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M/T New Zealand
Updated July 16-2010

To New Zealand on the "Ships starting with N" page.

Picture is available by clicking on this external link, which goes to the Clydebuilt Ships website.
The Australian War Memorial also has a picture.
See also this external page.

Manager: Erling H. Samuelsen, Oslo
9311 gt

Built by Barcley Curle & Co., Glasgow in 1930, 9311 gt, 13 500 tdwt.

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

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

  Voyage Record
From Jan.-1940 to Oct.-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
1940 Jan. 25 Manila Beira March 14 Independent A. Hague says:
Arrived with defects
March 17 Beira Durban March 26 Independent
May 5 Durban Bahrein May 24 Independent
May 26 Bahrein Capetown June 20 Independent
June 27 Capetown Bahrein July 24 Independent
June 28* Bahrein Bombay Aug. 5 Independent *Should be July 28
Aug. 9 Bombay Fremantle Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 9 Fremantle Adelaide Sept. 17 Independent
Sept. 19 Adelaide Melbourne Sept. 22 Independent
1941 March 11 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. March 15 Independent
March 22 Sydney, N.S.W. Palembang Apr. 18* Independent *Page 1 gives arrival Apr. 10, via Thursday Island.
Apr. 11 Palembang Singapore Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 29 Singapore Thursday Island May 11 Independent
May 12 Thursday Island Melbourne May 23 Independent
June 22 Melbourne Brisbane June 28 Independent
June 28 Brisbane Townsville July 2 Independent
July 7 Townsville Sourabaya July 21 Independent Via Thursday Island
(Page 1)
Aug. 3 Sourabaya Singapore Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 16 Singapore Balikpapan Independent
Aug. 24 Balikpapan Thursday Island Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 5 Thursday Island Sydney, N.S.W. Sept. 17 Independent
Oct. 22 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 31 Melbourne San Francisco Dec. 21 Independent Via Geelong -
Page 1.
Doc says:
From Dec. 21-1941 to May-1943,
in San Francisco
1943 June 1 San Francisco Portland, Oregon June 5 Independent A. Hague says:
After repairing collision damage of March-1941
June 10 Portland, Oregon Los Angeles Independent
June 15 Los Angeles Honolulu June 25 Independent
June 29 Honolulu Los Angeles July 8 Independent
July 12 Los Angeles Brisbane Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 16 Brisbane Newcastle, N.S.W. Aug. 18 PG 63 Convoy available at PG 63
(external link)
Aug. 23 Newcastle, N.S.W. Los Angeles Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 26 Los Angeles Brisbane Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 30 Brisbane Gladstone Oct. 31 QL 25 Convoy available at QL 25
(external link)
Nov. 3 Gladstone Townsville Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 6 Townsville Gladstone Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 8 Gladstone Brisbane Nov. 9 LQ 27 Convoy available at LQ 27
(external link)
Nov. 17 Brisbane Townsville Nov. 21 QL 30 Convoy available at QL 30
(external link)
Nov. 22 Townsville Port Moresby Nov. 26 TN 181 Convoy available at TN 181
(external link)
Nov. 30 Port Moresby Milne Bay Dec. 1 Independent
Dec. 3 Milne Bay Los Angeles Jan. 6-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 27 Los Angeles Port Townsend Febr. 1 Independent See also Page 2
Febr. 4 Port Townsend Los Angeles Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 14 Los Angeles Pearl Harbor Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 27 Pearl Harbor Los Angeles March 1* Independent *Page 2 gives March 7
March 9 Los Angeles Pearl Harbor March 19 Independent
March 21 Pearl Harbor Balboa Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 12 Cristobal Aruba Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 16 Aruba Cristobal Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 27 Balboa Pearl Harbor Independent
May 20 Pearl Harbor Balboa June 9 Independent
June 9 Cristobal Curacao June 12 Independent
June 14 Curacao Cristobal June 17 Independent
June 20 Balboa Pearl Harbor July 12 Independent
July 14 Pearl Harbor Balboa Independent
Aug. 3 Cristobal Curacao Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 8 Curacao Cristobal Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 13 Balboa Pearl Harbor Sept. 2 Independent
Sept. 14 Pearl Harbor Los Angeles Sept. 25 Independent
Oct. 13 Los Angeles Pearl Harbor Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 27 Pearl Harbor Balboa Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 18 Balboa Tulagi Dec. 21 Independent
Dec. 24 Guadalcanal Balboa Jan. 25-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 26 Cristobal Curacao Jan. 29 Independent
Jan. 31 Curacao Cristobal Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 4 Balboa Tulagi March 13 Independent
March 15 Guadalcanal Manus March 21 Independent
March 22 Manus Hollandia March 25* Independent *Page 2 gives March 23
March 30 Hollandia Tacloban Apr. 14 GI 18B Convoy available at GI 18B
(external link)
May 8 Tacloban IG 21 Detached May 12.
Convoy available at IG 21
(external link)
May 12 Detached from IG 21 Eniwetok May 18 Independent
May 19 Eniwetok Balboa Independent
June 22 Cristobal New York City July 3 Independent Via Cartagena, Col
(Page 3)
July 7 New York City Baltimore July 9 Independent
Sept. 5 Baltimore Curacao Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 14 Curacao Cristobal Sept. 17 Independent
Sept. 18 Balboa Pearl Harbor Oct. 9 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 3


As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, it looks like she was in Durban when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, remaining there for quite a while. It'll also be noticed that there's a big gap in her voyages from Sept. 22-1940, when she arrived Melbourne from Adelaide, to March 11-1941, when she left Melbourne for Sydney. Additionally, she's said to have been in San Francisco from Dec. 21-1941 to May-1943, leaving that port for Portland, Oregon on June 1-1943. A. Hague indicates she had been repairing damages from a collision that had taken place in March-1941 - I have no further details on this collision.

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above.

Arnold Hague has included her, together with the Norwegian Fenris, in Convoy PG 63, which left Caloundra on Aug. 16-1943 and arrived Sydney, N.S.W. on the 18th. Going back to Page 1, we see that New Zeland arrived Newcastle, N.S.W. on that date, having sailed from Brisbane Aug. 16. Having made a voyage to Los Angeles and back to Brisbane, she's said to have joined Convoy QL 25, which left Caloundra on Oct. 30 and arrived Townsville Nov. 2; New Zealand left Brisbane Oct. 30 and arrived Gladstone the next day. The following month, we find her in Convoy LQ 27, departing Gladstone on Nov. 8, arriving Brisbane on the 9th, and together with Skagerak, she later joined Convoy QL 30, which started out in Caloundra Nov. 17 and arrived Townsville Nov. 21 - see also Page 2. She left Townsville again on Nov. 22, joining Convoy TN 181, arriving Port Moresby Nov. 26 (Skagerak was again in company).

Skipping now to the end of March-1945, when she's listed in Convoy GI 18B (convoy left Hollandia March 30, arrived Leyte Apr. 14) and in May she appears in Convoy IG 21, which arrived Hollandia on May 14; New Zealand had left Tacloban on May 8 and arrived Eniwetok on the 18th, having been detached from the convoy on May 12, according to A. Hague. Follow the links provided in the Voyage Record for more info on the convoys mentioned here. The rest of her voyages (to Apr.-1946) are shown on Page 3. As will be seen, she appears to have spent a long time in Baltimore, where she had arrived from New York on July 9; departure is given as Sept. 5, when she proceeded to Curacao.


Sailed as Panamanian Sea Fortune from 1950 (according to this external page, she was managed by Norvest Shipping Co. Inc., Panama), Aspirant from 1951, arrived Osaka for breaking up on May 1-1954 (info received from George Robinson, webmaster of Riversea International).

Related external link:
The Clydebuilt Ships website also has some info on this ship.

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Norway had lost a ship by this name in the early 1900's, built in 1883 for owners in Arendal, 681 gt, ran aground in May-1902.


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