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CONVOY ON 16 – U.K.-Norway

Left Methil on Febr. 28-1940 and arrived Norway on March 2.
Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's research.

Stations are not known.

According to A. Hague, the following ships sailed in this convoy (in alphabetical order):

Finnish Agnes
Swedish Albert
Swedish Alfa
Norwegian Balder
Norwegian Basel
Estonian Begonia
Swedish Bifrost
Norwegian Cresco
Icelandic Edda
Norwegain Eldrid
Finnish Elsa S
Swedish Falkvik
British Fintra
Norwegian Galatea
British Hague
Norwegian Hundvaag
Norwegian Ibis
Norwegian Isbjørn
Finnish Ivalo
Estonian Kadli
Norwegian Keret
Swedish Kjell Billner
Swedish Leonardia
Swedish Louis de Geer
Norwegian Lyng
Norwegian Lysland
British Newton Ash
Swedish Northumbria
Norwegian Rapid II
Norwegian Rask
Danish?* Rigmor
Swedish Rita
Norwegian Siak
Norwegian Sollund
Swedish Torne
Norwegian Transport
Norwegian Varangberg
Swedish Vega
British Vestra
Norwegian Ørland

* A. Hague has listed Rigmor as British, but I believe this ship was still Danish at that time.

Note that a document listing all the ON convoys states that ON 16 had a total of 43 ships (incl. 6 from Kirkwall) - 6 British, 19 Norwegian, 11 Swedish, 2 Danish, 3 Finnish, 2 Estonian. 2 were detached (not for Norway).

All the Norwegian ships in this convoy are listed on this website - they can be reached via the Master Ship Index.

This document, listing escorts for all HN and ON convoys (from Public Records Office, Kew), mentions Aurora and Penelope (covering force), as well as anti aircraft cruiser Cairo, and destroyers Escapade, Escort, Encounter, Eclipse, and Electra. See also this external page (scroll down to text under Febr. 28), which says that ON 16 was escorted by Escapade, Escort and Encounter upon departure Methil. Anti-submarine trawlers Coventry City and Le Tigre, escorting the blockship Carron, when abreast of Pentland Skerries was detached from the convoy to Scapa Flow, arriving March 1. Electra and Eclipse joined from Kirkwall, together with 6 steamers. Electra made an attack on a submarine contact S/SE of Duncansby Head on the 29th (58 26N 1 35W). Destroyers Gallant and Griffin were sent to assist. Cairo left Sullom Voe on March 1 to provide anti-aircraft support.

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