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M/S Granville
Updated Sept. 21-2011

To Granville on the "Ships starting with G" page.

Source: John Clarkson (received from Roger W. Jordan).

From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
See also this external page (click in the small photo).

Owner: Skibs-A/S Siljestad, Oslo
Manager: A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
5745 gt, 3359 net, 9265 tdwt.
Dimensions: 445.4' x 58.5' x 25.9'
Machinery: 2 x 6 cyl. DM (Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen), 4500 bhp.

Built by Odense Staalskibsverft, Odense, Denmark (40), delivered in July-1930 as Granville to A/S Goodwill (A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S), Oslo. Owned from 1931 by The Pacific Asiatic Shipping Co. Inc., Panama (same manager), then from March-1939 by Skibs-A/S Sommerstad, Oslo, but transferred that same year to Skibs-A/S Siljestad, Oslo (still the same manager). It'll be noticed, when following the external link provided above, that some of the dates are different.

Captain: Karl Johan Løvik from Nov.-1939 till Sept.-1943 (previous captain had the last name Hassel). Captain Løvik later briefly served as captain of Roseville (where he had previously served as 2nd and 1st mate), before joining Fernglen, then Stirlingville. He died in Dec.-1990. This external page has Captain Løvik's story - text is in Norwegian, scroll down on the page for his WW II experiences.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Jan.-1942 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; other Norwegian ships also took part.

Errors may exist, and many voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 Jan. 2 New Westminster Portland, Oreg Jan. 5 Independent Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3
(see also narrative below).
Jan. 13 Columbia River San Francisco Jan. 15 Independent
Jan. 17 San Francisco Los Angeles Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 24 Los Angeles Balboa Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 8 Cristobal Trinidad Febr. 12 Independent
Febr. 13 Trinidad Capetown March 4 Independent
March 4 Capetown Abadan March 24 Independent
May 13 Abadan Karachi May 17 Independent
May 22 Karachi Bombay May 24 Independent
June 16 Bombay Capetown July 7 Independent
July 9 Capetown Trinidad Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 4 Trinidad Key West Aug. 13 TAW 11 Convoy available at TAW convoys
(external link)
Aug. 14 Key West New York City* Aug. 18 KN 130 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
*Hampton Roads
Aug. 20 Hampton Roads New York City Aug. 21 Independent
Sept. 27 New York City Gitmo Oct. 4 NG 309 For Suez.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 4 Gitmo Cristobal Oct. 9 GZ 6 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Oct. 12 Balboa Capetown Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 11 Capetown Aden Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 28 Aden Suez Dec. 4 Independent
1943 Jan. 3 Suez Aden Jan. 8 Independent
Jan. 8 Aden Bombay Jan. 14 Independent
Jan. 21 Bombay Colombo Febr. 24* Independent *Should be Jan. 24.
See Page 4
Febr. 4* Colombo Hobart Febr. 23 Independent *Page 4 gives Febr. 2
Febr. 24 Hobart Balboa March 23 Independent
March 25 Cristobal Gitmo March 29 ZG 26 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
March 30 Gitmo New York City Apr. 7 GN 50 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 11 New York City Key West May 17 NK 540 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
May 19 Key West Gitmo May 22 KG 634 Convoy available at KG convoys
(external link)
May 30 Gitmo Cristobal June 3 GZ 33 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
June 4 Balboa Fremantle July 10 Independent
July 13 Fremantle Aden July 31 Independent
July 31 Aden Suez Aug. 5 Independent On to Port Said Aug. 16
(Page 4).
Aug. 18 Port Said Iskenderun Aug. 20 Independent
Sept. 21 Iskenderun Haifa Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 23 Haifa Alexandria Sept. 25 Independent
Oct. 9 Alexandria New York City Nov. 6 GUS 18 Alexandria to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 4.
1944 Jan. 25 Hampton Roads Port Said Febr. 21 UGS 31 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
March 6 Port Said Haifa March 7 Independent
March 9 Haifa Iskenderun March 11 Independent Missing movements, Page 4.
Apr. 13* Iskenderun Beirut Apr. 17 Independent *Apr. 16
(Page 4).
Apr. 21 Beirut Haifa Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 22 Haifa Port Said Apr. 23 Independent
Apr. 24 Port Said New York City May 21 GUS 38 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
July 1 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
July 4 Hampton Roads Alexandria July 29 UGS 47 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Aug. 7 Alexandria Port Said Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 9 Port Said Haifa Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 10 Haifa Iskenderun Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 17 Iskenderun Mersin Independent Page 4 gives arrival same day.
Aug. 26 Mersin Beirut Aug. 27 Independent
Aug. 30 Beirut Port Said Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 2* Port Said Hampton Roads* Sept. 28 GUS 51 *Page 5 gives departure Sept. 7
(arrived Baltimore, Sept. 28).
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 8 Baltimore New York City Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 21 New York City Port Said Nov. 18 UGS 58 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 4 Port Said Iskenderun Independent Page 5 gives arrival Dec. 6.
Dec. 15 Iskenderun Mersin Dec. 16 Independent
Dec. 20 Mersin Latakia Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 21 Latakia Port Said Dec. 23 Independent
Dec. 24 Port Said Oran Dec. 30 Independent
1945 Jan. 2 Oran Baltimore Jan. 20 GUS 63 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Jan. 24 Baltimore New York City Jan. 26 Independent
Febr. 17 Hampton Roads* Gibraltar March 4 UGS 75 *From New York City Febr. 16
(Page 5).
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
March 4 Passed Gibraltar Port Said March 11 Independent
March 22 Port Said Iskenderun March 24 Independent
March 27* Iskenderun Mersin March 28(?) Independent *Page 5 gives departure March 30.
March 30 Mersin Port Said Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 1 Port Said Oran Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 7 Oran Chesapeake Bay Apr. 26 GUS 82 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 27 Baltimore* New York City Apr. 29 Independent *Chesapeake Bay
May 13 Hampton Roads* UGS 92 *From New York City May 12
(Page 5).
Dispersed May 27.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
May 27 Dispersed from UGS 92 Port Said June 3 Independent
June 14 Port Said Haifa June 15 Independent
June 18 Haifa Beirut June 19 Independent
June 21 Beirut New York City July 9 Independent
July 22 New York City Casablanca Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 3 Casablanca Port Said Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 28 Port Said Haifa Aug. 29 Independent
Sept. 1 Haifa Beirut Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 5 Beirut Iskenderun Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 11 Iskenderun Mersin Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 15 Mersin Baltimore Oct. 6 Independent
Oct. 26 Baltimore Philadelphia Independent
Oct. 28 Philadelphia New York City Oct. 28 Independent
Nov. 6 New York City Alexandria Nov. 18* Independent *Page 5 gives arrival Nov. 23.
Nov. 28 Alexandria Haifa Nov. 29 Independent
Dec. 6 Haifa Beirut Dec. 7 Independent Later arrived Istanbul Dec. 11
(Page 5).
Dec. 17 Istanbul Izmir Dec. 21* Independent *Page 6 gives arrival Dec. 18
Dec. 23 Izmir New York City Jan. 10-1946 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 6 above

 Some War Voyages: 

This external page has Captain Løvik's story, which describes some of Granville's voyages. Among other things he says that they made a voyage to Vancouver, Canada shortly after he had joined her on Nov. 30-1939, then to Tacoma, Seattle and San Francisco and on to Los Angeles, where they took on board cows and ammonia as deck cargo, before heading to the Phillipines, enduring terrible weather on the way, the voyage lasting 26 days. Cargo was unloaded in Manilla as well as Iloili and Cebu, before heading to Hong Kong, Singapore and Penang, from there to Sumatra and Batavia and 3 other cities on Java, one being Sourabaya. From there, they went to Jolo, then on to Zamboanga, Kolabugan, and Dumaquete (I'm not sure if his spelling of these places is correct), before going back to Manilla and Hong Kong, then returned to the U.S., arriving Los Angeles on March 25-1940. They subsequently went to San Francisco, then Portland, Oregon, leaving the latter for Tacoma on Apr. 7, and were on their way into the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the evening of Apr. 8, local time, when they heard about the German invasion of Norway over the radio. Granville arrived Tacoma the following morning, where they took on board a cargo for Seattle, departing Tacoma on Apr. 10 and arrived Seattle the same day, remaining there for 2 days while cargo was loaded. They subsequently returned to San Francisco with arrival Apr. 14. After having loaded cargo there, they proceeded to Los Angeles again on Apr. 16, and 2 days later they set out on another voyage to Manilla, with arrival May 11. (Compare the captain's narrative with what can be found on Page 1 of the archive documents).

From then on, Granville made several similar voyages back and forth to the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore etc. (again, see Page 1 above, as well as Page 2), and was back in Seattle when Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7-1941 - see Page 3. She was sent to Vancouver in order to have armament and degaussing installed, which meant that Christmas was spent there, while New Year's Eve was celebrated in New Westminster, before heading to Portland, then via San Francisco (Jan. 15-1942) and Los Angeles to The Persian Gulf, departure Los Angeles Jan. 24. She carried military stores as well as "30 selected men" (I believe these were gunners?), and had also gotten more armament (by this time she had been chartered by what the captain calls the "U.S. Ministry of War Transport"). I get the impression that Granville had a Chinese crew, but they were later replaced by Norwegians. The captain says they had 2 aircraft as well as 1000 tons high octane gasoline and 400 tons lub. oil for The Persion Gulf, which I find a bit strange, since Granville was not a tanker as far as I know - he does refer to the ship as M/S Granville in his story. She arrived Cape Town on March 4 for routing orders, having stopped by Trinidad on the way. Some of the gasoline and oil were discharged near Abadan at the end of March.

The story is very long and detailed, and it would be too much for me to add a complete translated summary here, but if you read Norwegian, please go to the external link provided.

Her 1943 voyages also start on Page 3 and continue on Page 4, which also shows some 1944 voyages, while Page 5 has the rest. The latter document also lists most of her 1945 voyages. See also Page 6, which lists voyages to March-1946. Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.


Sold in July-1960 to Olaf Pedersens Rederi A/S, Oslo and renamed Sunny Duke. Sold in Oct.-1964 to Time Lines (Panama) Ltd. (Winston Ltd., Hong Kong, Shun on Shipping Corp.), Panama and renamed Tynshon. Arrived Kaohsiung for breaking up on Apr. 1-1970.

Back to Granville on the "Ships starting with G" page.

There was a Panamanian steamship by the name Granville, built 1913, 4071 gt - torpedoed and sunk on March 17-1943, 900 miles southwest of Cape Farewell on a voyage New York-Iceland with the loss of 12 men.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, Captain Løvik's story of his time at sea, E-mails from R. W. jordan, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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