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Norwegian Merchant Fleet 1939 - 1945
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  • D/S Bokn NS *
Erik Bakkevik, Haugesund
698 gt
Built in Bergen 1890. Previous name: Urda, Blidensol until 1922, Granheim until 1925.

Please go to D/S Bokn for information on her war voyages, as well as details on her fate and a crew list.

  • D/S Bolette NS *
Fred. Oslen & Co., Oslo
1167 gt
Built Christiania 1920. (A/S Ganger Rolf, owner).

D/S Bolette has the details on her fate as well as a crew list (and her war voyages).

  • D/S Bolivar *?
Wallem & Co., Hong Kong
(Panamanian flag)
2606 gt
Built in Michigan, U.S.A. 1919. Previous names: Lake Fackler until 1923, Bolivar until 1937, Hwa Dah until 1938.

Pre war history (from a posting to my Ship Forum): Built as Lake Fackler for the U S Shipping Board. Renamed Bolivar in 1922(?), owned by Colombian S S Co. Sold in 1937 to Cathay Steel Sash Factory and renamed Hwa Pah. Sold in 1938 to Wallem & Co Ltd and renamed Bolivar, registered in Panama.

WW II: Sprang a leak and foundered on August 27-1940 in 16 42N 92 41E, when on a voyage from Calcutta to Rangoon with a cargo of coal, no casualties.

Related external link:
Wallem Group Ltd. - Hong Kong

A Norwegian Bolivar was laid up unfinished during the war and is listed in the Homefleet.

  • D/S Bollsta NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1832 gt
Built Christiania (Oslo today) 1924. Previous name: Octa.

Please follow this link to D/S Bollsta for more information, as well as a crew list and details on the explosion in Bari in Dec.-1943 (includes a list of ships sunk and/or damaged and several links to other websites about the explosion).

  • M/S Bomma NS
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1116 gt
Built Oslo 1938. (A/S Ganger Rolf, owner).

M/S Bomma has information on her war voyages, as well as details on the gold transport from Norway and a picture.

  • D/S Bonde NS *
Dagfinn Henriksen and Haakon Kierulf, Oslo
1570 gt
Built in Porsgrunn 1936.

Please go to D/S Bonde for further details on this ship, including her final fate and crew list.

  • M/S Bonneville NS *
A. F. Klaveness & Co., Oslo
4665 gt
Built in Odense, Denmark 1929.

M/S Bonneville has information on her war voyages and her fate. Includes a report presented at the maritime hearings and a crew list.

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  • D/S Bordvik NS *
Lundegaard & Sønner, Farsund
1624 gt
Built in Bergen 1920. Previous names: Hufterø until 1920, Dageid until 1929.

Plese see D/S Bordvik for more information.

  • D/S Boreas NS
Valdemar Skogland A/S, Haugesund
2801 gt
Built in Ontario, Canada 1920. Previous name: Canadian Squatter.

My page about D/S Boreas has information on her war voyages.

  • M/S Borgestad NS *
Gunnar Knudsen, Porsgrunn
3924 gt
Built in Copenhagen, Denmark 1925.

Please continue to M/S Borgestad (includes information on her war voyages, details on her final fate and a casualty list).

  • D/S Borgfred NS
G. Gabrielsen, Farsund
2183 (2193?) gt
Built in Sunderland 1920. Previous names: Krosfond until 1931, Rønnes until 1932, and Winroth until 1934.

Read more at D/S Borgfred.

  • D/S Borgholm NS
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1561 gt
Built Oslo 1922.

D/S Borgholm has information on her war voyages.

  • D/S Borgila
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1434 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1910.

SOLD in 1939.

The company later had another ship by this name, built in Japan in 1965, sold in 1973 to Oswego Shipping Corp.

  • M/S Borgland NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
3636 gt
Built in Oslo 1918.

M/S Borgland has a picture and information on her fate, as well as a crew list.

  • D/S Borgund NS *
Den norske Stat, Ålesund
341 gt
Built in La Seyne, France 1917. Previous names: Barbeau (French), Suzanne & Madeleine, Jerseydene, Tangbrand.

Please continue to D/S Borgund.

  • M/S Bosphorus NS
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
2111 gt
Built in Oslo 1934.

1 of the 26 ships that were interned in West and North Africa at the same time as my father's ship D/S Ringulv. My page Interned Ships lists all 26. Bosphorus was interned in Algiers on June 22-1940 (according to "Nortraships flåte"). Renamed Ste Mathilde when requisitioned by the Vichy French, but was not used by them.

For further info on the time in Africa, including details on several escapes and names of crew members, please see M/S Bosphorus. The page also has information on her war voyages.

  • D/S Botne NS *
Ingvar Jansen, Bergen
991 gt
Built in Larvik 1922.

Follow this link to D/S Botne for more information (incl. crew list).

  • Bouvet 1, 2, 3, 4
all 245 gt
All built in Middlesbrough 1930.

Whale catchers, built for A/S Sevilla (Waalman & Bugge), Tønsberg in 1930. Jan-Olof, Sweden has told me that according to Lloyd's they were owned by Sevilla Whaling Co. Ltd and managed by Chr. Salvesen & Co, while Ulf W. Gustavsen, Norway (who researches whale catchers) says they were purchased by Chr. Salvesen & Co., Leith in 1932, in which case they really don't belong on this website, but I'll leave them in case someone is looking for info on them.

WW II: All hired by Royal Navy in March 1940 for use as minesweepers (note that they are listed in Convoy HGF 29 in May-1940), and all returned to owners after the war, as follows:

Bouvet 1 - Returned to Chr. Salvesen & Co. in 1945. Lost near Leith Harbour in the fall of 1964 due to extreme snowfall.
Bouvet 2 - Returned to Chr. Salvesen & Co. in Apr.-1946. Sold to Chile in 1947 and renamed Indus 8. Ran aground near Valparaiso on Nov. 15-1964.
Bouvet 3 - Returned to Chr. Salvesen & Co. in Apr.-1946. Sold in 1949 to Canada (BC), no name change. Renamed Westwhale 2 in 1962. Broken up in Vancouver in 1965.
Bouvet 4 - Returned to Chr. Salvesen & Co. in Apr.-1946. Sold to Chile in Sept.-1946, renamed Indus 7, later Ruiz 1.
(These details received from Ulf W. Gustavsen, Norway).

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