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M/T Strix
Updated Aug. 1-2012

To Strix on the "Ships starting with S" page.

To Log of lifeboat voyage/Clan Macnab

A picture of Strix is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Dave Napier, England came across a gravestone for a Norwegian seaman named Trygve Borgen. He took this picture of it and sent it to me.

I looked the name up in "Våre Falne" ("Our Fallen"), a series of 4 books naming Norwegians who died during WW II, and found that Trygve Borgen from Sandefjord served as able seaman on Strix when he became ill and died of Meningitis on May 15-1941, in other words, about a week after Strix had arrived her destination when in Convoy HX 122. He's buried in Arno's Vale Cemetery, Bristol.

If a relative sees this and would like a larger, better quality picture, I'd be glad to pass it on, just contact me via the following address:


Owner: Skibs-A/S Dieseltank
Manager: Stephansen & Torgersen, Oslo
Tonnage:
6219 gt

Built by Götaverken A/B, Gothenburg in 1930.

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


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

á Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 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.

Errors may exist, and some voyages may be missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 22 Aden Abadan Apr. 30 Independent Some earlier voyages:
Page 1
May 2 Abadan Adelaide June 1 Independent
June 3 Adelaide Hobart June 8 Independent
June 9 Hobart Sydney, N.S.W. June 12 Independent
June 15 Sydney, N.S.W. Palembang July 2 Independent
July 6 Palembang Tandjung Priok July 7 Independent
July 7 Tandjung Priok Hobart July 26 Independent
July 26 Hobart Melbourne July 29 Independent
Aug. 1 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 16 Sydney, N.S.W. Abadan Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 23 Abadan Aden Oct. 2 Independent
Oct. 3 Aden Port Sudan Oct. 8 BN 6 For Port Sudan.
Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 10 Port Sudan Suez Oct. 14 Independent
Nov. 4* Suez BS 8 *Page 1 gives departure Oct. 19.
For Abadan.
Dispersed off Aden Nov. 12.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Nov. 12 Dispersed from BS 8 Abadan Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 22 Abadan Capetown Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 20 Capetown Walvis Bay Dec. 23 Independent
Dec. 25 Walvis Bay Capetown Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 29 Capetown Abadan Jan. 20-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 26 Abadan Capetown Independent Page 1 gives arrival Febr. 17
Febr. 23 Capetown Freetown Independent Page 1 gives arrival March 9
March 13 Freetown SL 68 Dispersed March 21.
Convoy available at SL 68
(external link)
Collision March 17
(see narrative below).
March 21 Dispersed from SL 68 Halifax Apr. 5 Independent
Apr. 20 Halifax Avonmouth May 10 HX 122 See also narrative below
May 16 Avonmouth Barry Island May 16 Independent
May 20 Barry Island Milford Haven May 20 Independent See also Page 1
May 21 Milford Haven OB 326 For NYC.
Dispersed 50 03N 30 37W, May 29.
Convoy available at OB 326
(external link)
May 29 Dispersed from OB 326 New York City June 9 Independent
Aug. 16 New York City Halifax Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 21 Halifax Clyde Sept. 7 HX 146 To Bowling, Sept. 8
(Page 1 & Page 2).
Sept. 18 Clyde ON 17 Dispersed 47 28N 40 57W, Sept. 29.
Sept. 29 Dispersed from ON 17 Curacao Oct. 11 Independent
Oct. 16 Curacao Cristobal Oct. 18 Independent
Oct. 20 Balboa Auckland Nov. 20 Independent
Nov. 23 Auckland Cape Morton Independent
Nov. 28 Cape Morton Pladjoe Dec. 18* Independent *Page 2 gives arrival Dec. 13.
Dec. 26 Balikpapan Sydney, N.S.W. Jan. 17-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 19 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Jan. 22 Independent
Jan. 31 Brisbane Melbourne Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 9 Melbourne Fremantle Independent Page 2 gives arrival Febr. 17
Febr. 18 Fremantle Abadan March 10 Independent
March 17 Abadan Colombo March 27 Independent
March 27 Colombo C 12 Dispersed March 30.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 30 Dispersed from C 12 Sydney, N.S.W. Apr. 23 Independent
May 14 Sydney, N.S.W. Los Angeles June 18 Independent A. Hague says:
Held at Sydney, NSW with defects
Oct. 20 Los Angeles San Francisco Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 24 San Francisco Melbourne Nov. 28 Independent
Dec. 1 Melbourne Adelaide Dec. 3 Independent
Dec. 4 Adelaide Port Pirie Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 7 Port Pirie Fremantle Dec. 15 Independent
Dec. 22 Fremantle Abadan Jan. 15-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 19 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Jan. 24 Bandar Abbas PA 21 For Capetown.
Detached Jan 27.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Jan. 27 Detached from PA 21 East London Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 25* East London Capetown Febr. 27 Independent *Febr. 20?
(see Page 2).
March 5 Capetown Saldanha Bay March 5 Independent
March 8 Saldanha Bay Capetown March 8 Independent
March 9 Capetown Durban March 14 CD 8 Convoy available via link above
March 24 Durban DN 27 Dispersed March 26.
Convoy available via link above
March 26 Dispersed from DN 27 Abadan Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 18 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Apr. 22 Bandar Abbas Aden Apr. 30 PA 34 Convoy available via link above
Apr. 30 Aden Suez May 6 Independent On to Port Said, May 10
(Page 2).
May 11 Port Said Alexandria May 12 Independent A. Hague says:
Repairing collision damage of Apr. 25-1943
May 20 Alexandria Port Said May 21 Independent
May 23 Port Said Haifa May 24 Independent
May 27 Haifa Iskenderun May 28 Independent
June 4 Iskenderun Haifa June 5 Independent
June 28 Haifa Port Said June 29 Independent
June 29 Port Said Alexandria June 30 Independent
July 6 Alexandria Tripoli, Libya July 12 MWS 37 A. Hague says:
Via Operation Husky.
Convoy available via this page
See also Operation Husky
and invasion of Sicily
(external links)
July 21 Tripoli, Libya Alexandria July 26 MES 37 Convoy available via first link above
Aug. 3 Alexandria Port Said Aug. 4 Independent See also Page 3
Aug. 6 Suez Massawa Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 12 Massawa Aden Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 15 Aden Bandar Abbas Aug. 22 AP 40 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Aug. 22 Bandar Abbas Abadan Aug. 24 Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3).
Aug. 25 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Aug. 31 Bandar Abbas Bombay Sept. 6 PB 54 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Sept. 16 Bombay Bandar Abbas Sept. 23 BP 95 Convoy available via link above.
Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3
Sept. 23 Bandar Abbas Abadan Sept. 24 Independent
Sept. 25 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Oct. 2 Bandar Abbas Karachi Oct. 5 PB 58 Convoy available via link above
Oct. 11 Karachi Bandar Abbas Oct. 14 BP 98 Convoy available via link above.
Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3
Oct. 14 Bandar Abbas Abadan Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 22 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Oct. 28 Bandar Abbas Bombay Nov. 1 PB 61 Convoy available via link above
Nov. 2 Bombay Cochin Nov. 5 BM 73 Convoy available at BM convoys
(external link)
Nov. 12 Cochin Bombay Nov. 15 MB 54 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Nov. 18 Bombay Bandar Abbas Nov. 24 BP 103 Convoy available via link above
Nov. 24 Bandar Abbas Abadan Independent Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3
Nov. 28 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Dec. 3 Bandar Abbas PA 63 Detached Dec. 11.
Convoy available via link above
Dec. 11 Detached from PA 63 Massawa Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 15 Massawa Port Sudan Dec. 16 Independent
Dec. 18 Port Sudan Massawa Dec. 19 Independent
Dec. 25 Massawa Aden Dec. 27 Independent
Dec. 27 Aden Abadan Jan. 6-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 10 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Jan. 14 Bandar Abbas PA 66 Detached Jan. 16.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Jan. 16 Detached from PA 66 Lourenšo Marques Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 7 Lourenšo Marques Beira Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 12 Beira Diego Suarez Febr. 18 Independent
Febr. 25 Diego Suarez Abadan March 9 Independent
March 11 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
March 14 Bandar Abbas Aden March 21 Independent
March 29 Aden Bandar Abbas Apr. 5 AP 66 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Apr. 6 Bandar Abbas Abadan Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 18 Abadan Bandar Abbas Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 20 Bandar Abbas PB 76 Detached Apr. 22.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 22 Detached from PB 76 Mombasa May 3 Independent
May 6 Mombasa Abadan May 18 Independent
May 20 Abadan Brisbane June 28 Independent
July 6 Brisbane Gladstone July 7 Independent
July 8 Gladstone Townsville July 10 Independent
July 14 Townsville Cairns July 14 Independent
July 15 Cairns Gladstone Independent Page 4 gives arrival July 18
July 18 Gladstone Balboa Independent
Aug. 24 Cristobal Puerto la Cruz Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 30 Puerto la Cruz Gitmo Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 5 Gitmo Philadelphia Sept. 12 GN 155 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 17 Philadelphia Baltimore Sept. 18 Independent
Nov. 4 Baltimore Hampton Roads Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 7 Hampton Roads New York City Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 9 New York City Boston Independent Page 4 gives arrival Nov. 10
Nov. 13 Boston Halifax Nov. 15 BX 133 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Nov. 17 Halifax Liverpool Dec. 6 SC 161
Dec. 11 Liverpool Belfast Lough Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 14 Belfast Lough New York City Jan. 3-1945 ON 272 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
1945 Jan. 3 New York City Beaumont Independent
Jan. 13 Beaumont Philadelphia Jan. 18 Independent
Jan. 22 Philadelphia New York City Jan. 23 Independent
Jan. 25 New York City Boston Independent Page 4 gives arrival Jan. 26
Jan. 27 Boston Halifax Jan. 29 BX 143 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Jan. 31 Halifax Liverpool Febr. 14 SC 166 Missing movements, Page 4
Febr. 26 Liverpool New York City March 13 ON 287 A. Hague says:
After collision March 8.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 14 New York City Hampton Roads Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 17 Hampton Roads New York City Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 19 New York City Boston Independent
Apr. 22 Boston Boston Apr. 24 BX 158 Put back.
Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
May 22 Boston Halifax May 24 BX 164 Convoy available at link above
May 26 Halifax Downs June 8 SC 177 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
June 10 Thames Tyne June 11 Independent
June 14 Tyne New York City June 29 Independent
July 1 New York City Thames July 16 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 5


 Notes: 

As can be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Strix arrived Port Said on Apr. 5-1940, 4 days before war broke out in Norway. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.

 In Collision - 1941: 

With a cargo of about 9000 tons aviation fuel, Strix had departed Freetown in Convoy SL 68 on March 13-1941 - ref. link provided within the Voyage Record above; Fernbank, Høegh Scout and Stiklestad are also listed. In the evening of the 17th, Able Seaman Hans Kr. Hov was on his way aft when he noticed the convoy was about to alter course to port. To his horror, he suddenly saw the British Clan Macnab on their port side altering course to starboard instead (built 1920; 6076 gt., Captain P. G. de Gruchy). Several ships in the convoy had already been torpedoed by this time and some of the men had retired for a rest, but as the 2 ships turned together with great force they all came running up on deck, then dashed up to the boatdeck to lower the boats, thinking Strix had received a torpedo, though they soon realized what had happened when they saw the ship bumping up against her.

Strix was examined and found to be damaged, but could continue, while Clan Macnab sank the following day. Please continue to this Log of the lifeboat voyage kept by survivors of Clan Macnab for more information. The first external website that I've linked to below has a casualty list. According to Charles Hocking ("Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam 1824-1962") the collision took place in the neighbourhood of the Cape Verde Islands, 14 died, 1 injured - number varies according to source. Captain de Gruchy was among the survivors. "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939" (R. W. Jordan) gives the position as 17 13N 21 22W.

Related external links:
Convoy SL 68 - Click on Clan Macnab for a casualty list. A link to A. Hague's listing for this convoy has been provided within the Voyage Record above.

Ships hit from convoy SL-68

 Further Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, 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; several Norwegian ships took part.

When Convoy SL 68 was dispersed on March 21, the captain of Strix decided to head for Halifax (see Page 1) where she was temporarily repaired before joining a convoy for the U.K. She had been scheduled for Convoy HX 120, which departed Halifax on Apr. 10-1941 (it'll be noticed that several of the ships in this convoy had come from SL 68), but she instead joined Convoy HX 122 on Apr. 20. The Advance Sailing Telegram gives her destination as Avonmouth, cargo of benzine, station 82, and from the archive document, we learn that she arrived there on May 9. Cruising order/Commodore's notes are also available for this convoy, and Strix is mentioned in the notes, saying "On May 6 Strix had difficulty in keeping up a speed of 9 knots, when lying No. 7 in the Barry Roads column, but she kept up all right at 8.8 knots".

Later that month we find her, along with Havtor and Tijuca, in Convoy OB 326, originating in Liverpool on May 22-1941, dispersed May 29, Strix arriving New York June 9. She remained there until Aug. 16, when she proceeded to Halifax in order to join Convoy HX 146 back to the U.K. on Aug. 21, returning across the ocean the following month with the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 17. She arrived Curacao on Oct. 11, the convoy having been dispersed Sept. 29.

Her subsequent voyages are listed on Page 2. As can be seen, she spent 3 weeks in Sydney in the spring of 1942, followed by several months in Los Angeles. Also, in his Voyage Record, when in Alexandria, A. Hague mentions her repairing collision damage of Apr. 25-1943 - on that date, she was on her way from Bandar Abbas to Aden, Convoy PA 34 (external link); no further info on this collision is available. She had arrived Alexandria on May 12, and departure is given as May 20. See also Page 3 and Page 4 (showing a long stay in Baltimore in the fall of 1944); convoy information can be found in the Voyage Record.

Skipping now to Nov. 17-1944, when I have her in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 161. The following month, she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 272*, departing Southend on Dec. 14, arriving New York Jan. 1-1945 - according to Page 4 above, Strix had sailed from Belfast Lough on Dec. 14 and arrived New York Jan. 3, proceeding to Beaumont that same day. Egerø, Ferncourt and Norsktank are also listed in this convoy.

At the end of Jan.-1945, we find her in the slow Convoy SC 166 from Halifax, bound for Barton, where she arrived Febr. 16/17, subsequently returning across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 287*, which left Southend on Febr. 25, arrived New York March 14 and also included Buenos Aires, Norsktank, Roald Amundsen, Solfonn, Sophocles, Thorshov, Tiradentes and Østhav. According to A. Hague, Strix had been involved in a collision on March 8 - no further details are available, but she did remain in New York for a month, so perhaps repairs were necessary? Later on, she also spent a month in Boston, before proceeding to Halifax on May 22, and A. Hague has now included her, with Geisha (listed as British, but this was a Norwegian ship), Germa, Hardanger, Heimgar, Lago, Orwell, Sir James Clark Ross, Slemmestad, Sommerstad and Velma, in Convoy SC 177*, which left Halifax on May 26 and arrived Liverpool June 8 - again see Page 4 for a listing of her voyages in this period.

Page 5 shows the rest of her 1945 voyages, as well as some 1946 voyages.

* 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. The entire SC series will also be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, the names of other ships sailing in Convoy SC 177 can be found at ships in all SC convoys.

More details on the Norwegian ships mentioned on this page can be found with the help of the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 POST WAR: 

According to this external page, she was managed by Olsen & Ugelstad, Oslo from Nov.-1950. Sold in June-1955 to T.W. Ward Ltd., Briton Ferry, U.K. for breaking up.

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