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Manager: A/S Arendals Dampskibsselskab, Arendal
Delivered on June 18-1928 from Nylands Verksted, Oslo (291) as Tromøsund to A/S Arendals Dampskibsselskab, Arendal. Steel hull, 172.9' x 28.9' x 18.9', 732 gt, 4cyl Double Compound / Lentz No. 7 (Nylands) 850ihp, 13 knots (contracted on Aug. 30-1927). In Hurtigruten service Kristiansand-Oslo, later in coastal service Oslo-Bergen.
Captain: Rasmus Jacobsen
In 1942 the company's Galtesund had successfully been "hijacked" and taken to the U.K. by an armed Norwegian group of 6 men under the leadership of the 25 year old Odd K. Starheim. They were members of what was known as Kompani Linge, which had its base in the U.K. The same kind of operation, with the same leader was attempted with Tromøsund at Rekefjord on Febr. 28-1943 but the scheme was discovered and she was bombed by German aircraft (Focke Wulfe 190?) and sunk en route (March 1?). 1 of the bombs went down the funnel, and the boilers probably blew up. 2 lifeboats with 8 men in each were also sunk. All 44 on board died (26 crew, 2 passengers, 13 commando soldiers and 3 Germans - numbers vary according to source). A few weeks later 2 bodies drifted ashore on Tjörn near Bohuslän, 1 was the captain, the other Odd Starheim, and an empty lifeboat from the ship was found on a beach in Jylland.
Related external links:
Operation Carhampton - Norwegian article describing the preparations for this operation.
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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, "Minner og minnesmerker fra 1940-1945", Øistein Wiik, and misc. (ref. My sources). Pre war history is from T. Eriksen Norway - his source: Article about Arendals Dampskibsselskab by Dag Bakka Jr. in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 1.2000