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This external page has a picture of Peik.
Owner: Bulls Tankrederi A/S
Delivered in Sept.-1930 from Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd., Newcastle (1057) as Peik to Jens J. Salvesens Rederi A/S, Oslo - 6099 gt, 3592 net, 9386 tdwt, loa 396' 2" x 55' 1", 10.5 knots. Sold in 1934 to Bulls Tankrederi A/S (Gustav B. Bull), Sandefjord (note that according to the external website that I've linked to above, Anders Jahre had taken over the management of Bulls Tankrederi in 1938, following the death of G. B. Bull - "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", R. W. Jordan gives manager as Hans H. Torgersen & Co. A/S, Tønsberg).
According to R. W. Jordan, she was managed by British Tanker Co. Ltd., London during the war. I'm assuming this was following an agreement made between Nortraship and the U.K. in 1941, in which a certain amount of Nortraship's ships were to be chartered to the Ministry of War Transport. (This external page has some details on this agreement).
Captain: Ole Westad Hay.
Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(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 several voyages are missing.
As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Peik was on her way from Dunkirk to Trinidad when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 - she arrived Trinidad on Apr. 15, having departed Dunkirk on March 31. From Trinidad, she later headed to Dakar. Her 1941 voyages are also shown on this document which also has a couple of entries for 1942 - the rest are listed on Page 2. It'll be noticed that she spent a long time in Sydney that year. She arrived there from Melbourne on March 10-1942; departure is given as July 3, when she proceeded to Abadan. According to A. Hague, she had been undergoing engine repairs (she had previously also spent over a month in Fremantle, where she had arrived with machinery defects on Jan. 15-1942). Page 2 also has her 1943 voyages (as can be seen, she had a long stay in Los Angeles that summer) as well as a few 1944 voyages; these continue on Page 3. Convoy information can be found in the Voyage Record above.
Peik was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 292 on May 19-1944, but instead joined HX 294 on June 2, for which Abraham Lincoln served as the Commodore Vessel, while the Vice Commodore was in Geisha. According to A. Hague, Peik acted as Escort Oiler for this convoy and also carried 57 depth charges as well as bulldozers. She subsequently returned with the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 242*, which originated in Liverpool on June 25 and arrived New York on July 11; Peik arrived Boston on July 10, having started out from Clyde on June 26 (Page 3). She had again served as Escort Oiler for the convoy, which also included the Norwegian Ferncliff, Fernmoor, Fjordheim, Havkong, Marit II, Molda, Samuel Bakke (Vice Commodore), Skiensfjord, Solstad, Solsten, Stirlingville, Tercero, Thorshov and Vera. A little over a week later she can be found among the ships in Convoy HX 300, which originated in New York on July 17. Peik, however, joined this convoy with the Halifax portion, having sailed from Halifax on July 19, and arrived Londonderry on Aug. 2. This was the largest convoy ever to cross the Atlantic; follow the link for more details, as will be seen, several Norwegian ships took part.
Together with Gausdal, Glarona, Hardanger, Iron Baron, Lago, Norvarg, Olaf Bergh, Solstad, Vav, Villanger and Vinland, she returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 248S*, originating in Liverpool on Aug. 10-1944. Peik sailed from Londonderry the next day and arrived New York on Aug. 28 (Escort Oiler). Already on Aug. 31 we find her in Convoy HX 306, bound for Milford Haven and Portsmouth, acting as Escort Oiler, with spare depth charges on board. At the end of the following month she's listed in the westbound Convoy ONS 33*, together with Cetus, Chr. Th. Boe, Dagrun (put back), Drammensfjord, Mui Hock, Para, Rena, Romulus and Titanian. This convoy originated in Liverpool on Sept. 29 and arrived Halifax on Oct. 14; Peik, which had again served as Escort Oiler, arrived Baltimore on Oct. 18, having started out from Belfast Lough on Sept. 29.
She subsequently appears to have spent a long time in Baltimore; according to Page 3, she did not leave again until Jan. 28-1945, arriving Houston on Febr. 5, later proceeding to New York, then to Boston and on to Halifax, arriving there on Febr. 23. Arnold Hague now has her in the slow, eastbound North Atlantic Convoy SC 168*, which left Halifax on Febr. 25 and arrived Liverpool on March 13. She was again in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Ferncliff, Iron Baron, Kristianiafjord, Lago, Marie Bakke, Torborg and Vera. With Dagrun, Norse Lady and Vera, she went back in the other direction with Convoy ONS 45*, originating in Liverpool on March 22, arriving Halifax on Apr. 11; Peik (Escort Oiler) started out from Belfast Lough on March 23 and arrived Cape Cod Canal on Apr. 12, later proceeding to Boston and from there to Halifax in order to join Convoy SC 174* back to the U.K. This convoy left Halifax on Apr. 28 and arrived Liverpool on May 14; Peik stopped at Loch Ewe that day, continuing to Scapa Flow the next day - in other words, she celebrated VE Day while at sea, as did the Norwegian Danio, Gausdal, Hilda Knudsen, Norse Lady, Para, Stirlingville, Veni and Vera. Peik had station 72 of this convoy, and carried a cargo of sun fuel as well as 60 depth charges, serving as Escort Oiler.
Renamed Jalna in 1952 (Anders Jahre). This external page has a lovely picture of the ship when named Jalna - The site also has pictures and information on several other Anders Jahre ships; here's a list, and here's the main page. According to this site, Jalna was extensively rebuilt at Kieler Howaldtswerke in 1953, adding that she was laid up at Tranga in 1961, before being broken up in Grimstad, Norway in 1961. After having been rebuilt, she became 6819 gt, 3968 net, 10 020 tdwt, according to "På alle hav - skipene i Anders Jahres rederi" by Pensjonistforeningen Anders Jahre/Kosmos.
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Other ships by this name: Norway had lost a ship by this name to WW I, built 1896, 1168 gt (H. & J. N. Jacobsen) - torpedoed and sunk by UC-3 in the North Sea on July 5-1915. Another Peik, 701 gt, built in Porsgrunn as Regulus in 1910, was torpedoed and sunk on Apr. 21-1917 by UC-44, voyage Newcastle, U.K.-Arendal, Norway, general cargo - no casualties.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, E-mails from Roger W. Jordan, and misc. as already named on this page.