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D/S Vest
Updated Jan. 5-2012

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Owner: D/S A/S Carolvore
Manager: Lundegaard & Sønner, Farsund
5074 gt, 8270 tdwt

Built in Stockton-on-Tees, delivered in Dec.-1920 as Stonewall to Garland SS Corp, New York. Owned from 1923 by St. Helen's Shipping Co, London as Silverbirch. Renamed Ardenhall in 1924 for S.N. Co., West Hartlepool, Cefnybryn in 1936 for Kilvey Shipping Co. (Ambrose, Davies & Matthews), Cardiff, Galeb from 1936 for Jugoslavenska Plovidba DD, Susak, Yugoslavia. Sold in 1939 to D/S A/S Carolvore, Farsund, Norway and renamed Vest. (See also the external page above, which has slightly different history details).

Captain: Petter Martin Pedersen, from May-1939 to May-1941. He also served on Lutz for a while, and Thorstrand - see this Guestbook message from his son, as well as this posting (Norwegian text) and this external page. Later, captain was Thorolf Gundersen.

On charter to The Ministry of War Transport from 1940 and all through the war, then returned.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

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

Voyage Record
From May-1941 to Sept.-1945:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 May 25 New York City St. John, N.B. May 28 Independent A. Hague says:
Traded N & S America to May-1941
(earlier voyages, Page 1)
June 5 St. John, N.B. Trinidad June 15 Independent
June 28 Trinidad Walvis Bay July 26 Independent
July 27 Walvis Bay Durban Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 9 Durban Bombay Aug. 28 Independent
Aug. 31 Bombay Madras Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 12 Madras Calcutta Sept. 26* Independent *Sept. 16? - See Page 2
Oct. 21 Calcutta Colombo Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 29 Colombo Durban Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 30 Durban Capetown Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 11 Capetown Freetown Dec. 27 Independent
1942 Jan. 15 Freetown Freetown Jan. 17 SL 98 Returned.
Convoy available at SL 98
(external link)
Jan. 27 Freetown Freetown Jan. 29 SL 99 Returned.
Convoy available at SL 99
(external link)
Jan. 31 Freetown Trinidad Febr. 20 Independent
March 7 Trinidad Hampton Roads March 20 Independent
Apr. 18 Hampton Roads Halifax Apr. 23 Independent A. Hague says:
Via Cape Cod Canal
(see also Page 2)
May 7 Halifax Loch Ewe May 22 SC 83 See also narrative below
May 24 Loch Ewe Dundee May 26 WN 287 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 6 Dundee Loch Ewe June 8 EN 94 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 9 Loch Ewe ON 102 For Tampa.
Detached June 25.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 25 Detached from ON 102 St. John, N.B. June 26 Independent
July 15 St. John, N.B. Halifax July 16 BX 29F Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
July 21 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 23 HS 32 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 24 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Aug. 6 SC 93
Aug. 7 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 9 WN 319 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 9 Methil Southend Aug. 11 FS 877 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 2
Aug. 23 Southend Tyne Aug. 25 FN 794 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 30 Tyne Methil Sept. 1 FN 800 Convoy available at link above
Sept. 1 Methil Loch Ewe Sept. 3 EN 131 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 5 Loch Ewe Halifax Sept. 21 ON 128 For Sydney, C.B.
(but went to Halifax)
Sept. 27 Halifax St. John, N.B. Sept. 29 HF 3 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
Oct. 21 St. John, N.B. Halifax Oct. 23 FH 9 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
Oct. 27 Halifax Loch Ewe Nov. 10 SC 107 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Nov. 12 Loch Ewe Methil Nov. 14 WN 360 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 15 Methil Hull Nov. 17 FS 961 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 6 Hull Methil Dec. 8 FN 884 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 9 Methil Loch Ewe Dec. 10 EN 171 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 18 Loch Ewe Hampton Roads Jan. 12-1943 ON 154 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
1943 Febr. 13 New York City Belfast Lough March 5 SC 120 Had arrived New York Febr. 2
(Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
March 5 Belfast Lough Newport March 6 BB 266 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
March 23 Newport Milford Haven March 24 Independent See also Page 3
March 25 Milford Haven Freetown Apr. 14 OS 45 Convoy available at OS 45
(external link)
May 11 Freetown SL 129 Rendezvoused w/MKS 13, May 24.
Convoy available at SL 129
(external link)
May 24 SL 129 & MKS 13 joined up Loch Ewe June 1 SL 129/MKS 13 Convoy available at SL 129/MKS 13
(external link)
June 2 Loch Ewe Methil June 4 WN 436 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 4 Methil Middlesbrough June 5 FS 1133 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
June 24 Middlesbrough Methil June 25 FN 1055 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 25 Methil Loch Ewe June 27 EN 247 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 28 Loch Ewe Clyde June 29 Independent
July 9 Clyde Halifax July 20 ON 192 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 24 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 26 HS 98 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 29 Sydney, C.B. Father Point July 31 SQ 61 Convoy available at SQ 61
(external link)
Compare w/Page 3
Aug. 29 Red Islet Sydney, C.B. Sept. 1 QS 66 Convoy available at QS 66
(external link)
Sept. 4 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Sept. 17 SC 141 40 spare depth charges.
Missing movements, Page 3 above
Sept. 20* Liverpool Cardiff Oct. 2 Independent *Page 3 gives departure Sept. 30.
Oct. 5 Cardiff Milford Haven Oct. 6 Independent
Oct. 6 Milford Haven OS 56/KMS 29 For Gibraltar.
Convoy split Oct. 18.
Available at OS 56/KMS 29
(external link)
Oct. 18 Convoy split up Gibraltar Oct. 20 KMS 29G Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Oct. 21 Gibraltar Malta Oct. 27 UGS 20 Gibraltar to Malta.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 31 Malta Augusta Nov. 1 A. Hague says:
Notional dates.
Page 3 gives arrival Augusta Oct. 28.
Nov. 1 Augusta Brindisi Nov. 2 AH 7 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Nov. 25 Brindisi Bari Nov. 25 Damaged in air raid at Bari Dec. 2
(see narrative below).
1944 July 11 Bari Taranto For further repairs.
See also Page 4
1945 Febr. 18 Taranto Catania Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 23 Catania Messina March 2 Independent
March 3 Messina Gibraltar Independent Page 4 gives arrival March 9.
March 11 Gibraltar Southend March 19 MKS 88G See also Page 4.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
March 29 Southend Falmouth March 31 TBC 112 Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
May 13 Falmouth Cardiff May 14 TBC 155 Convoy available at link above
May 18 Cardiff Belfast Lough May 20 Independent
May 21 Belfast Lough ONS 51 For Sydney, C.B.
Detached June 4.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
June 4 Detached from ONS 51 Philadelphia June 6 Independent Again, see also Page 4
June 20 Philadelphia Hull July 8 Independent Also, Page 4
July 24 Hull Quebec Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 18 Quebec Immingham Sept. 18* Independent *Page 4 gives arrival Sept. 4, left Sept. 18.
Subsequent voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5.

 Some 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 Page 1 of the archive documents, Vest was in Cristobal when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, departing that day for Mobile, with arrival Apr. 17. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document; it'll be noticed that she appears to have spent quite a long time in New York that year. She had arrived there from Hampton Roads on March 27 and departure is given as May 25, when she proceeded to St. John, N.B. Her 1941 voyages continue on Page 2 (showing a long stay in Calcutta that fall), which also has most of her 1942 voyages.

On Jan. 15-1942, she joined Convoy SL 98 from Freetown for Liverpool, but returned to port, subsequently joining the next convoy on Jan. 27, SL 99, but again returned to Freetown (ref. external links provided in the Voyage Record). She left Freetown again on Jan. 31 for Trinidad, arriving Febr. 20, having sailed independently. From Trinidad, she later proceeded to Hampton Roads, where she stayed for about a month before heading to Halifax, joining the slow Convoy SC 83 to the U.K. on May 7 (having been cancelled from the 3 previous convoys, SC 80, SC 81 and SC 82). Acanthus, Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts for SC 83. Vest had a general cargo for Dundee, and arrived her destination on May 26. In June, we find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 102*, which originated in Liverpool on June 9 and arrived Halifax on the 25th; it looks like she was initially bound for Tampa, but arrival there is not mentioned on Page 2, which says she arrived St. John, N.B. on June 26, having started out from Loch Ewe on June 9. As can be seen, she remained at St. John for quite a while, before proceeding to Halifax and on to Sydney, C.B.

With a cargo of steel and lumber for London, she now headed back across the Atlantic on July 24 with the slow Convoy SC 93 from Sydney, C.B. Having stopped at Loch Ewe and Methil Roads, she arrived Gravesend on Aug. 12. The following month, we find her in station 53 of the westbound Convoy ON 128. The original convoy document gives her destination as Halifax, and she arrived there on Sept. 21. The Commodore's narrative is also available for this convoy (Vest is mentioned under Sept. 6). A few days later she continued to St. John, N.B., spending over 3 weeks there before returning to Halifax (Page 2), departing again on Oct. 27, joining Convoy SC 107* back to the U.K., cargo of grain and lumber, station 22. Geisha's captain acted as Vice Commodore for this convoy, which had originated in New York on Oct. 24 and lost 15 ships - see the external link further down on this page for more info. Vest stopped at Loch Ewe on Nov. 10, later continuing to Methil Roads and Hull, where she also stayed for about 3 weeks. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3. Her last convoy voyage that year was made with the westbound Convoy ON 154*, which sailed from Liverpool on Dec. 18 (Vest left Loch Ewe that day). This convoy also lost many ships, including the Norwegian Norse King - follow the link for details (as well as the external links below). Vest arrived Hampton Roads on Jan. 12-1943.

From Hampton Roads, she proceeded to New York at the end of that month (Jan. 31-1943), then joined Convoy SC 120* on Febr. 13. She arrived Newport, via Belfast Lough, on March 6 and later that month, she can be found in Convoy OS 45, voyaging from Milford to Freetown with coal, station 43, arriving Freetown on Apr. 14 - Bosphorus and Jenny are also named in this convoy. Vest now had a long stay in Freetown (unless some movements are missing from the record), before going back in the other direction in Convoy SL 129, departing Freetown on May 11. Having joined up with Convoy MKS 13* from Gibraltar on May 24, the combined convoy arrived Liverpool on June 1; Vest stopped at Loch Ewe that day, continuing to Methil and Middlesbrough the next day (remaining in Middlesbrough for almost 3 weeks - Page 3). Her cargo is given as Pepel ore, voyage from Pepel to Loch Ewe. The Norwegian Belnor, Fernhill and Heimvard are also listed - ref. external links in the table above for more on these 2 convoys.

She now made another voyage to Halifax, having sailed in Convoy ON 192*, which originated in Liverpool on July 9 and arrived New York on the 22nd, but Vest stopped at Halifax on July 20, having started out from Clyde on the 9th (Commodore was in Laurits Swenson). Having made a voyage to Quebec, she headed back to the U.K. again on Sept. 4 in the Sydney, C.B. section of the slow Convoy SC 141, cargo of steel and lumber for Garston, where she arrived Sept. 18 (Page 3). A. Hague says she also had 40 depth charges on board on this voyage. The following month she made a voyage to Gibraltar, joining Convoy OS 56/KMS 29. This convoy started out in Liverpool on Oct. 7 and split up on Oct. 18, KMS 29* (in which Vest took part) arriving Gibraltar Oct. 20. Follow the external link in the Voyage Record for more convoy details - Boshorus, Norelg and Star are also included.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The entire SC series will also be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys), but for now, please see ships in all SC convoys. Additionally, the KMS and MKS convoys will be added - see ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys. Other Norwegian ships also took part.

More information on the Norwegian ships named here can be found via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external links:
Battle for Convoy SC 107 - with a list of ships sunk. The site also has information on ON 154, 26-30 Dec 1942

See also
Battle of the Atlantic - Convoy ONS 154 which describes the battle in great detail. This page has more information on the escorts for ON 154. There's also a Memorials section, naming those who were killed on each ship.

 At Bari - Dec. 2-1943: 

As mentioned, Convoy KMS 29 had arrived Gibraltar on Oct. 20-1943. Vest proceeded to Malta the next day, then on to Augusta and Brindisi, arriving the latter on Nov. 2 with her 6180 tons coal (the voyage having started out in Cardiff - see Voyage Record, as well as Page 3 and Page 4). Being too deep for the quay, she dropped anchor to await orders. On Nov. 24, she received orders to head to Bari to unload half of the cargo, then return with the rest, so she departed Brindisi for Bari the following day. On the 26th* she commenced discharging coal to the depot vessel S/S Frisconini, and also provided bunkers to the Danish Lars Kruse (British flag at the time), continuing to unload in the course of the subsequent few days, providing bunkers for various naval vessels. On Dec. 2, she was placed in between Frisconini and S/S Odysseus which was to receive bunkers, but when a storm blew up the work ceased around noon (the depot vessel had caused some damages to her port side in the strong winds) and a tug moved Odysseus away from her.

* My Guestbook has a message from Robert Andrews who remembers the events a little differently.

At that time 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 USS John Harvey (captain Knowles) had a cargo of liquid mustard gas bombs (suspecting the enemy might resort to chemical warfare), and was guarded by a unit of the 701st Chemical Maintenance Company. In addition to Vest, the Norwegian D/S Bollsta, Norlom, Lom and Salamis were present. About 20 enemy aircraft attacked that evening and one of the ammunition ships was hit and blew up, setting a number of ships on fire. The end result was over 1000 dead, many injured and suffering from the effects of the mustard gas. At least 17 ships were sunk (follow the link to my page about Bollsta for a list of all the ships damaged or sunk - see also the external links at the end of this page for further information).

Vest took part in the defence by firing her guns from the bridge and boat deck, supervised by Captain Gundersen and 1st Mate Fulland on the bridge, and 2nd Mate Karlsen on the boat deck, the latter also being the gunnery officer on board. About 15 minutes after the attack had started she was hit by a bomb, causing the funnel to fall down, blowing the upper part of the bridge away, and shrapnel and pieces of glass were flying around. Able Seaman Pettersen stated at the subsequent inquiry that he saw the captain, the 1st mate and a British gunner being thrown down to the lower bridge. 15 were injured, Donkeyman Moldevær most severely, his left hand almost ripped off. He was also bleeding heavily from a wound in his thigh, and needed urgent medical attention. The injured were placed in the motor lifeboat and the port lifeboat, which both had to be rowed because the gasoline tank for the motorboat had been destroyed during the bombing. They managed to get passed the burning ships and within half an hour they reached shore, where the injured were taken by car to a hospital. Donkeyman Moldevær was later sent by plane to North Africa, according to Stoker Sperre's statements at the inquiry.

The captain and the 1st mate had intended to return to save the ship's and their own papers as soon as the injured had been seen to, but in the meantime the ammunition ship exploded, turning the entire harbour into an inferno. Those who had remained on board had assembled amidships on the starboard side and somehow escaped serious injury, managing to launch a 3rd lifeboat and get themselves to safety. At that time, Vest was on fire on both sides of the after deck. The fire soon spread to other areas of the ship, and the following afternoon, Dec. 3, when the captain, the 1st mate and 2-3 others went back on board they found Vest seriously damaged, and parts of the ship, including several cabins, completely burnt out.

8 days later, 10 crew members were sent to Toronto, then on to Bizerta, later to Tunisia. From there, they were transported to Algiers by train, arriving during the night of Dec. 21. An inquiry was held there on Dec. 23-1943 with Able Seaman Pettersen and Stoker Sperre attending. None of the officers had arrived Algiers, 14 men, including the captain having remained in Bari on orders from Ministry of War Transport to oversee the unloading of her cargo. Some of the cabins could still be used. On Dec. 7, they had been requested to provide bunkers for S/S Spero which came alongside (this was the British ship by that name, not the Norwegian one. According to A. Hague, she left Bari the next day in Convoy HA 11 - external link). Spero also helped extinguish a small fire in the coal in No. 2 hold with the help of a water hose laid out from the ship. On Dec. 9, Pelagos (not the Norwegian one) and Giampavlo received bunkers from Vest, as did S/S Slokada and Screlno the next day.

Vest was in for repairs for a long time - see Page 4 and Voyage Record above.

In the spring of 1945, she's listed in Convoy MKS 88, departing Gibraltar for the U.K. on March 11 - see ships in all MKS convoys. She later appears to have spent a long time in Falmouth - again, see the archive document referred to above. In May that year, we find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 51, which originated in Liverpool on May 21 and arrived Halifax June 4 (see ships in all ONS convoys). Her destination is given as Sydney, C.B., but according to the archive document, she arrived Camden, N.J. and Philadelphia on June 6, having started out from Belfast Lough on May 21 (Minerva's captain had served as Vice Commodore).

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 4 and Page 5. From the latter document, we learn that she made some voyages home to Norway at the end of 1945, and again in the spring of 1946.

Crew List - No casualties:
*Denotes those who remained in Bari when some of the others left for Toronto on Dec. 11 (others, including the British mess boy, were in hospital in Bari).
** The name Kristian Hotvedt also shows up in the crew lists for Pelagos, Rinda and Lynghaug - same man? If he's identical to the Kristian Hotvedt on Pelagos, he must have managed to escape from Norway very quickly, if he was indeed repatriated with the others, because Rinda was sunk on May 30-1941. Hjalmar Holthe is also listed for Norjerv and Brant County. This external page has excerpts from his diary describing the events surrounding the attack on Vest, and also lists some of the other ships he served on (Norwegian text).

Thorolf Gundersen*
1st Mate
Alv Fulland*
2nd Mate
Olav Karlsen
3rd Mate
Gunnar Bliksrud*
Radio Operator
Ole D. Ness
Radio Operator
Asbjørn Nerdal
Radio Operator
Robert Andrews
Ludvig Larsen*
Nordahl Thoresen*
Able Seaman
Armand E. Pettersen
Able Seaman
Einar Gundersen*
Able Seaman
Johannes B. Albertsen*
Able Seaman
Lawrence Cookburn*
Able Seaman
Aage Arntzen
Able Seaman
Olaf Hansen
Able Seaman
Peder Tysvær
Able Seaman
Arnfinn Thveten
Able Seaman
Reidar F. Svendsen
Able Seaman/Gunner
Jarl Vaagen
Able Seaman/Gunner
Martin Mehlingen
Ordinary Seaman
Charles Ward
1st Engineer
Harald Zimmermann*
2nd Engineer
Gunnar Gunnarsen*
3rd Engineer
Kristian Hotvedt* (**)
Hjalmar Holthe**
Ingolf Moldvær
Ingvar Knudsen
Harry A. Berntsen
Erling P. Sæther
Erling Davidsen*
Anker Bjønnes*
Kolbjørn Sperre
Svein Gundersen*
Olaf L. Henriksen
Gunnar Horn
Arne Granøen
Vincente Polo
Lorenzo Umana
Saloon Steward
Rolf Sten Andersen
Harry Krohg Larsen
Martinius Trondsen
Trygve D. Rigels
Mess Boy
Herbert Kingwell
Saloon Boy
Dennis Cann
+ British Gunners?


Sold in 1950 to Kristiansand and renamed Siredal. Sold in 1954 to Skibs A/S Motor (Einar Salvesen, Kragerø, manager), renamed Regulus in 1956. Sold in 1959 to Bowring & Curry GmbH, Hamburg and renamed Ruth. Sold to breakers at Hong Kong, where she arrived on Oct. 29-1959. (Again, please compare with the details found on this external page).

Related external links:
Tragedy at Bari - (Naval Armed Guard Service)
Bari Italy
Mustard gas
Raid on Bari

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

A fishing vessel, M/B Vest (R 270 A) escaped from Sævelandsvik on May 17-1940 with 7 people on board, 4 of whom were British, arriving Lerwick on May 18. Vest later returned to Norway, then made another trip to Shetland on Aug. 7-1941 with 2 people. This external Norwegian website has a picture and more information.

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


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