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D/S Promise
Updated Sept. 22-2010

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Owner: D/S A/S Produce
Manager: Jacob Odland S.S., Haugesund
1291 gt

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.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6

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

  Partial Voyage Record
From May-1943 to July-1944:  

(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.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1943 May 8 Tripoli, Libya Sfax May 9 Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3.
Back to Tripoli, May 20/21
(Page 3).
May 22 Tripoli, Libya Benghazi May 25 KMS 14X Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
?* May 31 Benghazi *Compare w/Page 3.
Also, missing voyages,
w/more on Page 4
Sept. 10 Tripoli, Libya* Alexandria Sept. 15 TX 1 *From Benghazi, Sept. 12
(Page 4).
Convoy available at TX 1
(external link)
Oct. 1 Alexandria Tripoli, Libya* Oct. 5 XT 4 *Arrived Benghazi
(Page 4).
Convoy available at XT 4
(external link)
Oct. 21 Benghazi Alexandria Oct. 25 TX 5 Convoy available at TX 5
(external link)
1944 Jan. 29 Alexandria Benghazi Febr. 2 XT 16 Convoy available at XT 16
(external link)
Left for Alexandria, Febr. 14
(Page 4).
March 9 Alexandria Benghazi March 13 XT 19 Convoy available at XT 19
(external link)
Left for Alexandria, March 22
(Page 4).
Apr. 11 Alexandria Tripoli, Libya Apr. 16 XT 22 Convoy available at XT 22
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 4.
May 10 Alexandria Benghazi XT 24 Page 4 gives arrival May 14
Convoy available at XT 24
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 4.
June 25 Alexandria Tripoli, Libya July 1 XT 27 Convoy available at XT 27
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 4, Page 5 & Page 6


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.

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre gamle skip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, and misc.


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