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D/S Far
Updated Aug. 3-2011

To Far on the "Ships starting with F" page.

Pre war picture, when named Ravnefjell, taken at Camden NJ in Aug.-1937 - received from Phil Cohen.

Far in Boston, U.S.A., 1938.
Received from the daughter of 1st Mate Reimert Pedersen
Here's her posting to my Ship Forum, she's interested in obtaining more information. This external page has information on some of the ships he served on.

Owner: Skibs-A/S Skibsfart & Skibs-A/S Salvesen
Manager: Jacob Salvesen, Farsund
2475 gt, 1420 net, 4120 tdwt.
Dimensions: 295.5' x 43.7' x 20.6'.
Machinery: Tripple exp. (G. T. Gray & Co., South Shields), 232 nhp.

Built in 1921 (R. W. Jordan says she was started by Newcastle Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. and completed by Forth Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. in 1921, while a Norwegian source states she was completed by Pusnes Støberi & mek. Verksted, Arendal and delivered in Oct.-1922). Delivered as Ravnefjell to A/S Rudolf (Olsen & Ugelstad), Oslo. Sold in Sept.-1937 to Skibs-A/S Skibsfart & Skibs-A/S Salvesen (Jacob Salvesen), Farsund and renamed Far.

Captain: Sverre Jakobsen (from 1938 till Dec.-1945) - this external page has more details.

1st Mate was Reimert Pedersen (from 1938 till 1944), 3rd Mate was Aage Simonsen (from the fall of 1943 until the end of the war, had previously served on M/T Sommerstad and M/S Tigre), Chief Engineer Severin Andreassen (also from 1938 till Dec.-1945). She also had a donkeyman named Ole Johan Nilsen

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

Voyage Record
From Febr.-1941 to June-1945:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known).

Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Febr. 8 New York City Hampton Roads Febr. 9 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded N & S America.
Earlier voyages, Page 1
Febr. 11 Hampton Roads St. Thomas Independent Page 1 gives arrival Febr. 17
Febr. 17 St. Thomas Pernambuco March 3 Independent
March 3 Pernambuco Capetown March 23 Independent
March 27 Capetown Port Elizabeth March 30 Independent
Apr. 1 Port Elizabeth Durban Apr. 4 Independent
Apr. 10 Durban Aden Apr. 26 Independent
Apr. 27 Aden Suez May 3 Independent Missing movements, Page 2
May 17 Port Said Alexandria May 18 Independent
May 31* Alexandria Port Said June 1 Independent *Page 2 gives departure May 21
(left Port Said June 2)
June 3 Suez Aden June 9 Independent
June 13 Aden Mombasa Independent
June 26 Mombasa Durban July 7 Independent
July 11 Durban Pernambuco Aug. 3 Independent
Aug. 5 Pernambuco St. Thomas Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 18 St. Thomas Boston Aug. 27 Independent
Aug. 28 Boston New York City Aug. 30 Independent
Oct. 28 New York City Newcastle, N.B. Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 8 Newcastle, N.B. Sydney, C.B. Nov. 10 Independent
Nov. 16 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Dec. 5 SC 55 See also narrative below.
Missing voyages, Page 2
Dec. 16 Liverpool Holyhead Dec. 16 Independent
Dec. 17 Holyhead Swansea Dec. 18 BB 112 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 24 Swansea Milford Haven Dec. 25 Independent
Dec. 26 Milford Haven ON 51 For San Domingo.
Dispersed Jan. 11.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
1942 Jan. 11 Dispersesd from ON 51 Hampton Roads Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 25 Hampton Roads Macoris Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 11 Macoris Tampa Febr. 17 Independent
March 7 Tampa Charleston, SC March 11 Independent
March 12 Charleston, SC Halifax Independent
March 24 Halifax Loch Ewe Apr. 10 SC 76
Apr. 13 Loch Ewe Methil Apr. 14 WN 269 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 15 Methil Ipswich Apr. 17 FS 777 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Apr. 23 Harwich Tyne Apr. 25 FN 690 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 26 Tyne Methil June 27 FN 744 Convoy available at link above
June 27 Methil Loch Ewe June 29 EN 103 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 30 Loch Ewe Boston* July 18 ON 108 For Sydney C.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
*Convoy ON 108 did arrive Boston on July 18, but Far arrived Halifax July 15 - see Page 3.
July 18 Halifax Compton July 21 HS 31 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 31 Compton Sydney, C.B. Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 5 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Aug. 19 SC 95
Aug. 19 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 21 WN 325 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 22 Methil Southend Aug. 24 FS 888 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 3
Aug. 31 Southend Methil Sept. 2 FN 801 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 2 Methil Loch Ewe Sept. 4 EN 132 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 5 Loch Ewe Halifax Sept. 21 ON 128 For St. John, N.B.
Sept. 30 Halifax St. John, N.B. Oct. 2 HF 4 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
Oct. 8 St. John, N.B. Halifax Oct. 9 FH 5 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
Oct. 15 Halifax Belfast Lough Nov. 1 SC 105 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Nov. 4 Belfast Lough Holyhead Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 5 Holyhead Bristol Nov. 6 HM 58 Convoy available at HM 58
(external link)
Nov. 15 Bristol Swansea Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 21 Swansea Milford Haven Nov. 21 Independent
Nov. 22 Milford Haven New York City Dec. 13 ON 148 Via Belfast Lough
(Page 3).
For Boston.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 15 New York City Boston Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 30 Boston New York City Dec. 31 Independent
1943 Jan. 7 New York City Gitmo Jan. 14 NG 335 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Jan. 14 Gitmo Trinidad Jan. 20 GAT 37 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Jan. 30 Trinidad Paramaribo Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 7 Paramaribo Trinidad Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 18 Trinidad Paramaribo Febr. 21 Independent
Febr. 24 Paramaribo Trinidad March* 26 Independent *Should be Febr. 26
(Page 4)
March 4 Trinidad Paramaribo March 7 Independent
March 9 Paramaribo Trinidad March 4* Independent *Should be March 12
March 16 Trinidad Demerara March 18 Independent
March 31 Demerara Trinidad Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 9 Trinidad Gitmo Apr. 14 TAG 53 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Apr. 15 Gitmo Mobile Apr. 21
May 24 Key West Matanzas May 24 Independent
May 27 Matanzas Pilottown May 27 Independent Via Key West
(left Key West May 27 - Page 4).
June 6 S W passage Key West June 8 HK 190 S W passage to Key West.
Convoy available at HK convoys
(external link)
June 8 Key West Puerto Padre June 10 KG 638 Convoy available at KG convoys
(external link)
Left Puerto Padre June 14
(Page 4).
June 18 Gitmo New York City June 24 GN 66 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 2 New York City Boston Independent
Aug. 5 Boston Halifax Aug. 7 BX 67 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 10 Halifax Nelson, N.B. Aug. 12 HS 101 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
Aug. 24 Chatham, N.B. Sydney, C.B. Independent
Aug. 25 Sydney, C.B. Louisburg Aug. 25 SH 99 Convoy available at SH convoys
(external link)
Aug. 26 Louisburg Halifax Aug. 27 SH 99 Link above
Sept. 3 Halifax Loch Ewe Sept. 16 SC 141
Sept. 17 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 19 WN 481 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 19 Methil Hartlepool Sept. 21 FS 1225 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 22 Hartlepool Blyth Oct. 22
Oct. 26 Blyth Methil Oct. 27 FN 1161 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 27 Methil Oban Oct. 30 EN 299 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 5 Liverpool* OS 58/KMS 32 For Sicily.
*From Oban
(Page 4)
Convoy split Nov. 18.
Available at OS 58/KMS 32
(external link)
Nov. 18 Convoy split Passed Gibraltar Nov. 19 KMS 32 For Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Nov. 19 Passed Gibraltar Catania Nov. 25 KMS 32 For Augusta.
See link above
Dec. 14 Catania Augusta Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 17 Augusta Brindisi Dec. 19 AH 13 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
1944 Jan. 2 Brindisi Augusta Jan. 4 HA 15A Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
Jan. 5 Augusta Bizerta Jan. 8 MKS 36 Augusta to Bizerta
Jan. 12 Bizerta Algiers Jan. 14 GUS 27 Bizerta to Algiers.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Jan. 30 Algiers Augusta Febr. 3 KMS 39 Algiers to Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Febr. 9 Augusta Bari Febr. 11 AH 23A Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Febr. 18 Bari Augusta Febr. 20 HA 25 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
Febr. 22* Augusta Bizerta Febr. 22 *Page 5 gives departure Febr. 20
Febr. 26 Bizerta Bone Febr. 27 MKS 41 Bizerta to Bone.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
March 9 Bone Augusta March 12 KMS 43 Bone to Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
March 12 Augusta Barletta March 15
March 25 Barletta Brindisi March 25
March 29 Brindisi Augusta March 31 HA 33 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
March 31 Augusta Bone Apr. 3 GUS 35 Augusta to Bone.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 12 Bone Augusta Apr. 15 UGS 37 Bone to Augusta.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 17 Augusta Torre Annunzio Apr. 18 VN 34 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
See also Page 5
Apr. 23 Torre Annunziata Naples
Apr. 28 Naples Augusta Apr. 29 NV 35 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
This stop at Naples not mentioned, Page 5
Apr. 29 Augusta Algiers May 3 GUS 38 Augusta to Algiers.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
May 17 Algiers Augusta May 21 KMS 50 Algiers to Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
May 22 Augusta Naples May 23 VN 41 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
June 9 Naples Reggio June 10 NV 44 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
June 16 Reggio Augusta June 17
June 19 Augusta Malta June 20
June 27 Malta Augusta
June 30* Augusta Brindisi July 2 AH 52 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
*Page 5 gives departure June 28
July 9 Brindisi Barletta July 9 Missing voyages?
(Page 5).
July 28 Barletta Ancona July 29 Escorted
Aug. 7 Ancona Bari Aug. 11 Escorted Left Bari Aug. 17
(Page 5).
Aug. 18* Naples Piombino Aug. 29
*Departure date should probably be Aug. 28, and voyage belongs further down in the record - inserted there, see also Page 5
Aug. 20 Brindisi Augusta Aug. 23 Escorted
Aug. 25 Augusta Naples Aug. 27
* Aug. 28 Naples Piombino Aug. 29
*Voyage taken from above and departure date changed.
Sept. 3 Piombino Naples Sept. 4 Escorted
Sept. 15 Naples Oran Sept. 21
Oct. 12 Oran Bizerta Oct. 15 KMS 65 Oran to Bizerta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Oct. 18 Bizerta Cagliari Oct. 19 TC 42 Convoy available at TC convoys
(external link)
Oct. 27 Cagliari Naples Nov. 23 Voyage data unknown.
Dec. 20 Naples Augusta Dec. 21 Independent
Dec. 26 Augusta Brindisi Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 30 Brindisi Ancona Jan. 3-1945 Escorted
1945 Jan. 16 Ancona Malta Jan. 20 HA 1/2 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
Jan. 23 Malta Sfax Independent
Jan. 31 Sfax Augusta Febr. 1 Independent
Febr. 1 Augusta Crotone Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 27 Crotone Augusta Febr. 28 Independent
March 1 Augusta Crotone March 2 Independent A. Hague says:
Via Naples
? March 2 Crotone Naples Independent Compare w/Page 6
March 16 Naples Augusta March 17 Independent
March 18 Augusta Brindisi March 19 Independent
March 21 Brindisi Ancona March 23 AH 22/2 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
March 29 Ancona Bari March 30 HA 24/2 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
Apr. 9 Barletta Ancona Apr. 10 AH 28/2 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Apr. 15 Ancona Barletta Apr. 16 HA 29A Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
Apr. 23 Barletta Piraeus Apr. 29 Independent See also Page 6
May 15 Piraeus Bari May 18 Independent
May 19 Bari Taranto May 20 Independent
May 24 Taranto Bari May 25 Independent
June 1 Bari Ancona June 2 Independent
June 4 Ancona Venice June 5 AV 3 Convoy available at AV 3
(external link)
June 10 Venice Ancona* June 11 VA 4A Convoy available at VA 4A
(external link)
*Compare w/Page 6
Further voyages, Page 7

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made prior to and in between those discussed here, please go to the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

Her 1940 voyages are shown on Page 1 of the archive documents. This document also has a few 1941 voyages, which continue on Page 2.

Far was scheduled for the slow Sydney, C.B.-U.K. Convoy SC 54 on Nov. 10-1941 but instead joined SC 55 on Nov. 16, pulp wood for Manchester, where she arrived on Dec. 7. Later that month, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 51*, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 27 and dispersed Jan. 11. Far joined from Milford Haven and arrived Hampton Roads on Jan. 20-1942, proceeding to Macoris a few days later (Page 2). Beth, Carrier (returned), Fjordheim, Ingerfire and Sirehei are also listed.

She headed back to the U.K. again on March 24-1942 with Convoy SC 76 from Halifax, cargo of phosphates for Ipswich, with arrival there, via Loch Ewe and Methil Roads, on Apr. 17. It'll be noticed, when going to Page 3, that she subsequently spent a lot of time at Tyne, where she had arrived from Harwich on Apr. 25. Departure is given as June 26 - the reason for this long stay is not known. We now find her in the westbound Convoy ON 108*, together with Don, Inger Lise, Senta, Star, Grado, Iron Baron, Lido, Ramø, Selbo and Sneland I. ON 108 originated in Liverpool on June 30; Far sailed from Loch Ewe that day and arrived Halifax on July 15. On Aug. 5, she joined the Sydney, C.B. portion of the slow Convoy SC 95, cargo of lumber for London. The following month, she's listed in station 32 of the westbound Convoy ON 128, Far arriving Halifax on Sept. 21. The Commodore's narrative is also available for this convoy.

According to Arnold Hague, she returned to the U.K. with the Halifax portion of Convoy SC 105 on Oct. 15 (convoy originated in New York on Oct. 11). This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included on my website, but will be added - see ships in all SC convoys. The Norwegian Bonde, Don, Herma, Kirsten B (to St. John's, N.F.), Norelg, Polarland (also to St. John's, N.F.) and Ramø are also named. Far had a cargo of grain and lumber, and sailed in station 102. She later joined the westbound Convoy ON 148*, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 23 and arrived New York Dec. 13. She was again in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Don, Inger Lise, Ramø and Solsten (Ramø returned to port, Herma joined from Iceland later, while Ada joined from Halifax). Far, in station 11 of the convoy, was bound for Boston, where she arrived on Dec. 17. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 3 and Page 4, with convoy info for some of them in the Voyage Record above.

Skipping now to Sept. 3-1943, when she's listed in station 55 of the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 141, cargo of lumber for West Hartlepool. In Nov.-1943, she shows up, with Hjalmar Wessel, Ledaal, Ragnhild and Roald Amundsen, in Convoy OS 58/KMS 32 (see external link provided in the table above), voyaging from Oban to Sicily with coal in station 23. This convoy started out in Liverpool on Nov. 5 and split up on the 18th, with the KMS portion* heading to Gibraltar, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown. Far arrived Catania on Nov. 25, having sailed from Oban on the 6th.

In Jan.-1944, she made a voyage from Augusta (Jan. 5) to Bizerta (Jan 8) with Convoy MKS 36, and later that month she's listed as bound for Augusta in Convoy KMS 39*. She had left Algiers on Jan. 30 and arrived her destination on Febr. 3. Grena, Ingertre, Loke, Selvik, Slemmestad and Star are also listed. On Febr. 26, she left Bizerta for Bone, joining Convoy MKS 41*, and arrived Bone the next day, leaving Bone again on March 9, joining Convoy KMS 43*, arriving Augusta on the 12th. Both these convoys also had other Norwegian ships, namely Frontenac, Høegh Hood, Kaia Knudsen, Norvarg and Star in MKS 41 (convoy departed Port Said Febr. 19, arrived Gibraltar March 2), and Astra, Atle Jarl, Boreas, Liss and Star in KMS 43 (convoy sailed from Gibraltar March 6, to Port Said March 16). Far's voyages in this period are shown on Page 5; convoy info for some of her subsequent voyages is available in the Voyage Record above. In May that year, she made a voyage from Algiers to Augusta with Convoy KMS 50* (she left Algiers May 17 and arrived Augusta May 21). Boreas, Cetus, Liss, Polarsol, Snar, Thorshavn and Tijuca are also named (convoy left Gibraltar May 15 and arrived Port Said May 25).

Far was loading ammunition at Barletta, Italy some time in May(?)-1944 (did this take place in July? - again, see Page 5 above) when an explosion occurred in one of the cases of ammunition, but the crew, lead by the captain, the 1st and 3rd mates as well as a British lieutenant Terry were able to extinguish the resulting fire before further explosions occurred, thereby saving not only the ship, but the city from destruction (I also found this incident described on this external page). 2 other ships with the same kind of cargo were right behind Far, so the situation was quite dramatic for a while. The ruined cargo was then unloaded and new ammunition taken on board, before she continued to Ancona, which was in ruins at the time. After having unloaded there for 2 days she moved further out, and shortly afterwards a diver found a magnetic mine in the spot were Far had been discharging her cargo.

In Oct.-1944, she's listed as sailing in Convoy KMS 65*, voyaging from Oran (Oct. 12) to Bizerta (Oct. 15) - again, see Page 5. Facto is also included (convoy departed Gibraltar Oct. 11 and arrived Port Said Oct. 21).

According to an article I have found, Far was at Bari in the fall of 1944(?) unloading (loading?) ammunition. A Liberty ship was next to her unloading bombs. Far missed the convoy she was scheduled to leave with, but the captain decided to try to catch up with it instead of waiting for the next convoy. About 4 n. miles out she was shaken by an enormous explosion occurring in Bari harbour; those who were below decks thought they had had an explosion on board. It turned out the Liberty ship had exploded, with the loss of her 80 crew as well as several hundred other lives, and again Far had narrowly avoided disaster. I'm a little suspicious here and wonder if the dates and events have become somewhat confused, so that what happend at Bari during the aircraft attack at the beginning of Dec.-1943, when the Liberty ship S/S John Harvey blew up (see my text for Bollsta), has been mixed up with the events of the spring of 1945 when the ammunition ship S/S Charles Henderson exploded during the unloading of cargo (D/S Knoll was set on fire at that time, follow the link for more). I don't know enough about the Liberty ships to confirm whether a separate incident did occur at Bari in the fall of 1944, as stated in this article, but I believe this incident has to do with Charles Henderson, because Far was indeed in Bari around this time.

She continued in the supply service in the Mediterranean until Nov.-1945. As will be seen when going to Page 6, she got to go home to Norway the following month, in fact, it looks as though Christmas may have been celebrated at home that year(?) - see also Page 7.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section, with more information on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The KMS and MKS convoys will also be added, but for now, see ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS 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.


Ran aground off Flekkefjord on Jan. 8-1950, and broke up during a storm, when on a voyage from the Tyne to Copenhagen. No casualties.

Back to Far on the "Ships starting with F" page.

Norway had previously had another Far, originally delivered in 1891 as Samaritan to owners in Liverpool, 2143 gt. Sold to Arendal, Norway in 1910, then renamed Far for Th. Brøvig, Farsund in 1913. Sailed as Swedish Dagmar from 1915, disappeared in Nov. 1915, voyage Glasgow-Gothenburg.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, article in "Krigsseileren", Issue No. 2 for 1988, written by Søren Brandsnes, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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