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D/S Risøy
Updated May 18-2012

To Risøy on the "Ships starting with R" page.

Crew List

A picture (of a painting) is availble on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Manager: O. Nordahl Sånum, Mandal
793 gt, 398 net, 1020 tdwt
Signal Letters: BLZS

Built at Selby in 1918. Previous names: Horsia, Heljo, Kenrhos, Kilfinny (according to "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles").
The external page that I've linked to above says she was delivered from Cochrane & Sons Ltd., Selby in Nov.-1918 as HMS Kilfinny to The Royal Navy, U.K. From Febr.-1920, Robinson, Brown & Joplin, Newcastle, U.K., renamed Kilfinny. Sailed as Kenrhos for Ashburnham Steamship Co. Ltd. (P.E. Fry), Cardiff from 1920. Rebuilt that same year, 811 gt, 398 net. Owned from 1923 by Ashburnham Steamship Co. Ltd. (T. Vivian-Rees), Cardiff, no name change. From 1925, Ashburnham Steamship Co. Ltd. (P. C. Hull), Cardiff, same name. From 1928, Ashburnham Steamship Co. Ltd. (L.A. Dinnin), Cardiff. Sailed as Heljo for F. Jürgensen & Co., Pärnu, Estonia from 1930, as Horsia for D/S Viking A/S (Chr. Borg), Copenhagen from 1934. Sold in July-1937 to Skibs A/S Risøy (O. Nordahl Saanum), Mandal and renamed Risøy.

Captain: Kristian Eldor Nordhus

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message from the son of one of Risøy's survivors, Karsten A. Thon (see crew list further down on this page).
Another Guestbook message

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

A. Hague has included Risøy in the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 7 in Jan.-1940. The following month he has her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 11, and at the end of March she's mentioned in the Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 22 from Norway, in ballast for Newcastle (I'm not entirely convinced she sailed in this convoy). A. Hague has also listed her in Convoy HN 25, which left Bergen on Apr. 7-1940, shortly before the German invasion (Apr. 9). This fits in with the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, which says she arrived Methil Roads on Apr. 12, later proceeding to Middlesbrough. Follow the links for more details; several Norwegian ships took part in all these convoys.

Apart from a couple of voyages to France, she was mostly in service around the U.K., as will be seen when going to the above archive documents. Her 1941 voyages are shown on Pages 1 through 5. Her 1942 voyages also start on the latter document and continue on Page 6 (it'll be noticed, that she occasionally had long stays in port).

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Risøy was attacked by aircraft on March 20-1942 when on a voyage from Southampton to Swansea with a cargo of 450 tons scrap iron, having left Southampton the day before. She was in a coastal convoy escorted by a destroyer and 3 armed trawlers (Convoy PW 128 - external link, incomplete listing. Atle Jarl, Jan, Marit II and Trolla are included). The first attack had taken place off Portland and a tanker had been hit and damaged (Dutch Antonia?). The captain's report says the convoy was north of Trevose Head that evening when another 3 planes came in low, and were met by fire from all the ships. 1 aircraft was hit and landed in the sea near one of the escorts, while the other two took off, only to come back twice during the next half hour.

A visitor to my website has told me that "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles" gives the position as 10 miles west (not north) of Trevose Head, Cornwall for the attack on Risøy, the 4th and last attack on the convoy (Page 6 of the archive documents gives the time as 20:14). She was hit by a bomb in No. 3 hold, blowing the hatches off. After having searched in vain for the missing 1st Engineer Sigurd Wathne, the crew went in the port lifeboat and rowed over to the escorting trawler HMS Ruby (T 24) which picked them up. The trawler intended to attempt saving her, but she sank, stern first, before they could do so. It later turned out that the engineer had been blown overboard, picked up by the British S/S Dunrange(?) and taken to a hospital in Swansea, where he died on March 26. He was buried in Swansea on March 31.

Having been transferred to another vessel, the survivors were landed in Swansea on March 21, where an inquiry was held on Apr. 1-1942 with the captain, the 1st and 2nd mates, the 2nd engineer, Able Seaman Gård (helmsman) and Ordinary Seaman Devold (lookout) appearing.

HMS Brocklesby also escorted Convoy PW 128 - scroll down on this external page to the list of convoys she escorted. It'll be noticed (higher up on the page) that the aircraft attack off Trevose Head on March 20-1942 is also mentioned. A. Hague also adds Drumheller among the escorts (ref. link to Convoy PW 128 above).

Crew List:

Kristian Eldor Nordhus
1st Mate
Paul Georg Almaas
2nd Mate
Hans Kristian Nilsen
Able Seaman
Arne Gaulen
Able Seaman
Frank Jensen Gård
Ordinary Seaman
Aasulf Devold
Ordinary Seaman
Anders Karlsen
Ordinary Seaman
Karsten Anker Thon*
2nd Engineer
Alf Laurits Andersen
Agir Hartvigsen
Leif Frengen
Rolf Kolstad
Bernhard Bordvik
Gotfred Aronsen
Mess Boy
Bernhard Griffiths
+ 2 gunners

1st Engineer
Sigurd Wathne
(Died in hospital)

* Karsten A. Thon served on several Norwegian ships - a message in my Guestbook from his son has a list of all of them.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemoration - The 1st engineer is commemorated.

Back to Risøy on the "Ships starting with R" page.

Other ships by this name: Norway had 2 steamers by the name Risøy in the 1920's. One had originally been the German Burgermeister Massman (built 1895, 383 gt), which became the Norwegian Børvastind of Bodø, before she was purchased by D/S A/S Risøy (M. Clausen), Haugesund in 1924 and renamed Risøy. Sprang a leak and sank on Jan. 23-1926 on a voyage Ålesund-Ostende, Belgium with a cargo of herring during stormy weather. The crew was saved by D/S Kongshavn. Another D/S Risøy had previously been the English London Queen (built 1910, 599 gt). Purchased by D/S A/S Risøy (M. Clausen) in 1926 and renamed Risøy. Sold that same year to Chile and renamed Pilar. Also, Haugesund lost a D/S Risøy to WW I, delivered in Nov.-1909 to Sigvart Rasmussen, Haugesund, 1129 gt. Sunk by UB-40 on Oct. 22-1916, 12 n. miles north of Quessant on a voyage Barry Dock-Brest with 1524 tons coal. The crew was ordered to the lifeboats before the ship was sunk by explosives. One lifeboat reached St. Anne, Alderney after 2 days, the other disappeared without a trace. ("Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn).

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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