whaling grounds, Jan. 14-1941.
See link below.
1941 March 25 Kerguelen Bordeaux Apr. 10 Independent Arrival date approximate
The rest of these entries are not included on the archive document and, therefore, accuracy cannot be confirmed. However, compare with my text for Ole Wegger at "Norwegian Victims of Pinguin".
Sept. 20 Bordeaux Cherbourg Sept. 28 Escorted A. Hague says:
Dates approx., scuttled at Rouen 1944
(see note below).
1945 Aug. 21 Rouen Becheville, Grounded Aug. 23 In tow
The above, and the rest of these entries, agree with the Post War details found in my text for Ole Wegger at "Norwegian Victims of Pinguin", based on a Forum Posting by R. W. Jordan, which says:
"After capture by PINGUIN and being sent to Bordeaux, OLE WEGGER was taken over by the German navy and used as a base ship. On 22 August 1944 she was scuttled as a blockship in the River Seine at Rouen-Sahurs. She was raised in August 1945 and it was intended to tow her to Plymouth. She left Rouen on 21 August 1945 but she ran aground while on route. She was refloated and towed back to Rouen for inspection. Later, OLE WEGGER was towed to Falmouth, where she was found to be beyond economical repair. She was sold to a Swedish shipbreaking company and towed to Gothenburg in May 1946 and broken up during 1947".
Oct. 18 Refloated Rouen Oct. 22 In tow
Nov. 28 Rouen Havre Nov. 30 In tow
Dec. 3 Havre Falmouth Dec. 6 In tow A. Hague says:
Sold for breaking up, Apr.-1946.
1946 May 10 Falmouth Gothenburg May 20 In tow Broken up 1947.

 WW II: 

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

Related external link:
Ole Wegger - The site also has a list of other Thor Dahl ships.

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).


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