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Manager: A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
Built by Odense Staalskibsværft, Odense, Denmark (82), delivered as Egda in Febr.-1940 to A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen. 6055 net, 15 700 tdwt, 522.6' x 66.2' x 28.7', 7 cyl. 2 TDV MAN DM (Kockums), 4700 bhp.
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.
Errors may exist, and some voyages may be missing.
As can be seen when going to Page 1, it looks like Egda got out of Norway shortly before the German invasion (Apr. 9-1940) - her voyage information is given as Norway for Trinidad; she arrived Hampton Roads on Apr. 18-1940, proceeding to Kingston, Jamaica a few days later, then on to Trinidad.
In June that year, she can be found in station 46 of the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 47, in which the Norwegian Italia was sunk. Egda had a cargo of gasoline and had joined the convoy with the Bermuda portion, arriving Avonmouth on June 18. Later that month we find her, together with Belita, Bra-Kar, Norma, Solstad, Sveve and Vestland, in Convoy OB 175, originating in Liverpool on June 27, dispersed June 30 (ref. link provided within the table above). Egda arrived Trinidad on July 12, remaining there until Aug. 6, when she proceeded to Aruba, and at the end of that month she sailed to Halifax where she stayed for a month. With Benwood, Sandanger, Triton, Thyra, Høyanger and Ravnefjell, she subsequently headed back to the U.K. on Oct. 8 in Convoy HX 79 from Halifax. Egda had station 42 (behind Sandanger in station 41), cargo of gasoline and kerosine, bound for Clyde, where she arrived Oct. 22. This convoy lost 12 ships, but all the Norwegian ships made it safely to their destinations. Please follow the link to my page about HX 79 for more details; see also the external link provided below.
The first external webste that I've linked to below has her as scheduled for Convoy OB 263, leaving Liverpool on Dec. 23-1940, but she did not sail (her destination is given as Abadan). Going back to Page 1, we see that she was undergoing some repairs in Glasgow that month. Arnold Hague has instead included her, along with Brisk, Facto, Hallanger, Nesttun and Senta, in Convoy OB 268, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 1-1941 and dispersed Jan. 4, Egda arriving Table Bay on Febr. 1, continuing to Durban the next day and from there to Freetown later that month. With a cargo of petrol and paraffin, she's now listed in station 63 of Convoy SL 70, which left Freetown on March 29 and arrived Liverpool on Apr. 23; Egda stopped at Belfast Lough that day before heading to Avonmouth, where she arrived Apr. 26. A. Hague has also included Andrea Brøvig, Para and Storanger in this convoy, which is available via the external link in the table above (it'll be noticed, that another section of the same site has also added Gudvin, Lisbeth and Ravnefjell and says Dagfred was scheduled but did not sail - compare with the voyage records which can be found on my pages about these ships). In May we find Egda, together with with Grey County, Kaia Knudsen, Nova, Polartank and the Panamanian Norvinn (Norwegian managers), in Convoy OB 319, originating in Liverpool on May 7, dispersed May 13, Egda arriving Curacao on May 31 (again, see the link in the table above).
From Curacao, she proceeded to Bermuda on June 6 and was scheduled for the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 133 on June 14, but did not sail (Soløy and Vigrid were sunk, and Kongsgaard was torpedoed and damaged - follow the links for details). From Page 1, we learn that she had sailed from Bermuda to Halifax on June 12, with arrival on the 16th, and was also cancelled from HX 134 and HX 135 from there, but eventually got away in Convoy HX 136 on June 30. She was was bound for Clyde with a cargo of gasoline, sailing in station 52 of the convoy, and arrived Clyde on July 18, later proceeding to Bowling, with arrival July 20. She now returned across the Atlantic with the westbound Convoy ON 1, originating in Liverpool on July 26. Egda joined from Greenock and arrived New York on Aug. 13, the convoy having been dispersed on Aug. 9. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2.
On Sept. 4, she headed back to the U.K. with Convoy HX 148 from Halifax, together with the Norwegian Ørnefjell (55), James Hawson (83), Grey County (93), Stigstad (64), Idefjord (35), Herbrand (52), Vivi (76) and Mirlo (23), as well as the Panamanian Norvinn (Norwegian managers and, therefore, listed on this website, station 53, between Herbrand and Egda). A. Hague has also included Gefion in this convoy. Some of these ships, including Egda, subsequently returned to the U.S. with the westbound Convoy ON 20 on Sept. 25. Egda, in station 42, was bound for New York again, where she arrived on Oct. 13, following dispersal of the convoy on Oct. 9.
According to Arnold Hague, she now joined Convoy HX 157, which left Halifax on Oct. 28-1941 and arrived Liverpool Nov. 13, and also included Dagfred, Fernmoor and Tankexpress. This convoy is not yet available among the HX convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added - see ships in all HX convoys. Later that month, she's listed as bound for Aruba in the westbound Convoy ON 40*, departing Liverpool on Nov. 25, dispersed Dec. 4, Egda arriving Aruba on Dec. 15. Arthur W. Sewall, Charles Racine (collided, returned), Evita, Fernmoor, Finnanger (returned), Rio Novo, Slemdal, Storanger, Tai Shan and Velox are also listed. From Aruba, Egda proceeded to Halifax 2 days later and A. Hauge says she arrived there (Dec. 24) with serious engine defects.
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As mentioned above, Egda had arrived U.K. with Convoy HX 170 in Jan.-1942. With Arthur W. Sewall, Bralanta, Cetus, G. C. Brøvig, Hardanger, Kaldfonn, Kollbjørg, Mirlo, N. T. Nielsen Alonso, Nueva Granada, Stiklestad, Tankexpress, Troubadour and Vav, she can later be found in the westbound Convoy ON 65*, which left Liverpool on Febr. 8 and was dispersed on the 19th, so Egda was sailing alone when she was torpedoed by U-107 (Gelhaus) in the morning of Febr. 21 (according to Page 2, Egda's destination had been Aruba). U-107 was on her way home with two torpedoes left, and only one definite and one doubtful success to her name when the Norwegian ship turned up in position 41 12N 52 55W. The torpedo hit in the port side, but she stayed afloat and reached Halifax safely on Febr. 23, then proceeded to New York for repairs on March 15.
Pictures of what she looked like after the attack are available via the link below.
She appears again in Convoy HX 190 from Halifax on May 17-1942, returning with the westbound Convoy ON 101* on June 5; her destination is given as Boston on that occasion, in fact, the convoy arrived there on June 18, according to A. Hague. Egda continued to New York that same day. Brasil is also listed in this convoy, while Acanthus, Montbretia, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts. Egda's subsequent voyages are shown on Page 2 - convoy information for some of these can be found within the table above.
On Aug. 9-1942, I have her in Convoy HX 202 from Halifax, bound for Belfast with aviation fuel (station 82). For her return voyage she, and several of the other ships from HX 202, joined Convoy ON 127, in which Hindanger and Sveve were sunk, and Daghild, Marit II and Fjordaas were torpedoed and damaged - follow the links for details. Egda arrived New York on Sept. 21, having sailed from Milford Haven on Sept. 3 (via Belfast Lough - see Page 3). On Oct. 26 we find her in Convoy HX 213 from New York. Egda had a cargo of aviation fuel for Mersey and had station 93, arriving Liverpool on Nov. 10. Together with Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Bralanta, Katy, Norfalk and Nortind, she joined the westbound Convoy ON 147* a week later, bound for Halifax, where she arrived on Dec. 3, remaining there for about a month.
Early in Jan.-1943, she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 155, which had started out in Liverpool on Dec. 19-1942, but Egda only took part from Halifax to New York, arriving there on Jan. 6, having sailed from Halifax on Jan. 1. Acanthus is again named among the escorts, as is Eglantine. The Commodore's narrative is also available for this convoy, and Egda is mentioned under Jan. 2. Later that month (Jan. 14), she joined Convoy HX 223 from New York, in which Kollbjørg and Nortind were lost. The Norwegian Villanger, Brimanger, Norfalk and Brasil also took part. The following month, she's listed as bound for New York with Convoy ON 168*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 21 and dispersed March 12, Egda arriving New York on March 17. She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Brajara, Brimanger, Gallia, Heranger, Lynghaug, Maud (returned), Meline, Morgenen, Reinholt, Slemmestad and Tigre (the corvette Buttercup, which came under the Norwegian flag the following year, is named among the escorts). Egda headed back to the U.K. on Apr. 6 in Convoy HX 233. She had a cargo of aviation fuel and oil and had station 64, right next to the Norwegian Villanger on her left and Ivaran on her right, both carrying explosives. The Norwegian Kronprinsen was stationed right behind her. Egda arrived Avonmouth (via Belfast Lough) on Apr. 22, subsequently returning across the Atlantic at the end of that month with Convoy ON 181, station 43, destination New York, with arrival May 17. See also the Commodore's narrative and Keppel's report.
As can be seen when going back to Page 3, as well as Page 4 of the archive docs, she now headed to the Mediterranean and North Africa. Again, convoy information for this and subsequent voyages can be found within the Voyage Record above.
In Nov.-1943, she made a voyage from Augusta to Port Said, having joined Convoy KMS 31*, which started out in Gibraltar on Nov. 10 and arrived Port Said on the 21st - Egda had sailed from Augusta on Nov. 15.
She's also listed in the convoy in which Erling Brøvig was torpedoed in Febr.-1944, namely PA 69 (follow the link to my page about Erling Brøvig for details). Athos, Ima and Pan Aruba are also named. There's a ship listed as Edga in Convoy GUS 33 which is probably a mis-spelling of Egda. This convoy had departed Port Said on March 5-1944 and was bound for Hampton Roads (arrival Apr. 4), but many ships had other destinations and parted company along the way, while others joined. Egda was not present from Port Said, but joined the convoy from Alexandria on March 6, and is said to have parted company for Tunis on March 12; according to Page 4, she arrived Bizerta that same day, later proceeding from there to the U.S.
She was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 288 on Apr. 18-1944, but did not sail and does not show up again until Convoy HX 292 on May 19. In June, she joined the westbound convoy ON 241*, originating in Liverpool on June 18, arriving New York July 2. Brasil, Drammensfjord, Evita, Fosna, Lista, Minerva, Solfonn and Spinanger are also listed, as are the Panamanian Norbris and Norlys (both had Norwegian managers). Egda now headed back to the Mediterranean again (convoy information in Voyage Record).
In Aug.-1944, she made a voyage from Augusta to Algiers, having joined Convoy MKS 58*, originating in Port Said on Aug. 7, arriving Gibraltar on the 17th; Egda, however, had sailed from Augusta on Aug. 12 and arrived Algiers on the 16th, subsequently heading back to the U.S. from there a few days later - see Page 5.
Skipping now to Febr.-1945, when Arnold Hague has included her, together with Belinda, Fernmoor, Fosna and Gefion, in Convoy HX 341*, departing New York on Febr. 28, arriving Liverpool March 15 - Egda arrived Plymouth that day. Later that month, we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 293*, which left Southend on March 27 and arrived New York Apr. 15, and also included Katy, Samuel Bakke, Skaraas, Torborg, Tungsha (Commodore Vessel) and Velma. With Laurits Swenson (Commodore Vessel), Norma, Skaraas and Villanger, A. Hague now has her returning to the U.K. in Convoy HX 351*, which left New York on Apr. 18 and arrived Liverpool May 3; Egda arrived Avonmouth that day. Just a few days later, she shows up, along with Haakon Hauan, Havfru, Høyanger (Commodore Vessel), Norvarg, Skaraas, Temeraire and Thorshov, in the westbound Convoy ON 301*, originating at Southend on May 6, arriving New York on the 22nd. When she headed back to Avonmouth a week later, no convoy was necessary.
From Page 6, we learn that she got to go home to Norway already in July-1945.
Sold in 1953 to FINAR Financiera Maritima Panamanian Steamship Co. Ltd. S/A, Panama. Broken up in 1960 by Omar Bulens, Belgium.
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Other ships by this name: The company had lost a ship by this name to WW I, built in Port Glasgow, originally delivered in July-1897 as Ulverston to owners in London (John Smaley & Co.), 2527 gt. Sold in Sept.-1901 to J. Ludwig Mowinckel, Bergen and renamed Egda. Torpedoed and sunk by U-110 on Jan. 7-1918, voyage Bergen-Barry in ballast (my Ship Forum has some messages re this sinking). Another Egda was delivered to A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen in Aug.-1957, built in Gothenburg, 5403 gt. Sold to Iran in 1973 and renamed Iran Zamin. In 1977 she had the name Amir Khoserow, still with Iranian owners, and in 1979 she was renamed Ocean Trader for owners in Piræus. Arrived Kaohsiung on Jan. 7-1980 for breaking up. Yet another Egda was delivered to the company in Sept.-1974, built in Japan, 24 997 gt. Sold to Hong Kong in 1983, but re-purchased by Egda K/S (A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi) in 1988. New Norwegian owners in 1991, renamed Dowe Arrow, then had various owners until Nov.-2001 when she was renamed Dove for owners in Nassau. This external page also has information on some of these ships (w/pictures).
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", R. W. Jordan and misc., as well as various sources as named on each convoy page.