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M/S Talisman
Updated Aug. 11-2012

To Talisman on the "Ships starting with T" page.

Received from Sverre Johansen, Norway (postcard collection).

Source: Markus Berger (see Swiss Ships - external link).
More pictures are available on this external page (click in them to enlarge).

Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
6701 gt, 4056 net, 10 100 tdwt.
Dimensions: 479.1' x 62.3' x 28.8'.
Machinery: 2 x 7 cyl. 2 scda oil engines totalling 11 600 ihp by the shipbuilders driving twin screws. Service speed 17 knots, 1640 cu. ft. of refrigerated cargo space.

Launched Aug. 25-1937 by Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads A/B, Malmö (Yard No. 199), completed Oct. 29.

Talisman sailed a total of about 300 000 miles during the war.

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

 Misc. WW II & some Convoy Voyages: 

As will be seen when going to Page 1 above, Talisman arrived Manila from Los Angeles on Apr. 9-1940, the day of the German invasion of Norway. From Manila, she later proceeded to Hong Kong.

Her 1941 voyages are shown on Page 2; it'll be noticed that she had quite a long stay in New York that fall. Her 1942 voyages also start on this document and as can be seen she had a month's stay in New York at the beginning of that year.

Talisman rescued the 23 survivors from the Canadian steamer Frank B. Baird in May-1942 (sunk by U-158 on May 22), and landed them at Pointe Noire, French Equatorial Africa, where she arrived June 8, according to Page 3 (she had started out from New York on May 19). The external website that I've linked to at the end of this page has more info on the attack on this ship.

In July that year, she's listed, together with Maud and Thorshøvdi, in Convoy TAW 9, departing Trinidad on July 27-1942, arriving Key West Aug. 4. From Key West, she subsequently joined Convoy KN 128, which left on Aug. 9 and arrived New York on the 15th. (Thorshøvdi is again listed, as are Ferncourt, Høegh Scout and President de Vogue). Talisman left New York again on Sept. 6, and on Sept. 14, she rescued 18 survivors from the American California and landed them at Takoradi on Sept. 18. This ship had been sunk by the Italian submarine Reginaldo Giuliani on Aug. 13-1942, so the survivors had been on the ocean for a month; 1 of the 19 survivors who had originally been in the boat had died. (19 survivors in another lifeboat had been rescued by the Britsh City of Capetown on Sept. 5 and landed in New York on the 13th).

Talisman is also included, along with Cetus, Dagrun, Litiopa, Petter II, Rita and Toronto, in Convoy NG 327, departing New York on Dec. 6-1942, arriving Guantanamo Dec. 13. Her destination is given as Freetown; again, see also Page 3, which also has some of her 1943 voyages, while the rest are listed on Page 4, along with her 1944 voyages.

Skipping now to Sept.-1944, when we find her in Convoy STL 29, which departed Freetown on Sept. 11 and arrived Lagos on the 14th; Talisman was bound for Takoradi, where she arrived on Sept. 13.

Page 4 and Page 5 list the rest of her voyages (to Apr.-1946), both showing occasional long stays in port.

All the convoys mentioned here are available via the external links provided at the end of this page. More information on the other Norwegian ships can be found via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Talisman had a fire in the engine room on May 12-1950, about 80 miles off Shimizu when bound for Hong Kong, and was abandoned by crew and passengers. On the 14th, she was towed to near Shimizu by the American naval tanker Shawnee Trail. Took on a severe list on May 18, but righted again and refloated on June 7. Arrived Yokohama in tow on Aug. 15 for examination. Condemned on Sept. 17 and sold to Mitsui Sempaku K.K., Japan, delivered Nov. 16 and rebuilt at Kobe. Renamed Asakasan Maru in 1951. Sold in 1959 to Toyo Kaiun K.K., Japan. Sold in 1966 to Hei An Shipping Co. Ltd., Taiwan and renamed Chun An. Sold in 1967 to Cia. Nav. Fu An Ltda., Panama. Sold in 1968 to Tienho Nav. (Panama) Ltd. S.A., Panama and renamed Tien Ho. Sold for scrapping in 1969 to Koshin Sangyo K.K. Demolition began at Osaka on June 23-1969.

Related external links:
The attack on Frank B. Baird

Reginaldo Giuliani - The attack on California is mentioned.

Convoy TAW 9 - The site (which is based on Arnold Hague's database) also has information on KN 128, NG 327 and STL 29, all mentioned above.

Back to Talisman on the "Ships starting with T" page.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen had 6 ships by this name through the years, this was the third one.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list and misc. (ref. My sources).


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