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Owner: D/S A/S Gudvin
Completed as Robert Mærsk by Odense Staalskibsværft, Odense in 1920. According to Ron Young's "The Comprehensive Guide to Shipwrecks of the North East Coast", Vol. Two, she was 73.5m x 11.04m x 4.95m, had one deck, a single propeller powered by a 3 cyl. triple exp. steam engine developing 106 hp using one boiler. Became Norwegian Gudveig in 1935, owned by D/S A/S Gudvin.
I've come across some information in connection with the Norwegian Vim, stating that she rescued 4 men from Gudveig in the North Sea; year is given as 1939, but no further details are provided. Not sure if anything had happened to Gudveig at that time, or whether the year is simply an error. A. Hague has included Gudveig in the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 7 in Jan.-1940, and as can be seen, Vim is also listed. This might be a coincidence, but it's possible that Gudveig and Vim were both returning to Norway later that month when Gudveig was sunk, and that Vim rescued 4 of her survivors(?).
In a war time diary for the northeast of England (external site by Roy Ripley and Brian Pears) I found the following (may not necessarily be correct):
Ron Young adds that she was on a voyage from Tyne to Bergen with a cargo of coal. Jürgen Rohwer's "Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two" provides the additional information that the torpedo came from U-19 (Schepke). A visitor to my website, using the source "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles" (which says she was built in 1919) adds that Gudveig was torpedoed at 9.30 pm on the above date. This same source also provided me with the previous name Robert Mærsk and the fact that she was renamed in 1935. U-19 had also sunk the Latvian Everene in the same convoy an hour earlier, also included in the above mentioned war time diaries. Note also that this thread on my Ship Forum states that survivors from both ships were rescued by a ship named Dole (ex Everhope). According to Uboat.net, the British trawler Evesham also rescued some of the survivors.
The Stavern Memorial for Seamen, which I've linked to below, commemorates the following 6 Norwegians:
Related external links:
Back to Gudveig on the "Ships starting with G" page.
This company had another Gudveig from 1954, see Post War info for M/S Nordnes.