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D/S Lom
Updated Jan. 7-2010

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Crew List

Owner: D/S A/S Ibis
Manager: Johs. Larsen, Bergen
1268 gt, 719 net, 1970 tdwt
Signal Letters: LEJO

Built at Hardinxveld, Netherlands in 1920.

Captain: Karl Nepstad

In Admiralty service.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message from the nephew of one of Lom's casualties, Tom Moores.

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

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

Voyage Record
From March-1940 to Nov.-1943:

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

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

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 11 Tyne Southend March 13 FS 119 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 15 Southend Rouen March 16 Independent
March 19 Rouen Downs March 21 Independent
March 22 Downs Middlesbrough March 24
March 28 Middlesbrough Downs March 30 FS 132 Convoy available at link above
March 31 Downs Boulogne March 31 Independent See also Page 1
Apr. 23 Southend St Nazaire Apr. 27
May 4 Loire Barry May 6 Independent
May 10 Barry Havre May 12 Independent
May 18 Havre Downs May 19 Independent
May 19 Downs Tyne May 21 FN 175 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
May 28 Tyne Southend May 30 FS 182 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
May 30 Southend Rouen Independent
June 2 Rouen Downs June 4 Independent
June 5 Downs Tyne June 7 FN 189 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 14 Tyne Downs June 16 FS 195 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
June 17 Downs Weymouth Bay June 18 A. Hague says:
See also narrative below and OA 169/2
(external link)
June 23 Weymouth Bay Southend June 24 Independent (See also Page 1).
Aug. 9 Southend Tyne Aug. 10 FN 247 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 15 Tyne Methil Aug. 16 FN 252 Convoy available at link above
Aug. 25 Methil OA 204 Dispersed Aug. 29.
Convoy available at OA 204
(external link)
Aug. 29 Dispersed from OA 204 Pictou Sept. 10 Independent See also Page 1
Sept. 20 Pictou Sydney, C.B. Sept. 21 Independent
Sept. 27 Sydney, C.B. Preston Oct. 13 SC 6
Nov. 2 Preston Liverpool Nov. 2 Independent Missing movements, Page 1
Nov. 6 Liverpool* Falmouth Nov. 8 Independent *Eastham
Nov. 9 Falmouth Dartmouth Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 16 Dartmouth Falmouth Nov. 17 Independent
Nov. 17 Falmouth Liverpool Independent Page 1 gives arrival Nov. 21
(on to Partington).
Missing movements, Page 2
Dec. 5 Liverpool Dartmouth Dec. 15 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(see also Page 2)
Dec. 20 Dartmouth Newport Dec. 22 Independent
1941 Jan. 7 Newport Plymouth Jan. 9 Independent
Jan. 23 Plymouth Newport Jan. 25 Independent
Febr. 3 Newport Plymouth Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 14 Plymouth Cardiff Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 21 Cardiff Falmouth Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 25 Falmouth Southampton Febr. 26 Independent Via Dartmouth
(Page 2)
Left Southampton Febr. 28.
March 7 St. Helens Roads Dartmouth March 8 Independent
March 9 Dartmouth Falmouth March 10 Independent
March 11 Falmouth Newport March 12 Independent
March 20 Newport Solent March 24 Independent Compare w/Page 2
(also, missing movements).
March 30 Solent Dartmouth March 31 Independent
Apr. 2 Dartmouth Falmouth Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 3 Falmouth Swansea Apr. 4 Independent
Apr. 11 Swansea Falmouth Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 15 Falmouth Dartmouth Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 16 Dartmouth Solent Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 23 Solent Dartmouth Apr. 24 Independent Compare w/Page 3
(also, missing movements)
Apr. 24 Dartmouth Falmouth Apr. 25 Independent
Apr. 25 Falmouth Cardiff Apr. 27 Independent
May 3 Cardiff Falmouth May 5 Independent
May 6 Falmouth Solent May 6 Independent Again, see Page 3.
May 13 Solent Dartmouth May 14 Independent Compare w/Page 3
May 15 Dartmouth Newport May 17 Independent
May 28 Newport Falmouth Independent
May 31 Falmouth Solent June 1 Independent Via Dartmouth
(Page 3)
June 5 Solent Dartmouth June 7 Independent
June 8 Dartmouth Falmouth June 8 Independent
June 9 Falmouth Newport June 10 Independent
June 14 Newport Falmouth June 16 Independent
June 17 Falmouth Dartmouth June 18 Independent
June 18 Dartmouth Solent June 18 Independent
June 21 Solent Dartmouth June 22 Independent
June 23 Dartmouth Falmouth June 23 Independent
June 24 Falmouth Newport June 25 Independent
June 30 Newport Falmouth July 1 Independent
July 2 Falmouth Solent July 3 Independent
July 10 Solent Barry July 13 PW 3 Compare w/Page 4
(also, missing movements).
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 18 Barry Liverpool July 20 Independent (Via Milford Haven).
Missing movements, Page 4
Aug. 15 Liverpool Reykjavik Aug. 22 ON 7 For Iceland.
Sept. 5 Reykjavik Clyde Sept. 11 SC 41 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
* Sept. 16 Harwich Southend Sept. 27 FS 604 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
*I believe Hague has entered the wrong departure date - it should be Sept 26 and, therefore, the voyage belongs further down in the record. See also Page 4.
Sept. 17 Clyde Oban Sept. 17 Independent Stop at Oban not mentioned, Page 4.
Sept. 18 Oban Methil Sept. 21 WN 182 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 21 Methil Harwich Sept. 24 FS 601 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
* Sept. 26 Harwich Southend Sept. 27 FS 604 Convoy available at link above
*Taken from entry above and date corrected. Again, see also Page 4.
Oct. 12 Southend Methil Oct. 14 FN 531 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 15 Mathil Clyde Oct. 18 EC 85 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
See also Page 5
Nov. 7 Clyde Liverpool Nov. 12 Independent
Nov. 21 Liverpool Workington Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 29 Workington Holyhead Independent
Dec. 1 Holyhead Milford Haven Dec. 2 BB 106H Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 2 Milford Haven Plymouth Dec. 3 WP 75 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Dec. 9 Plymouth Falmouth Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 10 Falmouth Newport Dec. 11 PW 78 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 13 Newport Solent Dec. 16 WP 81 Compare w/Page 5
Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Dec. 23 Solent Swansea Dec. 25 PW 85 Again, see also Page 5.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 27 Swansea Newport Dec. 28 Independent See also Page 5.
1942 Jan. 4 Newport Solent Jan. 7 WP 92 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
See also Page 5
Jan. 12 Solent Falmouth Jan. 14 PW 95 Via Dartmouth
(Page 5).
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Jan. 15 Falmouth Cardiff Jan. 17 PW 96 Convoy available via link above
Jan. 24 Cardiff Milford Haven Jan. 25 Independent (See also narrative).
Febr. 6 Milford Haven Liverpool Febr. 7 Independent
March 21 Liverpool Holyhead March 22 Independent
March 23 Holyhead Cardiff March 25 BB 152 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
See also Page 5
March 30 Cardiff Southampton Apr. 1 WP 134 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Left Southampton Apr. 6
(Page 6).
Apr. 8 Solent Falmouth Apr. 9 PW 138 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 10 Falmouth Barry Apr. 11
Apr. 16 Barry Milford Haven Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 17 Milford Haven Liverpool Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 26 Liverpool Workington Apr. 27 Independent
Apr. 30 Workington Holyhead Independent
May 1 Holyhead Milford Haven May 2
May 2 Milford Haven Plymouth May 3 WP 150 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
May 7 Plymouth Falmouth May 7 Independent
May 8 Falmouth Mumbles May 9 PW 152 Compare w/Page 6
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
May 11 Mumbles Barry May 12 Independent
May 26 Barry Milford Haven May 26 Independent
May 27 Milford Haven Liverpool May 27
June 13 Liverpool Loch Ewe Independent
June 16 Loch Ewe Methil June 18 WN 297 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 18 Methil Southend June 20 FS 832 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 6
June 27 Southend Methil June 29 FN 745 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 30 Methil Clyde July 2 EN 104 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
See also Page 6.
July 20 Clyde Loch Ewe Independent
July 23 Loch Ewe Methil July 25 WN 313 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
July 25 Methil Southend July 27 FS 864 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see Page 6
Aug. 3 Southend Methil Aug. 5 FN 777 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 5 Methil Belfast Aug. 8 EN 120 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 16 Belfast Loch Ewe Independent
Aug. 17 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 19 WN 324 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 24 Methil Londonderry Aug. 28 EN 128 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 2 Londonderry Loch Ewe Independent
Sept. 4 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 6 WN 331 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 11 Methil Belfast Sept. 14 EN 136 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 20 Belfast Lough Swansea Sept. 21 BB 222 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Sept. 28 Swansea St. Helens Roads Sept. 30 WP 225 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
See also Page 7
Oct. 1 St Helens Roads Southend Oct. 2 CE 122 Convoy available at CE convoys
(external link).
Also, Page 7.
Oct. 8 Southend Middlesbrough Oct. 10 FN 834 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 14 Middlesbrough Southend Oct. 16 FS 933 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 17 Southend St Helens Roads Oct. 18 CW 127 Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
Again, see Page 7
Oct. 23 Solent Portland Oct. 23 PW 237 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Oct. 24 Portland Dartmouth Oct. 24
Oct. 25 Dartmouth Plymouth Oct. 25
Oct. 26 Plymouth Barry Oct. 27
Oct. 30 Barry Liverpool Nov. 1
Nov. 6 Liverpool Cardiff Nov. 8
Nov. 12 Cardiff Liverpool Nov. 14 Missing movements, Page 8
Nov. 21 Liverpool Clyde Nov. 22 Independent
Dec. 8 Clyde Belfast Lough Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 10 Belfast Lough Cardiff Dec. 12
Dec. 14 Cardiff Liverpool Dec. 16 Again, see Page 8
Dec. 22 Liverpool* Cardiff Dec. 23 *From Garston
Dec. 28* Cardiff Liverpool Dec. 30 *Page 8 gives departure Dec. 26.
1943 Jan. 3 Liverpool Barry Jan. 6
Jan. 16 Barry Liverpool Jan. 17 Missing movements, Page 8
Jan. 21 Liverpool* Clyde Jan. 22 Independent *From Eastham
Febr. 6 Clyde Methil Febr. 9
Febr. 10 Methil Southend Febr. 12 FS 1035 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 8
Febr. 23 Southend Methil Febr. 25 FN 952 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 26 Methil Belfast March 2 EN 199 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 6 Belfast Burntisland March 9 Independent Missing movements, Page 9
March 17 Methil Hartlepool March 18 FS 1065 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 22 Hartlepool Sunderland March 22
Apr. 16 Sunderland Southend Apr. 18 FS 1091 Convoy available at link above
Apr. 20 Southend St Helens Roads Apr. 21 CW 172 Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
Apr. 23 Solent Devonport Apr. 23 PW 328 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Again, see Page 9
Apr. 27 Plymouth Falmouth Apr. 27 Independent
Apr. 28 Falmouth Barry Apr. 29 PW 330 Convoy available via link above
May 6 Barry Liverpool May 8 Independent
May 11 Liverpool Cardiff May 13 Independent
May 16 Cardiff Liverpool May 17 Independent Missing movements, Page 9
May 22 Liverpool Methil May 25 Independent
May 26 Methil Middlesbrough May 27 FS 1125 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
?* May 28 Clyde Liverpool June 29 Independent
*Another voyage that has ended up in the wrong place - see insertion further down in this record.
May 29 Middlesbrough Blyth May 29 Independent
June 4 Blyth Southend June 6 FS 1133 Convoy available at link above
June 7 Southend St Helens Roads June 8 CW 184 Convoy available at CW convoys
(external link)
June 10 Portsmouth Plymouth June 10 PW 352 See also Page 9
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
June 14 Plymouth Barry June 16 PW 354 Convoy available via link above
June 22 Barry Clyde June 25 Independent
* June 28 Clyde Liverpool June 29 Independent
*Voyage inserted from entries above and departure date altered - see also Page 9 (which gives departure Glasgow June 26) and Page 10
July 28 Liverpool Silloth July 29 Independent
Aug. 3 Silloth Clyde Aug. 8 Independent (Arr. Greenock Aug. 4)
Aug. 17 Clyde Gibraltar Aug. 30 KMS 24G Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Sept. 1 Gibraltar Algiers Sept. 5
Sept. 9 Algiers Bougie Sept. 10
Sept. 11 Bougie Philippeville Sept. 11
Sept. 13 Philippeville Bizerta Sept. 14 Notional dates.
Sept. 21 Bizerta Malta Sept. 23
Sept. 24 Malta Taranto Sept. 26 See also Page 10
Oct. 15 Augusta Malta Oct. 16
Oct. 29 Malta Philippeville Nov. 1
Nov. 12 Philippeville Augusta Nov. 17
Nov. 17 Augusta Taranto Nov. 19 AH 9 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Nov. 24 Taranto Bari Nov. 25 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those discussed here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more info - several Norwegian ships took part.

Judging from Page 1 of the archive documents, it looks like Lom was in London when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940; she had arrived there from Dunkirk on the 7th, and later made several more voyages to France in the course of the spring.

That summer, she's listed in Convoy OA 169, which originated in Southend on June 17. Her destination is given as Weymouth, where she arrived on June 18. The convoy was composed of 2 parts, OA 169(1) and OA 169(2), Lom being in station 44 of Part 2, which had several Norwegian ships (see the external links below - note that she's also mentioned in Convoy OA 170 with a note saying "did not sail"). A. Hague has not included Lom in OA 169 (external link), but his listing is incomplete.

In Aug.-1940 we find her in Convoy OA 204, departing Methil on Aug. 25, dispersed on the 29th - see external link provided within the Voyage Record; Heire, Solitaire and Svint are also named. Lom's destination is not given, but when going back to Page 1, we see that she arrived Newcastle, N.B. on Sept. 10, heading back to the U.K. on Sept. 27 with the slow Convoy SC 6 from Sydney, C.B., cargo of lumber for Preston, arriving there on Oct. 13.

Skipping now to Aug.-1941, when she's listed, with destination Iceland, in station 44 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 7. She arrived Reykjavik on Aug. 22 (see Page 4) and according to Arnold Hague, she later joined Convoy SC 41 from there in order to head back to the U.K. (convoy had started out in Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 24). This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included on my website, but will be added - see ships in all SC convoys. Several Norwegian ships took part, among them Einvik, which was sunk; follow the link for more info.

Lom was attacked by He 111 aircraft on Jan. 25-1942 off Linney Head, only slight damage (Page 5 shows her voyages in this time period).

In Aug.-1943 she shows up in Convoy KMS 24, departing Liverpool on Aug. 17, arriving Gibraltar on the 30th - see also Page 10. This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named in the section listing ships in all KMS convoys.

Related external links:
OB (& OA) convoys - OA 169 and OA 170 are included.

OA & OB convoys

 Final Fate - 1943: 

Lom had arrived Bari on Nov. 25-1943 with a cargo of aviation fuel from Philippeville*, Africa. On December 2 a large allied convoy of tankers, ammunition ships and supply vessels was at anchor in Bari with much needed supplies for the British, American and Canadian armies for their advance up the Italian mainland. The Liberty ship John Harvey (captain Knowles) had a cargo of liquid mustard gas bombs, and was guarded by a unit of the 701st Chemical Maintenance Company. In addition to Lom, the Norwegian D/S Bollsta, Norlom, Vest and Salamis were present. About 20 enemy planes attacked and one of the ammunition ships was hit and blew up, starting the domino effect of events. Ship after ship caught on fire. The end result was over 1000 dead, many injured and suffering from the effects of the mustard gas. Follow the link to my page about Bollsta for a list of all the ships damaged or sunk. The external websites that I've linked to at the end of this page have more information on this attack.

*According to "Lloyd's War Losses, Vol. I", Lom had arrived from Taranto with a cargo of 906 tons of war materials, including benzine. In fact, she had rescued 40 survivors from Empire Dunstan on Nov. 18 and landed them at Taranto. This ship had been sunk by U-81 that same day (Convoy AH 9 - external link - Lom is included) - ref. this external page. Lom had been to Philippeville earlier on that month - again, see Page 10.

Lom's gunners took part in the defence against the attacking Ju 88's, but not long after the attack had started she was struck by a bomb which exploded in No. 1 hold and immediately caught on fire. Several other bombs fell very close to the ship, the lifeboats were destroyed. After a while the fire reached the ammunition on the bridge and boat deck and started to explode. The majority of those who were on board saved themselves by jumping overboard and swimming away, many were injured and had to be admitted to a hospital. Trimmer Malfred Larsen died there on Dec. 16.

An inquiry was held in Algiers on Dec. 19-1943 as well as in London on Febr. 25-1944 (with the 1st mate). The radio operator, the steward, Stoker McLeod and the galley boy gave statements at the inquiry in Algiers. The radio operator and the steward had been ashore when the explosion occurred and when they returned to the ship it was on fire. They were both ordered away from the harbour area. They remained in Bari for 2 days before being sent to Taranto where they stayed for 5 days, and were subsequently taken by ship to Algiers, arriving Dec. 13. The steward states that Lom's captain was on board Norlom at the time of the attack.

The Canadian Stoker McLeod was also on shore and was just returning to the burning ship, seeing several men in the water, among them 1st Mate Sauness whom he helped up on the breakwater, then started to lead him over to a first aid station. Meeting Galley Boy Parkinson, who was also just returning to the ship, the 1st mate was handed over to him, while the stoker returned in order to see if he could assist others. The 1st mate was covered in oil and had a bad cut over his eye, so the galley boy took him along to a destroyer about 200 yards away where first aid was being given. The 1st mate was later taken to a hospital, then evacuated to Malta on Dec. 19 where he was again admitted to a hospital. He was released on Jan. 28-1944, and on Febr. 4 he was sent to the U.K. with HMS Eastway, arriving Greenock on Febr. 21.

Stoker McLeod, meanwhile, had found 3rd Engineer Adorsen trying to get onto the quay together with Stoker Farries. The 3rd engineer got onto the quay while the stoker was still on a raft with a gunner from Lom when Stoker McLeod helped the 3rd engineer towards the first aid station. Stoker McLeod left the quay at 10 a.m. the next morning, with Lom still burning (total loss). He says he later saw 10 men from Lom in the hospital.

I believe all of Lom's casualties were buried in Bari.

Crew List:
* Karl J. Beck later joined Tai Yang.

Karl Nepstad
1st Mate
Knut Sauness
Radio Operator
Thorsten Aksdal
John Johansen
Able Seaman
Ove Sørensen
Able Seaman
Kåre Olsen
Ordinary Seaman
Sam Fraser
Jr. Ordinary Seaman
Josef Caruna
1st Engineer
Paul Karlsen
2nd Engineer
Ole Kaggerud
3rd Engineer
Alf Adorsen
Julius Kittelsen
Henry McLeod
Karl J. Beck*
Karl E. Rogers
Håkon Grønvoll
Petter Berntsen
Bjarne Pedersen
Per Hansen
Galley Boy
Vincent Parkinson
Mess Boy
Richard Logan
F. C. Stark
L. Marsh
B. L. Lones
William Chandar
A. Murray
J. Amber
T. Fagan

2nd Mate
Per Rolseth

Richard Farries*

Malfred Larsen

Tommy Moores*

* Commemoration details for the stoker can be found on this page on the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website. His full name is given as Richard Nelson Farries, date of death Dec. 3-1943. See also the Canadian Merchant Navy War Dead Database (entering Lom for ship will bring him up in the search result). Tom Moores is also included at the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website; he's commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial - see also this Guestbook message. The Norwegians are commemorated at the memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway - link below.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - These names correspond with what I've given above (Norwegians only are commemorated at this memorial).

Air raid on Bari

Bari Raid

Raid on Bari

Tragedy at Bari - Describes what happened to some of the ships (Naval Historical Center).

Bari Italy - This page has tables showing the names of US Navy personnel in the harbor at Bari during the attack, as well as Chapt. 6 | Chapt. 7 | Chapt. 8 | Chapt. 9 | Chapt. 10 of the book."Disaster at Bari" by Glen Infield. It's a section of the website "US Navy Armed Guard".

Mustard gas

Back to Lom on the "Ships starting with L" page.

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


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