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M/T Grena
Updated Sept. 22-2011

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Manager: A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
Tonnage:
8117 gt, 4891 net, 12 300 tdwt.
Call Sign: LIXB

Delivered from A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg (483) in Dec.-1934 as Grena to A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen. 455.5' x 59.2' x 35.9', 8 cyl. 4 TEV DM (Götaverken), 4300 bhp.

Captain: Alfred Aardahl

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message - From a relative of the British Radio Operator Kenneth Perkins (see crew list below). He also served on General Ruge and Astrid.

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


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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to March-1944:

(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 some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 7 Portland, Vic Fremantle Independent
Apr. 20 Fremantle Singapore Apr. 28 Independent Missing voyages - Page 1
May 4 Singapore Hobart May 19 Independent
May 21 Hobart Melbourne May 23 Independent
May 28 Melbourne Singapore June 12 Independent
July 4 Singapore Colombo July 11 Independent
July 12 Colombo Bombay July 16 Independent
July 17 Bombay Port Sudan Aug. 3 BN 2 For Port Sudan.
Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 5 Port Sudan Suez Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 18 Suez BS 3 Dispersed Aug. 26.
Convoy available at BS 3
(external link)
Aug. 26 Dispersed from BS 3 Abadan Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 7 Abadan Capetown Sept. 29 Independent
Sept. 30 Capetown Freetown Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 12 Freetown Barry Island Nov. 3 SL 51 Convoy available at SL 51
(external link)
Nov. 8 Barrys Island Avonmouth Nov. 10 Independent
Nov. 15 Avonmouth Barry Nov. 18 Independent
Dec. 16 Barry Milford Haven Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 19 Milford Haven OB 262 For Aruba.
Dispersed Dec. 23.
Convoy available at OB 262
(external link)
Dec. 23 Dispersed from OB 262 Aruba Jan. 5-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 6 Aruba Bermuda Jan. 13 Independent
Jan. 21 Bermuda Barry Roads Febr. 9 BHX 104 See also narrative below
Febr. 13 Barry Roads Avonmouth Febr. 14 Independent (See also Page 1).
Febr. 19 Avonmouth Clyde Independent (Again, see Page 1).
Febr. 28 Clyde OB 291 For Port Arthur.
Dispersed March 3.
Convoy available at OB 291
(external link)
March 3 Dispersed from OB 291 Galveston March 21 Independent
March 30 Galveston Port Arthur March 30 Independent Compare w/Page 1
Apr. 2 Port Arthur Halifax Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 16 Halifax Clyde May 1 HX 121
May 1 Clyde Liverpool May 2 Independent
May 17 Liverpool OB 323 Dispersed May 25.
Convoy available at OB 323
(external link)
May 25 Dispersed from OB 323 Aruba June 7 Independent
June 10 Aruba Bermuda June 14 Independent
June 18 Bermuda BHX 134 See HX 134 below
June 23 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Liverpool July 9 HX 134 Missing movements, Page 2
July 17 Liverpool Halifax Aug. 1 OB 348 Convoy available at OB 348
(external link)
Aug. 10 Halifax Liverpool Aug. 30 HX 144 Missing movements, Page 2 above
Oct. 20 Liverpool ON 28 Dispersed 42 23N 58 44W, Nov. 3.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 3 Dispersed from ON 28 New York City Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 10 New York City Halifax Nov. 13 Independent
Nov. 15 Halifax Loch Ewe Nov. 28 HX 160
Dec. 1 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 2 WN 212 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Compare w/Page 2
Dec. 10 Methil Oban Dec. 13 EN 17 Did not sail.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 17 Methil Loch Ewe Dec. 19 EN 20 Convoy available at link above
Dec. 20 Loch Ewe ON 48 For Curacao.
Dispersed 43 59N 54 56W, Dec. 31.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 31 Dispersed from ON 48 Curacao Jan. 7-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 10 Curacao Capetown Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 3 Capetown Durban Febr. 7 Independent
Febr. 17 Durban Abadan March 7 Independent
March 10 Abadan Colombo March 19 Independent
March 19 Colombo Fremantle Apr. 4 Independent
Apr. 22 Fremantle Abadan May 15 Independent
May 18 Abadan Melbourne June 19 Independent
Aug. 25 Melbourne Abadan Sept. 21 Independent
Sept. 24 Abadan Aden Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 7 Aden Massawa Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 9 Massawa Suez Oct. 13 Independent On to Port Said Oct. 21
(Page 2).
Oct. 22 Port Said Alexandria Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 28 Alexandria Port Said Oct. 29 Independent
Oct. 31 Port Said Haifa Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 9 Haifa Beirut Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 10 Beirut Iskenderun Nov. 14 Independent
Nov. 25 Iskenderun Haifa Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 3 Haifa Port Said Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 4 Port Said Alexandria Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 11 Alexandria Port Said Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 13 Port Said Haifa Dec. 15 Independent
1943 Jan. 19 Haifa Port Said Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 20 Port Said Alexandria Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 29 Alexandria Port Said Jan. 30 Independent
Febr. 1 Port Said Haifa Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 8 Haifa Port Said Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 10 Port Said Alexandria Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 17 Alexandria MW 21 Detached to XT 3, Febr. 21.
Convoy available at MW 21
(external link)
Febr. 21 Detached from MW 21 Tripoli, Libya Febr. 21 XT 3/1 Convoy available at XT 3
(external link)
Febr. 25 Tripoli, Libya TX 2/1 Joined ME 18, Febr. 26.
Convoy available at TX 2
(external link)
Febr. 26 From TX 2 Port Said March 2 ME 18 Convoy available at ME 18
(external link)
On to Suez same day
(Page 3).
March 3 Suez Aden March 8 Independent
March 8 Aden Bandar Abbas

March 15 AP 23 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
March 15 Bandar Abbas Abadan March 16 Independent (This stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3).
March 23 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
March 29 Bandar Abbas PB 33 For Melbourne.
Detached Apr. 2.
Convoy available at PB 33
(external link)
Apr. 2 Detached from PB 33 Portland, Vic Apr. 26 Independent
Apr. 26 Portland, Vic Melbourne Apr. 27 Independent
May 6 Melbourne Los Angeles June 3 Independent
* June 11 Los Angeles Brisbane July 7 Independent
*The above voyage has been taken from entries below, and date corrected (see also Page 3).
July 12 Brisbane Balboa Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 11* Los Angeles Brisbane July 7 Independent
*Departure date should be June 11 and voyage belongs above - inserted there.
Aug. 15 Cristobal Puerto la Cruz Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 20 Puerto la Cruz Curacao Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 25 Curacao Puerto la Cruz Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 27 Puerto la Cruz Curacao Aug. 28 Independent
Sept. 3 Curacao Gitmo Sept. 6 TAG 82 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Sept. 6 Gitmo Philadelphia Sept. 12 GN 82 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 14 Philadelphia Baltimore Sept. 15 Independent
Oct. 27 Baltimore Hampton Roads Oct. 28 Independent
Nov. 4 Hampton Roads Oran Nov. 23 UGS 23 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 30 Oran Port Said Dec. 9 KMS 33 Oran to Port Said
(on to Suez, same day - Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Dec. 14 Suez Aden Dec. 19 Independent
Dec. 20 Aden AB 25A Detached Dec. 22.
Convoy available at AB 25A
(external link)
Dec. 22 Detached from AB 25A Abadan Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 30 Abadan Aden Jan. 7-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 7 Aden Suez Jan. 12 Independent On to Port Said Jan. 16
(Page 3 & Page 4).
Jan. 21 Port Said Malta Jan. 26 MKS 38 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Febr. 2 Malta Port Said Febr. 7 KMS 39 On to Suez same day
(Page 4).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Febr. 8 Suez Aden Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 15 Aden Bandar Abbas Febr. 22 AP 61 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Febr. 22 Bandar Abbas Abadan Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 27 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
March 1 Bandar Abbas Aden March 9 PA 71 Convoy available at PA 71
(external link)
March 17 Aden Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below


 Some Convoy Voyages – 1940-1944: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see 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.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Grena was on her way from Portland, Vic. to Fremantle when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 (or, it's possible she proceeded to Fremantle at the news, it being the closest allied port? - see Nortraship).

In Oct.-1940, she's listed as sailing in the Freetown-U.K. Convoy SL 51. She arrived Avonmouth on Nov. 10, having departed Freetown Oct. 12. Primero, South Africa and Thorshavet are also named in this convoy. The following month, we find her, together with Bur, Evanger and Nea, in Convoy OB 262, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 20 and dispersed on the 23rd, Grena arriving Aruba on Jan. 5-1941. Direct links to A. Hague's listing for both these convoys have been provided within the Voyage Record.

From Aruba, she proceeded to Bermuda, and with benzine for Avonmouth, she headed back across the ocean on Jan. 21-1941 in Convoy BHX 104, having previously been cancelled from the Bermuda portion of HX 103. She arrived Avonmouth on Febr. 14, and later that month, she joined Convoy OB 291, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 27 and dispersed March 3 and also included Caledonia, Hardanger, Hilda Knudsen, Laurits Swenson, Skaraas (bombed and damaged) and Storaas (also damaged), as well as the the Panamanian Norvik (Norwegian managers). Grena's destination is given as Port Arthur, and she arrived there, via Galveston and Beaumont, on March 31, according to Page 1. She subsequently headed back to the U.K. on Apr. 16 with Convoy HX 121 from Halifax, in which Caledonia was sunk - follow link for details. Cruising order/Commodore's notes are also available for this convoy. She's now listed, along with Lise, Orwell, Salamis and Sama, in Convoy OB 323, departing Liverpool on May 17, dispersed May 25, Grena arriving Aruba on June 7. From there, she later proceeded to Bermuda in order to join the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 134 on June 18, bound for Mersey with kerosene. See also the Commodore's narrative of passage. Grena arrived Liverpool on July 9, Stanlow on July 11 - see Page 2.

Just a few days later, she joined Convoy OB 348, departing Liverpool on July 17, arriving Halifax on the 31st (Grena's arrival is given as Aug. 1). Audun (to Iceland), Storaas and Tautra are also listed. On Aug. 10, Grena can be found in Convoy HX 144 from Halifax, along with the Norwegian Polartank, Orwell, Hallanger, Eidanger, Havprins, Suderøy, Evanger, Norse King, Vinland and Sommerstad. A. Hague has also included Ranja in this convoy. Grena had station 73, sailing between Suderøy and Eidanger. She arrived Stanlow on Aug. 31, Manchester on Sept. 7, remaining there for over a month (Page 2). She headed back across the Atlantic in the westbound Convoy ON 28* on Oct. 20 and arrived New York on Nov. 6, the convoy having been dispersed Nov. 3. She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Beth, Brant County, Laurits Swenson, Morgenen, Polartank and Ringstad. On Nov. 15, we find her in Convoy HX 160 from Halifax - Montbretia is named among the escorts. Grena rounded off that year with a voyage to Curacao, where she arrived on Jan. 7-1942, having started out from Loch Ewe in Convoy ON 48* on Dec. 20 (the convoy had been dispersed on Dec. 31). Athos, Buenos Aires, Chr. Th. Boe, Havkong, Havprins, Heranger, Høegh Scout, Kollskegg, Nueva Andalucia, Solfonn, Solstad (returned) and Sveve are also listed.

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 2 and Page 3; convoy information for some of them can be found in A. Hague's Voyage Record.

Skipping now to the end of Nov.-1943, when she made a voyage from Oran (Nov. 30) to Port Said (Dec. 9) in Convoy KMS 33*. Lago, Ledaal, Loke, Norden, Norelg and Skotaas are also listed in this convoy which left Gibraltar on Nov. 29, but note that they have different voyage information. (For info, this convoy had originally started out in the U.K. on Nov. 16 as the combined Convoy OS 59/KMS 33 and split up on the 28th, the OS convoy continuing to Freetown, while the KMS portion arrived Gibraltar on Nov. 29 - ships not bound for Gibraltar would then proceed to their respective destinations, still in KMS 33; some ships, like Grena, joined along the way).

In Jan.-1944, she's listed in Convoy MKS 38*, voyage Port Said to Malta, where she arrived Jan. 26 (Germa, Norbryn and Norelg are also named, but again with different voyage information), and at the beginning of the following month, she made a voyage from Malta to Port Said with Convoy KMS 39* - see also Page 4. Other Norwegian ships in KMS 39 were Far, Ingertre, Loke, Selvik, Slemmestad and Star.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more details on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them are named in the section for ships in all ON convoys (with escorts). See also ships in all MKS convoys and ships in all KMS convoys, where Grena is listed in KMS 33, MKS 38 and KMS 39, as mentioned - these will also be added to individual pages.

More information on all the Norwegian ships mentioned on this page is available via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Final Fate - 1944: 

Grena had left Aden alone on March 17-1944 for Abadan in ballast. At 13:04 ship's time on March 21 she was in position 20 48N 59 38E, about 30 n. miles off land(?) when struck on the port side by 3 torpedoes in the course of less than 10 seconds from the Japanese submarine I-26 (Kusaka). Page 4 of the archive documents gives the time as 09:09 GMT. The 1st torpedo hit in the after section of the engine room (in boiler room), resulting in the entire poop being lifted from the water, with flames, steam, smoke and oil rising high in the air. The 2nd struck in No. 1 port wing tank, causing the after section to break down and sink. The 3rd, which had struck in No. 2 port wing tank (numbering from aft) broke the ship off around No. 4 center tank. She listed heavily to port about 60° and was expected to capsize immediately. The captain, who had been in his cabin at the time ran to the bridge and ordered the radio operator to send an SOS but the transmitters had been rendered completely inoperative.

Lachlan Lang (head of the gunners), who was on deck on the aft port side when the 1st torpedo hit right next to him says in a report that the first explosion was followed immediately afterwards by a 2nd, and adds that another 2(?) torpedoes subsequently hit the ship. As the after part of the ship had sunk below the surface, all those who had been in that area, including Gunner Lang ended up in the water, then swam away. Both port lifeboats had been destroyed and with the heavy list it was impossible for the others to launch the starboard boats so they had to jump overboard. The entire after part of the ship now broke off, then the foreship levelled up slightly and the motor lifeboat fell into the water. Some of the survivors were able to get into this boat and started to pick up others from the oil covered, shark infested water as well as from rafts that had broken loose and were floating around among the debris. While this was taking place the sub surfaced and fired 2 shells towards the remainder of the ship, but the shells landed in the water among the survivors instead, though nobody appears to have been hurt. Later on the starboard stern lifeboat was found capsized and after the majority of the crew had been picked up they were able to right and bail this boat.

As the foreship levelled it had been their intention to go back on board in order to release the remaining forward starboard raft and also to get the lifeboat transmitter from the wheelhouse so that they could send out distress calls, but there was no time to do so. As they pulled away Grena's list to port increased until she capsized completely in about half an hour. The sub then submerged and they did not see it again.

3 men were found to be missing. The gun platform had collapsed in the first explosion and the British Gunner Donald Ball and Cook Martinsen, who had both last been seen in hammocks underneath the after gun deck were believed to have been killed at that time. The British Oiler Geoffrey Lewis had been in the boiler room and was also believed to have been killed in the first explosion. 7 men were injured, some with serious burns, namely 3rd Engineer Peder Pedersen, Mechanic (Motorman) Anton Jørgensen, the Australian Francis Topham, the Canadian Saloon Boy Tom Daniels and Able Seaman Eilif Dahl, while Mechanic Paul Jensen and the Canadian Mess Boy Robert Haldane had cuts and lacerations.

At 17:00 the motorboat took the other lifeboat and the raft in tow, heading towards the Arabian Coast. However, after about half an hour the motor stopped working so it was decided to release the raft and set sail for land independently in order to obtain medical assistance for the injured men as quickly as possible. They had been divided between the 2 boats and were taken care of the best they could under the circumstances.

During the evening the loom of the Masira Island beacon was seen but as the wind increased from the south it was impossible to reach the island against the wind and seas. At dawn on March 22 they could vaguely discern the coast and they continued north along the coast in the hopes of reaching a populated area. That afternoon the lifeboat sighted an Arabian dhow lying at anchor. This was hailed and with the help of sign language the fisherman agreed to guide them to a settlement where medical assistance would be available. During the previous night the boats had drifted out of sight of each other but were reunited again that afternoon. When the wind died down at dusk they decided to anchor for the night, then at 3 in the morning, March 23, when the wind had freshened again they continued sailing north under the guidance of the fishing boat, though with 1 person less among them - Mechanic Jørgensen having passed away in the course of the night.

In the motorboat, continuous attempts had been made to get the motor started again, and at 08:00 that morning they finally got it to function whereupon the lifeboat was again taken in tow. At 16:00 that afternoon they arrived at the British RAF base near Ras el Hadj where the remaining injured men were immediately taken to the camp hospital for medical treatment. Mechanic Jørgensen was buried at the base after sunset with all his uninjured shipmates present. The 6 injured men, 3 of whom were in critical condition, were ordered by the camp doctor to be transferred to the British General Hospital at Karachi and were picked up by 2 aircraft the following morning, March 24, but the 3 could not be saved.

The remainder of the crew embarked HMIS Investigator which left for a convoy port in the inlet to the Persion Gulf that same afternoon, with arrival on the 26th. On the 29th they were transferred to the Dutch Noesaniwi which was carrying explosives according to Lachlan Lang. (This message in my Guestbook says Noesaniwi was the ex Wuppertal - Hamburg America Line, built 1936, seized in 1940 by Holland and renamed Noesaniwi, transferred to Rotterdam Lloyd in 1946). This ship landed them in Suez on Apr. 14, and the hearings were held there on Apr. 19 with the captain, the 1st and 2nd mates and the 1st engineer appearing. The seamen had been placed in the Merchant Navy Club, the officers in the Bel Air hotel, and the DEMS gunners stayed in a camp while waiting to join another Norwegian ship.

Grena was the last Norwegian ship to be lost in the Indian Ocean during WW II.

Crew List:
* Radio Operator Kenneth Perkins had also served on General Ruge, later joined Astrid.
Here's a Guestbook message from a relative (possibly his son?).
** There's also a Georg Napstad listed in the crew list for O. A. Knudsen - same person?

Survivors:
Captain
Alfred H. Aardahl
1st Mate
Johannes Eikeland
2nd Mate
Kaare Helgesen
3rd Mate
Malvin Indrevær
Radio Operator
Kenneth Perkins
(British)*
Boatswain
Magnus Kjelstrup
Able Seaman
Eilif Dahl
Able Seaman
Johan Tollefsen
Able Seaman
Marcus Dons
(British)
Able Seaman
Reidar Worren
Able Seaman
Johan Skogland
Able Seaman/Gunner
Julius Aarvik
Able Seaman/Gunner
Georg Napstad**
Able Seaman/Gunner
Ivar Fjellbø
Able Seaman/Gunner
Alfred Ødegård
Able Seaman/Gunner
Jarle Johansen
Able Seaman/Gunner
Haakon Hansen
Ordinary Seaman
Stephen Gough
(British)
Ordinary Seaman
Ernest Arbery
(Australian)
1st Engineer
Alfred Toftevaag
2nd Engineer
Sverre Farevaag
Assistant
Kaare Mørch
Mechanic
Mathias Folvik
Mechanic
Paul Jensen
Mechanic
Kjell Thorsen
Mechanic
Jørgen Ellingsen
Mechanic
Øistein Johannessen
Pump Man
Oskar Måløy
Stoker
Kåre Fredriksen
Steward
Erling Andreassen
Cook
Olav Klepsvik
Mess Boy
Norman Perkins
(Canadian)
Mess Boy
Robert Haldane
(Canadian)
Radio Op's Secretary
Freedolph Petersen
(Canadian)
Gunner
Lachlan Lang
(British)
Casualties:

Ordinary Seaman
(Deck Boy?)
Francis Topham*
(Australian - Age 17)

3rd Engineer
Peder Pedersen

Mechanic
Anton Jørgensen

Oiler
Geoffrey Lewis*
(British)

Cook
Gunnar O. Martinsen

Saloon Boy
Tom W. Daniels*
(Canadian)

Gunner
Donald Ball*
(British)

* By entering the last name of the Australian Francis James Topham at the Commemorative Roll Database (Australian War Memorial, Canberra - external link), with Second World War in the "Conflict" field, he will appear in the search result. This page on The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website gives the date of his demise as Apr. 11-1944 (probably incorrect?) - it looks like he was buried at Karachi War Cemetery. As mentioned in my narrative above, the 6 injured men were transferred to the British General Hospital at Karachi by aircraft. (See also this page in my Survivors & Fatalities section). Also, Billy McGee, England has told me that the 19 year old Oiler Geoffrey Lewis from Blackley, Manchester is commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 53; further details on him can be found on this page. I also found a Donald Huband Ball whom I believe could be Grena's gunner. He was 20 years old, died on March 21-1944 and is commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Additionally, I found the Canadian Tom Daniels in the Canadian Merchant Navy War Dead Database by entering the ship's name in the relevant search field (died March 21-1944). His last name is given as Daniel here, and by using that name I also found him at the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. site on this page. He was 18 years old and is commemorated at Halifax Memorial, Panel 23.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - The 3 Norwegians are commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway.

Japanese submarines

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

Other ships by this name: A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen had previously had another Grena, delivered in Dec.-1912, built in Sunderland, 6371 gt. Sold in 1934 and renamed Orone, managed by Johan Gran, Bergen. Sold to Japan in 1937, renamed Nichian Maru. Torpedoed and sunk in Sept.-1944 by American sub Spadefish (see this external page, scroll down to Sept. 8). In Apr.-1950 another Grena was delivered to the company, built in Amsterdam, 10 426 gt. Sold in Jan.-1956 to Belgium and renamed Purfina Suisse. Sold to France in 1963, renamed Escale Dieu. Renamed Arsinoe in 1965. Ran aground on Aug. 30-1965 when on a voyage Singapore-Shanghai, broke in 2 and sank. The company received another Grena in Jan.-1958, 13 065 gt. Sold to Italy in 1967 and renamed Sofia d'Amico. Broken up around 1975 or early '76. In Dec.-1974 another Grena was delivered, 24 997 gt., built in Japan. Sold to Hong Kong in 1984, sold again in Dec.-1988, managed by Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi A/S, Bergen, renamed Hato Arrow in 1991. Had various owners and managers until 2001 when she was renamed Hato for owners in Nassau. A more recent Grena (tanker) was delivered to Grena A/S, Bergen in Dec.-2003, built in Japan, 80 691 gt.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum) and misc. - (ref. My sources).

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