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D/S Frisco
Updated Aug. 21-2011

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Crew List

A picture of this ship is available on this external page (click in it to make it larger).

Manager: Chr. J. Reim, Porsgrunn
1582 gt, 2425 tdwt.
Call Sign: LKGV.

Delivered in July-1939 from Porsgrunds Mek. Værksted A/S, Porsgrunn (104) as cargo vessel Frisco to Chr. J. Reim, Porsgrunn. Steel hull, "Porsgrunn-type" (engine aft and bridge amidships), 246.6’ x 37.9’ x 18.2’. Compound + Low pressure turbin (Porsgrunds) 133nhp, 10 knots.

Captain: Thor Thorsen

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message from the daughter of Kristian Trandal, one of the survivors of Frisco (see crew list below).

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


With a cargo of pulp for Rouen, Frisco is listed in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 11 in Febr.-1940 - follow the link for more convoy info; several Norwegian ships took part. She's also included, together with Listo and Ørnefjell, in Convoy FS 98, departing Tyne on Febr. 16, arriving Southend on the 18 - ref. external link below.

It looks like she returned to Norway - accordig to Page 1 of the archive documents, she left Bergen on March 21-1940 and arrived Corner Brook on Apr. 11; in other words, she was at sea when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.

Related external link:
Convoy FS 98

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Frisco was the first Norwegian ship to be torpedoed in Operation Paukenschlag (described at the last external link provided at the end of this page). She was on a voyage from Savannah to Argentia, N. F., having left Savannah on Jan. 5-1942 with a cargo of lumber (see Page 2), and was attacked off Long Island by U-130 (Kals) on January 12, approximate position 44 50N 60 20W.

1 torpedo hit on the port side, the explosion causing a large hole below the water line and killing the lookout, Herman Urheim. The crew was ordered aft, while the captain and 1st Mate Bernt Arnold Berntsen went to the bridge, and 2nd Mate/Radio Operator Erling Ellefsen went to send an SOS. 5 minutes later another torpedo hit amidships, also on the port side, killing the 3 officers, setting the ship on fire and causing her to list heavily to port.

The position given above is from survivors' statements, who gave the time as 18:20 EST. U-130 recorded the position as Grid position BB 5826 (approximately 46 21N 58 35W), giving Frisco's course as 065º, steaming at 11 knots. One torpedo was fired at 01:16 CET from 1200 metres, 2nd torpedo fired from 430 metres.

The port boat was successfully launched with 9 people, and soon afterwards a starboard boat was lowered with 6 crew members who watched Frisco burn for about half an hour before losing sight of her (the 2 boats had parted company shortly after clearing the ship). The 6 were rescued by the Faroe Islands fishing schooner Mjoanes in the afternoon of the 14th (approx. 46 24N 57 20W) and landed at North Sydney, N.S. on the 16th where they were taken care of by the Navy League. The other boat was never seen again, which meant that 10 Norwegian, 2 British and 1 Swedish seaman had died.

Non Norwegian sources place this sinking on Jan. 13, but this is probably a matter of different time zones used. J. Rohwer does not mention a second torpedo.

For info, U-130 was also responsible for the attacks on Alexandra Høegh, Varanger, Grenanger, Tankexpresss, Malmanger and Mirlo - follow the links for details.

Crew List:
* Here's a Guestbook message from the daughter of Kristian Trandal.

Able Seaman*
Kristian Trandal
Deck Boy
John Menezes
(Br. Guiana)
Chief Engineer
Alfref J. Andersen
Erling Hansen
Herman Rollefsen
Mess Boy
Charles De Silva
(Br. Guiana)
(Norwegian, unless otherwise noted):

Thor Thorsen

1st Mate
Bernt Arnold Berntsen

2nd Mate
Erling Ellefsen

Able Seaman
Søren Vingereid

Ordinary Seaman
Herman Urheim

Ordinary Seaman
Eric Welsh*

Jr. Ordinary Seaman
Carl Costello
(Carl den Casrilho?)

(Br. Guiana)

2nd Engineer
Anders Johan Eriksen

3rd Engineer
Isak Sverre Nilsen

Olaf Kraus

Folke Sandberg

Anders Martinius Hægland

Thorleif Røe Petersen

* Eric Welsh is commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 51. He can be found on this page on the The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website (external links). I cannot find Carl Costello.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - Only Norwegians are commemorated at this Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway.

U-130 | Ernst Kals
Operation Paukenschlag

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

This company had previously had another ship by the name Frisco, also built in Porsgrunn (1928).

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, pre war history is from T. Eriksen, Norway (his sources: Article about Chr. J. Reim by Kjell Malmgren and Dag Bakka Jr. in "Skipet" 4.88), sinking report based on survivors' statements (from Public Records Office, Kew) and some details from U-130's KTB received from a visitor to my website, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum) and misc. other - (ref. My Sources).


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