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Manager: Den norske Amerikalinje A/S, Oslo.
Completed in June-1920 by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Canada (74) as Tatjana for Winge & Co.'s Dampskibsselskap, Kristiania, later A/S Den Norske Ruslandlinje (Norwegian Russia Line), Winge & Co., managers. Aground at Village Island, Barclay Sound, British Columbia on Febr. 27-1924. Refloated on May 5-1924 but condemned. Sold to Canadian-American Shipping Co., Vancouver that same year. Purchased by Den norske Amerikalinje in 1925 and renamed Drammensfjord.
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.
When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, Drammensfjord was on her way from Konakri to Table Bay - see Page 1 of the archive documents.
According to the first external website that I've linked to at the end of this page, she was scheduled for convoy SLS 46 (Freetown-U.K.) on Sept. 1-1940, but did not sail. She shows up again in SL 49 later that month. This convoy had joined up on Oct. 12 with Convoy SLS 49, which had departed Freetown on Sept. 24, and in which Drammensfjord had originally started out. She had station 85 in the combined convoy and was bound for Belfast, where she arrived on Oct. 16 - ref. external link provided in the table above for more convoy information; Brønnøy is also listed.
At the beginning of 1941 we find her in Convoy OB 269, which left Liverpool on Jan. 3 and dispersed on the 6th, Drammensfjord arriving St. John, N.B. independently on Jan. 24. The Norwegian Annavore, Bianca and Estrella are also listed; again, see the external link provided within the table above. According to Arnold Hague, she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 110 from Halifax on Febr. 19. As will be seen when clicking on the link to my page about this convoy, only the Bermuda portion is currently available, but the main convoy will be added - see ships in all HX convoys; other Norwegian ships were Brasil, Charles Racine, Cetus, Ferncourt, Leiv Eiriksson, Skiensfjord, Stigstad and Torvanger. Drammensfjord arrived Avonmouth on March 13. The following month she's listed, together with Brønnøy, Chr. Th. Boe, Dagrun, Petter and Thorshavet, in Convoy OB 307, originating in Liverpool on Apr. 7, dispersed on Apr. 13, Drammensfjord arriving Macoris independently on Apr. 29. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1.
With a cargo of sugar for Newport, she returned to the U.K. in May with Convoy HX 128 , joining with the Bermuda portion. According to Page 2 she arrived Newport on June 7, remaining there for over a month. In July she's listed, with destination Panama, in Convoy OB 346, which originated in Liverpool on July 14. Drammensfjord arrived Cristobal on Aug. 6, having detached from the convoy on July 20 - again, please follow the links provided in the table above for more infomation on the OB convoys (Belnor and Thorøy are also named in OB 346). In Sept.-1941 we find Drammensfjord in station 106 of the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 152, together with the Norwegian Høegh Giant, Beth, Evita, Trondheim, Salamis and Storanger. (With nitrates for Newport, Drammensfjord is listed as scheduled for the slow Sydney, C.B.-U.K. Convoy SC 48 at the beginning of the following month, in which Barfonn, Ila, Rym and Erviken were sunk, but as mentioned, she had already sailed in the HX convoy). HX 152 left Halifax on Sept. 28 and Drammensfjord arrived Newport on Oct. 15. She later joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 34, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 7 and dispersed on the 21st, Drammensfjord arriving Trinidad on Dec. 2. Acanthus is named among the escorts for this convoy.
In Febr.-1942 she can be found in Convoy SL 101, which departed Freetown on Febr. 21 and arrived Liverpool on March 15; Drammensfjord stopped at Oban that day (see also my page about Convoy SC 71). Her cargo is given as wheat and linseed, and she had station 123. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Dagrun, Elin K., Tabor and Tanafjord - again, see the external link provided. A month later she shows up in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 86*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 14 and included the Norwegian Bonde, Bur, Harpefjell, Maud, Norhauk, Sneland I and Trolla, with the Norwegian corvettes Acanthus, Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts. Drammensfjord arrived Halifax on Apr. 29, having started out from Loch Ewe. Page 2 gives her destination as New York, and she later arrived there on May 9, remaining for several weeks, before proceeding to Hampton Roads, Key West and Trinidad, then on to Table Bay. Convoy info for these voyages can be found in the Voyage Record above. Her 1943 voyages start on Page 3.
Skipping now to Sept.-1943, when she's said to have made a voyage from Alexandria to Gibraltar in Convoy MKS 26. She had left Alexandria on Sept. 24 and had a cargo of chrome ore and general, bound for Middlesbrough. On Oct. 5, this convoy joined up with Convoy SL 137, which had left Freetown on Sept. 23, the combinded convoy arriving Liverpool on Oct. 17 (link in the Voyage Record - the Norwegian Jenny and Olaf Bergh are also listed in the combined convoy); according to the archive document referred to above, Drammensfjord arrived Methil Roads on Oct. 18, continuing to Middlesbrough the next day, with arrival Oct. 20. In Dec.-1943 she's listed as going in the other direction in station 92 of Convoy OS 61/KMS 35, voyage Clyde-Malta with vehicles and stores (sailing in the Gibraltar portion, KMS 35*). She arrived her destination Malta on Dec. 27. This convoy, which also included Lisbeth, had started out in Liverpool on Dec. 8 and split up on the 19th, the Gibraltar portion arriving there on Dec. 20, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, with arrival Dec. 29.
In Jan.-1944 she made a voyage from Malta to Gibraltar in Convoy MKS 37 (see the 2nd table on that page and Page 3), and after having made a voyage to Valencia, she headed back to the U.K. the following month in Convoy SL 149/MKS 40, joining from Gibraltar with the MKS* convoy, arriving Liverpool on March 7. Bosphorus, Kong Haakon VII and Marita are also named in SL 149/MKS 40 - again, see the external link provided within the table above. (For info, SL 149 had sailed from Freetown on Febr. 11 and joined up with the MKS portion from Gibraltar on Febr. 22).
As can be seen when going to Page 4, Drammensfjord subsequently remained in Liverpool for a long time, before she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 241*, departing Liverpool on June 18, arriving New York on July 2. She had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Brasil, Egda, Evita, Fosna, Lista, Minerva, Solfonn and Spinanger, as well as the Panamanian Norbris and Norlys (both had Norwegian managers and are included under the N's of this website). Having made a voyage to Macoris, she returned to New York in order to join Convoy HX 306 on Aug. 31, bound for Greenock with a cargo of sugar, arriving Sept. 22/23. About a week later, she headed back across the Atlantic with Convoy ONS 33*, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 29 and arrived Halifax on Oct. 14 - Drammensfjord, however, was bound for New York again, arriving there on Oct. 16. Cetus, Chr. Th. Boe, Dagrun (returned), Mui Hock, Para, Peik, Rena, Romulus and Titanian also took part. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in the slow Convoy SC 162 from Halifax on Dec. 2, cargo of sugar and pulp for Greenock, where she arrived on Dec. 17.
Early in 1945 we find her in Convoy OS 108/KMS 82, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 1. She was on a voyage from Clyde to Augusta in station 71 (again sailing in the Gibraltar portion - KMS 82*). Boreas was also scheduled, but instead joined the next convoy. The external website that I've linked to within the Voyage Record has further dates and more info on this convoy. Drammensfjord arrived Augusta on Febr. 13. With a cargo of phosphates she's later listed, together with Ragnhild, in Convoy MKS 89*, departing Gibraltar on March 16, arriving Liverpool on the 24th. According to Page 4, Drammensfjord was bound for London on that occasion.
As can be seen when going to Page 5, she made several voyages to Norway in the course of 1945, the first one already in July that year.
Sold to E. Szabados, Italy in 1949 and renamed Luciano. Arrived La Spezia in tow on Sept. 3-1959 for scrapping by S.p.A. Cantieri Navali Santa Maria.
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Den norske Amerikalinje also had a ship named Drammensfjord during WW I, built in 1911 and captured by the Japanese in 1938. A 3rd Drammensfjord was built in 1955 (became Greek Pistis in 1974).
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Norwegian America Line fleet list, and misc. (ref. My sources).