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Manager: Gørrisen & Co. A/S. Oslo
Built in Danzig in 1929.
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Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Unfortunately, Page 2 is torn, so that some information is missing. See also A. Hague's Voyage Record.
Compare with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record
From Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that Sørvangen was in Curacao when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, having arrived there from Ciudad Trujillo that same day. Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3, while most of her 1942 voyages are shown on Page 4 (it'll be noticed that she spent several weeks in Mobile at the beginning of that year).
On Sept. 17-1942, she rescued 31 crew and 9 gunners from the American ship Mae. They were then transferred to the Canadian Gypsum King, which landed them at Georgetown. Mae had been torpedoed, shelled and sunk that same day by U-515, about 41 miles north of Georgetown, British Guiana, 08 03N 58 13W, 1 of the crew died (Robert Cressman, "The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II", see link to "Hyperwar" below). From Page 4, we learn that Sørvangen was on her way from Paramaribo to Trinidad on this date. According to "Skip og Menn" by Birger Dannevig, she rescued a total of 72 men from 3 different ships in 1943 (Atlantic and Caribbean). It's possible this number includes the men rescued from Mae in 1942?
The following day, she was attacked by gunfire from U-175 (Bruns), position 07 20N 58 35W, but was not hit. According to J. Rohwer she grounded herself. Going back to the archive document, we see that she arrived Trinidad on Sept. 19.
Her 1943 voyages start on Page 5 (showing another long stay in Mobile early that year), while the rest are listed on Page 6, which also has some 1944 voyages. Others are shown on Page 7 and Page 8. The latter document also has several 1945 voyages - as can be seen, she was in Trinidad on VE Day. See also Page 9, which lists voyages to Apr.-1946. Links to some of the convoys she sailed in can be found in A. Hague's Voyage Record.
Sold in 1950 and renamed Asta. Sold in 1954 to Northern Steamship Co Ltd (Northern Chartering A/B O/Y, Helsinki, manager) and renamed Mercur. Sold in 1958 and renamed Los Aztecas. Sold in 1959 to Guam Navigation Corp, Liberia, and renamed Guam Pioneer. On Dec. 17-1959 she foundered about 340 miles southwest of Los Angeles when on a voyage from San Francisco to Kobe. The crew was rescued.
Related external links:
U-175 - The U-boat which is said to have fired at Sørvangen.
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