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Updated July 11-2012

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Manager: The Texas Company (Norway) A/S, Oslo. This company was controlled by The Texas Co., US, and its ships managed by Haakon Chr. Mathiesen, Oslo.
3160 gt

Delivered from Texas Shipbuilding Co., Maine (14) as Solitaire on Apr. 3-1920 to the Texas Steamship Co. Inc., New York. 3160 gt, 1844 net, 4750 tdwt, 315.4' x 43.7' x 27.4', two 6 cyl. 4T single acting DM (McIntosh & Seymour Corp., Auburn, New York), 1260 bhp. Transferred in 1929 to The Texas Company, Wilmington, Delaware. Sold in May-1933 to The Texas Company (Norway) A/S, Oslo.

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 | Page 7

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Apr.-1944:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (please be aware that some listings are incomplete). Where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known.

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 24* New York City Port Arthur Independent *Page 1 gives departure Apr. 26 (arrived May 6).
May 8 Port Arthur Plymouth June 3 Independent
June 7 Plymouth Unknown port
June 23 Plymouth Falmouth June 24 See also Page 1 above
June 30 Falmouth Southend Independent Again, compare w/Page 1
(also, missing movements).
Aug. 15 Southend Methil Aug. 17 FN 253 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 25 Methil OA 204 Dispersed Aug. 29.
Convoy available at OA 204
(external link)
Aug. 29 Dispersed from OA 204 Port Arthur Sept. 25 Independent
Dec. 2 Port Arthur Galveston Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 13 Galveston Port Arthur Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 17 Port Arthur Halifax Dec. 31 Independent
1941 Jan. 31 Halifax Liverpool Febr. 19 SC 21 See also narrative below.
Missing movements, Page 1
Febr. 28 Liverpool OB 292 For Port Arthur.
Dispersed March 6.
Convoy available at OB 292
(external link)
March 6 Dispersed from OB 292 Port Arthur Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 5 Port Arthur Halifax Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 19 Halifax SC 29
May 8 From SC 29 Barry Roads May 10 BB 18 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
May 11 Barry Roads Liverpool May 13 OB 322 For Liverpool
(via Milford Haven & Holyhead - Page 1).
Convoy available at OB 322
(external link)
Missing movements:
Page 1 & Page 2
May 25 Liverpool OG 63 Detached June 1.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
June 1 Detached from OG 63 New York City June 15 Independent
July 12 New York City Halifax July 15 Independent
July 22 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 24 Independent
Aug. 1 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Aug. 17 SC 39 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Aug. 18 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 21 WN 169 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 21 Methil Southend Aug. 23 FS 574 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
Aug. 28 Southend Loch Ewe Sept. 1 EC 66 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 3 Loch Ewe ON 12 Dispersed 53 34N 36 14W, Sept. 14.
Sept. 5??* Dispersed from ON 12 Port Arthur Oct. 5 Independent *ON 12 was dispersed Sept. 14
Oct. 11 Port Arthur Sydney, C.B. Oct. 25 Independent
Nov. 4 Sydney, C.B. Oban Nov. 24 SC 53 See also narrative below
Nov. 27 Oban Methil Nov. 30 WN 211 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
* Dec. 6 Methil Southend Dec. 8 FS 666 *Compare w/Page 2
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 11 Southend Methil Dec. 13 FN 576 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 14 Methil Loch Ewe Dec. 16 EN 19 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 17 Loch Ewe ON 47 For NYC.
Dispersed 58 42n 46W, Dec. 23.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 23 Dispersed from ON 47 New York City Jan. 8-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 27 New York City Halifax Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 10 Halifax Liverpool* Febr. 26 SC 69 *Loch Ewe
(see also narrative below)
March 5 Loch Ewe Methil March 8 WN 254 A. Hague says:
Arrived with WN 252.
Convoys available at WN convoys
(external link)
March 9 Methil Sunderland March 9 FS 746 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 14 Sunderland Methil March 14 FN 654 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
March 15 Methil Loch Ewe March 17 EN 59 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 21 Loch Ewe Halifax Apr. 7 ON 78 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 9 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Apr. 11 XB 8 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
Apr. 11 Cape Cod Canal New York City Apr. 12 Independent
Apr. 24 New York City Halifax Apr. 28 Independent
May 7 Halifax Loch Ewe May 22 SC 83 See also narrative
May 24 Loch Ewe Methil May 26 WN 287 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
May 27 Methil Sunderland May 28 FS 813 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
May 31 Sunderland Methil June 1 FN 721 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 1 Methil Loch Ewe June 4 EN 92 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 9 Loch Ewe ON 102 For NYC.
Detached June 25.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 25 Detached from ON 102 New York City June 28
July 2 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
July 9 Cape Cod Bay Halifax July 11 BX 28 For Sydney, C.B.
Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
July 13 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 15 HS 27 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 17 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool July 31 SC 92 Missing movements, Page 3
Aug. 8 Liverpool ON 120 For NYC.
Dispersed Aug. 27.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 27 Dispersed from ON 120 New York City Aug. 30 Independent
Sept. 19 New York City Halifax Sept. 24 SC 102 Returned
(Page 3 says, engine trouble).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Sept. 29 Halifax Liverpool Oct. 16 SC 103 Convoy will be added.
See link above.
Missing movements, Page 3
Oct. 30 Liverpool New York City Nov. 21 ON 142 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 4 New York City Belfast Lough Dec. 24 SC 112 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 25 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Dec. 26 BB 248 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 31 Avonmouth Milford Haven* Jan. 1-1943 Independent *Anchored Barry Roads, Dec. 31
(Page 3)
1943 Jan. 1 Milford Haven* Halifax Jan. 23 ON 158 *From Barry Roads
Jan. 31 Halifax New York City Febr. 5 ON 160 See also narrative below
March 13 New York City Philadelphia March 14 Independent
March 16 Philadelphia Hampton Roads March 18 Independent
March 20 Hampton Roads Charleston, SC March 23 Independent
March 25 Charleston, SC Jacksonville March 26 Independent
March 28 Jacksonville Key West March 30 Independent
March 31 Key West Port Arthur Apr. 5 Independent
Apr. 10 Port Arthur Tampa Independent
Apr. 17 Tampa Miami Apr. 17 Independent Via Key West
Compare w/Page 3
Apr. 21 Miami Key West Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 25 Key West Port Arthur Apr. 28 Independent
Apr. 29 Port Arthur Key West May 4 Independent
May 9 Key West Corpus Christi May 14 Independent
May 15 Corpus Christi Tampa May 20 Independent
May 24 Tampa Galveston May 27 Independent
June 20 Galveston Port Arthur June 20 Independent
June 21 Port Arthur Key West June 26 Independent
June 30 Key West Corpus Christi July 4 Independent
July 6 Corpus Christi Tampa July 10 Independent
July 13 Tampa Corpus Christi July 16 Independent
July 18 Corpus Christi Tampa July 22 Independent
July 25 Tampa Corpus Christi July 30 Independent
July 31 Corpus Christi New Orleans Independent
Aug. 6 New Orleans Beaumont Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 9 Beaumont Miami Independent
Aug. 17 Miami Beaumont Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 23 Beaumont Key West Aug. 28 Independent
Aug. 31 Key West Galveston Bar Sept. 4 KH 423 Thence Corpus Christi.
Convoy available at KH convoys
(external link)
Sept. 9* Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Sept. 14 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown.
Page 4 indicates New Orleans
(*Page 4 gives departure Sept. 7)
Sept. 16 Corpus Christi New Orleans Independent
Sept. 24 New Orleans Port Arthur Sept. 25 Independent On to Beaumont
(Page 4)
Sept. 26 Beaumont Tampa Oct. 1 Independent
Oct. 4 Tampa Beaumont Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 9 Beaumont Tampa Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 14 Tampa Beaumont Independent Page 4 gives arrival Oct. 16
Oct. 18 Beaumont Port Everglades Oct. 24 Independent
Oct. 26 Miami Corpus Christi Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 2 Corpus Christi Houston Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 5 Houston Port Arthur Nov. 6 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 7 Port Arthur Tampa Nov. 10 Independent
Nov. 12 Tampa Corpus Christi Nov. 17 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 18 Corpus Christi Port Arthur Nov. 26 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(Page 4 indicates New Orleans)
Nov. 27 Port Arthur Tampa Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 3 Tampa Corpus Christi Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 7 Corpus Christi Tampa Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 14 Tampa Smiths Bluff Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 19 Smiths Bluff Tampa Dec. 20* Independent *Page 5 gives Dec. 23.
Dec. 25 Tampa Houston Dec. 29 Independent
Dec. 30 Houston Tampa Jan. 3-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 6 Tampa Corpus Christi Jan. 10 Independent
Jan. 12 Corpus Christi Tampa Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 19 Tampa Corpus Christi Jan. 24 Independent
Jan. 24 Corpus Christi Port Arthur Febr. 2 Independent A. Hague Says:
Voyage data unknown
(Page 5 indicates New Orleans)
Febr. 3 Port Arthur Key West Febr. 8 Independent
Febr. 10 Key West Corpus Christi Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 16 Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Febr. 25 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(Page 5 indicates Baton Rouge)
Febr. 26 Corpus Christi Tampa March 2 Independent
March 5 Tampa Corpus Christi March 8 Independent
March 9 Corpus Christi Tampa March 14 Independent Notional sailing date
March 16 Tampa Galveston Independent Page 5 gives arrival March 21.
Apr. 1 Galveston Corpus Christi Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 3 Corpus Christi Tampa Apr. 8 Independent
Apr. 11 Tampa Corpus Christi Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 15 Corpus Christi Galveston Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 19 Galveston Bar Key West Apr. 23 HK 219 Convoy available at HK convoys
(external link)
Apr. 23 Key West Port Everglades Apr. 24 KN 309 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
A. Hague says:
Then traded Caribbean to May-1945 Unescorted.
Subsequent voyages:
Page 5, Page 6 & Page 7

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those noted below, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the links provided for more convoy information; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, Solitaire was in New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She had arrived there from Manchester on March 16 and did not leave again until Apr. 26, when she proceeded to Port Arthur and from there to the U.K.

That fall, she's listed in Convoy OA 204, which left Methil on Aug. 25-1940 and dispersed on the 29th; ref. external link provided in the Voyage Record. The Norwgian Heire, Lom and Svint are also listed. Solitaire's destination is not given, but according to Page 1, she arrived Port Arthur on Sept. 25 (this seems a very long time after the convoy's dispersal), and unless some voyages are missing from the record, she appears to have remained there for a long time; departure is given as Dec. 2. As can be seen, she also spent a month in Halifax.

She was scheduled for the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 18 on Jan. 2-1941, as well as for Convoy SC 19 on Jan. 12, but did not sail (see also Ruth I). She was also cancelled from Convoy SC 20 on Jan. 22, but finally got away with SC 21 on Jan. 31 and arrived Manchester on Febr. 20. With Fjord, Granli (? follow the link), Hellen, Ruth I and Selbo, she joined Convoy OB 292 about a week later, departing Liverpool on Febr. 28, dispersed March 6. Her destination is given as Port Arthur, where she arrived on Apr. 3, heading back to the U.K. on Apr. 19 in Convoy SC 29 from Halifax, cargo of lub. oil for Manchester (escorts' reports are also available for this convoy). In May we find her, together with Belinda, Bollsta, Idefjord and Lista, in Convoy OB 322, which originated in Liverpool on May 12; this is a little confusing - Solitaire arrived Liverpool on May 13, having sailed from Holyhead that same day (she had sailed from Milford Haven on May 11, again, see Page 1). The external website that I've linked to within the table above has more on the OB convoys mentioned here. Later that month she joined Convoy OG 63, which departed Liverpool on May 25 and arrived Gibraltar on June 7. Solitaire, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived on June 15 (see Page 2). According to A. Hague, she had parted company with the convoy on June 1 in order to proceed to this destination. OG 63 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now the ships sailing in it are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys. The Norwegian Fjord is also included.

After about a month in New York, Solitaire headed to Halifax, then on to Sydney, C.B., and Arnold Hague now has her returning to the U.K. with Convoy SC 39*, departing Sydney, C.B. on Aug. 1-1941. She later joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 12, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 1 and dispersed on the 14th, Solitaire arriving Port Arthur on Oct. 5 (she had started out from Loch Ewe on Sept. 3). She was scheduled for the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 52 at the end of that month, but instead joined Convoy SC 53 on Nov. 4. Her destination is given as Thameshaven, and she arrived there (via Oban and Methil Roads) on Dec. 5 (Page 2). Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in the westbound Convoy ON 47*, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 15 and dispersed on the 23rd, Solitaire arriving New York on Jan. 8-1942 (she had sailed from Loch Ewe on Dec. 17). Grey County is also listed in this convoy.

On Febr. 10-1942 she's listed among the ships in Convoy SC 69 from Halifax, bound for Sunderland, station 32 (having been cancelled from the previous convoy SC 68, Febr. 4). She arrived her destination (via Loch Ewe and Methil Roads) on March 10. Later that month, we find her, along with Askeladden, Fjordheim and Iron Baron, in the westbund Convoy ON 78*, which originated in Liverpool on March 21 and arrived Halifax Apr. 9. Solitaire's arrival Halifax is given as Apr. 7 on Page 2, and 2 days later she proceeded to New York, with arrival there on Apr. 12. In May that year she can be found in Convoy SC 83 from Halifax (cancelled from SC 82, Apr. 30), again bound for Sunderland, where she arrived on May 28. Acanthus, Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts (see SC convoy escorts). In June she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 102*, which started out in Liverpool on June 9 and arrived Halifax on the 25th. Solitaire joined from Loch Ewe and was bound for New York, where she arrived June 28. Other Norwegian ships were Ada, Bernhard, Boreas, Grey County, Inger Elisabeth, Ingerfire, Norse King, Para, Rena, Rio Branco, Trolla and Vest. Some of these ships, including Solitaire, headed back to the U.K. again on July 17 in Convoy SC 92 from Sydney, C.B. Solitaire arrived her destination Manchester on Aug. 1 (see Page 3) and a week later she joined the westbound Convoy ON 120* in order to return to New York, arriving Aug. 30, the convoy having been dispersed on Aug. 27. She had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Aun, Borgfred, Fjordheim, Måkefjell and Suderøy.

The following month, A. Hague has her in Convoy SC 102*, departing New York on Sept. 19-1942, however, she put into Halifax with engine trouble on Sept. 24, joining SC 103* from there a few days later, taking station 113, cargo of lub. oil (this convoy had originated in New York on Sept. 26). Ada, Boreas, Ingerfire, Rio Branco, Rolf Jarl, Carmelfjell, Jan, Norfalk, Pan Aruba, Solhavn, Solstad and Vinland are also listed. Solitaire arrived Liverpool on Oct. 16, Manchester on Oct. 18 (Page 3), subsequently joining the westbound Convoy ON 142* on Oct. 30, arriving New York on Nov. 21. Bestik (returned to port), Carmelfjell, Fjordheim, Jenny, Kirsten B (joined from Halifax), Norvarg, Primo (also from Halifax), Rio Verde, Sevilla (from Halifax), Temeraire and Vinland are also named. According to A. Hague, Solitaire returned in Convoy SC 112*; departing New York Dec. 4, arriving Liverpool Dec. 25; Solitaire, however, stopped at Belfast Lough on Dec. 24, proceeding to Avonmouth the next day. Other Norwegian ships listed in SC 112 are Aragon, Acasta, Borgholm, Dageid, Fjordheim, Garnes, Harpefjell, Heimgar, Norjerv, Primo (to Halifax only), Sir James Clark Ross and Tropic Star (though Tropic Star returned to port, and Aragon and Garnes stopped at St. John's).

Early in Jan.-1943 she joined the westbound Convoy ON 158. She was bound for New York, but put in at Halifax on Jan. 23 (reason not known), joining Convoy ON 160 from there to New York, where she arrived on Febr. 5 (ON 160 had originated in Liverpool on Jan. 11). She now remained in New York for several weeks; she had been scheduled to go back to the U.K. with Convoy SC 121 (in which the Commodore Vessel Bonneville and several others were sunk - follow the links for a lot more info), but did not sail. In fact, she did not return to the U.K. again for the rest of the war. Again, see Page 3, as well as Page 4, Page 5, Page 6 and Page 7 for details on the rest of her voyages (to Apr.-1946). Convoy information to match some of them can be found in the Voyage Record.

* 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 will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, see the section listing ships in all SC convoys.

For more info on the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index


Sold for breaking up in 1950.

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Roger W. Jordan - and misc.


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