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Owner: Skibs-A/S Nye Kristianiaborg
Delivered in July-1920 from NV Werf Voorheen Rijkee & Co., Rotterdam (59) as Athene to D/S A/S Ada (K. Salvesen), Kragerø, Norway. "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", R. W. Jordan gives tonnage as 3888 gt, 6700 tdwt, while "Bergenske, byen og selskapet", Dag Bakka Jr. gives 5154 gt, 7160 tdwt (I believe 3888 gt is correct), 375.7' x 51.5' x 22.7', 2 x 6 cyl. Werkspoor diesel 2300 bhp, 11.5 knots. Purchased by Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab in Jan.-1921, renamed Estrella (I've been told she was the sistership of Para), and placed in Syd-Amerikalinjen (South America Line), but from 1925 in other service. Sold in Aug.-1937 to Skips-A/S Nye Kristianiaborg (A/S Rederiet Odfjell), Bergen.
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.
As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the documents received from the National Archives of Norway, Estrella was en route from Necochea (Argentina) to New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She arrived New York on May 3.
On Sept. 17 that year, she's listed among the ships in Convoy HX 74 from Halifax, cargo of steel for Liverpool, station 72, arriving Liverpool Oct. 2.
At the beginning of 1941 we find her, together with Annavore, Bianca and Drammensfjord, in Convoy OB 269, which left Liverpool on Jan. 3 and dispersed on the 6th, Estrella arriving Cape Town independently on Febr. 6, remaining there for several weeks. On March 13, she proceeded to Aden, where she arrived Apr. 3, and is now included, with a general cargo and stores, in Convoy BN 23, leaving Aden on Apr. 7, arriving Suez on the 13th. The Norwegian Fram and Minister Wedel are also listed. The external website that I've linked to within the table above has more on both these convoys. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 (and in the Voyage Record).
Arnold Hague has included her in the slow Convoy SC 49, which left Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 11-1941 and arrived Liverpool on Oct. 27. She had a general cargo as well as 7 passengers on that voyage and had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Bonneville, Hellen, Selbo and Siljestad. This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added - see ships in all SC convoys. According to the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page, she was scheduled for Convoy OS 14, departing Liverpool on Dec. 13, but instead joined the next convoy, OS 15, which left Liverpool on Dec. 23. A. Hague has also included Dagfred, Dageid (this appears to be an errror - follow the link for an explanation), Fernbank and Hallanger in this convoy - ref. link in the table above. Estrella had a general cargo, sailing in station 61, and arrived Freetown on Jan. 15-1942, remaining there for almost a month before proceeding to Table Bay, where she arrived March 10 and did not leave again until the end of July - again, see Page 1. A. Hague says she was in need of extensive repairs. See also Page 2, showing her 1943 voyages. Convoy information for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record above.
Skipping now to May-1943, when I have her in Convoy SC 130, which left Halifax for the U.K. on May 11, but she returned to port with engine defects that same day. She's crossed out from the next convoy, SC 131, then shows up again in Convoy SC 132, departing Halifax on May. 26. According to A. Hague, she was involved in a collision when in this convoy (possibly with the Dutch Katendrecht?) and again returned to Halifax (May 27), later joining SC 134 on June 16. Her destination is given as Barry Dock, general cargo and lumber. She arrived Barry, via Belfast Lough, on July 2, and as can be seen on Page 2, there's now a long gap in her voyages, so it looks like the collision repairs took quite a long time.
In the spring of 1944, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 234, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 26 and arrived New York on May 12. Estrella, however, is said to have gone into St. John's, N.F. with defects on that occasion, with arrival there on May 8, having joined the convoy from Belfast Lough. ON 234 will also be added to an individual page in my Convoys section - in the meantime; the ships sailing in it (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Abraham Lincoln, Fagerfjell, Fernmoor, Garonne, Geisha, Kaldfonn, Leiv Eiriksson, Lista, Molda, Petter, Romulus, Samuel Bakke, Skiensfjord, Solfonn, Strinda and Vinland are also listed, as is the Panamanian Norlys, which had Norwegian managers and is included under the N's on this website.
From St. John's, Estrella proceeded to Quebec on May 22, and going back to Page 2, we see further long gaps in the listing.
For more information on all the other Norwegian ships named on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or use the Master Ship Index.
New machinery installed in 1946 (2 x 6 cyl. General Motors), remeasured to 3797 gt. Owned from 1953 by Skibs-A/S Hassel (A/S Rederiet Odfjell), Bergen? Purchased in July (Sept.?)-1954 by A/S Rona & D/S A/S King (Tollak J. Skogland), Haugesund and renamed Reina. Sold in Nov.-1958 ('56?) to Cia. Nav. Overseas Transport S. A., Panama. Arrived Toulon on July-8-1960 for breaking up. (Tollak J. Skogland also had another Reina; see post war details for Kong Sverre).
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Other ships by this name: Norway had lost a steamship by this name to WW I, originally delivered as Sandwarine in 1912 to owners in Manchester, 1757 gt. Renamed Estrella for Bergenske D/S in 1914, struck a mine on March 5-1918 off Harwich with the loss of 20 men. Bergenske D/S also had an Estrella post WW II, delivered as such in Jan.-1961. Renamed Estrella del Mar for owners in Montevideo in Apr.-1978, later sailed as Del Mar for owners in Malta from 1987. Broken up in 1988? See also this external page and scroll down to Estrella.