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M/T O. B. Sørensen
Updated Sept. 3-2010

To O. B. Sørensen on the "Ships starting with O" page.


Source: Roger W. Jordan collection.
More pictures are available on this external page (click in the thumbnails to enlarge).

Manager: S. H. Smith Sørensen, Arendal
Tonnage:
7919 gt

Built in Malmö, Sweden 1931.

Captain: Jens Morthensen.

O. B. Sørensen eventually covered 270 000 miles, transporting 450 000 tons cargo.

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message from the daughter of Norman Arthur Croton, who served on this ship in 1943.
The Norwegian version of my Warsailor Stories section has a story by Gunnar W. Bakke, who served on O.B. Sørensen during the war, among several other ships (text is in Norwegian).
Guestbook message from someone whose father served on this ship (and others).
Warsailor Stories (the first story on that page) has the personal story of someone whose brother was on board O. B. Sørensen at some point in the war (there's also a link to the original, Norwegian version of the story). While there are no details on this ship, it's an interesting story about 5 brothers and a sister who served outside of Norway during the war; the brothers on 17 different ships altogether. Another sister was involved in "illegal" activities in Norway, as was the father.

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.

á Voyage Record
From March-1941 to Apr.-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 several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 March 5 Singapore Lourenšo Marques March 28 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded in Pacific
(earlier voyages:
Page 1).
March 31 Lourenšo Marques Beira Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 3 Beira Bahrein Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 22 Bahrein Lourenšo Marques May 10 Independent
May 14 Lourenšo Marques Port Elizabeth May 19* Independent *Page 2 gives arrival May 17
June 6 Port Elizabeth Durban June 9 Independent
June 9 Durban Bombay June 27 Independent
July 9 Bombay Abadan July 17 Independent
July 18 Bombay* Colombo Sept.* 29 Independent *From Abadan, arrived Colombo, July 29
(Page 2).
Aug. 2 Colombo Abadan Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 23 Abadan Aden Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 5 Aden Port Sudan Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 18* Port Sudan Suez Sept. 20 Independent *Page 2 gives departure Sept. 15,
left Suez Sept. 22
Oct. 11 Suez* Aden Oct. 20 Independent *From Abadan, Oct. 11
(Page 2).
Oct. 21 Aden Port Sudan Oct. 25 Independent
Oct. 30 Port Sudan Suez Nov. 3 Independent Later arrived Port Said, Nov. 11
(Page 2).
Nov. 13 Port Said Alexandria Nov. 14 Independent
Nov. 25 Alexandria Haifa Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 29 Haifa Alexandria Dec. 1 Independent
Dec. 11 Alexandria Haifa Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 15 Haifa Alexandria Dec. 17 Independent
1942 Jan. 5 Alexandria Port Said Jan. 6 Independent Missing movements, Page 2
Jan. 13 Port Said Alexandria Jan. 14 Independent
Jan. 25 Alexandria Haifa Jan. 27 Independent
Febr. 3* Haifa Alexandria Febr. 5 Independent *Page 2 indicates departure Jan. 30
Febr. 15 Alexandria Haifa Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 22 Haifa Alexandria Febr. 24 Independent
March 2 Alexandria Port Said March 3 Independent Missing movements, Page 2
March 7 Suez Abadan March 24 Independent
March 27 Abadan Brisbane May 9 Independent
May 12 Brisbane Newcastle, N.S.W. May 15 Independent
May 19 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. May 19 Independent
July 6 Sydney, N.S.W. VK 6 Dispersed July 6.
Convoy available at VK 6
(external link)
July 7(?) Dispersed from VK 6 Talara Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 7 Talara Sydney, N.S.W. Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 20 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Sept. 23 GP 14/1 Convoy available at GP 14
(external link)
Sept. 24 Brisbane Townsville Sept. 27 BT 5/1 See also Page 3
Convoy available at BT 5
(external link)
Sept. 30 Townsville Cairns Sept. 30 Independent
Oct. 5 Cairns Talara Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 11 Talara Balboa Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 26 Cristobal Gitmo Nov. 30 ZG 13 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
Dec. 1 Gitmo New York City Dec. 8 GN 24 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 13 New York City Belfast Lough Dec. 30 SC 113 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
1943 Jan. 1 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Jan. 3 BB 250 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Jan. 10 Avonmouth Milford Haven Jan. 11 Independent
Jan. 11 Milford Haven New York City Jan. 31 ON 161 Via Belfast Lough
(Page 3).
March 18 New York City Belfast Lough Apr. 1 HX 230 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Apr. 1 Belfast Lough Clyde Apr. 2 Independent Missing movements, Page 3.
Apr. 12 Clyde New York City May 2 ON 178 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 7 New York City Liverpool May 22 HX 238 Missing movements, Page 3
June 1 Liverpool New York City June 15 ON 187 Convoy will be added.
See link above
June 23 New York City Belfast Lough July 6 HX 245
July 6 Belfast Lough Avonmouth July 8 BB 307 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
July 13 Avonmouth Milford Haven July 14 Independent
July 15 Milford Haven New York City July 30 ON 193 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 7 New York City Belfast Lough Aug. 22 HX 251
Aug. 22 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Aug. 25 BB 317 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Aug. 31 Avonmouth Milford Haven Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 1 Milford Haven New York City Sept. 18 ON 200 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Sept. 22 New York City Hampton Roads Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 25 Hampton Roads Gibraltar Oct. 12 UGS 19 For Gibraltar.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 19 Gibraltar New York City Nov. 6 GUS 18 Gibraltar to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
1944 May 10 New York City Liverpool* May 26 HX 291 *Clyde
(see Page 4).
Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
June 3 Clyde New York City June 22 ON 239 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 24 New York City Clyde July 10 HX 297 Escort Oiler, 65 depth charges
(again, see also Page 4).
July 18 Clyde New York City Aug. 2 ON 245 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Aug. 5 New York City Gitmo Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 14 Gitmo Curacao Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 19 Curacao Cristobal Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 23 Balboa Milne Bay Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 1 Milne Bay Thursday Island Oct. 6 Independent Notional sailing date
Oct. 8 Thursday Island Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 26 Sydney, N.S.W. Bahrein Nov. 26 Independent
Nov. 28 Bahrein Brisbane Jan. 3-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 5 Brisbane Newcastle, N.S.W. Jan. 7 Independent
Jan. 14 Newcastle, N.S.W. Abadan Independent
Febr. 17 Abadan Colombo Febr. 28 Independent
March 3 Colombo Abadan March 13 Independent See also Page 5
March 16 Abadan Durban Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 11 Durban East London Apr. 12 Independent
Apr. 15 East London Capetown Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 22 Capetown Durban Apr. 26 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 5


 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. Follow the convoy links provided for further details; the Commodore's notes are also available for most of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, O. B. Sørensen was en route from Shanghai to Miri when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. If you read Norwegian, see also Gunnar Bakke's story in my Warsailor Stories section.

She was in service between Haifa and Alexandria through the winter of 1941/42, making several trips back and forth, carrying petroleum. Gunnar Bakke says they were in Alexandria when Sagona blew up in Dec.-1941, and this agrees with the details found on Page 2, which says she had arrived Alexandria on Dec. 17.

From Dec.-1942 she was in service in the North Atlantic. With a cargo of benzine, Arnold Hague has included her, together with Askot (from Halifax to St. John's only), Hallanger, Henrik Ibsen, Kirsten B (for St. John's), Lisbeth, Norvarg, Rio Verde, Ruth I and Titanian, in the eastbound North Atlantic Convoy SC 113*, which left New York on Dec. 12 and arrived Liverpool on Jan. 2-1943. According to Page 3, O. B. Sørensen stopped at Belfast Lough on Dec. 31, proceeding to Avonmouth the next day, Jan. 1. Later that month she's listed as bound for New York in station 63 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 161, originating in Liverpool on Jan. 12. She arrived New York on Jan. 31 and now appears to have remained there for several weeks; departure is given as March 18 and according to A. Hague, she joined Convoy HX 230*. This convoy arrived Liverpool on Apr. 2, O. B. Sørensen, cargo of paraffin and vap. oil, stopped at Clyde that day (via Belfast Lough). She had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Høyanger, Kong Haakon VII, Molda, Skjelbred and Tai Shan. With Scebeli (sunk, follow link for more details) and the Panamaninan Norvinn (Norwegian managers), she subsequently headed back across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 178*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 12 and arrived New York, her destination on that occasion, on May 2 (she had joined from Clyde). Just a few days later we find her in Convoy HX 238 from New York, bound for Stanlow with gas oil in station 43, arriving Stanlow on May 22.

With Annik (joined from Newfoundland), Athos, Braga, Bralanta, Elisabeth Bakke, Fagerfjell, Frontenac, Helgøy, Kronprinsen, Lista, Morgenen, Norbryn, Norefjord, President de Vogue, Toledo, Vanja and the Panamanian Norvinn, she's now listed in the westbound Convoy ON 187*, departing Liverpool on June 1, arriving New York on the 15th, returning to the U.K. a week later in Convoy HX 245, bound for Avonmouth with a cargo of aviation fuel, station 105 - see also Page 4. She subsequently appears, along with Bralanta, Chr. Th. Boe, Fagerfjell, Fernwood, Geisha, Harpefjell, Herbrand, Hiram, Idefjord, Maud, Meline, Norlom, Para, Samuel Bakke, Sandviken, Santos, Skaraas, Skjelbred, Stiklestad, Thorhild, Thorshov and Tungsha, as well as the Panamanian Norlys (Norwegian managers), in the westbound Convoy ON 193*, which originated in Liverpool on July 16 and arrived New York on the 31st. Some of these ships, including O. B. Sørensen, left New York again on Aug. 7 in Convoy HX 251, for which Laurits Swenson served as the Commodore Vessel; Acanthus, Potentilla and Rose were among the escorts for a while (see HX convoy escorts). O. B. Sørensen had station 135, cargo of gas oil for Avonmouth, where she arrived Aug. 24, according to the archive document. About a week later she headed back across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 200*, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 2 an arrived New York on Sept. 18. Biscaya, Bralanta, Buenos Aires, Emma Bakke, Fagerfjell, Haakon Hauan, Herbrand, Ivaran, Laurits Swenson, Norden, Norheim and Reinholt are also listed, as is the Panamanian Norbris (Norwegian managers).

From the U.S., she now made a voyage to Gibraltar, having joined Convoy UGS 19, which left Hampton Roads on Sept. 25-1943. O. B. Sørensen arrived Gibraltar on Oct. 12, then returned to the U.S. on Oct. 19 in Convoy GUS 18, and arrived New York Nov. 6. Both convoys had several Norwegian ships, ref. external links provided within the Voyage Record above.

As will be seen when going back to Page 4, she stayed in New York for a long time. Departure is given as May 10-1944, when she joined Convoy HX 291 to the U.K. (Vice Commodore in Høyanger). Her destination is given as Clyde, where she arrived on May 26, having served as Escort Oiler and also carried 60 depth charges, according to A. Hague (perhaps this is the explanation for her long stay in New York - it's possible she had been fitted out for such service there?). Early the following month she's listed, with Evanger, Henrik Ibsen, Idefjord, John Bakke, Mui Hock, Thalatta, Torborg, Vav and Vinga, in the westbound Convoy ON 239*, which originated in Liverpool on June 3 and arrived New York on the 22nd (she again served as Escort Oiler), and just 2 days later we find her in Convoy HX 297 from New York (Commodore in Brimanger), again bound for Clyde, where she arrived July 10 (Escort Oiler, 65 depth charges). With Bralanta, Chr. Th. Boe, Emma Bakke (Commodore Vessel), Fjordaas, Gudvor, Mathilda, Montevideo, Petter II and Tanafjord, she subsequently joined Convoy ON 245*, originating in Liverpool on July 18, arriving New York on Aug. 2, and this was her last Trans-Atlantic convoy voyage.

She now made voyages to Guantanamo, Curacao, Sydney, Brisbane etc. - again, see Page 4. Her 1945 voyages are shown on Page 5, which also lists a few 1946 voyages.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Note also that the entire SC series and the HX series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated); but for now, see ships in all SC convoys and ships in all HX convoys.

More details on the other 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 in 1951 and renamed Vikinga. Laid up at Naples from Jan. 10-1962. Sold in Oct.-1962 by Fratelli D'Amico, Italy, to breakers at Spezia, where she arrived on April 9-1963.

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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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