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Manager: J. & B. Marcussen, Askerøy
Built in Stavanger in 1925.
Captain: Lars J. Marcussen.
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 can be seen, the record is incomplete, with several voyages missing. Also, errors may exist (this could also mean that she may not have sailed in all the convoys mentioned here).
Audun is listed in Convoy HN 9B from Norway to the U.K. in Jan./Febr.-1940. Her voyage had started out in Oslo, and she arrived Rochester (via Burntisland) on Febr. 12. Early in March A. Hague has included her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 17A, and at the end of that month, shortly before the German invasion of Norway, she joined Convoy HN 22, bound for London with pulp, thereby ending up in Allied service. When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9, she was in Rochester, leaving that day for Sunderland, then proceeded to London, with arrival Apr. 12 - see Page 1 of the archive documents. As can be seen, she made a voyage to Dunkirk the following month (it'll also be noticed that she spent quite a long time at Shields later on).
She's one of several Norwegian ships listed in Convoy OA 175, which departed Southend on June 27-1940 and dispersed on July 1. Her destination is given as Southampton, station 92. Ref. external links within the above Voyage Record, as well as my own page related to this convoy (Vice Commodore's report).
In Aug.-1940 Audun is said to have been in one of the Dover convoys which was fired upon from the new guns the Germans had installed near Cape Gris Nez, but was not hit.
Skipping now to July-1941 when she's mentioned in Convoy OB 348, which left Liverpool for Halifax on July 17, but she was only bound for Iceland on that occasion, arriving Reykjavik on July 23, having sailed from Clyde July 17/18. The Norwegian Grena, Storaas and Tautra are also listed. Audun subsequently remained in Iceland for several weeks (Page 4). In Sept.-1941 we find her in the slow, eastbound North Atlantic Convoy SC 41, which had originated in Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 24 and arrived Liverpool on Sept. 11, but Audun joined this convoy from Iceland, and stopped at Belfast Lough on Sept. 11. Several Norwegian ships are listed, namely Akabahra, Astra, Balduin, Blink, Carrier (returned), Einvik (sunk, follow link for details), Evviva, Fagersten, Fanefjeld, Grado, Gudrun, Heien, Hestmanden, Hildur I (the last 3 also joined from Iceland), Ledaal, Leka, Lom (from Iceland), Marga, Nesttun (from Iceland), Orania (returned), Reiaas (from Iceland), Siak and Spes. (Will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, see ships in all SC convoys).
Audun took part in the Torch operations, which commenced in Nov.-1942 (my page about Athos has the names of other Norwegian ships involved). According to A. Hague, she sailed in the U.K.-Gibraltar Convoy KX 6, which left Milford Haven on Nov. 8-1942 and arrived Gibraltar on the 17th. Facto, Mammy and Selvik are also listed. Audun continued to Algiers the following day (Page 8).
She's also listed as joining Convoy KMS 10 from Oran on March 9-1943; go to my page about this convoy, then scroll down to March 9 in the narrative. As can be seen, this voyage is missing from A. Hague's Voyage Record. Judging from the info found on the archive document referred to above, she was bound for Algeirs. Later that month we find her mentioned in Convoy MKS 10 - scroll down in the table on my page for that convoy. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 9, and it'll be noticed that she did not follow this convoy to the U.K., but was bound for Bougie, having sailed from Bone on March 23.
In July-1943 she's listed, along with Arosa, Mammy, Dux, Gabon and Kong Haakon VII, in Convoy SL 132/MKS 16, voyaging from Casablanca to Mersey with a cargo of phosphates. The external link provided in the record has more on the combined convoy. Audun was in the Gibraltar portion, MKS 16, which had left Gibraltar on July 9. She arrived Liverpool on July 22, remaining there for a long time (Page 9).
In Sept.-1943 she's listed in Convoy OS 55/KMS 27, which left Liverpool on Sept. 17 and split up on the 28th, the Gibraltar portion*, in which Audun sailed, arriving there on Sept. 29, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, where it arrived on Oct. 8. Audun's destination is given as Algiers, cargo of military equipment, and she continued in the convoy (KMS 27) from Gibraltar on the 29th in order to proceed to her destination, where she arrived Oct. 3, according to Page 9 (Egerø, Glarona, Kong Haakon VII, Mathilda and President de Vogue also sailed in this convoy; names of ships in the combined convoy from the U.K. can be found via the link in the table above). The following month she's listed as bound from Algiers to Malta for Syracuse in Convoy KMS 29*, originating at Gibraltar on Oct. 20. For info, this convoy had started out from the U.K. on Oct. 7 as the combined Convoy OS 56/KMS 29, but split up on Oct. 20 - Audun was not present from the U.K., joining KMS 29 from Algiers, as already noted. She had sailed from Algiers on Oct. 22 and arrived Malta on the 26th.
At the beginning of Nov.-1943 she's listed in Convoy GUS 20, which had originated in Alexandria on Oct. 29 and had Hampton Roads as its final destination, with arrival there on Nov. 24. Audun, however, was only bound for Bizerta on that occasion, where she arrived on Nov. 4, having started out in Augusta 2 days earlier. This convoy had several Norwegian ships, namely Bralanta, Danio, Frontenac, Leiv Eiriksson, Pan Aruba, Petter, President de Vogue, Tatra and Torborg. Later that month Audun made a voyage from Bizerta to Augusta with Convoy UGS 22, and arrived Augusta on Nov. 15 (convoy had originated in Hampton Roads on Oct. 25). Fernplant, Katy, Norma and Salamis are also included. According to A. Hague's Voyage Record she now sailed from Augusta to Salerno, and if this is correct, she must have returned to Augusta, because on Nov. 22 she's said to have made a voyage from there to Bizerta in Convoy GUS 22, arriving her destination on Nov. 24 (convoy had originated in Port Said on Nov. 17, its final destination Hampton Roads). Again, several Norwegian ships took part (Belinda, Bruse Jarl, Glarona, Hermelin, President de Vogue, Thorshov and Tore Jarl). Audun is also listed as voyaging from Bizerta to Oran with Convoy MKS 32 at the end of that month - scroll down to the second table on my page about this convoy. She had left Bizerta on Nov. 29 and arrived Oran Dec. 2 - again, see Page 9, which also shows a few 1944 voyages.
In Febr.-1944, we find her in Convoy UGS 31, which had originated in Hampton Roads on Jan. 25, but Audun, bound for Augusta, joined this convoy from Bizerta, and arrived Augusta on Febr. 17. (The Norwegian Dux, Granville, Katy, Margrethe Bakke, Nueva Granada, Solør and Strinda are also listed). Audun now proceeded from Augusta to Naples in Convoy VN 22 on Febr. 18, arriving Naples the next day, returning to Augusta in March. She later made a voyage from Philippeville to Augusta (via Bizerta) with Convoy KMS 45A* (originated in Gibraltar on March 31), arriving Augusta on Apr. 4, according to A. Hague - note that Page 10 gives her arrival as Apr. 6. (Again, the convoy had started out from the U.K. earlier as a combined convoy, OS 71/KMS 45, which split up on March 25 into a Gibraltar portion and a Freetown portion).
Arnold Hague has also included her in Convoy VN 39A, from Augusta May 12-1944, to Naples May 14. She also appears in the returning Convoy NV 39A, which left Naples on May 21 and arrived Augusta on the 23rd. Together with with Atle Jarl and Far, she's later listed in Convoy NV 44, leaving Naples on June 9, arriving Augusta the next day, and in Convoy AH 48B, which left Augusta on June 13 and arrived Bari on the 15th; Audun was bound for Brindisi. At the beginning of the following month we find her in Convoy HA 52, which left Bari on July 2 and arrived Augusta on the 4th (the Norwegian Solør and Tore Jarl are also included). At the end of that month she's listed in Convoy AH 58, leaving Augusta on July 31, arriving Bari on Aug. 2, and a few days later she shows up in Convoy HA 60 - departure Bari Aug. 11, arrival Augusta Aug. 13; Audun was bound for Crotone on that occasion - see Page 10. As will be seen when following the links provided in the above table, the Norwegian Bruse Jarl, Elise, Tautra and Tore Jarl are also listed in AH 58, and Bruse Jarl, Nea and Salamis are named in HA 60. Audun was 1 of 4 Norwegian ships taking part in the landings on the coast between Cannes and Toulon on Aug. 15-1944 - ref. external link at the end of this page (Roald Amundsen, M/T Elise [fleet oiler] and D/S Star were the other 3). Almost 900 ships took part in this operation, mostly American (65% US Navy, 33% Royal Navy, the rest from other allied countries).
Her 1945 voyages start on Page 11. Going back to A. Hague's Voyage Record, we find that he has listed Audun in the Bari-Ancona Convoy AH 15, which left Bari on March 1-1945 and arrived Ancona the next day. (The Norwegian Borholm and Knoll are also included). A few days later she appears (together with Knoll) in Convoy HA 17A, which left Ancona for Bari on March 5; Audun's voyage information is given as "Augusta/Tunis" - she was detached from the convoy on March 6 and arrived Augusta on the 8th, proceeding to Tunis that same day, with arrival March 10. Later that month she's included, together with Bruse Jarl and Far, in Convoy AH 22, leaving Bari on March 22, arriving Ancona March 23, and a few days later she's listed as bound for Brindisi for orders in Convoy HA 23 (departure Ancona on March 26, arrival Bari March 27). See the links provided within the table above, which also gives information on other convoy voyages.
From Page 12, we learn that she went home to Norway in Sept.-1945.
Sold in 1952 and renamed Hera. Sold in 1957 to Finland and renamed Furuskar. Sold to German breakers at Lübeck in July 1963.
According to this external page, she was managed from 1948 by Bertrand Marcussen, Askerøy (still owned by D/S A/S Audun, and still named Audun). When she had the name Hera, she was owned by Rederi A/B Hera (Karl Kåhre), Mariehamn, Finland, and when she had the name Furuskar, owners were Rederi A/B Houtskär (Laivas OY Aura Sh. A/B), Åbo.
Related external link
Back to Audun on the "Ships starting with A" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc. other.