norwegian Norwegian Royal Navy SS Norhauk [+1943]
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general
nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class USSB 1015 cargo
USSB 1015 cargo Empire Kingfisher SS (+1942)
propulsion steam
date built 1919
is nickname no
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 6038  grt
dimensions 122.3 x 16.2 x 9.7 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
armament armed merchant ship
power 553  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 3
call sign
LNAH  
LNAH
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 12/12/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.11rank: 651
about people
builder
G. M. Standifer Construction Corp., Vancouver (Wa)
engine by
Hooven, Owens & Rentschler Co., Hamilton (Ohio)
last owner
[1]Norwegian Royal Navy
SS Norhauk [+1943]
period 1942 ~ 1943
call sign: 
LNAH
prev. owners
[2]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
SS Empire Beaver
period 1941 ~ 1942
IMO/Off. no.: 218222
[3]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
SS Empire Sambar
period 1940 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 218222
[4]Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. Inc., Tampa
SS Waban
period 1933 ~ 1940
IMO/Off. no.: 218222
[5]Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.
SS Waban
period 1919 ~ 1933
IMO/Off. no.: 218222
captain Thorvald Birger Lihaug
complement 4
no. of crew 35
about the wreck
depth (m.) 13 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
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entered by Bisschop Gert-jan
entered 21/05/2006
last update Lettens Jan
last update 12/12/2013
 
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Built under United States Shipping Board contracts (WW I) by G. M. Standifer Construction Corp., Vancouver, Wash., completed as Waban (USSB) in 1919. Design 1015; 9400 tdw, 402 ft x 53 ft. Owned by Lykes Bros-Ripley SS Co. in 1933. Purchased from USA by British Ministry of Shipping in 1940, renamed Empire Sambar.

On March 6-1941 she had an explosion in engine room while at sea; towed in, repaired, and renamed Empire Beaver (M.O.W.T.) in 1942. Taken over at Mersey on April 5th 1942 and given the name Norhauk. ...

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Lockett Graham03/11/2013The Norwegian SS Norhauk carried a cargo which was very much needed by the war effort when sunk, this included: 1,000 tons zinc, 727 tons aluminium, 627 tons military vehicles, 60 tons tank parts, 95 tons wireless sets, 236 tons guns and aircraft, 500 tons copper, 516 tons ferro-chrome and 103 tons silico manganese. The wreck was later heavily depth-charged by the Admiralty Wreck Dispersal Department, despite this the salvage company Risdon Beazley Ltd.

Later recovered by grab, 1,121 tons copper, zinc and aluminium.
Slaats Martien21/01/2007Norhauk SS was originally called Empire Beaver.

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About Builders
 G. M. Standifer Construction Corp., Vancouver (Wa)
G. M. Standifer Construction Company built two shipyards on the Columbia River for the WWI effort, one in North Portland for wooden ships and one in Vancouver for steel ships. The former was just west of the Interstate bridge, where the Inn on the Quay is today, and the latter was about a mile to the west, just downstream from the railroad bridge. Both yards were closed in 1921.

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Allen Tony26/06/2007Built under United States Shipping Board contracts (WW I) by G. M. Standifer Construction Corp., Vancouver, Wash., completed as Waban (USSB) in 1919. Design 1015; 9400 tdw, 402 ft x 53 ft. Owned by Lykes Bros-Ripley SS Co. in 1933. Purchased from USA by British Ministry of Shipping in 1940, renamed Empire Sambar.

On March 6-1941 she had an explosion in engine room while at sea; towed in, repaired, and renamed Empire Beaver (M.O.W.T.) in 1942. Taken over at Mersey on April 5th 1942 and given the name Norhauk.

Departed Halifax on Dec. 2-1943 in Convoy SC 148, being the Vice Commodore vessel for the convoy. Norhauk was on a voyage from St. John N. B. with 6800 tons general cargo for London, incl. about 500 tons ferro chrome in hold No. 3.

In the morning of Dec. 15, SC 148 split into 2 groups, with Norhauk taking over as Commodore Vessel for the northbound group. She arrived Loch Ewe in the morning of December 16th, then joined a coastal convoy that evening, arriving Methil Roads in the afternoon of the 18th, and left again the next day in a southbound coastal convoy.

On December 21st a pilot embarked at the inlet to the Thames. Around 14:38 that day, when in 51 50 03N 01 33 01E (Thames Estuary) a horrendous explosion occurred beneath the after part of hatch 3, practically severing the ship in 2 to the ´tween deck, and in a matter of seconds she sank in the middle down to the upper bridge, and was under water from hatch 1 to hatch 5.
 
 
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