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  • D/S Spero NS
Eivind Kile, Kristiansand
(Simonsen & Astrup, Oslo?)
3619 gt
Built in Osaka, Japan 1919. Previous names: Taigi Maru until 1920, Pacifico until 1934.

Please continue to my page D/S Spero for more information.

  • D/S Spes NS
T. Isaksen, Kristiansand
1142 gt
Built in Trondheim 1918.

See D/S Spes.

  • D/S Spica NS
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
500 gt
Built in Christiania 1915. Previous names: Christoffer Ellingsen, Falkeid.

See D/S Spica.

  • M/T Spinanger NS
Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
7429 gt
Built in Danzig, Germany 1927.

Please continue to M/T Spinanger (w/picture).

  • D/S Spind NS *
Jacob Salvesen, Farsund
2129 gt
Built in Sunderland 1917. Previous names: Haslemere until 1920, Homledal until 1935.

D/S Spind has more information on this ship (incl. crew list at the time of loss).

  • D/S Spurt NS
Lundegaard & Sønner, Farsund
2061 gt
Built in Michigan 1918. Previous name Craincreek until 1929.

Please continue to D/S Spurt for more.

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  • D/S Stadion II NS
J. B. Stang Oslo
629 gt
Built in Oslo 1914.

More information, including her war voyages, is available at D/S Stadion II.

  • D/S Stalheim NS *
J. B. Stang, Oslo
1298 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1936.

Info on her loss, along with a crew list and pictures can be found at D/S Stalheim.

  • D/S Star NS
J. B. Stang, Oslo
1531 gt
Built at Ardrossan 1922. Previous name: Troldfos until 1923.

See D/S Star.

Johan Rasmussen & Magnus Konow, Sandefjord
247 - 361 gt
Whale catchers.

Please see my page about the Star Whale Catchers, as well as my page Norwegian Victims of Pinguin for more details.

  • D/S Stargard NS *
J. B. Stang, Oslo
1113 gt
Built in Trondheim 1915.

My page D/S Stargard has more - incl. crew list.

  • D/S Start * neutral
Erling Mortensen, Oslo
1168 gt
Built Skien, Norway 1923.

Captain Jacob Bartmann Jacobsen. Torpedoed and sunk by U-13 (Schulte) on Jan. 31-1940 on a voyage from Sunderland to Oslo with a cargo of coal (Norway was still neutral at the time). She had departed Sunderland on Jan. 29 with 16 on board and was never heard from again.

The following 15 Norwegians are commemorated at the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway (I'm not sure if they all died in the above incident):
Mate Jens Kristian Berg Andersen, Deck Boy Arvid Bjørkback, Seaman Johannes Bratlid, Ordinary Seaman Erling Christensen, Seaman Oskar Kristian Fossberg, Stoker Hans Johan Hansen, Captain Jacob Bartmann Jacobsen, Trimmer Guttorm Rørnes Johansen, Able Seaman Ove Jermund Johansen, Engineer Oluf Martin Olsen, 1st Mate Johan Arnt Olsen Lønne, Stoker Klaus Edvard Pedersen, Stoker Bjarne Schultz Klæboe, 1st Engineer Sverre Øistein Thoresen, and Steward Olaf Olai Østensen.

Related external links:
Stavern commemorations


Picture of Start (

Other ships by this name: Jürgen Rohwer mentions a Norwegian steam trawler named Start in his "Allied Submarine Attacks", saying this vessel was shelled by the Russian submarine K-23 (Potapov) in Lopphavet on Nov. 26-1941. 15 X 100 mm shots were fired, 12 shots were observed, the ship was not damaged, but 7 crewmen were wounded by shrapnel. Norway (A. T. Simonsen) had lost a steamship by this name in 1922, built 1909, 701 gt - foundered in the Bay of Biscay in bad weather on Dec. 16-1922 when on a voyage from Requejada to Dunkirk with cargo of zinc ore. A fishing vessel, M/B Start (H 79 O) escaped from Os with 2 people on June 13-1944, arriving Fair Island 5 days later, having encountered a heavy storm.

  • D/S Stavangeren
Kornelius Olsen, Stavanger
1003 gt
Built in Stavanger 1903.

A posting by Jan-Olof to my Ship Forum indicates she might have run aground in Hestnessundet at some point in Jan.-1939, while on a voyage to Gothenburg. Refloated by the salvage vessel Ula, temporarily repaired and able to continue. He found this info in a newspaper clipping, which gives the building year as 1908.

A response to the above message says she was SOLD IN 1939 to Sven Salen, Stockholm and renamed Jamaica.

Picture of Stavangeren - received from, and painted by, Jan Goedhart, Holland.
when named Jamaica - also received from Jan Goedhart.

Before the war broke out this ship, while still Norwegian, was on charter to a Swedish company, carrying bananas Antwerp/Rotterdam-Kristiansand/Oslo-Gothenburg (the bananas were transferred from other vessels in Rotterdam). In Aug.-1939 she also made a trip to Leningrad, so the sale to Sweden must have taken place fairly late in the year, possibly around the middle of Sept.

POST WAR: (as per Ship Forum): Arrived Hamixem, Belgium on Aug. 8-1952 for breaking up.

  • D/S Steinstad * neutral
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
2477 gt
Built in Sunderland 1912.

Torpedoed on Febr. 15-1940 by U-26 (Scheringer) and sunk. Please go to D/S Steinstad for more information (includes crew list).

  • M/T Stigstad NS *
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
5964 gt
Built in Malmö, Sweden 1927.

My page M/T Stigstad has more information on some of her convoy voyages, as well as details on her loss and a crew list at the time.

  • M/T Stiklestad NS
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
9349 gt
Built in Odense, Denmark 1938.

All my available information on this ship has been posted to M/T Stiklestad (incl. a list of misc. convoy voyages).

  • M/S Stirlingville NS
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
4995 gt
Built in Sunderland 1935. Previous name: Stirling until 1936.

Please continue to M/S Stirlingville.

  • M/T Storaas NS *
Iver Bugge, Larvik
7886 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1929.

For more information, please follow this link to M/T Storaas, which includes details on her loss and a crew list.

  • M/T Storanger NS
Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
9223 gt
Built in Port Glasgow 1930.

See M/T Storanger.

  • D/S Storfjeld *
Harald Grieg Martens, Bergen
2199 gt
Built Alblasserdam, Holland 1899. Previous name: Dordrecht until 1915.

Wrecked at Seaton Rocks, near Blyth on Dec. 11-1939, 55 05 15N 01 28W.

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

  • M/T Storfonn
Sigval Bergesen, Stavanger
10 173 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1940.

Ordered in 1938 from A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg, Sweden (541) by P/r Storfonn (Sigval Bergesen), Stavanger. Launched in 1941 (or Febr. 12-1940?) as tanker Storfonn.

Laid up in Gothenburg, Sweden under allied control from 1940, released in 1945.

POST WAR: Delivered on July 28-1945, steel hull, 515.2' x 64.4' x 38.7', 10 133 gt, 15 450 tdwt, 5cyl Götaverken 5800 bhp, 13.5 knots. Sold in Jan.-1954 to A/S Asplund (Rønneberg & Galtung), Moss, Norway, renamed Realf on Dec. 14-1956, in Vigo. Sold in Aug.-1962 to breakers at Hong Kong, where she arrived on Oct. 14-1962.

(Misc. sources, incl. E-mail from R. W. Jordan, and from T. Eriksen, Norway - His source: Article about Rønneberg & Galtung by Dag Bakka jr. in Skipet 1.2005).

  • M/T Storstad NS *
A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
8998 gt
Built in Glasgow 1926.

Built by Blythswood Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., (11), launched Oct. 21-1925. 470' x 62.2' x 35.3', 4 SCSA 12 cyl. twin scr. 709 nhp (J. G. Kincaid & Co Ltd).

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

Captain Egil Wilhelmsen. Departed Miri, Borneo for Melbourne on Sept. 30-1940 with a cargo of 12 000 tons diesel oil and 500 tons regular oil, and was captured in The Indian Ocean on Oct. 7 by auxiliary cruiser Pinguin. Please go to Norwegian Victims of Pinguin for more details on this event, information on Storstad's fate and the events surrounding the capture of other Norwegian ships by this raider. There's also a crew list for Storstad, as well as info on Pinguin.

There's a message about Storstad on my Ship Forum, the text is in German.

POST WAR: Broken up in 1949.

Another Norwegian ship named Storstad collided with Empress of Ireland in 1914. Here's a picture of Storstad after the collision, from Bjørn Milde's postcard collection (see also this external link - a section of the The Great Ocean Liners). Klaveness had lost a steamship named Storstad to WW I, built 1910, 6028 gt - torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat off the southwest coast of Ireland on March 8-1917. It's possible this was the one that had collided with Empress of Ireland(?).

  • M/T Storsten NS *
Rafen & Loennechen, Tønsberg
5343 gt
Built in Glasgow 1926.

Built by Barclay Curle & Co., Glasgow (613), launched May 12-1926. 5343 gt, 7850 tdwt, 3114 net, 388' 2" x 52' 8" x 29', 4 Cyl. 2 SCDA Maclagan oil engine (North British Diesel Engine Works Ltd, 2700 bhp, 11 knots. New engine installed in 1928, 3 cyl. Doxford by shipbuilder, 2100 bhp.

WW II: One of the well known "Kvarstad"-ships that attempted to break out of Sweden on March 31/April 1-1942 following a long court case there. Only 2 out of a total of 10 ships involved managed to reach their destination (Operation Performance, Sir George Binney). Kvarstad Ships & Men has background facts and details on the breakout and all ships involved, with a crew list for each ship as well as info on their fate. There's also a picture of Storsten.

  • D/S Storviken NS *
Wallem & Co. A/S Bergen
4836 gt
Built Seattle, WA 1917.

Please see a separate page about D/S Storviken for information on her final fate, a crew list, and details on the experiences of 2 crew members who were taken prisoner on board the Japanese submarine that sank her.

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  • M/T Strinda NS
J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
10 973 gt
Built in Hamburg 1937.

Please follow this link to M/T Strinda for details on some of her war voyages.

  • D/S Strindheim * neutral
Bjarne Isaksen, Trondheim
321 gt
Built in Hoogezand 1923. Previous names: Arbeit, later Guermor.

Please continue to D/S Strindheim.

  • M/T Strix NS
Stephansen & Torgersen, Oslo
6219 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1930.

Please continue to M/T Strix for more information.

  • D/S Stromboli NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1376 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1902, purchased in 1921.

Please see my page D/S Stromboli.

  • Strombus NS *
Onésimus Andersen, Tønsberg
6549 gt
Built in Newcastle 1900. Converted tanker 1926.

Please see my page Strombus for more details, incl. info on her loss and a crew list.

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