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M/S Tai Yang
Updated Aug. 9-2012

To Tai Yang on the "Ships starting with T" page.

Received from Trond Jergel, Norway, who had relative on board, Karl Johannes Beck (also served as stoker on Lom)
He disappeared without a trace after the war, and Trond has been searching for more information for years.
If anyone can assist, please contact me via the address provided at the bottom of this page.
More pictures are available on this external page (click in them to enlarge).

Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
7084 gt

In Nov.-1927, Wilhelmsen made an agreement with Barber Steamship Company, New York to provide tonnage for Barber's regular service between the New York area and the Far East, in co-operation with the Liverpool firm, James Chambers & Company. Each company was to have 5 ships available. Existing tonnage was used at first, but between 1929 and 1930, 10 almost identical motor liners were built, specially adapted for transportation of vegetable oil and reefer cargo. 5 of the ships were given Chinese names, beginning with the prefix "Tai". Tai Yang was the first in the series (Troja was the 10th and last). Tai Yang was launched on July 14-1928 by Deutsche Werke A.G., Kiel (Yard No. 220), completed March 18-1929. 7084 gt, 3903 net, 12 400 tdwt, 461.4' x 60.6' x 29.0', two 8 cyl. 4 scsa oil engines totalling 7000 ihp by the shipbuilders, driving twin screws. Service speed 14.5 knots.

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

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

á Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Dec.-1945: á

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 2 Padang Aden Apr. 23* Independent *Page 1 gives Apr. 13.
May 3 Aden Suez May 7 Independent
May 9 Port Said Malta May 12 Independent
May 15 Malta Gibraltar Independent
May 20 Gibraltar Southend May 29 HG 31F Again, see also Page 1
July 16 Southend Methil July 18 FN 224 Convoy available at FN 224
(external link)
July 20 Methil OA 187 Dispersed July 25.
Convoy available at OA 187
(external link)
July 25 Dispersed from OA 187 New York City Aug. 1 Independent
1941 Febr. 9 New York City Philadelphia Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 16 Philadelphia Trinidad Independent
March 2 Trinidad Walvis Bay March 20 Independent
March 21 Walvis Bay Capetown March 25 Independent
March 27 Capetown Port Elizabeth March 29 Independent
March 29 Port Elizabeth East London March 30 Independent
March 31 East London Durban Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 10 Durban Lourenšo Marques Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 12 Lourenšo Marques Mombasa Apr. 19* Independent *Page 1 gives arrival Apr. 17
Apr. 21 Mombasa Bombay Apr. 28 Independent
May 4 Bombay Cochin May 6 Independent
May 8 Cochin Colombo May 10 Independent
May 12 Colombo Capetown May 30 Independent
June 1 Capetown Montreal June 29 Independent
July 10 Montreal Halifax July 14 Independent
July 16 Halifax New York City July 18 Independent
Aug. 15 New York City Capetown Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 18 Capetown Port Elizabeth Sept. 20 Independent
Oct. 30 Port Elizabeth East London Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 4 East London Durban Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 14 Durban Lourenšo Marques Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 18 Lourenšo Marques Beira Nov. 20 Independent
Nov. 26 Beira Mombasa Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 6 Mombasa Fremantle Dec. 21 Independent
Dec. 21 Fremantle Adelaide Dec. 26 Independent
1942 Jan. 1 Adelaide Port Pirie Jan. 2 Independent Notional sailing date
Jan. 5 Port Pirie Melbourne Jan. 7 Independent
Jan. 16 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 24 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Jan. 26 Independent
March 9 Melbourne Aden Apr. 5 Independent
Apr. 5 Aden Suez Apr. 10 Independent A. Hague says:
Engine defects at Port Said May 6
(had arrived Apr. 11, left Aug. 5
See Page 2).
Aug. 14 Suez Aden Aug. 21 Independent
Aug. 24 Aden Mombasa Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 12 Mombasa Melbourne Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 30 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Nov. 1 Independent
1943 July 14 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. July 15 Independent
July 18 Newcastle, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. July 19 Independent Put back, defects
July 19 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. July 20 Independent
Aug. 4 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Aug. 9 Independent
Sept. 10 Melbourne Fremantle Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 29 Fremantle Colombo Oct. 11 Independent
Oct. 25 Colombo Bombay Oct. 30 MB 52 Convoy available at MB 52
(external link)
Nov. 11 Bombay Colombo* Nov. 16 BM 74 A. Hague says:
Onward to Melbourne.
Convoy available at BM 74
(external link)
Nov. 16 Detached from BM 74 Melbourne Dec. 2 Independent
*Convoy BM 74 did arrive Colombo on Nov. 16, but as can be seen, Tai Yang was detached from the convoy that day in order to sail to Melbourne - see also Page 2.
Dec. 8 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 10 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(agrees with Page 2)
1944 Jan. 13 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Jan. 16 Independent
Jan. 24 Melbourne Fremantle Jan. 31 Independent
Febr. 6 Fremantle Fremantle Febr. 15 Independent Put back with defects
Apr. 13 Fremantle Colombo Apr. 26 Independent
Apr. 30 Colombo Bombay May 4 Independent
May 21 Bombay Melbourne June 11 Independent
June 19 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. June 21 Independent
July 7 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne July 9 Independent
July 23 Melbourne Fremantle July 30 Independent
Aug. 2 Fremantle Trincomalee Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 19 Trincomalee Colombo Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 24 Colombo Karachi Aug. 29 Independent
Sept. 10 Karachi Bombay Sept. 12 Independent
Oct. 3 Bombay Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 27 Independent
1945 Apr. 4 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 21 Melbourne Fremantle Apr. 27 Independent
Apr. 30 Fremantle Colombo May 11 Independent
May 29 Colombo Bombay June 1 Independent
June 16 Bombay Fremantle July 1 Independent
July 8 Fremantle Sydney, N.S.W. July 17 Independent
Nov. 5 Sydney, N.S.W. Fremantle Nov. 14 Independent
Nov. 18 Fremantle Aden Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 8 Aden Suez Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 15 Suez Antwerp Dec. 29 Independent See also Page 3

 Some War 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.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Tai Yang had departed Padang on Apr. 2-1940 and arrived Aden on Apr. 13, 4 days after the German invasion of Norway - it looks like her original destination was Oslo, Norway, but she was diverted to London. From Aden, she sailed to Suez, Malta and Gibraltar the following month, and on May 20, I have her in Convoy HGF 31 from Gibraltar, bound for London with general cargo, arriving on May 29, remaining there for a long time. According to Arnold Hague, she later joined Convoy FN 224 in order to sail to Methil (Selvik is also listed in this convoy), and from there she joined Convoy OA 187 on July 20, together with the Norwegian Asgerd and Selvik. This convoy was dispersed on the 25th, Tai Yang arriving New York on Aug. 1 - ref. link provided in the Voyage Record (incomplete listing).

It now looks like she remained in New York for a very long time - departure is given as Febr. 9-1941, when she proceeded to Philadelphia. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1, showing a long stay in New York in the summer of 1941, with another long stay in Port Elizabeth that fall. Page 2 also shows some long gaps, from Jan. 26-942, when she had arrived Melbourne, to March 9, when she left Melbourne for Aden and from Apr. 11-1942, when she arrived Port Said, to Aug. 5 that same year, when she departed Port Said for Suez. She later proceeded to Aden, and according to the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway, she lost a crew member on this voyage - see the link at the end of this page. Another long gap is shown from Nov. 1-1942, when she arrived Sydney from Melbourne (where she had spent 3 weeks), to July 14-1943, when she departed Sydney for Newcastle, N.S.W. A. Hague indicates she had some engine problems. She also spent a month in Melbourne in the fall of 1943.

In Oct.-1943, she's listed in Convoy MB 52, departing Colombo on Oct. 25, arriving Bombay Oct. 30, and the following month, we find her in Convoy BM 74, which left Bombay on Nov. 11 and arrived Colombo on the 16th (links in the table above); Tai Yang, however, proceeded to Melbourne, where she arrived on Dec. 2, later continuing to Sydney, remaining there for over a month.

Tai Yang otherwise usually sailed independently.

Her 1944 voyages start on Page 2 (as can be seen, she spent a long time in Fremantle that year), while the rest of her voyages (to Febr.-1946) are shown on Page 3. Again, there are some long gaps, from Oct. 27-1944, when she arrived Sydney from Bombay (where she had also had a long stay), to Apr. 4-1945, when she left Sydney for Melbourne. She also appears to have spent a long time in Sydney from July-1945 to Nov.-1945. The latter document indicates she went home to Norway in Jan.-1946, but arrival there is not given.

More information on the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page can be found via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


From 1952 she had two 5 cyl. 2 scsa oil engines totalling 8000 ihp by Howaldtswerke A.G., Hamburg, driving the twin screws. Service speed 15 knots, 8 passengers. Sold on Febr. 22-1962 to Cia. Nav. Mousse S.A. (Achilles Frangistas, manager), Lebanon and renamed Mousse. Sold in 1969 to Mousse Shipping Co. Ltd., Cyprus. Sold to Chinese shipbreakers in 1970. Delivered at Shanghai on March 16-1970 for demolition.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemoration
- 3rd Engineer Ole Kvalnesvik is listed as having died at sea on Aug. 19-1942 because of illness. According to Page 2 of the archive documents, Tai Yang was en route from Suez to Aden on that date.

(Tai Yang is Chinese for "the sun").

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list and misc.


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