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D/S Senta
Updated June 8-2012

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Crew List

This picture was received from Jackie and Peter Allen, Cardiff - see also this Guestbook message, as well as their pictures of gravestones of other Norwegian seamen buried in Cardiff.
Olav Hopland was killed in an air attack in Cardiff on Jan. 2-1941 and is commemorated at the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway (external link). He's buried at Cathay's NEW Section, Cardiff, Wales. See also my page about Lisbeth.

Owner: Skibs-A/S Senta
Manager: Ole L. Løkke, Oslo
3785 gt, 6000 tdwt
Signal Letters: LDEW

Built by Union Iron Works, Alameda, California in 1917. Previous names: Regulus until 1938, Sirehav until 1939 (A. I. Langfeldt & Co., Kristiansand).
According to this external page, she was delivered as Regulus in Apr.-1917 to A/S Pacific (A.O. Lindvig), Kristiania/Oslo. Sailed as Sirehav for A/S Odderø (A.I. Langfeldt & Co.), Kristiansand S from 1938, then renamed Senta in 1939 for Skibs A/S Senta (Ole L. Løkke), Oslo.

Captain: Conrad Rustad (Rym also had a captain by this name; same person?).

Related item on this website:
This thread on one of my forums has postings from relatives of 2 of Senta's crew members, Oskar Larsen Kvinge and Trygve Rasmussen (Norwegian text). See also crew list below and the first external link at the end of this page.

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

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

Voyage Record
From May-1940 to Oct.-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 several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 24 Halifax HX 45 Earlier voyages, Page 1
Straggled May 25.
See also narrative below.
May 25 Straggled from HX 45 Liverpool June 17* Independent *Page 1 gives arrival June 7
(also, missing movements)
July 4 Milford Haven OB 178 For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed July 7
(Page 1 gives arrival July 16).
Convoy available at OB 178
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 1.
Aug. 25 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Sept. 10 SC 2 See also narrative below
Sept. 13 Clyde Methil Sept. 16 WN 15 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 19 Methil Southend* Sept. 21 FS 285 *Page 1 gives arrival Hull Sept. 21.
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1.
Oct. 25 Methil Oban Oct. 29 EN 12/1 A. Hague says:
Detached Oct. 28.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 29 Oban OB 237 For St. John's, N.F.
Dispersed Nov. 2.
Convoy available at OB 237
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Wabana Nov. 11.
On to Sydney, C.B. Nov. 13.
Nov. 22 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Dec. 8 SC 13 Missing movements, Page 1
Dec. 31 Milford Haven OB 268 Dispersed Jan. 4.
Convoy available at OB 268
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Freetown Jan. 24-1941.
1941 Febr. 9 Freetown SL 65S Rendezvoused with SL 65, Febr. 13.
Convoy available at SLS 65
(external link)
Febr. 13 From SL 65S Liverpool March 8 SL 65 Convoy available at SL 65
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Barrow March 11
(also, missing movements)
Apr. 5 Milford Haven Gibraltar Apr. 21 OG 58 Missing voyages, Page 1.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
May 25 Gibraltar Belfast Lough June 9 HG 63 See also narrative.
June 10 Belfast Lough Barry June 12 BB 32 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Page 2 gives arrival Port Talbot, June 11
(also, missing voyages)
July 22 Sydney, C.B. Sydney, C.B. July 28 SC 38 See also narrative.
Returned, struck ice
(missing voyages, Page 2 above).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Sept. 24 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Oct. 10 SC 46 Convoy will be added.
See link above
(missing movements, Page 2)
Oct. 28 Liverpool Belfast Lough Oct. 30 ON 31 Returned
Nov. 3 Belfast Lough ON 33 For Sydney, C.B.
Dispersed 43 30n 55 20W, Nov. 23.
Page 2 gives arrival Nov. 25
(also, more missing voyages)
Dec. 10 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Dec. 26 SC 59
1942 Jan. 8 Liverpool ON 55 For Galveston.
Dispersed 44 25N 51 19W, Jan. 26.
Page 2 gives arrival Hampton Roads Febr. 3
(also, missing voyages)
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 18 Halifax Liverpool Apr. 3 SC 75 Missing movements, Page 2
Apr. 21 Liverpool ON 88 Convoy will be added.
See link above
(detached May 2).
Arrived Three Rivers, May 8, on to Montreal.
See Page 2 & Page 3
May 25 Father Point Sydney, C.B. May 29 QS 3 Convoy available at QS 3
(external link)
May 29 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool June 12 SC 85
June 30 Liverpool Wabana July 12 ON 108 For Wabana.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 26 St. John's, N.F. Loch Ewe Aug. 6 SC 93 See also narrative
Aug. 7 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 9 WN 319 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3
Aug. 22 Methil Loch Ewe Aug. 24 EN 127 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 29 Loch Ewe Halifax Sept. 16 ON 126
Oct. 6 Halifax SC 104 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys

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

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Senta was on her way from Buenos Aires to New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. From New York, she headed to Hampton Roads, then on to Halifax, and from there, she joined Convoy HX 45 on May 24, having been cancelled from the previous convoys, HX 43 and HX 44. She had a cargo of lumber and paper for Liverpool. According to the Commodore's notes for this convoy, she dropped astern on May 25, but arrived Liverpool safely on June 7 (later proceeding to Dublin). In July, we find her, together with Austvard, Benjamin Franklin, Hellen, Ingerfem, Margrethe Bakke and Skrim, in Convoy OB 178, which originated in Liverpool on July 3 and dispersed July 7, Senta arriving Sydney, C.B. on July 16 (she had started out from Milford Haven on July 4). Having made a voyage to Newcastle, N.B., she sailed to Halifax, and with pit props for Hull, she was scheduled to return to the U.K. with Convoy HX 66 from there on Aug. 16 (Norne was sunk - see also Eli), but instead proceeded to Sydney, C.B., joining the slow Convoy SC 2 on Aug. 25, in which the Norwegian Gro and others were sunk - follow the links for details. Senta arrived Hull on Sept. 21, remaining there for almost a month.

At the end of Oct.-1940 she appears in station 82 of Convoy OB 237, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 31 and dispersed on Nov. 2. Bur, Hardanger and Sama are also listed. Senta's destination on that occasion is given as Newfoundland (ref. external link provided within the Voyage Record); going back to Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that she arrived Wabana on Nov. 11, having sailed from Oban on Oct. 29. She headed back to the U.K. on Nov. 22 with Convoy SC 13 from Sydney, C.B., cargo of iron ore for Port Talbot, where she arrived on Dec. 12. With destination Pepel, she's now listed as scheduled for Convoy OB 265, which left Liverpool on Dec. 26, but she did not sail (see external link below). Together with Brisk, Egda, Facto, Hallanger and Nesttun, she shows up again in Convoy OB 268, originating in Liverpool on Jan. 1-1941, dispersed Jan. 4 (direct link in table above). She arrived Freetown on Jan. 24, having started out in Milford Haven on Dec. 31.

In Febr.-1941, she's listed with a cargo of iron in Convoy SLS 65, departing Freetown on Febr. 9 (again, ref. link in Voyage Record). This convoy joined up with Convoy SL 65 on Febr. 13 and arrived Liverpool on March 8; Senta arrived Barrow on March 11 (Page 1). SL 65 had several Norwegian ships, namely Belinda, Belita, Bur (bombed, follow link for details), Fernlane, Morgenen and Polartank. The following month, she made a voyage to Gibraltar, having joined Convoy OG 58*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 6 and arrived Gibraltar on the 21st (Polyana was sunk; follow the link for more info). Senta was scheduled to return in Convoy HG 62 on May 14, but instead joined the next convoy on May 25, HG 63, bound for Port Talbot with iron ore in station 72, arriving that destination, via Belfast Lough, on June 11.

According to Page 2 of the archive documents, she made a voyage from Milford Haven to Wabana in June/July 1941, but I have no convoy information for this voyage (it has not been included in Hague's Voyage Record). It looks like she was scheduled for the Wabana portion of Convoy HX 139 in July-1941; the document is very blurry, but I believe it's Senta. There's a note for the ship in question saying that she was instead sent to the slow Convoy SC 38*, which left Sydney, C.B. on July 22, and A. Hague has indeed included Senta in this convoy (she had previously arrived Sydney from Wabana on July 17). However, she returned to port, having struck ice (as did several of the other ships in this convoy), and does not show up again in an eastbound convoy until Sept. 24, when she's listed in Convoy SC 46*, which arrived Liverpool on Oct. 10. (As will be seen when going back to the archive document, she had made voyages to Quebec and Montreal in between and had spent a month in Quebec). Senta lost a crew member on this voyage, ref. link at the end of this page to the Stavern Memorial. From Liverpool, she proceeded to Manchester, Partington and Eastham, and early in Nov.-1941, we find her in station 33 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 33 (she had initially started out in ON 31 on Oct. 28, but returned to port; arriving Belfast Lough Oct. 30). Her destination is given as Sydney, C.B., where she arrived Nov. 25, the convoy having been dispersed on Nov. 23 (she had joined from Belfast Lough). Having made another voyage to Quebec and back to Sydney, C.B., she headed back to the U.K. on Dec. 10 with Convoy SC 59, bound for Ellesmere Port, cargo of aluminium and pulp, arriving her destination on Dec. 27.

At the beginning of 1942, Senta joined the westbound Convoy ON 55*, which left Liverpool on Jan. 8 and dispersed on the 26th. Her destination is given as Galveston; she arrived Hampton Roads on Febr. 3, continuing to Texas City a week later - again, see Page 2. In March, she's listed among the ships in Convoy SC 75 from Halifax, cargo of sulphur for Manchester, returning across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 88*, departing Liverpool on Apr. 21. Her destination is not given, but from the archive document, we learn that she arrived Three Rivers on May 8, proceeding to Montreal the next day. According to Page 3, she headed back to Three Rivers again a few days later, then stopped at Quebec and Bic Island, before heading to Sydney, C.B. in order to join Convoy SC 85 back to the U.K. on May 29, cargo of steel and lumber for Manchester. At the end of the following month we find her listed as bound for Wabana in Convoy ON 108*, which left Liverpool on June 30. She arrived Wabana on July 12, St. John's, N.F. on July 18, and was scheduled for the Newfoundland portion of Convoy SC 92 the next day, but instead joined the N.F. portion of the next convoy a week later, SC 93, cargo of iron ore for Middlesbrough, where she arrived, via Loch Ewe and Methil Roads, on Aug. 11. At the end that month, I have her in station 63 of the westbound Convoy ON 126, for which the Norwegian Rena served as Commodore Vessel. Senta was bound for Halifax, where she arrived Sept. 16, having started out from Loch Ewe on Aug. 29.

She left Halifax again on Oct. 6 in order to return across the Atlantic, but did not make it to her destination, as will be seen below.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The OG convoys will also be added, but for now, please see the page listing ships in all OG convoys. Note also that the entire SC series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), see ships in all SC convoys.

More info on the other Norwegian ships named here can be found via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index

Related external link:
OB convoys - OB 265 is included (Senta was scheduled, but did not sail).

 Final Fate - 1942: 

As already mentioned above, Senta left Halifax again on Oct. 6-1942, and joined Convoy SC 104, which had originated in New York on Oct. 3. Bernhard, Bonde (returned), Boreas, Garnes, Gudvor, Inger Lise, Ingerfem, Lido, Nea, Fagersten (sunk), Suderøy and Vinga are also listed in this convoy (scroll down to SC 104 on this page).

Senta was bound for Belfast Lough with a cargo of steel and pulp, sailing in station 102. On Oct. 13, she was torpedoed and sunk by U-221 (Trojer), position 53N 44W. She was struck immediately after the British S/S Ashworth had been torpedoed. The bad weather made it hard to see what was actually taking place, and when the rescue vessel came over to Senta's and Ashworth's position, both ships were gone with all hands (49 on Ashworth).

Please go to my page about Potentilla for more on this battle. See also my page about D/S Fagersten and the external links at the end of this page. Acanthus, Eglantine and Montbretia are also named among the escorts for this convoy.

Some of the other merchant ships sunk: The British Empire Mersey (16 died) and Southern Empress (48 died), the Greek Nellie (32 died), the Yugoslavian Nikolina Matkovic (14 died), and the American Susana (38 died).

For info, U-221 was also responsible for the attacks on Jamaica and Sandanger the following year.

Crew List - No survivors:
Gerhard Johansen (Johnsen?) had previously served on Gallia, Star and Grado (he had joined Senta the previous month).
Magnus Larsen had previously served on
Skarv and Ørnefjell (joined Senta in Apr.-1942).
Arvid Johansen had also served on
Thorshavet, and had survived the sinking of Sildra, then joined Spinanger (joined Senta in June-1942).


Conrad Rustad

1st Mate
Mauritz Granøe

2nd Mate
Lars Nilsen

3rd Mate
Sigurd Molnes

Radio Operator
George Mead*

Karl Matre

Harald Johannessen

Able Seaman
Leif Kristoffersen

Able Seaman
Magnus Larsen

Able Seaman
Ottar Kvamme

Able Seaman
Peder Wilhelmsen

Able Seaman
Hans Berndt

Able Seaman*
Trygve Rasmussen

Able Seaman
Gerhard Johansen

Jr. Ordinary Seaman
James Stanley Cheetham*
(British - age 17)

1st Engineer
Sivert Sivertsen

2nd Engineer
Karl Henriksen

3rd Engineer
John Pedersen

Erik Eriksen

Peder Pedersen

Martin Madsen

Leif Loftaas

Svend Olson

Jørgen Nilsen

Albert Wang

Alexander Dippie*
(British - age 17)

William Herring*
(British - age 26)

Paul Hansen

Eugen Jensen

Anton Gjelstad

Galley Boy
Oswald Lopez*
(British - age 22)

Mess Boy
William Parker*
(British - age 18)

Walter Holta

Arvid Johansen

Kaare Wold

* The Norwegian casualties are commemorated at the Stavern Memorial for Seamen (link below) while further details on the British casualties can be found by entering each name in the relevant search field on the The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website (to narrow the search results, enter WW II and 1942 in the other fields). For some reason, the date given for A. Dippie is Dec. 13-1942.

*This thread on one of my forums has postings from relatives of 2 crew members of Senta (incl. the grandson of O. L. Kvinge mentioned below, and the nephew of Trygve Rasmussen).

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - 29 Norwegians are commemorated here; 2 of them had lost their lives earlier. According to "Våre falne" (see my sources below), Oskar Larsen Kvinge died on Oct. 4-1941 following an explosion on board, when Senta was on a voyage from Sydney, Nova Scotia to a British port; this must have been the voyage she made with Convoy SC 46, which arrived Liverpool from Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 10-1941 (but I have no info re an explosion on board on this voyage) - see my narrative above as well as Page 2 of the archive documents, and again, this thread on my forum started by his grandson. As already mentioned at the beginning of this page, Stoker Olav Hopland is said to have died during an air attack in Cardiff on Jan. 2-1941. According to Page 1, Senta was on her way from the U.K. to Freetown on that date; it's possible he had served on Senta, but had paid off?

Group Wotan and the Battle for Convoy SC 104 - Article with a very detailed description of the convoy battle (a section of Rob Fisher's Home Page).

SC-104, 12 - 16 Oct 1942

U-221 | Hans Hartwig Trojer

Back to Senta on the "Ships starting with S" page.

Ole Løkke had another ship by this name in 1939, became Siremalm (looks like the two companies swapped ships that year!). Sweden also had a steamship by the name Senta, built 1905, 1497 gt - bombed and sunk by British aircraft off Borkum on June 12-1942. (A Swedish sailing ship by this name had been sunk by a German U-boat in the Kattegat on Dec. 4-1916).

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, "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hauge, "Våre falne - 1939 - 1945", Published by the Norwegian State 1948, lists all Norwegian casualties of the war, 4 volumes, and misc. (ref. My sources). For info, "Våre falne" is available online - the first book, with last names starting with A to G, starts on this page, Book 2 (H to K) on this page, Book 3 (L to R) is on this page, while Book 4 (S to Å) can be found on this page.


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