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Manager: A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
Built in Odense, Denmark in 1938.
Captain: Henrik Selmer Berntzen (captain till the fall of 1941 was Trygve Eide, who subsequently took command of Seirstad).
Stiklestad was on charter before the war to Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd., London (this was the UK arm of Standard Oil of New Jersey [Esso]), and after the invasion of Norway the vessel came under Allied control and under the operational and crewing management of Anglo-American. The tanker survived the war, during which it was engaged mainly in carrying oil cargoes across the North Atlantic from North America and the Caribbean (this info was posted to my Ship Forum by R. W. Jordan).
By 1944 Stiklestad had carried 50 000 tons aviation fuel to the U.K., at which time Captain Berntzen was appointed "Honorary Citizen of Baltimore" by the mayor. She later supplied British units in the Mediterranean for about a year.
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.
In March-1940 Stiklestad can be found in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 28, bound for Le Havre with aviation fuel, where she arrived on Apr. 2. The Norwegian Annik, Europe, Boreas, Varanger and Mathilda were also in this convoy. From Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that she was on her way from Le Havre to Beaumont when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9. She had left Le Havre on Apr. 6, stopped at Bermuda on Apr. 19, continuing to Beaumont on Apr. 24, with arrival May 1. She subsequently returned to Bermuda in order to join the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 42 on May 11. Solstad, Brandanger, Brant County and Petter also took part. Stiklestad arrived Pauillac on May 28.
According to "Nortraships flåte" she narrowly avoided being captured by the German raider Widder in the summer of 1940. On June 25, Von Ruckteschell had been notified by the German authorities that Stiklestad was near his position on her way from Casablanca to Fort de France (note that A. Hague has listed her in Convoy 50 BF, which had arrived Casablanca from Brest on June 19-1940, ref. link provided in the Voyage Record - this voyage is not included on Page 1). He proceeded to look for her, but fortunately for Stiklestad, Widder experienced engine trouble which took several hours to fix, and this may have saved the Norwegian ship. Not so fortunate for Krossfonn, however, also en route from Casablanca to Fort de France (also listed in Convoy 50 BF). Follow this link to Victims of Widder for details on what took place. Stiklestad arrived Fort de France on July 1, leaving again for Curacao that same day, with arrival July 4.
At the beginning of Aug.-1940, Stiklestad is named in the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 63. She had arrived there from Aruba on Aug. 2. She's not included in the convoy form, but in the Advance Sailing Telegram further down on the page. There's a note in the document saying "To be sent to Halifax to await orders". She arrived Halifax on Aug. 6, and does not show up again until Convoy HX 83 from there on Oct. 24, bound for Clyde with fuel oil, arriving Nov. 7 (again, see Page 1). On Dec. 2 she's listed, with destination Cape Town, in Convoy OB 253 from Liverpool. She arrived Table Bay on Jan. 2-1941, the convoy having been dispersed on Dec. 6. Ref. link provided in the table above; A, Hague has also included the Norwegian Risanger and Varangberg (returned) in this convoy.
He later has her, along with Fernbank, Høegh Scout and Strix, in Convoy SL 68, which departed Freetown on March 13-1941 and lost several ships (ref. link in the table above; see also my page about Strix). The convoy was dispersed on the 21st, some of the ships later joining Convoy HX 119 (1 joined HG 58). Stiklestad proceeded to Trinidad, where she arrived on March 29, then sailed to Halifax on Apr. 4, with arrival Apr. 13. She was scheduled for Convoy HX 121 on Apr. 16 (in fact, there's a note attached to this ship and several other ships in the Advance Sailing Telegram saying they had come from the Freetown Convoy SL 68). Caledonia and several others were sunk - follow the links for details. Stiklestad instead joined Convoy HX 122 on Apr. 20, cargo of crude oil for Swansea, where she arrived May 9. Cruising order/Commodore's notes are also available for this convoy. She now appears, together with Brant County, Madrono, Para, Strinda and Torvanger, in Convoy OB 327, which originated in Liverpool on May 28 and dispersed on June 1 - again, see external link in the table above. No destination is given for Stiklestad, but going back to Page 1, we learn that she arrived New York on June 13, having started out from Milford Haven on May 27. This convoy also lost several ships - see the link at the end of this page.
Having remained in New York for over a month, Stiklestad proceeded to Halifax in order to join Convoy HX 140 on July 22, bound for Swansea with fuel oil, arriving Aug. 8. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Madrono (station 112), Boreas (16), Velox (56), Velma (96), Alaska (106), Thorshov (83), Vardefjell (84), Evita (114), Olaf Bergh (124), Skiensfjord (97), Ferncastle (113), Thorshavet (43), Bonneville (82) and Helgøy (77). Others joined from Iceland; follow the link for more info. Beth and Petter were also initially in this convoy but left due to engine problems. Some of these ships, including Stiklestad, returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 9, originating in Liverpool on Aug. 20 (Inger was sunk - follow link for details). Stiklestad sailed from Milford Haven on Aug. 19 and arrived New York on Sept. 4, the convoy having been dispersed on Aug. 25.
From New York, she made a voyage to Aruba, then proceeded to Halifax, and according to Arnold Hague, she joined Convoy HX 155* from there on Oct 16, along with Fenja, Hada County, Høegh Scout, Olaf Bergh, Slemdal and Suderøy. It looks like Stiklestad lost a crew member on this voyage; see the link to the Stavern Memorial at the end of this page, which says Electrician Sverre Karlsen died at sea on Oct. 19-1941 following an accident on board. Stiklestad, cargo of gasoil, arrived Avonmouth (via Belfast Lough) on Nov. 3. She subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ON 36, but returned to port (Belfast Lough), later joining Convoy ON 38*, which had originated in Liverpool on Nov. 19 and dispersed on the 30th, Stiklestad arriving New York on Dec. 8. Atlantic, Fjordaas, Geisha, Hada County, Marit II, O. A. Knudsen, Sandanger, Skaraas and Troubadour are also named. Stiklestad's voyages in this period are shown on Page 2.
Having made a voyage to Aruba and on to Halifax, she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 169 on Jan. 8-1942. Via Belfast Lough, she arrived Avonmouth on Jan. 26, returning the following month with Convoy ON 65* which originated in Liverpool Febr. 8, dispersed Febr. 19 and also included Arthur W. Sewall, Bralanta, Cetus, Egda, G. C. Brøvig, Hardanger, Kaldfonn, Kollbjørg, Mirlo, N. T. Nielsen Alonso, Nueva Granada, Tankexpress, Troubadour and Vav. Stiklestad was bound for Port Arthur, where she arrived March 6. Later that month, she can be found in Convoy HX 181, for which Acanthus, Eglantine and Potentilla acted as escorts for a while. Stiklestad arrived Avonmouth (again via Belfast Lough) on Apr. 5 - again, see Page 2. She later went back to Port Arthur, having joined Convoy ON 87*, arriving her destination on May 9 (convoy originated in Liverpool Apr. 16, dispersed Apr. 26). She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Albert L. Ellsworth, Atlantic, Bralanta, Glittre, Havprins, Herbrand, Katy, Norheim, Norsol, Polartank, Skandinavia and Vav.
In June she's listed in Convoy HX 194 from Halifax (see also Torvanger and Tungsha), returning with Convoy ON 109*, which left Liverpool on July 3 and arrived Halifax on the 18th; Stiklestad, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived July 17, having been detached from the convoy on the 14th (according to A. Hague). Heranger, Laurits Swenson, Marathon, Montevideo, Norheim, Skiensfjord and Thorshov are also named in this convoy. In Sept.-1942 she sailed in HX 207, and with Corneville, Iris (joined from Halifax), Norholm, Norsol, President de Vogue, Tai Shan, Velma and the Panamanian Norvinn (Norwegian managers), she subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ON 137*, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 9 and arrived New York, Stiklestad's destination, on Oct. 29. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 3, convoy information for them can be found in the Voyage Record.
On Nov. 27, she joined Convoy HX 217 from New York, cargo of gasoline, destination Belfast - she arrived Belfast Lough Dec. 13, proceeding to Avonmouth that same day, with arrival Dec. 16. Eglantine and Potentilla are again named among the escorts, as is Rose. This convoy was attacked and 2 ships were lost; follow the link for more info - the Commodore's narrative is also available. Later that month, Stiklestad joined Convoy ON 157, sailing in station 32; according to the Commodore's notes, she was detached for Guantanamo on Jan. 12-1943, arriving Jan. 18. The Norwegian Skiensfjord acted as Commodore Vessel for this convoy. Having made a voyage to Curacao and on to New York (again, see Page 3), she was scheduled for Convoy HX 226 on Febr. 8-1943 (Commodore in Laurits Swenson), but instead joined the next convoy on Febr. 18, HX 227*, arriving Liverpool March 6. Named among the ships in this convoy (in addition to the escorting Acanthus and Eglantine - see HX convoy escorts) are the Norwegian B. P. Newton, Belinda, Ferncourt, Haakon Hauan, Kaldfonn, Mosli, Norholm, Pan Aruba, Polartank (collided - returned), Skaraas, Strinda and Thorshov.
She's subsequently listed as bound for New York in Convoy ON 173*, with departure Liverpool on March 13, arrival Halifax on the 29th; Stiklestad arrived her destination on March 31. B. P. Newton, Emma Bakke, Dageid, Ferncourt, Frontenac, Haakon Hauan, Idefjord, Mosli, Pan Aruba, Skaraas, Strinda and Thorshov are also listed. Some of these ships, including Stiklestad, headed back to the U.K. on Apr. 6 with Convoy HX 233, then at the end of that month we find her in station 42 of the westbound Convoy ON 181, destination Baltimore, where she arrived May 18 (remaining there for about a month). See also the Commodore's narrative and Keppel's report. On June 23 she joined the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 245, bound for Stanlow, station 113, with arrival there July 7/8, according to Page 4 (see also these reports).
Along with Bralanta, Chr. Th. Boe, Fagerfjell, Fernwood, Geisha, Harpefjell, Herbrand, Hiram, Idefjord, Maud, Meline, Norlom, O. B. Sørensen, Para, Samuel Bakke, Sandviken, Santos, Skaraas, Skjelbred, Thorhild, Thorshov and Tungsha, as well as the Panamanian Norlys (Norwegian managers), we now find her, with destination New York, in Convoy ON 193* (convoy left Liverpool July 16-1943 and arrived New York July 31). She left New York again on Aug. 7 with Convoy HX 251, for which Laurits Swenson served as Commodore Vessel (Acanthus, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts - again, se HX convoy escorts). Stiklestad was again bound for Stanlow, station 55, arriving her destination on Aug. 23/24.
Just a few days later she's listed, together with Cypria, Haakon Hauan (returned), Høyanger, Kaldfonn, Kronprinsessen, Molda, Norma, Solsten and Spinanger, in Convoy ON 199*, which left Liverpool on Aug. 26 and arrived New York on Sept. 9. A. Hague has now included her in Convoy HX 257*, which left New York on Sept. 16 and arrived Liverpool on the 30th; Stiklestad arrived Avonmouth Oct. 1. On Oct. 10, she left Milford Haven in order to join the westbound Convoy ON 206*, and arrived New York on Oct. 26 (remaining there for quite a long time - Page 4). Both these convoys also had other Norwegian ships, namely Kaldfonn, Marit II, Nueva Granada, Skiensfjord and Spinanger in HX 257, with Rose and Potentilla among the escorts, and Brimanger, Nueva Granada and Skiensfjord (Commodore Vessel) in ON 206, again with Potentilla and Rose among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts).
Skipping now to Sept. 6-1944, when she's listed in Convoy HX 307, along with Buenos Aires, Fagerfjell, Frontenac, Idefjord, John Bakke (Commodore Vessel), Kaia Knudsen and Thorsholm. She arrived Swansea on Sept. 19, and just a few days later, she headed back across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 255*, together with Brimanger (Commodore Vessel), Fernwood, Ivaran, Herbrand, Solfonn and Solør (convoy originated in Liverpool on Sept. 22, arrived New York Oct. 9). Stiklestad returned with the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 314 on Oct. 15, for which Emma Bakke served as Commodore Vessel. Stiklestad's destination is given as Clyde, where she arrived Oct. 29. Early the following month she's listed, with Brasil, Egerø, Ferncourt, Kronprinsessen, Lista, Nueva Granada, Solfonn and Thorsholm in Convoy ON 264*, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 3 and arrived New York on the 21st. Again, see Page 5 for a listing of her subsequent voyages; her 1945 voyages also start on this document, while convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.
Arnold Hague has also included her in Convoy HX 353*, leaving New York on Apr. 29-1945, arriving Liverpool on May 15 - in other words, VE Day was celebrated at sea. Kaia Knudsen, Pan Europe, Samuel Bakke (Commodore Vessel), Skotaas, Solfonn and Vardefjell are also named. Most of them, including Stiklestad, returned with Convoy ON 304*, wich left Southend on May 21 and arrived New York on June 5 (Kaia Knudsen, Pan Europe, Solfonn and Vardefjell are listed).
The rest of her voyages (to Apr.-1946), are shown on Page 6.
Sold in 1955 to C. T. Gogstad & Co, Oslo, and renamed Lido. Sold to Norsk Skipsopphugnings Co. A/S, Grimstad, and delivered in Sept.-1964 for breaking up.
Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemoration - Electrician Sverre Karlsen is listed as having died at sea on Oct. 19-1941 following an accident on board. As mentioned in the narrative, Stiklestad was on her way to the U.K. in Convoy HX 155 from Halifax on this date.
Back to Stiklestad on the "Ships starting with S" page.
The company had previously had another Stiklestad (steamship), built Sunderland 1885, 1801 gt, ex Forrest Abbey, Purchased in 1898 and renamed Stiklestad, remeasured in 1899, 1777 gt. Lost on a voyage Glasgow-Sydney, having departed Nov. 23-1908, 20 crew died.