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Dec. 29



Hi FOLKS, seek your help.
I do voluntary research for folks,although i am ex MN one covers all aspects of services.
My MN Canadian friends rang me and ask if i could find about a CANADIAN AIR FORCE chap ROBERT ALBERT BISHOP R74699 that was lost on the SHANTUNG 25 12 1941 one can only take it for granted he was a passenger on this ship in convoy 165 bound from Halifax to LIVERPOOL and as you state in your web site that the ship was SHELLED, can you please tell me any details, which would be of help.

Dec. 20

From: Rob Martin

Brilliant site

Thanks very much for all your hard work, thanks to you I've been able to tell my 89 yr old Grandfather about some of the convoys he sailed on.

Dec. 19

From: Pueblo Webster


Very well done site!

Dec. 18

From: Philip der Lente

Be proud of your website, it's great

Thank you for making this website.


Dec. 17



I found a message from Yvon Chartier dated Nov 12 2001 asking you for photographs. I noticed the name of Silius. I am very interested in this ship, sunk march 9 1916, because my grand-father was awarded the Aedel Daad medal from King Haakon VII for the rescue of the crew. I am currently writing a genealogic work on my family.
1- Have you any information or documentation about this Silius ?
2 - Same question for the Silius, historical or legendary, in the Norwegian History?
Thanking you in advance for your help.
Claude LE BAIL

By running a search on my Ship forum, I found some threads on this ship.

Dec. 14

From: Ingvar Per Freely

nice site!

Dec. 13

From: W.L.Hume



Disposal is noted as having been sold to England !.
I Piloted this lovely old ship into the Ship Breakers yard at Granton, Firth of Forth, November 1952.
Regards, Captain W. L. Hume,M.N.I.(Retd.)

I'm not entirely sure what he means by "amendment", and he left no E-mails address, so I'm unable to clarify - my information under Christiania says " Sold to England in Nov.-1952 for breaking up".

Dec. 6

From: John Mcfadyen

Corvus/Einar Berger Johnsen

I think this may be my late father-in-law.
Family matters are confused but as soon as i know more, I will reconnect.

John McFadyen

See my page about Corvus.

Dec. 5

From: Gordon Tebbutt

Suderoy VI
A very good friend of my father's served on the Suderoy VI. His name was Walton Harding Parks. Walton was a lifelong friend of my family's and he told me several stories about the two ships upon which he served during the war: the Suderoy VI and the HMCS Trail. On both he served as a signalman.

If it is possible to contact Mr. William Elsigood I would greatly appreciate that information.

Incidentally, my own grandfather (maternal) was Cato Hammer Hendricksen. He was born in Bergen and landed in Canada at Newcastle N.B.
The family history is a bit vague, but he left his ship (supposedly a whaler) with a Russian by the name of Jack Street (born in Riga).

Gordon is referring to the story found on this page. I have provided him with the E-mail address.

Nov. 29



I have been unable to confirm the loss by torpedo of ss MOSLI in convoy SL118 August 1942 en-route to UK. She was torpedoed in afternoon and only 1 man was saved she sank in about 2 minutes. The vessel was loaded with iron-ore from Pebble Sierra Leone. I was on a vessel starboard of the MOSLI. Your records only indicate a MT MOSLI ?? Kind regards

Nov. 25

Odvar Holm

Kaare II

I happened to come on your web page and saw the story on the boat Kaare II escaping from Norway during the war. The one person that I knew and I do not think that she is still living is Margot Novik. The last time I talked to her was in the mid nineties.
There is a book about their escape and the name of it is "Novikfolket" author Arvid Møller and the publisher is Aschehoug in Oslo.
Margot was a cousin of mine and I am still reserarching that line. My Far was born in Titran and my cousin Johan Holm still lives there and he knows something about this adventure.

Sincerely yours,
Odvar Holm
Carlsbad California

Odvar is referring to this story.

Nov. 23

From: Alan Bjorkvoll

Stal 1 (SF 160 SU)

My father Sigfred Bjorkvoll was the engineer on this boat. Also on the boat was Leif Krakeness who was the first lookout on the bow of the boat looking for mine fields. Because of the heavy weather was soaked through. My father joined the Norwegian navy aboard MTB 711 as engineer. Both my father and Leif settled in Aberdeen after the war but not before they had returned to Norway for several years.

Hope this is useful for you.

Alan Bjorkvoll

The boat Alan is referring to can be found here.

Nov. 22

Ruth Palm Blomquist

The American on the M/S Morviken

Dear Ms.Lawson,
My father, Gordon Palm, was the American who was listed among the crew members of the M/S Morviken. You mentioned that you didn't know what had happened to him after being released to Norway but he was able to make his way back home to New York, marry and have three daughters. My sister has his diaries and pictures from the Morviken and I would be glad to share any information...
What a wonderful surprise to see his name...and details of his ship....

Ruth is referring to my crew list for Morviken.


Nov. 21

From: Sijo Roberts

hello good site

Nov. 18

From: Olav Halvorsen

Golar Patricia

It's a coincidence I visit youre site...
Well, my father was on the "Golar Patricia" too. I was looking for some information about the ship, because I had some information that the Golar Patricia was the biggest ship ever sunk!!
My father's name is Odd Halvorsen, sorry my language isn't Norwegian, because he married a Dutch stewardess and moved to here...
My father is on the picture too, he is on the right site of the peddle next to a man with a lifevest on, and is standing behind a man without a t-shirt on. Then you see on the right of this man 2 males without there t-shirt, and they seem to bend over each other, my father is on the top.


p.s wonderfull site

Olav is referring to the picture on my page about my father's ships. I'm putting him in touch with the others from Golar Patricia who have contacted me.

Nov. 17

From: Marek Twardowski

Convoy ONS.5

Hello Siri,

Just stumbled on such a page:
I am glad the server problems are over. I was really worried for some time as to what happened to WARSAILORS.

Best wishes,

(My own page about Bonde also has some details on this convoy).

Nov. 16

From: Stuart G. Reeves



thought you may be interested to know that my late father served on the Titanian in 1935. He was the lookout who sounded the alarm off Cape Race on the night of April 23rd 1935. From my understanding the Titanian (4,867 gross tons), was completed by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Wallsend on Tyne, as the "Iossifoglu". She was owned by W. A. Souter and Company, of Newcastle upon Tyne. The incident above (April 23rd, 1935) refers to a near miss with an iceberg - and the all too chiling consequences, had the Titanian sailed on, oblivious to the impending danger ... as indeed did the Titanic before her...

The Titanian referred to here is one of the ships my father served on right after the war.

Nov. 13

From: Kirk Smith

WW2 North Atlantic Ships

My father served in the navy during WW2. I'd like to find out the name of the ship he was on, and the names of the other crew
members. He served from 1942 to 1947. His name was James Hersey Smith. He was the ships cook.

Nov. 6

From: Pearl Hurlock nee Whitmore


I read with interest, about the sinking of the Norwegian Oil Tanker Finnanger, on which my father Colour Sergeant William Thomas Whitmore was serving when it was sunk. He was a Chief Lewis Gunner in the Royal Marines when he served on the Finnanger. And I was only 15 When we got the news that he had been killed at sea. The date we were told was the 24th of February. Although he came last on the list of those who died, I was so pleased to see that he was mentioned, and also a little sad, as it has always felt to me, that he went away and left us never to return. So I was doubly pleased to see his name mentioned, makes one feel he wasn't forgotton.
yours sincerly
Pearl Hurlock nee Whitmore

My text for Finnanger

Nov. 5

Fra: Aston Forsberg


Jag har varit in på din fina hemsida och är mycket imponerad.
Jag har sökt en släkting - Per J Forsberg f1879-09-28 i Själevad Y län i Sverige.  Han emigrerade 1904 till USA och emigrerade till White Eagle, Oklahoma 1904 från Mo (Y län) i Sverige. Jag har ej lyckats hitta någon länk till kyrkböcker  där borta. Jag är alltså på jakt efter var han tog vägen?
Jag hoppas du kan läsa min svenska!
Vi är ju i alla fall brödrafolk!
Aston Forsberg


Nov 5

From: Robin Olsen

Thank you

I am a grandson to ALFRED OLSEN, who died when the BONNEVILLE was sunk. I also am a sailor in the Canadian navy now and I want to tell you how much the help you gave my brother ERIC OLSEN in finding answers to our grandfathers death means to us!!
This knowledge has really brought a great bit of closure to our questions about, what  his last moments where like.
Thank you again

Here's my text for Bonneville.

Nov. 5

From: Kai Schindlmayr



How are you?

I have been conducting a little research for my Father and his wife whom own the Solvang (homepage is: http://www.solvang.de/Galeasse.htm).

The history of the Solvang that they are aware of is as follows:

"SOLVANG" is an old Norwegian name, meaning: "A sunny pasture on the south side of a mountain".

Built in 1939 by Aasheim og Valvatne Skibsbyggeri of Sagvaag Sunnhordland in Norway as a cargo sailing ship, she was ketch rigged as a Galeas with almost 400 m2 sailarea. "SOLVANG II", as she was originally named, used to be classed by Norwegian Skibskontroll for trading in arctic waters in view of her heavy structure. She was delivered to her owner, Ole Skimmeland of Haugesund on the 21. August of 1939, and employed in the difficult area of northern Norway till 1942.

During the war till 1945 she was requisitioned by the British Navy and used by commanders in the Shetland Islands to transport jews out of german-occupied Norway. Unfortunately her masts were cut and only her original engine, a 140 Bhp Wichmann Diesel, powered the vessel. From 1945 till 1979 she worked as a motor-driven coastal cargo ship on the route Haugesund –Lofoten Islands.

On 18.7. 1979 her previous owner, Johan Reinard Shar of Korssund sold the vessel – as is where is – to Germany, where, in accordance with original drawings, she was restored by the well-known Trave-Werft of Lübeck. During 1980 the vessel was taken to Rønne on Bornholm in Denmark, to restore her rigging as a Galeas. Her masts were cut from the famous forest of Allmendingen on Bornholm. The entire restoration was completed in 1981. Her cargohold was beautifully renovated and has
been accomodating guests with a passion for traditional sailing in comfortable surroundings. Her old engine was replaced in 1984 by a powerful 6 cylinder, 300 Bhp DAF Marine Diesel. She is fully equipped with modern navigation aids and safety equipment. As a member of the Nautical Museum of Lübeck she has been sailing with her present owners mainly in the Baltic but also on the Atlantic as a sail and training ship.

The section that has interested me is the use of the vessel during WWII. I have now learnt (mainly from your site) that the operation was known as 'The Shetland Bus'. However, I have been unable to locate any reference to the Solvang itself.

Would you be able to assist me in the right direction to find reference to the Solvang or perhaps any pictures?

You time would be grealty appreciated.

Best Regards from Sydney,

Kai Schindlmayr.

Nov. 5

From: Jason Bailey

John P Pedersen - 20th May 1941

My Father, William Bailey, was on board the JPP on the 20th May '41. He was one of the fortunate ones that survived (listed as Deckboy on the survivors list).

I am pleased to let you know that my father is still alive today, living in the North West of England. He will celebrate his 85th birthday next week.

It is with fascination that I listen to my father's recollections and memories of that day - memories that even today are as clear to him they could have happended 2 or 3 years ago and not 63 years ago!

It would be great to hear of / from any survivors and/or any survivors relatives.

Does any one have any pictures of the JPP? as I only have 1 which is of poor quality.

Can you help me out here Siri?

Kind Regards

Jason Bailey

For info, John P. Pedersen can be found on this page.

Nov. 4

From: Chris Warriner


Could you please get me in touch with both David Carter who left a msg on 29 sept and Alan Fairley who left a msg on 7th Jan. They will most likely have info. regarding the Empire Sailor on which my Grandfather HERBERT MOUAT sailed as cook. He survived the sinking and went onto sail on the 'Empire Snow' on the Arctic convoys. If anyone out there has any info on these two ships or my Grandfather then please get in touch.

Thanks Chris Warriner

(Addresses have been forwarded. Please contact me for Chris' E-mail address)

Oct. 31

From: Escallier Xavier

Town and ship TOULOUSE

I am a French ship lover, leaving in TOULOUSE in FRANCE.
I have two postcards, the first one is the launching at Kiel in 1933 and the second at sea. MY QUESTION is, in my town there are about 400 Norvegians students, is that the reason to give this name to a ship? It seems it is a old tradition that students come in Toulouse.
Can you tell me about the second ship Toulouse?
I would like to send you the pictures, but what i have to do? Excuse my bad English.
thank you to take on your time to answer.

I replied:
If you go to my Ship Forum you'll see that I already answered your first question.

The 2nd ship by the name Toulouse was launched by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg (Yard No. 547) on March 1-1962, and completed on May 29 that same year.
Tonnages: 7388 gt, 4033 net, 10 025 tdwt
Dimensions: 127.17 (136.75 o.a.) x 18.36 x 11.20 m. 8661 m draught.
Machinery: 6 cylinder 2 SCSA burmeister & Wain oil engine of 7500 bhp by the shipbuilders.
Service speed: 16.5 knots. 460.99 cu. M. of refrigerated cargo space.

June 15-1974 - Transferred to Arctic Shipping (Pte.) Ltd. (Torvan Shipping Ltd. managers), Singapore.
Aug. 21-1974: Foundered about 75 miles off Ishigaki in position 23 20N 123 23E after encountering heavy seas during a voyage from Kobe to Khorramshahr with general cargo. 31 of her crew of 34 were lost.

Oct. 30

From: Steve

My grandad was a war sailor. We called him Sinbad. Good site, glad its here.

Oct. 25

From: Per Egil Ramuz Evensen

John P Pedersen

Fabulous web site!

In response to message from Catherine Loveday
My father's second cousin Knut Olav Olsen was a victim of the JPP.

His Brother Yngve and sister Sidsel ('Sissi") are still alive and live in the familly home at Holmesund near Arendal.

The sinking was a terrible blow to the small Island community of Flosta. The names of the sailors are placed on a beautiful granite memorial in front of the local church called Flosta.

We could rarely talk about this tragedy. Their mother never recovered.

My father sailed during WWII and when in port was adament about splitting up crews. It was comon for the ship owners of the Arendal area to recruit local lads and they liked to sail together. The "unwritten" rule became not to have more than 3-5 kids from the same community so if the tragedy struck it would not hit the local community so severely.

This rule became a heavy burde to my farther. When he was to cross the North Sea with the Kvarstad boats with BP Newton as 1st mate, he made sure crews were spread around. One of them, a childhood friend should have been on his ship that made the crossing, but due to the spreading of risk effort, the friend ended up on another vessel that ended up being schuttled and the poor friend was sent to German prison. The friend came home after the war, damaged for the rest of his life.

The tragedy of the war was heavy on the mothers and wifes waiting for news. These women were honored by a precious memorial of a mother with child in hand scouting over the rough seas of the Skagerak, looking for the man that never came. The memorial can be seen at the small hamlet of Kilsund on the Tverdals oy [island]. 7 of the crews from JPP came from that area.

Per Egil is referring to a previous Guestbook message. Here's the story of John P. Pedersen.

Oct. 18

From: Gabriel Vandervort

Espen F. Johansson

I am writing and producing a book about the Santo Tomas raid and am VERY impressed with this site and the photography and artifacts depicted on it.

I would love to get in touch with Espen F. Johansson and speak about hopefully locating some of this amazing photography!

Thank you so much,

Gabriel is referring to the pictures found in my Santo Tomas Documents section. I contacted Espen, but it apperas he has gotten a new E-mail address since we were last in touch, because my mail came back to me as undeliverable.

Oct. 17

From: David Bolt


Hi folks

First, may I commend you on your Warsailors web site. I am researching my grandfathers service in the British Merchant Navy (1925-1963) and have found a lot of interesting information as well as ex merchant sailors.

I have traced my ancestors back to the Shetland Islands.Around 1500 the family name changed from BULT to present day BOLT. I have reason to believe that BULT was Norwegian is this so?

Best Regards

David Thornton Bolt

Oct. 9

From: Judy MacIntyre

Convoy SC-48

My father, Daniel Joseph MacIntyre, and two friends - Simon Guthro and Angus McKinnon - were in Convoy SC-48 which departed from Sydney Cape Breton. Simon and Angus boarded the Erviken and my father said that he was on the ship immediately behind the Erviken. Simon and Angus died when the Erviken was torpedoed. I cannot find the name of the ship which was immediately behind the Erviken. Can anyone help?

Thanks, Judy

My Ship Forum is a better place for queries, mainly because I remove all E-mail addresses from this Guestbook.

Oct. 9

From: Linda Dawson

MS Spaulding

Hi, my grandfather Capt. Karl Christensen, was a master with Standard Oil Company. Iam looking for any information about a motor ship Spaulding. He was a master of the ship and in Dec of 1937 lost his life while on duty aboard the ship. We had heard it was because of German spies and he was going to report them when they got into port. He died off the coast of Florida....I can not find any information about the ship or any pictures, as I am trying to complete my family history. Is there anyone out there that can help me?

Thank you, Linda Dawson

I suggested posting a query to my Ship Forum instead.

Oct. 8

From: Ivar W. Storvik

m/v "Prospector"

Just a few words about how I came to know the "Prospector". My dad was one of the first Captains (if not the first) of the ship back in 1951. He worked for Alcoa for many years prior to that. I was born and raised in Trinidad.
I have spent many weeks aboard the "Prospector" sailing from Trinindad up the Cottica River in Surinam to Moengo through the dense jungle and back. Once in a while to Baton Rouge or to Mobile. I believe it might have been aboard the "Prospector" that my father had the great honor of taking Queen Juliana of the Netherlands on her tour to Moengo. Although, it might have been aboard the "Pathfinder"....Great fun for a boy. I remember the ship with great fondness.

Ivar is referring to one of the ships my father sailed on - see the page "Odd's Ships" on this website.

Oct. 5

From: Phil Morgan

Convoy HX 91

Many thanks for your good work, it has been very useful in helping me to look up info for a few old salts.

Can anyone give details of sinking of Greek ship Dionyssios Stathatos which is noted in convoy HX91.
Have you any info on convoy HX90? An old friend thiks he was in that one.
Best Wishes

Here's my info on Convoy HX 91. I directed Phil to U-boat.net's account on HX 90.

Oct. 2

From: Don Cody

British ships

A very interesting and informative site. Do you know of similar for the British Merchant Marine in WWII?

(My granddad (Olaf Paulsen) was Capt. of the MS Broompark which is listed in a couple of convoys.)

(My Merchatn Marines links page has some pointers).

Sept. 30

Erik Einar Forsman, born in Norberg Sweden 18.05.1900

Hello, I live in Kongsvinger Norway, and I am seeking my ancestors born in Norberg Sweden. E.E.F was a nephew to my grandfather- Ernst Albert Hedman. Grateful for answers.

Greetings from Stefi Koht Krogh
Storgt.73 Kongsvinger Norway

Sept. 29

From: Finn Overlie

S/S Christian Michelsen

My grandpa was a sailor on S/S Christian Michelsen (ABOUT 1900-1910?).

Does anybody have any information obout this ship?

Best Regards
Finn E. Overlie

I suggested my Ship Forum

Sept. 29

From: David Carter

Empire Sailor

Can you please get me in touch with Alan Fairley who has a message posted in Jan 04 about the Empire Sailor. My father's brother was one of the 23 who lost their lives and I would like to contact as he may have information that I have been unable to obtain. Many thanks.

Done! (The message referred to was posted on Jan. 7 this year - scroll down to the end of this page).

Sept. 25

From: Erik Sunde

Arne Sunde

I have enjoyed your website immensely. My grandfather was Arne Sunde, of whom you write in regard to Nortraship. I have a lot of old photos that may or may not be of interest. Many of them are of the government's return to Oslo following the end of the war. Best regards, Erik Sunde

Sept. 25

From: Tanya

The Lincoln and Mansfield Destroyers

I am looking for info on Sigurd Erich Armand Sigurdsen 1905-1943 his father was Sigurd Frederik Kristiansen 1880 (Fredrikstad). His father was Peter Kristiansen 1835 (Skjeberg) and I believe his father was Christian Olsen 1812 (Skjeberg)

Sigurd served on the destroyer Mansfield from Aug 5 - Feb 1942 and the destoyer Lincoln in later 1942.

I believe he was also stationed on the Kosmos II as a doctor assistant when the war broke out.

Any help would be great

Sept. 24

From:Ron Lawson

Thank you for your website. It was a pleasure looking and reading all the inforation about your family.

I noticed the Lawson name and was wondering where it comes in to your family.

You can reply anytime... Thank you in advance.

Ron Lawson
Marysville WA U.S.

Sept. 22

From: Tom Scharf

Madrono: Bedrich Scharf


I'm Bedrich Scharf's son, Tom.
My father survived and actually enjoyed the war years! Including the prisoner of war camp! After the war he led a team of interpreters at the Nurnberg war trials, for which he was commended by the allies. That was where he met my mother, who is German. He settled in England, getting a degree in Russian. My mother followed him over to England, getting a job as a nurse. They got married and the result was myself and my sister Averil. Bedrich worked as an industrial translator and was also an excellent chess player. Unfortunately both he and my mother have passed away.
He did give a detailed interview of his war years for the Imperial War Museum resulting in a 2-CD set which is coded so that I can't copy it! It is available through their website.
Hope this is of interest! I would love to find more photos of him around that time. Whenever we see photos of the war trials we look closely at the interpreters booths to see if we can recognise him.

Best Regards: Tom Scharf

See my text for Madrono, as well as a post war interview with Bedrich Scharf.


Sept. 18

From: Ray Buck

San Zotico

Let me first say how informative the site is and you must be commended on the amount of research that has been put into compiling the excellent site.

Now on a personal note can any one help in the history of the Eagle oil tankers, one in particular at the moment was the Tanker San Zotico on which my mother's sister's husband served as Chief Engineer. His name was Herbert ( Nobby ) Clark from South Shields , the ship was torpedoed in the engine room but went to Rosythe dockyard for repairs, Herby as he was known to us, survived the torpedoing, but on returning to the San Zotico on completion of the repairs he dropped down dead.
I was wondering what happed to the San Zotico dose anyone have any infomation at all.
Regards Ray

This is a perfect query for my Ship Forum

Sept. 18

From: Desmond Cormack

Elias Sandoy, or Bernt Elias Sandoy
I am looking for details of the above person (a seaman) who spent a number of the war yars in Buckie, Scotland. Born 1906 or 1905. Returned to Norway, near Ålesund, after the war. Thank you so very much.

Desmond Cormack

I'm afraid I cannot help with queries such as this one. For what it's worth, my Find Old Shipmates Forum is an option.


Sept. 2

From: Mike Colton

Memorials and Linking

Dear Siri,

We have visited your site on the advice of a friend and would like to link up to you from our Support Index Research section.

Hopefully you are also aware of the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Lichfield, Staffordshire, which as it grows into the 21st century will become a place of pilgramage for many.

We are creating the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove within the Arboretum and those who served on the Shetland Bus will be commemorated there in due course.

It was good to see your list of the civilians who lost their lives on the Blia. Can we add this to the Roll of Honour on our site please. In addition some info on our site may be of use to you. Please feel free to use as you wish. It like everything is not complete.

Good to see your site and keep up the good work.


Mike Colton
Allied Special Forces Association
Office 11, Cattle Market, Hereford HR4 9HX

Blia casualties can be found on this page.


Aug. 29

From: Suzanne Olsen

Ships my father sailed on

I am looking for photo's of ships my father sailed on. He left Norway on the ROYAL in 1939. Then served on the ACADIA, SEIRSTAD and BRITISH COLUMBIA EXPRESS. I have the dates he sailed on these ships and what he was employed as. I would also like some or all of the history of these ships and the ports they sailed too if possible. My eyes are not so good and I find it difficult looking through all the sites. Hope you can help. Suzanne.

Everything I have on these ships is included in my Ship Lists.

Aug. 28

From Phil Morgan


G'Morning Ref your comment HMS Sheil??
This is almost certainly HMS Shiel, a frigate built by Canadian Vickers 1943 for US Navy, transferred to Royal Navy, returned to USN 1946.
I belong to an association of mariners (some ancient) who meet 4 times a year for lunch etc. I find your site of great help in looking up details for some of them (well over 75 years). A few arguments are settled!!
Please carry on the good work.


A River Class Frigate.
Jane's War Ships gives spelling as SHIEL.
A river in Scotland is spelt SHEIL.
Adds to the confusion doesn't it?


Convoy UGS 45 is discussed on this page.


Aug. 24

From: Carla Payne


Thanks so very much for having this site because of it I was able to write to the Museum in Oslo and received info and a photo of the the ship my Cousin Clyde Ebanks from Little Cayman, Cayman Island British West Indies perished on. His story is especially sad his father Albert Ebanks left my Aunt Dora with a family of five boys and never returned it was Clyde's first trip to sea trying to take care of the family - sadly he lost his life.

Kind regards.
Carla Payne USA.

Here's my page about M/S Gundersen

Aug. 22

From: David Harvey

Great Site, its good to see such a nice, well presented site!


David Harvey

Aug. 21

From: Harold "BUD" Schmidt Sr.

Another interesting web site

I urge ALL Mariners from ALL countries to look through this site as well for yet some new, never before links about what we . S. Merchant Seamen of WW II went trough, included are over 150 pictures of posters produced by the U.S. government during that timeframe, which might be of interest to many of my fellow Mariners of WW II years.
http://usmmv.com/ is where it's at.

"BUD" Schmidt Sr. of Sequim,Wash. U.S.A.

Aug. 18

Cliff Mombourquette

Norwegian oil tankers during WW11

Sir, On the 17th August 2004 my Father from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada was honored by the Norwegian Government. He was presented with the 'Norwegian Participation Medal' for his service aboard two (2) Norwegian Oil Tankers between 1940 and 41. The two ships he served on were; M/T Solsten and the M/T Inneroy. In January 1942 the Inneroy was torpedoed and sunk while on it's way from Aruba to Halifax. My question is; do we know if the M/T Solsten was torpedoed or did it survive till the end of the war. Also, are there any pictures available of the two ships.

Regards, Cliff Mombourquette

As far as I know Solsten survived the war.

Aug. 18

From: Cal Litchfield


I would like to hear from any of my old shipmates that were on the US Marathon APA 200 when we were torpedoed in Buckner bay Okinawa. The war was almost over and we didn't sink.We lost 39 men.Would like to hear from any of these people that are still alive.

Thank you

Calvin Litchfield

If anyone wants to get in touch with Calvin, please contact me through the address provided at the bottom of this page (I've withheld his own address to prevent him from receiving Spam mails). Include the date of his message and Guestbook - Page 4 in your mail, to enable me to find his address more easily in my files.

Aug. 17

From: Joseph Wilfred Comtois

Convoy HX-212

You have a great web site and many thanks to you for it. I would hope that some day you would be able to get convoy information for HX-212. My brother Joseph Albert Comtois was a US Navy Armed Guardsman about the Tanker "Pan New York"and was killed when it was torpedoed and sunk on October 29, 1942 by U-624 (Graf von Soden Fraunhofen). All I know is that his ship was in position #42 and that a total of 6 ships were lost. It would be nice if I could get the names and positions of all the ships in the convoy.

In any event, I have gleaned a mountain of information from your site with specific reference to the ships in the HX Atlantic convoys.

Many thanks.

This convoy has since been added to my Convoys section.

Aug. 16

From: M R Holmes

M/T Glittre

I am the son of the R Holmes a gunner on the ship at the time of its sinking in 1943. He is still alive and well having survived the war. I am grateful for the information any other details or sites I could research for him would be very gratefully received. Thank you so much for the information.

My text for Glittre can be found on this page.

Aug. 12

From: Chuck


When I was a small child, my mother used to take me to the government wharf in Campbellton, NB, Canada. She often talked to the sailors on the ships in her native Norwegian. I still remember the name of one of the ships, it was the "Elg". I found your website while searching for the origins of this ship. I wanted to find a record of its ports of call and cargos but, thanks to you, I have discovered where and when it was built. BTW: Nice job on the website!

Aug. 1

From: John Malam, UK

WW2 Norwegian Merchant Fleet on film

Greetings! You have made an excellent website.

I thought you would like to know that an 18 minute British film exists of the Norwegian Merchant Fleet in WW2. The film is called "PASSAGE TO FREEDOM : a tribute to the Norwegian merchant navy" and was made in 1943 for use in British cinemas. The film is preserved at the Imperial War Museum, London. The link to it is:

I have seen the film and it records in detail the meeting at Aandalsnes, at which the British agreed to transport Øivind Lorentzen, Arne Sunde and Benjamin Vogt to London. These men are all in the film.

kind regards

This film can be found by going to http://www.iwmcollections.org.uk/atsea/ - click on "Merchant Navy", then scroll down.

July 31

From: John Giblin

D/S Ingerfire

Great site, David (my wifes dad) who has never used the internet was well impressed with what could be found, your site a classic example. An emotional time reading about DS Ingerfire. But could you please correct crew list. Gunner listed as David Parson should read David Pearson. Many thanks for the research and keep up he good work.


Here's my text for Ingerfire

July 31

From: Nick Madden

M/S Jamaica


Just thought I'd drop you a line to thank you for such an excellent website.

My mum has often told us the story of how my gradfathers ship was torpedoed during the war and how the U-Boat surfaced and the captain spoke with the survivors.

Recently I was speaking with my grandfather, Olaf Olsen, and he was telling me more about the incident. I decided to see if there was any details on the internet and was delighted to find your site.

I printed off the report on the sinking of the M/S JAMAICA and read it to my grandfater. He was amazed that the report on his ship could be found. He remembers the incident, and many of his crewmates, exactly as the report on the site. He also told us, as in the report, that he was in bed at the time of the attack and didn't have time to put his shoes on before getting into the liferaft. He told me that he injured his hands badly on the ropes as they lowered the liferaft from the ship.

Olaf is now 88 years old and living in Liverpool where he visits the Norwegian church regularly. He has 4 granchildren and has recently become a great-grandfather.

If you need any more information on the ship or crew please let me know and I will ask Olaf.

Many thanks again from us both.


Jamaica's story can be found on this page

July 28

From: Derek Cogle

D/S Dagny I

Great web site
I was very suprised to find an account of the Royal Naval Patrol Vessel Wastwater escorting D/S DangyI.
My Father, Magnus Cogle, was a telegraphist on the Wastwater, but his recollections were rather vague so it was good to get all the details.
Derek Cogle

July 27

From: Pauline Ementon

P614 Submarine Action

Hello there, My father Able Seaman William Paul Avery was awarded the DSM on 17 Nov 1942 during an attack on a German Submarine while serving on theP614 (a Turkish sub used during WW2 by the Royal Navy). I can't discover exactly what he did to deserve it even though I have been given the PRO file with ref no. ADM 1/12392. Can anyone help please.

Regards Pauline PS This is a great site.

Pauline's E-mail address can be obtained by contacting me via address given at the end of this page.

July 25

From: Mark Allen

Question about M/K Viola


I am the editor of the Maritime Museum of San Diego's quarterly journal, "Mains'l Haul." I am under deadline this week editing a story about the Norwegian Navy's WWII secret base at Peterhead. I found an interesting reference to the motor cutter "Viola" in your fantastic pages. Can you help me find out if, as I've heard rumor, "Viola" still survives today?

Thank you for your consideration.

Incidentally--and this is truly a "long shot"--do you personally have the issue of the Norwegian magazine that contains the WWII photo of "Viola" that is cited on your web page? If so, could you possibly scan it to a CD at 300 dpi, and express mail it to me? I would gladly compensate you, by credit card, for the expense, if it could arrive within the next week!

Best Regards (and congratulations on your impressive website, which I've used more than once!),

Mark Allen
"Mains'l Haul"

July 24

Frm: Barbara Bednarz

Your Homepage

I just love your homepage, you add humor with history. The photos are wonderful. My friend, Deanne Rowen of South Dakota is a third cousin of Crowned Princess Mette-Marit and we have been looking for one of her ancestors who was born in 1816 in Hegra but haven't found out yet but still looking.

Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful website.

Bye for now,

July 18

From: Tony Price

DS Blink

I can confirm that my uncle William Lloyd Lewis identified in your text was the Gunner on board DS Blink and is the same person identified on the Portsmouth War Memorial Panel 71, Col.3. He was Welsh, from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire and although I never knew him, I am, and always have been so proud of him. He came from a large and close knit family and his death hit them all very badly. He has never been forgotten, I and his one remaining sister (now well into her 80s) still talks about him from time to time.

Ruth Hayes

more thanks

Siri, I just finished reading your father's letters. The uncle John is, of course, my great grandfather (Alma's stepfather) and Grace is my aunt and godmother, Grace Wilson Tradup. What a thrill to read these! I had heard stories from Grandma Wilson about correspondence with relatives in Norway during and following the war. Now I can see some of it myself! Do you know when and by what means Olaf emigrated to America? I'd like to find his ship's passenger list.
You have opened a treasure trove for me. Many thanks and I hope to be in touch with you again sometime.
Ruth Hayes

July 15

From: Ruth Hayes

HOLM family info

Siri, you have a wonderful site! I am a novice, just starting to find information about Olaf HOLM's daughter, Alma HOLM WILSON.

My sister Rita Laumer directed me to your site, and I've been spending this entire morning gleaning information. We have known only bits relating to Alma's family.
Since we are traveling to Trondheim/Meraker at the end of August, we would particularly like to meet any of Olaf's Norwegian family. If you can help us with that part of our quest, it would be much appreciated.
I live in Cherokee, Iowa, and have just retired from teaching. It looks like family history may be my new addiction!
Thank you for the wonderful information!
Ruth Hayes

July 15

From: Rita Laumer

Holm cousin from South Dakota, USA


Imagine my surprise and excitement at seeing a picture of my step-great grandfather, Johan (John) Magnus Holm, taken with his brothers in Norway! John was a blacksmith in Jasper, Minnesota, and he moved to Dell Rapids where he continued his trade. There are still rock walls and a variety of things he made in Dell Rapids.

My paternal greatgrandfather was Olaf Holm who married Karoline Johannesdotter Sandbolokken. They had one child, my grandmother, Alma Christiana Olafsdatter Holm, who married Bert Wilson. My father was Ralph Orville Wilson, born March 9, 1921, died February 20, 1996.

I am the 3rd of 6 children born to Ralph and Inez Wilson.

My older sister, Ruth Hayes, and I have been doing some family history research because we are coming to Norway on a tour August 26 thru September 9 - the time is fast approaching! Our mother, Inez Risvold Wilson, age 79, is also going to come to Norway as are 3 of her cousins. We are going to be on a tour - but will be spending 4 or 5 days in Meraker during the Emigration Jubilee Celebration the first week in September.

How wonderful it would be if we would be able to meet you and any other Holm and Risvold relatives. We plan on bringing family history information with us - but we could also email you the family information. Do you live near Meraker?

My maternal great-great grandparents emigrated from Meraker, Norway, to the United States in 1867. They were Ane and Paul Anderson Risvold. 5 of their 6 living children emigrated with them; their married daughter, Beret, stayed behind in Meraker. I have been corresponding with Beret's great-grandson, Helge Hugdahl, Stjordal. Beret's brother, Peder, was my great-grandfather.

I must look over some of the information that my Uncle Jim Wilson gave me regarding Grandma Alma Holm Wilson's history. He said that Alma's father, Olaf, died after helping clear out swamp land for a neighbor in Minnesota. John and Karoline then married but never had children.

We have pictures of Karoline and John. Karoline was a very tall woman as was her daughter, Alma. My mom remembers mailing packages from John to Norway. So we know that he kept in contact with his family back home.

Uncle Jim also mentioned an uncle Conrad Holm that had been imprisoned by the Nazi's during the war. He said that Conrad had refused to stop writing Norwegian patriotic poetry (or music??) and that was the reason he was imprisoned.

Even though it is late at night, I just had to send this message to you, Siri.

Thank you so much for all of the effort you have put into your website. It is wonderful! I have not had a chance to read through all of it - but will be doing so! I had to call my sister, Ruth, and tell her what I had "discovered".

I bring you greetings, Siri, and wish the very best for you and your family.

We will be anxious to hear from you.

Very sincerely,
Rita Wilson Laumer

July 14

From: Dave Williams

Convoy Records

Your site has an amazing amount of detail. Thank you for your efforts.

I came to the site in search of lists of convoys so that I could build more of my fathers war record. He served on the Canadian corvette HMCS FENNEL and was mentioned in dispatches for his efforts in the March '44 sinking of U744.

Where would I be able to find listings for 1943-44 Atlantic convoys? I have departure and arrival dates from the FENNEL's logs but they do not list the convoy numbers.

Dave Williams
Ottawa, Canada

July 14

From: Rod

Sothern Venturer

My Father in Law worked for a local newspaper in Middlesbrough Cleveland England during WWII & he recently gave me some pictures from the work he did as a 16 year old boy. One of the photographs that may be of interest to you is of the Whaling Ship "Southern Venturer". He photographed it at the Smith's Dock Shipyard on the River Tees during its construction. He is not sure of the year. I can scan it a send you a copy.

Thank you & good luck


July 14

From: Jackie Sheldon

M/T Havsten

I was delighted to find the information on your site about the role that the the Havsten played in relation to the rescue of 34 survivors from the torpedoed D/S Thursobank.
My grandfather was the master of the Thursobank and I would love to hear of any more information that anyone may have.

July 10

From: Louis Dorny, CDR, USN (ret.)

D/S Prominent / USS LARK

Greetings from Seattle, WA, USA...

What a great website you have assembled. Marvelous!

I have been researching the Allied Defense campaign in the East Indies 1941-2 for many years, specifically the United States Asiatic Fleet and its aviation component, Patrol Wing TEN. In this regard, I find in the deck log of USS LARK (AM 21), an 850-ton minesweeper that had moved from the Philippines to Java in December 1941 and was working with the Dutch Navy there, sailed from Tjilatjap 1 March for Australia. The following day, 2 March, her logbook notes that they sighted a lifeboat and hove to for inspection, noted the ship's name as 'Prominent - Haugesund', and that the boat showed damage from gunfire or shelling, but no sign of life or any indication as to what might have happened to the occupants.

Under the circumstances, there was naught to do but continue on for Fremantle, Australia, where she arrived safely 9 March.

This is not any help really and adds nothing to your splendid research on the fate of D/S Prominent, but it does help paint the picture of those terrible days south of Java in March 1942.

Thank you again. Cheers, Lou

Here's my text for Prominent.

July 8

From: Mike Bunting

Ref Russian Convoys

Hi Siri

Just a few lines to say what a wonderful site. My late father William Frederick Bunting orig from Belfast was in the merchant Navy from 1942-45 and served on the Russian Convoys. He sailed on the San Venancio which was part of convoy JW 61 Oct 20th 1944 and Ra 62 10th Dec 1944.

I would be very grateful if you could send me an e mail address or a contact number for Laurence Downey who sent you a message on 14th june 2003 as he also served on the same convoys.


Mike Bunting

July 3

From: Alan Isaac

Tiller Family

One of my GGGrandfathers was a Otto Tiller who was born in Skatval on the farm Tiller Vestre (GNR 46/5) on 15 April 1843. I have a lot of information on his ancestors and descendants. After visiting the area of his birth in 2002 I purchased Bind 1 and 11 of SKATVAL Gards og Slektshistorie and have been able to trace a number of his ancestors through these excellent books. I notice that some of the same names appear on your family tree.(e.g Kari Pedersdatter Stuberg. If you are interested I have my tree loaded on www.ancestry.com.

Alan Isaac
New Zealand

July 1

From: Laura Hillenbrand

Omori and Ofuna POW camps

I am an author writing a book on a man who was held in Omori and Ofuna POW camps. The accounts of those camps that you provide on this site are superb. Could you share with me your sources, living and in print? I would like to investigate them further, and make inquiries regarding my subject. I would be especially appreciative if you could let me know of any living Norwegian POWs from those camps, or any books or articles, Norwegian or otherwise, in which I might find more information.

You are doing a wonderful service in creating this website and offering so much information on this critical period in history. Thank you so much.

Laura Hillenbrand

Laura is referring to my Life in imprisonment page (my sources are listed on the page).

June 30

From: Barb

MS Ferncliff NS

I am trying to locate any photographs of the M/S Ferncliff NS for my uncle. Apparently a number of Canadians served on this ship during W.W.2. This is the Ferncliff that was built in Hamburg in 1924 and was a military transport in Operation Torch in North Africa 1942 (information from this site - thank you). Apparently there were two other Ferncliffs, one built in 1955 and one in 1981 which is making it even more difficult to track down the W.W. 2 Ferncliff photos I would like to find.
Many thanks,
Calgary, Alberta

June 21

From: Jessica Wahlén

Gunnar Larsson, presumed dead May 1st 1943

Mr George Midgley!

I just saw your message in the guestbook, mentioning serving oon the M.S. Fernplant, and I hope and pray I shall be able to get in touch with you this way.

My grandmother's brother Karl Gunnar Larsson (born in Öregrund, Sweden on the 25th of March 1913) served on the M.S. Fernplant. He sent his brother Arvid a postcard of the ship, card stamped in Boston, Mass. on the 23rd of July 1941.

I have been told Gunnar died when his ship went down on the Atlantic ocean the 1st of May 1943. I don't know for sure if the date is correct or what ship he worked on at the time but I so hope to be able to find out what happened to him, and where.

If you, or anyone else, has any information regarding Gunnar Larsson I'd love to know. And so would my grandmother.

Sincerely, Jessica Wahlén.

(This is in response to a message posted on May 17-2003)

June 16





June 14




The Internet has plenty of info on this ship - I suggested a Google search.

June 13

From: George Marsinko

Your page is extremely helpful and interesting. I am doing research on my family which is originally from Norway. My Grandfather's name is Fiveland. His family is from Lyngdal and the area known as Fiveland there. I have a lot of historical documents concerning the farm and my family. I have been searching for a photo of the coastal defense cruiser Norge that was sunk during the first battle for Narvik. Any help you could provide would be appreciated. thanks.

Sorry, can't help. Suggested a Google search for websites about (Norwegian) warships.

June 11

From: Liz Johnson

Borgestad - Norma Hayes Nergaard

Dear Siri,

First, I really appreciate your efforts on this website. It's really great.

Second, I'm writing to ask about the Borgestad and your updated posting. I'm another neice of Norma Hayes Nergaard (she has 6 neices and 5 nephews). My family was told the Borgestad was the commodore. Naturally, I was suprised to hear differently. Can you please tell me a bit more about the gentleman who added to this information? Where did he get his dates and data?

Thanks again for your huge effort. This website is a treasure.

Liz Johnson

Norma's name is on a plaque at the Washington State WWII Memorial site, but since she was killed before the U.S. entered the war, the officials refused to put her name on the memorial itself.

See my text for Borgestad.

June 11

From: Greg Leck

Shanghai Internment camps

I notice you have very little information about the internment camps in Shanghai. I am currently writing a book about them and have a database of over 10,000 Allied civilians who were held there, including many Norwegians.

The Just Sandberg family was in Stanley Camp in Hong Kong - wife Marie, sons Anthony and Knut, and daughters Marie and Solveig.

You also mention Einar Krogseth wife and young son - I have no record of them so I suspect they were not interned. Do you have Einar Krogseth's grandaughter's address?

Greg Leck

Greg is referring to the names found on Page 3 of my POW's section.

June 10

From: Simon Kochen

Captain Frithjof Utne

Dear Siri,
As my brother, Joseph, recently wrote to you, Capt.Utne saved the lives of 1125 refugees including our own by evacuating us on the SS Leka on May 22 1940 from Calais. We are trying to find out as much as possible about Utne in order to nominate him for a place in "The Righteous of the Nations" in the Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Could you tell me the source of your information about Utne in your listing of the Leka in your Norwegian Merchant Fleet 1939-1945, and any other information you have about him.

With Thanks,Yours Sincerely,
Simon Kochen

I'm doing my best to help with this - here's my text for Leka. See also this posting to my Ship Forum.

June 7

From: Egil Schmidt

M/T Egda M/S Hird

Hi What a great site. I have been trying to trace information on my father Gilbert Schmidt. I was told he was Captain of M.S Hird, but I found out that the Captain Ansger was her Captain when he was awarded medals for bravery, both from Norge and the UK. Is there any way that I can find out the list of crew members on M/T Egda, so that I may find out if my father was on this ship. Or can you point me in the right direction to find out what ship or ships he served on. I am not very good with the use of the computer, but I have pictures of M/T Egda in dry dock at New York. The pictures have the stamp of Norwegain Underwriters Agent S.C. Halvorsen. Hand written is File 107/42 which ties up with the information on your great pages of information.
Hope you can help or if not should any one like copies of the pictures I will try to send them over the net.

Best Regards


Egil Ansger Schmidt

I ran a quick search on this website and found a Gilbert Schmidt in the crew list for Norland, but haven't heard back from Egil, so don't know whether this is the same man (I suggested he write the National Archives in Norway, addresses listed under Please read this on my site. The text there also has a link to more information on what sort of records are kept at the archives). I have a crew list for Hird (Captain named as Ansgar M. Fredhjem) but not for Egda. The pictures mentioned above have since been added to this page.

June 6

From: Ian McNeil Cooke


Am seeking anyone who served on the Bergensfjord during the Sicily landings and witnessed the attack and sinking of the hospital ship TALAMBA on July 10th 1943 in which my father, who was wounded during the landings, lost his life. Would like to know eye witness reports. Many thanks.

I've removed Ian's E-mail address to prevent him from receiving spam - should anyone want to contact him, please mail me at the contact address given at the end of this page, and I'll pass on his address. Bergensfjord is listed on this page

June 3

From: Raymond Hamilton

Missing ship

I am trying to find any informatiom or pictures of a boat/ship. She was a Norwegian ferry/supply boat. She came to Bangor in the early 1970's and disappeared, see below

Balholm Wreck 51 36 751 N 05 04 155 W
A 240 ton vessel on its way to Ireland, got into engine trouble and drifted towards Crow Rock on Jan 26th 1979. The Angle lifeboat took people off, it dropped anchor half a mile west of Crow Rock, where it remained for a few days and then vanished! The seas were moderate and no reason could be seen why she had vanished. Lifejackets were washed up on Lydstep beach, 15 miles away, and a lifeboat washed up 43 miles W, NW of Linney Head.

Any imformation who built it or plan, photos I would be extremlly greatful



May 28

From: Charles Smith


I'm Looking for photos of two Norwegian flag vessels I worked on the "MS Naess Meteor" and the "MT Gunner Knutsen later Sunny Prince". I would like to use them in a personal website http://users.eastlink.ca/~cis65/_sgt/f10000.htm if you can help thanks
Charles Smith

May 23

From: Lars Brændø

Anna Odland Ship bell

Dear Sir
First of all, thank for such a great website, with so much useful information and interesting readings. I came across this website while searching for information about a ship called "Anna Odland". I am currently living in Bangladesh, and few days ago, I discovered at a market an old Ship bell with the Inscription "Anna Odland 1950". The bell is now in my possession, and want to find out if this bell really comes from one of the two ships with the same name. The bell is black painted and the weight is about 15 Kg. I understand from the information I found that there have been two ships with name Anna Odland, one built in 1939 and the other one built in 1961. The latest was broken up in Chittagong, so I assume that the bell comes from that ship, but why does the bell has the inscription 1950. I will appreciate if somebody can answer the question. However I will personally bring the beautiful and good sounding bell home to Norway.

Lars Brændø

May 21

From: Den Budden

Arnold Peterson


Many thanks for a very interesting site. I wonder whether you could help me, or point me in the right direction of enquiry.

I live in Gosport, Hampshire, UK. I have been for some years, researching the war casualties of the Gosport area. Amongst this research is the RN Hospital and Cemetery of Haslar.

One of the deaths recorded as having happened in the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar is the gentleman listed below. I have not been able to find anything else out about him, not even where he was buried, and wonder whether he was returned to Norway for burial? The details I have come from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, listed under "Civilian War Deaths"?

Any help would be most gratefully recieved, if there is anyhting I may be able to help you with, please let me know, I dont have all the answers, But, I will try.

Age 35, served in the Merchant Navy.
Came from Kirkoy, Vega Island, Helgeland.
Died on the 14 June 1941 at the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, Gosport.

Once again many thanks for a great site, and I promise to reply to any answer.

Best Wishes,

Den Budden

The only person I can find who fits this information is 1st Mate Arnold Pedersen of D/S Ala who was indeed from Vega in Nordland and 35 years old when this ship was lost - follow link for details.

May 19

From: D J MacLaughlin

Enjoyed the site, but I need to warn against 419 scammers, who will inundate your with scams.

May 18

From: Stuart Usher

Norwegian steamer m/s STAMSUND

I have been admiring your exceptional website! I'm very impressed.

I wonder if you can help, or at least point me in the right direction.

For many years I have been involved in the search for the Royal Navy midget submarine "X-5" which was one of the three submarines which attacked TIRPITZ in her anchorage at Kaafjord near Alta in September 1943. In fact I have just returned from Alta where I was participating in a BBC documentary about this attack.

I am trying to find some information about a Norwegian vessel known at the STAMSUND. She was in Kaafjord on the day of the attack, and actually was caught in the firing line of TIRPITZ' guns as she opened fire on one of the submarines. STAMSUND's captain was Sven Hertzberg and the ship was owned by the Vesteraalen Steamship Company of Stokmarknes.

STAMSUND had been ordered to Kafjord to unload some motor vehicles for the German occupying forces when all of this started happening around her. One of the crew was killed and several injured in the shooting.

Can you tell me:

Given that this ship was clearly under German control, is it likely that her log survived?

If the ships log does still exist, where is it likely to be archived?

Can we assume that the captain would have been restricted in what he could write in his log?

Do you have any suggestions as to where I could go for further information about the ship, her crew and her activities

Many thanks and very best wishes

Stuart Usher

I referred Stuart to my Ship Forum

May 17

From: Martin Worrow

D-T Norfjell


May I congratulate you on putting together a terrific site and thank you for so doing as I have been able to find out a little more about my dads WWII service.

My father, Henry (Harry) Worrow spent much of WWII as a gunner aboard Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS) and was seconded to this role from the British Army Royal Artillery.

I remember dad telling me about the time that he was torpedoed twice in one day and assume from the information you have supplied that the first of these U-Boat attacks was when he was aboard D-T Norfjell. I have a photo with 6 names on the reverse and believe that it was whilst they were aboard that same ship. The names are: Ken Wilcock, Frank Chadwick, Charles Mann, Maurice Kennedy, George Stokes & James Hill. Please let me know if you would like a copy.

Regards from England and thanks again.

Martin Worrow

P.S. Harry Worrow died 27 Dec 1997 aged 81 years and had great regard for the Norwegian people.

The picture mentioned above has been added to my page about Norfjell.

May 15


Re SS Chulmleigh.

My father D F Clark was third officer and one of the few survivors (I believe it was 7 out of 49). The reason why the dates of death of those in Tromso cemetery were spread over such a long time is related to them being stranded on Spitzbergen for so long before being found (5 Nov 1942-Jan 1943). Horrific story - read the details in Keith Jessop's excellent book "Goldfinder". They starved or died from cold over a period of almost three months in arctic winter.

Dad lived to a good age - 76.

Good site this - thanks for all your efforts to produce such a complete record.



David is referring to my text towards the end of this page.

May 9

From: Patrick Walters

Hi! what a fantastic web site; I really love it!


May 5

From: Joe Jones

Interesting site. Glad to visit it.

May 5

From: Jeff Giltz

Grandfather Ernest Giltz

My grandfather was a merchant marine during W.W.2 . His name was Ernest Giltz. He died at age 49 so I never got to meet him. I would like to hear from someone who knew him.

Thanks Jeff Gilz

(I have Jeff's E-mail address)

May 5

From: Lillian Salvesen Skjørten

Boarding house in Liverpool

I am writing this for my mother Lorina (Rena) Andrews Salvesen from Liverpool. In september 1942 she married Fredrik Salvesen from Mandal Norway. During the war my grandmother Lorina Andrews ran a boarding house in Liverpool called "one sixty" During the war lots of Norvegian sailors stayed with them. Is there anyone who knows anybody who stayed with them.

Lillian Salvesen Skjørten

May 3

From: Siri Riner

Nice Site

Hello Siri,

You have a very good site and a wonderful name. I am from Thailand but I live with my mother and step dad in Stockbridge, Georgia. I am 14 years old and was excited to see someone with the name "SIRI".

Have a good day,

Siri Riner

Apr. 29

From: Peter and Larry

Hi! Great website! Keep it up. We're friends and we love your site. Peter and Larry

Apr. 25

From: Linda

Just browsing. Great graphics and background, and use of muted color (my specialty).

Apr. 27

From: Laurie Clarkson

Steam Tanker "Marathon" Norwegian Merchant Marines

Looking everywhere for a photo of the Steam Tanker "Marathon" which my father was on in 1941 while a member of the Norwegian Merchant Marines. Built in Sunderland 1930. Any help really appreciated. Thanks!!

I usually recommend my Ship Forum for questions like this, failing that - the Maritime Museum in Oslo might be able to help (address on my main ship list page)


Apr. 25

From: Linda

Just browsing. Great graphics and background, and use of muted color (my specialty).


Apr. 20

From: Trond Sundby

Nice Website

I would like to thank you for a most awesome website. Both my grandfathers sailed during WW2. One of them sailed on MS Velox, the other on a ship owned by Thor Dahl (cant remember which one).
Keep up the good work, i have given the link to this site to my father and he is all over it :)


Trond Sundby

Apr. 13

From: Earle Mitchell


Thank you very much for the major work you have put into this site. I do not believe I have ever seen such dedication before.

From a friend in the USA.

Thanks - glad you enjoyed!

Apr. 11

From: Robert E. Rommel

Missing relative

You have a very good web site. I've been on it about 2hrs. tonight. I am looking for information on a German Naval Officer who was my grandmother's brother. All I have is his last name which is Manteufel. I would appreciate any information, thank you.

As much as I would like to, I cannot assist with this type of query.

Apr. 6

From: Craig Howard

Convoy OB288

Refer you to http://web.onetel.com/%7Etanyahemmings/page3.html which has information of ships in the convoy, including the Svein Jarl which was sunk, the Dux (there was reference to a "motorbarge" in today's forum but I don't think this can be the same one), and the Lista. There were 10 ships sunk in the convoy which are not listed in Hague because technically it was dispersed at the time.

As ever, best regards, Craig

Apr. 6

From: Claire


Carleen reminded me about your site and I wondered if it was possible to interview you for an article for my history blog? Here are the questions:

Could you explain to us what warsailors.com is about?

What started you off on your research?

Were you interested in History when you were at school?

What do you enjoy most about maintaining warsailors.com?

Can you suggest any similar sites to us?

Do you have plans for more research?

Thank you :)

Apr. 6

From: Nigel Pope


Would anybody who was aboard this vessel in late 1941 and early 1942 please post information. My late uncle AB B Parry was a DEMS and was lost. I have information but no personal records, particularly why 1st Officer Jacob Mardesic was recorded as a "Courageous Fellow".

Apr. 6

From: Unknown

Nice site

Keep it cool and running

March 31

From: Louis Cafiero, AMMV.

Seamens sufferance & survivial.

Dear Ms Holm;
Finally, we have the Norwegian "warsailors" page on line, found on Tom Bowermans NAG web site, a seafaring Nations war saga (what he means is, a link to warsailors.com has been added to that site).

Since the beginning of ocean-sea travel, the Norwegian mariner has been a cut above the rest, with few exceptions. Seamen have always been used & abused since the early times, especially in wartime !! Even today, you can find a ship's crew in distress, left to face survial, on his own. Man's inhuman behavior to seamen, is history. In WW2, the sea war was grisly to all hands. Women, children of all nations suffered as well as the seamen, lost at sea, forever.

The POW seamen was abused even more as he was treated brutally by his captors in Asia. The brave Norwegian seamen, survived the African POW camps, under enemy control and again cruelty was bestowed apon the seamen.

Thank you for the Nowegian seamen history.

March 24

From: John Peterson

Empire Heritage HX-305

My grandfather was in the Merchant Navy and was on the ship Empire Heritage which was torpedoed in Sept 1944. He survived despite being unable to swim but never spoke much about the event. Now he is no longer with us but I would like to get as much information as I can about the sinking of the ship and what exactly happened. I know the rough details but are their any published accounts from other survivors or witnesses?
Also are their any more detailed accounts of what happened to the rescued men once they had been picked up. I would be grateful for any info received no matter how small.
Please show email address

March 23

From: Hendrik Jan Bakker

CHAMA - Shell tanker

In 1956 I sailed with the tanker Chama from Singapore to Rotterdam - her last trip.She then was demolished. I remenber there was a brass plate in the messroom telling that this ship completely destroyed a Japanese warship with 0ne lucky gunshot.It was a direct hit in the gunpowder room.The Chama did not have a proper funnel because she has also been a baby flattop carrier.And it was obvious that building a proper funnel on a ship that was intend to be demolished was to expensive.There was only an exhaust pipe. Perhaps you can find the complete history of this fine ship.Thank you very much for your site.

This is a perfect question for my Ship Forum

March 23

From: Deane Wynne


I served aboard the ss VENI as a coal trimmer in 1942-3 doing 5 trips across the North Atlantic in atrocious weather. The VENI was built in Sunderland 1901 as the Tonbridge and sold to various Norwegian owners later on. She was a double well decker. Had no generators or refigerator . Smoky old duck lamps for lighting. Salt Beef, Pork and herring was kept in wooden barrells under the foc'sle head. A very hard ship for a young 17 year old to start his sea going career. There were two of us Englishmen aboard and I must say I found the Norwegian crew to be the finest I had ever sailed with. I finally left her during a refit in New York, February 1943 and was torpedoed on mky way home in a British ship. Your web site says she was wrecked near Leith in 1946 in fog. I have a newspaper picture of her wrecked on the western Scottish islands in 1946. I also have a good photo of the Veni if anyone is interested. I was on holiday in Norway in the 1970's and tried to find one of the younger crew members Hans Hjalmar Hansen from Tvedestrand, Telemark but with no success. We knew him as Ho,ho, Hansen. I am 80 now and wonder if there are any still around who remember the VENI ?

Takk skal du ha. Deane Wynne

I have Deane's E-mail address if anyone would like to get in touch with him - my contact address is at the end of this page

March 22




March 20

From: Sharon Connor

Searching for POW John G. McFarlane

We are searching for John G. McFarlane of Miami Florida, US Navy in WW II, who was a crewman on the USS Penguin at Guam, captured on Dec 10, 1941.
We are putting up a Memorial Stone in Millville, New Brunswick, Canada and want to include him.

Thanks for any help you can give.

March 18

From: Aud Christiansen

M/S Thermopylæ

Hello Siri,
My Dad was an engineer onboard the Thermopylæ when she was hit early 1942, was severely wounded and ended up in hospital in Alexandria; the Anglo-Swiss Hospital. After 3 months here, Rommel and his troops were fast approaching Alexandria, and the hospital was evacuated. Dad and others headed for Cape Town onboard the "Bergensfjord" - final destination USA. However, Dad became worse and had to be left behind in Cape Town where he spent 2 years in Folk's Hospital. He stayed on in Cape Town until the war ended and he finally could come home to Norway.

Dad died in 1996, my mother in 2001. Going through some old papers I come across an interview with Dad back in 1990 in our local newspaper where he tells the story of Thermopylæ. As you write on your web site - many of the men having experienced the horros of WW II seldom want to or are able to talk about it. I have just started thinking about and searching for leads that can tell me the whole story of my Dad's life from 1941/42 to the summer of 1945. I was therefore thrilled to find your web site and the extensive article about Thermopylæ, which I will read after finishing this. I will of course provide whatever information I can find, - should this be of interest.

Good luck in your continued work.
Best regards from Aud Christiansen, 1518 Moss, Norway

I absolutely love getting messages like this one - it shows me yet again that what I'm doing is important! Here is my page for Thermopylæ

March 17

From: Mario Romano

As an old sailor, I like to go through old and new marine subjects (in peace and in wartime). My compliments.
Best regards

March 17

From: Philip Seils

Kaare Remme

Dear Siri, I see a letter from Michael Remme about an uncle who was on board D/S Skottland when it was torpedoed. I don`t remember the name but I remember the Donkeyman. He was quite a proficient player of the accordion and used to cheer us up at sea with his playing.


Skottland is discussed on this page

March 17

From: Thomas Tobiassen

Thorleif Tobiassen

My father, Thorleif, appears several times in text relating to the Potentilla and Montbretia. I can confirm that he did sail on those ships - hence why the article was written in the "1st person".
I am trying to find further information on my father - record of service during the war or record of service when he sailed with Fred Olsen lines after the war or record of service when he sailed on the sailing ships eg Christian Radich (?) - can you assist?

Thanking you in anticipation
Thomas Tobiassen

March 14

From: Ian McNeil Cooke


I was interested to see that Norwegian ships were at the Sicily landings and wondered if you know of anyone who witnessed the sinking of the hospital ship TALAMBA on the night of 10th July 1943, during which my father lost his life.
Yours sincerely
Ian McNeil Cooke
Cornwall UK

March 12

From: Richard


Good website

March 10

From: Harry K. Langenes


In 1954 I was sailing on FERNGULF of Oslo. There was a lot of rust under the winches. I was told that the ship had been bombed and sunk at Limfjorden near Aalborg Denmark and had been bombed at the end of the the war. Tried to find any information about FERNGULF. Unable to find anything. The shipowner was Fearnley and Eger.

Thanks for a werry interesting WEB-site.

Harry L.

Ferngulf is listed in the Homefleet section of this website.

March 9

From: Marco Eggert

Update Silvaplana

Fantastic Work about "Atlantis" last victim MS Silvaplana. I have some information for you. My Grandfather Gustav Eggert was the civil commander (navigation officer) on bord Silvaplana on the journey from South Pacific back to Europe. Are you interested in more information?

Always interested!

March 8

From: Mark ter Bals

Your name (Siri)

Hello, I found your site (which is good looking, by the way) when I entered a query "Siri" in Google. That's because we (my girlfriend and I) consider to name our future child Siri, if it turns out to be a daughter. Here in Holland it is not a commom name, we made the name up ourselves, it is not in the books we have.

Now I am looking on the internet for the meaning (if any) of the name and where it comes from. Indeed I thought Siri sounds norwegian, although judging from the sound it could be from India as well.

Can you tell me more about the name Siri? It's meaning, where it comes from, whether it is used often in Norway or other countries? I would be very pleased if you could find time to answer me.


Mark ter Bals

This is a question I get quite often. My books say that Siri is an old Norse name, stemming from Sigrid, and means "sun". A while back I found some websites that has sinformation on the meaning of misc. names, including Siri, by entering the phrase "meaning of names" in Google. When I was growing up it was a very popular name for cats, and I didn't know anybody else named Siri, but these old names are becoming popular again now.

March 3

From: Neil Carlsen

Chapman & Willan

Looking for anyone or relatives of anyone who sailed in the Chapman & Willan fleet during the second world war who might have known or worked with my uncle James Nicholson Meeks. Most interested in Peterton and Generton but other ships (which all end in ....ton) would also be of interest.
Please respond even if you don't know of my uncle as any information on the Chapman & Willan fleet from that period would be very fantastic.


I have Neil's address in my files - if anyone would like to respond to his message, please contact me at the address posted at the bottom of this page.

Febr. 27

From: Danny Campbell

Shipwreck of the Runa

We have found a shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina that we believe to be Norwegian freighter 'Runa' (built as Marie di Giorgio in 1911 at Nylands Vaerksted in Kristianna, Norway). It was lost December 1923 with a cargo of lumber.

We are trying to confirm the identity of this wreck by location of its major features (mast, boilers, winches, etc.) Would you have access to any photographs or plan drawings of this vessel or could you point us toward someone that would?

Any assistance that you can provide is appreciated.

Danny Campbell

PS. You have a very informative and well laid-out website.

Febr. 27

From: Dave Johnston


Trying to gather information for my mother in law who's father George Henry Bishop Heppel was the Berwick Coastguard and was subsequently awarded the Member of the British Empire Medal(MBE) for his part in rescueing survivors of the D/S RASK

Febr. 24

From: Dianne Gowing

My grandfather

You had helped me in the past in my search for information on my grandfather, Andrew John O'Dea. He was in the Merchant Navy and died aboard the HAVTOR, when it was torpedoed during the war. I have received information (5 pgs) from the Norsk Sjofartsmuseum about him; all but one page is in Norwegian. The cover letter from them also stated that no medals were given post mortem after the war. Do you know where I should start in trying to see if my mother and sisters would be entitled to any medals he might have been eligible for? I have no clue where to start and any help would be appreciated. Thank you. ~Dianne Gowing.

This is a question that pops up quite frequently, and I never know how to help. If anyone sees this and have some advice, please contact me at the address given at the end of this page, so that I can better help in the future. I have suggested writing to Sjøfartsdirektoratet
Postboks 8123 Dep., 0032 Oslo

but don't know whether this would be the right place to contact. (Here's my page about Havtor).

Febr. 23

From: Roy Ackrill

ww2 service on Vis. Adriatic

Thought I would catch some of my mates before they crossed the bar. T124 spec ops SSRF ops. 3 group played havoc with Jerry bases up and down the coast courtesy of SOE, blowing big holes in installations and a wee bit of knife work thrown in for good measure- rescued downed airforce crews and kept Tito's Boys supplied. Operated in 2 man teams mostly but varied according to tasks allotted, up to 8 men sometimes. SBS were not liked by Admiralty we were wayward boys and didn't behave. Say no more . a good site and very informative.thank you... und kein Gluck...

I have Roy's E-mail address if anyone would like to contact him.

Febr. 21

From: Bernard Edwards


Require for book I am writing information on the sinking of the Norwegian motor tanker Syhav 6 March 1942. Can anyone let me have copy of article on this which appeared in Krigsseileren magazine in 2000?

Grateful for your help.


Bernard Edwards

Jan. 20

My father Ian Newham (Australian) served in the Norweigian merchant navy from 1943-46.

He was only 15 years old.

Who can I contact to receive a service medal for my children to appreciate?

You didn't leave me an E-mail address, so It's impossible for me, or anyone else to help.

Febr. 8

From: Marliese Whelan

This site may be helpful to my search!

This site is very interesting! You should be commended for the obvious hard work you put into it. I too am searching for information,anything I can get, about my grandfather, Iver Severin Iversen (it may also be spelled Ivar Ivarsen). He was a whaler, who emigrated to Newfoundland,Canada,circa 1939/1940. He may have been captured by the Nazis, however, I'm not sure. Details about his life seem to be very hard to come by. There was a Time Magazine article written about him many years ago(my mother has a copy of it); in it he claimed he was captured by and escaped from the Nazis, yet my grandmother,his common-law wife,says it isn't true. In fact, my grandmother doesn't give much information about him at all; it's like his life was some kind of secret. He died here in Nfld., in 1962. He was about 66 years of age. Before he came to Canada, he had a wife and children in Norway. The only detail I know for certain is that he had a son named John, any other children, I do not know about. My mother and her two sisters were always led to believe that he came from Tonsberg, however, church records in Tonsberg reveal no trace of him. I would very much like to find any living relatives in Norway. My mother and aunts had/have siblings in Norway; I may have cousins, who probably don't know we exist. I would love to contact them, as would my mother. I have recently found, through a general search engine, that he may have come from a place called, Strengsdal,Notteroy,Vf, but I am just grasping at straws at this point. Can you help steer me in the right direction as to what to look for and how to look. I have no info on names of vessels he may have sailed on. If you would like to contact me, I would appreciate it very much.
Marliese Whelan

Febr. 7

From: Michael Singer

Halifax to Avonmouth, 1941

My Father In Law left Halifax, N.S. on July 19, 1941 and arrived in Avonmouth, England, UK, on July 31, 1941.

I am trying to find his troop ship. He was in the Canadian Army Corp of Signals.

I replied to this mail, but yet again my message came back, this time it was redirected to a "suspect email" folder (protected by a spam blocker). In this particular case there wasn't much I could do to help anyway, other than suggest my Ship Forum, but in many other cases I spend quite a long time researching the question and trying to help, only to have my mail returned as undeliverable.

Febr. 4

From: Tim Dean


My father EG Dean Sgt /Plt RAAF and a contingent of other Airmen, Sailed from Halifax Ca to Iceland in march 1941 on the Rajputana. They were offloaded in Iceland because of u boat activity. The Rajputana then sailed on to be sunk by u boat 108. I am trying to find out what ship they completed their voyage to the UK on. Can you help?

Jan. 28

From:. A. B.

SS Emma torpedoed 1942

Hi could anyone help I am trying to find out about my relative who sailed on the SS Emma. I believe he sailed from Cardiff on 30 April 1942 on the SS Emma and was torpedoed. He was allowed entry to Sydney on 20th June 1942 as SHIPWWRECKED. On the 14th June he was in Montreal. Then he was in Halifax on July 1942.
I would be grateful for any information about the incident



You didn't leave me your E-mail address, so I cannot contact you (nor can anyone else), but if you see this, you might want to try posting your query to my Ship Forum, I'm almost sure someone there will be able to help

Jan. 25

From: Noel Blacklock

Merchant Navy

Well done SIRI. What a wonderful Web Site, I have spent hours going through it. I was an R/O with Marconis right through the war, mainly in the Atlantic, and was sunk twice. We old salts have a lot to thank you lovely ladies for all the the research you have done, and for all your efforts on our behalf. Without it no one would know about the exploits and sacrifices made by men of the Allied Merchant Navies all those years ago. I would not be here today if it were not for the bravery of Dutchmen on ss Oberon who risked their lives to pick me and others up out of the water in Sept 1940 off Aberdeen. I wish I could have thanked them all those years ago. Too late now.

Jan. 23

From: Miles Dyson

Great site

It is very informative. Keep up the good work.

Jan. 21

From: Cyril W Lingwood

General interest

Enjoyed looking at your site. I am aged 81 and worked at a secret reseach & Development unit duriing WW2 ( see Malmesbury Memmories site) so naturally interested in wartime history. I was linked to your site from the U-boat site.

Once again a very interesting site and well laid out.

Jan. 20

From: Charles LeRoyer

D/T(?)Crawford Ellis

I have a half-model of the Crawford Ellis which was given to my grandfather by a friend who was president of the American Fruit Compnay. It is a very detailed model set in a wood and glass case against a mirror. The model measures about 3 feet long by 1 foot high. There was a letter from the president to my grandfather that accompanied the model which I seem to have misplaced. I believe it was given in the 1930's.
I have no place to display this fine model, so have thought to donate it to the Maine Maritime Academy for their museum. Do you have any idea of it's value? I might be able to send a photo if you are interested.

Jan. 19

From: Richard Goold

D/S Borgfred

I have to say once again your site gives me hours of enjoyment & there seems to be no end with all the links. I came across the Borgfred, which I sailed on from Apr.1957--Apr.1958. At that time she was named Sandli, Capt N Wisht & owned by M B Johansen, Skien. The owners son was Second Mate. In Aug of 57 we sailed the Arctic & 500 miles up the Yenisei river almost into the centre of Siberia. It was great to read the history of that ship & her wartime ventures. Again, many thanks.

Jan 16

From: Meyer, Hans

Picture "Prinz Eugen meets Krossfonn"

Dear Sirs,

at present I am working on a publication about the ships built and rebuilt by Howaldtswerke AG, yard Kiel, Kiel, later Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG.

The yard repaired in 1949 the "Krossfonn" used in World War II by the German Navy as support tanker.

The picture I revert to (I looked two times to it), shows a freighter and not a tanker as the "Krossfonn" had been, with the engine aft and the bridge about amidships.

A link to the picture in question can be found in my text for Krossfonn on this page.

Jan. 16

From: Martin Walker

Harry Collings message re Montevideo

Would it be possible for you to pass my emai address to the Harry Collings who posted a message on Oct. 26 regarding the Montevideo?

My father-in-law, John Storhaug, served on this ship from 1943-1945.


Martin Walker


Jan. 13

From: Abraham Luxembourg

Dear Mr. Lawson,

I came across your website and found your page regarding M/V Suderholm.

During part of WW II I joined the Suderholm as an AB (Matros in Norwegian).
I clearly remember Captain Morland and some other crew members. If I am not mistaken, the Chief Mate's name was Sevensen. I still have a few pictures of the Suderholm and it's crew.

The Suderholm sailed in the Eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea, supplying fuel oil to navel ships, battle cruisers, cruisers, etc.

If you want more details, please advise. Anybody connected or related to the Suderholm and it's crew is welcome to contact me.

Thank you for your information.

Best wishes,
Abraham Luxembourg

Here's my page about Suderholm.


Jan. 11

From: Wayne

My father served on Canadian and Norwegian merchant ships 1943 through 1946. The Norwegian ships were the Tropic Star, Norsol, Fjordass and the Ada. Here are a few Photos to share with you and if anyone can help to identify anything please contact me at wjackson@sympatico.ca

Jan. 10

From: David Gale

ms Kongsfjord aka Gonzenheim

My father was in Royal Navy aboard HMS Neptune. HMS Neptune stopped the Gonzenheim. My father was on boarding party who searched the ship. Following the transfer of the crew to the Neptune, the Gonzenheim was then torpedoed. I have 2 photos, one of the Gonzenheim and one of the boat bringing the crew to the Neptune. My father appropriated a knife kit, similar to a swiss army knife, whilst he was on board the Gonzenheim. When i was a child my mother used to cut my nails with the little scissors. It was known as the jerry knife in my family.

M/S Kongsfjord is listed at this link in the Homefleet section of this website.

Jan. 9-2004

From: Collingwood Harris


While I was not present when U-482 torpedoed the Fjordheim, I was present as a radar operator aboard the USS Peterson, DE 152, when Hartmut Graf von Matuschka torpedoed the Tanker Jacksonville on August 30th, 1944, with the loss of all but two crew members. We searched for Matuschka for several hours, but to no avail, owing to rocky-bottom echoes that confused the sonar. In February 1989 I visited Hartmut's brother Volkhart in Wetzlar/Lahn, north of Frankfurt, where I had a graciously hosted Sunday-afternoon visit with him and his wife Heillwig. I perused the late Hartmut's well organized personal photo album and his extremely neat highschool geometry notebook. A family tree on the wall in Volkhart's den traced the family history back to the year 1250. After dinner Volkhart and I visited the family Gieserei museum. A day or two later I also visited his nephew, Albrecht Graf Matuschka, in Munich and actually had some business dealing with him (he is a financier) here in the US, in 1991! (Small world!) Hartmut's brother Volkhart, a twice-wounded Panzer Offizier on the Eastern Front during WWII, died of an embolism about four years ago. I still exchange Christmas greetings with his nephew Albrecht. I am currently putting together a Website on the USS Peterson and will have a link to your Website.

Jan. 7-2004

From: Brian Milthorp

MV Dea

My father served as the Radio Operator aboard the S/S "Dea" from June 1942 to Feb. 1943. In a letter dated 25th June he described the ship as having a "fine crowd on board so I think I wil enjoy the job. The equipment is modern and easy to work. . . There won't be much for me to do, just listen for distress signals, take the time signals, news dispatches and keep the equipment in working order." He writes from Corpus Christi on 23 July 1942, "Sailing in the Gulf is very pleasant and we try to stay in fairly shallow water to lessen the submarine risk. On the way to Progresso we picked up the crew of a torpedoed Norwegian freighter, twenty five survivors of a crew of twenty six. They were torpedoed at eleven at night, two hundred miles off Corpus Christi and we sighted their lifeboats at nine the next morning." His first ship was the Danish "Sally Maersk" which was interned in Dakar by the Vichy French in 1941. Having a British passport, he spent nine months as a civilian prisoner at the Kourlikoro Internment Camp in French Sudan. If you are interested, I have a number of photographs he took of Dakar Harbour during the naval bombardment and of the Dea that I will gladly scan and forward.
Thank you for such an informative sight.

Best regards
Brian Milthorp
Quesnel, Canada

Dea can be found on this page. The survivors she rescued were from Gundersen.

Jan. 7-2004

From: Alan Fairley

Convoy ON145

I have been researching the sinking of the Empire Sailor on 21 Nov 1942.My father was her Captain at that time.Included in her cargo was a quantity of phosgene gas rocket shells.Although all but 3 of the crew escaped from the ship a further 20 died within a few hours as a result of inhaling the phosgene gas.
You may be interested to know that at the time of the attack there were 19 ships in the convoy including the Norwegian THORHILD, MOSLI, SKARAAS & BRANT COUNTY, (already mentioned by you)
You have a great site
Alan Fairley

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