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D/S Corvus
Updated June 11-2011

To Corvus on the "Ships starting with C" page.

Crew List

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
Another picture is available on Lillesand Sjømannsforening's website (external link, click in the photo to make it larger).

Manager: Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
1317 gt, 763 net, 2180 tdwt.
Call Sign: LDFH.

Delivered in Jan.-1921 from Københavns Flydedok & Skibsværft, Copenhagen, Denmark (141), having been ordered by Bergenske D/S in 1916. 241.4' x 36.2' x 16.2', Triple exp. 525 ihp, 9 knots.

Captain: Alexander Wallace.

Related item on this website:
Warsailors stories - The story of someone who was on board Corvus when she was sunk, 3rd. engineer Sverre Skjæveland (text in Norwegian only).

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 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10

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

Voyage Record
From Jan.-1940 to Febr.-1945:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (please note, however, that some of them are incomplete). Where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known.

Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Jan. 9 Norwegian Waters Methil Jan. 12 HN 7
Febr. 13 Methil Norwegian Waters Febr. 16 ON 12
March 2 Norwegian Waters Methil March 5 HN 16
March 8 Tyne Southend March 10 FS 116 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 17 Downs Flushing March 18 Independent
Apr. 7 Norwegian Waters Methil Apr. 12 HN 25
Apr. 14 Methil Tyne Apr. 14 MT 51 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 17 Tyne Southend Apr. 19 FS 148 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 1
June 1 Downs Liverpool June 4 OA 159 Convoy available at OA 159
(external link)
* June 29 Sharpness Port Talbot June 29 Independent
*The month here should probably be September, and this entry belongs further down in the record.
Aug. 4 Liverpool OB 193 Dispersed Aug. 7.
Convoy available at OB 193
(external link)
Aug. 7 Dispersed from OB 193 Sydney, C.B. Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 20 Sydney, C.B. St. John, N.B. Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 30 St. John, N.B. Halifax Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 1 Halifax Sharpness Sept. 18 HX 70 Via Milford Haven
(Page 1).
* Sept. 29 Sharpness Port Talbot Sept. 29 Independent
*Voyage inserted from above and date corrected - see also Page 1.
Oct. 2 Port Talbot Milford Haven Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 5 Milford Haven OB 224 For St. Stephen.
Dispersed in 57 58N 24 25W, Oct. 12.
Convoy available at OB 224
(external link)
Oct. 12 Dispersed from OB 224 St. Stephen Oct. 28 Independent
Nov. 1 St. Stephen St. John, N.B. Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 15 St. John, N.B. Hantsport Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 23 Hantsport Halifax Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 29 Halifax Cork Dec. 13 HX 92 Compare w/Page 1
(see also narrative below).
Dec. 14 Cork Oban Dec. 15 Independent Notional sailing date
(again, see also Page 1).
Dec. 15 Oban Aberdeen Dec. 18 WN 54 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 19 Aberdeen Methil Roads Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 21 Methil Kings Lynn Dec. 24* FS 367 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
*Page 1 gives arrival Dec. 26.
1941 Febr. 13 Kings Lynn Hull Febr. 15 Independent Left Hul Febr. 25
(Page 1).
Febr. 27 Humber Methil Febr. 28 FN 418 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
March 3 Methil Oban March 5 EN 80 (1) Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 8 Oban OG 55 For Freetown.
Detached March 18.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
March 18 Detached from OG 55 Accra March 31 Independent
Apr. 1 Accra Lagos Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 8 Lagos Forcados Apr. 9 Independent
Apr. 10 Forcados Opobo Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 13 Opobo Port Harcourt Apr. 16 Independent Notional sailing date
Apr. 20 Port Harcourt Freetown Apr. 28 Independent
May 10 Freetown Oban June 3 SL 74 Convoy available at SL 74
(external link)
June 3 Oban Methil June 6 WN 136 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 7* Methil Hull June 11 FS 510 *Page 2 gives departure June 9.
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
June 24 Methil Loch Ewe June 26 EC 37 Again, see Page 2.
Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
June 29 Loch Ewe OB 340 For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed July 13.
Convoy available at OB 340
(external link)
July 13 Dispersed from OB 340 Windsor, N.S. July 18 Independent See also Page 2
July 28 Windsor, N.S. Halifax July 30 Independent Notional sailing date
(agrees w/Page 2).
Aug. 1 Halifax HX 142 A. Hague says:
Detached to SC 39, Aug. 14.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Aug. 14 From HX 142, joined SC 39 Belfast Lough Aug. 18 SC 39 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Aug. 19 Belfast Lough Bristol Aug. 21 BB 65 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Stop at Belfast Lough not mentioned, Page 2
Aug. 26 Bristol Swansea Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 29 Swansea Milford Haven Aug. 30 Independent
Aug. 31 Milford Haven ON 12 Via Belfast Lough
(Page 2).
Dispersed in 53 34N 36 14W, Sept. 14.
Sept. 14 Dispersed from ON 12 Halifax Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 25 Halifax New York City Sept. 28 Independent
Oct. 18 New York City Sydney, C.B. Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 23 Sydney, C.B. Preston Nov. 9 SC 51
Nov. 14 Preston Barry Nov. 18 Independent
Nov. 26 Barry Milford Haven Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 28 Milford Haven Liverpool Nov. 29 Independent
1942 Jan. 11 Liverpool Clyde Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 21 Clyde Oban
* Jan. 23 Oban Methil Jan. 27 WN 235 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
* Jan. 24 Oban Loch Ewe Jan. 26
* Left Oban Jan. 23, put in at Loch Ewe, Jan. 26, left same day for Methil (as below) - see Page 2.
Jan. 26 Loch Ewe Methil Jan. 29
Jan. 31 Methil Southend Febr. 2 FS 714 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see Page 2
(also, Page 3).
Febr. 7 Southend Methil Febr. 10 FN 625 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 16 Methil Belfast Lough Febr. 19 EN 47 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 25 Belfast Lough Barry Febr. 26 BB 142 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
March 1 Barry Milford Haven March 1 Independent
March 2 Milford Haven Liverpool* March 4 Independent *Arrived Garston
(Page 3).
March 7 Liverpool* Holyhead Independent *From Garston
Page 3 gives arrival Holyhead March 8.
March 9 Holyhead Barry March 11 BB 147 Convoy available at link above
March 13 Barry Milford Haven March 13 Independent
March 14 Milford Haven Liverpool March 15 On to Manchester
(Page 3).
March 19 Liverpool* Clyde March 21 Independent *From Manchester
(Page 3).
March 27 Clyde Oban March 27 Independent
March 30 Oban Methil Apr. 2 WN 264 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 3 Methil Southend Apr. 5 FS 767 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Apr. 13 Southend Methil Apr. 15 FN 681 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 17 Methil EN 72 Detached Apr. 19.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 19 Detached from EN 72 Belfast Lough Apr. 21 Independent
May 30 Belfast Lough Mumbles May 31 BB 180 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
June 1 Mumbles Barry June 2 Independent
June 13 Barry Milford Haven June 13 Independent
June 14 Milford Haven Liverpool June 15 On to Manchester
(Page 4).
June 18 Liverpool* Holyhead June 18 Independent *From Manchester
June 19 Holyhead Milford Haven June 20 BB 188 Convoy available at link above.
Compare w/Page 4
June 22 Barry Roads Cardiff June 22 Independent
July 4 Cardiff Milford Haven July 4 Independent
July 5 Milford Haven Liverpool July 6
July 9 Liverpool Clyde July 11 Independent Compare w/Page 4
July 18 Clyde Loch Ewe Independent
July 21 Loch Ewe Methil July 23 WN 312 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
July 24 Methil Southend July 26 FS 863 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
Aug. 1 Southend Tyne Aug. 3 FN 775 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 14 Tyne Hull Aug. 15 FS 881 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Aug. 20 Humber Methil Aug. 21 FN 791 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 4.
Aug. 22 Methil Londonderry Aug. 25 EN 127 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 28 Londonderry Milford Haven Aug. 30 BB 214 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Compare w/Page 4 & Page 5
Sept. 1 Cardiff Liverpool Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 5 Liverpool Holyhead Independent
Sept. 6 Holyhead Barry Sept. 7 BB 217 Convoy available at link above
Sept. 11 Barry Liverpool Sept. 13 On to Manchester
(Page 5).
Sept. 17 Liverpool* Independent A. Hague says:
Joined BB 221, Sept. 18.
*Again, see also Page 5.
Sept. 18 Joined off Holyhead Barry Sept. 19 BB 221 Convoy available at link above
Sept. 22 Barry Liverpool Sept. 23
Sept. 28 Liverpool Barry Sept. 30
Oct. 3 Barry Southampton Oct. 8 WP 228 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 5
Oct. 11 Southampton Portland Oct. 13
Oct. 14 Portland Dartmouth Oct. 14
Oct. 15 Dartmouth Barry Oct. 16 (Also, Page 5).
Oct. 20 Barry Liverpool Oct. 22 On to Eastham & Manchester
(Page 5 & Page 6).
Oct. 30 Liverpool Cardiff Nov. 1 See also Page 6
Nov. 4 Cardiff Liverpool Nov. 6 On to Manchester
Nov. 11 Liverpool Barry Nov. 13 Also, Page 6.
Nov. 14 Barry Liverpool Nov. 16 On to Eastham & Manchester
(Page 6).
Nov. 20 Liverpool Barry Nov. 21 Again, see Page 6
Nov. 25 Barry Liverpool Nov. 27 On to Manchester
(Page 6).
Dec. 3 Liverpool Barry Dec. 5
Dec. 6 Barry Liverpool Dec. 8 Missing voyages, Page 6
Dec. 16 Liverpool Cardiff Dec. 18
Dec. 22 Cardiff Liverpool Dec. 24 Again, see Page 6.
Dec. 30 Liverpool Barry Page 7 gives arrival Jan. 1-1943
1943 Jan. 22 Barry Liverpool Jan. 24 Missing voyages, Page 7.
Jan. 27 Liverpool Newport Jan. 30
Febr. 2 Newport Liverpool Febr. 3 Missing movements, Page 7.
Febr. 7 Liverpool Barry Febr. 8
Febr. 10 Barry Liverpool Febr. 12 Missing movements, Page 7.
Febr. 16 Liverpool Barry Febr. 18
Febr. 20 Barry Liverpool Febr. 21 Missing voyages, Page 7
Febr. 25 Liverpool Barry Febr. 26
Febr. 28 Barry Liverpool March 1 More missing movements, Page 7.
March 5 Liverpool Barry March 6
March 9 Barry Liverpool March 10 Missing voyages, Page 7
Apr. 2 Liverpool Clyde Apr. 4 Independent
Apr. 20 Clyde Loch Ewe Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 21 Loch Ewe Methil Apr. 23 WN 418 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 24 Methil Southend Apr. 26 FS 1098 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
May 30 Southend Methil June 1 FN 1034 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 1 Methil Oban June 4 EN 237 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 5 Oban OS 49/KMS 16 Convoy split June 13.
Available at OS 49/KMS 16
(external link)
June 13 Convoy split Gibraltar June 15 KMS 16 Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
June 22 Gibraltar Philippeville June 25 GTX 3 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 3 Philippeville Bizerta July 4
July 14 Bizerta Sousse
July 18 Sousse Bizerta July 20
July 21 Bizerta Algiers July 23
Aug. 5 Algiers Bone Aug. 7 GTX 5 Convoy available via link above
Aug. 19 Bone Bizerta Aug. 20
Aug. 22 Bizerta Sousse Aug. 24
Aug. 29 Sousse Bizerta Aug. 30
Sept. 5 Bizerta Bone Sept. 6
Sept. 19 Bone Bizerta Sept. 20
Oct. 7 Bizerta Algiers* *Oct. 10
* Arrival date is given as Dec. 10 in Hague's records, which is obviously a typo. I'm also wondering if arrival port should be Augusta, rather than Algiers(?), since she's said to have left Augusta that same day - see also Page 8.
Oct. 10 Augusta Catania Oct. 10
Oct. 13 Catania Augusta
Oct. 21 Augusta Taranto Oct. 23
Oct. 24 Taranto Augusta
Nov. 7 Augusta Bizerta Nov. 14
Nov. 17 Bizerta Bone Nov. 18
Nov. 27 Bone Bizerta Nov. 28 Left Bizerta for Algiers, Dec. 7
(Page 8).
Dec. 19 Algiers Bougie Dec. 19
Dec. 21 Bougie Philippeville Dec. 21
Dec. 24 Philippeville Syracuse Dec. 27 Notional sailing date.
(Syracuse not mentioned, Page 8).
Arrived Catania Jan. 1-1944, Augusta Jan. 4.
1944 Jan. 4 Augusta Bizerta Jan. 8
Jan. 12 Bizerta Philippeville Jan. 12
Jan. 14 Philippeville Bougie Jan. 14
Jan. 15 Bougie Algiers Jan. 16
Jan. 30 Algiers Oran Jan. 31
Febr. 8 Oran Gibraltar
Febr. 21 Gibraltar Liverpool March 6 XK 14 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
According to a story told by someone who was on board at this time, she now headed to Manchester for repairs which took 4 months - see also Page 9.
July 7 Liverpool Clyde Independent
July 18 Clyde Workington July 20 Independent
July 21 Workington Milford Haven July 22 Independent
July 23 Barry* Plymouth July 24 EBC 50 *From Milford Haven.
Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
July 27 Plymouth Milford Haven July 28 FBC 37 A. Hague says:
Onward to Workington, arr. July 31.
Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 3 Workington Milford Haven Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 5 Milford Haven Plymouth Aug. 6
Aug. 12 Plymouth Workington Aug. 15
Aug. 21 Workington Milford Haven Aug. 22
Aug. 23 Milford Haven Plymouth Aug. 24 EBC 81 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 29 Plymouth Milford Haven Aug. 30 FBC 66 Onward to Workington, arr. Sept. 1.
Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 3 Workington Milford Haven Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 6 Milford Haven Plymouth Sept. 7 EBC 95 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 12 Plymouth Workington Sept. 16
Sept. 19 Workington Milford Haven Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 21 Milford Haven Plymouth Sept. 22
Sept. 27 Plymouth Falmouth Sept. 27 Independent
Sept. 28 Falmouth Workington Sept. 30
Oct. 3 Workington Milford Haven Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 5 Milford Haven Plymouth Oct. 6
Oct. 12 Plymouth Falmouth Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 13 Falmouth Falmouth Oct. 13 Put back, weather.
Oct. 14 Falmouth Workington Oct. 16
Oct. 19 Workington Milford Haven Oct. 21 Independent
Oct. 21 Milford Haven Plymouth Oct. 22
Oct. 29 Plymouth Falmouth Oct. 29 Independent
Oct. 30 Falmouth Cardiff Oct. 31
Nov. 4 Cardiff Liverpool Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 9 Liverpool Workington Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 16 Workington Milford Haven Nov. 17 Independent
Nov. 18 Milford Haven Plymouth Nov. 19
Nov. 25 Plymouth Falmouth Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 26 Falmouth EBF 47 Detached Nov. 27.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Nov. 27 Detached from EBF 47 Workington Nov. 29 Independent
Dec. 7 Workington Milford Haven Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 9 Milford Haven Plymouth Dec. 10
Dec. 18 Plymouth
Dec. 28 Workington Milford Haven Independent (Anchored off Mumbles, Dec. 30,
Page 10)
Dec. 30 Milford Haven Plymouth Dec. 31
1945 Jan. 5 Plymouth Falmouth Jan. 5 Independent
Jan. 6 Falmouth Milford Haven Jan. 7 TBC 28 A. Hague says:
Onward to Workington, arr. Jan. 9.
Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Jan. 12 Workington Mumbles Jan. 14 Independent
Jan. 14 Mumbles Plymouth Jan. 15 BTC 38 Convoy available at BTC convoys
(external link)
Jan. 20 Plymouth Falmouth Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 21 Falmouth Milford Haven Jan. 22 TBC 43 Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Jan. 22 Milford Haven Workington Jan. 24 Independent
Jan. 27 Workington Liverpool Jan. 27 Independent
Jan. 31 Liverpool Portishead Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 8 Portishead Swansea Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 14 Swansea Liverpool Febr. 15 Independent Missing voyages, Page 10
Febr. 24 Liverpool Mumbles Independent
Febr. 26 Mumbles BTC 81 Convoy available at BTC 81
(external link, incomplete)
Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them, several Norwegian ships took part.

A. Hague has included Corvus in the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 7 in Jan.-1940. The following month he has her in Convoy ON 12, which left Methil for Norway on Febr. 13, and in March she's listed in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 16 from Norway, general cargo for London. She must have returned to Norway, because according to A. Hague, she later joined Convoy HN 25, which left Bergen on Apr. 7, so she got out of Norway just before the German invasion (Apr. 9). See also Page 1 of the archive documents.

That summer, she's listed in Convoy OA 159, leaving Southend on June 1-1940, but she was only bound for Liverpool at the time, cargo of cement. The Norwegian Bello and Thorstrand are also included. Corvus subsequently remained in Liverpool for 2 months, before she joined Convoy OB 193, which left Liverpool on Aug. 4 and dispersed on the 7th, Corvus arriving Sydney, C.B. independently on the 19th. Berto, Ingertre, Loke, Ringhorn, Thermopylæ and Vilja are also listed. Direct links to both these convoys have been provided within the Voyage Record above.

With a cargo of lumber for Newport, she headed back across the Atlantic in station 92 of Convoy HX 70 from Halifax on Sept. 1 (Hird was sunk - follow the link for details), later taking station 33 of Convoy OB 224, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 5 and dispersed on the 12th, Corvus arriving St. Stephen independently on Oct. 28. This convoy also had other Norwegian ships, namely Inger, Nesttun, Notos and Salonica (ref. link in the table above). Corvus was scheduled to return with the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 91 on Nov. 25, but instead joined the next convoy on Nov. 29, HX 92, cargo of lumber for Kings Lynn, station 21. A report on the passage is also available for this convoy, which lost several ships but none were Norwegian. According to Page 1, Corvus arrived Kings Lynn, via various other ports, on Dec. 26 and unless some movements are missing from the record, she remained there for quite a long time.

In March-1941 we find her in the Gibraltar bound Convoy OG 55*, but Corvus was bound for Accra, where she arrived on March 31, having started out from Oban on March 8; A. Hague says she had detached from the convoy on the 18th. OG 55 had originated in Liverpool on March 7 and also included Arosa, Atle Jarl (returned), Bello, Frontenac, Thyra and Trolla. Corvus, whose final destination was Freetown, had a general cargo and sailed in station 81. Via various other ports, she arrived Freetown on Apr. 28. According to the external website that I've linked to further down on this page she had been scheduled for Convoy SL 73, which left Freetown on Apr. 27, but instead joined the next convoy, SL 74, departing on May 10, cargo of palm kernels. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2. Arosa was again in company, as was Taurus (sunk; follow link for more info).

The following month, A. Hague has included her in Convoy OB 340 (station 72), originating in Liverpool on June 27-1941, dispersed July 13, Corvus arriving Windsor, N.S. independently on the 18th, according to A. Hague - her arrival there is not noted on the archive document, which says she arrived Sydney, C.B. the next day (having sailed from Loch Ewe on June 29). Erica, Gezina, Ingerfire and Sandanger are also listed; again, see the link provided within the Voyage Record.

Tony, a visitor to my website has told me that Corvus was scheduled to return to the U.K. with Convoy HX 142* from Halifax on Aug. 1-1941 (together with the Norwegian Nyholt, Siljestad, Kristianiafjord and Morgenen - A. Hague has also added Sama and calls Siljestad British), but was sent to Convoy SC 39* because she was too slow for HX 142. According to A. Hague, Corvus did join, but was detached to the slower convoy on Aug. 14. She had a cargo of lumber. SC 39 had departed Sydney, C. B. on Aug. 1 and had Hallfried, Lysaker V, Solitaire and Star among its ranks. According to Tony's information 63 ships sailed from Halifax in convoy HX 142, while 8 joined from Sydney. Kirkpool and Scottish Musician had engine defects and were sent back to Halifax. Like Corvus, Hercules (Dutch) was also sent to join SC 39 because of her slow speed. Rotterdam, Murena, Hjelmaren and Narragansett went missing in the fog (from HX 142). Empire Sailor did not join HX 142 till Aug. 6. Perth was the rescue ship for this convoy. None of these convoys are currently available among the HX and SC convoys included on my website, but will be added. Page 2 gives her destination as London.

The following is from the Commodore's notes:
Delayed in sailing by fog which persisted during the whole convoy. First count was on August 4th when four ships were missing. On Aug. 5 Sydney portion of 8 ships and SC 39 of 27 ships joined HX 142. SC 39 parted company with HX 142 on Aug. 13.

A. Hague now has Corvus in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 12, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 1-1941. She arrived Halifax on Sept. 22, the convoy having dispersed on the 14th. The following month we find her in the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 51, bound for Preston with general cargo, arriving there on Nov. 9. Shortly thereafter she lost a crew member; Seaman Svein Alsaker is commemorated at the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway (link at the end of this page). "Våre falne", a series of 4 books listing Norwegian WW II casualties, states he was on leave in Preston and was reported missing on Nov 13-1941. Later found drowned on Nov. 23.

Her subsequent voyages are listed on Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7 and Page 8, while convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.

Skipping now to June-1943, when she joined Convoy OS 49/KMS 16, which originated in Liverpool on June 4 and split up on the 13th, the Gibraltar portion (KMS 16*), in which Corvus sailed, arriving there on June 15, while the OS portion continued to Freetown, where it arrived June 23 - again, ref. external link provided in the table above; the Norwegian Elg, Jan, Måkefjell and Somerville are also included (Elg was in the OS portion, as was Liss, the latter joining from Dakar).

Please go back to her Voyage Record and the documents received from the National Archives of Norway for information on the rest of her voyages.

* The entire HX series and SC series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), see ships in all HX convoys and ships in all SC convoys. KMS 16 will also be added; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it (w/escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all KMS convoys.

For more information on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external link:
SL convoys - As can be seen, Corvus is mentioned in Convoy SL 73; see also the links within the Voyage Record.

 Final Fate - 1945: 

Corvus had departed Garston on Febr. 23-1945 for Plymouth with a cargo of 1800 tons of coal (see Page 10), via Mumbles to change convoy. Left Mumbles Head in the morning of Febr. 26 and joined Convoy BTC 81 near Scarwater Lightship (station in the rear of the starbord column).

At 10:15 BST on Febr. 27 she was torpedoed by U-1018 (Burmeister), about 7. miles 253° from the Lizzard (49 55N 05 22W). Her starboard side was ripped open, she developed a heavy list and sank within a couple of minutes. Out of a crew of 22 and 3 gunners, 6 crew and 2 gunners were killed or drowned. Some had been able to launch a raft, while others had to jump overboard. Most of the survivors were picked up by the British D/S Baronscourt (registered in Belfast), 1 survivor by the Swedish D/S Wallonia and landed in Falmouth.

On the Norwegian version of my Warsailor Stories section I've included the story of someone who was on board Corvus at the time, 3rd. Engineer Sverre Skjæveland, formerly of D/S Hundvaag and D/S Hallfried. He had joined Corvus on May 26-1943, and says they departed London in convoy for Oban the following day, then joined a very large convoy for the Mediterranean - consisting of 90 ships and escorted by 20 war ships (though the numbers don't quite fit, this would have been Convoy OS 49/KMS 16, mentioned in my narrative further up on this page). For about 10 months Corvus now travelled between North Africa, Sicily and Italy, then in Febr.-1944 she departed Gibraltar for England, arriving Liverpool March 3 according to him (compare with Voyage Record and Page 9), then headed to Manchester for repairs which took 4 months. They were subsequently placed in service between a small town north of Liverpool by the name of Workington and Plymouth. On her last fateful voyage she had departed Garston with coal for Teymouth (Teignmouth?). Skjæveland says they were outside London (can this be right?) before noon on that Tuesday, Febr. 27-1945 and he was asleep in his bed when the torpedo hit in No. 2 Hold, starboard side, just a few meters from his cabin, causing his cabin to cave in around him and he was hit in the head by something. He was unable to open the door but managed to knock out the lower panel in it and ran up on deck. They couldn't get any lifeboats launched because Corvus capsized, but they got a raft out. 8 men were lost, 4 were taken to a hospital. The survivors were sent to London a few days later.

The maritime hearings were held in London on March 12-1945 with the captain, the 1st mate, the 2nd engineer, Able Seaman O. M. Kongestøl (helmsman) and Able Seaman N. P. Østerberg (lookout) appearing. The latter stated that he was injured by depth charges which were dropped by the escort shortly afterwards, and indicates that some of the other survivors who were in the water might have drowned as a result.

Less than 2 hours after Corvus had been torpedoed, U-1018 was sunk by the convoy escort and two survivors were taken prisoners - see the link at the end of this page.

Crew List:
*S. Skjæveland had previous served on Hundvaag and Hallfried.

Alexander Wallace
1st Mate
Harald Nicolai Nielsen
Able Seaman
Johan Løkvik
Able Seaman
Olav Martin Kongestøl
Able Seaman
Einar Berger Johnsen
Able Seaman
Nils Iversen
Able Seaman
Ivar Iversen
Able Seaman
Nils Pontus Østerberg
2nd Engineer
Elias Joachim Hansen
3rd Engineer
Sverre Skjæveland*
Halfdan Sørensen
Dennis Cahill
Arild Norman Eidisen
Raymond West
Thoralf Løvland
Svein Ingvar Gundersen
William Kent

2nd Mate
Peder Magnus Årås

1st Engineer
Nicolai Nygjerde

Petris Onzols

Arne Leonard Hegg

Nordal Kristensen

Mess Boy
Thomas Albert Boniface*
(British - Age 16)

Charles Thomas Sillet*

Dennis Baker*

* Billy McGee, England has told me that Corvus' 16 year old Mess Boy Thomas Albert Boniface is commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 32. He can be found by entering his name in the relevant search field on The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website. I also found Charles Thomas Sillet, and there's a Dennis E Baker listed as having died on the date Corvus was sunk - I believe this could be the above gunner (all these links are external).

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - In addition to the 4 Norwegians named above there's a Seaman Svein Alsaker commemorated at this Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway. "Våre falne", a series of 4 books listing Norwegian WW II casualties, states he was on leave in Preston and was reported missing on Nov 13-1941. As mentioned further up on this page, Corvus had just arrived Preston with Convoy SC 51 - see also Page 2. He was later found drowned on Nov. 23.


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Bergenske D/S had previously had another Corvus which was also wrecked on the Lizard, on Stag Rocks, on March 22-1918. Originally built in Fredrikstad as Königsberg for Vestlandske Lloyd (Erik Rusten), Bergen in 1902, 534 gt. Renamed Corvus for Bergenske D/S in 1911, having been purchased by that company in Febr.-1908. See also Lillesand Sjømannsforening's website - external link.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Bergenske, byen og selskapet", Dag Bakka Jr., "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum), and misc. others as named within the text above for cross checking info. - ref My sources.


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