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D/T Petter II
Owner: A/S Jensens Rederi III
Built by Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd., Newcastle in 1922. Previous name: Scottish Castle until 1937.
Captain: Arthur Kildahl (from Apr.-1943).
This ship transported aircraft and landing craft in addition to oil.
Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
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.
Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.
As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Petter II was on her way from Guiria to New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She arrived New York on Apr. 11, later proceeding to Kingston, Jamaica. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2. It'll be noticed that she spent several weeks in New York that fall, before proceeding to Sydney, C.B. on Sept. 20 in order to join the slow, eastbound North Atlantic Convoy SC 47* on Sept. 29, according to A. Hague. Berto, Bestik, Danio, Don, Fido, Heimgar, Ingertre, Marit II, Spes, Veni and Victo are also listed, and Eglantine is named among the escorts (see SC convoy escorts). Petter II, cargo of dieso, was bound for Liverpool, but put back to St. John's, N.F. on Oct. 10. She was scheduled for the Newfoundland portion of Convoy SC 51 later that month, but did not sail (according to the notes in the original document for this convoy, she had also been scheduled for the previous convoy, SC 50*, which had originated in Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 17). She subsequently joined the Newfoundland section of next convoy, SC 52, but again returned to port; in fact, the entire convoy returned, due to heavy U-boat attacks. Having sailed from St. John's to Sydney, C.B. on Nov. 1, she joined Convoy SC 53 from there on Nov. 4, but again returned, then finally got away with SC 55 on Nov. 16. Her destination is given as Thameshaven, and she arrived there, via various other ports, on Dec. 9.
She later had quite a long stay at Tyne, where she had arrived on Dec. 19-1941; departure date is difficult to decipher on Page 2, but according to A. Hague, she left on Febr. 11-1942. In March she's listed, together with Rena and Ruth I, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 76*, which originated in Liverpool on March 15 and arrived Halifax on the 31st. Petter II, however, was bound for Baton Rouge. She arrived Hampton Roads (via New York City) on Apr. 4, having started out from Loch Ewe March 15. According to the archive document, she was "sheltering" at Hampton Roads, before proceeding to New Orleans the next day, with arrival Apr. 13. From there, she now headed to Freetown on Apr. 23, arriving on May 19, and a few days later she joined Convoy SL 111/SLF 111. Havkong, Sandanger, Skandinavia and Solsten are also named in this convoy, which departed Freetown on May 24 and arrived Liverpool on June 16 (the SLF section detached on June 8 and arrived Liverpool on the 13th - see link in Voyage Record). Petter II, bound for Belfast with a cargo of gas oil, was in the slow portion; she arrived Belfast Lough on June 15, later proceeding to Avonmouth, where she arrived June 20.
As will be seen when going to Page 3 of the archive documents, she subsequently had a long stay in Falmouth, where she arrived on June 26. Departure is given as Aug. 13, when she proceeded to Milford Haven. She was scheduled for the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 122 on Aug. 15, in which the Norwegian Trolla was sunk (follow the links for more info), but did not sail. Instead, she's listed in Convoy OS 38, originating in Liverpool on Aug. 20, voyage Milford-Gibraltar (link in the table above). She arrived Gibraltar, via Belfast Lough, on Sept. 1, having sailed from Milford Haven on Aug. 19. Anna Knudsen and Thorshavet are also listed. Petter II headed back to the U.K. again on Sept. 12, then joined Convoy ON 133*, originating in Liverpool on Sept. 25, but she returned to port (Clyde), later joining Convoy ON 138*, which had left Liverpool on Oct. 11 and arrived New York Nov. 3. Both these convoys had several Norwegian ships, namely Athos, Anna Knudsen, Bello, Brimanger, Emma Bakke, Garonne, Grey County, Kosmos II, Minerva, Molda, Noreg, Nueva Granada, Polarsol, Polartank, Sandanger, Skandinavia, Thorshavet, Thorshov and the Panamanian Norbris (Norwegian managers) in ON 133, and Evanger (Commodore Vessel), Ferncliff, Harpefjell, Henrik Ibsen, Lista, Maloja (detached, sunk - follow the link for details) and Norheim in ON 138.
The rest of her 1942 voyages are shown on Page 3; convoy information can be found in the table above.
With a cargo of gas oil, A. Hague has included her, along with Daghild (returned), Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Rena, Sevilla, Solstad and Sommerstad (put back), in Convoy SC 117*, departing New York on Jan. 12-1943, but she returned to port, this time to Halifax (Jan. 17), later joining Convoy SC 118* from there. This convoy had originated in New York on Jan. 24 and arrived Liverpool Febr. 12 and also included Annik, Bestik, Cetus, Daghild (sunk, follow link for details - this convoy lost several ships), Glarona, Grey County, Maud, Norbryn and Sommerstad. Petter II later joined the first convoy in the ONS series, Convoy ONS 1*, leaving Liverpool on March 15. Bestik, Cetus, Gausdal, Grado, Grey County and Mathilda are also listed and Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts (see ONS covoy escorts). Petter II's captain served as Vice Commodore for this convoy; her destination is given as Baltimore, station 71. She arrived New York on Apr. 7, Baltimore on Apr. 10, remaining there for over a month (Page 3).
In May we find her in Convoy SC 132 from Halifax (Buttercup, which later came under the Norwegian flag after the loss of Tunsberg Castle was among the escorts) and at the beginning of July, she's listed, together with Fana, Garnes, Gausdal, Hjalmar Wessel, Iron Baron, Mui Hock, Norvarg, Para (returned), Suderøy and Tropic Star, in the westbound Convoy ONS 12*, which left Liverpool July 3 and arrived Halifax on the 18th; Petter II, however, was bound for Curacao, where she arrived, via New York and Guantanamo Bay, on Aug. 25 - see Page 4 (convoy info in Voyage Record above). The following month, she's included in Convoy SC 142 from Halifax to the U.K., returning with Convoy ONS 21*, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 22 and arrived Halifax Nov. 5 and also had Ferncliff, Gausdal, Henrik Ibsen, Maud, Norhauk, Para, Sommerstad and Suderøy in its ranks. This time, she was bound for New York, where she arrived Nov. 8, according to A. Hague (having joined from Oban). She now proceeded to Curacao again (see Voyage Record), and her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in Convoy SC 149, leaving Halifax on Dec. 15. Her destination is given as Shellhaven and she arrived there, via various other ports, on Jan. 4/5-1944.
She headed back across the Atlantic again with Convoy ONS 27*, originating in Liverpool on Jan. 13-1944, arriving Halifax on the 31st; however, Petter II stopped at St. John's, N.F. on Jan. 30, having started out from Loch Ewe on the 13th (Page 4). Ferncliff, Fjordheim, Iron Baron (returned), Maud, Norse Lady, Orwell, Stirlingville, Suderøy (Commodore Vessel - returned) and Vinland are also named in this convoy (and Buttercup was again among the escorts, but note that she did not come under the Norwegian flag until much later that year - see ONS convoy escorts).
Page 5 shows her subsequent voyages, with convoy information in A. Hague's Voyage Record above (as can be seen, she had quite a long stay in New York in the spring of 1944).
While the Normandy beaches were being invaded in June-1944, Petter II was on her way to London with the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 294, which had a lot of Norwegian ships. The Commodore was in Abraham Lincoln, while Geisha served as the Vice Commodore Ship. Petter II went back in the other direction again the following month with Convoy ON 245* (from Liverpool July 18, to New York Aug. 2). She joined from Loch Ewe and had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Bralanta, Chr. Th. Boe, Emma Bakke (Commodore Vessel), Fjordaas, Gudvor, Mathilda, Montevideo, O. B. Sørensen and Tanafjord.
The rest of her 1944 voyages are listed on Page 5 and Page 6, the latter document also showing most of her 1945 movements. It'll be noticed, that she had a long stay in Boston that year. She had arrived there from New York on July 29 and did not leave again until Nov. 2. Page 7 has her voyages to Apr.-1946.
According to this external page, she was managed by Einar Christiansen, Arendal from 1950, same name and owners. Sold to the U.K. for breaking up in Nov.-1954.
Back to Petter II on the "Ships starting with P" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", Roger W. Jordan - and misc.