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D/S Varegg
Updated Jan. 11-2012

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Manager: Egil Næsheim A/S, Haugesund
948 gt

Delivered in July-1910 from Laxevaags Maskin- & Jernskibsbyggeri, Bergen as Otto Sinding to A/S D/S Otto Sinding (Wilhelm Torkildsen e.a.), Bergen. 948 gt, 540 net, 1450 tdwt, 214.3' x 32.2' x 12.7', Triple expansion 115 nhp (Laxevaag). In Europe and Mediterranean service. Sailed through WW I without mishaps. In fruit trade Spain-U.K. 1920/21. Purchased by Egil Næsheim A/S, Haugesund in March-1938 (taken over in Bergen) and renamed Varegg.

Captain: Rolf Iversen (for 15 years).

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

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

Voyage Record
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 (please be aware that some of the external listings are incomplete).

Errors do exist, and this could mean that she may not have sailed in all the convoys listed here. Also, several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Febr. 17 Methil Norwegian Waters Febr. 22 ON 14
March 7 Norwegian Waters Methil March 10 HN 17
March 19 Methil Norwegian Waters March 23 ON 21
Apr. 4 Norwegian Waters Methil Apr. 7 HN 24 Missing voyages, Page 1
See also narrative below.
Aug. 19 Clyde Gibraltar?* Sept. 2 OG 41 Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
*Convoy OG 41 did arrive Gibraltar on Sept. 2, but Varegg was not with it at that time - see narrative below as well as Page 1 of the archive documents.
Sept. 24 Joined at sea Gibraltar* Oct. 3 OG 43 For Lisbon.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
*Page 1 gives arrival Lisbon Oct. 3, left again Oct. 23.
Oct. 31 Gibraltar Liverpool Nov. 19 HG 46 Again, see narrative below.
Missing movements, Page 1
Dec. 21 Methil Southend Dec. 24 FS 367 See also Page 1 & Page 2
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
1941 Jan. 4 Southend Hull Jan. 6 FN 375 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2.
June 19 Southend Ipswich* June 21 EC 35 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
*Page 2 gives arrival Aberdeen June 21, on to Blyth July 9.
July 14 Blyth Loch Ewe* July 17* EC 45 Convoy available at link above
*Page 3 gives arrival Methil Roads July 16
July 17 Methil Stornoway July 19 EC 46 Convoy available at link above.
Missing movements, Page 3.
Aug. 7 Oban Methil Aug. 11 WN 164 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3
Oct. 14 Oban Methil Oct. 17 WN 193 Convoy available at link above.
Missing movements, Page 3.
Nov. 8 Methil Oban* Nov. 11* EN 4 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
*Page 3 gives arrival Belfast Lough Nov. 12.
Nov. 14 Holyhead* Milford Haven Nov. 14 BB 100 *From Belfast Lough
(Page 3).
Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Later arr. Cardiff Nov. 21
(Page 3).
Missing movements, Page 4
Dec. 24 Loch Ewe Reykjavik Dec. 29 UR 3 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
See also narrative below
1942 Jan. 20 Reykjavik Clyde Jan. 27 RU 7 A. Hague says:
Clyde after straggling.
Page 4 gives arrival Fleetwood Jan. 28.
Convoy available at RU convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 4
March 23 Oban Methil March 25 WN 261 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
More missing movements, Page 4.
Apr. 21 Methil Oban* Apr. 23 EN 74 *Page 4 gives arrival Belfast Lough Apr. 26.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 4
May 21 Loch Ewe Methil May 23 WN 286 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 5
June 6 Methil Oban* June 8 EN 94 *Page 5 gives arrival Belfast Lough June 9/10.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 5
Aug. 10 Reykjavik Loch Ewe Aug. 14 RU 35 See also narrative below
Aug. 17 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 19 WN 324 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 5.
Sept. 11 Methil Holyhead Sept. 13* EN 136 *Page 5 gives arrival Sept. 15.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 16 Holyhead Milford Haven Sept. 17 HM 24 Convoy available at HM 24
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 6
Nov. 1 Methil Liverpool Nov. 4 EN 157 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1942 movements:
Page 6 above & Page 7
1943 March 3 Loch Ewe Methil March 4 WN 399 Earlier 1943 movements, Page 7.
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1943 movements:
Page 7, Page 8 & Page 9
1944 June 16 Solent Seine Bay June 17 EBC 12 Earlier 1944 movements:
Page 9 above, Page 10 & Page 11
Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Most of these 1944 voyages are not detailed on the archive documents and, therefore, comparison cannot be made and accuracy confirmed.
? June 29 Barry Seine Bay July 1 EBC 26 Convoy available at link above
July 13 Solent Seine Bay July 13 EBC 38 Convoy available at link above
July 16 Seine Bay Southampton July 17 FBC 29 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
July 24 Southend* Seine Bay July 25 ETC 47 *Left Southampton July 24
(Page 11)
Convoy available at ETC convoys
(external link)
July 29 Seine Bay Southampton July 29 FTC 51 Convoy available at FTC convoys
(external link)
July 31 Portsmouth Southend Aug. 1 FTC 53 Convoy available at link above
On to Harwich, Aug. 2
(Page 11).
? Aug. 11 Southend Spithead Aug. 12 ETC 65 Convoy available at ETC convoys
(external link)
? Aug. 13 Southampton Seine Bay Aug. 13 ETC 66 Convoy available at link above
Aug. 17 Seine Bay Southend Aug. 18 FTC 70 Convoy available at FTC convoys
(external link)
Arr. Harwich Aug. 19 - See Page 12
Aug. 25 Southend Seine Bay Aug. 26 ETC 79 Convoy available at ETC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 31 Seine Bay Southend Sept. 1 FTC 84 Convoy available at FTC convoys
(external link)
Arr. Harwich Sept. 2
(Page 12).
Sept. 12 Southend Seine Bay Sept. 13 ETC 96 Convoy available at ETC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 13 Newhaven Dieppe Sept. 14 WDC 8 Convoy available at WDC 8
(external link)
Sept. 18 Southampton Southend Sept. 19 FTC 12A Convoy available at FTC convoys
(external link)
Missing 1944 movements:
Page 12 & Page 13
1945 March 26 Plymouth Granville March 27 COC 116 Earlier 1945 movements:
Page 13 above & Page 14
Convoy available at COC 116
(external link)
Apr. 2 Cancale Roads Falmouth Apr. 3 Missing movements, Page 14
May 1 Falmouth St Malo May 2 COC 152 Convoy available at COC 152
(external link)
May 6 St Malo Falmouth May 7
May 7 Falmouth Newport May 8 TBC 149 Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Further movements:
Page 14, Page 15 & Page 16

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned 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 details on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

According to A. Hague, Varegg sailed in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 14 in Febr.-1940. Early in March we find her in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HN 17 from Norway to the U.K., bound for Middlesbrough in ballast, and A. Hague has her returning to Norway later that month with Convoy ON 21. At the beginning of the following month she joined Convoy HN 24, which arrived Methil from Norway on Apr. 7; in other words, she got out of Norway just before the German invasion, which took place on Apr. 9. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Varegg was at Seaham on that date, remaining there for quite some time. On May 3, she proceeded to Rouen, with arrival May 6, making another voyage to Rouen later that month.

The external website that I've linked to at the end of this page has included her in Convoy OA 169, which left Southend on June 17 and was dispersed 2 days later. This convoy was composed of 2 parts, OA 169(1) and OA 169(2), Varegg being in station 25 of Part 2, which had several Norwegian ships (Gulhaug, Lom, Roy, Røyksund and Thorøy are named). Her destination is given as La Pallice; according to the archive document mentioned above, she was bound for Cherbourg (having started out from Hull on June 14), but was diverted to Dublin, where she arrived, via Weymouth Bay, on June 29. Arnold Hague has not included her in OA 169, as will be seen when following the link provided at the end of this page, but it'll be noticed that his listing is incomplete.

In the book "Sjøfolk i krig" by Leif M. Bjørkelund, which is largely based on interviews with seamen 50 years after the war, Captain Iversen's personal account can be found. He says Varegg was in the coal trade U.K. - France until the summer of 1940, enduring several U-boat and aircraft attacks during this period. They also made a trip to Dublin - this must have been the voyage mentioned above (another Haugesund ship, D/S Bokn was there at the same time). Varegg was in for some sort of repairs at Clyde before joining a large convoy for Lisbon in order to load a cargo of props for Liverpool. Note that she's listed in Convoy OG 41*, which departed Milford Haven on Aug. 18-1940; going back to Page 1, we see that her destination is indeed given as Lisbon and she had started out from Clyde on Aug. 19, but she did not go to Lisbon at that time. The captain says she wasn't able to keep up with the convoy speed and lost the convoy after 14 hours. On the second day she was about 400 n. miles west of Ireland when the crew noticed something floating in the sea. It turned out to be a lifeboat with 25 men, the crews of 2 different ships that had been sunk 5 days earlier, according to Captain Iversen. The names of these ships are not mentioned in the captain's story, but Jan-Olof, Sweden has sent me a snippet from the book "Merchant Ship Losses to Axis Submarines 1939-1945" (Tennent) which fits in with this, saying the following with regard to the British Clan Macphee (date, Aug. 16-1940):

"Torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-30 (Lemp), in the Atlantic 350 miles W of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, in position 57 30N 17 14W while on a voyage from Glasgow and Liverpool to Bombay and the coast of Malabar, with 6700 tons of general cargo, part of Convoy OB 197 comprising 54 ships. The Master, Capt. Thomas Philip B. Cranwell, and 66 crew were lost. 41 survivors were rescued by Hungarian Kelet." However, Kelet was also sunk (Aug. 19-1940, by the German UA [Cohausz]) and this book says that 35 of the survivors from Clan Macphee were rescued by Varegg and landed in Galway on Aug. 26. This then, agrees with the information found on Page 1, which says she arrived Galway on that date. The external website that I've linked to at the end of this page has more on these sinkings (saying that Varegg picked up 33 survivors from Kelet in addition to Clan Macphee's 35 survivors).

She was subsequently ordered back to Clyde to join another convoy 3 weeks later. While waiting for the convoy a German U-boat managed to enter, but English destroyers dropped depth charges and they saw no more of the boat. She's listed as bound for Lisbon in Convoy OG 43*, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 20-1940, but according to Arnold Hague, she joined this convoy at sea on Sept. 24 - from Page 1 we learn that she had left the Clyde anchorage on Sept. 21. This time she reached Lisbon without mishaps (Oct. 3), then continued to Gibraltar (but not until Oct. 23). While there, an Italian submarine entered the harbour and fired a torpedo but no ships were hit, though the sub was hit by fire from the canons at Gibraltar. Only 3 of her crew were rescued. Varegg's voyage back to Liverpool in a convoy consisting of 40 ships, many of which were Norwegian, took 19 days as opposed to the usual 6. They were forced to sail in various directions, and at one point they were as far as the Azores. The captain must be referring to Convoy HG 46 from Gibraltar to the U.K., in which she's listed (but it had more than 40 ships). This convoy left Gibraltar on Oct. 31-1940 and arrived Liverpool on Nov. 19. Varegg's destination is given as Manchester, cargo of pit props. Follow the link for names of other ships taking part.

* The OG convoys mentioned here will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys. Other Norwegian ships also took part.

While in Liverpool in Nov.-1940 they were under heavy air attacks, and while in London during Christmas that year the city endured one of the worst attacks of the war, with enormous destructions in the city and harbour.

At the beginning of 1941, Varegg entered the coal trade between Blyth and London (see Page 2 and Page 3), again under threat of aircraft and also E-boats. At the end of that year, she was in Reykjavik with various war materials (see Page 4 - convoy info in Voyage Record above) when a hurricane which lasted for 12 hours caused 5 large steamers to drift ashore with bad damages resulting. 7 ships drifted into Varegg and caused some damages, which were repaired in Liverpool for 2 months. (According to Page 4, she had arrived Liverpool on Jan. 31-1942, leaving again on March 14 - it'll be noticed that she had also spent 3 weeks in Reykjavik).

After having been repaired she was put into service on the coast of England* and was attacked several times by aircraft and E-boats. The captain says on one occasion an aircraft dropped a bomb which landed so close it resulted in more damages to the ship, but he says the aircraft was on fire and crashed in the sea after Varegg's gunners had fired back. She continued in this coastal service until the Normandie invasion, arriving there on June 17-1944. Her cargo was unloaded at the mouth of a river at low tide, but when it came time to tow her out again, she struck the wreck of a ship and was damaged yet again. After temporary repairs she was able to sail for a few weeks until she could get space at a yard for proper repairs.

* She made another voyage to Iceland in between, and was scheduled for Convoy RU 34 from Reykjavik to the U.K. on Aug. 3-1942, but instead joined the next convoy on Aug. 10, RU 35. She had a cargo of herring meal for London. From Page 5, we learn that she arrived Gravesend, via Loch Ewe and Methil, on Aug. 24. As can be seen, she had previously arrived Iceland from Loch Ewe on July 16.

According to "Våre falne", a series of 4 books naming Norwegians who died during the war, Varegg lost a crew member in 1943. Able Seaman Olav Christian Olsen is said to have died in an accident on Sept. 11 that year and is buried in Newcastle.

As can be seen, when going to the various archive documents, she occasionally had long stays in port, with a particularly long stay at North Shields (Tyne) in the fall of 1943 - see Page 8.

According to Page 15, she went home to Norway in Nov.-1945, and again in Dec.-1945; in fact, it looks like she may have spent Christmas there that year. See also Page 16, which shows that she headed to Bergen in Febr.-1946.


Sold in Febr.-1960 for breaking up in Tønsberg, having been laid up in Haugesund since 1958.

Related external links:
OB (& OA) convoys - OA 169 part 1 and part 2 are included. Here is Arnold Hague's listing for OA 169, and as mentioned, Varegg is not listed. The site also has information on Convoy OB 197, mentioned in my narrative in connection with Clan Macphee.

Here is a chronological list of
OA & OB convoys

The attack on Clan Macphee
The attack on Kelet - According to this, Varegg picked up 35 from Clan Macphee and 33 from Kelet. does not mention a convoy in connection with this ship, but according to A. Hague, she had also been in Convoy OB 197 (see link above). The Swedish Hedrun was also sunk, while the Dutch Alcinous was damaged, both listed in Convoy OB 197.

Back to Varegg on the "Ships starting with V" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre gamle skip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn and misc. as named within above narrative - (ref. My sources).


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