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D/S Gudveig

To Gudveig on the "Ships starting with G" page.

A picture of this ship (when Robert Mærsk for A. P. Møller, Copenhagen) is available at (external link).

Owner: D/S A/S Gudvin
Manager: H. Gjerpen, Oslo
1300 gt

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.

 Final Fate - 1940 (Norway still neutral): 

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):
"Thursday, 25th January,1940 - 'SS Gudveig' (1,300t) a Norwegian ship was torpedoed and sunk by a U Boat, 5 miles NE by E of Longstone Island, Farnes at 55 42 15N 01 30 30W and lies in 50 metres of water". The Jan.-1940 entries start here.

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, 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:
Steward Bredo Adriansen, Able Seaman Ellis Andersen, Chief Engineer(?) Rudolf Andersen, 2nd Engineer Augen Beier, Seaman Henry Olav Bjerke, and Mate Jens Aage Kjeld Johannessen.

For info, U-19 was also responsible for the loss of Deodata (mine). See also Manx and Pluto.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - The Norwegian text here states that Gudveig was on a voyage from Tyne to Bergen with coal when she was torpedoed on Jan. 26-1940, 37 n. miles north of Newcastle, off Longstone light vessel. 10 died, 8 were rescued and taken to Methil.

U-19 | Joachim Schepke

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.


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