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D/S Fidelio
Updated Aug. 14-2011

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Owner: Skibs A/D Fidelio
Manager: Mathias Hansen, Kristiansand
1843 gt, 1095 net, 3140 tdwt.
Call Sign: LCKN

Built in Burntisland in 1930.

Captain: Bertinius Pedersen

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Nov.-1942:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 5 Nemours Dakar Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 16 Dakar Dakar Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(but see Page 1)
Apr. 25 Dakar Casablanca May 7 Independent
May 9 Dakar* Dakar* May 10 Independent Put back
*Should be Casablanca
(Page 1)
May 31 Casablanca Falmouth June 23 Independent
June 26 Falmouth Weymouth Bay June 27 Independent Arrived Portland, June 30
(Page 1)
July 1 Portland Downs July 2 Independent On to London, July 4
(Page 1)
July 18 Southend Tyne July 19 FN 225 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 7 Tyne Methil Aug. 8 FN 244 Convoy available at link above
Aug. 9 Methil OA 196 For Yarmouth, N.S.
Dispersed Aug. 15.
Convoy available at OA 196
(external link)
Aug. 15 Dispersed from OA 106 Yarmouth, N.S. Aug. 29 Independent
Sept. 7 Yarmouth, N.S. Halifax Sept. 8 Independent On to Sydney, C.B. Sept. 9
(Page 1)
Sept. 19 Sydney, C.B. Barrow Oct. 6 SC 5
Oct. 22 Barrow Troon Oct. 23 Independent
1941 Apr. 13 Clyde OB 309 Had left Troon Apr. 12
(Page 1).
For Br. Guiana.
Dispersed 50N 23 50W, Apr. 19.
Convoy available at OB 309
(external link)
Apr. 19 Dispersed from OB 309 Demerara May 15 Independent Again, see also Page 1
May 21 Demerara Trinidad May 22 Independent
May 24* Trinidad Halifax June 9 Independent *Page 1 gives departure May 26
(see also narrative below)
July 17 Halifax Louisburg July 20 A. Hague says:
After striking rocks near Flint Is.
July 29 Louisburg St. John, N.B. Aug. 1 Independent
Sept. 16 St. John, N.B. Louisburg Independent Page 1 gives arrival Sept. 20
Sept. 20 Louisburg Sydney, C.B. Independent Page 1 gives arrival Sept. 21
Sept. 24 Sydney, C.B. SC 46 Straggled Oct. 7.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Oct. 7 Straggled from SC 46 Loch Ewe Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 10 Loch Ewe Methil Oct. 12 WN 191 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Compare w/ Page 1
(also, missing movements)
Oct. 30 Methil Loch Ewe Nov. 1 EC 91 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Nov. 5 Loch Ewe ON 33 For Sydney, C.B.
Straggled Nov. 13
Nov. 13 Straggled from ON 33 Sydney, C.B. Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 27 Sydney, C.B. St. John, N.B. Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 7 St. John, N.B. Sydney, C.B. Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 10 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Dec. 24 SC 59
Dec. 26 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 28 WN 223 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
1942 Jan. 1 Methil Ridham Dock Jan. 4 FS 688 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Jan. 22 Southend Grimsby Jan. 23 FN 612 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 30 Grimsby Methil Febr. 1 FN 618 Convoy available at link above
Febr. 3 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 5 EN 41 For Iceland.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 8 Loch Ewe Reykjavik Febr. 13 UR 12 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
March 14 Reykjavik Loch Ewe March 17 RU 15
March 18 Loch Ewe Methil March 20 WN 259 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
March 23 Methil Tyne March 24 FS 758 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 19 Tyne Hartlepool Apr. 19
May 1 Hartlepool Southend May 2 FS 790 Convoy available at link above.
See also Page 2
May 13 Southend Blyth May 15 FN 707 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
May 20 Blyth Methil May 21 FN 712 Convoy available at link above.
Also, missing voyages, Page 2
May 25 Methil Loch Ewe May 27 EN 89 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
May 28 Loch Ewe Reykjavik June 2 UR 26
June 18 Reykjavik Liverpool June 23 RU 28 Missing voyages, Page 2
July 13 Liverpool Loch Ewe July 15 ON 112 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 20 Loch Ewe Reykjavik July 24 UR 33 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 2
Aug. 10 Reykjavik Loch Ewe Aug. 14 RU 35
Aug. 15 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 17 WN 323 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 17 Methil Tyne Aug. 18 FS 884 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 10 Tyne Sunderland Sept. 10 FS 904 Convoy available at link above
Sept. 12 Sunderland Southend Sept. 14 FS 906 Convoy available at link above.
See also Page 3
Sept. 19 Southend Tyne Sept. 21 FN 817 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 22 Tyne Sunderland Sept. 22 FS 914 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 25 Sunderland Southend Sept. 27 FS 917 Convoy available at link above
(see also Page 3)
Oct. 6 Southend Tyne Oct. 8 FN 832 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 10 Tyne Southend Oct. 12 FS 930 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 3
Oct. 17 Southend Blyth Oct. 19 FN 841 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 21 Blyth Southend Oct. 23 FS 939 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Also Page 3
Oct. 27 Southend Tyne Oct. 29 FN 850 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 31 Tyne Southend Nov. 2 FS 948 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 9 Southend FN 861 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details - other Norwegian ships also took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Fidelio was en route from Nemours to Kaolack when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 - she stopped at Dakar on Apr. 15.

In Aug.-1940, we find her, together with Akabahra, Gulhaug, Isbjørn (579gt), Slemmestad, Sommerstad and Tai Yin, in Convoy OA 196 (see link in the table above), which left Methil on Aug. 9 and dispersed on the 15th, Fidelio arriving Yarmouth, N.S. on Aug. 29. She returned to the U.K. the following month in the slow Convoy SC 5 from Sydney, C.B., cargo of pulp wood for Barrow, where she arrived on Oct. 6. She later appears to have spent a long time at Troon (unless voyages are missing from the archive document). She had arrived there from Barrow on Oct. 23-1940 and departure is given as Apr. 12-1941, when she proceeded to Clyde. From there, she subsequently joined Convoy OB 309, originating in Liverpool on Apr. 12, dispersed Apr. 19, Fidelio arriving Demerara on May 15. A direct link to this convoy has been provided within the Voyage Record above; Inger Elisabeth and South Africa are also listed.

With a cargo of bauxite and pitch for Burntisland, she was scheduled for Convoy SC 34 from Sydney, C.B. on June 10-1941, but she did not sail - again, see Page 1 and Voyage Record above for info on her movements in this period (it'll be noticed, that she spent over a month in Halifax that summer). Together with Alaska, Bestik (returned), Bonde, Bruse Jarl, Gezina, Loke, Senta and Solsten, A. Hague later has her, with asphalt and bauxite, in station 45 of Convoy SC 46 on Sept. 24 (not yet available among the SC convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added - see ships in all SC convoys). She arrived Loch Ewe on Oct. 10, having straggled from the convoy on the 7th, according to A. Hague. The following month, we find her in station 93 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 33. She arrived Sydney, C.B. independently on Nov. 25, again having become a straggler in heavy weather. According to the Commodore's notes for this convoy, she was found to be missing at daylight on Nov. 14, approx. position 51 00N 30 00W. She headed back to the U.K. on Dec. 10 in Convoy SC 59, bound for Ridham Docks, cargo of pulp wood; she arrived Ridham, via Loch Ewe and Methil, on Jan. 4-1942. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2.

In March-1942, I have her in Convoy RU 15 from Reykjavik to the U.K., together with Marianne, and towards the end of May she shows up, along with Lyra, in the U.K.-Iceland Convoy UR 26. In June, she's listed in Convoy RU 28 from Reykjavik, in ballast for Manchester, where she arrived June 24 (Page 2). According to A. Hague, she later joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 112*, which left Liverpool on July 13, but she only travelled as far as Loch Ewe, where she arrived on July 15, sailing from there to Iceland in Convoy UR 33 on July 20 (link in Voyage Record). She headed back to Loch Ewe again on Aug. 10 in Convoy RU 35, in ballast for Tyne. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 3, with convoy info in the Voyage Record.

* ON 112 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on it. In the meantime, the ships sailing in it (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Albert L. Ellsworth, Bjørkhaug, Borgholm, Bruse Jarl, Evviva, Facto, Gezina, Hjalmar Wessel, Ingerfem, Lisbeth, Loke, Norjerv, Ragnhild, Selvik and Titanian (returned) are also listed.

For more information on all the Norwegian ships mentioned on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Fidelio was in a convoy off Lowestoft on a voyage from Becton to Tyne in ballast on Nov. 9-1942 when she was torpedoed by E-boats from the 2nd S-Flottille (Feldt) and sunk, 58° 1.6 n. miles from C3 Buoy (Page 3 gives the time as 22:10, with a question mark). I've been told by a German visitor to my website that she was in Convoy FN 61 when S-46 and S-83 attacked her (this was the same as Convoy FN 861 - external link, incomplete listing; the Norwegian Bestum, Gudrun and Lido are also included).

The entire after part blew up, 7 died instantly in their cabins, the rest of the crew managed to get in the lifeboats and stayed by Fidelio until she sank, but saw no signs of life on board or around in the water. An hour later they were picked up by a tug, then transferred to a gunboat 4 hours thereafter, which landed them in Great Yarmouth the next morning. 2 of the survivors were seriously injured and were admitted to a hospital.

The maritime hearings were held in London on Nov. 13-1942 with the captain, the 2nd mate (both on the bridge at the time of attack) and Able Seaman Sørensen (lookout) appearing.

(Charles Hocking places this incident on Nov. 2, crediting the sinking to a German U-boat, adding that 9 were killed). The wreck was later dispersed by explosives.

Crew List:

Bertinius Pedersen
1st Mate
Trygve Wåge
2nd Mate
Wilfred Thomassen
Johannes Vinnes
Able Seaman
Nils Aarø
Able Seaman
Sigurd Sørensen
1st Engineer
Malvin N. Nilsen
2nd Engineer
Erling Eilertsen
3rd Engineer
Hans Fagerstad
Egil Johansen
Andreas Larsen
Egil Eilertsen
Ivar Aksling
Andre Knudsen
Lars Solberg
Mess Boy
Albert Smith
W. T. Walker
T. Dunn
W. J. Davis
Name unknown
Those who died:

Arne M. Draagen

Able Seaman
Kåre Bjerkan

Able Seaman
Simon Watterud

Able Seaman
Nils Lund

Egil Bentsen

Antoni Doland

Galley Boy
Torleif Jensen

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - The 6 Norwegians are commemorated at this memorial in Stavern, Norway.

Back to Fidelio on the "Ships starting with F" page.

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


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