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Owner: Rederi A/S Hauk
Delivered in Aug.-1919 from Collingwood Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Collingwood, Toronto as Canadian Signaller for Marmne Merchant Ltd., Montreal. Later Emperor of Halifax from 1925. Purchased by Nils Røgenæs, Haugesund in Aug.-1929 and renamed Skjoldheim. Sold in Nov. that same year to E. Gerrard & H. I. Ramsland, Kristiansand S. From Febr.-1940 (sold 1939?) she had the name Polyana for Bucha Godager & Co., Oslo.
Captain: Karl Jacobsen
Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.
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 some voyages are missing.
According to the archive document, Polyana arrived Caibarien (from Baltimore) on Apr. 10-1940, the day after the German invasion of Norway. It'll also be noticed that she had quite a long stay in New York that summer.
With a cargo of phosphates for Glasgow, she was scheduled for the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 2 on Aug. 25-1940 (Gro and others were sunk - follow the links for details), but instead joined the next convoy on Sept. 2, SC 3, from which the Norwegian Lotos was sunk, among others. Polyana arrived Glasgow on Sept. 21.
The following month, A. Hague has included her, together with Astra, Brask, Chr. Knudsen, Dokka (sunk - follow link for more info), Gudrun, Noreg and Topdalsfjord, in Convoy OB 228 (the page shows some reports only - see also the external link provided in the record above, as well as the link further down on this page). This convoy started out in Liverpool on Oct. 13 and dispersed on the 17th, but it does not look like she remained with this convoy for very long (if she joined at all?), because she's also listed as bound from Glasgow for Pugwash in ballast in station 82 of Convoy OB 232, originating in Liverpool on Oct. 21, dispersed on the 26th (also available via link in the table above). Heien, Lysaker IV, Måkefjell, Rimfakse, Siak, Skiensfjord (Commodore Vessel) and Tyr are also named. Going back to the archive document, we learn that Polyana had left Glasgow on Oct. 13, sailed from Clyde on Oct. 22, and arrived Pugwash Nov. 8. Having made a voyage to Parrsboro and on to Sydney, C.B., she headed back to the U.K. on Dec. 8 in the slow Convoy SC 15, cargo of lumber for Great Yarmouth.
She was damaged during an air attack in Great Yarmouth on Jan. 25-1941. On my page Warsailor Stories (first story on that page) I've included the personal story of the brother of the mate/radio operator on Polyana at the time of this attack, Sverre Remø. He was wounded and had to go to hospital, which as it turned out, saved his life. It's the story of 5 brothers and a sister who served outside of Norway during the war; the brothers on 17 different ships altogether. Another sister was involved in "illegal" activities in Norway, as was the father (there's also a link to the original, Norwegian version of the story).
Her subsequent movements are shown on the archive document (as can be seen, she had a long stay i Hull that spring; perhaps she was repaired there?).
More info on all the other Norwegian ships named here is available via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.
Related external link:
Polyana had left Sunderland with a cargo of coal on March 22-1941. Via Methil Roads and Loch Ewe, she arrived Oban on Apr. 3, leaving again on Apr. 7 for Freetown in the Gibraltar bound Convoy OG 58 (originated in Liverpool Apr. 6, arrived Gibraltar Apr. 21), and was estimated to arrive Freetown on April 30. According to "Nortraships flåte", which does not mention the identity of the convoy, the southbound section was detached on April 14 in position 44 41N 22 43W, and that's the last time Polyana was seen (as reported by the Norwegian D/S Brisk in the same convoy). A. Hague says she lost touch with the convoy that day. OG 58 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section in due course, in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys. In addition to Brisk already mentioned, the Norwegian Bruse Jarl, Marga, Marita, Nesttun, Senta, Star and Torfinn Jarl are also listed.
She was later found to have been torpedoed and sunk by U-103 (Schütze) in the very early hours of April. 25 (about half an hour after midnight, having been attacked by 2 torpedoes just before midnight on the 24th, Central European Time), position 12 45N 28 21W. All 25 on board perished, including 2 British, 1 Danish, 1 Tunisian, 1 Spanish and 1 Maltese.
Back to Polyana on the "Ships starting with P" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Våre gamle skip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume II, Norwegian Maritime Museum. and misc. (ref. My sources).