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M/S Austvard
Updated Dec. 23-2012

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Crew List

Source: Historical Department, MAN B&W Diesel, Copenhagen - (see their museum website, external link).
They also sent me another picture, as well as this one.

Manager: Lauritz Kloster, Oslo
3677 gt, 7150 tdwt.
Call Sign: LCDX

Built in Copenhagen in 1925.

Captain: Arne Kjos

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message from the nephew of Harald Morken Flatø - see crew list below.
Guestbook message from the niece of James Kervin.

Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.
(Unfortunately, some details have disappeared in the margin of the scan).

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

Voyage Record
From Sept.-1939 to Jan.-1941:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1939 Sept. 15 Dakar Cape Verdes Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 18 Cape Verdes Montreal Oct. 2 Independent
Oct. 10 Montreal Buenos Aires Nov. 12 Independent
Nov. 23 Buenos Aires Cape Verdes Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 8 Cape Verdes Helsinborg Independent
1940 Febr. 5 Helsingborg Portland, Maine Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 26 Portland, Maine Hampton Roads March 1 Independent
March 2 Hampton Roads Trinidad March 10 Independent
March 11 Trinidad Buenos Aires March 31 Independent
Apr. 27 Buenos Aires Montevideo Apr. 28 Independent *Archive document gives arrival May 6(?)
May 6 Montevideo Freetown May 23 Independent
May 23 Freetown Limerick June 9 SL 33 For Limerick.
Convoy available at SL 33
(external link)
June 22* Limerick Swansea June 29 Independent *Archive doc gives departure June 27
July 3 Swansea Milford Haven July 3 Independent (Stop at Milford Haven not mentioned on archive doc).
July 4 Milford Haven OB 178 For Hampton Roads.
Dispersed July 7.
Convoy available at OB 178
(external link)
July 7 Dispersed from OB 178 Hampton Roads July 20 Independent
July 20 Hampton Roads Baltimore July 21 Independent
Aug. 15 Baltimore Halifax Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 28 Halifax Clyde Sept. 11 HX 69
Sept. 13 Clyde Swansea Sept. 15 Independent
Oct. 23 Swansea Milford Haven Oct. 24 Independent
Oct. 24 Milford Haven OB 234 Dispersed Oct. 30.
Convoy available at OB 234
(external link)
Oct. 30 Dispersed from OB 234 Durban Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 2 Durban Lourenço Marques Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 20 Lourenço Marques Capetown Dec. 25 Independent
Dec. 26 Capetown Freetown Jan. 8-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 10 Freetown SL 62 Convoy available at SL 62
See also this page
(external links)
Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the document received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above.

Judging from the information found on the archive document, Austvard was in Buenos Aires when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 and had quite a long stay there.

In May that year, she's listed, with a cargo of grain for Limerick, in station 43 of Convoy SL 33, which departed Freetown on May 23 and arrived Liverpool on June 9 (link in Voyage Record). She arrived River Shannon on June 9, Limerick June 22. She's also listed in Convoy OB 178, which originated in Liverpool on July 3 and dispersed on the 7th, Austvard arriving Hampton Roads on July 20. The Norwegian Benjamin Franklin, Hellen, Ingerfem, Margrethe Bakke, Senta and Skrim are also listed. Austvard proceeded to Baltimore that same day, remaining there for over 3 weeks before continuing to Halifax in order to join Convoy HX 69 back to the U.K. on Aug. 28. She was bound for Clyde with scrap iron in station 72 of the convoy - follow the link for more convoy details; several Norwegian ships took part. Austvard arrived Greenock on Sept. 11, then continued to Swansea, where she had another a long stay (see archive document). We later find her, together with Grey County, in Convoy OB 234, which started out in Liverpool on Oct. 24 and dispersed on the 30th. Austvard arrived Durban on Dec. 2, Lourenço Marques Dec. 4. See the external links provided within the table above for more on the OB convoys mentioned here.

For more information on all the other Norwegian ships named here, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Final Fate - 1941: 

Austvard departed Lourenço Marques for Immingham with a cargo of iron ore on Dec. 21 (Dec. 20?)-1940, stopping at Capetown for bunkers on the 25th, continuing the following day. She arrived Freetown on Jan. 8-1941, then left in convoy SL 62 on the 10th (together with the Norwegian Borgland and Tyr? - the latter ship is not included in A. Hague's listing for this convoy; see link in Voyage Record above. According to her record for this period, she did leave Freetown on Jan. 10, but put back 2 days later).

Two weeks into the voyage heavy weather was encountered and by the 28th she was alone, though managed to catch up in view of 7 of the ships in the course of that afternoon, but by the next day she saw only a tanker far off on her starboard side.

In the morning of January 30 she was bombed by German aircraft and sunk 130 miles west of Galway Island (Ireland), shortly before reaching her destination. She was hit by 5 bombs, 3 in the waterline on the port side and 2 on the boat deck. 2 of the lifeboats were destroyed in the attack and a 3rd was damaged during launching. Machine gun fire destroyed the radio station, but it appears the radio operator had time to send out a distress call because 40 minutes later the escort vessel Anthony* was ordered out to assist an unknown ship in that position, but Austvard was gone.

* It looks like the "unknown ship" was not Austvard, nor was it Anthony that went out to assist her. This posting to my Ship Forum (by Mark McShane), says the following:
"On the information page for the ship (meaning my page about Austvard) it states that the RN destroyer HMS Anthony was dispatched on the 30th to the assistance of the Austvard after a radio distress message had been received from an unknown vessel. From the information I have gathered it appears there may have been a mix up here. HMS Anthony had picked up survivors from the attacks on Convoy SC 19, she arrived back in Greenonck 1623 hrs on 30/01/41. She would not have been able to be in a position to search for / assist Austvard. The radio message received from the unknown ship was actually on the 31st and not the 30th. This ship was the Rowanbank who had been attacked by an FW 200. The RN ship sent to search 40 minutes after the message was transmitted was HMS Anemore, who had just joined SL 62, Austvard's convoy." See also the analysis of attacks on Convoy SC 19, in which Anthony is mentioned. Note that Rowanbank had also been in SL 62 - again, ref. links in the Voyage Record above.

The damaged lifeboat with 16 men got clear of the ship before she sank about 10 minutes after the first bomb had hit, but 12 were pulled under; only 6 came back up and were able to get on a raft. The people in the lifeboat found another raft, enabling them to repair the boat so that it could hold 8 men. The others distributed themselves on the 2 rafts and headed for Ireland in tow of the lifeboat, but in the bad weather it was very slow going, so the next day it was decided that the boat with 8 survivors commanded by 1st Mate Knut Dykesten should go on ahead to get help as quickly as possible, because many of the men were injured. The lifeboat with 6 survivors (Boatswain Karl G. Holbein and Oiler Jens Brandvold had died en route) landed at Clogher, Ballyferriter, County Kervy on Febr. 4. All 6 were taken to a hospital in Dingle, where Mechanic Alfred Andersen died the next day.

The 2 rafts and their occupants were never found. 23 had died in all, among them the captain, 3 British, 1 Finnish, 1 Estonian, the rest were Norwegian. Only 5 survived.

The maritime hearings were held in Dublin on May 19-1941 with all the survivors appearing.

Charles Hocking gives the position as 130 miles west of Iceland.

Crew List:

1st Mate
Knut Dykesten
Einar Gran Olsen
Able Seaman?
Erik Reinholt Dahl
Able Seaman?
Armand Andreassen
3rd Engineer?
Ola Nordal
Went down with ship
(all Norwegian):

Chief Engineer
Fritz Andersen

Reinholt Albinius Thoresen

Oskar Knudsen

Able Seaman
Odd Bart Nilsen

Arthur Gabrielsen
Disappeared with raft
(Norwegian, unless otherwise noted):

Arne Kjos

2nd Mate
Anker E. Edlund

3rd Mate
Ole Åndahl

Able Seaman
Arthur Hansen

Ordinary Seaman
Andreas Christiansen

Ordinary Seaman
Hans Nilsen

Ordinary Seaman
Erich Petersen

Ordinary Seaman
James Kervin*

2nd engineer
Haakon Arnold Pettersen

Erling Skaug

Lauri Saippanen

Harald Morken Flatø*

Edvard Millet

Mess Boy
Frank Harris*

Mess Boy
Laurence A'Hearne*
*Again, see this Guestbook message from his nephew.
See also this message
Died in lifeboat:

Karl Gustav Holbein
(Febr. 2-1941)

Jens Brandvold
(Febr. 3)
Died in Dingle hospital:

Alfred Andersen
(Febr. 5)

The 3 men denoted * are commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 12 - more details on them can be found by entering their names in the relevant search field on this external site using WW II and the year 1941 in the other search fields to narrow the search.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - 18 Norwegians are commemorated at this Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway (the names in this list differ slightly from mine above).

Back to Austvard on the "Ships starting with A" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume I, and misc - ref My sources.


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