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D/S Eastern Star
Updated July 9-2011

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Crew List

Manager: Johan Gran, Bergen
5659 gt, 3533 net, 8800 tdwt
Call Sign: LCJA

Built by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Howden-on-Tyne in 1920. Launched as War Lodge, completed as Camilla Gilbert for A/S Gilberts D/S (W. Gilbert), Bergen, until 1928, then Eir owned by A/S D/S Eir (O. Grolle Olsen & I. Hysing Olsen), Bergen until 1937, Mabuhay III, Far Eastern S/S Co (Johan Gran), Bergen. Sold to Johan Gran's Rederi A/S, Bergen in 1938.

Captain: Olav Østervold

Her voyages are listed on this original document from the National Archives of Norway

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

Voyage Record
From May-1940 to May-1941:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 24 New York City Halifax May 27 Independent Earlier voyages:
Archive document
May 28 Halifax Weymouth Bay June 12* HX 46 *Archive doc gives arrival June 24 (error?)
June 28 Weymouth Bay London June 29 Independent
July 29 Southend Methil July 31 FN 236 Convoy available at FN 236
(external link - incomplete)
Aug. 3 Methil OA 193 Dispersed Aug. 7.
Convoy available at OA 193
(external link - incomplete)
Aug. 7 Dispersed from OA 193 New York City Aug. 18 Independent
Aug. 22 New York City Philadelphia Aug. 24 Independent
Aug. 30 Philadelphia Hampton Roads Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 5 Hampton Roads New York City Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 13 New York City Halifax Sept. 16 Independent
Sept. 21 Halifax Liverpool Oct. 8 HX 75
Nov. 8 Liverpool OB 240 Dispersed Nov. 13.
Convoy available at OB 240
(external link - incomplete)
Nov. 13 Dispersed from OB 240 New York City Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 6 New York City Philadelphia Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 9 Philadelphia Hampton Roads Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 11 Hampton Roads New York City Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 22 New York City Halifax Dec. 24 Independent
Dec. 26 Halifax Liverpool Jan. 11 HX 99 See also narrative below.
Missing movements:
Archive document
1941 Febr. 16 Liverpool OB 287 Dispersed Febr. 21.
Febr. 21 Dispersed from OB 287 Halifax March 3 Independent
March 5 Halifax New York City March 8 Independent
March 23 New York City Halifax March 26 Independent
March 27 Halifax Liverpool Apr. 15 HX 117
May 2 Liverpool OB 318 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

Judging from the information found on the archive document, Eastern Star was on her way from Norway to Baltimore when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. It looks like she had previously arrived Bergen from Houston (via Hampton Roads); arrival and subsequent departure Norway is not given, but she arrived Baltimore on Apr. 21.

With a general cargo for St. Nazaire, she's listed in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 46 in May that year. She was diverted to London, where she arrived June 29. In Aug.-1940, A. Hague has included her, together with the Norwegian Fido, Helle, Regin, Solferino, Trolla and Vigsnes, in Convoy OA 193, departing Methil on Aug. 3, dispersed Aug. 7 - ref. link within the Voyage Record above. Eastern Star arrived New York on Aug. 18, proceeding to Philadelphia 4 days later, with arrival there on the 24th. She headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 75 from Halifax on Sept. 21, again in the company of other Norwegian ships, as will be seen when following the link. Eastern Star arrived Liverpool on Oct. 8, remaining there for a month. Together with Berto, Erica, Evviva, Granfoss, Iron Baron, Regin, Stargard and Trolla, she later joined Convoy OB 240, which left Liverpool on Nov. 8 and dispersed on the 13th (link in the table above). Her destination is not given, but according to the archive document (as well as Hague's Voyage Record), she arrived New York on Nov. 30.

That year was rounded off by sailing back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 99, which left Halifax on Dec. 26 and arrived Liverpool on Jan. 11-1941. Her destination is given as Manchester on the original convoy document (general cargo, station 33). The Commodore's report is also available for HX 99. He says that Eastern Star dropped astern with a hot bearing at 20:00 on Jan. 6, without making any signal, and was out of sight by the morning, but she rejoined the convoy at 08:20 on Jan. 8 in 60 20N 10 37W. She arrived Liverpool on Jan. 11, Eastham Jan. 14.

The following month, we find her in station 41 of Convoy OB 287, departing Liverpool on Febr. 16, dispersed Febr. 21; again, her destination is not given, but going back to the archive document we learn that she arrived Halifax on March 3. Later that month, on March 27, she's listed as bound for Liverpool with general cargo in Convoy HX 117, arriving Liverpool on Apr. 15. This proved to be her last eastbound Trans-Atlantic convoy voyage.

 Final Fate - 1941: 

Eastern Star departed Liverpool again on May 2-1941, joining Convoy OB 318. She was bound for Halifax with about 240 tons general cargo in No. 1 hold, 218 tons naphthaline in sacks and 45 tons crysislic acid in barrels in No. 5 hold, and 16 boxed aircraft in No. 2 and 4 holds. She was the last ship in column 4 of the convoy, which according to "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague was dispersed in 60 12N 34 30W on May 10. However, before this took place, late in the evening of May 7, U-94 (Kuppisch) fired a torpedo which detonated in her starboard side near No. 5 hatch, resulting in a tremendous fire in No. 5 hold and she started to sink. Able Seamen Loddengård and Fjalestad, who were in the aft messroom jumped overboard, while the rest of the crew got safely in 3 lifeboats and were picked up by the British escort trawler Daneman shortly thereafter, as were the 2 able seamen. The fire on Eastern Star spread very quickly to the midship section and she sank a couple of hours later, position 61 25N 24 18W*.

* Position above is from the captain's report. J. Rohwer gives the position as 61 29N 22 40W.

Kuppisch had fired 4 torpedoes. One of them hit and sank the British D/S Ixion (last ship in column 5), which had whisky among her cargo. Daneman had a busy time rescuing not only her crew, but also the fine whisky from the wreckage (Ixion had a crew of 105, 29 British - 76 Chinese. 86 were rescued by Nailsea Moor, the remaining 19 by escort).

Eastern Star's survivors were landed in Reykjavik on May 12. 3 of them joined the Norwegian Air Force and 4 joined the Navy, while the rest of the crew travelled to Gourock with a British transport on May 14 with arrival on May 18, then continued to Glasgow. The maritime hearings were held there on May 22-1941 with the captain, the 1st engineer, and Able Seaman Stensen appearing.

Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were D/S Borgfred, M/S Høyanger and M/T Sommerstad (A. Hague has also included Iron Baron - see this external page). The external site that I've linked to at the end of this page has more on the battle for this convoy, which lost several ships. Again, see also my own page about Convoy OB 318.

2 days after Eastern Star had been sunk, U-110 (which had also attacked Convoy OB 318) was captured - see link below, as well as my page about Borgfred.

For info, U-94 was also responsible for the attacks on Lincoln Ellsworth, John P. Pedersen and Hvoslef - follow the links for dates and more details.

Crew List - No casualties:
*According to Lillesand Sjømannsforening (external page), H. Ødegård had previously served on Germa. Following the loss of Eastern Star, he joined Nyholt and was on board when she was torpedoed. He subsequently trained to become a gunner and then joined Lutz, General Fleischer, Sommerstad and Haakon Hauan.

Olav Østervold
1st Mate
Kristian Lundahl
2nd Mate
Emil Parelius
3rd Mate
Arthur Larsen
Radio Operator
Sigurd Sandø
Radio Operator?
Rolf Sandnes
Hans Nilsen
Hjalmar Syvertsen
Able Seaman
Olaus Fjalestad
Able Seaman
Samuel Karlsen
Able Seaman
Alden Matson
Able Seaman
Håkon Ødegård*
Able Seaman
Karl Loddengård
Able Seaman
Oskar Orud
Ordinary Seaman
Thoralf Thomassen
Ordinary Seaman
Erling Thomassen
1st Engineer
Gerhard August
2nd Engineer
Torstein Erikson
3rd Engineer
Folke Hultsten
Ole Bjerkestrand
Haakon Nilsen
Fred Staines
Alfred Jensen
Torleif Sivertsen
Olaf Nikolaisen
Hans Hansen
Jarl Østbø
Leif Ramberg
Thorvald Bergve
Oskar Toftesund
Anton Johansen
Arne Førland
Harry Frantsen
Robert Machin
Albert Magnusson
Bernard Røsand
Galley Boy
Herbert Douglas
Mess Boy
Hans Hallum
Kåre Tobiassen
Joakim Eilertsen

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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), and misc. others for cross checking info as named within the above narrative - ref. My sources.


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