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D/S Christian Krohg
Updated June 7-2011

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Crew List

Owner: Ørvigs Dampskibsselskap A/S
Manager: Olaf Ørvig, Bergen
1992 gt, 3300 tdwt.
Call Sign: LCGI.

Built at NV Werf Gusto v/h Firma A.F. Smulders, Schiedam, Holland in 1917.

Captain: Ingvart Hagen

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

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

Voyage Record
From Nov.-1940 to June-1941:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (where the "Convoy" column is left blank it means that convoy is not known).

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Nov. 9 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Nov. 24 SC 11 Earlier voyages, Page 1
See also narrative below
Nov. 27 Clyde Methil Dec. 1 WN 45 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 3 Methil Grimsby Dec. 6 FS 351 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 14 Grimsby Blyth Dec. 17
Dec. 23 Blyth Southend Dec. 25 FS 368 Convoy available at link above
(incomplete listing).
See also Page 1
1941 Jan. 4 Southend Methil Jan. 6 FN 375 (Again, see also Page 1).
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 18 Methil Southend Jan. 20 FS 391 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Also, Page 1
Jan. 29 Southend Methil Febr. 1 FN 395 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link - incomplete listing)
Febr. 8 Methil Southend Febr. 10 FS 407 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link - incomplete listing)
Also, Page 1
Febr. 18 Southend Blyth Febr. 23 FN 411 A. Hague says:
Reason for delayed arrival unknown.
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link - incomplete)
March 1 Blyth Methil Roads March 2
March 4 Methil Clyde March 8 EN 81 (1) Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 12 Clyde Falmouth March 15 Independent Via Belfast Lough
(Page 1).
March 18 Falmouth Plymouth March 19
Apr. 2 Plymouth Cardiff Apr. 4
Apr. 29 Cardiff Milford Haven Apr. 30 Independent Compare w/Page 1
Apr. 30 Milford Haven Clyde May 2
May 6 Clyde Methil May 9 WN 124 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
May 12 Methil Southend May 14 FS 487 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link - incomplete)
See also Page 2
May 17 Southend Methil Roads May 19 EC 21 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link - incomplete)
May 24 Methil Roads Oban May 26 EC 23 Convoy available at link above
June 1 Oban OB 329 Dispersed in 51 48N 20 48W, June 5
Convoy available at OB 329
(external link)
June 5 Dispersed from OB 329 Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below


When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, Christian Krohg was in New York, having arrived from Cuba that same day - see Page 1 of the archive documents. In May, she made a voyage to Santiago, then returned to New York, arriving June 3, subsequently remaining there for a long time; departure is given as Oct. 10.

With a cargo of lumber for Boston (Lincs.), she was one of several Norwegian ships in the slow Convoy SC 11 from Sydney, C.B. to the U.K. on Nov. 9-1940, in which Bruse and Salonica were sunk, among others. Follow the links for more info. (Christian Krohg had initially been scheduled for Convoy HX 86).

 Final Fate - 1941: 

She was on a voyage from Oban to St. Lawrence (having left Oban on June 1; see Page 2), when she was torpedoed on June 10-1941 by U-108 (Scholtz) and sunk in 47N 41W (this position according to "Nortraships flåte", J. Rohwer gives 45N 36 30W). All 23 on board died. Scholtz had also sent off a torpedo towards her the previous afternoon, but had missed.

The convoy she had been sailing in, OB 329 had been dispersed on June 5 in 51 48N 20 48W, and for another day or so she sailed nearby another Norwegian ship before proceeding on an individual course. The convoy had originated in Liverpool on May 31, and also included the Norwegian Bjerka, Belpareil, Bruse Jarl, Finnanger, Garonne, O. A. Knudsen, Sirehei (returned) and Veni. A direct link has been provided within the Voyage Record above.

For info, U-108 was also responsible for the attacks on Tolosa, Blink, Norland and Breñas the following year - follow the links for details.

Crew List - No survivors:


Ingvart Hagen

1st Mate
Anders J. Kaldefoss*

2nd Mate
Rangvald J. Espenes*

Able Seaman
Lorang M. Johnsen

Able Seaman
Sture B. Fritsdorf

Able Seaman
Peder A. J. Blomvåg

Able Seaman
Harald Halvorsen

Ordinary Seaman
Arthur H. Kristensen

Ordinary Seaman
Kåre Vartdal

Ordinary Seaman
Kristian Jansen

1st Engineer
Bjarne Evensen

2nd Engineer
Bjarne Larsen Skåre

3rd Engineer
Thorleif Todal

Arne M. Jørgenvåg

Torvald Grønland

William O'Regan

August Semmer

Norman Anderson*

Joseph Donald King
(New Foundland)

Hans Olav Stenseth

Bjarne J. Pedersen

Oskar M.
Olsen Istad

Mess Boy
William McGrory*

* These 2 men had previously survived the loss of Ravnanger.

* These 2 men are included on the website of Canadian Merchant Navy War Dead Database. The date is unknown, but the year is given as 1941. They can be found by entering the name of the ship in the relevant search field on the website. William McGrory, who in fact was Scottish (from Methil, according to an E-mail I've received from his nephew), not Canadian, as claimed in some records, can also be found here on the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website, which says he's commemorated on Panel 19 at the Halifax Memorial, while Norman Anderson is commemorated on Panel 18 (all these links are external).

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - Thorleif Todal is not included in this list, instead he has ended up here.

U-108 | Klaus Scholtz

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum), "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague and misc. others as named within the text above for cross checking info. - ref My sources.


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