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Manager: H. Heitman & Søn, Oslo
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:
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(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.
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).
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.
Sold to Germany in 1950 (Wilhelm Joerk, Hamburg) and renamed Kapt Wilh Joerk. Broken up in Germany in the spring of 1955.
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, E-mails from Roger W. Jordan - and misc.