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To Elg on the "Ships starting with E" page.
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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.
According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Elg got out of Norway shortly before the German invasion (Apr. 9-1940) - she arrived Hampton Roads on Apr. 10, having sailed from Oslo on March 18.
Together with Borgland, Jamaica, Samnanger and Tigre, she can later be found in Convoy SL 39, departing Freetown on July 9-1940. She had a cargo of wheat, sailing in station 74, and arrived Avonmouth on July 30 - ref. external link provided within the Voyage Record above for more on this convoy. In Sept.-1940 she's listed, along with Siremalm and Tigre, in Convoy OB 213, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 13 and dispersed on the 18th. No destination is given for Elg, but going back to the archive document we learn that she proceeded to Sydney, C.B., having sailed from Milford Haven on Sept. 13. She returned to the U.K. the following month in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 80, joining with the Sydney, C.B. portion, bound for Tyne with pit props (it looks like she had previously been cancelled from HX 79). She arrived Tyne, via Oban and Methil, on Nov. 4, having left Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 13. The external website that I've linked to at the end of this page now has her in station 46 of Convoy OB 251, originating in Liverpool on Nov. 28, dispersed Dec. 1. Elg is said to have joined from Oban; her destination is given as Tampa. Note, however, that Arnold Hague has included her in Convoy OB 252 instead, together with Andrea Brøvig, Brisk, Havørn, Malmanger, Profit, Skrim (sunk - follow link for details) and Solhavn. This convoy left Liverpool Nov. 30 and dispersed Dec. 4 (see link in the table above). A. Hague says she started out from Oban on Dec. 1, having previously arrived there from Methil on Nov. 26 - according to the archive document, she had left Methil Roads on Nov. 23 (the stop at Oban is not mentioned) and arrived Tampa on Christmas Eve.
From Tampa, she proceeded to Bermuda on Dec. 31, arriving Jan. 6-1941, subsequently joining the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 102 on Jan. 9, but returned to port, arriving Halifax on Jan. 18, then joined Convoy HX 105 from there on Jan. 25. She had a cargo of phosphates for Aberdeen, where she arrived, via Loch Ewe, on Febr. 14, remaining there for almost a month, before going back to Loch Ewe (again, see Page 1). From there, she made a voyage to Takoradi; with Somerville, A. Hague has included her in Convoy OB 297, which originated in Liverpool on March 12 and dispersed on the 17th, Elg arriving Takoradi Apr. 7 (ref. link in the table above - another section of the same website has also added Strinda, but does not mention Elg). From Takoradi, she later continued to Freetown and is now listed in station 94 of Convoy SL 73, which left Freetown on Apr. 27 and arrived Liverpool on May 25; Elg, cargo of manganese, continued to Workington that same day. Fana, Hardanger, Lysaker V, Novasli and Tanafjord are also listed in SL 73 - again, see the link provided in the Voyage Record above.
With Barbro, Hardanger, Havsten, Hellen, Ida Knudsen, Solfonn, Torfinn Jarl, Troubadour and Vivi, Elg subsequently appears in Convoy OB 331, originating in Liverpool on June 8-1941, dispersed June 19, Elg arriving Quebec independently on June 23, having joined from Clyde. With a cargo of grain for London, she headed back to the U.K. again in July with Convoy HX 138, joining with the Sydney, C.B. portion - see also Page 2. A. Hague later has her in Convoy OS 4 for Freetown (in which Segundo was sunk), originating in Liverpool on Aug. 23; Elg joined from Clyde and arrived Freetown on Sept. 14. Beth, Chr. Knudsen and Ingria are also listed. Together with Belnor, she subsequently went in the other direction with Convoy SL 88 (departure Freetown Sept. 24, rendezvoused with Convoy HG 74 from Gibraltar on Oct. 8). Elg arrived Barrow on Oct. 20, then joined Convoy OS 11 early the following month, voyage from Clyde to Freetown and Takoradi with war stores; arriving Freetown on Nov. 28, Takoradi on Dec. 20 (having departed Freetown again on Dec. 15). Other Norwegian ships taking part were Dagrun, Danio, Fana and Tigre - again, see the external links provided in the table above for further dates and info on these convoys.
At the beginning of 1942 we find her in station 74 of Convoy SL 99, departing Freetown on Jan. 27, arriving Liverpool Febr. 16. Fana had again been in company, as had Norma, San Andres and Vest, though the latter returned to port. In March, Elg travelled to Halifax, having joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 74*, which left Liverpool on March 9 and arrived Halifax on the 25th. This time, Arosa, Beth, Borgfred, Sirehei, Thorsholm, Titanian, Tortugas and Tungsha had been in company.
The day before Tobruk fell Elg had arrived Alexandria with war materials (this does not quite agree with what can be found on Page 2, which states she arrived Alexandria on June 23, having left Port Said on the 21st). June 21 was a Sunday with no unloading of cargo taking place, so some of the crew had gotten the day off to go sightseeing at the pyramides. When the news of Tobruk's fall came, Elg was suddenly ordered to leave the harbour area and anchor outside, only to return the following day. It became increasingly obvious that the British were preparing for a hasty departure when Elg took on board a mixture of uniforms, food and other necessities, as well as oil barrels. Some parts of the ship's engine were still in town for repairs; without them she couldn't leave, so the engineer stopped the first car he could get a hold of and ordered it to take him to the workshop and back, which was done without protest. Not until his errands had been successfully completed did he realize he had ordered a British colonel and a major to chauffeur him around! When the ship was given the order to leave without prior notice, two of her gunners and several crew members were on shore, but Elg had received on board 11 evacuees from a hospital, and many of them were well enough to offer their assistance. She was sent to Port Said, where the situation was also so critical that the British didn't want to unload, so she was instead sent on to Haifa. Nobody there seemed to be in any immediate need of Elg's uniforms/food/oil mixture, though part of that cargo was gotten rid of in Beirut, before she was again sent to Egypt.
Skipping now to Oct. 27-1942, when she made a voyage from Freetown to the U.S. (see Voyage Record and Page 2), later heading to the U.K. on Dec. 27 with the slow Convoy SC 115*, which arrived Liverpool on Jan. 16-1943. The Norwegian Bencas (to Halifax), Herbrand and Vinga are also listed. Elg had a cargo of sugar, sailing in station 62. It'll be noticed, when going to Page 3, that there's now a long gap in her voyages; departure Liverpool is given as May 21, when she proceeded to Barry. At the beginning of June, she's listed in Convoy OS 49/KMS 16. Corvus, Jan, Måkefjell and Somerville are also named. This convoy originated in Liverpool on June 4 and split up on the 13th, the Gibraltar portion (KMS 16*) arriving there on June 15, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, with arrival on June 23; Elg, however, was bound for Montevideo, where she arrived independently on July 9, having detached from OS 49 on June 18 (acording to A. Hague). In Sept-1943, she's mentioned in Convoy SL 136/MKS 24. The SL convoy, in which Elg took part, along with Somerville, had departed Freetown on Sept. 3 and joined up with the MKS convoy* from Gibraltar on the 14th. Elg, cargo of linseed, arrived Avonmouth on Sept. 26/27. More convoy info is available at the external website already mentioned.
The following month, she crossed the North Atlantic again, having joined the westbound Convoy ONS 20*, originating in Liverpool on Oct. 9, arriving Halifax on the 26th. Elg joined from Milford Haven and was bound for St. John's, N.F., where she arrived on Oct. 23. She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Arosa, Bestik, Cetus, Iron Baron, Snar, Solstad, Tercero, Tropic Star and Vinland. At the beginning of Dec.-1943, we find her, with a cargo of steel and pit props for Tyne, in station 11 of the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 148 (Vice Commodore was in Norhauk, which was sunk before arriving her destination - follow the link for details). Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts - see SC convoy escorts. Elg arrived Tyne, via Loch Ewe and Methil Roads, on Dec. 20 (Page 3).
In Jan.-1944, she's listed in Convoy OS 66/KMS 40, voyaging from Oban to Oran with coke and coal in station 124 (listed in KMS 40*). The convoy originated in Liverpool on Jan. 24 and split up on Febr. 5, KMS 40 arriving Gibraltar on Febr. 7, while the OS portion continued to Freetown, where it arrived on the 15th. Bestik is again included, as are Novasli (returned) and Rena (Commodore Vessel), while Cetus was scheduled but did not sail. Elg arrived her destination Oran on Febr. 8, returning to the U.K. with Convoy SL 150/MKS 41, again with Bestik in company, as well as Norvarg, Olaf Bergh and Ragnhild. Elg's voyage information is given as Casablanca-Loch Ewe, cargo of phosphates. The SL convoy had started out in Freetown on Febr. 21 and joined up with the MKS convoy* from Gibraltar on March 3 - again, see the external site about these convoys for further details. Elg had sailed from Casablanca on March 2 and arrived Loch Ewe on the 14th, proceeding to Hull the next day.
She now made another voyage to the U.S., having joined Convoy ON 233*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 20-1944 and arrived New York on May 8. Elg had a cargo of sulphate and mails, and had station 37 of the convoy, which also included Atlantic, Ferncliff, Kaia Knudsen, Norsktank, Olaf Bergh, Slemmestad and Thorhild. Elg's subsequent voyages are shown on Page 4, with convoy information in the table above. In July that year, she was in the large New York-U.K. Convoy HX 300, bound for Greenock with a cargo of sugar and rum, arriving there on Aug. 3. About a month later, she returned across the ocean with Convoy ON 251*, together with Bernhard, Evanger, Ferncliff (returned), Fjordheim (sunk - follow link for more info), Germa, Grey County, Heimgar, Henrik Ibsen, Rutenfjell, Snar, Thorhild, Tungsha (Commodore Vessel), Veni and Vera, as well as the Panamanian Norbris, which had Norwegian managers and can be found under the N's on this website. Elg had station 167 of this convoy, which had originated in Liverpool on Sept. 1 and arrived New York on the 19th; Elg arrived Father Point on the 18th, having joined from Clyde. Several of these ships, including Elg, subsequently headed back to the U.K. with the slow Convoy SC 158, cargo of grain and general for Hull. This convoy originated in Halifax on Oct. 4, but Elg joined with the Sydney, C.B. portion. With Frontenac, Kaia Knudsen, Leiv Eiriksson and Solør, she later joined Convoy ON 265*, departing Southend on Nov. 8, arriving New York Nov. 23; Elg, however, stopped at Halifax on the 21st. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in Convoy SC 162, departing Halifax on Dec. 2, cargo of grain for Liverpool, with arrival Dec. 17.
At the beginning of 1945 she headed to Freetown again, having joined Convoy OS 105/KMS 79*, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 17 and split up on the 22nd. Elg joined from Milford Haven, taking station 61, and arrived Freetown independently on Febr. 2, the convoy having been dispersed on Jan. 26. The Norwegian Mathilda also took part (more convoy details via link in the table above). In March that year she made a voyage from Casablanca to the U.K. with Convoy MKS 87*, cargo of ground nuts. Other Norwegian ships were Alaska, Boreas and Olaf Bergh. About a month later, Elg made another voyage across the North Atlantic, having sailed in Convoy ONS 47*, originating in Liverpool on Apr. 11, arriving Halifax on the 30th; Elg, however, was bound for St. John's, N.F., and arrived there on Apr. 28, having started out from Belfast Lough on Apr. 12. Frontenac, Marie Bakke, Rena (Commodore Vessel) and Romulus are also listed. From St. John's, she continued to Corner Brook the next day, before heading to Sydney, C.B. in order to join the slow Convoy SC 176*. Again, see Page 4 as well as Page 5. This convoy, which also had Chr. Th. Boe, Dageid, Garonne, Glarona, Ima, Rena and Vinga in its ranks, had originated in Halifax on May 16 and arrived Liverpool on May 29 but as already indicated, Elg joined with the Sydney, C.B. portion, cargo of newsprint, station 23. She anchored at Downs on May 30.
From Page 5 above, we learn that she got to go home to Norway in Aug.-1945, and again in Jan.-1946.
According to this external page, she was owned from 1959 by Maraventura Comp. Nav. S.A (Lemos & Pateras Ltd.), Piræus as Rinoula. Sold to Germany in 1967 for breaking up.
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc. (ref. My sources).