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M/S Tai Yang
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Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
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.
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.
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:
(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.