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Owner: A/S Odderø
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.
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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. 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.
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.
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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.