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M/T Norfold
Updated March 17-2012

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

Pictures are available on this external page.
See also this external page.

Manager: Johan Rasmussen & Co., Sandefjord
6370 gt.

Built by Barclay Curle & Co., Glasgow, launched in Sept.-1930.

George Monk, England has told me that Captain Karl Edward Gran received the British "HonOBE(Civ.)" and Able Seaman Hans Vaggestad received the BEM(Civ) - his source: Seedies List of awards to the British Merchant Navy which includes awards to Allied merchant seamen.

Mate until Aug. (May?)-1941 was Karl M. Walløe Valsberg - see my text for Anglo Maersk on my page about D/S Alaska.

Related item on this website:
Forum posting from the son of Ken Fabian, who served on Norfold (as well as Toulouse, Sjøbris and Heimvard), and would like to get in touch with someone who knew him.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

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

  Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 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 (other Norwegian ships also took part).

Errors may exist, and some voyages may be missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 3 New York City Aruba Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 12 Aruba Trinidad Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 23 Trinidad Santos May 8 Independent
May 9 Santos Rio May 10 Independent
May 11 Rio Trinidad May 21 Independent
May 22 Trinidad Curacao May 24 Independent
May 26 Curacao Dakar June 10 Independent
June 20 Dakar Capetown July 11* Independent *Page 1 gives July 4
July 6 Capetown Durban July 11 Independent
July 11 Durban Abadan July 28 Independent
July 30 Abadan Mombasa Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 15 Mombasa Abadan Aug. 27 Independent
Aug. 28 Abadan Durban Sept. 16 Independent
Sept. 26 Durban Port Elizabeth Sept. 28 Independent
Nov. 4 Port Elizabeth Durban Nov. 7 Independent
Nov. 7 Durban Abadan Nov. 24 Independent
Nov. 26 Abadan Aden Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 18 Aden Suez Dec. 25 BN 11 Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
1941 Jan. 19 Suez BS 13 For Abadan.
Dispersed Jan. 27.
Convoy available at BS 13
(external link)
Jan. 27 Dispersed from BS 13 Abadan Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 5 Abadan Mombasa Febr. 19 Independent
Febr. 22 Mombasa Abadan March 6 Independent
March 7 Abadan Capetown March 31 Independent
Apr. 6 Capetown Durban Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 15 Durban Bombay May 1 Independent
May 30 Bombay Abadan June 5 Independent
June 7 Abadan Aden June 15 Independent
June 22 Aden Suez June 28 Independent
July 4 Port Said Alexandria July 5 Independent
July 11 Alexandria Port Said July 12 Independent On to Suez, July 14
(Page 1)
Oct. 14 Suez Port Said Independent (See also narrative below)
1942 Jan. 19 Port Said Haifa Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 29 Haifa Port Said Jan. 30 Independent
Febr. 2 Suez Aden Febr. 8 Independent
Febr. 12 Aden Abadan Independent
Febr. 22 Abadan Bombay March 1 Independent
March 7 Bombay Cochin March 10 Independent
March 12 Cochin Trincomalee March 19 Independent
March 21 Trincomalee Melbourne Apr. 13 Independent
May 16 Melbourne Abadan June 13 Independent
June 15 Abadan Melbourne July 14 Independent
July 27 Melbourne Abadan Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 25 Abadan Aden Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 4 Aden Safaga Sept. 9 Independent Later arrived Suez, Sept. 12
(Page 2).
Sept. 18 Suez Massawa Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 25 Massawa Aden Sept. 27 Independent
Sept. 29 Aden Bandar Abbas Oct. 6 AP 3
Oct. 6 Bandar Abbas Abadan Oct. 8 Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 2).
Oct. 10 Abadan Bandar Abbas Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 13 Bandar Abbas PB 6 For Sydney, N.S.W.
Detached Oct. 17.
Convoy available at PB 6
(external link)
Oct. 17 Detached from PB 6 Sydney, N.S.W. Nov. 13 Independent
Nov. 14 Sydney, N.S.W. Port Kembla Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 17 Port Kembla Los Angeles Dec. 12 Independent
1943 Febr. 1 Los Angeles Sydney, N.S.W. Febr. 26 Independent
March 2 Sydney, N.S.W. Los Angeles March 27 Independent
Apr. 1 Los Angeles Sydney, N.S.W. Apr. 26 Independent
Apr. 30 Sydney, N.S.W. Los Angeles May 27 Independent
June 3 Los Angeles Brisbane June 29 Independent
July 1 Brisbane Townsville Independent Page 2 gives arrival July 4
July 4 Townsville Fall River July 7 TN 113 Convoy available at TN convoys
(external link)
July 20 Fall River Townsville July 22 FT 6 Convoy available at FT 6
(external link)
July 23 Townsville Gladstone July 26 Independent
July 28 Gladstone Brisbane July 30 LQ 4 Convoy available at LQ 4
(external link)
Voyage not included, Page 2
Aug. 4 Brisbane Newcastle, N.S.W. Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 8 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. Aug. 9 Independent
Aug. 10* Sydney, N.S.W. Abadan Sept. 11 Independent *Page 2 gives departure Aug. 12
Sept. 13 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Sept. 24 Bandar Abbas Aden Oct. 1 PA 54 See also PA 54 & PB 57
(external links)
Oct. 1 Aden Suez Oct. 6 Independent See also Page 3
Oct. 14 Suez Suez Oct. 18 Independent Voyage unknown
Oct. 20 Suez Suez Oct. 25 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage unknown
(Page 3 indicates Ras Gharib)
Oct. 27 Suez Suez Nov. 1 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage unknown
(Aden? - See Page 3)
Nov. 13 Suez Aden Nov. 17 Independent
Nov. 19 Aden Bandar Abbas Nov. 26 AP 53 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Nov. 26 Bandar Abbas Abadan Nov. 28 Independent This stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3
Nov. 30 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Dec. 5 Bandar Abbas Bombay Dec. 11 PB 66 Convoy available at PB 66
(external link)
Dec. 14 Bombay Abadan Dec. 29* Independent *Should be Dec. 19
Dec. 20 Abadan Aden Dec. 29 Independent
Dec. 31 Aden Abadan Jan. 9-1944 Independent Via Shatt el Arab
(Page 3).
1944 Jan. 12 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Jan. 14 Bandar Abbas Aden Jan. 21 PA 66 Convoy available at PA 66
(external link)
Jan. 21 Aden Suez Jan. 26 Independent
Jan. 30 Suez Aden Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 7 Aden Bandar Abbas Febr. 14 AP 60 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Arrived Shatt el Arab, Febr. 16
(Page 3 - stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned)
Febr. 14 Bandar Abbas Abadan Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 19 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Febr. 24 Bandar Abbas Bombay March 1 PB 69 Convoy available at PB 69
(external link)
March 4 Bombay Cochin March 7 BM 88 Convoy available at BM convoys
(external link)
March 23 Cochin Cochin March 24 BM 90 Returned Cochin.
Convoy available at link above
Apr. 2 Cochin Bombay Apr. 5 MB 71 Convoy available at MB 71
(external link)
Apr. 12 Bombay Bandar Abbas Apr. 15 BP 112 Convoy available at BP 112
(external link)
Apr. 15 Bandar Abbas Abadan Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 19 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Apr. 24 Bandar Abbas Bombay Apr. 29 Independent
May 3 Bombay Abadan May 9 Independent Again, see also Page 3
May 11 Abadan Fremantle June 6 Independent
June 8 Fremantle Sydney, N.S.W. June 19 Independent
June 22 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. June 23 Independent
July 20 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. July 21 Independent
July 22 Sydney, N.S.W. Abadan Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 21 Abadan Cochin Aug. 30 Independent
Sept. 3 Cochin Bahrein Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 12 Bahrein Aden Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 20 Aden Suez Sept. 25 Independent
Sept. 29 Suez Aden Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 4 Aden Abadan Oct. 11 Independent Via Khor Kuwai
(Page 4).
Oct. 14 Abadan Aden Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 22 Aden Suez Oct. 27 Independent
Nov. 1 Suez Aden Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 6 Aden Abadan Independent Via Khor Kuwai & Shatt el Arab
(Page 4).
Nov. 17* Abadan Aden Nov. 25 Independent *Page 4 gives departure Nov. 15
Nov. 25 Aden Suez Dec. 1 Independent On to Port Said, Dec. 6
(Page 4)
Dec. 8 Port Said Augusta Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 13 Augusta Naples Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 17 Naples Oran Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 23 Oran Hampton Roads Jan. 10-1945 GUS 62 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
1945 Jan. 11 Hampton Roads Baltimore Jan. 12 Independent Left Baltimore, June 8
(Page 4).
June 11 Hampton Roads London June 23 Independent
June 30 London Curacao July 15 Independent
July 18 Curacao Falmouth Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 4 Falmouth Bolivar Roads Aug. 21 Independent Via Key West?
(see Page 4)
Aug. 23 Galveston Cartagena, Col Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 31 Cartagena, Col Curacao Sept. 2 Independent
Sept. 8 Curacao London Sept. 25 Independent (Shellhaven - Page 4)
Sept. 26 London Curacao Independent Page 5 gives arrival Oct. 12
Oct. 14 Curacao Ardrossan Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 9 Ardrossan Sandefjord Nov. 13 Independent
Dec. 6 Sandefjord Curacao Dec. 31 Independent Via Grangemouth, Dec. 12.
Some more voyages:
Page 5 above


As can be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Norfold was on her way from New York to Aruba when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 (it'll also be noticed that she appears to have spent quite a long time at Port Elizabeth that fall). Her 1941 voyages and a couple of 1942 voyages are also shown on this document.

She was damaged during an air attack in the Suez Canal on Oct. 6-1941 - I have no further details on this attack, but this may explain some of the long gaps in her voyages in this period.

Skipping now to Sept.-1942, when she's listed, with destination Abadan, in Convoy AP 3 from Aden. The Norwegian Britannia, bound for Bahrein, is also listed. Norfold arrived her destination on Oct. 8. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 2; convoy info for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record above. (As will be seen, she had a long stay in Los Angeles from the end of that year).

In Sept.-1943 I have her in station 52 of Convoy PA 54/PB 57. Nortraship's Norfjell also sailed in this convoy, as did the Norwegian Torborg, Havkong, Ima and Europe. Going back to the archive document referred to above, we learn that Norfold arrived Aden on Oct. 1, having sailed from Bandar Abbas on Sept. 24.

The external website that I've linked to below has Norfold in Convoy OS 60/KMS 34 in Nov.-1943, voyage Aultbea-Sicily with stores, vehicles and coal in station 85. However, there's some disagreement as to whether this was Norfalk or Norfold - A. Hague says it was Norfalk; follow the link to this ship. This convoy left Liverpool on Nov. 25, and according to Page 3, Norfold was en route from Aden to Abadan on that date, so could not have been in this convoy. It does, however, fit in with Norfalk's voyage information for this period.

Norfold's 1945 voyages start on Page 4, which shows that she was in Baltimore for several months from the beginning of that year. Page 5 has some more 1945 voyages (to Apr.-1946). As will be seen, she got to go home to Norway in Nov.-1945.


The Clydebuilt Ships website (external link) has some technical details on this ship, and says she later had the name Canopo 51, registered in Genoa, where she's said to have been scrapped in Oct.-1965.

Related external links:
OS/KMS Convoys - Norfold is included in Convoy OS 60/KMS 34, but as mentioned, this was probably Norfalk. Here is A. Hague's listing for OS 60/KMS 34 naming Norfalk instead of Norfold in this convoy, which fits in with Norfalk's voyage information for this period.

Other ships owned by Johan Rasmussen & Co. - Here is the main page.

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