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M/S Belpareil
Updated March 24-2011

To Belpareil on the "Ships starting with B" page.

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection

Source: Markus Berger.

For info, Roger Griffiths, England, has told me that the Tenby Museum in SW Wales has a story and photographs of Belpareil aground off Caldy Island on Febr. 2-1940 (the museum also has a website - external link). See also Page 1 of the archive documents.

Manager: Christen Smith, Oslo
7203 gt

Delivered in July-1926 from Armstrong Whitworth & Co. Ltd., Newcastle (1014) as Belpareil to Rederiet Belpareil A/S (Christen Smith), Oslo. 7203 gt, 4285 net, 10 282 tdwt, 414.4' x 67.1' x 26.1', two 4 cyl. 2T single acting Sulzer DM (Armstrong Whitworth), 2700 bhp. Owned from Oct.-1935 by Skibs A/S Belships Co. Ltd. (Christen Smith), Oslo.

Her three heavy lift derricks had a capacity of 100 tons, so like Belnor she was suitable for carrying locomotives and coaches, as well as small vessels such as tugs and barges.

According to Lillesand Sjømannsforening (Lillesand Seamen's Association - external link), her captain from Apr.-1944 to Apr.-1946 was Velle Gunnerius Vellesen. Follow the link for information on his sea service - text is in Norwegian. He had previously served on Belnor.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

Voyage Record
From June-1940 to Aug.-1945:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 June 11 Swansea Liverpool June 14 In tow See also Page 1
Grounded Caldy Island Febr. 2-1940, salved Apr. 20.
(See narrative below)
1941 Apr. 26 Liverpool Clyde Independent (Page 1 gives arrival Glasgow May 3).
May 31 Clyde OB 329 A. Hague says:
Probably this Convoy.
Dispersed in 51 48N 20 48W, June 5.
Convoy available at OB 329
(external link)
June 5 Dispersed from OB 329 St. Michaels June 7 Independent
June 7* St. Michaels Freetown June 16 Independent
June 8 St. Michaels Freetown June 16 Independent
*This entry should probably be deleted - see also Page 1.
June 23 Freetown Capetown July 6 Independent
July 8 Capetown Lourenço Marques July 14 Independent
July 16 Lourenço Marques Beira July 18 Independent
July 24 Beira Mombasa July 29 Independent
July 31 Mombasa Aden Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 6 Aden Massawa Aug. 9 Independent
Aug. 11 Massawa Port Sudan Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 15 Port Sudan Suez Aug. 18 Independent
Aug. 31 Suez Port Sudan Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 18 Port Sudan Capetown Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 26 Capetown Walvis Bay Oct. 31 Independent Via Simonstown
(Page 1)
* Nov. 2 Suez Aden Nov. 9 Independent
*This voyage belongs under 1942 and has been inserted there
Nov. 20 Luderitz Bay Capetown Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 18 Capetown Durban Dec. 23 Independent
1942 Febr. 9 Durban Aden Febr. 24 Independent
Febr. 24 Aden Port Sudan Febr. 27 Independent
March 2 Port Sudan Suez March 6 Independent Missing movements, Page 1
March 19 Suez Port Sudan March 22 Independent
March 28 Port Sudan Suez Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 11 Suez Safaga Independent
Apr. 20 Safaga Aden Apr. 24 Independent
Apr. 24 Aden Bombay May 1 Independent
May 29 Bombay Port Okha June 2 Independent
June 13 Port Okha Aden June 22 Independent
June 22 Aden Safaga June 29 Independent
July 7 Safaga Suez July 8 Independent
July 17 Suez Aquaba July 18 Independent
July 19 Aquaba Safaga July 20 Independent
July 22 Safaga Port Sudan July 24 Independent
July 25 Port Sudan Bombay Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 27 Bombay Port Okha Aug. 29 Independent
Sept. 6 Port Okha Aden Sept. 14 Independent A. Hague says:
Rolling stock & spares
Sept. 14 Aden Safaga Sept. 19 Independent
Sept. 25 Safaga Suez Sept. 26 Independent
Oct. 1 Suez Port Sudan Oct. 5 Independent
Oct. 14 Port Sudan Suez Oct. 19 Independent
* Nov. 2 Suez Aden Nov. 9 Independent
*The above voyage has been taken from 1941 entries above - see also Page 2
Nov. 11 Aden Bandar Abbas Nov. 18 AP 6 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Nov. 20 Bandar Abbas Abadan Nov. 22 Independent
Nov. 30 Abadan Basra Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 3 Basra Bandar Abbas Independent
Dec. 10 Bandar Abbas Bombay Dec. 16 PB 16 Convoy available at PB 16
(external link)
1943 Febr. 3 Bombay Karachi Febr. 7 BP 67B Convoy available at BP 67B
(external link)
Febr. 14 Karachi Bandar Abbas Febr. 17 BP 68A Compare w/Page 2
Convoy available at BP 68A
(external link)
Febr. 26 Shatt-el-Arab anchorage Basra Febr. 26 Independent
March 2 Basra Bandar Abbas Independent
March 9 Bandar Abbas Karachi March 12 PB 30 Convoy available at PB 30
(external link)
March 20 Karachi Bandar Abbas March 24 BP 72A Again, compare w/Page 2
Convoy available at BP 72A
(external link)
March 24 Bandar Abbas Basra March 26 Independent
Apr. 9 Basra Bandar Abbas Independent
Apr. 13 Bandar Abbas PA 33 For Karachi.
Detached Apr. 15.
Convoy available at PA 33
(external link)
Apr. 15 Detached from PA 33 Karachi Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 25 Karachi Bhavnagar Apr. 27 Independent
May 5 Bhavnagar Bombay May 13 Independent
May 17 Bombay Aden May 25 BA 44 Convoy available at BA 44
(external link)
May 25 Aden Safaga May 30 Independent
June 11 Safaga Suez June 12 Independent On to Port Said June 12
(Page 2).
June 14 Port Said Alexandria June 15 Independent
July 5 Alexandria Tripoli, Libya July 17 A. Hague says:
Probably Operation Husky, but not listed.
(See Operation Husky
external link)
It'll be noticed, when going back to Page 2, that there's also mention of Malta, July 13.
July 21 Tripoli, Libya Tobruk July 26 MES 37 Arrival date approximate.
Convoy available at MES 37
(external link)
July 29 Tobruk Alexandria July 31 MES 37Y Convoy available at MES 37Y
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 3
Aug. 19 Alexandria Port Said Aug. 20 KMS 22 On to Suez Aug. 22
(Page 3).
Sept. 2 Suez Safaga Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 8 Safaga Aden Sept. 13 Independent
Sept. 14 Aden Bombay Sept. 22 Independent
Oct. 1 Bombay Port Okha Oct. 3 BP 97 Convoy available at BP 97
(external link)
Oct. 8 Port Okha Bombay Oct. 9 Independent
Nov. 9 Bombay Karachi Nov. 11 BP 102 Convoy available at BP 102
(external link)
Nov. 21 Karachi Bandar Abbas Nov. 24 BP 103 Convoy available at BP 103
(external link)
Nov. 24 Bandar Abbas Basra Nov. 27 Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3).
Dec. 15 Basra Khorramshahr Dec. 16 Independent
1944 Jan. 3 Khorramshar Bandar Abbas Independent See also Page 3
Jan. 6 Bandar Abbas Aden Jan. 13 PA 65 Convoy available at PA 65
(external link)
Jan. 14 Aden Suez Jan. 20 Independent On to Port Said Febr. 2
(Page 3).
Febr. 4 Port Said Alexandria Febr. 5 GUS 30 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 15 Alexandria Augusta Febr. 20 GUS 31 Convoy available at link above
Febr. 21 Augusta Brindisi Febr. 23 AH 26 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Febr. 28 Brindisi Messina March 1 HA 27 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
March 4 Messina Naples March 5 VN 25 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
March 8 Naples Augusta March 9 NV 25 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
March 9 Augusta Malta March 10 Independent
March 11 Malta Bizerta March 13 GUS 33 Malta to Bizerta after straggling
March 18 Bizerta Bone March 18 MKS 43 See also Page 3
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
March 24 Bone Malta March 26 UGS 35 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
March 26 Malta Tripoli, Libya March 27 Escorted
Apr. 6 Tripoli, Libya Malta Apr. 7 Escorted
Apr. 10 Malta Port Said Apr. 16 KMS 46 On to Suez May 4
(Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
May 5 Suez Suez May 13 Independent A. Hague says:
Intermediate call unknown
(Page 3 indicates Akaba)
May 19 Suez Safaga May 20 Independent
May 31 Safaga Aden June 5 Independent
June 16 Aden Port Okha June 24 AB 41 Convoy available at AB 41
(external link)
June 29 Port Okha Karachi June 30 Independent
July 7 Karachi Basra July 14 Independent See also Page 4
July 24 Basra Bandar Abbas Independent
July 27 Bandar Abbas Port Okha July 31 Independent
Aug. 4 Port Okha Bombay Aug. 6 Independent
Oct. 12 Bombay Khor Kwai Independent
Oct. 16 Khor Kwai Basra Oct. 19 Independent
Oct. 28 Basra Port Okha Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 13 Port Okha Bombay Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 23 Bombay Colombo BM 103A Convoy available at BM convoys
(external link)
Nov. 28 Colombo Vizag Dec. 3 JC 69A Convoy available at JC convoys
(external link)
Dec. 7 Vizag Chittagong Dec. 10 JC 70 Convoy available at link above
Dec. 14 Chittagong Cochin Dec. 21 Independent
Dec. 26 Cochin Colombo Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 30 Colombo Chittagong Jan. 7-1945 JC 71 Convoy available at link above
1945 Jan. 13 Chittagong Calcutta Jan. 15 CH 63 Convoy available at CH 63
(external link)
Jan. 30 Calcutta Vizag Febr. 1 Independent
Febr. 10 Vizag Madras Independent
Febr. 13 Madras Bombay Febr. 22 Independent
March 9 Bombay Colombo March 13 Independent
March 15 Colombo Colombo Apr. 12 A. Hague says:
Voyage unknown
(Page 4 indicates Trincomalee)
Apr. 13 Colombo Bombay Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 24 Bombay Colombo Apr. 28 Independent
Apr. 29 Colombo Kyaukpyu May 5 Independent
May 8 Kyaukpyu Rangoon May 10 KRS 2 Convoy available at KRS 2
(external link)
May 16 Rangoon Vizag June 1 Independent
June 4 Vizag Chittagong June 7 Independent
June 16 Chittagong Rangoon June 19* KR 10 Convoy available at KR 10
(external link)
*Page 4 gives arrival June 21
June 29 Rangoon Vizag July 12 Independent On to Calcutta July 19
(Page 4).
July 29 Calcutta Rangoon Aug. 2 KR 23A Convoy available at KR 23A
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5


Belpareil is said to have run aground at Caldy Island on Febr. 2-1940; I have no further details on this incident, but as mentioned further up on this page, I've been told that Tenby Museum in SW Wales has a story and photographs of Belpareil at that time - according to Page 1 of the archive documents, she had come from Antwerp. A. Hague says she was raised on Apr. 20, and as can be seen, she subsequently spent quite a long time in Swansea, and later also in Liverpool, from June 13-1940 to Apr. 26-1941, when she proceeded to Glasgow, where she also had a long stay. A. Hague has now included her, with a note saying "probably this convoy", in Convoy OB 329, which originated in Liverpool on May 31 and dispersed June 5. I've linked directly to A. Hague's listing within the Voyage Record above. Bjerka, Bruse Jarl, Christian Krohg (sunk - follow the link for details), Finnanger, Garonne, O. A. Knudsen, Sirehei (returned) and Veni are also listed. Belpareil arrived St. Michaels on June 7, having started out from Clyde May 31.

Page 1 has more 1941 voyages and some 1942 voyages, while the rest are shown on Page 2, which also lists some 1943 voyages - convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above. (It'll be noticed, that she had occasional long stays in port).

In Aug-1943, she made a voyage from Alexandria to Port Said with Convoy KMS 22, scroll down to the second table on my page for this convoy. She arrived Port Said on Aug. 20, having sailed from Alexandria the day before. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3 (as can be seen, she had a long stay in Bombay later that year). Again, convoy info for some of her subsequent voyages can be found in the table above.

Convoy GUS 33, in which Belpareil took part, had originated in Port Said on March 5-1944 and had Hampton Roads as its final destination, but many ships had other destinations and left the convoy, while others joined along the way. The original convoy document states that Belpareil parted company for Bone on March 13, but there's no mention in this document of when she joined, nor of her port of origin. However, going back to Page 3, we learn that she had left Malta on March 11 and arrived Bizerta on the 13th - A. Hague indicates she had become a straggler. She now appears in Convoy MKS 43 on March 18, voyage Bizerta to Bone, arriving Bone that same day, and the following month we find her in Convoy KMS 46, voyage Malta to Port Said, with arrival Apr. 16 (having left Malta Apr. 10) - see ships in all MKS convoys and ships in all KMS convoys (both convoys will later be added to their own, individual pages).

Page 4 also has some 1944 voyages (another long stay in Bombay is shown) as well as 1945 voyages; these continue on Page 5 (showing a long stay in New York at the beginning of 1946).

More information on all the Norwegian ships mentioned here can be found via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Owned by Bulkships Ltd. (Christen Smith Shipping Co., Oslo), Panama from Febr.-1960. Sold in 1965 to New Zealand Carriers Inc. (Wah Kwong & Co., Hong Kong), Panama and renamed New Zealand Venture. Sold again in 1970 to Yugoslavia and renamed Buga for Losinjska Providba OOUR Brodarstov, Rijeka and was broken up in Yugoslavia in 1984, possibly 1985.

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