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D/S Sygna
Updated Dec. 4-2010

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Manager: J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
3881 gt

Delivered from Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough (525) in Apr.-1907, 3881 gt, 2464 net, 7400 tdwt, 360.1' x 52.1' x 23.9'.

On charter to The Ministry of War Transport from Aug, 14-1941 to Oct. 23-1945 (managed by British India SN Co. Ltd.).

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, Page 2 has some information missing in the margin)
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

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

  Voyage Record
From Dec.-1940 to Nov.-1944:  

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

As can be seen, the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Dec. 3 Aden Port Sudan Dec. 6 BN 10 Earlier voyages, Page 1
For Port Sudan.
Convoy available at BN 10
(external link)
Left Port Sudan Dec. 10
(Page 1)
1941 Jan. 3 Suez Aden Jan. 11 BS 12 For Aden.
Convoy available at BS 12
(external link)
Further 1941 voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
Her 1942 voyages are shown on Page 2 above. Some 1943 voyages, missing from A. Hague's record, can also be found on this document and continue on Page 3.
1943 July 10 Colombo Bombay July 16 MB 41 Convoy available at MB 41
(external link)
Left Bombay July 19
(missing voyages, Page 3)
Dec. 7 Colombo Cochin Dec. 9 MB 57 Convoy available at MB 57
(external link)
Left Cochin, Jan. 1-1944
(Page 3)
1944 Jan. 4 Colombo Calcutta Jan. 13 JC 32 Convoy available at JC 32
(external link)
Febr. 27 Calcutta Madras March 2 CJ 18 Convoy available at CJ 18
(external link)
Left Madras, March 4
(Page 3).
March 8 Vizag Madras March 11 CJ 19 Convoy available at CJ 19
(external link)
March 28 Madras Calcutta Apr. 1 JC 42 Convoy available at JC 42
(external link)
Apr. 15 Calcutta Madras Apr. 20 CJ 24 Convoy available at CJ 24
(external link)
Apr. 29 Madras Calcutta May 3 JC 46 Convoy available at JC 46
(external link)
May 31 Madras Calcutta June 4 JC 50 Had arrived Madras, May 22
(Page 3).
Convoy available at JC 50
(external link)
July 18 Calcutta Madras July 24 CJ 36 Convoy available at CJ 36
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 4
Nov. 6 Madras Calcutta Nov. 10 JC 66 Convoy available at JC 66
(external link)
Subsequent voyages, to Nov.-1945:
Page 4 above

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway.

Together with the Norwegian Alcides, Nyholm and Tanafjord, Sygna is listed in Convoy BN 10, which departed Bombay on Nov. 27-1940 and arrived Suez Dec. 10. Sygna's destination is given as Port Sudan, where she arrived Dec. 6, having sailed from Aden on Dec. 3, according to Page 1.

At the beginning of 1941, we find her in Convoy BS 12, departing Suez on Jan. 3, dispersed Jan. 11, Sygna arriving Aden that same day. Octavian and Velma are also listed in this convoy.

As will be seen when going to Page 2, she appears to have spent a long time in Calcutta, where she had arrived on Sept. 24-1942. Departure is given as Febr. 16-1943 (it'll be noticed, when going to the misc. archive documents, that she occasionally had more longs stays in Calcutta, as well as in other ports). In July that year she's listed, together with Suderholm, in Convoy MB 41, which left Colombo on July 10 and arrived Bombay on the 16th. Sygna is said to have left the convoy on July 14, but A. Hague says she did arrive Bombay on July 16 (see Voyage Record). Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3. At the end of that year he has included her, along with Fenris, in Convoy MB 57, departing Colombo on Dec. 7, arriving Bombay on the 12th; Sygna, however, was bound for Cochin, and arrived there on Dec. 9.

Early the following year, she appears in Convoy JC 32, which left Colombo on Jan. 4-1944 and arrived Calcutta on the 13th. She's also listed in Convoy CJ 18, departing Calcutta on Febr. 27, arriving Colombo March 5; Sygna arrived Madras March 2, proceeding to Vizagapatam from there on March 4, arriving March 7, subsequently joining Convoy CJ 19, which originated in Calcutta on March 6 and arrived Colombo on the 14th, but Sygna had sailed from Vizagapatam on March 8 and arrived Madras on the 11th. Later that month, we find her in Convoy JC 42, originating in Colombo on March 25, arriving Calcutta on the 31st. Sygna had started out from Madras on March 28, and her arrival Sandheads is given as Apr. 1 (Page 3). From there, she later joined Convoy CJ 24, leaving Calcutta Apr. 15, arriving Colombo Apr. 22; Sygna was again bound for Madras, where she arrived Apr. 20 (Utsire is also listed). She left Madras again on Apr. 29, joining Convoy JC 46, which had originated in Colombo on Apr. 26 and arrived Calcutta May 3, and at the end of that month she's listed, together with Anders Jahre, in Convoy JC 50 (from Colombo May 28). Sygna had started out in Madras on May 31 and arrived Calcutta June 4. The following month, she appears in Convoy CJ 36, departing Calcutta July 18, arriving Colombo July 26; Sygna's destination was again Madras, where she arrived July 24 - see Page 4 (which shows another long stay in Calcutta). In Nov.-1944, she's listed as sailing in Convoy JC 66, which left Colombo on Nov. 3 and arrived Calcutta on the 10th; Sygna had sailed from Madras on Nov. 6. This time, Kong Haakon VII was in company.

All these convoys are available via the external links provided in the Voyage Record. For more information on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here, see the alphabet index at the bottom of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Returned to owners Oct. 23-1945. Sold in 1946 to Bharat Steamship Co. Ltd., Bombay and renamed Bharatmata. Sold for breaking up in Dec.-1954.

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Other ships by this name: This company had another Sygna after the war, originally delivered in Oct.-1943 as Cape Pillar to the U.S. War Administration, built in Beaumont, Texas, 5158 gt. Sold to J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi in Dec.-1946 and renamed Sygna. Sold in Jan.-1966 to the Philippines and renamed Manila Bay. Broken up in 1973. In Nov.-1967 another Sygna was delivered to this company, built in Sunderland, 30 503 gt. Ran aground in a hurricane on May 26-1974 off Newcastle (NSW), broke in two, crew saved. Foreship arrived Kaohsiung in tow on Febr. 26-1975 for breaking up, while the after part was sold to J. Scrusse and broken up.


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