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M/S Norbryn
Updated July 20-2010

To Norbryn on the "Ships starting with N" page.


Source: Roger W. Jordan collection.
I've also received this picture from a visitor to my website (original source unknown to me). According to this message in my Guestbook, the incident happened in early June-1955, as Norbryn approached a dock head-on at Quebec, Canada, with a pilot aboard. But fighting strong winds and a running tide she did not stop and crashed into the dock, became suspended in mid air when the tide turned and was towed off by 4 tugs at the next high tide, with a 6 in. hole in her bow. See also this external page, and scroll down to No. 190 - Dominion Miller (her former name).

Manager: Lundegaard & Sønner, Farsund
Tonnage:
5089 gt

Built in Sunderland in 1922. Delivered as Dominion Miller for Furness, Withy, renamed Pacific Commerce in 1925. Sold to owners in Swansea in 1936, sold to Norway in 1937 (Lundegaard & Sønner) and renamed Norbryn. (This external page also has some information, some dates differing from what I have given here).

David Faye Knudsen was 1st mate on this ship in 1941/'42 - see the text under Aust on my page Norwegian Victims of Thor / Aust.

Some of her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, several pages appear to be missing; these will be added if/when found)
1944-1945 | 1945-1946


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

á Voyage Record
From Jan.-1941 to July-1945: á

(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 (since archive documents for her voyages up to Jan.-1944 are missing, comparison with A. Hague's record for this period cannot be made and accuracy confirmed).

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Jan. 16 Cristobal Halifax Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded in Pacific
March 5 Halifax New York City March 9 Independent
May 17 New York City Halifax May 20 Independent
June 1 Halifax HX 130 See also narrative below.
Detached to SC 33, June 15.
June 15 From HX 130 Belfast Lough June 20 SC 33
June 21 Belfast Lough Newport June 23 BB 37 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
July 17 Newport Cardiff July 17 Independent
July 27 Cardiff Milford Haven July 28 Independent
July 30 Milford Haven ON 3 Dispersed Aug. 14.
Aug. 14 Dispersed from ON 3 Trinidad Aug. 24 Independent
Aug. 28 Trinidad Buenos Aires Sept. 15 Independent
Oct. 10 Buenos Aires Punta Arenas Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 17 Punta Arenas Valparaiso Independent
Oct. 23 Valparaiso Tocopilla Oct. 26 Independent
Nov. 3 Tocopilla Balboa Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 12 Cristobal Sydney, C.B. Nov. 24 Independent
Dec. 4 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough Dec. 19 SC 58 See also narrative below
Dec. 21 Belfast Lough Newport Dec. 22 BB 114 Convoy available at link above
1942 Jan. 17 Newport Cardiff Jan. 17 Independent
May 11 Cardiff Milford Haven May 12 Independent
May 14 Milford Haven Halifax May 23 ON 95 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 5 Halifax St. John, N.B. June 7 Independent
June 18 St. John, N.B. New York City June 21 Independent
June 24 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
July 5 Hampton Roads Key West July 13 KS 517 Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
July 14 Key West Trinidad July 24 WAT 5 Convoy available at WAT convoys
(external link)
July 26 Trinidad Capetown Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 27 Capetown Saldanha Bay Aug. 28 Independent
Sept. 3 Capetown Bombay Sept. 28 Independent
Oct. 19 Bombay Colombo Oct. 23 Independent
Nov. 4 Colombo Capetown Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 30 Capetown Trinidad Dec. 24 Independent
1943 Jan. 4 Trinidad Gitmo Jan. 9 TAG 34 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Jan. 9 Gitmo New York City Jan. 16 GN 34 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 24 New York City Liverpool Febr. 12 SC 118 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
March 21 Liverpool Halifax Apr. 5 ON 174 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 25 Halifax Liverpool May 13 SC 128
June 1 Liverpool Baltimore June 16 ON 187 Convoy will be added.
See link above
June 28 Baltimore Hampton Roads June 30 Independent
July 3 Philadelphia Hampton Roads July 4 Independent
July 12 Hampton Roads UGS 12 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
A. Hague says:
Joined KMS 21, July 29
July 29 Gibraltar(?) Port Said Aug. 9 KMS 21
Aug. 22 Suez Durban Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 27 Durban Lourenšo Marques Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 1 Lourenšo Marques Colombo Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 29 Colombo Calcutta Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 26 Calcutta Colombo Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 26 Colombo MB 59 Detached Dec. 30.
Convoy available at MB 59
(external link)
Dec. 30 Detached from MB 59 Aden Jan. 5-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 6 Aden Suez Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 21 Port Said Gibraltar Febr. 1 MKS 38 For U.K.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Febr. 11 Gibraltar MKS 39G 990 Mails.
Rendezvoused w/SL 148, Febr. 12.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Febr. 12 SL 148 & MKS 39 joined up Liverpool Febr. 24 SL 148/MKS 39 Convoy available at SL 148/MKS 39
(external link)
Some missing movements:
See archive document
May 5 Liverpool Cardiff May 7 Independent
May 11 Cardiff Belfast Lough May 13 Independent
May 14 Belfast Lough OS 77/KMS 51 For Oran.
Convoy split, May 23.
Available at OS 77/KMS 51
(external link)
May 24(?) Convoy split Gibraltar May 16* KMS 51G *Arrived May 25
(see archive document)
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
May 28 Gibraltar Oran May 29 KMS 51 See link above
June 7 Oran Algiers June 8 KMS 52 Oran to Algiers.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
June 22 Algiers Gibraltar June 25 GUS 43 Algiers to Gibraltar.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
July 2 Gibraltar Freetown July 12 OS 81 Gibraltar to Freetown.
Convoy available at OS 81
(external link)
July 14 Freetown Lagos July 19 Independent
July 21 Lagos Forcados July 22 Independent
July 27 Forcados Lagos Aug. 11 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(archive document indicates Pointe Noire)
Aug. 16 Lagos Takoradi Aug. 18 Independent
Aug. 21 Takoradi Freetown Aug. 26 TS 62 Convoy available at TS 62
(external link)
Aug. 29 Freetown SL 169 Rendezvoused w/MKS 60, Sept. 10.
Convoy available at SL 169
(external link)
Sept. 10 SL 169 & MKS 60 joined up Falmouth Sept. 16 SL 169/MKS 60 Convoy available at SL 169/MKS 60
(external link)
* Sept. 17 Falmouth St. Helens Roads Sept. 18 EBC 105 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
* Sept. 18 St. Helens Roads Southend Sept. 19 FTM 5A Convoy available at FTM convoys
(external link)
*Compare with archive document.
Oct. 1 Southend Newark NJ Oct. 18 ON 257 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 27 New York City Sandwich Independent
Oct. 29 Sandwich Halifax Oct. 31 Independent
Nov. 2 Halifax Liverpool Nov. 17 SC 160 Missing movements, archive document
1945 Jan. 22 Liverpool OS 106/KMS 80 See also narrative below.
For Naples.
Convoy split 46 39N 9 35W, Jan. 25.
Available at OS 106/KMS 80
(external link)
Jan. 25 Convoy split Passed Gibraltar Jan. 28 KMS 80G Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Jan. 29 Passed Gibraltar Naples Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 6 Naples Oran Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 16 Oran Gibraltar Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 19 Gibraltar Casablanca Febr. 21 Independent
Febr. 22 Casablanca Freetown March 2 Independent
March 3 Freetown Lagos March 8 Independent
March 9 Lagos Forcados March 10 Independent
March 21 Forcados Lagos March 22 Independent
March 26 Lagos Accra March 27 Independent
March 29 Accra Freetown Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 4 Freetown Gibraltar Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 15 Gibraltar Liverpool Apr. 23 MKS 95G Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
May 12 Liverpool Montreal May 27 ON 302 A. Hague says:
Probably detached about May 23.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 28 Montreal Sorel May 28 Independent
June 3 Sorel Cardiff June 17 Independent
July 6 Cardiff Cape Henry July 26* Independent *Compare with this document
Also, further voyages


 Misc. 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. Follow the convoy links provided for further details; several Norwegian ships took part in them.

Norbryn is listed in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 130 in June-1941. (She's also mentioned in the previous convoy, HX 129, but appears to have lost touch and returned to port). She had a cargo of nitrates for Newport, and initially sailed in station 94 of the convoy, which had departed Halifax on June 1, but was unable to maintain pre-arranged speed, and was instead sent to join the slower Convoy SC 33 on June 15, according to the Commodore's notes. At the end of July, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 3, originating in Liverpool on July 31. According to A. Hague's record, she arrived Trinidad on Aug. 24, the convoy having been dispersed on the 14th. With a cargo of nitrates for Newport, she was later scheduled for the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 57 on Nov. 28, but instead joined SC 58 on Dec. 4 (Nidardal was lost - follow the link for details). Montbretia is named among the escorts.

Unless some movements are missing from A. Hague's record, she appears to have spent a long time in Cardiff, where she had arrived from Newport on Jan. 17-1942. Departure is given as May 11, when she proceeded to Milfod Haven, and from there she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 95*, which originated in Liverpool on May 15. Abraham Lincoln, Daghild, Fernwood, Hardanger, Helgøy, Morgenen, N.T. Nielsen Alonso, Solstad, Stigstad and Trondheim are also listed. Norbryn's destination is given as Halifax and A. Hague gives her arrival there as May 23. The rest of her 1942 voyages and some early 1943 voyages are shown in his Voyage Record above.

Norbryn (cargo of tea and lumber) witnessed the 5 day long battle for Convoy SC 118* early in Febr.-1943, but escaped unharmed. This convoy had departed New York on Jan. 24 and arrived Liverpool on Febr. 12, and also included the Norwegian Annik, Bestik, Daghild (sunk - follow link for more info), Cetus, Glarona, Grey County, Maud, Petter II and Sommerstad. Several Norwegian sources mention that the convoy was initially spotted because one of Annik's crew members was fingering with the Snowflake equipment and accidentally released Snowflakes, thereby lighting up the convoy. "Nortraships flåte" states that Norbryn's 2nd engineer Anders Gundersen was transferred to the rescue ship Toward after having taken ill, and died when that ship was sunk on Febr. 7. However, according to "Convoy Rescue Ships 1940-1945" by Arnold Hague, the "medical case" from Norbryn, who had been transferred on Febr. 2, and a sick man transferred from another ship on Febr. 6 (Celtic Star) were among the 18 saved by the corvette HMS Mignonette (K 38) after Toward had been sunk by U-402. Note, however, that in connection with the Tower Hill Commemoration at this external site, the Norwegian engineer is said to have died on Toward on Febr. 7-1942. See also my page about Daghild and the external links about this battle at the end of this page, one of which has a report on Toward's loss, stating that 26 survivors were saved altogether and landed in Londonderry in the evening of Febr. 10. Chief Officer G. I. Campbell's report adds that 3 were injured, 43 missing. He also mentions the 2 passengers, saying that the patient from Norbryn transferred on Febr. 2 had a broken thigh, while the patient from Celtic Star had a dislocated shoulder after having fallen down the mast, but does not specify whether they were among the missing, though he does mention that he went to the sick bay and got the man from Celtic Star out and into a lifeboat.

With Fagerfjell, Nueva Granada, Trondheim and Troubadour, Norbryn later returned across the Atlantic with the westbound Convoy ON 174*, which left Liverpool on March 20-1943 and arrived New York Apr. 8; Norbryn, however, was again bound for Halifax, where she arrived on Apr. 5 (according to A. Hague). Later that month we find her in Convoy SC 128 from Halifax, together with Iron Baron, Romulus and Mathilda, and at the beginning of June she's listed, along with Annik, Athos, Braga, Bralanta, Elisabeth Bakke, Fagerfjell, Frontenac, Helgøy, Kronprinsen, Lista, Morgenen, Norefjord, O. B. Sørensen, President de Vogue, Toledo and Vanja, as well as the Panamanian Norvinn (Norwegian managers) in the westbound Convoy ON 187* (departure Liverpool June 1, arrival New York June 15 - A. Hague says Norbryn arrived Baltimore the next day).

From the U.S., she now headed to Gibraltar, and in Aug.-1943 she shows up, with destination Port Said, in Convoy KMS 21, which she appears to have joined from Gibraltar at the end of July (or did she join at sea?) - see the second table on my page for this convoy, which arrived Port Said on Aug. 9.

Skipping now to Jan.-1944, when she's listed, with Germa, Grena and Norelg, in Convoy MKS 38*, departing Port Said on Jan. 21, arriving Gibraltar Febr. 1 - this agrees with the information found on this archive document. A. Hague later has her in Convoy SL 148/MKS 39 to the U.K. SL 148 had departed Freetown on Febr. 1, joined up with the MKS convoy* from Gibraltar on the 12th (with which Norbryn joined), and arrived Liverpool on Febr. 24 - Alaska, Mathilda, Norma and San Andres are also named in this convoy. She subsequently appears to have spent a long time in Manchester, where she had arrived on March 8/9; the archive document gives departure as May 5. She's now listed in Convoy OS 77/KMS 51, voyaging from Belfast to Oran and Algiers in station 75. She was in the KMS portion*, arriving Gibraltar on May 25 (sailed from Belfast Lough May 14); she later arrived Oran on the 29th, Algiers on June 8, having sailed in Convoy KMS 52* for this last leg of the voyage (Gezina, Ingertre, Lago, Mathilda, Meline, Nordnes and Skagerak are also listed in the latter, which had started out in the U.K. on May 22 as part of the combined Convoy OS 78/KMS 52 and split up June 4).

Norbris returned to Gibraltar later that month, and according to Arnold Hague, she now made a voyage from Gibraltar to Freetown in Convoy OS 81, arriving Freetown on July 12-1944 (Bosphorus is included, but was bound for Dakar). This convoy had started out in the U.K. as the combined Convoy OS 81/KMS 55 on June 22 and split up on July 3, the OS convoy proceeding to Freetown; as already indicated, Norbryn was not present from the U.K. but joined from Gibraltar. At the end of the following month we find her in station 21 of Convoy SL 169 from Freetown, which departed on Aug. 29 and arrived Liverpool on Sept. 17, having joined up with Convoy MKS 60* from Gibraltar on Sept. 10. Norbryn, cargo of kernels, rubber and beeswax, arrived Falmouth Sept. 16, according to the archive document. Cetus and Tigre are also named in this convoy.

She now headed across the North Atlantic again, having joined the westbound Convoy ON 257*, which left Liverpool Oct. 2-1944 and arrived New York on the 18th. This convoy also had Buenos Aires, Frontenac, G. C. Brøvig, Heranger and Kaia Knudsen in its ranks. With steel, lumber and general cargo, Norbryn joined the slow Convoy SC 160 from Halifax on Nov. 2 in order to sail to Garston, arriving there Nov. 18. Tunsberg Castle is named among the escorts, as is Buttercup, which came under the Norwegian flag following the loss of Tunsberg Castle (see SC convoy escorts).

According to the last external website that I've linked to at the end of this page, she was scheduled for Convoy OS 103/KMS 77 on Jan. 7-1945, but did not sail (or did she join and return? Again, see the archive document). Instead, she joined Convoy OS 106/KMS 80, which departed Liverpool on Jan. 22 and split up on the 25th. Fernbank also took part. Norbryn (in the KMS portion*) was on a voyage from Liverpool to Naples and Oran with war stores and coal in station 21, arriving Naples on Febr. 2, Oran on the 10th. A direct link to this convoy has been provided in the table above.

In Apr.-1945 we find her (with Ramø) in Convoy MKS 95*, which left Gibraltar Apr. 15 and arrived Liverpool on the 23rd (see also this document), and in May she's listed, along with Havkong, Havprins and Pan Scandia, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 302*, departing Liverpool May 12, dispersed May 27, but it looks like Norbryn had already been detached from the convoy by then; she arrived Father Point on May 26/27, then proceeded to Montreal.

As will be seen when going back to the archive document mentioned in the above paragraph, she got to go home to Norway in Nov.-1945, making another voyage home in March-1946.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Also, the entire SC series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated), but for now, please go to ships in all SC convoys. Additionally, the KMS and MKS convoys will be added, see ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys.

More details on the Norwegian ships mentioned on this page can be found with the help of the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index

 POST WAR: 

Sold by Lundegaard & Sønner to Norsk Skipsopphugnings and arrived Grimstad on Jan. 14-1959 to be broken up. See also this external page.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemoration - This website claims that Anders Gundersen, mentioned in my narrative above, was injured after an attack on the ship in Febr.-1943, but as far as I know, Norbryn was not attacked. As mentioned, he's also commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 109.

Loss of the Rescue ship Toward - A section of Joining the War At Sea. Includes Chief Officer G. I. Campbell's report on her loss.

SC-118, 4 - 8 Feb 1943 - (uboat.net) In the account of the battle here it says "Unfortunately a merchant ship fires accidentally a snow flake and gives the position of the convoy away to U-187". This merchant ship was the Norwegian D/S Annik. Uboat.net also has an account on the loss of Toward, giving 46 dead (including the 2 passengers), 28 survivors.

OS/KMS Convoys - As can be seen, Norbryn is mentioned in OS 103/KMS 77 but did not sail.

Back to Norbryn on the "Ships starting with N" page.

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

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