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D/S Jacob Christensen
Updated Nov. 13-2011

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Owner: A/S D/S Mathilda
Manager: Jacob Christensen, Bergen
3594 (3630?) gt, 6250 tdwt.
Signal Letters: LCPC

Built in 1920 by J. Blumer & Co. Ltd., Sunderland for A/S August (Jacob Christensen), Bergen. In 1923 owners became A/S D/S Mathilda. See also this thread on my ship forum.

Captain: August Konow (identical to Sverre Helmsersen's captain?)

Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.

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

Voyage Record
From Febr.-1940 to May-1940:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Febr. 12 Norwegian Waters Methil Febr. 15 HN 11
Febr. 27 Blyth Methil Febr. 28 TM 15 Convoy available at TM 15
(external link)
March 3 Methil Norwegian Waters March 7 ON 17
March 18 Norwegian Waters Methil March 22 HN 20
May 8 Blyth Southend May 10 FS 166 Convoy available at FS 166
(external link)
See also archive document


A French visitor to my website has told me that according to his records Jacob Christensen was stopped for examination by the German Deutschland on Oct. 12-1939, 300 nm bearing 70 from Cape Race.

She's listed in Convoy HN 11 from Norway to the U.K. in Febr.-1940, bound for Methil in ballast. Early in March, A. Hague has included her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 17 and later that month she can be found in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 20, again bound for Methil in ballast (the archive document states she was bound for Blyth, where she arrived March 23) - follow the links for more convoy info; several Norwegian ships took part.

 Scuttled - 1940: 

When Norway was invaded on Apr. 9-1940, Jacob Christensen was in an English port to load a cargo of coal for Norway, but upon hearing the news she instead took on board war materials and headed for France (voyage to France in this time period is not shown on the archive document).

She was scuttled at Rochefort on June 18-1940 in order to block the harbour. The crew was given passage to Falmouth on a small English vessel. Mate/radio operator at the time was Sverre K. Andersen who, under the codename "Arquebus" went on to become a well known and highly decorated member of "Kompani Linge" (a British controlled group based in the U.K., with Norwegian volunteers).

Jacob Christensen, meanwhile, had been raised and repaired by the Germans. Renamed Baldur in 1941 (Seereederei "Frigga" A.G., Hamburg). Torpedoed and sunk on May 23-1944 by HMS Sceptre (McIntosh) off Castro Urdiales, Spain. See also this thread on my ship forum.

Crew List:

August Konow
1st Mate
Georg Helgesen
2nd Mate
Paul Bech
3rd Mate
Sverre Andersen
Gustav Larsen
Reidar Vestre
Able Seaman
Asbjørn Opheim
Able Seaman
Sigurd Scheisbak
Able Seaman
Agnar Helland
Ordinary Seaman
Per Johansen
Ordinary Seaman
Svein Røvik
Ordinary Seaman
Jacob Skjærvø
Jr. Ordinary Seaman
Nils Nilsen
Deck Boy
Kåre Aam
1st Engineer
Andreas Løvgren
2nd Engineer
Lars Giske
3rd Engineer
Henrik Andersen
Kristian Sandersen
Leif Aasmo
Otto Olsen
Einar Jørgensen
Henrik Johannesen
Olaf Soltvedt
Anton Liseth
Paul Absalonsen
Ingolf Gutvik
Edis Karlsen
Alf Åsbø
Galley Boy
Halvard Andersen
Mess Boy
Johannes Bjelland

Related external link:
Historien om agent Sverre K. Andersen - Norwegian text, detailing his story, with some info on the sinking of the ship as well.

Back to Jacob Christensen on the "Ships starting with J" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum), and misc. (ref. My sources).


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