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Built by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Clydeholm Shipyard, Whiteinch, Glasgow in 1942. Laid down as Empire Fairbairn, launched Febr. 17-1942, completed as Kronprinsen in Apr.-1942. One of 19 ships transferred to Nortraship in 1942. Kronprinsen was taken over at Clyde on April 27. See Empire Ships transferred to Norway for the names of the others.
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Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(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.
As mentioned, Kronprinsen was taken over at Clyde on Apr. 27-1942. Already on May 1 we find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 91*. She was bound for New York, where she arrived on May 17, the convoy having been dispersed on May 15. See also Page 1.
According to J. Rohwer, Kronprinsen was in Convoy BX 23A on June 9-1942 when she was torpedoed and damaged by U-432 (Schultze), position 42 53N 67 11W. This convoy is available via the external link provided within the Voyage Record, and Kronprinsen is indeed included. It originated in Portland, Maine on June 8 and arrived Halifax 2 days later; Kronprinsen had sailed from New York on June 7. The Norwegian Alar, Norheim, Stiklestad and Thorstrand are also listed. Barbara Mumford has sent me some information from Mitchell & Sawyer's "Empire Ships" which adds that she was on a voyage from Baltimore to the U.K. at the time (so she may have been en route to Halifax in order to join an eastbound convoy from there, possibly HX 194?). Her stern was blown off, and her deck cargo on fire. She was towed in and beached at Pubnico Fairway to discharge cargo, including carbide. Temporary repairs were made, then on July 23-1942 she was towed to Halifax, and on Oct. 9 to Boston, Mass. and repaired (Page 1). I've added an interesting article on this incident, w/pictures - follow the link. The British Malayan Prince was also damaged in the attack by U-432.
From Boston, she proceeded to New York on Apr. 1-1943 and with a general cargo and fuel oil, she can now be found in station 65 of Convoy HX 233 to the U.K. on Apr. 6. She also carried 4 passengers on this voyage, and arrived Manchester, via Liverpool and Eastham, on Apr. 23. At the beginning of June that same year, she joined Convoy ON 187* in order to sail to Philadelphia, where she arrived on June 16. From the U.S., she later headed to Alexandria - her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 and Page 2 of the archive documents. Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.
A little over a year later, I have her in Convoy GUS 48, which had departed Port Said on Aug. 3-1944. Kronprinsen, however, joined the convoy from Alexandria on Aug. 4 and arrived New York on the 27th.
In Febr.-1945, she's listed in Convoy MKS 83*, which left Gibraltar on Febr. 14 and arrived Liverpool on the 22nd - Kronprinsen arrived Gravesend that day.
J. R. Hegland ("Nortraships flåte") states that two Norwegian ships took part in the last convoy to Russia, Convoy JW 67, namely Kong Haakon VII and Kronprinsen, adding that they were both in Kirkenes when the war was finally over on May 8-1945. This last piece of info does not fit with the dates for Convoy JW 67, which sailed from Clyde on May 12 with 26 ships, arriving the Kola Inlet on May 20. Besides, Bob Ruegg/Arnold Hague ("Convoys to Russia") name 3 other Norwegian ships in this convoy: Roald Amundsen, Egerø and Ivaran; there's no mention at all of Kong Haakon VII and Kronprinsen. However, both of them show up in the previous Convoy JW 66, departing Clyde with 27 ships on Apr. 16, arriving the Kola Inlet* without losses on Apr. 25. Kronprinsen and Egerø returned with the last convoy out, RA 67, leaving the Kola Inlet with 25 ships on May 23, arriving Clyde on the 30th. Kronprinsen is said to have been ordered to the U.S. after this, but according to Page 2, she sailed from Clyde on June 6 and arrived Montevideo on the 26th, proceeding to Freetown and Las Palmas 2 days later.
From Page 3, we learn that she also went home to Norway in Aug.-1945, making more voyages home later that year, and again in Febr.-1946.
1945: Olsen & Ugelstad, Norway. 1952: Vori - Cia. Nav. Porto Alegre S.A. Panama. 1967: Lukia M - Liminship Cia. Nav., Greece. Sprang a leak in Yellow Sea on Febr. 10-1969, 50 miles southwest of Barren Island, 29 29N 124 16E (voyage Safaga/Korea). Abandoned. Later towed to Shanghai. Reported subsequently seized by Government of People's Republic of China. No further trace.
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøfolk i krig", Leif M. Bjørkelund, "Convoys to Russia", Bob Ruegg & Arnold Hague, and misc. others as named in the above text.