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D/S Risanger
Updated Oct. 16-2010

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Crew List

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Manager: Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
5455 gt, 3436 net, 8590 tdwt
Signal Letters: LCZY

Previous names: Hiskø until 1921, Hufterø until 1924, Tananger until 1929, Labelle County until 1934.

Delivered in Apr.-1921 from W. Pickersgill & Sons Ltd., Sunderland to Henrik Østervold, Bergen. 5455 gt, 8590 tdwt, 380.3' x 52.1' x 26.6', Triple exp. 1500 ihp, 9.5 knots. Taken over by Bergens Privatbank in June-1923. Purchased by Westfal-Larsen in Dec.-1939(?). (There are some discrepancies here; Westfal-Larsen's fleet list states she had the name Tananger 1923-1929, and that she was delivered as Hufterø in 1921 - Hiskø is not mentioned). See also the external page that I've linked to above. J. Rohwer says she was built in 1920.

Captain: Sverre Kure Olsen

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 May-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 May 15 Hampton Roads New York City May 17 Independent See also archive document
June 7 New York City Halifax June 10 Independent
June 13 Halifax Weymouth Bay June 27 HX 50 For Brest
* June 30 Weymouth Bay Southend July 1 Independent
* July 1 Weymouth Bay Southend July 1 Independent
*See archive document
July 27 Southend Methil July 29 FN 234 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 30 Methil OA 192 Dispersed Aug. 3.
Convoy available at OA 192
(external link)
Aug. 3 Dispersed from OA 192 Sydney, C.B. Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 17 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Aug. 18 Independent
Sept. 12 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Sept. 13 Independent
Sept. 19 Sydney, C.B. Clyde* Oct. 4 SC 5 *Via Ardrossan, Oct. 3
(see document).
Oct. 7 Clyde Methil Oct. 11 WN 21S Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 13 Methil Hartlepool Oct. 14 FS 308 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 7 Hartlepool Tyne Nov. 8 FN 328 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
?* Nov. 22 Methil Oban Nov. 26 EN 30/1 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
* Nov. 25 Tyne Methil Nov. 26 FN 341 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
*The entry for Convoy EN 30 should probably be deleted(?). Risanger arrived Methil Roads on Nov. 26, having started out from Shields on Nov. 25, which agrees with the 2nd entry above. Again, see the archive document.
Nov. 27 Methil Oban Nov. 29 EN 32/1 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 3 Oban OB 253 Dispersed Dec. 6.
Convoy available at OB 253
(external link)
Dec. 6 Dispersed from OB 253 Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made prior to and in between those mentioned here, please see the document 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 will be seen when going to the archive document, Risanger was on her way from Harstad, Norway to New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She stopped at Norfolk on Apr. 15, proceeding to New York a month later, with arrival May 17. From there, she headed to Halifax on June 7 in order to join Convoy HX 50 on June 13, general cargo for Brest, station 93. However, she did not go to Brest (probably due to the situation in France at the time), but arrived Weymouth Bay on June 27. The archive document gives her destination as London, as does the original Advance Sailing Telegram for this convoy and she later arrived there on July 1.

At the end of that month we find her (together with Solferino) in Convoy OA 192, which left Methil on July 30 and dispersed Aug. 3 (see the external link provided within the Voyage Record). According to the archive document, she arrived Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 14, proceeding to Halifax a few days later, where she stayed for quite a long time, before returning to Sydney, C.B. With a cargo of steel and lumber for Middlesbrough, she subsequently joined the slow Convoy SC 5 on Sept. 18, and arrived Ardrossan on Oct. 3.

 Final Fate - 1940: 

Risanger was on a voyage from Newcastle-on-Tyne to Alexandria via Cape Town with a cargo of coal and vehicles when she was torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U-65 (von Stockhausen) on Dec. 27-1940, 12 30N 21 30W. She had started out from Oban on Dec. 3, and according to A. Hague, she had joined Convoy OB 253, which had been dispersed on Dec. 6. Stiklestad and Varangberg are also named in this convoy, though the latter returned.

The torpedo struck on the port side between hatch No. 2 and 3, causing the coal cargo in No. 2 hold to run out and she developed a heavy list to port. All hatches and cross webs disappeared and water and coal smoke rose high in the air.

After about 20 minutes the U-boat surfaced and shelled the ship until she sank. By then everyone had gotten into the lifeboats, of which only the motorboat and 2 jolly boats were usable. The motorboat drifted off when the painter broke. The captain, the 1st mate and the 1st engineer left the ship about 15 minutes after the torpedo had hit. The latter had been in the store room when the attack occurred but went up on deck when he heard the explosion. However, he was delayed for a long time at the exit from the engine room by the masses of water coming in from the deck.

The boats set an eastward course towards the nearest land on the African coast. They were all picked up on Dec. 29 by the Norwegian M/T Belinda, which landed them in Cape Town on Jan. 10-1941. An inquiry was held there on Jan. 14 with the captain, the 1st mate, the 1st engineer, the donkeyman, Ordinary Seaman Gotfredsen (helmsman), Ordinary Seaman Heggen, and Stoker Fredrikson appearing.

For info, U-65 had also been responsible for the attacks on Hird and Havbør earlier that year - follow the links for details.

Crew List - No casualties:
* Knut Sandøy also survived the attack on Sydhav, and later lost his life when Christian Michelsen was sunk.

Sverre Kure Olsen
1st Mate
Sverre Lie
2nd Mate
Nils Bakke
3rd Mate
Knut Sandøy*
Yngvar Ugland
Bernhoff Jensen
Able Seaman
Arild Bastiansen
Able Seaman
Thorbjørn Leinhardt
Able Seaman
Godske Olsen
Ordinary Seaman
Gunnar Gotfredsen
Ordinary Seaman
Jan Ahlstrøm
Ordinary Seaman
Einar A. Nyland
Ordinary Seaman
Kåre Heggen
Jr. Ordinary Seaman
Michael Cronin
Deck Boy
William Humble
1st Engineer
Ingvald Falkanger
2nd Engineer
Agnar L. Kristiansen
3rd Engineer
Waldemar Haugsnes
Adolf Johannesen
Georg P. Ellingsen
Runar Fredrikson
Bernhard Andersen
Leif Nilsen
Harry Rasmussen
David Næss
Henry Knutsen
Mass Lund
Galley Boy
George Iredale
Mess Boy
Ronald Ingledew

* William Humble's brother Frederick was on board Thorshavet when sunk. See this Guestbook message.

Related external links:
| Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen

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Other ships by this name: Westfal-Larsen had another Risanger delivered from Kockums, Malmö in Aug.-1951. Sold in Aug.-1971 to Arne Teignes Rederi, Egersund, renamed Rytterfjell. Sold in 1976 to Piræus and renamed Tofalos G. Broken up in Taiwan in 1980. Another Risanger (chem. tanker) was delivered in Nov.-1976, built in Poland, 17 057 gt. This ship later sailed as Bow Sirius for Skibs-A/S Storli, Bergen from 1990, renamed Ncc Narjan that same year - sold for breaking up in 2004 (majority of info from Westfal-Larsen fleet list). Here are some details on a more recent Risanger built 1991 - external link.

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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