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D/S Ole Bull
Updated Sept. 7-2010

To Ole Bull on the "Ships starting with O" page.

Source: Lillesand Sjømannsforening.

Manager: Nortraship
7176 gt

Built by North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, NC (153), launched as Sallie S. Cotton on May 7-1943 (International Freighting Corp. Inc., New York - I've also seen the name spelt Cotten), delivered May 14. One of 10 (11?) ships added to Nortraship's Fleet in 1943, on bareboat charter from the United States War Shipping Administration. See Gains 1943 on my page "Ship Statistics and Misc." for a list of the others. Ole Bull was taken over in Wilmington on the day of delivery, May 14-1943.

Captain: S. Bernt(?).

Related item on this website:
Warsailor stories - From Fred Turner, who joined this ship at the end of Jan.-1944.

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

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

á Voyage Record
From June-1943 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.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1943 June 8 Charleston, SC Key West June 10 Independent See also Page 1
June 11 Key West Cristobal June 16 KH 490 Thence Cristobal.
Convoy available at KH convoys
(external link)
June 17 Balboa Fremantle July 25 Independent
July 28 Fremantle Karachi Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 23 Karachi Colombo Aug. 28 Independent
Aug. 29 Colombo Calcutta Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 19 Calcutta Colombo Sept. 24 Independent
Sept. 25 Colombo Lourenšo Marques Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 16 Lourenšo Marques Montevideo Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 14 Montevideo Buenos Aires Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 26 Buenos Aires Trinidad Dec. 15 Independent
Dec. 20 Trinidad Gitmo Dec. 25 TAG 104 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Dec. 25 Gitmo New York City Jan. 1-1944 GN 104 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
1944 Febr. 1 New York City Hampton Roads Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 3 Hampton Roads Gibraltar Febr. 19 UGS 32 To Gibraltar with defects.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
See also narrative below
Febr. 25 Gibraltar Alexandria March 5 KMS 42 For Alexandria.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
March 16 Alexandria New York City Apr. 14 GUS 34 Alexandria to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 17 New York City Philadelphia Apr. 18 Independent
May 1 Philadelphia Hampton Roads Independent
May 3 Hampton Roads Port Said May 30 UGS 41 For Port Said.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
To Suez, May 30
(Page 1).
June 1 Suez Aden June 6 Independent
June 6 Aden Bandar Shahpour June 14 Independent
June 24 Bandar Shahpour Bahrein June 25 Independent
June 26 Bahrein Aden July 4 Independent Via Bandar Abbas
(Page 1).
July 5 Aden Suez July 10 Independent To Port Said, July 10
(Page 1).
July 14 Port Said Cape Henry Aug. 8 GUS 46 Port Said to USA
Aug. 23 Hampton Roads Augusta Sept. 13 UGS 52 For Augusta.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 14 Augusta Piombino Sept. 16 VN 65 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
Via Naples
(see Page 1).
Sept. 17* Piombino Leghorn Sept. 19 Independent *Page 1 gives departure Sept. 19
Oct. 14 Leghorn Naples Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 17 Leghorn* Oran Oct. 20 Independent *From Naples, Oct. 17
(Page 2).
Oct. 21 Oran Hampton Roads Nov. 7 GUS 55 Oran to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
* Nov. 7 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Nov. 14 Independent
*Wrong dates have been given and voyage belongs further down - inserted there.
Nov. 8 Hampton Roads Philadelphia Independent
Nov. 20 Philadelphia Hampton Roads Independent Again, see Page 2
Nov. 21 Hampton Roads Passed Gibraltar Dec. 7 UGS 61 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
* Dec. 7 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Dec. 14 Independent
*Voyage inserted from above and dates corrected (see also Page 2).
Dec. 15 Suez Aden Dec. 21 Independent
Dec. 21 Aden Khorram Shahr Dec. 29 Independent Compare w/Page 2
1945 Jan. 9 Khorram Shahr Basra Jan. 10 Independent
Jan. 19 Bahrein Aden Jan. 26 Independent
Jan. 27 Aden Suez Febr. 1 Independent On to Port Said, Febr. 1
(Page 2)
Febr. 2 Port Said Oran Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 11 Oran New York City Febr. 28 GUS 71 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
March 23 New York City Casablanca Apr. 7 UGS 82 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 8 Casablanca Port Said Apr. 17 Independent
May 5 Port Said Naples May 10 Independent
May 23 Naples Oran May 26 Independent
May 27 Oran Hampton Roads June 11 GUS 92 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
June 19 Hampton Roads Baltimore June 20 Independent
July 3 Baltimore Kristiansand July 19 Independent Via Kirkwall
(Page 2)
July 23 Kristiansand Oslo July 24 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 2 & Page 3

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, as well as later voyages, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above.

As mentioned further up on this page, Ole Bull was taken over by Nortraship in Wilmington, NC on the day of delivery on May 14-1943. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, she left Wilmington for Charleston on May 23, and from there she later proceeded to Karachi, via various other ports.

In my "Warsailor Stories" section there's an entry from Fred Turner, who joined this ship at the end of Jan.-1944 (he also served on Solør, Britannia and Stirlingville). He says "We had a cargo of various supplies. The most guarded was 24 thousand cases of beer for American troops and the balance was clothing and military supplies. Again our convoy formed off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia (Convoy UGS 32 - ref. link in Voyage Record). After sailing through the Mediterranean Sea, we docked at Alexandria, Egypt, in March 1944". In fact, she's listed as bound for Alexandria in Convoy KMS 42, departing Gibraltar on Febr. 25. According to the archive document, she arrived Alexandria on March 5. This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named on this page (Askeladden, Hjalmar Wessel, Norholm and Novasli are also listed). Fred continues: "We continued our voyage through the Suez Canal bound for a small port in Iran. We arrived there in June. Note that according to Page 1, Ole Bull had made a voyage from Alexandria and back to the U.S. in between, having left Alexandria on March 16, arriving New York on Apr. 14 (Convoy GUS 34), later sailing from Hampton Roads to Port Said in May - destination is given as Khorram Shahr (Convoy UGS 41 - see links in the table above). From Port Said, she continued to Bandar Abbas, where she arrived, via Suez and Aden, on June 14. After unloading our cargo, we returned to Norfolk, on August 9th, 1944". This fits in with the fact that Ole Bull is listed in Convoy GUS 46, which left Port Said on July 14-1944 and arrived Hampton Roads on Aug. 8. She was on a voyage from Khorram Shahr, and arrived Cape Henry on Aug. 8. Follow the link for further convoy details.

The rest of her 1944 voyages are shown on Page 1 and Page 2, with convoy info for some of them in the table above. Her 1945 voyages also start on the latter document, and as will be seen, she got to go home to Norway already in July-1945 - see also Page 3, which shows her voyages to July-1946.


Sold in Oct.-1946 to the Norwegian government for Smedvik Tankrederi A/S (Peder Smedvig), Stavanger. Came under the Panamanian flag as South River in 1959 for Cia. Atlantica Pacifica S.A. (Panama R.P. & Baltimore, U.S.A. - also, Tidewater Commercial Co. Inc., Baltimore from 1965), then under Liberian flag as Kronos in 1965, Kronos Shipping Co. Ltd. (Dynamic Shipping Inc., New York). Sold to Japanese shipbreakers and broken up in 1967, having arrived Tsuneishi on March 24.

Related external links:
Liberty Ships - Unfortunately, the list no longer appears to be included at this site (unfortunate, because I have 100's of links to it from my Convoys section). If I remember correctly, that particular section was hosted by Peter Thompson, who has now moved to a different site, but I cannot find his list of Liberty Ships. I'll leave the link up for now until I can find out whether it's still available somewhere. I did find an identical page here, but as will be seen, the alphabetical links receive an error.

See also:
List of Liberty Ships - Includes info on the men and women for whom the ships were named (from Wikipedia). Sallie S. Cotton can be found on this page.

Back to Ole Bull on the "Ships starting with O" page.

Norway (H. Westfal Larsen) lost a steamship by this name to WW I, built in Newcastle 1901 for C. Mathiesen e.a., Bergen - managed by Westfal-Larsen from July-1911, 1835 (1640?) gt - struck a mine (laid by UC-19) and sank in the North Sea on Jan. 11-1917, voyage Hartlepool-Rouen with coal - no casualties.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Liberty Ships in Peacetime, and their Contribution to World Shipping History" I. G. Steward - 1992, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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