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D/S Gun
Updated Sept. 27-2011

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

Both pics were received from Tore Setså, Norway.

Manager: Sig. Gulbrandsen, Oslo
670 gt

Built in 1918. Previous names: Elgen, Siggen, Eina, Soltind, Belize?

 Some Confusion re Management/Ownership: 

According to "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn, she was delivered in Oct.-1918 from N. V. Werf Zeeland, Hansweert as Elgen to T. J. Wiborg & Sønn, Christiania (Oslo today). 670 gt, 351 net, 970 tdwt, 179.2' x 30.1' x 12.6', Triple exp. 127 nhp - S & v.d. Dongen. (I'm not sure who owned her when she had the names Eina, Soltind and Belize, nor do I know if these names are correct). From 1934 she sailed as Gun for August Kjerland, Bergen. Further history below.

According to British sources this vessel was managed by W. A. Wilson, Southampton during the war, but a posting on my Ship Forum says that Norwegian sources (including Norske Veritas register and "Nortraships flåte") state she was owned/managed by Holter-Sørensen in 1940. "Våre gamle skip", however, says she was managed by Holter-Sørensen from 1946 (Sig. Gulbrandsen before that).

One of the responses to a query I posted on my Ship Forum, states the following:
(Posted by Roger W Jordan; his sources: Lloyd's Confidential Index June 1939, Lloyd's Shipping Index, various issues 1939-48; Lloyd's Register 1937, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1948)
1934 Acquired by August Kjerland; previous name Siggen
1937 Transferred to D/S A/S Ask (manager August Kjerland)
1940 Sold to Skibs A/S Primo (manager Sig Gulbrandsen, Thomas Heftyesgt 39, Oslo)
1940 Under British control and during war years managed by William A Wilson, Southampton (Gun retained Norwegian flag and crew, as late as November 1945 vessel was still managed by Wilson on behalf of the Ministry of Transport)
1946 Ship and owning company transferred to Holter-Sørensen management (not renamed).

According to Lloyd's Register, Holter Sørensen did not "buy" the ship until 1946 and Primo was a Gulbrandsen-managed company up until then.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10 | Page 11 | Page 12 | Page 13 | Page 14 | Page 15 | Page 16 | Page 17 | Page 18 | Page 19

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

Voyage Record
From Febr.-1940 to March-1945:

(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 as can be seen, the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Febr. 23 Methil Norwegian Waters Febr. 27 ON 15
March 30 Norwegian Waters Methil Apr. 3 HN 23A Missing movements, Page 1
* June 3 Blyth Southend June 5 FS 187 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
*Page 1 gives departure Blyth June 5,
arrival Portsmouth June 8
(also, missing movements).
June 14 Southend Goole June 16 FN 195B Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages: Page 1 above
July 27 Tyne Southend July 29 FS 234 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Aug. 9 Southend Methil Aug. 11 FN 247 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1940 voyages: Page 2
Her 1941 voyages also start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3, Page 4 and Page 5. The latter document also shows some early 1942 voyages, while the rest are listed on Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9 and Page 10. Her 1943 movements also start on Page 10, others can be found on Page 11, Page 12 and Page 13.
1944 June 2 Barry St Helens Roads EBC 1 Earlier 1944 voyages:
Page 13 above & Page 14.
Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
The majority of these 1944 voyages are not detailed on the archive document(s) and, therefore, comparison cannot be made and accuracy confirmed.
June 8 Solent Seine Bay June 9 EBC 3W Convoy available at link above
June 16 Seine Bay Solent June 17 FBC 5 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
June 24 Falmouth Seine Bay June 25 EBC 20 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
July 4 Barry Seine Bay July 6 EBC 31 Convoy available at link above
July 9 Seine Bay Fowey July 20* FBC 23 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
*Arrived Fowey July 11
(Page 14)
July 16 Solent Seine Bay July 16 EBC 41 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
July 19 Seine Bay Fowey July 20 FBC 31 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
July 23 Fowey Seine Bay July 24 EBC 49 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 5 Seine Bay Fowey Aug. 6 FBC 45 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 10 Fowey Seine Bay Aug. 11 EBC 67 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 19 Seine Bay Fowey Aug. 20 FBC 59 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Missing 1944 voyages:
Page 15 & Page 16
1945 Jan. 15 Southend Antwerp Jan. 16 TAM 50 Earlier 1945 movements:
Page 16 above.
Convoy available at TAM convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 16.
March 27 Antwerp Southend March 28 ATM 106 Convoy available at ATM convoys
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 16, Page 17, Page 18 and Page 19


A. Hague has included Gun in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 15 in Febr.-1940. At the end of the following month, she's listed in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 23A from Norway to the U.K., bound for Tyne in ballast, thereby ending up in allied service (the Germans invaded Norway on Apr. 9). Please follow the links for more info; several Norwegian ships took part in both these convoys. Gun arrived Tyne on Apr. 4, having sailed from Bergen on March 30 - see Page 1 of the archive documents.

She took part in the Normandie operations in June-1944, arriving Utah Beach on June 22, according to "Nortraships flåte" (this does not quite match up with the info found on Page 14).

In Jan.-1945, A. Hague has her in Convoy TAM 50, which left Southend on Jan. 15 and arrived Antwerp on the 16th; Gun arrived Ostend that day, having started out from The Downs that same day - see Page 16. In March we find her, together with the Norwegian Avance I, in Convoy ATM 106, which left Antwerp on March 27 and arrived Southend March 28. See the external links provided within the Voyage Record.

She did not get to go home to Norway until Apr.-1946 - see Page 19.

(as per "Våre gamle skip):

Managed by Holter-Sørensen & Co. from 1946, then by Bakkevig & Omdahl from 1952. Transferred to Thomas R. Omdahl, Haugesund in 1954, then sold back to Oslo that same year. From 1956 she sailed as Lista of Copenhagen, then as Lena from 1956, registered in Panama.

Related external link:
Utah Beach

Back to Gun on the "Ships starting with G" page.

Sweden lost a steamship named Gun to U-3 (Schepke) on Sept. 30-1939, off Hanstholm, Denmark. This website has a list of several vessels named Gun, they appear to be whale catchers. Text is in Norwegian, and here's the main page.


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