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  • D/S Toern NS
A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord
248 gt
Built in Oslo 1929.

Whale catcher owned by A/S Odd, Sandefjord (? According to the first external website below, owner was Bryde & Dahls Hvalfangerselskap A/S).

I have a document from the National Archives of Norway, stating that she arrived Trinidad from Cape Town on Apr. 19-1940, departing again on the 24th (for New Orleans?). At Curacao Aug. 11.

Transferred to the control of Royal Netherlands Navy on July 5-1940, then hired by Royal Navy for use as minesweeper in 1942.

Arnold Hague has included Toern as escort for Convoy TAG 21 in Nov.-1942 - ref. external link below. The convoy, which also included the Norwegian Marathon, Noreg, Norsol, President de Vogue, Sandviken, Siranger, Stiklestad and Thorshøvdi, had left Trinidad on Nov 14 and arrived Guantanamo on the 19th; Toern was present from Nov. 16.

POST WAR: Returned in 1946. Sold on Dec. 18-1951 to Cheynes Beach Whaling Co., Albany. Renamed Cheynes.

Related external links:
Whale catcher Toern - Picture and information.

Also, Jan Visser has some information on
Enern and Femern as well as a picture of Toern. (These names simply mean, directly translated The One'er, The Fiver, and The Two'er).

Convoy TAG 21 - Based on A. Hague's database.

Thor Dahl later had another whale catcher by this name, built 1951, sold 1963.

  • M/S Toledo NS
Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
4598 (4563?) gt
Built in Odense, Denmark 1926.

Follow this link to M/S Toledo for some more details.

  • D/S Tolosa NS *
Fearnley & Eger, Oslo
1974 gt
Built in Middlesbrough 1930.

Disappeared in Febr.-1942. See D/S Tolosa (w/crew list).

  • D/S Tommeliten NS
Eyvind Marcussen, Askerøy
434 gt
Built in Groningen 1916.

Please see D/S Tommeliten for voyage information and pictures.

  • D/S Tonjer NS
H. M. Wrangell & Co. A/S, Haugesund
3268 gt
Built in Middlesbrough 1920.

Please continue to D/S Tonjer.

  • D/S Topdalsfjord NS
Den Norske Amerikalinje A/S, Oslo
4271 gt
Built in Montreal, Canada 1921.

All available information on this ship has been assembled on a separate page about D/S Topdalsfjord.

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  • D/S Tora NS
A. Hauge, Arendal
851 gt
Built in Wesermünde 1918. Previous names: Paula until 1920, Dorrit until 1937.

Please see my page about D/S Tora.

  • D/T Torborg NS
Martin Mosvold, Farsund
6042 gt
Built at Sparrow's Point, Maryland 1921. Previous name: Henry Deutsch de la Meurthe until 1930.

D/T Torborg has details on her war voyages.

  • D/S Torbrand * neutral
Trygve Matland, Haugesund
308 gt
Built in La Seyne, France 1918. Previous name: Merlé until 1928.

Pre war: Delivered in 1918 from Ste. Ame. des Forges & Chiantiers, La Seyne, France as Merlè to French owners, 308 gt, 114 net, 365 tdwt, 133.3' x 24' x 11', compound (Forges & Chiantiers). Purchased by A/S Torbrand (Trygve Matland), Haugesund in 1928, renamed Torbrand.

WW II: According to A. Hague, Torbrand took part in the Norway-U.K. Convoy HN 8 in Jan.-1940. Early the following month he has included her in Convoy ON 10 from the U.K. to Norway.

Lost on Febr. 23-1940 after having run ashore in heavy snow near Skudenes on a voyage from Hirtshals in ballast. No casualties.

(All info on this ship, except convoy info, is from "Våre gamle skip").

  • D/S Tordenskjold NS
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
921 gt
Built in Trondhjem 1906.

Learn more about the history of this ship, including some WW II and post war info.

  • D/S Tordenskjold NS
Rasmus F. Olsen, Bergen
575 gt
Built in Bergen 1889.

Please continue to D/S Tordenskjold.

  • D/S Tordønn NS
A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord
314 gt
Built in Middlesbrough 1925.

Whale catcher owned by A/S Odd, Sandefjord.

A document received from the National Archives of Norway says she arrived St. John's, N.F. on Apr. 22-1940; the documentt offers no other details.

Hired by South African Navy in Nov.-1940 for use as a minesweeper.

POST WAR: Returned in May-1946. Sold on March 30-1947 to Waldemar Skogland, Haugesund, renamed Varangis, later Eidsværing.

Related external link:
Whale catcher Tordønn - Picture and info.

  • D/S Tore Jarl NS
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
1514 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1920.

Find out more about this ship (incl. picture).

  • D/S Torfinn Jarl NS
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
1481 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1922.

D/S Torfinn Jarl has some more details and a picture.

  • Torlyn NS
A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord
247 gt
Built in Oslo 1929.
Whale catcher owned by Bryde & Dahls Hvalfangerselskap A/S.

Some voyages are listed on this original image received from the National Archives of Norway (the name is spelt Thorlyn here).

Seized by Pinguin on Jan. 14-1941. Please continue to Norwegian Victims of Pinguin for more details on what happened on the herding grounds that day. There's also a crew list for Torlyn, as well as more facts about Pinguin.

After capture, Torlyn becme UJ 1112 (ii), later UJ 1218 (ii). (Star XXIII became UJ 1112 (iii) ).

POST WAR: Renamed Finnhval III in 1950, later Lafjord, then Sælodden. The external website that I've linked to below has more info on her history.

Related external link:
Whale catcher Torlyn - with picture and ship's history.

In 1957 the company bought a whaler, which it named Thorlyn (spelt with the h), built 1940, refitted 1951, 710 gt, ex Otori Maru No. 8, Olympic, Conquerer and Tulip, sold Sweden 1964. There's further info on this vessel on my Ship Forum, in the thread starting with this message (Thorlyn is mentioned in a couple of the follow up messages).

  • D/S Torny NS *
Eilert Lund, Bergen
2424 gt
Built in Wilmington, Delaware 1919. Previous names: Launched as War Crater, then Marshall until 1923 (1927?).

Please continue to D/S Torny for more information on this ship and her loss in May-1942, includes a crew list.

  • M/S Toronto NS
Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
5018 gt
Built at Rouen 1928.

Follow the link to M/S Toronto for war details and a picture of the ship.

  • M/S Torrens NS
Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
6713 (6692?) gt
Built in Malmö 1939.

Captain Thor Bruu. Served as troopship between 1942 and 1946 (U.S.A.T. 25), operating on behalf of the United States War Shipping Administration by Barber Steamship Lines and the American West African Line. Read more about this ship and her war voyages.

  • M/S Tortugas NS *
Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
4697 gt
Built in Hamburg 1923.

Please continue to my page M/S Tortugas for more information, with details on her loss and a crew list.

  • D/S Torungen NS *
Bertrand Jacobsen, Arendal
1948 gt
Built in Trondheim 1931.

Lost in Febr.-9142, no survivors. More details and a casualty list are available at D/S Torungen.

  • D/S Torvanger NS *
Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
6568 gt
Built in Sunderland 1920. Previous name: Grande Gaard.

For more information (and a picture), follow this link to D/S Torvanger. (Incl. crew list).

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  • M/S Tosca NS *
Knut Knutsen O. A. S., Haugesund
5128 gt
Built in Amsterdam 1920

Please continue to my page M/S Tosca for more information, incl. crew list.

  • M/S Toulouse NS
Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
7027 gt
Built in Kiel 1934.

This page has 2 pictures of Toulouse and some more info.

  • M/S Touraine NS *
Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
5811 gt
Built in Odense, Denmark 1925.

More information is available at M/S Touraine (w/crew list).

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