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Ships - Hallbjorg
Hallbjorg, a Norwegian steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the afternoon of December 4, 1916, 640 miles west 1/4 south from Fastnet, Ireland.
Hallbjorg was a Norwegian steamship built by Bonn and Mees, Rotterdam, Netherlands. She was launched for the Rotterdam Steam Navigation Company as the Marken in 1904. In 1915 she was sold to P. Kleppen, Bergen, Norway and renamed. She was a 2,586 ton ship with a length of 305 feet.
Captain Ivar Andersen was in command of the Norwegian steamer on November 23, 1916 when she sailed from New York bound for Bordeaux, France. She carried a cargo of 3,500 tons including rubber, meat, cars and a variety of metal goods. The metal goods included pig lead, machine parts and steel tubes thought by the Prize Officer of the SeaGull to be intended for the manufacture of gun barrels.
On December 12, her captain and crew were transferred to the captured British ship Yarrowdale and arrived at Swinemuende, Germany on December 31. The 47 men of the "Norwegian crew" were released and arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, on January 30, 1917. Norway and Denmark were neutral during the war. One member of the "Norwegian crew" was actually an American. He was Georg Troye from Brooklyn, New York, the brother-in-law of Captain Andersen. He sailed "in search of adventure," and that he found, returning to New York on March 16, 1917 aboard the Norwegian steamer Kristianiafjord.
Hallbjorg is a Norse female given name meaning Rock Bear.
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