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M/T Nueva Andalucia
Updated Apr. 7-2012

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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.
10 044 gt, 5786 net, 14 300 tdwt
Machinery: Two 8 cyl. 2T single acting DM (MAN, Augsburg), 5100 bhp.
Signal Letters: BNMJ (formerly LKKO)

Delivered in March-1940 from Deutsche Werft A/G, Hamburg (232).

Captain: Olav Solhøy, since Jan. 20-1942

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message from a lady whose neighbour remembers some of the crew staying with them for a while.
Message in Norwegian Guestbook translated in the narrative below.

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

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

  Voyage Record
From Nov.-1941 to Sept.-1942:  

(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.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Nov. 21 Halifax Liverpool* Dec. 6 HX 161 Earlier voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
See also narrative below.
*Arrived Belfast Lough
(Page 2).
Dec. 7 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Dec. 9 BB 109 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2.
Dec. 18 Milford Haven ON 48 For Aruba.
Dispersed 43 59N 54 56W, Dec. 31
(Page 2 gives arrival Aruba, via Belfast Lough, Jan 6-1942).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
1942 Jan. 20 Halifax Liverpool Febr. 1 HX 171 Missing voyages, Page 2 above.
Febr. 14 Liverpool ON 67 For Port Arthur.
Detached Febr. 26
(Page 2 gives arrival March 10).
Convoy will be added.
See link above.
Nueva Andalucia left Port Arthur again for Halifax on March 12, but ran aground; see narrative below.
Aug. 30 Halifax Boston* Sept. 1 XB 36 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
*Arrived New York, Sept. 7.
See also narrative below.

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

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.

*The 2 ON convoys mentioned above will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys.

For more details on the other Norwegian ships named here, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external links:
Convoy ON(S) 67

ON 67 is also discussed in detail at the end of
Chapter 3 of the the book "Joining the war at Sea" which is available on the Internet.

 Aground - 1942: 

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.

The following additional details were received from Tony Cooper, England:
Broke in 2 March 23, forward section caught fire and blew up, after section went aground on Thrum Cap shoal. On March 27 a representative from F. B. Hall. Company signed a salvage contract with Foundation Maritime Ltd. to salvage the after part, which was refloated on Apr. 21 and beached. By Apr. 22 the bow section fire was out, 2000 tons of gasoline still on board, "will salvage". The after part was towed to port on May 7 with 4600 tons gasoline and 350 tons diesel still on board, then berthed at Dartmouth N.S. on July 19 to discharge cargo. On Aug. 30 she left Halifax in tow of tugs Peter Moran and Foundation Aranmore, arriving New York for repairs on Sept. 7-1942.
This agrees with the information found on Page 2. According to A. Hague, this voyage was made in Convoy XB 36 (external link - Dux and Fjordheim are also listed).

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):
On March 22-1942 at 13:50 M/T Nueva Andalucia ran aground in heavy snow at a place called Mars Hook in the inlet to Halifax. The Texaco ship had a cargo of 14 000 tons petrol for England. At 21:30 that evening she broke in 2 abaft of midships in the pumproom. The entire complement took to the boats. 2 explosions boomed across the city, frightening people to death, as they remembered the catastrophic explosion in Halifax in 1917. The explosion occurred in the foreship. The flammable cargo was immediately set ablaze. "The flames stood several hundred meters tall. I've never seen such a horrendous ocean of flames" says John Chr. Christensen who was the 1st mate at the time. Everyone escaped without injury. The afterpart drifted towards shore before running aground at Light House Bank, where it settled in 24 ft of water. It remained in Halifax for several months before being towed to New York. "Seeing Nueva Andalucia in flames, and the thought of her crew who had lost their ship was sad" says later Ambassador Harald Juell in his book "En havn på østkysten" (A Port on the East Coast"). Together with the Canadian Admiral L.W. Murray he stood on Point Pleasant and watched the burning wreck. The Admiral, who had the highest military responsibility for the Canadian Atlantic coast was shaken.

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:
According to this external page, Haakon Narvesen later served on Annik, Britamer, Villanger, Ørnefjell, Fernwood and Roseville.
Leif Sørensen joined
Gallia, Marathon, Spinanger and Heimgar (see this external page).

Olav Solhøy
1st Mate
John Chr. Christensen
2nd Mate
Anton Aarestad
2nd Mate/Radio Operator
Halfdan Pedersen
3rd Mate
Sven Boe Hansen
Kristen Helle
Jørgen Pihl
Able Seaman
Leif Sørensen
Able Seaman
Aasmund Juliussen
Able Seaman
Finn Henriksen
Able Seaman
Knut Andresen
Able Seaman
Gerhard Dalan
Able Seaman
Olav Olsen
Able Seaman/Gunner
Allistair Steward
Able Seaman/Gunner
William Menzies
Ordinary Seaman
Egil Edvardsen
Ordinary Seaman
Valdemar Sørensen
Ordinary Seaman
Olav Winther
Ordinary Seaman
Sigurd Torget
Ordinary Seaman
Arne Ulversøy
1st Engineer
Sverre Halvorsen
1st Assistant
Haakon Holtan
2nd Assistant
Bjarne Berg
3rd Assistant
Arnold Haaversen
Johan Carlsen
Anders Nilsen
Sigvald Sivertsen Brekke
Sverre Tangen
Ole Alnes
Haakon Narvesen
Odd Bratli
Hans Jensen
John Midbo
Jan Roseth
Ingvald Johansen
Rudolf Christensen
Galley Boy
Royal Jørgensen
Mess Boy
Daniel McClarnon
Saloon Boy
Leslie Harland

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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).


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