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M/S Høegh Silverdawn
Updated Oct. 28-2011

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

The above 3 pictures were received from Historical Department, MAN B&W Diesel, Copenhagen
(see their museum website).

Scanned from Leif Høegh & Co,'s fleet list and added to this website with the company's permission.

Owner: "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig" gives owner as Skibs-A/S Arizona, while R. W. Jordan's "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939" gives owner as A/S Abaco, Aruba, Astrea & Noruega.
Manager: Leif Høegh & Co. A/S, Oslo
Tonnage: 7715 gt, 4730 net, 10 550 tdwt
Dimensions: 465' 6" x 58' 4"
Machinery (when built): 5 cylinder two stroke cycle double acting oil engine by the shipbuilders
Call Sign: BNWQ.

General cargo vessel completed by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen in March-1940.

Captain was Dag Arnesen until early 1942, then Edgar Waaler took over while the ship was in New York (previously of Høegh Silverstar).
1st Mate was Petter von Tangen, who had joined Høegh Silverdawn in Dec.-1941, at age 27. He had previously served as 2nd mate on Høegh Silvercloud, under Captain Odd Findahl.

Related items on this website:
Norwegian victims of Michel - A detailed account on her loss, with crew and passenger list.
Guestbook message from someone who is looking for information on the Dutch Navy Airmen who were on board at the time of Høegh Silverdawn's loss; I have since found their names (included in the crew list), but the poster of that message appears to have changed his E-mail address, so I'm unable to let him know - if anybody knows him, please pass this information on. See also this Guestbook message re these passengers.
Guestbook message - From the daughter of R. A. Guldberg, one of the survivors of the sinking.
Another Guestbook message - From the daughter of Alf Hansen.

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 Dec.-1941 to June-1943:

(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
1941 Dec. 16 Rangoon Sourabaya Dec. 23 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded in Pacific.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3
Dec. 30 Sourabaya Batavia Jan. 1-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 8 Batavia Durban Jan. 27 Independent
Jan. 28 Durban Capetown Jan. 30 Independent
Jan. 30 Capetown New York City Febr. 22 Independent
Apr. 20 New York City Capetown May 15 Independent
May 16 Capetown Bombay June 2 Independent
* June 13 Abadan Kuwait June 21 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
*The above does not fit in with the info found on Page 3. In fact, I believe this entry belongs to Høegh Silverlight; it matches her voyages in this period.
Aug. 1 Bombay Capetown Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 20 Capetown Trinidad Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 12 Trinidad Gitmo Sept. 16 TAG 5 Convoy available at TAG 5
(external link)
Sept. 19 Gitmo New York City Sept. 26 GN 5 Convoy available at GN 5
(external link)
Oct. 24 New York City Gitmo Oct. 30 NG 316 For Cristobal.
Convoy available at NG 316
(external link)
Oct. 31 Gitmo Cristobal Nov. 4 GZ 10 Convoy available at GZ 10
(external link)
Nov. 5 Balboa Capetown Dec. 1 Independent
Dec. 2 Capetown Karachi Dec. 21 Independent
1943 Jan. 5 Karachi Bombay Jan. 7 Independent
Jan. 12 Bombay Cochin Jan. 14 Independent
Jan. 18 Cochin Colombo Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 24 Colombo Hobart Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 10 Hobart Balboa March 6 Independent
March 15 Cristobal Gitmo March 19 ZG 25 Convoy available at ZG 25
(external link)
March 20 Gitmo New York City March 28 GN 48 Convoy available at GN 48
(external link)
Apr. 22 New York City Gitmo Apr. 28 NG 357 Convoy available at NG 357
(external link)
Apr. 30 Gitmo Cristobal May 4 GZ 30 Convoy available at GZ 30
(external link)
May 3* Gitmo* Fremantle June 8 Independent *Compare w/Page 4
June 10 Fremantle Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below


As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Høegh Silverdawn was on a voyage from Oslo, Norway to Vancouver when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940; she had left Bergen on March 29.

Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3. Judging from the latter document, it looks like she spent quite a long time in New York in 1942. She had arrived there from Cape Town on Febr. 22 and did not leave again until Apr. 20. She also appears to have spent 2 months in Bombay that summer.

 Some 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.

Together with the Norwegian Alar and Vilja (torpedoed - follow link for details), Høegh Silverdawn is listed, with a cargo of ore and general, in Convoy TAG 5, which departed Trinidad on Sept. 12-1942 and arrived Guantanamo on the 16th. She subsequently joined Convoy GN 5, leaving Guantanamo on Sept. 19, arriving New York on the 26th - Alar was again in company. Having remained in New York for almost a month, Høegh Silverdawn is listed as bound for Cristobal in Convoy NG 316, departing New York on Oct. 24, arriving Guantanamo on the 30th (the Norwegian Thorsholm is also included). She left Guantanamo again the next day in Convoy GZ 10, which arrived Cristobal on Nov. 4. Again, see Page 3. The company's Høegh Scout also took part in this convoy, as did Dea, Fernhill and Toledo.

Skipping now to March-1943, when we find her in Convoy ZG 25, departing Cristobal on March 15, arriving Guantanamo on the 19th, leaving Guantanamo again the next day, together with Britamer and Ragnhild, in Convoy GN 48, which arrived New York on March 28. She did not leave New York again until Apr. 22, when she's listed, with the Norwegian Maud, in Convoy NG 357, arriving Guantanamo on the 28th, and 2 days later she joined Convoy GZ 30 from Guantanamo, which arrived Cristobal on May 4. The following day, she proceeded to Fremantle, with arrival there on June 8 - see Page 4.

Direct links to all these convoys have been provided within the Voyage Record above. More details on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned here can be found with the help of the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Final Fate - 1943: 

She was on a voyage from Fremantle to Basra, having departed Fremantle on June 10-1943 (Page 4 gives departure June 9), with 9000 tons general cargo, frozen meat and war materials, such as shells, tractors, guns and aviation fuel, when she was attacked without warning by the German auxiliary cruiser Michel on June 15, and sunk 25 40S 92E, southeast of the Coco Islands (the archive document gives the time as 04:15).

There had been 58 people on board, 11 of whom were passengers. 27 were killed (6 passengers) and several injured. 6 of her complement appears to have been taken aboard the raider by von Schack with the motor torpedoboat Esau (they are said to have died when Michel was sunk on Oct. 17), while 3 others got away on a raft and were picked up on June 26 by the American M/S Franklyn P. Mull in position 25 38S 90 40E and taken to Colombo on July 12. They were John Bakkemyr, Sverre Karlsen and Arthur Hansen. John Bakkemyr was one of 9 men who had spent 49 days on a raft the year before, following the sinking of M/S Moldanger.

17 crew (including the captain, who at that time was Edgar Waaler) and the 5 surviving passengers got away in a damaged lifeboat, which in the course of 31 days covered 2865 miles, and landed on the coast of India, about 130 n. miles southwest of Calcutta Light Vessel. Please see my page "Norwegian victims of Michel" below which, in addition to a detailed account on the attack itself, includes a summary of the weeks the 22 from Høegh Silverdawn spent in the lifeboat and what happened to them once they reached land, as well as a picture of the survivors and a crew/passenger list. 3 had died on the way; the 1st died on June 15, the 2nd on June 23, and the last on June 28, making the total loss of life 36 (this number includes the 6 who died later when Michel was sunk. The numbers vary according to source; one says the captain, 13 crew and 5 passengers reached land - Leif Høegh's fleet list says 14 reached India).

For much more info on the above, please continue to Norwegian victims of Michel

Back to Høegh Silverdawn 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. Sources for the details on her capture by Michel are named on my page about that incident.


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