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D/S Harald Torsvik
Updated July 14-2009

To Harald Torsvik on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Manager: Nortraship
7240 gt

Built by St. John's River Shipbuilding Co., Jacksonville, said to have been launched on Dec. 11-1944 (66) as Henry B. Plant, delivered Dec. 19. However, there appears to be a mix-up here. The ship launched and delivered on these dates (Henry B. Plant, Yard. No. 74) was sunk on Febr. 5-1945 - see my page about Convoy HX 331, as well as this external page and Convoy TAM 71 (also external page). According to the Liberty Ships website (which no longer seems to exist), Harald Torsvik (which indeed had Yard. No. 66) was launched on Oct. 28-1944 and delivered on Nov. 6. She was 1 of 10 ships taken over by Nortraship in 1944 to help cover some of the fleet's losses. My page "Ship Statistics & Misc." under "gains" 1944 has a list of all 10. Harald Torsvik was taken over in Jacksonville on Nov. 6.

This ship had Canadian, female radio operators during the war. Suzanne Gens and Mabel Graham were on board from Nov.-1944 till June-1945. (After the war, from June-1946 until Jan.-1947, Elizabeth Prescott was on board, having previously served on T/T Honningsvaag). My page about M/S Mosdale has the names of several others, along with the names of their ships.

Related item on this website:
Warsailors Stories - Peder Kristoffer Langeland's story (Norwegian text).

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

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

Voyage Record
From Nov.-1944 to May-1945:

(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 are also listed in most of them).

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1944 Nov. 9 Jacksonville Hampton Roads Independent Page 1 gives arrival Nov. 20.
Nov. 21 Hampton Roads UGS 61 Passed Gibraltar Dec. 7.
Convoy available at UGS 61
(external link)
Dec. 7 Passed Gibraltar Augusta Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 13 Augusta Naples Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 19 Naples Leghorn Dec. 21 VN 86 Convoy available at VN 86
(external link)
Dec. 27 Leghorn Naples Dec. 29 Escorted
Dec. 29 Naples Oran Jan. 1-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 2 Oran Boston Jan. 23 GUS 63 Convoy available at GUS 63
(external link)
Febr. 4 Boston Halifax Febr. 6 BX 144 Convoy available at BX 144
(external link)
Febr. 9 Halifax St. Helens Roads Febr. 21 HX 337
Febr. 21 Solent Cherbourg Febr. 22
Febr. 26 Cherbourg St. Helens Roads Febr. 26 See also Page 1
Febr. 27 St. Helens Roads Cardiff March 1 TBC 81 Convoy available at TBC 81
(external link - incomplete)
March 3 Cardiff Milford Haven March 4 Independent Again, compare w/Page 1
March 4 Milford Haven New York City March 19 ON 288 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 22 New York City Baltimore March 24 Independent
Apr. 6 Baltimore New York City Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 8 New York City Liverpool Apr. 23 HX 349 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Apr. 30 Liverpool Newport May 1
May 14 Newport Barry Island May 14 Independent
May 15 Barry Island Downs May 18 BTC 159 Convoy available at BTC 159
(external link - incomplete)
May 19 Downs Terneuzen May 19 TAM 173 A. Hague says:
For Ghent.
Convoy available at TAM 173
(external link - incomplete)
May 26 Ghent Downs May 27 ATM 166 Convoy available at ATM 166
(external link - incomplete)
May 27 Downs Avonmouth May 29 Independent
May 31 Avonmouth New York City Independent Again, see Page 1, as well as Page 2

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made prior to and 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.

In Febr.-1945, I have Harald Torsvik in the Halifax portion of the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 337, carrying a general cargo for Cherbourg, where she arrived on Febr. 22 - see Page 1 of the archive documents. The Norwegian Laurits Swenson served as Commodore Ship. Harald Torsvik returned across the Atlantic the following month with the westbound Convoy ON 288, together with Villanger, Viggo Hansteen, Tanafjord, Slemmestad, G. C. Brøvig, Dageid, Polartank and Heranger (according to "Nortraships flåte", Høyanger also took part, but A. Hague has instead included this ship in the next convoy). ON 288 departed Southend on March 2 and arrived New York on March 19. The Norwegian commodore, R. G. Bruusgaard was in the British Port Fremantle. This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys.

On Apr. 8, she joined Convoy HX 349 from New York and arrived Liverpool on the 23rd. This convoy, for which John Bakke served as Commodore Vessel, is not yet available among the HX convoys included in my Convoys section, but will also be added. For now, the ships sailing in it are are listed at ships in all HX convoys.

Page 2 shows her voyages to the summer of 1946.

For more information on the other Norwegian ships named here, please see the alphabet index at the end of the page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


A story by Peder Kristoffer Langeland, (Norwegian text) states that Harald Torsvik went from Norfolk to Oslo with coal at some point of early 1946 (again, see also Page 2), and several Norwegian seamen were able to go home with her.
She was sold to Klaus Wiese Hansen, Bergen in Oct.-1946, renamed Grey County in 1947. Lost rudder in Jan.-1950 off Cape Race, voyage Antwerp-St. John, N. B., towed to Halifax. Renamed Aegean Sailor in 1951, Panamanian flag, Cia. Nav. del Egero S.A. (Lemos & Pateras Ltd., London managers). Converted to motor vessel at Newport, Mons. in 1960, 2 x 1 cyl. Mirrlees diesels, 3360 bhp, 12 knots, and came under the Greek flag as Kyramarouko, Marafecto Cia. Nav. S.A., Panama (same managers). Renamed Spalmatori in 1964, "Spalmatori" Cia. Nav. S. A., Panama (same managers, still under the Greek flag), Anastassios in 1966, Astro-Mareante Nav. S. A., Panama (same managers, Greek flag), Stymfalos in 1967, Stymfalos S. A., Panama (same managers, Greek flag). Broken up in Taiwan in 1968, having arrived Kaohsiung on Apr. 15-1968.

Related external links:
Liberty Ships - Unfortunately, the list no longer appears to be included at this site (unfortunate, because I have 100's of links to it from my Convoys section). If I remember correctly, that particular section was hosted by Peter Thompson, who has now moved to a different site, but I cannot find his list of Liberty Ships. I'll leave the link up for now until I can find out whether it's still available somewhere. I did find an identical page here, but as will be seen, the alphabetical links receive an error.

See also:
List of Liberty Ships by Hull No. - Includes info on the men and women for whom the ships were named (from Wikipedia).

Back to Harald Torsvik on the "Ships starting with H" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Liberty Ships in Peacetime, and their Contribution to World Shipping History" I. G. Steward - 1992, and misc.


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