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D/T Ranella
Updated May 7-2012

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Owner: A/S Ranella
Manager: Thomas Andersen, Arendal
5590 gt, 3372 net, 7350 tdwt
Call Sign: LDQV

Built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend, Sunderland in 1912.
According to the external page above, she was delivered as Ranella in May-1912 to Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd., London. Owned from Aug.-1930 by A/S Ranella (Th. Andersen), Arendal, but from Aug.-1940 by Erling Hansens Rederi A/S (Erling Hansen), Kristiansand.

Captain: Conrad Martinius Mørland, later served as captain on Suderholm

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 March-1940 to June-1941:  

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 19 Houston Lisbon Apr. 10* Independent *Page 1 gives arrival Apr. 12.
Apr. 18* Lisbon Corpus Christi May 7 Independent *Page 1 gives departure Apr. 15.
May 16* Corpus Christi Lisbon June 1 Independent *Page 1 gives departure May 10.
June 8 Lisbon Corpus Christi July 1 Independent
July 4 Corpus Christi Lisbon July 25 Independent
July 29 Lisbon Curacao Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 21 Curacao Cristobal Aug. 25 Independent
Aug. 26 Balboa Los Angeles Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 11 Los Angeles Valparaiso Oct. 5 Independent
Oct. 11 Valparaiso Antofagasta Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 15 Antofagasta Balboa Oct. 26 Independent
Oct. 28 Cristobal Mobile Nov. 4 Independent
Dec. 22* Mobile Mobile Independent A. Hague says:
Returned with defects
*Page 1 gives departure Dec. 27.
(arr. Mobile Dec. 30).
1941 Jan. 8 Mobile New Orleans Jan. 9 Independent
Jan. 11 New Orleans Bermuda Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 21 Bermuda BHX 104 A. Hague says:
Straggled Febr. 4, joined SC 20.
Febr. 4 Straggler from BHX 104 Clyde Febr. 9 SC 20
Febr. 10 Clyde Holyhead Febr. 12 Independent
Febr. 13 Holyhead Milford Haven Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 14 Milford Haven Southampton Febr. 16 Via Dartmouth
See also Page 1
(also, missing movements).
March 18 Southampton Falmouth March 22 Again, see also Page 1
March 23 Falmouth Milford Haven March 23
March 26 Milford Haven OG 57 For Curacao.
Detached Apr. 4.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
Apr. 4 From OG 57 Curacao Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 22 Curacao Halifax May 2 Independent
May 9 Halifax Clyde May 30 SC 31 On to Bowling
(Page 1).
June 4 Clyde OG 64 For NYC.
A. Hague says:
Detached June 12.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
June 12 Detached from OG 64 Independent Sunk - See "Final fate" below
(& Page 2).

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
Only a few of her voyages are mentioned here. For further info, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details; several Norwegian ships took part.

According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Ranella was on her way from Houston to Lisbon when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. It'll also be noticed that she had a long stay in Mobile at the end of that year. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.

In Jan.-1941, she's listed among the ships in Convoy BHX 104 from Bermuda, bound for Holyhead and Southampton with diesel oil. According to Arnold Hague, she became a straggler from this convoy on Febr. 4 and joined up with the slow Convoy SC 20, which had left Halifax on Jan. 22. In March we find her in Convoy OG 57, which originated in Liverpool on March 27 and arrived Gibraltar on Apr. 11; Ranella, however, was bound for Curacao, where she arrived on Apr. 18 (having started out from Milford Haven on March 26). OG 57 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named on this page. Loke, Salamis and Suderholm are also listed. Ranella returned to the U.K. in May with the slow Convoy SC 31 from Halifax, bound for Clyde, where she arrived May 30.

 Final Fate - 1941: 

Ranella left Glasgow already on June 4-1941, bound for New York in ballast, sailing in convoy OG 64 until the morning of June 10, at which time she left the convoy and continued alone (A. Hague says she detached on June 12). OG convoys were Gibraltar bound, but ships bound for North America sailed in them for protection for a while, then detached after a few days. Jürgen Rohwer and Roger W. Jordan both say Ranella was in the convoy when sunk. Other ships sailing in OG 64 are named on this page; Gudvin, Kos VII, Kos X, Kos XI, Kos XII, Lisbeth, Loke and Norse King are also included.

On June 12, she was torpedoed by U-553 (Thurmann), position 43 39N 28W. The torpedo detonated in No. 4 tank on the port side, leaving a hole in each side of the ship and causing her to heel over. After the crew had gotten away from the ship in the 2 starboard lifeboats (the port motorboat had been destroyed) another torpedo was fired, about half an hour after the first, hitting behind the mast and breaking her in 2, but when she still refused to sink the U-boat proceeded to shell her. She was hit in the foremost bunker tank which exploded in a column of fire, and she finally went down.

The 2 lifeboats got separated on the 2nd day. The captain's boat with 15 men reached Terceira, Azores on June 22, while the 1st mate's boat with 14 men sailed for 12 days, 300 n. miles before reaching Figueira da Foz, Portugal in the early morning hours of June 24. The latter group was later sent to Lisbon, arriving in the morning of June 25. Those in the captain's boat left Terceira on June 28 and arrived Lisbon on July 4. An inquiry was held there on July 11-1941 with the captain, the 1st mate, and the steward appearing.

There's an amusing story attached to the sinking of Ranella, whether true or not I don't know. After she had been torpedoed and he had taken care of the ship's confidential papers, the captain calmly asked Steward Bjørløw to "get me a coat would you, it might get a bit chilly in the lifeboat", whereupon the steward looked in the captain's wardrobe, carefully selected a coat and said "what do you think captain, is this one perhaps a bit too nice to wear in a lifeboat?".

For info, U-553 was also responsible for the attacks on Ila and Innerøy - follow the links for details.

More info on the other Norwegian ships named on this page is available via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Crew List - No Casualties:

Conrad Martinius Mørland
1st Mate
Edvin Anker Olsen
2nd Mate
Hjalmar Brekke
3rd Mate
Torstein Thorkildsen
Radio Operator
Norman Gabrielsen
Ivar Pommer
Carl Pedersen
Able Seaman
Jesper Robbestad
Able Seaman
Thorleif Tobiassen
Able Seaman
Magnud Gulbrandsen
Able Seaman
Ragnar Ryden
Able Seaman
Norman Christoffersen
Able Seaman
Olai Guttormsen
Able Seaman
Johan Jonassen
Able Seaman
Robert Hirsch
1st Engineer
Lars Skau
2nd Engineer
Nils Larsen
3rd Engineer
Karl Rise
Arne Fokke
Harald Olsen
Olav Kaser
Harry Hansen
Frithjof Larsen
Alf Nordahl
Edward Lillehei
Kars Leije
Karl G. Bjørløw
Frank Thorsen
Galley Boy
Richard Scott

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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 II (Norwegian Maritime Museum), and misc. (ref. My sources).


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