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M/S Høegh Silvercloud
Updated Oct. 28-2011

To Høegh Silvercloud on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Source: Scanned from Leif Høegh & Co,'s fleet list (w/permission).

Owner: Skibs-A/S Arizona.
Manager: Leif Høegh & Co. A/S, Oslo
5287 gt

General cargo vessel completed in Apr.-1939 by Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft, Flensburg, 5287 gt, 3145 net, 8280 tdwt, 414' 4" x 55' 8", 5-cyl. two stroke cycle double acting oil engine by Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg A.G., Augsburg.

Managed during the war by S & J Thompson Ltd., London, managers of Silver Line Ltd., which had a joint service arrangement with Leif Høegh before the war (this according to R. W. Jordan, author of "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939").

Captain of this ship early in the war was Odd Findahl (until late 1943).
2nd mate until Dec.-1941 was Petter von Tangen, who subsequently joined Høegh Silverdawn as 1st mate and took part in the harrowing lifeboat journey after having been attacked by Michel. Please go to Norwegian victims of Michel for much more on this.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message from the grandson of Captain O. Findahl.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, Page 2 has some information missing in the margin)
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 Dec.-1941 to Oct.-1945:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Dec. 6 Colombo Bombay Dec. 10 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded in Pacific.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3
Dec. 16 Bombay Karachi Dec. 19 Independent
1942 Jan. 7 Karachi Bombay Jan. 9 Independent
Jan. 18 Bombay Colombo Jan. 22 Independent
Jan. 24 Colombo Capetown Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 10 Capetown Trinidad March 1 Independent
March 2 Trinidad New York City Independent Page 3 gives arrival March 10
May 4 New York City Capetown May 31 Independent Left Capetown June 2
(Page 3).
June 18 Aden Suez June 23 Independent
June 27 Suez Bombay July 8 Independent
July 12 Bombay Karachi July 14 Independent
Aug. 4 Karachi Bombay Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 22 Bombay Capetown Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 11 Capetown Punta Arenas Sept. 28 Independent
Sept. 28 Punta Arenas Balboa Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 17 Cristobal Gitmo Oct. 21 ZG 8 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 23 Gitmo New York City Oct. 30 GN 14 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 24 New York City Gitmo Dec. 1 NG 324 For Cristobal.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Dec. 2 Gitmo Cristobal Dec. 5 GZ 14 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Dec. 6 Balboa Capetown Jan. 6-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 7 Capetown Durban Jan. 11 Independent
Jan. 11 Durban Karachi Jan. 28 Independent
Febr. 11 Karachi Bombay Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 18 Bombay Cochin Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 22 Cochin Colombo Febr. 23 BM 42 Convoy available at BM convoys
(external link)
March 5 Colombo Fremantle March 18 Independent
March 19 Fremantle Balboa Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 24 Cristobal Gitmo Apr. 28 ZG 29 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
Apr. 29 Gitmo New York City May 6 GN 56 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 27 New York City NK 543 Detached June 1.
Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
June 1 Detached from NK 543 Cristobal June 5 Independent
June 7 Balboa Fremantle July 14 Independent
July 15 Fremantle Bombay July 30 Independent
Aug. 10 Bombay Cochin Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 16 Cochin Colombo Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 21 Colombo Fremantle Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 5 Fremantle Balboa Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 11 Cristobal Key West Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 17 Key West New York City Oct. 22 KN 271 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 21 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
Nov. 24 Hampton Roads Port Said Dec. 21 UGS 25 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez same day
(Page 4).
Dec. 23 Suez Aden Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 29 Aden Karachi Jan. 3-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 8 Karachi Bombay Jan. 10 Independent
Jan. 31 Bombay Cochin Febr. 3 BM 84 Convoy available at BM convoys
(external link)
Febr. 12 Cochin Colombo Febr. 14 BM 85 Convoy available at link above
Febr. 20 Colombo Bombay Febr. 25 MB 66 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Febr. 26 Bombay Aden March 5 BA 63 Convoy available via link above
March 5 Aden Suez March 10 Independent On to Port Said next day
(Page 4).
March 12 Port Said Alexandria March 13 Independent
March 16 Alexandria New York City Apr. 14 GUS 34 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
May 10 New York City Hampton Roads Independent Page 4 gives arrival May 11.
May 13 Hampton Roads Port Said June 8 UGS 42 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez same day
(Page 4).
June 9 Suez Aden June 14 Independent
June 16 Aden Karachi June 23 AB 41 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
June 26 Karachi Bombay June 28 Independent
July 16 Bombay Cochin July 18 Independent
July 23 Cochin Colombo July 25 Independent
July 29 Colombo Aden Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 8 Aden Suez Aug. 13 Independent On to Port Said Aug. 19
(Page 5).
Aug. 23 Port Said New York City Sept. 18 GUS 50 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 22 New York City Port Said Nov. 18 UGS 58 For Colombo.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez same day
(Page 5).
Nov. 20 Suez Aden Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 25 Aden Colombo Dec. 3 Independent
1945 Jan. 4 Colombo Bombay Jan. 8 Independent Notional sailing date
Jan. 12 Bombay Karachi Jan. 14 Independent
Jan. 18 Karachi Bombay Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 26 Bombay Cochin Jan. 28 Independent
* Jan. 31 Cochin Colombo Febr. 1 Independent
* Voyage taken from entries below and date corrected - see also Page 5.
Febr. 7 Colombo Aden Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 14 Aden Suez Febr. 19 Independent Arrived Port Said Febr. 20
(Page 5).
Febr. 20 Port Said Oran Febr. 26 Independent
March 3 Oran New York City March 20 GUS 75 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
* March 31 Cochin Colombo Febr. 1 Independent
* Departure date should be Jan. 31 and voyage belongs further up in the record, inserted there
Apr. 17 New York City Passed Gibraltar May 3 UGS 87 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Arrived Port Said May 11, on to Suez same day
(Page 5).
May 11 Suez Aden May 16 Independent
May 16 Aden Bombay May 22 Independent
June 4 Bombay Karachi June 6 Independent
June 14 Karachi Bombay June 16 Independent
June 23 Bombay Cochin June 25 Independent
June 29 Cochin Colombo June 30 Independent
July 8 Colombo Suez July 24 Independent Arrived Port Said same day
(Page 5).
July 25 Port Said New York City Aug. 13 Independent
Sept. 7 New York City Port Said Sept. 15* Independent *Page 5 gives arrival Sept. 25, on to Suez same day.
Sept. 25 Suez Colombo Oct. 8 Independent
?* Oct. 9 Colombo Colombo Oct. 11 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
*Compare w/Page 5 above.
Further voyages, Page 6


As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Høegh Silverloud arrived Belawan Deli (Indonesia) on Apr. 9-1940, the day of the German invasion of Norway. She was on a voyage from Bombay to Vancouver.

Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3, which also shows her 1942 voyages.

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made prior to and in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and A. Hague's Voyage Record above.

According to Arnold Hague, she took part in Convoy ZG 8, which departed Cristobal on Oct. 17-1942 and arrived Guantanamo on the 21st. The company's Høegh Silverlight is also listed, as is the Norwegian Tabor. See also Page 3. All 3 of them continued to New York from Guantanamo on Oct. 23 in Convoy GN 14, which arrived New York on Oct. 30. Additionally, the Norwegian Atlantic, Danio, James Hawson, Meline, Torfinn Jarl and Tropic Star are listed.

She's mentioned in connection with Convoy HX 214 from New York to the U.K. at the beginning of Nov.-1942, but is crossed out on the form with a note saying "not for U.K.". Later that month she shows up, together with Britamsea, Fenja, Stirlingville and Thorsholm, in Convoy NG 324, departing New York on Nov. 24, arriving Guantanamo Dec. 1. Her destination is given as Cristobal, and she continued from Guantanamo the next day in Convoy GZ 14, which arrived Cristobal on Dec. 5. Stirlingville was again in company, as was Tabor.

In Febr.-1943, we find her in Convoy BM 42, which left Bombay on Febr. 19 and arrived Trincomalee on the 25th. Judging from A. Hague's Voyage Record above, it looks like she joined this convoy from Cochin(?), having departed on Febr. 22. She arrived Colombo the next day. Going back to Page 3, we see that she had previously left Bombay on Febr. 18 and arrived Cochin on the 20th; according to A. Hague, she had made this voyage independently. The next convoy she shows up in is ZG 29, which left Cristobal on Apr. 24 and arrived Guantanamo on the 28th, and from there she joined Convoy GN 56 the next day, arriving New York on May 6. Later that month she's listed, together with Tatra, in Convoy NK 543, departing New York on May 27, arriving Key West June 1; Høegh Silvercloud arrived Cristobal on June 5, having been detached from the convoy on June 1, according to A. Hague - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 4.

Later that year, she's listed, with Alar and Ørnefjell, in Convoy KN 271, departing Key West on Oct. 17-1943, arriving New York on the 22nd. Having remained in New York for a month, she proceeded to Hampton Roads, then made a voyage to Port Said in Convoy UGS 25 (departure Hampton Roads on Nov. 24, arrival Port Said Dec. 21). Haakon Hauan, Meline, Norsol, Solør, Viggo Hansteen and Viva also sailed in this convoy, but they were not all bound for Port Said.

She later travelled to Bombay again (again, see Page 4), and is listed in a convoy from there on Jan. 31-1944, namely Convoy BM 84, in which the Norwegian Løvstad is also said to have taken part. Høegh Silvercloud arrived Cochin on Febr. 3. She's also included in the Bombay-Colombo Convoy BM 85, which started out in Bombay on Febr. 9, arriving Colombo on the 14th. It'll be noticed, when going back to the archive document, that she had left Cochin on Febr. 12; perhaps she joined this convoy at sea? From Colombo, she headed back to Bombay, having joined Convoy MB 66, together with Anna Odland, subsequently proceeding to Aden with Convoy BA 63 (again with Anna Odland), bringing us to March 5. That same day, she continued to Suez and Port Said, then on to Alexandria, where she arrived March 13.

She now returned to the U.S. again, having sailed in Convoy GUS 34, which originated in Port Said on March 15-1944 and arrived Hampton Roads on Apr. 14; Høegh Silvercloud joined from Alexandria, having left that port on March 16; she arrived New York on Apr. 14. Other Norwegian ships were Atle Jarl, Egda, Norholm, Ole Bull and Tanafjord (but note that they were not all bound for the U.S.). She again spent almost a month in New York, before going back in the other direction with Convoy UGS 42, departing Hampton Roads on May 13, arriving Port Said on June 8. This time the Norwegian Evviva, Gylfe, Høegh Hood, Norfjell and Sverre Helmersen (returned) were in company, but note that they were not all present from the U.S. Høegh Silvercloud continued from Port Said to Suez, Aden and Karachi, having started the latter voyage in Convoy AB 41 from Aden on June 16, together with Belpareil. Høegh Silvercloud arrived Karachi on June 23 (Page 4).

Skipping now to Aug.-1944, when we find her in Convoy GUS 50, departing Port Said on Aug. 23, arriving Hampton Roads on Sept. 18; Høegh Silvercloud arrived New York that day. This convoy also included Elise, Meline, Roald Amundsen, Tatra, Viggo Hansteen and Vivi, most of which (but not all) were bound for the U.S. Høegh Silvercloud subsequently remained in New York until Oct. 21, then made a voyage to Colombo, having joined Convoy UGS 58, which started out from Hampton Roads on Oct. 22 and had Port Said as its final destination. Belinda, Granville, Norsol and Tanafjord were also in company for part of the convoy's passage. It arrived Port Said on Nov. 18, and Høegh Silvercloud continued to Suez that same day, then on to Aden, before proceeding to Colombo, where she arrived Dec. 3 - see Page 5

In the spring of 1945 she's listed in Convoy GUS 75, which left Oran on March 3 and arrived Hampton Roads on March 20 (Høegh Silvercloud arrived New York that day). Gallia, Ida Bakke, Kirkenes and Marathon are also included. The following month, Høegh Silvercloud can be found in a convoy going in the other direction, namely UGS 87, which left Hampton Roads on Apr. 18 and arrived Gibraltar on May 3. No destination is given for Høegh Silvercloud, but according to Page 5 of the archive docs, she arrived Port Said on May 11 (having sailed from New York on Apr. 17), continuing to Suez, Aden, Bombay and Karachi.

All these convoys are available via the links provided within the Voyage Record. More details on all the other Norwegian ships named here can be found with the help of the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

The rest of her voyages are listed on Page 5 and Page 6 (to Apr.-1946).


Sold in April-1953 to Deutsche Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft "Hansa", Germany and renamed Falkenfels. Arrived Bilbao in Jan.-1964 to be broken up by E. Erhardt y Cia. Ltda.

Related external links:
Høegh's Fleet today
Høegh & Co.

Back to Høegh Silvercloud on the "Ships starting with H" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Leif Høegh & Co's fleet list and misc.


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