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M/T Ima
Updated Nov. 1-2011

To Ima on the "Ships starting with I" page.

Source: Sverre Johansen's postcard collection.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to make it larger).

Owner: A/S Ima
Manager: Sam. Marcussen, Oslo
6842 gt

Built by William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland in 1930.

Captain: From June-1943, Halfdan Kvamsø - see Haraldsvang.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 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.

Errors may exist, and some voyages may be missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 18 New York City Trinidad Apr. 26 Independent See also Page 1
May 5 Trinidad Curacao May 7 Independent
May 8 Curacao Dakar May 23 Independent
May 27 Dakar Trinidad June 9 Independent
June 9 Trinidad Capetown July 10 Independent (Again, see Page 1).
July 15 Capetown Abadan Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 7 Abadan Capetown Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 16 Capetown Port Elizabeth Independent Page 1 gives arrival Sept. 19
Sept. 26 Port Elizabeth Abadan Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 19 Abadan Capetown Nov. 12 Independent
Nov. 26 Capetown Durban Nov. 29 Independent
Dec. 10 Durban Abadan Dec. 31 Independent
1941 Jan. 2 Abadan Aden Jan. 13 Independent
Jan. 17 Aden Suez Jan. 24 BN 13 Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 1 Suez BSF 1 Dispersed 12 20N 43 50E, Febr. 7.
Convoy available at BSF 1
(external link)
Febr. 7 Dispersed from BSF 1 Abadan Independent Page 1 gives arrival Febr. 16.
Febr. 19 Abadan Bombay Febr. 27 Independent
March 11 Bombay Abadan March 16 Independent
March 18 Abadan Aden March 27 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(Page 1 agrees).
March 31 Aden Suez Apr. 7 BN 22 Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
Apr. 20 Port Said Alexandria Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 27 Alexandria Haifa Apr. 28 Independent
Apr. 29 Haifa Port Said Apr. 30 Independent On to Suez same day
(Page 1).
July 31 Suez Abadan Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 15 Abadan Aden Aug. 25 Independent
Aug. 30 Aden Abadan Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 9 Abadan Karachi Sept. 15 Independent
Sept. 17 Karachi Abadan Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 23 Abadan Aden Oct. 2 Independent
Oct. 8 Aden Abadan Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 18 Abadan Aden Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 27 Aden Massawa Oct. 30 Independent
Nov. 5 Massawa Suez Nov. 10 Independent
Nov. 13 Suez Aden Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 19 Aden Abadan Nov. 29 Independent
Nov. 30 Abadan Durban Dec. 20 Independent
1942 Jan. 24 Durban Abadan Febr. 12 Independent
Febr. 14 Abadan Bombay Febr. 21 Independent
March 1 Bombay Trincomalee March 6 Independent
March 9 Trincomalee Madras March 11 Independent
March 13 Madras Calcutta March 17 Independent
March 21 Calcutta Trincomalee March 26 Independent
March 27 Trincomalee Durban Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 27 Durban Abadan May 19 Independent
May 27 Abadan Mombasa June 12 Independent
June 21 Mombasa Abadan July 3 Independent
July 5 Abadan Mombasa July 26 Independent
Aug. 2 Mombasa Abadan Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 17 Abadan Aden Aug. 28 Independent
Aug. 28 Aden Suez Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 13 Suez Aden Sept. 17 Independent
Sept. 19 Aden Abadan Sept. 26 Independent
Oct. 6 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Oct. 13 Bandar Abbas PB 6 For Colombo.
Detached Oct. 17.
Convoy available at PB 6
(external link - too many ships?)
Oct. 17 Detached from PB 6 Colombo Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 24 Colombo Madras Oct. 28 Independent
Oct. 30 Madras Calcutta Nov. 5 Independent See also Page 2
1943 Jan. 16 Calcutta Colombo Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 22 Colombo Bombay Jan. 26 Independent
Jan. 27 Bombay Bandar Abbas Febr. 1 BP 67 Convoy available at BP 67
(external link)
Febr. 1 Bandar Abbas Abadan Febr. 3 Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 2).
Febr. 5 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Febr. 11 Bandar Abbas Bombay Febr. 17 PB 26 Convoy available at PB 26
(external link)
Febr. 25 Bombay Bandar Abbas March 2 BP 70 Convoy available at BP 70
(external link)
March 2 Bandar Abbas Abadan March 4 Independent Again, see also Page 2
March 6 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
March 9 Bandar Abbas PA 28 For Durban.
Detached March 13.
Convoy available at PA 28
(external link)
March 13 Detached from PA28 Durban Apr. 3 Independent
July 8 Durban DN 51 Dispersed July 10.
Convoy available at DN 51
(external link)
July 10 Dispersed from DN 51 Diego Suarez July 20 Independent
July 31 Diego Suarez Abadan Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 14 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Aug. 21 Bandar Abbas PA 50 Detached Aug. 27.
Convoy available at PA 50
(external link)
Aug. 27 Detached from PA 50 Mombasa Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 7 Mombasa Abadan Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 20 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Sept. 24 Bandar Abbas Bombay Sept. 30 PB 57 See also PB 57
(external link)
Oct. 9 Bombay Bandar Abbas Oct. 14 BP 98 Convoy available at BP 98
(external link)
Oct. 14 Bandar Abbas Abadan Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 17 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent Page 3 gives arrival Oct. 24
Oct. 24 Bandar Abbas PA 58 Detached Oct. 26.
Convoy available at PA 58
(external link)
Oct. 26 Detached from PA 58 Kilindini* Nov. 5 Independent *Again, see Page 3
Nov. 18 Mombasa Abadan Independent
Dec. 3 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Dec. 11 Bandar Abbas PA 64 Detached Dec. 13.
Convoy available at PA 64
(external link)
Dec. 13 Detached from PA 64 Fremantle Jan. 7-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 17 Fremantle Abadan Febr. 11 Independent See also Page 3
Febr. 12 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Febr. 16 Bandar Abbas Aden Febr. 24 PA 69 Convoy available at PA 69
(external link)
See also Erling Brøvig
March 2 Aden Bandar Abbas March 10 AP 63 Convoy available at AP 63
(external link)
March 10 Bandar Abbas Abadan March 11 Independent
March 13 Abadan Aden March 23 Independent
March 23 Aden Suez March 29 Independent On to Port Said Apr. 1
(Page 3).
Apr. 4 Port Said Bizerta Apr. 11 GUS 36 Port Said to Bizerta.
Convoy available at GUS 36
(external link)
Apr. 21 Bizerta Port Said Apr. 27 KMS 47 Bizerta to Port Said
(on to Suez same day - Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
May 13 Suez Aden May 18 Independent
May 18 Aden Abadan May 27 Independent (See also Page 3).
May 28 Abadan Colombo June 8 Independent
June 11 Colombo Bombay June 16 Independent
July 10 Bombay Abadan July 17 Independent
July 20 Abadan Karachi July 25 Independent
July 28 Karachi Abadan Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 4 Abadan Aden Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 15 Aden Suez Aug. 21 Independent On to Port Said Aug. 28
(Page 3).
Aug. 30 Port Said Haifa Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 2 Haifa Port Said Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 6 Port Said Oran Sept. 21 MKS 61 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Sept. 21 Oran New York City Oct. 7 GUS 52 Oran to USA.
Convoy available at GUS 52
(external link)
Oct. 9 New York City Baltimore Oct. 10 Independent
Dec. 20 Baltimore New York City Dec. 22 Independent
Dec. 24 New York City Halifax Dec. 28 HX 328 Returned, unable to make speed
1945 Jan. 1 Halifax Mumbles Jan. 18 SC 164
Jan. 18 Mumbles Hamble Jan. 21 BTC 42 Convoy available at BTC 42
(external link - incomplete)
See also Page 4
Febr. 4 St. Helens Roads Milford Haven Febr. 6 TBC 58 Convoy available at TBC 58
(external link - incomplete)
Febr. 6 Milford Haven Swansea Febr. 7 Independent
Febr. 9 Swansea Avonmouth Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 12 Avonmouth Swansea Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 16 Swansea Clyde Febr. 18 MH 26/2 Convoy available at MH 26
(external link - incomplete)
Missing movements, Page 4
Febr. 28 Clyde ONS 43 For NYC.
Joined XB 151 March 14.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
March 14 From ONS 43 Cape Cod Canal March 15 XB 151 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
March 15 Cape Cod Canal New York City March 18 Independent
March 21 New York City Boston Independent
March 23 Boston Halifax March 25 BX 152 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
March 27 Halifax Liverpool Apr. 11 SC 171 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Apr. 21 Liverpool ONS 48 For NYC.
To XB 162 May 4.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
May 5 From ONS 48 Cape Cod Canal May 7 XB 162 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 7 Cape Cod Canal New York City May 7 Independent
May 9 New York City Boston Independent Page 4 gives arrival May 10.
May 12 Boston Halifax May 14 BX 162 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
May 16 Halifax Liverpool May 29 SC 176 Subsequent voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the archive documents and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Ima was in New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. This document also shows most of her 1941 voyages (it looks like she spent a long time at Suez that year, from May 1 to July 31), while her 1942 voyages are listed on Page 2. That year, the Norwegian crew was replaced by an Indian one. The officers were still Norwegian. There's a message on my Ship Forum indicating that her 3rd mate at some point was Egil Henry Wiik. The poster is looking for more information.

It'll be noticed that she occasionally spent quite a long time in port. For instance, she had arrived Calcutta on Nov. 5-1942 and departure is given as Jan. 16-1943. Also, she had arrived Durban on Apr. 3 that year and did not leave until July 8 (Page 2).

In Sept.-1943, she's listed among the ships in Convoy PA 54/PB 57, together with the Norwegian Torborg, Norfjell, Norfold, Havkong and Europe. From Page 3, we learn that she had left Bandar Abbas on Sept. 24 and arrived Bombay on the 30th.

Skipping now to Apr. 21-1944, when she made a voyage from Bizerta to Port Said, where she arrived on Apr. 27, having sailed in Convoy KMS 47*. She's also included in Convoy MKS 61* in Sept.-1944, voyage Port Said to Oran. From there, she proceeded to the U.S., with arrival New York on Oct. 7, continuing to Baltimore 2 days later, arriving Oct. 10. Going back to Page 3, we see that she now appears to have spent a long time there; departure is given as Dec. 20, when she returned to New York, arriving Dec. 22, according to Page 4. On Christmas Eve, she joined the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 328, for which the Norwegian Brimanger served as Commodore Vessel, but Ima had problems keeping up and put into Halifax on Dec. 28, subsequently joining the slower Convoy SC 164, which left Halifax on Jan. 1-1945. She arrived Southampton on Jan. 21.

In Febr.-1945, we find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 43*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 27 and arrived Halifax March 16. Ima, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived March 18, having started out from Clyde on Febr. 28. Nordanger and Tropic Star are also listed in this convoy. According to A. Hague, Ima headed back to the U.K. on March 27 in Convoy SC 171* from Halifax, returning across the Atlantic in Convoy ONS 48* on Apr. 21 (Commodore in Toledo). She arrived New York on May 7, and on May 16, she joined Convoy SC 176* from Halifax in order to return to Liverpool, where she arrived May 30, continuing to Stanlow that same day. These convoys had other Norwegian ships as well. Page 4 and Page 5 list further 1945 voyages, the latter document also showing some early 1946 voyages.

* The KMS and MKS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section, with more info on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them are named in the section for ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys. The ONS convoys will also be added, but for now, see the page listing ships in all ONS convoys. Additionally, the entire SC series will be updated and completed - see ships in all SC convoys for the names of other ships in SC 171 and SC 176.


Sold to Rederi-AB Sally (manager Algot Johansson, Mariehamn, Finland) in 1953 and renamed Ragny. Sold to Belgian breakers in July 1959 and arrived Antwerp on Aug. 2 to be broken up.

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, E-mail from Roger W. Jordan - and misc.


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