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  • M/S Segovia * neutral
Fred Olsen & Co., Oslo
1387 gt
Built Newcastle upon Tyne 1922 (1921?).

M/S Segovia has the details on her final fate as well as a casualty list.

  • M/S Segundo NS *
Anders Wilhelmsen, Oslo
4414 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1925. Previous names: Segundo until 1928, Sud Uruguayo until 1930.

A separate page about M/S Segundo has information on her voyages, as well as details on her loss, w/crew list.

  • M/T Seirstad NS
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
9916 gt
Built in Hamburg 1937.

Please continue to M/T Seirstad.

  • D/S Seksern NS
A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord
249 gt
Built in Oslo 1930.

Whale catcher owned by A/S Odd, Sandefjord. Hired by South African Navy in Oct.-1940 for use as minesweeper.

POST WAR: Returned in April-1946. Sold in 1953 to I/S Tromstrål, Tromsø and renamed Tromstrål II.

Thor Dahl later had another whaler by this name, built 1953, 626 gt, sold on Nov. 4-1965 to Alf Vestre, Hellandshavn.

  • D/S Sekstant NS *
William Hansen, Bergen
1626 gt
Built in Bergen 1920. Previous name: Nordstrand until 1922.

Sekstant is listed in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 9 at the end of Jan.-1940, returning to the U.K. the following month with Convoy HN 12. In March that year we find her in Convoy ON 22 to Norway. Follow the links for more convoy details - several Norwegian ships took part.

Bombed by German aircraft at Kolvereid, north of Namsos on May 4-1940, all survived. Lauritz Pettersen in "Hjemmeflåten - mellom venn og fiende" (The Home Fleet - Between Friend and Enemy, 1992) says that the 3 ships Pan, Blaafjeld I and Sekstant were near Salsbruket in Oppløygsfjord (Rørvik) loading wood pulp for England in Apr.-1940. Pan was done at the end of Apr. but was ordered to wait for the others so that they could leave in the same convoy, probably in connection with the allied evacuation of Namsos. Because of this there were quite a few English warships in the area. Sekstant and Blaafjeld I were finished loading the cargo on May 1, and moved into the fjord while awaiting sailing orders; Pan was in Sildvik and Blaafjeld I and Sekstant in Urshalsvåg, closely watched by German aircraft. On May 4 they attacked and Blaafjeld I and Sekstant became a total loss, while the wreck of Pan remained for 2 years, before she was raised and repaired.

Sekstand ended up in Nortraship's register, though she never made it out of Norway.

Related external links:
Blaafjeld - From a Norwegian website for divers. This website says Blaafjeld was attacked by Heinkel 115 bombers, under Sekstant it lists Ju 87 dive bombers.

Bombers & Ground Attack - info on the various types of German bombers (from the website Luftwaffe Resource Center).

Historical Index of the Great Lakes has quite a bit of details on an earlier ship by this name, built 1916, 2481 gt, managed by O. T. Hauge, Bergen. Later named Nordstrand in 1926, then American Maurice Tracy that same year. Sunk in a collision with Jesse Billingsley on June 16-1944. To find this ship, type "Sekstant" in the search field for 'vessel', then on the page that comes up, click in the little box with the item number. The next page has technical details on the ship and a picture thumbnail - clicking on the thumbnail will bring up a larger photo. Or, typing 'Norway" in the search field for 'Registry' will bring up all the Norwegian vessels listed on the site.

  • D/S Selbo NS *
Einar Wahlstrøm, Oslo
1778 gt
Built at Goole in 1921. Previous names: Hubro until 1933, Balder until 1938.

D/S Selbo has more details, incl. crew list at the time of loss.

  • M/S Selis NS *
I. Austad, Tromsø
166? 172? gt
Built in Rosendal 1918. Previous name: Malula.

Seal catcher.

Some of her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.

Selis is listed among the ships in Convoy SC 77 leaving Halifax for the U.K. on March 30-1942 (several Norwegian ships took part). According to the archive document above, she arrived Clyde on Apr. 17. She subsequently departed Greenock for Svalbard on Apr. 30, together with the icebreaker D/S Isbjørn (follow link for more details on this incident). On board was a force of 82 men, whose task it was to regain control of Svalbard (Operation Fritham). They got as far as Isfjord on May 13, but in Grønfjord the ice stopped them, and the next evening 4 German aircraft attacked (Focke Wulf Condors, according to the external link below), hitting Isbjørn with 2 bombs which immediately sank her. Selis was hit shortly thereafter and caught on fire. 12 were killed and 15 wounded. The rest scattered on the ice and were able to avoid the machine gun fire. The survivors rescued some weapons and equipment from Selis and managed to get to Barentsburg, where they were assisted by a British Naval Force on July 2.

Jan-Olof, Sweden has told me that "Lloyd's War Losses, Vol I British, Allied and Neutral Merchant Vessels Sunk or Destroyed by War Causes", 1989 reprint says "sunk May 13, 1942 off Barentsburg by German aircraft. Is said to have left Akureyri with a small Norwegian force to occupy strategic positions in Spitsbergen" (Svalbard).

There's a message in my Guestbook from the daughter of a Dr. who took part in the above incident. He was on board Selis, and his name was Per Hønningstad. She's interested in getting in touch with someone who knows this story. I have her address in my files.

Related external link:
Operation Fritham

  • D/S Selvik NS
Einar Wahlstrøm, Oslo
1557 gt
Built in Christiania 1920. Previous names: Hiram II, then Britte.

Please go to D/S Selvik for more information on her wartime experiences (includes technical data).

  • M/T Senator
Brødrene Olsen A/S, Stavanger
6589 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1934.

Picture of Senator - From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Related item: Guestbook message.

SOLD IN 1939 to France and renamed Touraine.

  • D/S Senta NS *
Ole L. Løkke, Oslo (from 1939)
3785 gt
Built in Alameda, California 1917. Previous names: Regulus until 1938, Sirehav until 1939.

Please continue to D/S Senta (w/crew list at time of loss).

  • D/S Severoles
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
1757 gt
Built in Goole 1922. Previous name: Terne (D/S A/S Fjøsanger - Bjørnstad & Brækhus, Bergen).

SOLD in 1939 to Sweden, renamed Bohus (Rederi-AB Bifrost - Jarl R. Trapp, Gothenburg). Became German Gerrit Fritzen in 1940 (Johs Fritzen & Sohn, Emden) - sunk by Russian aircraft on March 12-1945.

  • M/S Sevilla NS
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1383 gt
Built in Newcastle upon Tyne 1921.

See M/S Sevilla.

  • M/T Shabonee
Leif Høegh & Co. A/S, Oslo
Panamanian flag
9716 gt
Built in Glasgow 1930. Previous name: Laurel until 1934.

Maritime Trading Ltd. (styled Compania Maritima Escandinavia Inc. until 1939).

Renamed Dauphine in 1940 (French flag). Damaged at Port de Bouc on Sept. 25-1944, recovered.

  • D/S Sheng Hwa NS
T. B. Torgersen, Oslo
5492 gt
Built in Vancouver, Canada 1920. Previous names: Canadian Prospector until 1934, Prospector until 1935, Mitwo until 1938.

Please continue to D/S Sheng Hwa for more information.

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  • D/S Siak NS
Nils Bull, Tønsberg
1150 gt
Built in Trondheim 1930.

My page about D/S Siak has more information.

  • D/S Sig * neutral
August Kjærland & Co.
1342 gt
Built in Aberdeen, Scotland 1924.

Jan-Olof, Sweden has told me that the following can be found in "Lloyd's War Losses, Vol I British, Allied and Neutral Merchant Vessels Sunk or Destroyed by War Causes", 1989 reprint: "On a voyage from Kragerø for Grimsby. Cargo woodpulp. Struck a mine on Nov. 4-1939 and sank in position 53 43N 0 17E. Three dead."

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemorations
- Engineer Sigurd Johan M. Jensen, Stoker Nils Martinsen, and Stoker Stål Tingstad are commemorated.

  • D/S Sigrid NS
Bachke & Co., Trondheim
1024 gt
Built in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Holland 1920. Previous name: Nystrand until 1922.

See D/S Sigrid (incl. a picture).

  • M/T Sildra NS *
Wilh. Jebsen, Bergen
7313 gt
Built in Danzig, Germany 1927.

For further info on this ship and its final fate, please go to M/T Sildra (includes a picture - crew list).

  • D/S Silja * neutral
K. Sandaas, Kragerø
1259 gt
Built in Aalborg 1919.

See D/S Silja.

  • M/S Siljestad NS *
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
4301 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1927.

Please see my page M/S Siljestad for more information, incl. crew list at time of loss.

  • M/S Silvaplana NS *
Tschudi & Eitzen, Oslo
4793 gt
Built in Malmö, Sweden 1938.

Captain Niels Stange Nielsen.

Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.

Silvaplana became Atlantis' 6th Norwegian victim when she was captured on Sept. 10-1941, on a voyage from Singapore to New York via Batavia. On my page Norwegian Victims of Atlantis there's a lot more details on this incident and her final fate, as well as a crew list and information on all the other Norwegian ships captured by this raider. The page also includes some newspaper articles that appeared in a British paper after the sinking of Silvaplana (and of Atlantis).

  • D/S Simla NS *
Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
6031 gt
Built in Sunderland 1917. Previous names: Simla, Glastonbury until 1920.

More information on this ship is available on a separate page, D/S Simla, which includes details on her loss and a crew list at the time.

  • M/S Siranger NS *
Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
5393 gt
Built at Fiume, Italy 1939.

See M/S Siranger. Includes a picture and details on her final fate, as well as an account on the 3rd mate's stay on U-155 as prisoner. The page also has a complete crew & passenger list.

  • D/S Sirehav *
A. I. Langfeldt & Co., Kristiansand (until 1939).
3785 gt

Same as Senta further up on this page.

Norway had previously had another Sirehav, laid down in 1918 as War Post, cmpleted at Mariners Harbor. Became Emil Stray's Sagn in 1929, Sirehav in 1933, Russian Terek that same year - lost 1945.

  • D/S Sirehei NS *
A. I. Langfeldt & Co., Kristiansand
3888 gt
Built in Sunderland 1907. Previous name: Bratsberg until 1935.

Please continue to D/S Sirehei for more information on this ship. Sirehei was sunk as breakwater for the Normandie operations in 1944 and the page contains a list of those who were on board at the time.

  • D/S Siremalm NS *
A. I. Langfeldt & Co., Kristiansand (from 1939)
2468 gt
Built in Port Glasgow 1906. Previous names: Craigisla until 1910, Ottawa until 1935, Senta until 1939 (when she was sold by Ole L. Løkke to A. I. Langfeldt, and renamed Siremalm).

A separate page about D/S Siremalm has more information, including details on her loss and a crew list at the time.

  • D/S Sirenes NS
A. I. Langfeldt & Co., Kristiansand
4341 gt
Built in Sunderland 1913. Previous name: Hesperos until 1931.

In Swedish waters when Norway was invaded. Requisitioned by the Swedish Government on October 25-1940, and traded for the Swedish State traffic commission. Released in 1944, but laid up in Sweden until May-1945. Ships in Sweden has a list of, and information on the Norwegian ships there at the outbreak of war in Norway.

POST WAR: Sold in 1952 to Ernst Rickertsen, Hamburg, and renamed Holnis. Laid up at Hamburg Jan. 3-1958. Sold to Walter Ritscher during Febr. 1960 for breaking up at Hamburg.

Norway (A/S Odderø, Kristiansand) had another ship by this name in the 1950's, built in Sunderland, delivered as Rodney (Thomason Shipping Co Ltd, England) in 1939, sold to Sweden in 1951 and renamed Reserv. Became Norwegian Sirenes in 1953, Panamanian Marcos in 1963, sold to Manila in 1965 and renamed Sampaguita, later Philippine Sampaguita. Broken up in 1972. Here's a picture of her when Sirenes, linked to the website Rederi AB Nordstjernan, Johnson Line which also has the full history of the ship, incl. technical details (under the link.

  • Sir James Clark Ross NS
Johan Rasmussen & Co. Sandefjord
14 362 gt
Built in Middlesbrough 1930.

Please go to Sir James Clark Ross for more information.

  • M/T Sir Karl Knudsen *
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
7747 gt
Built Nakskov, Denmark 1928.

SOLD IN 1939 to Germany and renamed Charlotte Schliemann. Used as U-boat supply vessel. Scuttled on Febr. 2-1944 to avoid capture by HMS Relentless, 23 23S 74 37E. Survivors were taken on board U-532.

Picture of Sir Karl Knudsen - Source: Karl Henrik Henriksen, who says the picture was taken in 1929 when his father was on board (1928-1932), see his grandfather's story under M/S Vinni's Story

Related external link:
Survivors' story - Charlotte Schliemann. Radio Officer Alfred Moer's account. This is the 3rd chapter of A WW2 survival story of the U-Boat U188 and two of her victims.

  • M/T Sir Osborn Holmden *
    later raised
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo 1939
9153 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1928.

SOLD IN 1939 to Trans-Ocean Shipping & Chartering Co. Ltd., Panama, and renamed H. G. Wagon (Panamanian flag), sold again to France in 1939 and renamed Vendée. Taken over by the Kriegsmarine in 1940 and used as supply ship Hermann von Salza. Bombed and damaged by allied aircraft on March 22-1943 at St. Nazaire, but repaired. Scuttled at St. Nazaire by the Germans on Sept. 30-1944.

Here's a picture of Sir Osborn Holmden - Source: Historical Department, MAN B&W Diesel, Copenhagen.

POST WAR: Raised on Jan. 4-1947 and repaired. Returned to France in May under the name Vendée.

  • D/S Sitona NS *
K. Andersen & Co. A/S, Fredrikstad
1143 gt
Built in Moss 1920 (1921?). Previous name: Imacos until 1931.

Please see D/S Sitona (w/crew list).

  • D/S Sjofna NS *
Clemeth Dann, Oslo
619 gt
Built in Gouderak 1918. Previous names: Phoenix, then Kongsaa, according to a visitor to my website (his source: "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles")

D/S Sjofna has more on this ship, including details on her loss and a list of those who were on board at the time.

  • D/S Sjøbris NS
T. S. Bendixen, Lillesand
1221 gt
Built in Trondheim 1926. Previous name: Hjort until 1936.

Please continue to D/S Sjøbris.

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