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T/T Kaptein Worsøe
Updated Nov. 23-2011

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Manager: Nortraship
10 448 gt

Delivered from The Kaiser Co., Swan Island, Portland (73) in July-1944. Launched as Trailblazer. 1 of 10 ships transferred to the Norwegian flag in 1944, renamed Kaptein Worsøe. See my page "Ship Statistics & Misc." under "gains" 1944 for a list of all 10. Kaptein Worsøe was taken over at Portland on July 8.

The Canadian Alice House and Ola McLean were radio operators on this ship. See also this Guestbook message. A list of names of other female, Canadian radio operators can be found on my page about M/S Mosdale.

1st mate was Rasmus Astrup, who had previously taken part i Operation Performance with B. P. Newton; follow the links for details. He had also served on Solør. See also this external page.

Captain: From June-1944 until June-1945, Knut O. Bringedal - see also O. A. Knudsen.

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

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

  Voyage Record
From July-1944 to Dec.-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
1944 July 12 Portland, Oreg Los Angeles July 14 Independent See also Page 1
July 18 Los Angeles Sydney, N.S.W. Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 13 Sydney, N.S.W. Langemak Bay Aug. 18 Independent
Aug. 23 Langemak Bay Los Angeles Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 13 Los Angeles Langemak Bay Oct. 2 Independent
Oct. 5 Langemak Bay Hollandia Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 12 Hollandia Manus Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 16 Manus Los Angeles Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 9 Los Angeles Langemak Bay Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 28 Langemak Bay Milne Bay Dec. 1 Independent Notional sailing date
Dec. 6 Milne Bay Los Angeles Dec. 24 Independent
Dec. 28 Los Angeles Pearl Harbor Jan. 4-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 5 Pearl Harbor Eniwetok Jan. 13 Independent
Jan. 17 Eniwetok Kwajalein Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 20 Kwajalein Eniwetok Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 21 Eniwetok Majuro Jan. 22 Independent
Jan. 22 Majuro Los Angeles Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 7 Los Angeles Sydney, N.S.W. Febr. 26 Independent
March 1 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne March 2 Independent
March 4 Melbourne Adelaide March 5 Independent
March 6 Adelaide Fremantle March 11 Independent
March 15 Fremantle Onslow March 17 Independent
March 18 Onslow Bahrein Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 2 Bahrein Aden Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 8 Aden Suez Apr. 12 Independent On to Port Said, same day
(Page 1).
Apr. 13 Port Said Augusta Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 16 Augusta Toulon Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 23 Marseilles Aruba May 6 Independent Via Gibraltar
(Page 1)
May 8 Aruba Gitmo May 9 Independent
May 13 Gitmo New York City May 19 GN 205 Convoy available at GN 205
(external link)
May 20 New York City Cherbourg May 30 CU 71 For Le Havre
May 31 Cherbourg New York City Independent
June 22 New York City Houston Independent
July 3 Houston Cristobal July 7 Independent
July 8 Balboa Manus Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 4 Manus Manus* Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 16 Manus* Ulithi Aug. 21 Independent *Manila
(Page 2).
Aug. 22 Ulithi Balboa Sept. 14 Independent
Sept. 16 Cristobal Aruba Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 19 Aruba Cristobal Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 23 Balboa Pearl Harbor Oct. 6 Independent
Nov. 26 Pearl Harbor Guam Independent
Dec. 12 Guam Pearl Harbor Dec. 22 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 2


As mentioned, Kaptein Worsøe was taken over at Portland on July 8-1944. Already on the 12th she left Portland for Los Angeles, where she arrived July 14, continuing to Sydney on the 18th - see Page 1, which also shows some of her 1945 voyages.

She had been to Aruba in May-1945, travelling from there to Guantanamo Bay, and is subsequently listed, together with Slemmestad and Suderøy, in Convoy GN 205, which left Guantanamo on May 13 and arrived New York on the 19th - ref. external link provided in the Voyage Record above. The next day, she joined the fast New York-U.K. Convoy CU 71; her destination is given as Havre (Elisabeth Bakke, Mosdale and Trondanger are also listed, follow the link for more info). Kaptein Worsøe was back in the U.S. in June.

Page 2 of the archive documents shows her voyages up to and including June-1946 (as can be seen, she spent a long time at Pearl Harbor at the end of 1945).

For more information on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here, please see the alphabet index at the bottom of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Returned to US in 1946 and renamed Trailblazer. Sold to France in 1948 and renamed Berry. Transferred to French Navy in 1961 on a long-term bareboat charter, refitted as a fleet replenishment ship. Returned to previous owners in March 1963. Sold that same year and renamed Hepta for voyage to shipbreakers, and arrived Hong Kong in June 1963 to be broken up. (This info received from R. W. Jordan - see also this external page).

Related external links:
The T2 Tanker page
T 2 tankers
Alphabetical list of T2 tankers

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


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