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D/S Halldor
Updated Nov. 1-2008

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Manager: Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
1515 gt

Built by F. Schichau GmbH, Elbing, Danzig, Germany in 1925.

Captain: Jørgen Jørgensen.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3


As will be seen when going to Page 1 above, Halldor was in Singapore when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, leaving that day for Port Swettenham (she had arrived Singapore from Bangkok on Apr. 8). Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2.

 Final Fate: 

Halldor arrived Hong Kong from Bangkok on Dec. 9-1941. The Japanese had surrounded the city and was bombarding it, and on Dec. 16 Halldor was hit. 2nd Engineer Gøsta Nyberg was killed and the captain seriously injured; he died in a hospital shortly thereafter.

Hong Kong fell on Dec. 25, the 4 surviving Norwegians were taken prisoners and interned until 1945. This meant that Norway had lost 12 ships in the first few weeks of the war in the Far East, with a total loss of 11 Norwegian seamen and 82 of other nationalities. More died later while in Japanese imprisonment, among them Halldor's Chief Engineer Olaf D. Pedersen. Mates Halvor Andersen and Leif Eide survived, as did Engineer Hans I. Sørensen.

See also Halldor on my page Merchant Marine Prisoners of War.

In 1942, she was renamed Haruta Maru and sailed under the Japanese flag until Jan. 21-1945, when she was attacked and sunk by USAAF aircraft, 22 20N 114 10E (about 50 miles south of Hong Kong).


The wreck was broken up in 1951.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - Engineer Olaf D. Pedersen, Captain Jørgensen and 2nd Engineer Per Gøsta Nyberg are commemorated at this Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway.

The Fall of Hong Kong
Battle of Hong Kong

Not the slightest chance - The defence of Hong Kong. Includes a listing of each individual defender.

Back to Halldor on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Other ships by this name: There was later another ship by the name Halldor. This was the ex. Wilh. Wilhelmsen ship Tyr (III), 8255 gt, launched Apr. 27-1968 and completed in Aug. of that year. Sold to Greece in June-1978, then sold again in 1980 to Bruusgaard Kiøsteruds Skibs-A/S (Thoresen Trading Ltd.,), Panama and renamed Halldor. Broken up in 1993.

P. Kleppe, Bergen had a Haldor (spelt with one l?). This ship had originally been delivered as Boxgrove to owners in London in June-1896, 2919 gt. Sailed as Greek Stefania of Andros from 1907. Purchased by D/S A/S Corona (H. M. Wrangell & Co.), Haugesund in Nov.-1915 and renamed Corona but sold the following year to P. Kleppe, Bergen and renamed Haldor. Torpedoed and sunk on Aug. 3-1917 by the German U-39, 10 n. miles southeast of Cape St. Mary off Huelva, Spain on a voyage Glasgow-Civitavecchia with a cargo of 4400 tons coal. ("Våre gamle skip").

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc.


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