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Manager: Th. Brøvig, Farsund
Delivered in Aug.-1911 from Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd., Sunderland (269) as Sangstad to D/S A/S Sangstad (A. F. Klaveness & Co.), Christiania, 2418 gt, 1459 net, 4175 tdwt, 299.4' x 44.5' x 19.9', Tripple exp., 231 nhp. Sold in 1918 to A/S To (Thv. B. Heistein & Sønner), Kristiansand. Managed by Martin Mosvold, Kristiansand later that year, then by A. I. Langfeldt, Kristiansand from 1922. Sold in 1923 to A/S Dea (Th. Brøvig), Farsund and renamed Dea.
Captain: Frithjof Urbye, who had his wife with him.
Dea played an important part in the transport of ammunition between New Orleans and Balboa. Captain Urbye usually had some excuse to not stay in the convoys (claiming she was too old and slow to keep up), and instead chose his own special route, going west of Cuba, had only a short stretch of open sea across the Yucanta Straits, then continued along the coast of Honduras, staying close to land and in areas where the U-boats couldn't go in, thereby usually reaching her destination well before the convoy she was originally assigned to, which had a much longer and more dangerous route (east of Cuba via the American base Guantanamo).
In the Norwegian magazine "Krigsseileren", Issue No. 4 for 1984 there's a picture of Dea's crew, taken in Cuba early in the war. The following names are given:
In July-1942, Dea picked up 22 survivors from the Norwegian M/S Gundersen, which had been torpedoed by U-129 (Witt) the day before, and landed them at Progreso the next day, July 3. Dea's voyages in this period are shown on Page 3. In my Guestbook there's a message from the son of the Radio Operator at the time. This message says that 25 survivors were rescued. Radio Operator Fred S. Milthorp's story is available on this external page (Barbara & Gordon Mumford's website).
Arnold Hague has included Dea in the following convoys - all this agrees with the information found on Page 3 and Page 4 of the documents from the Norwegian archives.
Page 5 lists her voyages to Aug.-1945, when she got to go home to Norway (as can be seen, there's a big gap in the listing, from Nov. 6-1944, when she arrived Pensacola, to June 2-1945, when she departed New Orleans).
Sold in Aug.-1950 to Pehlivanlar Cemal, Muzaffer Nectai Pehlivan Vapurculuk Isletmesi KS, Istanbul, Turkey and renamed Pehlivan. Sold in 1956 to Cemal Pehlivan Verisleri ve Muzaffer Pehlivan, Istanbul. Renamed Necati Pehlivanzade in 1957, having been sold that year to Necati Pehlivanzade, Istanbul. Ran aground near Kafken (Black Sea) on March 20-1964, voyage Zonguldak-Istanbul with coal. Refloated, towed to Istanbul and laid up. Sold for breaking up in Istanbul in 1965. (Skipet No. 2 for 1983, Dag Bakka Jr.).
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This company had lost a Dea to WW I, originally delivered in 1890 as Italian Margherita, 1094 gt, sailed as Dea for Th. Brøvig, Farsund from 1910. Sunk by UC 49 on July 25-1917, voyage Stavanger-Halifax. Lillesand Sjømannsforening has a picture (external link).