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M/T Elise
Updated July 18-2011

To Elise on the "Ships starting with E" page.

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
The Australian War Memorial has another picture of this ship (external links)

Owner: Bech's Rederi A/S
Manager: Alexander Bech, Tvedestrand
7910 gt

Built in Newcastle in 1931.

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 Jan.-1941 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 several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Jan. 17 Singapore Durban Febr. 9 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded in Pacific since Apr.-1940.
Earlier voyages, Page 1
Febr. 24 Durban Abadan March 14 Independent
March 16 Abadan Bombay March 24 Independent
March 28 Bombay Bahrein Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 5 Bahrein Aden Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 13 Aden Suez Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 23 Suez Abadan May 11 Independent
May 13 Abadan Durban June 5 Independent
June 21 Durban Abadan July 11 Independent
July 13 Abadan Aden July 24 Independent
July 24 Aden Massawa July 27 Independent
Aug. 5 Massawa Suez Aug. 9 Independent Left Suez Aug. 15
(Page 2).
Aug. 22 Port Said Alexandria Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 29 Alexandria Port Said Aug. 30 Independent Left Port Said next day
(Page 2).
Sept. 6 Suez Durban Sept. 28 Independent
Oct. 24 Durban Abadan Nov. 14 Independent
Dec. 5 Abadan Aden Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 16 Aden Suez Dec. 22 Independent
1942 Jan. 3 Port Said Alexandria Jan. 4 Independent (Had arrived Port Said Jan. 1)
Jan. 14 Alexandria Port Said Jan. 15 Independent Left Port Said next day
(Page 2).
Jan. 19 Suez Bahrein Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 5 Bahrein Abadan Febr. 7 Independent
Febr. 11 Bahrein?* Bombay Febr. 19 Independent *From Abadan
(Page 2).
March 9 Bombay Mormagoa March 11 Independent (Mormugao?)
March 16 Mormagoa Bombay March 17 Independent
June 17 Bombay Abadan June 26 Independent
June 28 Abadan Aden July 13 Independent
Sept. 10 Aden Aden Sept. 14 Independent With engine defects
Sept. 23 Aden Aden Sept. 24 Independent Put back
Oct. 23 Aden Capetown Nov. 18 Independent
Nov. 29 Capetown Simonstown Nov. 29 Independent To drydock
Dec. 2 Simonstown Capetown Dec. 2 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional dates
(agree w/Page 2).
Dec. 4 Capetown Capetown Dec. 9 Independent Returned with engine defects.
Again, see also Page 2
(& Page 3).
1943 May 6 Capetown Bahia May 30 Independent On completion of engine repairs
June 3 Bahia Trinidad June 15 BT 15 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
June 18 Trinidad Curacao June 20 TAG 67 Trinidad to Curacao.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
June 25 Curacao Gitmo June 28 TAG 68 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at link above
June 28 Gitmo Mayport July 4 GN 68 Arrived Mayport with engine defects.
Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
July 4 Jacksonville Hampton Roads July 8 Independent
July 10 Hampton Roads New York City July 12 Independent For further engine repairs
Oct. 15 New York City Gitmo Oct. 21 NG 392 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 21 Gitmo Puerto la Cruz Oct. 26 GAT 94 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Oct. 27 Puerto la Cruz Curacao Oct. 28 Independent
Nov. 7 Curacao Gitmo Nov. 10 TAG 95 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Nov. 10 Gitmo New York City Nov. 17 GN 95 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 19 New York City Boston Independent
Nov. 24 Boston Halifax Nov. 26 BX 84 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Dec. 2 Halifax Liverpool Dec. 18 SC 148 Missing movements, Page 3
Dec. 29 Liverpool ONS 26 For New York City.
To XB 92 Jan. 18.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
1944 Jan. 18 From ONS 26 Cape Cod Canal Jan. 20 XB 92 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Jan. 20 Cape Cod Canal New York City Jan. 21 Independent
Febr. 10 New York City Hampton Roads Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 13 Hampton Roads Bizerta March 6 UGS 33 For Bizerta.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
March 9 Bizerta Bizerta March 18 A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(Page 3 indicates Cagliari).
March 21 Bizerta Alexandria March 26 KMS 44 Bizerta to Alexandria.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
March 29 Alexandria Port Said March 30 Independent
Apr. 1 Suez Aden Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 11 Aden Bandar Abbas Apr. 18 AP 68 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Apr. 18 Bandar Abbas Abadan Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 21 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Apr. 24 Bandar Abbas Aden May 1 Independent
May 1 Aden Suez May 8 Independent Left Suez same day
(Page 3).
May 9 Port Said Malta May 15 MKS 49 For Malta.
In collision May 11.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
May 25 Malta Port Said May 30 UGS 41 Malta to Port Said.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Left Port Said same day
(Page 4).
June 1 Suez Aden June 6 Independent
June 6 Aden Abadan June 14 Independent
June 18 Aden?(*) Abadan?(*) Independent *Should probably read Abadan to Bandar Abbas
(see Page 4)
June 23 Bandar Abbas PA 80 Dispersed July 1
13 04N 56 04E.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Page 4 gives arrival Aden July 2
(also, missing movements)
July 14 Port Said Augusta July 18 GUS 46 Port Said to Augusta
July 21* Augusta Naples July 22 VN 54 *Page 4 gives departure July 19.
Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
July 26 Naples Augusta July 27 NV 54 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
July 31 Augusta Taranto Aug. 1 AH 58 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 4
Aug. 7 Taranto Naples Aug. 9
Aug. 12 Naples Operation Dragoon Aug. 14 SM 1A Convoy available via this page
See also Operation Dragoon
(external links)
Aug. 24 Alexandria Augusta Aug. 28 GUS 50 Alexandria to Augusta
(voyage not included, Page 4).
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 20 Naples S France (Not included, Page 4).
Sept. 23 S France Naples Sept. 26 SRM 13A Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Sept. 28 Naples Cagliari Sept. 30 Independent Notional sailing date
Oct. 5 Cagliari Naples Independent
Oct. 17 Naples Cagliari Oct. 18
Oct. 22 Cagliari Naples Oct. 23
Nov. 5 Naples Oran Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 10 Oran Gibraltar Nov. 12 GUS 57 Oran to Gibraltar after straggling.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 24 Gibraltar Casablanca Nov. 25 GUS 59 Gibraltar to Casablanca after straggling.
Convoy available at link above
Dec. 4 Casablanca Baltimore Dec. 23 GUS 60 Straggled and arrived late.
Convoy available at link above
1945 Febr. 4 Baltimore Corpus Christi Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 15 Corpus Christi New York City Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 27 New York City Las Piedras March 8 Independent
March 9 Las Piedras Baltimore March 18 Independent
March 21 Baltimore Corpus Christi March 30 Independent
Apr. 1 Corpus Christi New York City Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 18 New York City Aruba Apr. 26 Independent
Apr. 27 Aruba Cristobal May 1 Independent
May 3 Cristobal Curacao May 6 Independent
May 8 Curacao Cristobal May 11 Independent
May 14 Cristobal Curacao May 17 Independent (See also Page 4).
May 18 Curacao Cristobal May 21 Independent
May 26 Cristobal Curacao May 28 Independent
May 31 Curacao Cristobal June 3 Independent
June 7 Cristobal Curacao June 11 Independent
June 12 Curacao Cristobal June 15 Independent
June 21 Cristobal Curacao June 24 Independent
June 28 Curacao Cristobal July 2 Independent
July 8 Cristobal Las Piedras July 11 Independent
July 12 Las Piedras Aruba July 12 Independent
July 13 Aruba Philadelphia July 21 Independent
Aug. 10 Philadelphia Corpus Christi Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 20 Corpus Christi Beaumont Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 24 Beaumont Corpus Christi Aug. 26 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 5

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
Only a few of her voyages are discussed here. For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please go back to the archive documents and/or A. Hague's Voyage Record.

From Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that Elise was on her way from Api Api to Balik Papan when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2, which also shows her 1942 voyages, while Page 3 has her 1943 voyages (convoy info for some of these can be found within the Voyage Record above). It'll be noticed that she spent a long time at Table Bay, where she had initially arrived in Dec.-1942 (Page 2); departure is given as May 6-1943 - according to A. hague, she had experienced engine problems and had been undergoing repairs. She later spent a long time in New York for further repairs, having arrived there on July 12-1943, leaving again Oct. 15.

In Dec.-1943, she was one of several Norwegian ships sailing in Convoy SC 148 from Halifax to the U.K. - follow the link for more info (see also Norhauk - Vice Commodore). Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts - see SC convoy escorts. She headed back across the Atlantic at the end of that month with Convoy ONS 26*, which departed Liverpool on Dec. 29 and also included the Norwegian Gudvor, Romulus and Tropic Star. Elise, in station 23 of the convoy, was bound for New York, where she arrived on Jan. 21-1944 (again, see Page 3).

From the U.S., she proceeded to Bizerta on Febr. 13, with arrival there on March 6 - according to the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway, Cook Martin E. Thevik died in an accident at sea on Febr. 22 - ref. link at the end of this page. She later made a voyage from Bizerta to Alexandria with Convoy KMS 44*. Bruse Jarl, Egerø, Hermelin, Meline and Topdalsfjord are also listed in this convoy, which left Gibraltar on March 17-1944 and arrived Port Said on the 27th; the ships in it had various destinations and joined from various ports. Elise arrived Alexandria on March 26, having sailed from Bizerta on March 21. In May that year, we find her in Convoy MKS 49*, voyage Port Said-Malta, departure Port Said May 9, arrival Malta May 15 (the convoy's destination was Gibraltar, where it arrived May 20). According to A. Hague, she was involved in a collision en route on May 11; I have no further details on that. Nordnes is also named in this convoy.

In July-1944, she's listed in Convoy GUS 46, which left Port Said on July 14, and was bound for Hampton Roads, but several ships left the convoy en route. In fact, Elise is said to have parted company at Augusta, where she arrived July 18, according to Page 4.

She took part in the landings on the coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes on Aug. 15-1944 - Operation Dragoon, see external link in the table above. Close to 900 ships took part in the operation, 4 were Norwegian (Audun, Star and Roald Amundsen were the others). Elise functioned as fleet oiler.

The rest of her voyages are shown on Page 4 and Page 5, with convoy info for some of them in the Voyage Record above.

From Apr.-1945 until the end of Oct.-1945 a British able seaman by the name Thomas Patrick Shaw served on this ship - see my text for Hallfried for picture and more details on him, including some of his other WW II and post war ships. If anyone remembers this man, please contact me via the address provided at the end of this page.

* Convoy ONS 26 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on it; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it (and escorts) are named on the page listing ships in all ONS convoys. The MKS and KMS convoys will also be added, but for now, please see ships in all MKS convoys and ships in all KMS convoys.

For more information on all the other Norwegian ships named on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in 1953 and renamed Apollo. Sold in 1958 to Valenciana Compania Naviera S/A, Panama, and renamed Anargyros (Liberian flag). Laid up at Amsterdam from July 5- 1957. Sold to Frank Rijsdijk's Industriel Ondernemingen, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, and arrived in the New Waterway on 10 Feb. 10-1960 on her way to the scrapyard.

Related external links:
Operation Dragoon

Stavern Memorial commemoration - Cook Martin E Thevik is said to have died in an accident at sea on Febr. 22-1944 (on that date, Elise was on her way from the U.S. to Bizerta - see Page 3).

Back to Elise on the "Ships starting with E" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, E-mails from Roger W. Jordan - and misc.


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