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Owner: D/S A/S Produce
Delivered in Aug.-1920 as Gitterø from N.V. Scheepswerf Julina, Papendrecht to D/S A/S John K. Haaland, Haugesund. 1291 gt, 726 net, 2062 tdwt, 236.3' x 36.2' x 15.9', Triple exp. 158 nhp (Schw. & Maschf.). Purchased in Oct.-1926 by D/S A/S Produce (H. M. Wrangell & Co. A/S) and renamed Promise. Managed by Jacob Odland S. S., Haugesund from Jan.-1938.
George Monk, England has told me that Captain Lars Meling received a British "Commendation" - his source: Seedies List of awards to the British Merchant Navy which includes awards to Allied merchant seamen. Reason not known.
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; other Norwegian ships also took part in some of them.
Errors may exist, and as can be seen, the record is incomplete.
As can be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Promise was trading in The Far East when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 - she arrived Hong Kong (from Bangkok) on Apr. 13. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2. I've found a little snippet of information saying that she was in Calcutta in June-1941 (see text for Ida Bakke) and this agrees with the details found on the archive document (which shows that she went to Sandheads/Calcutta several times). Page 2 also shows a few 1942 voyages - it'll be noticed that there are some long gaps in her voyages in this period and again later that year - see Page 3.
According to Arnold Hague, she took part in Convoy KMS 14X, which departed Gibraltar on May 17-1943 and arrived Alexandria on the 26th. Promise, however, was bound for Benghazi, where she arrived on May 25, having started out from Tripoli, Libya on May 22 (again, see Page 3 above). This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, the ships sailing in it are named in the section listing ships in all KMS convoys.
In Oct.-1943 she's listed in Convoy XT 4, in which the Norwegian Marit was sunk - follow the link for more info. Evviva is also included in this convoy, ref. external link provided in the table above. According to Page 4, Promise arrived Benghazi on Oct. 5, having sailed from Alexandria on Oct. 2. She left Benghazi again on Oct. 21, arriving Alexandria on the 25th, and subsequently appears to have remained there for a long time; departure is given as Jan. 30-1944, when she returned to Benghazi (convoy info in table above). Her 1944 voyages start on the same page while the rest are shown on Page 5, which also has 1945 voyages. See also Page 6, listing voyages to Apr.-1946.
Sailed as Molly from March-1951 for Far Eastern & Panama Transport Corp., Hong Kong. Broken up in 1959 as Ktung Gi of Pusan.
Back to Promise on the "Ships starting with P" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, and misc.