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D/S Mari
Updated Febr. 6-2012

To Mari on the "Ships starting with M" page.

A picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Owner: A/S Odderø
Manager: A. I. Langfeldt & Co., Kristiansand
563 gt

Delivered from Akers mek. Verksted, Oslo as Bjørkhaug to A/S Fart (L. Mæland & H. Karluf Hansen), Haugesund in Jan.-1920, 590 gt, 306 net, 900 tdwt, 161.9' x 29.3' x 13.1', Tripple exp. 72 nhp (Akers). Sold in 1924 to H. C. Hansen, Skien. Rebuilt in 1925, named Mari for Arth. H. Mathiesen, Oslo. In 1940 owner was A/S Odderø (A. I. Langfeldt & Co.), Kristiansand.

Captain: Ole Stidal. Also, it looks like Tolli Tollisen served as captain of Mari at some point - see my text for Deneb.

Related items on this website:
In my Warsailor Stories section there's an interesting story received from a crew member of this ship, Reg Jones, who joined her in Aug.-1944. The raid mentioned in his story took place on March 8/9-1945 - see this external page. This page also has some info. See also Convoy COC 95 (also external link), and my page about Heien.
Guestbook message from a relative of Captain Stidal.

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 | Page 20 | Page 21

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

Voyage Record (partial)
From Febr.-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. Where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means convoy is not known.

Errors may exist, and as can be seen, this record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Febr. 12 Norwegian Waters Methil Febr. 15 HN 11
March 7 Methil Norwegian Waters March 10 ON 18
Returned with Convoy HN 22 - See narrative below. Missing voyages, Page 1 (see also the last paragraph in the narrative and Convoy FS 148 - external link)
Oct. 8 Southend Goole Oct. 10 FN 303 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Susbsequent 1940 voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
1941 voyages: Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6 & Page 7
1942 voyages: Page 7, Page 8, Page 9 (see also last paragraph in narrative and Convoy WP 185 - external link), Page 10, Page 11 & Page 12
1943 voyages: Page 12, Page 13, Page 14 & Page 15
1944 Nov. 9 Plymouth St Malo Nov. 10 COC 4 Earlier 1944 voyages:
Page 15 above, Page 16, Page 17 & Page 18
Convoy available at COC 4
(external link)
Nov. 14 Granville Falmouth Nov. 15 Escorted Missing voyages, Page 18
Nov. 26 Cherbourg Falmouth Nov. 27 (Missing movements, Page 18)
Dec. 6 Granville Falmouth Dec. 7 Escorted Missing 1944 voyages, Page 18
See also last paragraph in narrative.
1945 Jan. 15 Cancale Roads Swansea Jan. 17 TBC 38 Earlier 1945 voyages, Page 18
A. Hague says:
Joined off Lizard.
Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Left Swansea Jan. 21
(Page 18).
Subsequent voyages, Page 19
Please go to "Ship search" on this external page (info based on A. Hague's database) and type "Mari" in the search field - it'll be noticed that parts of the record for the British Mari fits many of the voyages of the Norwegian Mari. Again, see the last paragraph in the narrative.
Febr. 14 Cancale Roads Falmouth Febr. 15 Missing voyages, Page 19
(see also Reg Jones' story)
March 19 St Malo Falmouth March 20
March 20 Falmouth Port Talbot March 21 TBC 101 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages, Page 19
March 29 Granville Falmouth March 30
March 30 Falmouth Port Talbot March 31 TBC 111 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages:
Page 19 & Page 20
Apr. 10 St Malo Falmouth Apr. 11
Apr. 11 Falmouth Southend Apr. 13 BTC 124 Convoy available at BTC convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 20
May 3 Cancale Roads Falmouth May 4
May 4 Falmouth Milford Haven(?) May 5 TBC 146 Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 20 & Page 21

 Misc. War Details: 

Mari is listed in Convoy HN 11 from Norway to the U.K. in Febr.-1940, bound for Methil with general cargo. A. Hague has also included her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 18 on March 7, and at the end of that month, shortly before the German invasion of Norway, we find her in Convoy HN 22, bound for Billingham with carbide (A. Hague has listed this ship as British). Follow the links for more info, several Norwegian ships took part in all these convoys. From Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that she was en route from Blyth to Aarhus, Denmark when war broke out on Apr. 9, but instead put into Methil, later proceeding to London. In June, she made a voyage from Hull to Rouen, but arriveal/departure Rouen is not given.

She avoided the chaos in Le Havre in the summer of 1940 by heading straight for Cherbourg, then to Brest, and from there quickly left for Falmouth just as the Germans arrived Brest (these voyages are not included on the archive document). From then on she was in service transporting coal between the Bristol channel and the south coast of the U.K., chartered by The General Steam Navigation Company Ltd. from Sept.-1940 (till June-1944). She made a total of 90 round trips, meaning she passed Lands End 180 times.

Later, she took part in Operation Neptune, bringing soldiers and cargo to Omaha Beach on June 6-1944, leaving again on June 11, according to "Nortraships flåte". I believe the Mari in Convoy FBC 1 (external link) listed by A. Hague as British, may have been the Norwegian Mari(?). In fact, when going to the first external website that I've linked to below and typing Mari in the search field, choosing A. Hague's record for the British Mari, it'll be noticed that quite a bit of the information there fits the voyages of the Norwegian Mari. This could also explain why her Voyage Record above is so incomplete. For instance, I suspect the Mari in Convoy FS 148 (Apr.-1940), WP 185 (July-1942), possibly also EBC 14, FBC 17(??), EBC 49, FBC 45, EBF 37, and all the subsequent COC convoys listed in that record (COC 10, COC 36, COC 47, COC 75, COC 103, COC 115, COC 129, COC 150 - all links external) is the Norwegian ship, as the the departure/arrival dates for Mari listed as British in the record matches up with what can be found on the various archive documents.

Again, see also Reg Jone's story. The raid mentioned in his story took place on March 8/9-1945 - more info can be found on this external page. This page also has some info. See also Convoy COC 95 (both are external links), and my page about Heien.


Taken over by B. Ekerholt, Oslo in 1946. Sold that same year to Morocco and renamed Rebia. Reported lost in 1947.

Related external links:
Misc. Convoys
- Go to "Ship search" and type "Mari" in the search field - see my note above.

Omaha Beachhead

Omaha Beach - includes several Maps

Back to Mari on the "Ships starting with M" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre gamle skip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, "Skip og menn", Birger Dannevig, "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc.


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