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M/T Nueva Andalucia
Manager: The Texas Company (Norway) A/S, Oslo. This company was controlled by The Texas Co., US, and its ships managed by Haakon Chr. Mathiesen, Oslo.
Delivered in March-1940 from Deutsche Werft A/G, Hamburg (232).
Captain: Olav Solhøy, since Jan. 20-1942
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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.
As can be seen, the record is incomplete.
As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Nueva Andalucia was in New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, having arrived there on Apr. 4 from a Scandinavian port. From New York, she later proceeded to Santos and Montevideo. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2. It'll be noticed that she appears to have spent quite a long time in New York in the fall of 1941.
She was scheduled for Convoy HX 160 from Halifax on Nov. 15-1941, but instead joined the next convoy on Nov. 21, HX 161, together with the Norwegian Solfonn, Stigstad, Havprins, Havkong, Vav, Thorshøvdi, Fernwood, Taborfjell, Athos, Brasil, Morgenen and Torfinn Jarl. Via Belfast Lough, she arrived Avonmouth on Dec. 9. Later that month we find her, along with Athos, Buenos Aires, Chr. Th. Boe, Grena, Havkong, Havprins, Heranger, Høegh Scout, Kollskegg, Solfonn, Solstad (returned) and Sveve, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 48*, originating in Liverpool on Dec. 19, dispersed on the 31st, Nueva Andalucia arriving Aruba on Jan. 6-1942.
From Aruba, she proceeded to Halifax on Jan. 8-1942, and from there she joined Convoy HX 171 back to the U.K. on Jan. 20. Acanthus and Rose are named among the escorts. The following month, she's listed as bound for Port Arthur in Convoy ON 67*, which departed Liverpool on Febr. 14 and arrived Halifax on March 1; according to Page 2, Nueva Andalucia arrived her destination on March 10. Eidanger, Finnanger, Sama and several others were sunk, follow the links for more details (see also the external links below) - other Norwegina ships in this convoy were Belinda, Glittre, Hamlet, Idefjord, Skandinavia, Strinda and Thorhild.
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ON 67 is also discussed in detail at the end of
Nueva Andalucia ran aground on the approach to Halifax due to heavy weather with snow on March 22-1942, when en route to Halifax from Port Arthur with 14 000 tons petrol for the U.K., having left Port Arthur on March 12; again, see Page 2. On the bridge at the time were 1st Mate Christensen, 2nd Mate Aarestad, Captain Solhøy and the helmsman, Ordinary Seaman Ulversøy. Ordinary Seaman Edvardsen was on lookout duty.
She had stopped at around 13:00 near Chebucto Head to wait for a pilot, and when a patrol boat approached 15 minutes later it was believed to be the pilot boat, so they signalled for a pilot. The reply was that they would probably get a pilot near the examination vessel so they continued at slow speed. When a buoy was spotted ahead at 13:45, hard starboard wheel was ordered to the helmsman, but 5 minutes later she hit the ground at what was at first believed to be Litchfield Shoal, but later the buoy they had seen was found to be a mile further in. The engine was stopped and the starboard anchor dropped, while a request was sent out for a tug and pilot.
Upon examination the No.'s 1 and 2 center tanks and the pumproom were found to be leaking, and petrol was seen around her. Other ships nearby were warned of the situation, and everything was turned off on board (boilers, electric lights etc.).
All the men donned their survival suits and were told to be ready by the lifeboats, and at 16:30 they signalled to a patrol boat to come alongside and take on board some of the crew. Several attempts were made, but this eventually had to be given up because the patrol boat was damaged due to the heavy breakers. The lifeboats were not launched for the same reason.
At 21:30 the ship broke in 2 with a horrendous bang, and the after part started drifting towards land. Fearing mines, both aft lifeboats were now launched. In doing so, Carpenter Helle and Mechanic Tangen were injured. Around 22:00 all the men were in the boats and heading for shore, picked up by a guardboat about 30 minutes later.
The hearings were held in Halifax on March 26-1942 with the captain, the 1st mate, 2nd mate Aarestad, the 1st engineer, Ordinary Seaman Edvardsen and Ordinary Seaman Ulversøy appearing.
In my guestbook there's a message from a lady whose neighbour remembers some of the crew staying with them for a while. Her father was a lighthouse keeper. In another message in my Norwegian Guestbook the poster says he knows 2 men who were on board Nueva Andalucia who are still "going strong" (2002), namely 1st Mate John Chr. Christensen, who was on board at the time of loss, and Rudolf Glad Jørgensen, who worked in the engine room. The latter had paid off by the time the ship was lost and had joined the Swedish Trolleholm which was captured by Thor (there's more on this in a note at the very end of my page "Norwegian Victims of Thor"). The poster says he has asked John Chr. Christensen where the survivors lived after the loss of Nueva Andalucia, but he only remembers that he and the 2nd engineer lived with a family in town.
The same poster later sent me the following (also in the Norwegian guestbook), which I've translated from Norwegian (he has copied it from "Arendals Sjømandsforenings 150 års Jubileumsbok", which is a special "150th anniversary book" for Arendal's Seamen's Association" by Kristen Taraldsen - added here with the permission of the author, who feels it's important to get these stories translated and posted, so that they can reach a wider audience):
John Chr. Christensen later joined M/T Skandinavia (he has since passed away).
Re-entered service for same owners and with the same name in 1947, following repairs and the addition of a new foreship at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Broken up in Grimstad in Nov.-1961.
Crew List - No casualties:
Back to Nueva Andalucia on the "Ships starting with N" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II, and misc. as named within the text above (ref. My sources).