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D/S Hai Ping
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Manager: Wallem & Co. A/S, Bergen
Built in Trondheim in 1911. Previous name: Lisken until 1938. According to this external page, she was delivered as Lisken in Oct.-1911 to William Hansen e.a., Bergen. Owned from 1915 by A/S D/S Lisken (William Hansen), Bergen, no name change. From June-1929 by Skibs A/S William Hansens Rederi II (William Hansen), Bergen. Renamed Hai Ping for Wallem & Co.A/S, Bergen in Dec.-1938.
Captain: Olaf Øistein Olsen.
Hai Ping arrived Bangkok from Singapore on Dec. 9-1941 and anchored at British India Wharf. Japanese authorities came on board that afternoon and sealed the radio station, and the following day the ship was moved to Borneo Wharf and her cargo discharged. On Dec. 15 armed soldiers ordered the Norwegian flag to be lowered (under strong protests from the captain), and on Dec. 22 the crew was offered to stay on board in Japanese service, but when this offer was not accepted they all had to leave the ship immediately. They were able to get rooms at Europe Hotel. The next day they saw their ship heading out under the Japanese flag.
"Nortraships flåte" states that the Norwegian officers were freed on Aug. 4-1942 and travelled to Cape Town via Saigon on diplomatic passports the same day (see also the list of names under Hai Ping on my page Merchant Marine Prisoners of War which shows there is some disagreement on dates in the various sources). I believe the rest of the crew must have been Chinese, but I don't know what happened to them when Hai Ping was seized (they may have stayed on board?)
Meanwhile, Hai Ping had been renamed Lida Maru, and according to "Lloyds War Losses, Vol. 1" she was later sunk by aircraft on Jan. 16-1945 in 10 20N 107 6E. A visitor to my website has told me that he too has information (though he can't remember the original source) that a Lida Maru of 1105 gt was sunk on that date by carrier-based aircraft (off Indochina), adding that the Task Force 38 was making a devastating raid there at that juncture.
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig" - and misc. other as named within the above text.