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M/S Høegh Silverstar
Updated Oct. 29-2011

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

Scanned from Leif Høegh & Co.'s fleet list, and used here with the company's permission.

The above picture was very kindly sent to me by Historical Department, MAN B&W Diesel, Copenhagen.
(See also their museum website).
The Australian War Memorial has another picture of this ship, taken at Port Moresby on Dec. 30-1941 (both links are external). It'll be noticed, when going to Page 3 of the archive documents, that this port is not mentioned for this period.

Manager: Leif Høegh & Co. A/S, Oslo.
5415 gt, 3261 net, 9275 tdwt.
Dimensions: 442' x 58' 5".
Machinery: 8 cyl. two stroke cycle double acting oil engine by the shipbuilders.

General cargo vessel completed by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen in Jan.-1938. According to R. W. Jordan, she was 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.

Captain of this ship in 1941 was Edgar Waaler (age 46), later of Høegh Silverdawn fame (see my page Norwegian victims of Michel).
Captain Alf Slaatten took over from him early in 1942.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Nov.-1941 to Nov.-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
1941 Nov. 27 San Francisco Thursday Island Jan. 3-1942* Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded Indian Ocean/Pacific.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3
*Page 3 gives arrival Jan. 1.
1942 Jan. 3 Thursday Island Brisbane Jan. 7 Independent
Jan. 17 Brisbane Sydney, N.S.W. Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 31 Sydney, N.S.W. Calcutta Febr. 20 Independent
March 17 Calcutta Colombo March 21 Independent
March 28 Colombo Capetown Apr. 12 Independent
Apr. 13 Capetown New York City May 5 Independent
June 12 New York City Capetown July 7 Independent
July 12 Capetown Bombay July 28 Independent
Sept. 12 Bombay Cochin Sept. 14 Independent
Sept. 19 Cochin Capetown Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 5 Capetown Punta Arenas Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 21 Punta Arenas Balboa Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 11 Cristobal Gitmo Nov. 14 ZG 11 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
Nov. 16 Gitmo New York City Nov. 23 GN 20 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 22 New York City Gitmo Dec. 29 NG 331 For Cristobal.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
1943 Jan. 3 Gitmo Cristobal Jan. 7 GZ 18 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Jan. 9 Balboa Fremantle Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 14 Fremantle Basra Bar March 4 Independent A. Hague says:
Arrived Basra March 8.
See also Page 3
Apr. 8 Basra Abadan Apr. 8 Independent
Apr. 10 Abadan Bahrein Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 12 Bahrein Bandar Abbas Independent
Apr. 16 Bandar Abbas Bombay Apr. 22 PB 36 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 30 Bombay Cochin May 2 Independent
May 5 Cochin Colombo May 6 Independent
May 16 Colombo Fremantle May 28 Independent
May 28 Fremantle Balboa June 29 Independent
June 30 Cristobal Key West July 4 Independent
July 4 Key West New York City July 9 KN 250 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 3 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
Aug. 7 Hampton Roads Port Said Sept. 2 UGS 14 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
Sept. 4 Suez Aden Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 8 Aden Bombay Sept. 13 Independent
Oct. 3 Bombay Cochin Oct. 5 Independent
* Oct. 12 Cochin Colombo Oct. 14 Independent
*Note that Høegh Silverstar is included, with a note saying "Joined 12 Oct. from Cochin", in Convoy BM 70 (external link, info based on Arnold Hague's database), which originated in Bombay on Oct. 9-1943 and arrived Colombo on the 14th. (The Norwegian Fenris is also listed).
Oct. 19 Colombo Aden Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 27 Aden Suez Oct. 31 Independent On to Port Said Nov. 4
(Page 4).
Nov. 7 Port Said New York City Dec. 5 GUS 21 Port Said to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
1944 Jan. 11 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
Jan. 14 Hampton Roads Port Said Febr. 10 UGS 30 For Port Said.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
See also narrative below.
On to Suez same day
(Page 4).
Febr. 12 Suez Aden Febr. 16 Independent
Febr. 16 Aden Karachi Febr. 21 Independent
Febr. 24 Karachi Bombay Febr. 26 Independent
March 13 Bombay Karachi March 15 Independent
March 17 Karachi Colombo March 22 Independent
March 30 Colombo Aden Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 7 Aden Suez Apr. 12 Independent See also Page 4
Apr. 14 Port Said New York City May 11 GUS 37 Port Said to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
June 9 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
June 12 Hampton Roads Port Said July 7 UGS 45 For Port Said
(on to Suez same day)
July 8 Suez Aden July 12 Independent
July 12 Aden Cochin July 19 Independent
July 20 Cochin Karachi July 24 Independent
Aug. 2 Karachi Bombay Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 21 Bombay Cochin Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 27 Cochin Colombo Aug. 28 Independent
Sept. 7 Colombo Aden Sept. 14 Independent
Sept. 14 Aden Suez Sept. 19 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 4).
Sept. 22 Port Said New York City Oct. 17 GUS 53 Port Said to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 10 New York City Passed Gibraltar Nov. 26 UGS 60 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 26 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Dec. 2 Independent Arrived Suez Dec. 3
(Page 5).
Dec. 4 Suez Aden Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 8 Aden Karachi Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 18 Karachi Bombay Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 28 Bombay Cochin Dec. 29 Independent
1945 Jan. 4 Cochin Colombo Jan. 5 Independent
Jan. 19 Colombo Aden Jan. 26 Independent
Jan. 26 Aden Suez Jan. 31 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 5).
Febr. 3 Port Said Oran Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 11 Oran New York City Febr. 28 GUS 71 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 2 New York City Passed Gibraltar Apr. 17 UGS 84 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 17 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Independent Page 5 gives arrival Apr. 25 (on to Suez same day).
Apr. 25 Suez Aden Apr. 30 Independent
Apr. 30 Aden Bombay May 5 Independent
May 22 Bombay Karachi May 24 Independent
May 30 Karachi Bombay June 1 Independent
June 1 Bombay Colombo June 4 Independent
June 12 Colombo Suez June 24 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 5).
June 25 Port Said New York City July 12 Independent
Aug. 12 New York City Port Said Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 29 Suez* Cochin Sept. 8 Independent *From Port Said
Sept. 22 Cochin Bombay Sept. 23 Independent
Oct. 15 Bombay Suez* Oct. 25 Independent *Port Said
(Page 5).
Oct. 25 Port Said New York City Nov. 12 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 5 & Page 6

 Misc. War Details: 
For information on voyages made in between those discussed below, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and A. Hague's Voyage Record above.

When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, Høegh Silverstar was in Colombo, having arrived there that same day from Singapore, according to Page 1 of the archive documents. Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 (unfortunately, the document is torn, so that some of the departure dates are gone) and continue on Page 3, which also shows her 1942 voyages. As will be seen, she appears to have spent almost a month at Sandheads (or Calcutta) at the beginning of 1942, having arrived there from Sydney, N.S.W. on Febr. 20; departure is given as March 17. She also spent over a month in New York that spring. She had arrived from Table Bay (or Cape Town) on May 5 and did not leave again until June 12, arriving Table Bay July 7. From there, she proceeded to Bombay on July 12, with arrival July 28, departing for Cochin on Sept. 12. Later that year, another month was spent in New York, where she had arrived from Guantanamo Bay on Nov. 23, heading back to Guantanamo Bay on Dec. 22. Similar long stays are shown on Page 4.

Skipping now to 1944, when she was in Convoy UGS 30, which was attacked by German aircraft off Oran on Febr. 1. This convoy had departed Hampton Roads on Jan. 14 and arrived Port Said Febr. 10 (available via the external link provided within the Voyage Record; the Norwegian Gausdal is also listed). According to "Nortraships Flåte", 40 bombers approached but British aircraft split the formation so that only 7 reached the convoy. 2 aircraft attacked at 18:50 ship's time, right after the convoy's escorts had returned to base (North Africa?). One of the ships (in station No. 11) was hit by a torpedo and damaged by the explosion, but was able to continue. I've been told this was the American Richmond P. Hobson. The other aircraft torpedoed a ship on the other side of the convoy (no details on damages, possibly sunk? This must have been the American Edward Bates listed as sunk by aircraft on Febr. 1 in Arnold Hague's "The Allied Convoy System", with the loss of 1 man). The aircraft later returned to drop some bombs, but no hits were achieved. The voyage could then continue via the Suez Canal, Red Sea to Karachi and Bombay. Høegh Silverstar was in station 21, and had been to New York - she arrived Karachi on Febr. 21, Bombay Febr. 26. Again, see Page 4.

She's also listed among the ships in Convoy UGS 45 from Hampton Roads in June-1944; follow the link for more info.

German bombers, stationed in the south of France, posed a more serious threat to allied shipping in the Mediterranean than the U-boats did at this time, their primary goal being the large UGS convoys from the U.S. carrying supplies to the allied forces in Italy. On the other hand, the convoys' anti aircraft defence system was very strong, with aircraft patrolling night and day. Additionally, the merchant ships' own armament played a part in the defence, as did the squadrons stationed in North Africa and the special anti aircraft cruisers that often joined the escorts from Gibraltar, as well as the radar installations in the escorts which could detect the aircraft early and thereby give the convoys time to prepare for attack.

Her 1945 voyages and some 1946 voyages are listed on Page 5; see also Page 6.


Sold in Aug.-1954 to Rederi A/B Asta (Arthur Andersson, manager), Finland and renamed Alca. Transferred in 1956 to the management of Lennart Karlsson. Collided on Febr. 12-1963 in the River Scheldt with the Swedish M/S Alvafors, while outward bound from Antwerp for Jacksonville. Beached on fire and broke in two the next day.

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

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

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc. - ref. My sources.


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