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M/T Hilda Knudsen
Updated Oct. 21-2011

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Owner: Skibs-A/S Hilda Knudsen
Manager: Knut Knutsen O.A.S., Haugesund
9178 gt

Delivered in July-1928 from A/S Nakskov Skibsværft, Nakskov as Hilda Knudsen to Skibs-A/S Hilda Knudsen (Knut Knutsen O.A.S.), Haugesund. 9178 gt, 5472 net, 13 120 tdwt, 470.3' x 64.5' x 35.6', 2 x 6 cyl. 4 tev B&W, 3400 bhp, 11 knots. Remeasured, 14 100 tdwt.

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 May-1940 to Sept.-1945:

(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 May 8 Verdon Dispersed 56 XS Earlier voyages, Page 1
For Houston.
Convoy available at 56 XS
(external link)
May 12 Dispersed from 56 XS Houston May 28 Independent
June 1 Port Arthur* Hampton Roads June 8 Independent *From Houston
June 8 Hampton Roads Bermuda June 11 Independent
June 12 Bermuda BHX 50 A. Hague says:
Joined HX 50 June 17*.
See link to HX 50 below
June 17* Joined from BHX 50 HX 50 A. Hague says:
For Havre, returned Bermuda, detached June 20
*A. Hague has given date as June 17. However, as will be seen when following the link to my page about HX 50, the Bermuda portion joined the main convoy on June 19, according to the Commodore's notes.
June 20 Detached from HX 50 Bermuda June 26* Independent A. Hague says:
Notional detachment date.
*Page 1 gives arrival June 24
Aug. 3 Bermuda Aruba Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 19 Aruba Curacao Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 21 Curacao Halifax Aug. 30 Independent
Sept. 26 Halifax Liverpool* Oct. 10 HX 76 See also narrative below.
*Arrived Clyde.
Missing movements, Page 1.
Nov. 26 Clyde OB 250 For NYC.
Dispersed Nov. 29.
Convoy available at OB 250
(external link)
Nov. 29 Dispersed from OB 250 New York City Dec. 27 Independent (See also narrative).
1941 Jan. 4 New York City Curacao Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 14 Curacao Bermuda Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 21 Bermuda Clyde Febr. 8 BHX 104
Febr. 28 Clyde OB 291 Dispersed March 3.
Convoy available at OB 291
(external link)
March 3 Dispersed from OB 291 Curacao March 21 Independent
March 24 Curacao Halifax Apr. 4 Independent
Apr. 16 Halifax Clyde May 1 HX 121 See also narrative below
May 14 Clyde Belfast Lough May 14 Independent
May 28 Belfast Lough OB 328 Dispersed June 2.
Convoy available at OB 328
(external link)
June 2 Dispersed from OB 328 Curacao June 17 Independent
June 19* Curacao New York City June 27 Independent *Page 1 gives departure June 21.
* June 20 Los Angeles Auckland July 16 Independent
*The above voyage belongs under 1942 and has been inserted there.
Sept. 15 New York City Curacao Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 24 Curacao Halifax Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 10 Halifax Clyde Oct. 23 HX 154 See also Page 2
Nov. 1 Clyde ON 32 For Curacao.
Detached Nov. 12.
Nov. 12 Detached from ON 32 Curacao Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 24 Curacao Halifax Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 8 Halifax Loch Ewe Dec. 22 HX 164
Dec. 22 Oban* Methil Dec. 25 WN 222 *From Loch Ewe Dec. 23
(Page 2 - also, missing voyages).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
1942 Jan. 17 Methil Oban* Jan. 20 EN 33 Had arrived Methil from Leith Jan. 15
(Page 2).
*Loch Ewe
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
* Jan. 18 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
*The above voyage belongs under 1943.
Jan. 24 Loch Ewe ON 59 For Curacao.
Dispersed 41 30N 52 53W, Febr. 6.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Febr. 6 Dispersed from ON 59 Curacao Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 17 Curacao Cristobal Febr. 21 Independent
Febr. 22 Balboa Wellington March 25 Independent
March 27 Wellington Auckland March 31 Independent
Apr. 5 Auckland Los Angeles May 6 Independent
* June 20 Los Angeles Auckland July 16 Independent
*The above voyage has been taken from 1941 entries above (see also Page 2).
July 17 Auckland Wellington July 19 Independent
July 24 Wellington Lyttleton July 24 Independent
July 26 Lyttleton Muscat Independent
Aug. 26 Muscat Abadan Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 10 Abadan Fremantle Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 8 Fremantle Albany Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 10 Albany Fremantle Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 16 Fremantle Abadan Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 10 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Nov. 16 Bandar Abbas PB 12 For Fremantle.
Detached Nov. 22.
Convoy available at PB 12
(external link)
Nov. 22 Detached from PB 12 Fremantle Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 23 Fremantle Abadan Jan. 16-1943 Independent Left for Bandar Abbas Jan. 18*
(Page 2).
*See note under 1942 entries above
1943 Jan. 24 Bandar Abbas PB 23 For Fremantle.
Detached Jan. 28.
Convoy available at PB 23
(external link)
Jan. 28 Detached from PB 23 Fremantle Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 27 Fremantle Abadan March 23 Independent
Apr. 1 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Apr. 4 Bandar Abbas Bombay Apr. 10 PB 34 Convoy available at PB 34
(external link)
Apr. 14 Bombay Colombo Apr. 18 BM 49 Convoy available at BM 49
(external link)
Apr. 19 Colombo Trincomalee Apr. 21 C 48 Convoy available at C 48
(external link)
Apr. 25 Trincomalee Colombo Apr. 27
May 18 Colombo Bombay May 23 MB 36 Convoy available at MB 36
(external link)
May 25 Bombay Bandar Abbas May 31 BP 81 Convoy available at BP 81
(external link)
May 31 Bandar Abbas Abadan June 2 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional Bandar Abbas date
(stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3).
June 4 Abadan Aden June 15 Independent
June 15 Aden Suez June 21 Independent
June 22 Port Said Alexandria June 23 Independent
June 28 Alexandria Haifa June 30 Independent A. Hague says:
Freighting Haifa/Tripoli, Syria/Port Said.
Missing 1943 voyages:
Page 3 & Page 4
1944 Dec. 27 Haifa Augusta Jan. 3-1945 Independent Missing 1944 voyages:
Page 4 above, Page 5 & Page 6
A. Hague says:
End of Port Said/Haifa employment
1945 Jan. 4 Augusta Naples Jan. 5 Independent
Jan. 15 Naples Oran Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 22 Oran Casablanca Jan. 25 GUS 67 Oran to Casablanca.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 2* Casablanca Gibraltar Febr. 3* CG 145 *Compare w/Page 6
Convoy available at CG 145
(external link)
Febr. 7 Gibraltar Hampton Roads* Febr. 24 GUS 70 *Arrived New York
(Page 6).
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 19 New York City Boston Independent
Apr. 22 Boston Halifax Apr. 24 BX 158 Convoy available at BX 158
(external link)
Apr. 28 Halifax Swansea* May 14* SC 174 60 depth charges.
*Arrived Milford Haven, May 15
(Page 6).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
May 15 Milford Haven Southend May 18 BTC 159 Convoy available at BTC 159
(external link - incomplete)
Missing movements, Page 6.
May 26 Southend New York City June 11 ON 305 Escort Oiler.
On to Mobile
(Page 6).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 6 New York City Houston July 16 Independent Page 6 gives departure Mobile July 8
July 16 Houston Baltimore July 24 Independent
July 20* New York City Hull Aug. 16 Independent
*Departure date should be July 30 - voyage belongs below.
July 27 Baltimore Philadelphia July 27 Independent
July 28 Philadelphia New York City July 29 Independent
* July 30 New York City Hull Aug. 16 Independent
*Voyage taken from above and date corrected - see Page 6.
Aug. 19 Hull Curacao Independent Page 7 gives arrival Sept. 6
Sept. 7 Curacao London Sept. 26 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 7 above

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details; the Commodore's notes and/or narrative are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Hilda Knudsen was on her way from Covenas to Verdon when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. In May, she made a voyage to Houston, having started out in Convoy 56 XS from Verdon on May 8, according to A. Hague, who has also included Ferm in this convoy (see link provided within the Voyage Record). Hilda Knudsen arrived Houston on May 28, later proceeeding to Hampton Roads then on to Bermuda, and on June 12, she's listed as bound for Brest in the original Advance Sailing Telegram for the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 50, but returned to Bermuda on June 24. She subsequently remained there for over a month before departing for Aruba on Aug. 3, with arrival Aug. 11. From there, she headed to Curacao on Aug. 19, then on to Halifax 2 days later, arriving Aug. 30. She was scheduled for Convoy HX 70 from Halifax to the U.K. on Sept. 1, but did not sail (Hird was sunk - follow the link for details). She does not show up again until Convoy HX 76 on Sept. 26, bound for Clyde, where she arrived Oct. 10.

The following month, she's listed as bound for New York in ballast in Convoy OB 250, station 53. This convoy originated in Liverpool on Nov. 26 and was dispersed on the 29th. Hilda Knudsen arrived New York on Dec. 26, according to the archive document (she had joined from Clyde) - again, see the external link provided within the Voyage Record; Kaia Knudsen and Rinda are also named. Hilda Knudsen had shelled and sunk the wreck of the Greek Eugena Cambanis, 300 n. miles east of St. John's on Dec. 19, when it proved impossible to take her in tow because of bad weather (the Greek ship had foundered on Nov. 28, Convoy SC 13).

Having made a voyage from New York to Curacao and on to Bermuda, she returned to the U.K. in Convoy BHX 104 from Bermuda on Jan. 21-1941, cargo of fuel oil for Clyde, where she arrived Febr. 8. A. Hague now has her, together with Caledonia, Grena, Hardanger, Laurits Swenson, Skaraas (bombed and damaged) and Storaas (also bombed) as well as the the Panamanian Norvik (Norwegian managers), in Convoy OB 291, originating in Liverpool on Febr. 27, dispersed March 3 (link in the table above). Going back to Page 1, we learn that she arrived Curacao on March 21, having started out from Clyde on Febr. 28. From Curacao, she proceeded to Halifax a few days later and was scheduled for Convoy HX 119 on Apr. 6, but did not sail. She was also cancelled from the next convoy, HX 120, but eventually got away with HX 121 on Apr. 16, again bound for Clyde, station 43, arriving her destination on May 1. Crusing order/Commodore's notes are also available for this convoy - the Norwegian Caledonia was sunk. Later that month, A. Hague has included Hilda Knudsen in Convoy OB 328, which originated in Liverpool on May 29 and dispersed June 2, Hilda Knudsen arriving Curacao on June 18 (she had started out from Belfast Lough on May 28). Frontenac and Vav are also listed (again, see link in the table above).

From Curacao, she headed to New York on June 21 (according to Page 1), arriving June 27, and did not leave again until Sept. 15, when she returned to Curacao, then on to Halifax in order to join Convoy HX 154 back to the U.K. on Oct. 10. Kaia Knudsen, Ranja, Tai Shan, Samuel Bakke, Emma Bakke, Polarsol, Skiensfjord, N. T. Nielsen-Alonso, Toronto, Noreg and Svenør are also listed. Some of these ships, including Hilda Knudsen, subsequently returned with the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 32 the following month. Hilda Knudsen's destination is again given as Curacao (arrival Nov. 23 - see Page 2) and she had station 63 of this convoy. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in Convoy HX 164 from Halifax on Dec. 8, together with Polarsol, Norsktank, Gallia, Kaia Knudsen and Leiesten.

In Jan.-1942, she's listed in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 59*; again bound for Curacao. This convoy originated in Liverpool on Jan. 23 and dispersed Febr. 6, Hilda Knudsen arriving Curacao on the 14th (having joined from Loch Ewe).

The rest of her 1942 voyages are shown on Page 2, which also has some early 1943 voyages. Further 1943 voyages are listed on Page 3, while her 1944 voyages start on Page 4 and continue on Page 5 and Page 6. The latter document also lists some 1945 voyages. Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.

In April-1945, she's listed in Convoy SC 174*, departing Halifax on Apr. 28, arriving Liverpool May 14. According to Page 6, she arrived Milford Haven on May 15, returning across the ocean later that month in the last ON convoy of the war, namely ON 305*, which left Southend on May 26, Hilda Knudsen arriving New York on June 11. The Commodore for this convoy was in Samuel Bakke.

Page 7 lists her voyages to Febr.-1946.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The entire SC series will also be updated and completed, but for now, please see ships in all SC convoys. Escorts for them are named on this page.

For more information on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


The ship and company (presumably Skibs-A/S Hilda Knudsen) transferred to Christian Haaland, Haugesund in July-1947 (this transfer may have something to do with the fact that Knut Knutsen died in 1946 and Chr. Haaland, his son in law, inherited some of Knutsen's companies and ships). Laid up at Bøvågen from June-1953 till Jan. 27-1955. Sold in Jan.-1955 to British Iron & Steel Corp. for breaking up. Made a round trip Persian Gulf-Europe, and after unloading of cargo in Rotterdam she was handed over to breakers in Blyth on April 14.

Back to Hilda Knudsen on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Other ships by this name: Haugesund later had 3 more ships by this name, one is spelt Knutsen with a t. M/T Hilda Knudsen (2) was delivered in Apr.-1956, 19 178 gt. Sold to Piræus (Panamanian flag) in Febr.-1973 and renamed Elias. Exploded in the harbour of Fort Miffin, Pa. on Apr. 9-1974 while unloading cargo, 20 men died. T/T Hilda Knudsen (3) was delivered in Apr.-1976, 203 966 gt. Sold in July-1984, renamed Hilda. Sold again in Sept. that year, renamed Buyuk Selcuklu (Istanbul). Sold to Oslo in 1986, renamed Happy Sailor, later Vendela of Stavanger 1989. Sold in 1991 to Saudi Arabia, Mira Star. Hilda Knutsen was delivered in Dec.-1989, 11 425 gt, became 11 424 in 1992.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre motorskip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, and misc. - (ref. My sources).


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