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Owner: A/S Helgøy
Built by A. Rodger & Co., Port Glasgow in 1906. Previous names: Craigisla until 1910 (D. Russel & Co., Leith), Ottawa until 1935 (W. Gørrissen, Christiania), Senta until 1939 (when she was sold by Ole L. Løkke to A. I. Langfeldt & Co., and renamed Siremalm).
Captain: Haakon Svendsen
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 do exist, and some voyages are missing.
According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Siremalm left Torrevieja for Porsgrunn, Norway on Apr. 6-1940, but was diverted to Cardiff (Norway was invaded Apr. 9; as can be seen, she had just been to Bergen, Norway at the end of March). She stopped at Gibraltar on Apr. 8, remaining there for over a month before joining Convoy HG 30 on May 15, arriving Cardiff, via Falmouth, on May 24. Early in June, she proceeded to Halifax, heading back to the U.K. again on July 19 in station 62 of Convoy HX 59. Her destination is given as Manchester, cargo of wood pulp. She arrived her destination on Aug. 4 and it looks like she remained there for over a month as well. According to A. Hague, she later joined Convoy OB 213, leaving Liverpool on Sept. 13, but as can be seen in the Voyage Record there appears to be some confusion with the entries for this period. A. Hague has also included her in Convoy OB 215, which left Liverpool on Sept. 17 and dispersed on the 21st, though with a note saying "put back" (see external links provided in Voyage Record). Note, however, that the archive document says she put back on Sept. 15 (having left River Mersey on the 13th - so it's possible she had been in OB 213 for a little while, before returning to port), then left again on Sept. 17 and arrived St. John's, N.F. on the 29th*. She was scheduled to return in the Sydney, C.B. portion of Convoy HX 81 the following month, but did not sail and also appears to have been cancelled from HX 82, joining instead the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 9 on Oct. 24, cargo of pulp wood for Rochester, where she arrived, via Greenock and Methil Roads, Dec. 4. She later spent over 2 months at Tyne - reason not known.
Jürgen Rohwer says that Siremalm was torpedoed and damaged on March 23-1941 by U-110 (Lemp), position 60 35N 28 25W. I have not seen this episode mentioned in any of my Norwegian sources, but I've received an official report which describes what happened from John Granath, Canada (from Canadian archives). See also the external link below.
Siremalm was on a voyage from Reykjavik to Halifax at the time, having departed on March 21 carrying, among other things, a bag of mail from the Army post office in Iceland. She had a crew of 25 Norwegians. Armament consisted of a 4" gun and 3 machine guns. At 02:30 GMT on the 23rd, when in the position given above, a loud noise was heard on the port side close to the ship. The officer on watch saw a splash in the water followed by a sharp contact on the port side amidships. All bilges were sounded and found to be dry but from the engine room it was reported that there was a big indent in the vicinity of the boiler room. The ship was shelled twenty minutes after what is referred to as "the collision with this submerged object", time is given as 02:50 GMT, and she was hit once by a large shell and once by a small shell.
Further examination of the damages later revealed a hole in the port side, possibly made by the large shell, also some smaller damages. They proceeded at highest speed while Radio Operator M. Jørgensen used the W/T to broadcast SSS; attacked by submarine (no answer was received; the message was sent 3 times). The gun was loaded and manned and smoke floats made ready, but the gun was not used for fear of giving away their position and making the ship a target. The captain reported that the attacking vessel was showing 2 red lights when last seen. Siremalm continued her voyage while zig-zagging, and arrived Halifax without further incident on Apr. 2, continuing to New York 3 days later, according to Page 1 of the archive documents. It's possible some repairs were made at New York, because she remained there until May 25, having arrived Apr. 8.
From New York, she proceeded to Sydney, C.B. and at the beginning of June-1941, she joined Convoy SC 33, steel and lumber for London.
It looks like she had another long stay at Tyne that summer - see Voyage Record above and Page 2. From Tyne, she proceeded to Oban on Aug. 15, subsequently joining Convoy OG 72, which had originated in Liverpool on Aug. 19-1941 and arrived Gibraltar on Sept. 1. Siremalm, however, was bound for Cadiz, where she arrived on Sept. 1, having started out from Oban on Aug. 20. OG 72 will be added to its own individual page in my Convoys section, but in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys. She later sailed to Gibraltar, with arrival Sept. 9, continuing to Almeria that same day, then back to Gibraltar, arriving Sept. 12.
Related external link:
In the fall of 1941 Hitler demanded that German U-boats be placed in the Mediterranean, in order to help protect the convoys carrying supplies for the German Africa corps which was advancing towards Egypt. A considerable amount of boats were released, and in the course of the latter part of the year several U-boats had successfully gotten through the straits of Gibraltar, making the passage of north/southbound Atlantic convoys more dangerous for the Allies. Additionally, German Focke-Wolfe bombers and reconnaissance aircraft were operating west of Gibraltar, sinking ships as well as directing the U-boats towards their goals.
As mentioned above, Siremalm had arrived Gibraltar from Almeria on Sept. 12-1941. With a cargo of 4000 tons iron ore for Barrow, she left Gibraltar again on Sept. 17, joining Convoy HG 73, which suffered great losses. The convoy was initially shadowed by Italian submarines, though without causing any harm, but it was later located by German aircraft, which then notified the U-boats nearby. According to J. Rohwer, Siremalm was torpedoed by U-201 (Schnee) on Sept. 27. However, a recent re-assessment of events indicates that the culprit may have been U-124 (Mohr) in the evening of the 26th. See the discussion at Uboat.net's forum starting here (the info on Siremalm is in this reply) as well as this Reassessment of U-boat attacks (all are external links). Page 2 of the archive documents gives sinking date as Sept. 27 at 03:27.
She sank immediately, position 49 05N 20 10W (Hocking gives "about 700 miles west of the Bishop Rock"). There were no survivors; 20 Norwegian, 3 Finnish, 1 Swedish and 3 British seamen died (or possibly 21 Norwegians, no Swedish - see misc. notes below).
D/S Varangberg was also sunk in this convoy. (Follow the link to my page about HG 73 for more info on the other ships sunk).
For info, U-124 had also been responsible for the attack on Cubano - follow the link for details.
Crew List - No survivors:
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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., some of which are mentioned in the text above - (ref. My sources).