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Updated Sept. 14-2009
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Manager: Wallem & Co., Bergen
Built in Newcastle in 1919. Previous names: War Donjon, Waikawa, until 1935, Tower Ensign until 1937, Huntress until 1939, then Ronin.
Launched as War Donjon, completed as Waikawa (Union Steam Ship Company, New Zealand) until 1935, Tower Ensign (Tower Steamship Co., London) until 1937, Huntress (Hunter Shipping Co, London, later Alfred G. Hunter, Kingston, Jamaica) until 1939, Greek Ronin (M.V.Vassiliades, Panama, Pan. flag) 1939, Iran from 1941, owned by Iran Steamship Co. and managed by Wallem & Co.
(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 the record is incomplete.
According to Arnold Hague, she was in Convoy BA 43, departing Bombay on May 8-1943, arriving Aden on May 16. He also has her, together with the Norwegian Sønnavind and Troja, in Convoy AB 19, which left Aden on Nov. 2-1943 and arrived Bombay on Nov. 10. Later that month, she shows up in Convoy BA 55S, departing Bombay on Nov. 22, arriving Aden Dec. 1.
In Febr.-1944, she's listed in Convoy BA 62, which left Bombay on Febr. 20 and arrived Aden on the 28th (Tanafjord is also included).
Iran was one of several ships damaged in Bombay on April 14-1944 when the British cargo ship Fort Stikine started burning and exploded. There's more about this on my page about M/S Belray. 1st mate Arne Hartmark was awarded Lloyds silver medal for meritorious services for his actions that day. After the crew had gotten safely off the ship, he swam back and boarded her again when she started drifting towards another burning ship, extinguished the resulting fire and threw her ammunition and other explosives overboard, continuing his efforts to save the ship until he was ordered by the authorities to abandon it. Unfortunately, a new fire broke out overnight and she burnt out completely (wreck was later broken up). Hartmark was also mentioned in the Bombay newspaper for saving an injured seaman who had been clinging to some wreckage for 20 hours with a broken thigh. ("Skip og menn", Birger Dannevig).
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Iran SS Co. also had a ship named Iran after the war, originally launched as HMS Rattray Head for Royal Navy in 1945, delivered in 1946 as Iran, 7273 gt. Later names: Mabel Ryan 1948, Master Elias 1967, broken up in 1972.