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M/S Fernglen
Updated Aug. 10-2011

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Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
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See also this external page.

Manager: Fearnley & Eger, Oslo
5206 gt

Delivered in Aug.-1936 from AB Götaverken, Gothenburg as Fernglen to A/S Glittre (Fearnley & Eger), Oslo. Steel hull, 425.6’ x 56.8’ x 21.9’, 5206 gt, 9140 tdwt, 6cyl 2tev dm (Götaverken) 4200bhp. Used in the company's Fern Line, US Gulf - Far East.

Captain: ? Paust (first name not known). He was briefly relieved in spring of 1944 by Karl Johan Løvik, who had previously been the captain of Granville. He had also served as captain of Roseville for a while, before joining Fernglen. Lillesand Sjømannsforening has Captain Løvik's story (external link) - text is in Norwegian, scroll down on the page for his WW II experiences and details on Fernglen's voyages.

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 March-1940 to Jan.-1946:

(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
1940 March 28 Balboa Yokohama May 8 Independent A. Hague says:
Then traded Pacific/E Coast U.S.A. to Oct.-1941
Compare w/Page 1 & Page 2
1941 Oct. 11 Cristobal Boston Oct. 19 Independent
Oct. 24 Boston New York City Oct. 26 Independent
Oct. 30 New York City Baltimore Nov. 1 Independent
1942 Jan. 10 Baltimore New York City Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 18 New York City Takoradi Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 19 Takoradi Accra Febr. 20 Independent Notional sailing date
Febr. 23 Accra Lagos Febr. 24 Independent
March 6 Lagos Duala Independent
March 14 Duala Takoradi March 17 Independent
Apr. 1 Takoradi Monrovia LS 1 Convoy available at LS 1
(external link)
Page 2 gives arrival Apr. 13
Apr. 14 Monrovia Freetown Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 17 Freetown Baltimore May 5 Independent
* May 11 Baltimore Philadelphia May 12 Independent
*Voyage taken from entries below, and departure date corrected.
May 15 Philadelphia New York City May 15 Independent
June 7 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
June 10 Hampton Roads KS 509 Detached June 15.
Convoy available at KS 509
(external link)
* June 11 Baltimore Philadelphia May 12 Independent
*Departure date should be May 11, and voyage belongs further up - inserted there. See also Page 2
June 15 Detached from KS 509 Lagos June 30 Independent
July 12 Lagos Accra July 13 Independent
July 18 Accra Takoradi July 18 Independent
July 28 Takoradi Trinidad Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 16 Trinidad Key West Aug. 25 TAW 14 Convoy available at TAW 14
(external link)
Aug. 26 Key West New York City Aug. 31 KN 134 Convoy available at KN 134
(external link)
Sept. 24 New York City Gitmo Oct. 1 NG 308 For Trinidad.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 1 Gitmo Trinidad Oct. 7 GAT 10 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Oct. 10 Trinidad Freetown Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 22 Freetown Takoradi Oct. 27 ST 39 Convoy available at ST 39
(external link)
Nov. 19 Takoradi Lagos Nov. 21 TLDM 2 Convoy available at TLDM 2
(external link)
Nov. 30 Lagos Port Harcourt Dec. 1 Independent
Dec. 2 Port Harcourt Takoradi Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 4 Takoradi Accra Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 8 Accra Takoradi Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 13 Takoradi Freetown Dec. 18 TS 27 Convoy available at TS 27
(external link)
Dec. 31 Freetown FTT 6 Detached Jan. 10-1943.
Convoy available at FTT 6
(external link)
1943 Jan. 10 Detached from FTT 6 Cape Henry Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 20 Hampton Roads(?) New York City Febr. 21* Independent *Should be Jan. 21.
See also Page 3
Febr. 12 New York City Gitmo Febr. 19 NG 343 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Febr. 19 Gitmo Trinidad Febr. 25 GAT 45 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
March 5 Trinidad TB 7 Detached March 9.
Convoy available at TB 7
(external link)
March 9 Detached from TB 7 Matadi March 29 Independent
Apr. 17 Matadi Lobito Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 24 Lobito New York City May 17 Independent
June 16 New York City Gitmo June 22 NG 368 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
June 22 Gitmo Trinidad June 29 GAT 70 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
July 3 Trinidad TJ 1 Detached July 14.
Convoy available at TJ convoys
(external link)
See also B. P. Newton
July 14 Detached from TJ I Lagos July 26 Independent
Aug. 4 Lagos Pointe Noire Aug. 9 LM 3 Convoy available at LM 3
(external link)
Sept. 2 Pointe Noire Port Harcourt Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 5 Port Harcourt Lagos Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 11 Lagos New York City Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 19 New York City Gitmo Oct. 25 NG 393 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 25 Gitmo Trinidad Oct. 29 GAT 95 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Nov. 2 Trinidad TJ 13 Detached indep. to Takoradi, Nov. 11.
Convoy available at TJ convoys
(external link)
Nov. 11 Detached from TJ 13 Takoradi Nov. 21 Independent
Nov. 27 Takoradi Lagos Nov. 29 Independent
Dec. 8 Lagos Port Harcourt Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 10 Port Harcourt Lagos Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 18 Lagos Takoradi Dec. 20 LGW 5 Convoy available at LGW 5
(external link)
Dec. 25 Takoradi Freetown Dec. 30 TS 55 Convoy available at TS 55
(external link)
Dec. 31 Freetown New York City Jan. 16-1944 Independent
1944 Febr. 8 New York City Takoradi Febr. 26 Independent
Febr. 29 Takoradi Lagos March 2 Independent
March 10 Lagos Duala March 13 LGE 1 Convoy available at LGE 1
(external link)
March 19 Duala Port Harcourt March 20 Independent
March 28 Port Harcourt Lagos March 30 Independent
Apr. 4 Lagos New York City Apr. 24 Independent
May 21 New York City Gitmo May 28 NG 436 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
See also narrative below
May 28 Gitmo Trinidad June 3 GAT 138 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
June 9 Trinidad Trinidad June 10 TJ 35 Returned, engine defects.
Convoy available at TJ convoys
(external link)
June 19 Trinidad TJ 36 Detached indep. to Takoradi, June 29.
Convoy available at link above
June 29 Detached from TJ 36 Takoradi July 8 Independent
July 12 Takoradi Lagos July 13 Independent
July 23 Lagos Duala July 25 Independent
July 31 Duala Port Harcourt Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 5 Port Harcourt Lagos Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 9 Lagos Takoradi Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 16 Takoradi New York City Sept. 3 Independent
Oct. 8 New York City Dakar Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 26 Dakar Takoradi Oct. 31 Independent
Nov. 3 Takoradi Lagos Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 11 Lagos Port Harcourt Nov. 13 Independent
Nov. 14 Port Harcourt Lagos Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 22 Lagos New York City Dec. 10 Independent
1945 Jan. 6 New York City Dakar Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 25 Dakar Takoradi Jan. 29 Independent
Febr. 1 Takoradi Lagos Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 7 Lagos Port Harcourt Febr. 8 Independent
Febr. 10 Port Harcourt Lagos Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 16 Lagos New York City March 10 Independent
Apr. 7 New York City Dakar Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 26 Dakar Takoradi Apr. 30 Independent
May 3 Takoradi Lagos May 4 Independent
May 10 Lagos Duala May 12 Independent
May 17 Duala Port Harcourt May 18 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(Page 4 gives dep. & arr. May 19)
May 19 Port Harcourt Lagos May 20 Independent
May 26 Lagos New York City June 13 Independent
July 11 New York City Monrovia Independent Page 4 gives arrival July 28
Aug. 9 Monrovia Takoradi Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 18 Takoradi Lagos Aug. 20 Independent
Sept. 7 Lagos Duala Sept. 9 Independent Notional sailing date
Sept. 16 Duala Lagos Sept. 18 Independent Notional sailing date
Sept. 20 Lagos Takoradi Sept. 21 Independent
Oct. 3 Takoradi New York City Oct. 21 Independent
Dec. 20 New York City Dakar Jan. 2-1946 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 5

 Misc. War Details: 

Her 1940 voyages are shown on Page 1, which also has some 1941 voyages, while Page 2 has the rest, as well as some 1942 voyages. See also Page 3. Convoy info for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record above.

As mentioned further up on this page, Fernglen's Captain Paust was briefly relieved in the spring of 1944 by Karl Johan Løvik (May 11). Captain Løvik's story can be found in Norwegian at the external website that I've linked to at the beginning of this page. He says they loaded war stores and ammunition in New York for West Africa before departing as Commodore vessel in a convoy to Trinidad on May-21-1944 (see Page 4 and Voyage Record above). They were north of the Bahamas on June 6 when they heard about the allied invasion of Normandie. He says they arrived Trinidad for bunkers on June 20, then left that same afternoon in convoy, however, shortly after departure, Fernglen experienced engine problems and had to be towed back to Trinidad for repairs which took 10 days (it'll be noticed that the dates here don't match up with those given in the archive document mentioned above and in the Voyage Record). She then joined the next southbound convoy, going along the coast of South America, but was at some point ordered to leave the convoy to proceed independently to Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, where her cargo was unloaded, before continuing to Lagos and Agape, then on to Duala in Kamerun. Having discharged some cargo there, they headed north to Port Harcourt where palmoil was loaded, before going back to Lagos and Sekondi-Takoradi. By then it was August-1944.

The captain says they had the British consul and his wife as passengers on their return voyage to New York, where he says they arrived Sept. 4 (Captain Løvik claims they were attacked by 2 torpedoes en route, which missed - this according to a "torpedo detector" they had had installed while in New York - and adds they had passed a lot of debris from torpedoed ships on this voyage).

When Captain Paust returned on Sept. 14, Captain Løvik paid off, then joined Stirlingville the following month.

As can be seen on Page 4, Fernglen remained in New York for over a month before proceeding to Dakar. Her 1945 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 5 (to Apr.-1946).


A 5cyl 2tev Fiat dm was installed in 1958. Sold in Jan.-1963 to Pan-Ocean Navigation Co. S.A., Panama (manager Pandelis John Angouras, Piræus) and renamed Billie (Greek flag). Damaged by Israeli artillery fire in Suez on June 25-1969. Laid up in Piræus June 29-1971. Sold in 1972 to unknown breakers in Gemlik, departing Piræus in tow on Aug. 31. Work commenced on Sept. 28-1972.

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

This company had another Fernglen prior to this one, delivered from Akers Mek. Verksted in 1929. It grounded on Aug. 13-1933 south of Cape Guardafui en route Makassas - Århus with copra. Salvaged, towed to Rotterdam and condemned. Sold "as-is" to Sven Salén, Stockholm and repaired as Sandhamn. Sold to French owners in Aug.-1939 and taken by German forces on Dec. 16-1942. Sunk during an allied air-attack on Suda Bay, Crete, 2098 died (she had Italian prisoners of war on board at the time). From Trygve's posting to my Ship Forum.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Captain Løvik's story of his years at sea, E-mail from Roger W. Jordan, pre war and some post war details were received from T. Eriksen, Norway (his source: Article about Fearnley & Eger by Arne Ingar Tandberg in the Norwegian magazine "Skipet" 3.93 & 3.94) - and misc.


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