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D/S Bencas
Updated March 26-2011

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From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Owner: A/S Butangen
Manager: F. B. Bendixen, Oslo
1445 gt

Delivered in Aug.-1934 from Fredriksstad mek. Verksted, Fredrikstad (272) as Bencas to A/S Butangen (F. B. Bendixen), Oslo. 1445 gt, 836 net, 2410 tdwt, 245.1' x 39.9' x 15.9', 4 cyl. Compound (yard), 122 nhp.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7

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

Voyage Record
From May-1940 to June-1945:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on them (where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known).

Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 16 Spithead OA 149 Earlier voyages, Page 1
For Boston.
Detached May 18.
Convoy available at OA 149
(external link)
May 18 Detached from OA 149 Boston June 5 Independent A. Hague says:
Then traded east coast North and South America.
Missing voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
1941 Dec. 8 Corner Brook St. John, N.B. Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 13 St. John, N.B. New York City Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 22 New York City Corner Brook Dec. 28 Independent
1942 Jan. 10 Corner Brook Hampton Roads Jan. 18 Independent
Jan. 21 Hampton Roads Jacksonville Jan. 25 Independent
Jan. 26 Jacksonville Miami Jan. 28 Independent
Jan. 29 Miami Cardenas Independent Again, see Page 2
Febr. 3 Cardenas Nuevitas Independent
Febr. 7 Nuevitas New York City Febr. 15 Independent
March 28 New York City Halifax Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 5 Halifax Argentia, N.F. Apr. 8 LC 3 Convoy available at LC 3
(external link)
Apr. 12 Argentia Corner Brook Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 16 Corner Brook Halifax Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 21 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Apr. 23 XB 12 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 23 Cape Cod Canal New York City Apr. 24 Independent
May 3 New York City Portland, Maine Independent
May 7 Portland, Maine BX 14 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link).
Joined LC 14 May 9
May 9 Joined LC 14 from BX 14 Louisburg May 10 LC 14 Convoy available at LC 14
(external link)
May 11 Sydney, C.B. Argentia May 12 LC 15 Convoy available at LC 15
(external link)
May 14 Argentia Greenland May 23 See also Page 2 & Page 3
June 13 Ivigtut St. John's, N.F. June 17 Independent
June 20 St. John's, N.F. Sydney, C.B. June 22 CL 43 Convoy available at CL 43
(external link)
June 26 Sydney, C.B. Father Point June 29 SQ 13 Convoy available at SQ 13
(external link)
July 12 Father Point* Sydney, C.B. July 15 QS 17 *Again, see Page 3
Convoy available at QS 17
(external link)
July 16 Sydney, C.B. Juliana July 22 SG 2 Convoy available at SG 2
(external link)
See also Page 3
Aug. 16 Kungnait Bay Sydney, C.B. Aug. 22 GS 5 Convoy available at GS 5
(external link)
Aug. 23 Sydney, C.B. Father Point Aug. 27 SQ 31 Again, see Page 3
Convoy available at SQ 31
(external link)
Sept. 6 Father Point Sydney, C.B. Sept. 10 QS 33 Convoy available at QS 33
(external link)
See also narrative below
Sept. 17 Sydney, C.B. Ivigtut Sept. 24 SG 8 Convoy available at SG 8
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3
Oct. 27 Ivigtut St. John's, N.F. Nov. 7 GS 12 Convoy available at GS 12
(external link)
Nov. 14 St. John's, N.F. Sydney, C.B. Nov. 17 WB 13 Convoy available at WB 13
(external link)
Nov. 21 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Nov. 23 SH 63 Convoy available at SH convoys
(external link)
Nov. 25 Halifax New York City Nov. 29 ON 144 Convoy will be added
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 27 New York City Halifax Jan. 1-1943 SC 115 A. Hague says:
Arr. Halifax with defects
(see also Page 3).
Convoy will be added
See ships in SC convoys
1943 Jan. 7 Halifax St. John's, N.F. Jan. 12 SC 116 Halifax to St John's only.
Convoy will be added
See link above
Jan. 18 St. John's, N.F. Greenland Jan. 24 SG 18 Convoy available at SG 18
(external link)
Febr. 22 Greenland St. John's, N.F. Febr. 28 GS 20 Convoy available at GS 20
(external link)
March 5 St. John's, N.F. Port aux Basques March 8
March 14 Port aux Basques Halifax March 17
March 21 Halifax Cape Cod Canal March 23 XB 38 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
March 23 Cape Cod Canal New York City March 24 Independent
Apr. 14 New York City Hampton Roads Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 16 Hampton Roads New York City Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 19 New York City Boston Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 22 Boston New York City Apr. 23 Independent
Apr. 26 New York City Jacksonville Apr. 30 NK 537 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
May 8 Jacksonville Key West May 11 NK 539 Convoy available at link above
May 15 Key West KG 633 Detached May 18.
Convoy available at KG convoys
(external link)
May 18 Detached from KG 633 Niquero May 20 Independent
May 27 Antilla Jacksonville May 30 Independent
June 14 Jacksonville Key West June 16 NK 546 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
June 18 Key West Niquero June 21 KG 640 Convoy available at KG convoys
(external link)
June 28 Antilla Key West July 1 Independent
July 1 Key West New York City July 12 Independent
July 13 New York City Boston Independent Page 4 gives arrival July 15
Aug. 1 Boston Halifax Aug. 3 BX 66 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 4 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Aug. 6 HS 100 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
Aug. 8 Sydney, C.B. St. John's, N.F. Aug. 10 BW 49 St. John's for Greenland.
Convoy available at BW convoys
(external link)
Aug. 12 St. John's, N.F. Greenland Aug. 20 SG 29 Convoy available at SG 29
(external link)
Oct. 5 Greenland St. John's, N.F. Oct. 12 GS 32 Convoy available at GS 32
(external link)
Oct. 13 St. John's, N.F. Sydney, C.B. Oct. 15 WB 63 Via Argentia
(Page 4).
Convoy available at WB 63
(external link)
Oct. 16 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Oct. 18 SH 107A Convoy available at SH convoys
(external link)
Oct. 19 Halifax Boston Oct. 21 HF 81 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
Nov. 30 Boston Searsport Dec. 1 Independent
Dec. 4 Searsport New York City Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 7 New York City Hampton Roads Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 9 Hampton Roads Baltimore Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 15 Baltimore Searsport Dec. 19 Independent
1944 Jan. 2 Searsport Hampton Roads Jan. 6 Independent
Jan. 6 Hampton Roads Hampton Roads Jan. 12 Independent A. Hague says:
Intermediate call unknown
(Page 4 indicates Richmond, VA).
Jan. 13 Hampton Roads Boston Jan. 14 Independent
Jan. 21 Boston Halifax Jan. 23 BX 92 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Jan. 27 Halifax Argentia Jan. 30 HJ 79 Convoy available at HJ 79
(external link)
Febr. 3 Argentia Cape Cod Canal Febr. 7 ARG 6 Convoy available at ARG 6
(external link)
Febr. 18 Searsport New York City Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 20 New York City Hampton Roads Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 29 Hampton Roads New York City March 2 Independent
March 3 New York City Searsport March 11(?*) Independent *Page 4 gives arrival March 4
March 13 Searsport New York City March 15 Independent
March 15 New York City Charleston, SC March 19 Independent
March 19 Charleston, SC Jacksonville March 20 Independent
March 23 Jacksonville Port Everglades Independent
March 27 Port Everglades Sagua March 29 Independent
March 30 Sagua Hampton Roads Apr. 6 Independent
Apr. 6 Hampton Roads Boston Independent
Apr. 12 Boston New York City Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 17 New York City Havana Apr. 24 Independent
Apr. 29 Havana Sagua Apr. 30 Independent
May 1 Sagua Key West May 2 Independent
May 4 Key West Miami May 5 KN 311 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
May 5 Miami Boston May 12 Independent
June 10 Boston Walton, N.S. June 13 Independent
June 14 Walton New York City June 17 Independent
June 18 New York City Baltimore June 19 Independent
June 22 Baltimore New York City June 24 Independent
June 24 New York City Windsor, N.S. June 30 Independent
July 8 Windsor, N.S. New York City July 11 Independent
July 13 New York City Walton July 16 Independent
July 17 Walton New York City July 20 Independent
July 20 New York City Philadelphia July 21 Independent
July 24 Philadelphia Walton July 28 Independent
July 28 Walton Boston July 30 Independent
July 30 Boston New York City July 31 Independent
Aug. 8 New York City Sagua Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 17 Sagua Key West Aug. 18 Independent
Aug. 18 Key West Savannah Aug. 21 Independent
Aug. 28 Tybee Roads Sagua Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 2 Sagua Key West Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 5 Key West New York City Sept. 10 KN 336 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 10 New York City Boston Sept. 11 Independent Stop at New York not mentioned, Page 5
Sept. 16 Boston Walton Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 19 Walton New York City Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 24 New York City Boston Sept. 25 Independent
Sept. 29 Boston Halifax Oct. 1 BX 127 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Oct. 2 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Oct. 5 HS 175 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 6 Sydney, C.B. Corner Brook Oct. 7 SB 85 Convoy available at SB 85
(external link)
Oct. 17 Corner Brook Sydney, C.B. Oct. 19 BSC 91 Convoy available at BSC 91
(external link)
Oct. 19 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Oct. 21 SH 174 Convoy available at SH convoys
(external link)
Oct. 21 Halifax Philadelphia Oct. 26 Independent
Oct. 28 Philadelphia Baltimore Oct. 29 Independent Left Baltimore Nov. 11
(Page 5).
Nov. 12 Hampton Roads Boston Independent Page 6 gives arrival Nov. 15
Nov. 22 Boston Halifax Nov. 25 BX 134 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Nov. 27 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Nov. 29 HS 190 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 29 Sydney, C.B. St. John's, N.F. Dec. 1 BW 153 Convoy available at BW convoys
(external link)
Dec. 6 St. John's, N.F. St Lawrence, N.F. Dec. 8
Dec. 17 St Lawrence, N.F. Sydney, C.B. Dec. 19
Dec. 19 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Dec. 20 SH 190 Convoy available at SH convoys
(external link)
Dec. 25 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Dec. 28 XB 139 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 28 Cape Cod Canal Philadelphia Dec. 30 Independent
1945 Jan. 22 Cape Henry Havana Jan. 29 Independent
Jan. 30 Havana Moa Bay Febr. 1 Independent
Febr. 4 Moa Bay Baltimore Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 15 Baltimore Caibarien Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 23 Caibarien Boston March 4 Independent
March 6 Boston Portland, Maine March 8 Independent
March 13 Portland, Maine Hampton Roads March 16 Independent
March 17 Hampton Roads Savannah March 20 Independent
March 24 Savannah Caibarien March 28 Independent
March 30 Caibarien Boston Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 9 Boston Portland, Maine Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 17 Portland, Maine Hampton Roads Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 26 Hampton Roads New York City Apr. 29 Independent
Apr. 29 New York City Walton Independent See also Page 6
May 14 Walton New York City May 17 Independent
May 20 New York City Walton May 24 Independent
May 25 Walton Hampton Roads Independent Via New York
(Page 6)
June 3 Hampton Roads St. John, N.B. June 8 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 6 & Page 7

 Some War Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above.

As can be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Bencas was on her way from New York to Falmouth when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. From May 7 to May 11 she was in Antwerp, in other words, she was there when the Germans invaded Belgium and endured horrendous air attacks before she was finally able to leave (if you read Norwegian, a description of this is available on this external page). She's later listed as bound for Boston with general cargo in Convoy OA 149, which started out at Southend on May 16 - see the external link provided within the Voyage Record for more on this convoy, in which the Norwegian Hardanger and Madrono also took part. Bencas arrived Boston independently on June 5, having detached from the convoy on May 18, according to A. Hague (the Norwegian site mentioned above says she had lost the convoy due to her slow speed). From Boston, she later proceeded to Hampton Roads and on to Belize, then returned to Boston, where she spent over a month.

Her 1941 voyages also start on Page 1 and continue on Page 2, which also shows some 1942 voyages, while the rest are listed on Page 3. Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above. It'll be noticed that she occasionally had long stays in port.

According to an article in "Krigsseileren", Issue No. 3 for 1986, based on Gunner Herman Venheim's story, Bencas was in a convoy of 10 ships in the St. Lawrence river in 1942 (exact date is not given). He says 9 of the ships were sunk by U-boats, Bencas being the only one that escaped, and that she had a cargo of 40 tons explosives (among other things) for Greenland, adding that the gun they had on board was from 1891. Though some of the facts don't fit, he might be referring to her voyage with Convoy QS 33 in Sept.-1942? (external link - see also the link provided below). This convoy lost several ships to U-boats, and as can be seen in her Voyage Record (and Page 3), she did head to Greenland shortly thereafter (she had also made some voyages to Greenland earlier that year). Herman Venheim had previously served on Borgestad, Tyr (on board when she was bombed in Febr.-1942) and Harpefjell, before joining the Norwegian school for gunners at Camp Norway, then joined Bencas as gunner. He later served on Ada and Drafn, and after the war he settled in the U.S.

Related external link:
Ships hit from convoy QS 33

In Nov.-1942, she shows up in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 144, which had started out in Liverpool on Nov. 7 and arrived New York on the 27th (Page 3 gives her arrival New York as Nov. 29 and she remained there for about a month). Bencas was not present from the U.K., but joined from Halifax, having previously arrived there from Sydney, C.B. on Nov. 23 with Convoy SH 63 (link in the table above). ON 144 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section in due course; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named at ships in all ON convoys. Several Norwegian ships are included, namely Bestik, Borgfred, Cetus, Ingertre, Minister Wedel, Norlom, Orwell, Suderøy and Titanian, while Eglantine, Montbretia, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts). Please note that my page about Monbretia has more details on the passage of this convoy (this corvette and several other ships were sunk).

At the end of the following month, A. Hague has included Bencas in the slow eastbound North Atlantic Convoy SC 115, which left New York on Dec. 27-1942 and had Liverpool as its final destination, arriving there on Jan. 15-1943. Bencas, however, was not bound for the U.K. - Page 3 gives her destination as Greenland. She's said to have arrived Halifax with defects on Jan. 1, and later joined Convoy SC 116 from there. This convoy had originated in New York on Jan. 4 and arrived Liverpool on the 29th, but Bencas stopped at St. John's, N.F. on Jan. 12, having sailed from Halifax on the 7th. These convoys will also be added to my Convoys section, but for now, please see ships in all SC convoys. The Norwegian Elg, Herbrand and Vinga are also listed in SC 115, while Carmelfjell (also bound for St. John's), Chr. Th. Boe, Fernbank, Gezina, Herma (for St. John's only), Orwell and Stigstad are included in SC 116. Eglantine is again named among the escorts, as is Acanthus (see SC convoy escorts). According to A. Hague, Bencas and Carmelfjell subsequently proceeded to Greenland with Convoy SG 18, departing St. John's on Jan. 18, arriving Greenland on the 24th. They are both listed, together with Aragon, Havmøy and Ørnefjell, in Convoy GS 20 from Greenland to St. John's the following month (departure Febr. 22, arrival Febr. 28). Again, see the external links provided in the table above for more convoy information.

The rest of her voyages can be found on Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6 and Page 7 (to Apr.-1946 - again, occasional long stays in port are shown), with convoy information for some of them in A. Hague's Voyage Record above.

For more details on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned here, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in Oct.-1949 to Skibs-A/S Selvik (Einar Wahlstrøm), Oslo and renamed Selbo. Sold in March-1961 to Phoenix Navigation SAR, Beirut and renamed Astarti. Sold again in 1963 and renamed Tefcros for Phoenix Navigation Co., Beirut. Broken up in 1973.

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