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M/T Innerøy
Updated Nov. 9-2011

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Crew List

Manager: Erling H. Samuelsen, Oslo
8260 gt, 4970 net, 12 700 tdwt
Signal Letters: LJHS

Built by Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1936.

Captain: Einar Winsnes.

Related item on this website:
Guestboook message - From the nephew of one of the casualties, Gunnar Andresen.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Jan.-1942:

(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 some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 11 Port Said Alexandria Apr. 12 Independent See also Page 1
May 8 Alexandria Port Said May 9 Independent
May 12 Suez Abadan May 25 Independent
May 27 Abadan Karachi June 1 Independent
June 4 Karachi Bombay June 6 Independent
June 17 Bombay Abadan June 21 Independent
June 21 Abadan Melbourne July 24 Independent
July 30 Melbourne Singapore Aug. 15 Independent Missing voyages?
(Page 1).
Sept. 11 Singapore Colombo Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 20 Colombo Abadan Oct. 1 Independent
Oct. 3 Abadan Capetown Oct. 30 Independent
Nov. 17 Capetown Abadan Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 17 Abadan Capetown Jan. 11-1941 Independent
1941 Febr. 2 Capetown Freetown Febr. 17 Independent
March 1 Freetown Clyde March 25 SL 67 Convoy available at SL 67
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
Apr. 17 Clyde OB 311 For NYC.
Dispersed 61N 32 40W, Apr. 25.
Convoy available at OB 311
(external link)
Apr. 25 Dispersed from OB 311 New York City May 5 Independent
June 17 New York City Halifax June 20 Independent
June 26 Halifax Oban July 11 HX 135
July 13 Oban Methil July 15 WN 152 Convoy available at WN 152
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
July 26 Methil Roads Loch Ewe July 29 EC 50 Convoy available at EC 50
(external link - incomplete)
July 30 Loch Ewe ON 2 For NYC.
Dispersed Aug. 8.
Aug. 8 Dispersed from ON 2 New York City Aug. 12 Independent
Sept. 6 New York City Halifax Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 10 Halifax Liverpool Sept. 25 HX 149 Missing movements, Page 2
Oct. 8 Liverpool ON 24 For Providence, RI.
Dispersed 58N 28W, Oct. 15.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 15 Dispersed from ON 24 Providence, RI Oct. 25 Independent
Nov. 2 Providence, RI Halifax Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 8 Halifax Belfast Lough Nov. 23 HX 159
Nov. 25 Belfast Lough Barry Nov. 27 BB 104 Convoy available at BB 104
(external link - incomplete)
Again, see also Page 2
Dec. 22 Barry Milford Haven Dec. 22 Independent
Dec. 23 Milford Haven ON 50 For Aruba
(via Belfast Lough - see Page 2).
Dispersed Jan. 3-1942.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
1942 Jan. 3 Dispersed from ON 50 Aruba Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 13 Aruba Bermuda Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 19 Bermuda Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them, and several Norwegian ships took part.

According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Innerøy was in Port Said when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, having arrived there from Sourabaya that same day. Her destination is given as Alexandria, where she arrived Apr. 12. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.

In March-1941, she's listed, with Harpefjell, Henrik Ibsen and Solfonn, in Convoy SL 67, which left Freetown on March 1 and arrived Liverpool on the 26th; Innerøy stopped at Clyde the day before (this convoy lost several ships, see the external link below). The following month, we find her in Convoy OB 311, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 16 and dispersed on the 25th, Innerøy arriving New York May 5 (she had started out from Clyde on Apr. 18). Cetus, Fido and Norefjord are also listed (link in Voyage Record). Having remained in New York for several weeks, Innerøy proceeded to Halifax on June 17, joining Convoy HX 135 on June 26, bound for Grangemouth with diesel oil in station 82 of the convoy, arriving her destination, via Oban and Methil Roads, on July 15. She subsequently returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 2, originating in Liverpool on July 27, dispersed Aug. 8, Innerøy arriving New York on Aug. 12, having sailed from Loch Ewe on July 30 (Page 1).

She again remained in New York for quite a long time, before proceeding to Halifax on Sept. 6, in order to join Convoy HX 149 on Sept. 10, together with the Norwegian Daghild, Brasil, Thorsholm, Aristophanes, Thorshov, Somerville, Glittre, Lise, Harpefjell, Brant County, Abraham Lincoln, President de Vogue, Ringstad and Kollbjørg, as well as the Panamanian Norvik (Norwegian managers and, therefore, included on this website). Some of these ships, including Innerøy, went back in the other direction the following month with Convoy ON 24*, departing Liverpool Oct. 8, dispersed on the 15th, Innerøy arriving Providence, RI on the 25th - see also Page 2. On Nov. 8, she's listed in station 72 of Convoy HX 159 back to the U.K., later joining the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 50*, which originated in Liverpool on Christmas Eve and dispersed on Jan. 3-1942. Her destination on that occasion was Aruba, where she arrived on Jan. 12, continuing to Bermuda the next day, arriving Jan. 19, embarking on her last voyage that same day.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section, with more info on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (several of which were Norwegian) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys.

For more information on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external link:
Ships hit from Convoy SL 67

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Torpedoed, starboard side by U-553 (Thurmann) on Jan. 22-1942, when en route from Aruba via Bermuda to Halifax (to join an eastbound convoy) with a cargo of 11 000 tons Pool Motor Spirit for the U.K. As already mentioned above, she had sailed from Aruba on Jan. 13, from Bermuda on Jan. 19 (Page 2). According to a report presented at the subsequent maritime hearings, the position was 41 16N 60 32W (Jürgen Rohwer gives the position 42 30N 59 54W).

The explosion occurred near No. 7 tank aft, and ripped the ship open so that flaming petrol gushed out, setting her on fire. The radio operator was able to send out an SOS using the emergency transmitter, but due to the heat of the fire he had to leave the radio station before the position could be transmitted. Able Seaman Hans Tuft and 1st Mate Rolf Bjerkøy managed to lower a raft from the foredeck on the port side but it disappeared in the flames as the engine was still running and the ship moving. The 1st Mate and 4 others then succeeded in launching the motorboat from the bridge deck. The captain, who had been in his cabin when the torpedo hit, was seen on the bridge on the port side, and they shouted for him to jump overboard, but he did not do so, and they had to row for life to get away from the spreading flames.

About half an hour later the U-boat was seen going slowly around their ship, before taking off in a northwesterly direction. They were eventually able to get the motor started and were rescued by the British S/S Empire Amethyst 15 hours later. This ship had previously passed 2 empty lifeboats from Innerøy. The survivors were landed in Halifax, where the hearings were held on Febr. 5 with all the survivors appearing, except Able Seaman Nilsen.

Able Seaman Tuft's hands were badly burnt and needed medical care. He had been at the wheel when the explosion occurred and when he went out on the starboard wing his coat was set ablaze.

For info, U-553 had also been responsible for the attacks on Ranella and Ila - follow the links for dates and more info.

Crew List:

1st Mate
Rolf Bjerkøy
3rd Mate
Sigmund Hanssen
Radio Operator
Iver Nausthaug
Able Seaman
Hans Tuft
Able Seaman
Ragnar Nilsen

Einar Winsnes

2nd Mate
Karl Pettersen

Severin Severinsen

Bjørn Skaar

Able Seaman
Thomas Sommerud

Able Seaman
Alfred Johnsen

Able Seaman
Torger Lervik

Able Seaman
Asbjørn Fredriksen

Able Seaman
Sverre Jensen

Able Seaman
Nils Wormdahl

Able Seaman
Gunnar Andresen*

Able Seaman
Gaston Drouin**

1st Engineer
Gunnar Dahl

2nd Engineer
Thore Thoresen

3rd Engineer
Arne Henriksen

4th Engineer
Arvid Blom

Lars Simonsen

Bjarne Gundersen

Ingebregt Tvedt

Ole Mikalsen

Jonas Aarvik

Ottar Støa

Olaf Nilsen

Leif Tveit

Pump Man
Karl Pettersen

Nils R. Nilsen

Jørgen Andersen

Henry Knutsen

Ingvar Jacobsen

Galley Boy
Anders Haugerud

Mess Boy
Håkon Tjerandsen

Saloon Boy
John Rodrigues

Saloon Boy
Vincent Pinheiro

Bjarne Olsen Støle

Alfred Wills*

James Brocklehurst*

* See also this Guestboook message

** The Canadian Able Seaman Gaston Drouin is commemorated at Halifax Memorial, see this page on the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website. The only person by the last name of Wills I can find listed as having died on the date Innerøy was sunk is Albert Victor Wills. There's also a James Brocklehurst - the latter two are commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial (all these links are external).

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - The 31 Norwegians only are commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway.

U-553 | Karl Thurmann

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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. (ref. My sources).


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