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D/S Heien
Updated Oct. 10-2011

To Heien on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Source: Roger W. Jordan collection.
(Taken off the Normandy beaches on June 6-1944, while discharging cargo overside into DUKW's).

Manager: H. Heitman & Søn, Oslo
995 gt

Delivered in March-1926 from Hølens Verksted, Larvik (30) as Heien to D/S A/S Heitmanns Rederi (H. Heitmann & Søn), Oslo, 995 gt, 560 net, 1540 tdwt, 214.2' x 34.3' x 14.1', Triple exp., 125 nhp (Wm. Beardmore & Co. Ltd., Coatbridge).

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

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

Voyage Record
From March-1940 to May-1945:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (some of the external convoys may be incomplete). Where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known.

Please be aware that errors may exist; this could also mean that she may not have sailed in all the convoys mentioned here. Also, the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 14 Norwegian Waters Methil March 17 HN 19 Missing voyages, Page 1
July 21 Milford Haven OB 187 Dispersed 53 43N 23 30W, July 25
Convoy available at OB 187
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Sydney, C.B. Aug. 4
(also, missing voyages)
Sept. 10 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Sept. 26 SC 4 Missing voyages, Page 1.
Oct. 20 Milford Haven OB 232 For Sydney, CB.
Dispersed 56 30n 26 50W, Oct. 26.
Convoy available at OB 232
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Nov. 3
(also, more missing voyages).
Nov. 22 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool* Dec. 7 SC 13 *Arrived Clyde, Dec. 8
(Page 1).
1941 Jan. 13 Clyde Methil Jan. 17 WN 69 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 18 Methil Immingham Jan. 20* FS 391 *Page 1 gives arrival Jan. 26
(also, missing movements).
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 3 Southend Billingham Apr. 5 EC 2 Compare w/Page 2
(also, missing voyages).
Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Apr. 19 Southend Tees Apr. 21 EC 9 Again, compare w/Page 2 above
(also, more missing voyages).
Convoy available at link above.
Aug. 17 Loch Ewe ON 7 For Iceland.
Dispersed 56 31N 42 39W, Aug. 25.
Page 2 gives arrival Aug. 22
(also, missing movements).
Sept. 5 Iceland Clyde Sept. 11 SC 41 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Sept. 25 Oban Methil Sept. 28 WN 185 Missing movements, Page 3.
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Left Methil Sept. 30
(Page 3).
Oct. 15 Southend Methil Oct. 17 EC 86 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3.
Oct. 27 Methil Belfast Lough Oct. 31 EC 90 Convoy available at link above.
Missing 1941 voyages:
Page 3 & Page 4
1942 March 21 Shoreham Southend March 22 CE 72 Earlier 1942 voyages:
Page 4 above & Page 5
Convoy available at CE convoys
(external link)
More missing voyages, Page 5.
Apr. 2 Southend St. Helens Roads Apr. 3 CW 74 Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 5, Page 6 & Page 7
Sept. 16 Barry Roads Portsmouth Sept. 18 WP 219 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 7 & Page 8
Nov. 25 Loch Ewe Dundee Nov. 27 WN 365 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1942 voyages:
Page 8 & Page 9
1943 May 1 Loch Ewe Reykjavik May 6 UR 73 Earlier 1943 voyages:
Page 9 & Page 10
Convoy available at UR 73
(external link)
See also narrative below.
Subsequent 1943 voyages:
Page 10, Page 11 & Page 12
1944 May 30 Barry St. Helens Roads June 1 WRECKER Earlier 1944 voyages:
Page 12 above.
Convoy available at Convoy Wrecker
(external link)
Many of these voyages are not detailed on Page 12 and Page 13 of the archive documents and, therefore, comparison cannot be made and accuracy confirmed.
June 11 Seine Bay Swansea June 13 FBC 1 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
June 18 Barry Seine Bay June 20 EBC 15 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
June 26 Seine Bay Bristol Channel June 28 FBC 11 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
June 30 Seine Bay Bristol Channel July 2 FBC 14 Convoy available at link above.
July 5 Barry Seine Bay July 7 EBC 32 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
July 19 Barry Seine Bay July 21 EBC 46 Convoy available at link above.
July 25 Seine Bay Bristol Channel July 27 FBC 36 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 4 Barry Seine Bay Aug. 7 EBC 63 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 20 Solent Seine Bay Aug. 20 EBC 76 Convoy available at link above.
Sept. 13 Seine Bay Southampton Sept. 14 FBC 81 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages:
Page 13 & Page 14
Dec. 9 St. Helens Roads Havre Dec. 10 WVC 1 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
See also Page 14 above
(also, more 1944 voyages)
1945 Jan. 27 Plymouth Granville Jan. 28 COC 62 Earlier 1945 voyages:
Page 14.
Convoy available via link above.
See also Page 15.
Febr. 10 Plymouth Granville Febr. 11 COC 75 Convoy available via link above
Febr. 13 Cancale Roads Falmouth Febr. 14
?* Febr. 25 Plymouth Granville Febr. 26 COC 87 *Compare w/Page 15.
Convoy available via link above
March 4 Plymouth Granville March 5 COC 94 Damaged in German raid on Granville.
Convoy available via link above
(see also narrative)
March 12 St. Malo Newport March 14 TBC 94 A. Hague says:
Joined off Lizard.
Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Left Newport March 15
(Page 15).
March 17 Plymouth Granville March 18
March 21 Cancale Roads Cardiff March 23 TBC 103 A. Hague says:
Joined at sea.
Convoy available at link above.
Left Cardiff March 25
(Page 15).
March 26 Plymouth Granville March 27 COC 116 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 3 Cancale Roads Falmouth Apr. 3
Apr. 4 Falmouth Newport Apr. 5 TBC 116 Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 15
Apr. 8 Falmouth Granville Apr. 9 COC 129 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 14 Cancale Roads Falmouth Apr. 15
Apr. 15 Falmouth Barry Apr. 16 TBC 127 Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Left Barry Apr. 18
(Page 15).
See also Page 16.
Apr. 26 Falmouth Granville Apr. 27 COC 147 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 30 Cancale Roads Falmouth May 1
May 2 Falmouth Cardiff May 3 TBC 144 Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Left Cardiff May 5
(Page 16)
May 7 St. Helens Roads Havre May 8 WVC 144 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
May 18 Havre St. Helens Roads May 19 VWC 160 Convoy available via link above.
See also:
Page 16, Page 17 & Page 18

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

Heien is listed in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 19 from Norway to the U.K. in March-1940, bound for Liverpool with a cargo of timber. According to Page 1, she left Liverpool again on Apr. 4 in order to return to Norway, but put into Kirkwall on Apr. 11, probably because of the German invasion being underway on Apr. 9 (perhaps she had been intended for Convoy ON 25, which left Methil Roads for Norway on Apr. 5?).

In July-1940, she's listed, together with Caledonia, Carmelfjell, Ibis, Iris, John P. Pedersen, Lyra, Para and Suderholm, in Convoy OB 187, originating in Liverpool on July 21, dispersed on the 25th - ref. external link provided within the record above. No destination is given for Heien, but from the archive document, we learn that she arrived Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 4, having started out from Milford Haven. The following month, we find her in the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 4. Heien, carrying lumber, was bound for Sharpness, where she arrived on Sept. 28. A few weeks later, she's listed as bound for Sydney, C.B. in Convoy OB 232, originating in Liverpool on Oct. 21, dispersed on the 26th, Heien arriving Sydney on Nov. 3, proceeding to Richibucto 3 days later - again, see external link provided for more on this convoy, which also included Lysaker IV, Måkefjell, Polyana, Rimfakse, Siak, Skiensfjord (Commodore Vessel) and Tyr. Heien headed back to the U.K. on Nov. 22 with Convoy SC 13 from Sydney, C.B., cargo of pit props for Immingham, with arrival there, via Clyde and Methil Roads, on Jan. 26-1941.

Skipping now to Aug.-1941, when we find her in station 75 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 7, but she was only bound for Iceland (arrived Reykjavik Aug. 22, having started out from Loch Ewe on the 17th - see Page 2). According to A. Hague, she went back to the U.K. (from Iceland) with Convoy SC 41, which had started out in Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 24 and arrived Liverpool Sept. 11; Heien arrived Clyde on the 12th, having sailed from Reykjavik on Sept. 5. This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added - see ships in all SC convoys. The Norwegian Astra, Akabahra, Audun, Balduin, Blink, Carrier (returned), Einvik (sunk - follow link for info), Evviva, Fagersten, Fanefjeld, Grado, Gudrun, Heien, Hestmanden, Hildur I, Ledaal, Leka, Lom, Marga, Nesttun, Orania (returned), Reiaas, Siak and Spes are also listed. More information on these ships can be found with the help of the alphabet index below (or via the Master Ship Index).

Her 1941 voyages continue on Page 3, while the rest are shown on Page 4, which also lists some of her 1942 voyages - see also Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8 and Page 9 for information on her other 1942 voyages. Her 1943 voyages start on the latter document. Convoy information for some of these can be found in Hague's Voyage Record.

At the beginning of June-1943, I have her in Convoy RU 76 from Reykjavik to the U.K., together with Erica, Nandi and Lyra. Heien was bound for Glasgow in ballast, and arrived there on June 6/7. From Page 10, we learn that she had been in Iceland for almost a month, having arrived there from Loch Ewe on May 6 (in Convoy UR 73, according to A. Hague; ref. link in the table above). More 1943 voyages are shown on Page 11.

Heien took part in Operation Neptune, the maritime side of the invasion of Normandy in June-1944, discharging her cargo from June 6 until June 11, according to "Nortraships flåte" (not included on Page 12). The picture at the top of this page was taken off the Normandy beaches on June 6-1944, while discharging cargo into DUKW's. (Further 1944 voyages can be found on Page 13 and Page 14 - the latter page also has some early 1945 voyages).

I found the following under Fri. 9 March, 1945 - Europe on the website Hyperwar (external link):
Source: The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II, Robert J. Cressman.

"Submarine chaser PC-564, outgunned and badly damaged, manages to outrun the German force engaged late on 8 March and is grounded on the French coast at Pierre de Herpin light. French fishing boats arrive to help the wounded, and the next day, PC-564 is towed into St. Malo harbor. Shortly after PC-564 is knocked out of action, German raiding party attacks Granville, demolishing installations, releasing German POWs held there, and sinking small British freighters Kyle Castle, Nephrite, and Parkwood, and Norwegian merchantman Heien. The Germans seize collier Eskwood and tow her to Jersey, in the Channel Islands. German minesweeper M 412 runs aground and is blown up when it is realized that extricating her from her predicament is impossible in the time allowed".

Note that Heien is not listed as sunk in any of my Norwegian sources. However, when going to Page 15 of the archive documents, we see that she was indeed in the area in question at that time (she had arrived Cancale Roads from Plymouth on March 5), and A. Hague also mentions the incident in his Voyage Record for Heien, saying she was damaged in the attack. More information on this raid on Granville on March 8/9-1945 is available at the external websites that I've linked to at the end of this page. Heien returned to the U.K. (from St. Malo) on March 12, arriving Newport on the 14th, heading back to Granville just a few days later.

Page 16 and Page 17 list more 1945 voyages. It looks like Heien did not get to go home to Norway until Febr.-1946 - see Page 18.


Sold to Germany in 1950 (Wilhelm Joerk, Hamburg) and renamed Kapt Wilh Joerk. Broken up in Germany in the spring of 1955.

Related external links:
German raid on Granville

The Granville Raid

Back to Heien on the "Ships starting with H" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, E-mails from Roger W. Jordan - and misc.


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