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D/S Galatea
Updated Aug. 24-2011

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Owner: A/S D/S Galatea
Manager: Th. Gjesdal, Bergen
1152 gt, 671 net, 1820 tdwt
Call Sign: LDYD

Built by Bergens Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Bergen in 1912. According to the website that I've linked to above, she was delivered as Galatea in Jan.-1912 to A/S D/S Galatea (Adolph Halvorsen), Bergen. To The Shipping Controller (L.S.Carr & Co), London in 1918. Returned to Norwegian owners in 1919. From Oct. -1932 managers were Th. Gjesdal, Bergen (same owners).

Captain: Peder Brendsdal

Related item on this website:
A thread on my Ship Forum started by the daughter of Ordinary Seaman Reed. He also served on Torvanger, Bur and Titanian.

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 | Page 11 | Page 12 | Page 13 | Page 14 | Page 15 | Page 16

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

Voyage Record
From Jan.-1940 to Dec.-1944:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors may exist, and the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Jan. 19 Norwegian Waters Methil Jan. 22 HN 8 See also narrative below
Febr. 3 Tyne Southend Febr. 5 FS 86 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 22 Tyne Methil Febr. 23 TM 12 Convoy available at TM 12
(external link)
Febr. 28 Methil Norwegian Waters March 2 ON 16
March 22 Norwegian Waters Methil March 25 HN 21 Missing voyages, Page 1
July 26 Methil OA 190 For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed July 29.
Convoy available at OA 190
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Sydney, C.B. Aug. 11
(also, missing voyages).
Aug. 25 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Sept. 10 SC 2 See also Page 1 & Page 2
1941 July 25 Milford Haven ON 1 Earlier 1941 voyages:
Page 2 above, Page 3 & Page 4
For St. John, N.B.
Dispersed 42 29N 45 45W, Aug. 9.
Page 4 gives arrival Aug. 14
(also, missing voyage).
Sept. 5 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Sept. 20 SC 43 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Sept. 22 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 23 WN 183 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 4
Nov. 15 Methil Oban(?)* Nov. 18 EN 6/2 *Compare w/Page 4.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 9 Oban Methil Dec. 12 WN 216 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements:
Page 4 & Page 5
1942 Jan. 6 Methil Oban Jan. 8 EN 29/2 Again, see also Page 5.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
* Jan. 20 Belfast Lough Milford Haven Jan. 21 BB 126 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
*See Page 5
Also, missing voyages
? Febr. 14 Milford Haven Plymouth Febr. 15 WP 112 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Febr. 15 Holyhead Milford Haven Febr. 16 HM 4 Convoy available at HM 4
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 5
March 14 Holyhead Newport March 16 BB 149 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 6
March 28 Holyhead Barry March 29 BB 154 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages, Page 6
Apr. 11 Holyhead Mumbles Apr. 13 BB 160 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages, Page 6
Apr. 24 Holyhead Cardiff Apr. 26 BB 166 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages:
Page 6 & Page 7
May 16 Holyhead Holyhead May 17 BB 174 Put back.
Convoy available at link above
May 19 Holyhead Swansea(?)* May 20 BB 176 Convoy available at link above
*See Page 7
(also, missing voyages)
May 30 Holyhead Barry May 31 BB 180 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages, Page 7
Aug. 19 Holyhead Barry Aug. 21 BB 211 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages:
Page 7 & Page 8
Aug. 30 Holyhead Barry Aug. 31 BB 215 Convoy available at link above
Missing voyages:
Page 8 above, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11 & Page 12
1944 June 6 Barry Plymouth June 7 EBC 3 Earlier 1944 voyages:
Page 12 above & Page 13
Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 14
June 15 Barry Portsmouth June 17 EBC 12 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages, Page 14
July 11 Barry Southampton July 13 EBC 38 Convoy available at link above
July 18 Portsmouth* Barry July 19 Escorted *From Southampton,
on to Newport
(Page 14)
July 22 Barry Southampton July 24 EBC 49 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages:
Page 14 & Page 15
* Nov. 2 Gibraltar Malta Nov. 7 KMS 67 To Malta with engine defects.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
* According to Page 15 of the archive documents, Galatea was in the U.K. at this time; no voyages were made to Gibraltar and Malta in this time period, nor at all during the war. I believe the entry should be deleted.
Nov. 29 Solent Milford Haven Dec. 1 EBF 51 Convoy available at EBF 51
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 15 above & Page 16

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For voyages made in between those discussed here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them - other Norwegian ships also took part.

According to Arnold Hague, Galatea sailed in Convoy HN 8 from Norway to the U.K. in Jan.-1940. However, she also appears in Convoy HN 9A, and I'm not sure which is correct. At the end of the following month, A. Hague has her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 16, and towards the end of March (just a couple of weeks before Norway was invaded), she's listed in the original document for Convoy HN 21, bound for Hull with general cargo. On Apr. 9, the day of the German invasion of Norway, she left Immingham in order to return to Norway (Skien), but was diverted to Rouen, arriving there on Apr. 21, according to Page 1 of the archive documents. As can be seen, she also made some voyages to France in May and June that year.

In July, she's listed, together with Bonde, Hjalmar Wessel, Jernland (to Clyde only), Kul, Siak and Tai Ping Yang, in Convoy OA 190, which left Methil on July 26 and dispersed on the 29th (see the external link provided within the above table). Galatea was bound for Sydney, C.B in ballast, arriving her destination on Aug. 11. She returned to the U.K. later that month with the slow Convoy SC 2, in which the Norwegian Gro was sunk - follow the link for details. Galatea had a cargo of lumber for Bristol, where she arrived on Sept. 12. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 and Page 4.

Skipping now to July-1941, when she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 1, originating in Liverpool on July 26-1941, dispersed Aug. 9, Galatea arriving St. John, N.B. on Aug. 14. According to A. Hague, she headed back to the U.K. on Sept. 5 in Convoy SC 43 from Sydney, C.B., cargo of lumber, station 24. This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added; for now, the ships sailing in it are named in the section listing ships in all SC convoys. Astrell, Atle Jarl, Bernhard, Bjørkhaug, Bonde (returned), Erica, Fjord, Fjordheim, Ingerfem, Solstad, Torfinn Jarl and Vigsnes are also listed.

Galatea was subsequently in service around the U.K.

A. Hague has also included her in Convoy KMS 67 in Nov.-1944 (voyage Gibraltar-Malta), but as noted in the above Voyage Record, this information does not at all match up with the voyages listed on Page 15 of the archive documents, so I believe it must be an error.

 Final Fate - 1945: 

Galatea was on a voyage alone from Liverpool to Barry in ballast when she was sunk in St. Georges Channel, off Bardsey Island by U-1051* (von Holleben) in the evening of Jan. 21-1945 (hit on the starboard side, foreship), position 52 40N 05 23W. According to Page 16 of the archive documents, she had left Liverpool on Jan. 17; time of the loss is given as 21:00.

The sole survivor, Stoker Harald Hvidtsten, was picked up from a raft by the British frigate HMS Tyler (K-576) a few hours later**, in the early morning hours of Jan 22 and landed in Liverpool in the evening of the 24th. 20 had died, including 3 gunners, out of a crew of 18 and 3 gunners.

* "Nortraships flåte" says that Galatea was sunk by U-1172 (Kuhlmann), which also (possibly) sank another Norwegian ship, D/S Vigsnes two days later (see also Spinanger). Both U-boats were sunk shortly thereafter - the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page has more information.

** Charles Hocking (see My Sources) says the survivor was picked up on Febr. 8. A visitor to my website has told me that "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles" also says he was picked up on Febr. 8 after being adrift on his own in a small boat for 18 days. This source gives the position 50 40N 05 53W for the sinking (north of Lands End). The dates that I've given above are from H. Hvidsten's own report presented at the maritime hearings in London on March 20-1945.

Crew List:

Harald Hvidsten

Peder Brendsdal

1st Mate
Jon Lund

2nd Mate
Harald Halvorsen

Kristoffer Berntsen

Able Seaman
Oskar Pedersen

Able Seaman
Johannes Tøsse

Able Seaman
Albert Lilleberg

Able Seaman
Harald Wassether

Ordinary Seaman
Odd Jørgensen

1st Engineer
Sigurd Kasparsen

2nd Engineer
Hans Hatlø

Leif Slinning

Arthur M. Hansen

Arne Thomassen

Johannes Johansen

Petter Nilsen

Ingvard A.
Johansen Aune

Harry Hampshire*

Percy Bradley*

Frank Williams*

* I believe the Harry Hampshire mentioned on this page on the Commonwealth Wargraves Comm. website may be Galatea's gunner. He's commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Percy Bradley can also be found on that site, commemorated at Chatham Naval Memorial (ship listed as HMS Galatea). There's also a Frank George Williams listed, who may be identical to the Frank Williams above. He's commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - In addition to the 17 Norwegians listed above (some names are spelt a little differently) there's also a Kittil Myrland commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway. He had died on Nov. 6-1940 following an accident on board and is buried in Cardiff (Source: "Våre falne").

U-1051 | U-1172

Back to Galatea on the "Ships starting with G" page.

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. - (ref. My Sources)


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