Thomas Scheen Falck

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Thomas Scheen Falck, Jr. (19 February 1892 – 1 November 1972) was a Norwegian ship-owner.



He was born at Stavanger in Rogaland as a son of ship-owner and consul Hans Lindahl Falck (1863–1937) and Karen Johanne Poulsson (1866–1952). He was an uncle of Einar Falck. He finished his secondary education at Bergen Handelsgymnasium in 1909 and took a business education in Cologne in 1911. He worked in Kronstadt and St. Petersburg from 1912 to 1918; the last three years as co-owner of the transport company Ejbøl, Falck & Co. He became director of the foreign department in Bergenske Dampskibsselskab in 1918, and was promoted to sub-director in 1929 and director in 1933. In 1943 he finally took over as chief executive officer, succeeding Einar Joys. He remained chief executive of Bergenske Dampskibsselskab until 1960, and then chaired the company until 1963. [1]

Stavanger Municipality in Norway

Stavanger is a city and municipality in Norway. It is the third largest city and metropolitan area in Norway and the administrative centre of Rogaland county. The municipality is the fourth most populous in Norway. Located on the Stavanger Peninsula in Southwest Norway, Stavanger counts its official founding year as 1125, the year the Stavanger Cathedral was completed. Stavanger's core is to a large degree 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses that are protected and considered part of the city's cultural heritage. This has caused the town centre and inner city to retain a small-town character with an unusually high ratio of detached houses, and has contributed significantly to spreading the city's population growth to outlying parts of Greater Stavanger.

Rogaland County (fylke) of Norway

Rogaland[²ruːɡɑlɑn](listen) is a county in Western Norway, bordering Hordaland, Telemark, Aust-Agder, and Vest-Agder counties. Rogaland is the center of the Norwegian petroleum industry. In 2016, Rogaland had an unemployment rate of 4.9%, one of the highest in Norway. In 2015, Rogaland had a fertility rate of 1.78 children per woman, which is the highest in the country.

Hans Lindahl Falck was a Norwegian ship-owner and politician.

In his time, Falck was not uncontroversial after his actions during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany. He was named as "Vertrauensmann Norwegischer Schiffsfahrt" after the German invasion in May 1940, and was on many occasions ordered to perform services for the German occupiers. This work yielded substantial profit. On the other hand, the company lost a great deal of tonnage at sea during the war, and also lost its headquarters in the 1944 Vågen explosion. Falck was also acting vice president of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association, [1] where he had been a board member since 1937, [2] and refused to let the Nazi authorities take control over the organization. The Shipowners' Association was declared illegal in 1943, and Falck continued underground in its central board; hosting several meetings in his own Mjølfjell cabin. He also met with Nortraship and Norwegian authorities-in-exile. [1] He even served as an agent for the Special Intelligence Service, with the codename "S 19". [3]

The Norwegian Shipowners Association is an employers' organization and interest group for Norwegian shipping and offshore companies. The organization's primary fields are national and international industry policies, employer issues, competence and recruitment, environmental issues and innovation in addition to safety at sea.

Mjølfjell Village in Western Norway, Norway

Mjølfjell is a village area located in the eastern part of the Raundalen valley in the municipality of Voss in Hordaland county, Norway. Mjølfjell is served by the train station on the Bergen Line, Mjølfjell Station, both local trains from Voss and the Bergen to Oslo express trains make regular stops there. Mjølfjell has a grocery store, a chapel, and a military training facility. There are about 500 cabins in the area that are used for vacationers.


The Norwegian Shipping and Trade Mission (Nortraship) was established in London in April 1940 to administer the Norwegian merchant fleet outside German-controlled areas. Nortraship operated some 1,000 vessels and was the largest shipping company in the world. It made a major contribution to the Allied war effort.

After the war he was scrutinized for "economic treason", but was acquitted. [1] He was also given the Defence Medal 1940–1945 for resistance to the Germans. [2] He was formally named vice president of the Shipowners' Association in 1945, [1] and chaired the organization from 1948 to 1950. [4] Falck was also a co-founder and board member of Det Norske Luftfartselskap from 1935. He had then survived an airplane crash outside of Haugesund in 1920. He was also a board member of Scandinavian Airlines System from 1946 to 1949; being chairman from 1947 to 1948. He was also a board member of Bergen Port Authority from 1935 to 1961 and chaired the Mjølfjell Youth Hostel (Mjølfjell Ungdomsherberge) from 1940 to 1950 and the Norway Travel Association (Landslaget for Reiselivet i Norge) from 1955 to 1957. [1] [5] [6]

Defence Medal 1940–1945

The Defence Medal 1940–1945 is the award rewarded to those military and civilian personnel who participated in the fight against the German invasion and occupation of Norway between 1940 and 1945.

Haugesund Municipality in Rogaland, Norway

Haugesund  (HGSD) is a city and municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The town is the main population centre of the Haugaland region in northern Rogaland. The majority of the population of Haugesund lives in the main urban area surrounding the city centre, with the northwestern part of the municipality being fairly rural.

Bergen Port Authority

Bergen Port Authority is an intermunicipal enterprise owned by the municipalities of Askøy, Austrheim, Bergen, Fedje, Fjell, Lindås, Meland, Os, Radøy, Sund and Øygarden as well as Hordaland county municipality. The port authority operates all seaports in the designated area, including Bergen Port and the oil refinery Mongstad. There are also bunkering terminals, a dry dock and floating docks within the jurisdiction of the authority.

Personal life

He was married to Hanna Gjerde (1890–1929) from August 1916. After her death he married Ingeborg Landmark Anthonisen (1905–1955) in July 1933. After her death he married for the third time, in 1964, this time to Astrid Kolderup, née Christie (1907–2000). Thomas Scheen Falck died in November 1972 in Bergen. His son, Hans L. Falck (born 1921), was a board member of Bergenske Dampskibsselskab from 1961 to 1967. [1] He was decorated as a Commander of the Order of St. Olav (1951), Order of the Dannebrog, Order of the Crown of Italy and the Order of Ouissam Alaouite; Commander First Class of the Order of Vasa; Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II and Order of Orange-Nassau; and Officer of the Legion of Honour. [2]

Order of St. Olav chivalric order

The Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav is a Norwegian order of chivalry instituted by King Oscar I on August 21, 1847. It is named after King Olav II, known to posterity as St. Olav.

Order of the Dannebrog award in Denmark

The Order of the Dannebrog is a Danish order of chivalry instituted in 1671 by Christian V. Until 1808, membership in the order was limited to fifty members of noble or royal rank who formed a single class known as White Knights to distinguish them from the Blue Knights who were members of the Order of the Elephant. In 1808, the Order was reformed and divided into four classes. The Grand Commander class is reserved to persons of princely origin. It is only awarded to royalty with close family ties with the Danish Royal House. The statute of the Order was amended in 1951 by a Royal Ordinance so that both men and women could be members of the Order.

Order of the Crown of Italy Italian order

The Order of the Crown of Italy, Italian: Ordine della Corona d'Italia, was founded as a national order in 1868 by King Vittorio Emanuele II, to commemorate the unification of Italy in 1861. It was awarded in five degrees for civilian and military merit.

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  3. Valestrand, Terje (30 September 2006). "Dobbeltspill på første klasse". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). p. 35.
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  5. "Mjølfjell Ungdomsherberge". Voss Turistinformasjon. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  6. "Landslaget for Reiselivet i Norge". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
Business positions
Preceded by
Einar Joys
Chief executive of Bergenske Dampskibsselskab
Succeeded by
Erik Waaler
Preceded by
Chair of Scandinavian Airlines System
Succeeded by
Preceded by
President of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association
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