Captain Birger Lunde’s War Memoir Part One: The sinking of the Taranger

Most people do not know that the largest shipping company the world has ever known, consisting of well over 1,000 ocean-going vessels, had its American headquarters at 80 Broad Street in Manhattan. This company was called Nortraship, and my mother Mildred Lunde worked in this office. In a life-changing moment she would meet my father, Captain Birger Lunde, who was in the office trying to get authorization for payment of back wages lost when the Norwegian ship Blink was sunk off Cape Hatteras in February 1942. World War II was now well underway and the Norwegian government, then in exile, was
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The Norwegian American

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