Some of the Germans climbed down a rope onto the ice and then made their way to the land. He saw one German in the water after he came ashore and made his way to the Customs Office. He went on to say that the ship was still but the machinery was going but after the first sailor came onboard she went full astern towards land in order to ram COSSACK which made a short turn to avoid this and scraped the aft of the starboard side of ALTMARK. This lasted about 20 minutes.
The British force split up to search the Leads and offshore islands south of Bergen. There was no German Fleet reaction. According to A. Hague, the following ships sailed in this convoy in alphabetical order :. She was later salvaged. Jan-Olof Hendig, Sweden has sent me a newspaper clipping about this incident from Febr. They were in 2 boats, which were separated in the bad weather, one reaching Tangenes, while the men in the other boat were picked up by a Danish vessel and later taken to Bergen.
Arnfinn is said to have been still afloat and drifting northwards, and a salvage vessel has been sent out. The article states she was tons and had a complement of She was on a voyage from Methil to Moss with coal when the the incident took place. All the Norwegian ships in this convoy, except Annfinn , are listed on this website — they can be reached via the Master Ship Index.
Escorts: See this document , listing escorts for all HN and ON convoys, as well as this external page scroll down to Febr. Close cover was provided by light cruisers Aurora and Penelope , departing Rosyth on the 24th and anti-aircraft cruiser Calcutta , which left Sullom Voe on the 25th. Nubian made an attack on a submarine north of Kinnaird Head on Febr.
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The convoy split into East and West sections. Left Norway on February and arrived Methil on March 1. The Advance Sailing Telegram gives the sailing date as Febr. A document listing all the Norway-U. Convoys states that Convoy HN 15 left on Febr. Dunstan From HN Ardrossan From HN Grangemouth See also HN If we remove the un-named ships, we end up with 42 ships in the convoy.
The above list agrees on the whole with a list of ships received from D.
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Hague has not included Batavia and he says Havnia was Norwegian — in other words, he names 41 ships in this convoy. See also the text under Febr. All the Norwegian ships mentioned in this convoy are discussed on this website, some are listed in the Homefleet section. The easiest way to find them all is via the Master Ship Index. A document listing all the ON convoys states that ON 18 had a total of 44 ships incl.
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The 10 ships joining from Kirkwall were attacked by 3 Heinkels at on March No damage was done by the 2 bombs dropped. Fighter aircraft were sent to assist the escort see also my page about Convoys attacked by aircraft. Both ships reached port. For information on the Norwegian ships in this convoy, see the Master Ship Index. Left Norway on March and arrived Methil on March Convoys states that Convoy HN 17 had 8 British, 19 Norwegian, 1 Danish and 1 Finnish ship, for a total of 29, 5 of which were bound for the west coast. Iris of gt is also included in the Advance Sailing Telegram.
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She later joined Convoy HN Middlesbrough See also HN Ellesmere Port Listed in HN Le Havre See also HN However, the tonnage is given as gt, which was the British Kirnwood Kirkwood was gt. Hood and Valiant provided distant cover. See also the text under March 7 on this external page scroll down in the text , which mentions this convoy and its escorts also mentioned under March 3.
The page also has details on the collision between Kelly and Gurkha. No contact made. One ship bound for Aberdeen. British Fylingdale British Grenaa was this ship still Danish at that time? Escorts: This document , listing escorts for all HN and ON convoys, has the names of escorts for this convoy.
See also this external page scroll down to text re Convoy ON 19 under March In addition to escort information, the site says that the escorting destroyer Nubian attacked a submarine contact at on March 13, east of Duncansby Head 58 37N 1 06W. Departed Norway on March and arrived Methil on March Convoys states that Convoy HN 19 had 3 British, 16 Norwegian, 7 Swedish, 4 Finnish and 5 Estonian ships, for a total of 35, 15 of which were bound for the west coast, denoted W in the table below. Le Havre Listed in HN Manchester Listed in HN Comparing the above with a list of ships received from D.
Notes: All the Norwegian ships mentioned in this convoy are discussed on this website, some are listed in the Homefleet section.
This contact had been earlier attacked by aircraft. The destroyers arrived at Scapa Flow on the 17th at The convoy of 20 ships arrived at Methil without incident on the 17th. Convoys states that Convoy HN 21 had 7 British, 18 Norwegian, 5 Swedish, 4 Danish, 4 Finnish and 1 Estonian ship for a total of 39, 9 of which were bound for the west coast. Hague has not included the Norwegian Lab in this convoy. Note that she also appears in HN 23B. The FS convoys are available on this external site and Burgos is included on this page. All the Norwegian ships mentioned here are discussed on this website, some are listed in the Homefleet section.
En route stands by the disabled trawler SOPHOS tons from to when another trawler arrived to take her in tow. Departed Norway on March and arrived Methil on Apr. Please note also that the Advance Sailing Telegram for the previous convoy appears to cover both Convoys HN 22 and HN 23A, so that some ships have been extracted from those documents and placed here on this page.
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Barrwhin is also listed HN A list of ships received from D. Several of the ships named in this table are also listed in the last convoy from Norway, HN Notes: All the Norwegian ships mentioned here are discussed on this website, some are listed in the Homefleet section. In the evening of Apr. After a while Signe continued on the proper course, Gurkha remaining in company for 20 minutes, still signalling but getting no reply, so she resumed her station and informed Afridi that the Finnish ship had proceeded and was following in the wake of the convoy, about 5 miles astern.
Afridi then called Cossack on power, asking if she had anything to communicate, but she did not. The convoy consisted of 19 ships that evening Apr. As it turned out, the Finnish Signe was sunk. Date of loss is given as Apr. The convoy had not yet sailed so a Norwegian T. Due to thick weather, with a southeast force 6 wind, some ships turned back, others had to heave to. When clear of the outlying reefs, the leading ships were eventually turned in order to avoid the incoming Convoy ON During the night a full southerly gale developed, causing the ships to scatter by as much as 30 miles in the morning, and the convoy consequently never formed up.
During the evening March 31 their approximate positions were established, and the next morning, Apr. Mohawk also received orders to intercept and attach 7 more ships that had been reported by aircraft to be 15 miles to the northward, and therefore presumed to be westbound.
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Later in the day a northeasterly gale blew up, and the course steered became very erratic, with the wind and sea on the quarter. Afridi was slightly to the west of her allotted course, but by this time it had become evident that the following units were likely to be met between and that morning, Apr. Because of the rain and sleet squalls the visibility was low. When off Kinnaird Head in the afternoon of Apr. That same day, a 20th ship was seen and added to the convoy; this ship is not named. During the night, the wind shifted to the south and the weather became thick again.
Fighters were sent in support. Also, 2 aircraft attacked ON 24 southeast of Fair Island, dropping 4 bombs.
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Speed made good: 5. Convoy HN. En route, she stood by the disabled trawler SOPHOS grt from to until another trawler arrived to take her in tow. Arrived 80 miles west of Stavanger as part of an interception sweep northwards from Submarine escaped with light damage. Rejoined Home Fleet off Narvik.
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