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D/S Torungen
Updated Apr. 9-2009

To Torungen on the "Ships starting with T" page. has a picture of this ship (external link).
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Owner: Skibs-A/S Reomonstrant
Manager: Bertrand Jacobsen, Arendal
1948 gt, 3200 tdwt
Signal Letters: LDRJ

Built by Trondhjems Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim in 1931.

Captain: Emil Bruun

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


As can be seen when going to Page 1 above, Torungen was in Trinidad when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, having arrived there from Paramaribo that same day, making several voyages between Paramaribo and Trinidad that year, and also the following year. Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3, which also shows her 1942 voyages (it'll be noticed that she spent 3 weeks in St. John's, N.F. at the beginning of that year).

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Torungen had departed Halifax on Febr. 21-1942 and was expected at Charleston on the 27th. On March 2, the Canadian fishing vessel Lucille M found a waterfilled lifeboat from Torungen outside Lockport, Nova Scotia, with the body of 1st Engineer Sivert Krøble.

Torungen had been torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U-96 (Lehmann-Willenbrock) on Febr. 22, 44N 63 30W. All 19 died, among them 3 Danish, 1 Swedish, 1 Finnish, 1 Dutch and 1 Estonian; the remaining 12 were Norwegian. According to (external page), they had all gotten away from the ship in lifeboats, and were seen by those on the U-boat to be rowing towards land. The website also says that Torungen had been missed by a torpedo a little over an hour earlier, adding that she had a cargo of paper and cellulose.

For info, U-96 was also responsible for the attacks on Caledonia, Tyr and Sveve - follow the links for dates and further details (Lucille M was sunk later that year, by U-89 - ref. link at the end of this page).

Crew List - No survivors:


Emil Bruun

1st Mate
Arthur Asbjørnsen

2nd Mate
Georg A. Monsen

Able Seaman
Audun Johannesen

Able Seaman
Inghart Jacobsen

Ordinary Seaman
Sigurd Larsen

Ordinary Seaman
Nils Tjørnelund

Ordinary Seaman
Eddy Plak

1st Engineer
Sivert Krøble

2nd Engineer
Anders Svendsen

3rd Engineer
Håkon Pedersen

A. Andersen

Thorleif Øivold

Carl Nyquist

Ilmari Oittinen

E. Pallo

Olaf Sundby

Alf Johnsen

Mess Boy
Anders Kr. Andersen

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - This memorial gives the names of 13 Norwegians (some of the names are spelt a little differently). In addition to the ones listed above, there's a Seaman Aksel Pettersen commemorated.

U-96 | Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock

The attack on Lucille M

Back to Torungen on the "Ships starting with T" page.

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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