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D/S Tanafjord
Updated Aug. 13-2012

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Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Manager: Den Norske Amerikalinje A/S, Oslo
5922 gt, 3599 net, 7714 tdwt.
Dimensions: 395.8' x 53.2' x 33.1'
Machinery: 3 cyl. Triple exp. steam engine by David Rowan & Co. Ltd., Glasgow.

Launched on March 23-1921 by Napier & Miller Ltd., Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow (Yard No. 233) for NAL and delivered in Dec.-1921.

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 May-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.

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 10 New York City Puerto Padre May 15 Independent See also Page 1
May 23 Puerto Padre New Orleans May 27 Independent On to Mobile, June 1
(Page 1).
June 4 Mobile Tampa June 8 Independent
June 10 Tampa Savannah Independent Page 1 gives arrival June 13
June 13 Savannah New York City June 16 Independent
June 20 New York City Capetown July 17 Independent
July 21 Capetown Port Elizabeth July 22 Independent
July 22 Port Elizabeth East London July 24 Independent
July 24 East London Durban July 26 Independent
July 29 Durban Lourenšo Marques July 30 Independent
Aug. 4 Lourenšo Marques Beira Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 15 Beira Capetown Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 22 Capetown Trinidad Sept. 13 Independent
Sept. 14 Trinidad New York City Sept. 22 Independent
Oct. 10 New York City Halifax Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 19 Halifax Capetown Nov. 14 Independent
Nov. 15 Capetown Aden Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 3 Aden Suez Dec. 10 BN 10 Aden to Suez.
Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 12 Port Said Haifa Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 21 Haifa Port Said Dec. 22 Independent
Dec. 26 Port Said Suda Bay Dec. 30 AN 11 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
1941 Jan. 6 Suda Bay Piraeus Jan. 7 Independent
Jan. 9* Piraeus Izmir Jan. 10 Independent *Page 1 gives departure Jan. 7
Jan. 27 Izmir Piraeus Jan. 28 Independent
Febr. 3 Piraeus Alexandria Febr. 6 ASF 14 Convoy available via link bove
Febr. 12 Alexandria Port Said Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 20* Suez Aden Febr. 25 BS 16 *Page 1 gives departure Febr. 17.
Convoy available via link above
Febr. 25 Aden Port Elizabeth March 15 Independent
Apr. 5 Port Elizabeth Capetown Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 9 Capetown Freetown Apr. 23 Independent
Apr. 27 Freetown Liverpool May 25 SL 73 Convoy available at SL 73
(external link)
See also narrative below
July 11 Liverpool OB 345 Detached July 20.
Convoy available at OB 345
(external link)
July 20 Detached from OB 345 Trinidad Aug. 3 Independent
Aug. 7 Trinidad Capetown Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 1 Capetown Aden Sept. 19 Independent
Sept. 19 Aden Suez Sept. 25 Independent On to Port Said, Sept. 26
(Page 2).
Oct. 5 Port Said Alexandria Oct. 6 Independent
Oct. 19 Alexandria Haifa Oct. 21 Independent
Oct. 25 Haifa Iskenderun Oct. 26 Independent
Nov. 16 Iskenderum Port Said Nov. 19 Independent Arrived Suez Nov. 20
(Page 2).
Nov. 21 Suez Calcutta Dec. 14 Independent
1942 Jan. 2 Calcutta Cuddalore Jan. 5 Independent
Jan. 9 Cuddalore Colombo Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 14 Colombo Capetown Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 6 Capetown Freetown Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 21 Freetown Clyde March 15* SL 101 *Page 2 gives arrival March 17.
Convoy available at SL 101
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2
May 23 Clyde OS 29 For Suez.
Detached to ST 25 June 11.
Convoy available at OS 29
(external link)
June 11 Detached from OS 29 ST 25 Detached June 16.
Convoy available at ST convoys
(external link)
June 16 Detached from ST 25 Capetown June 25 Independent
June 30 Capetown Aden July 19 Independent
July 21 Aden Suez July 28 Independent
Aug. 2 Suez Bombay Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 24 Bombay Capetown Sept. 14 Independent
Sept. 15 Capetown Trinidad Oct. 11 Independent
Oct. 21 Trinidad Gitmo Oct. 26 TAG 15 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 26 Gitmo New York City Nov. 2 GN 15 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 17 New York City Belfast Lough Dec. 5 SC 110 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 7 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Dec. 9 BB 242 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 17 Avonmouth Swansea Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 31 Swansea Liverpool Jan. 2-1942 Independent See also Page 3
1943 Jan. 12 Liverpool ON 161 2 Passengers.
For Freetown.
A. Hague says:
Detached Jan. 21.
See also narrative below
Jan. 21 Detached from ON 161 Freetown Febr. 8 Independent
Febr. 10 Freetown Bathurst Febr. 13 SR 1/1 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Febr. 20 Bathurst Freetown Febr. 23 Independent
March 14 Freetown Takoradi March 19 ST 59 Convoy available at ST convoys
(external link)
March 31 Takoradi Lagos Apr. 1 A. Hague says:
Possibly an early TL convoy.
See this page
(external link)
Apr. 7 Lagos Takoradi Apr. 9 Escorted A. Hague says:
Escorted by Wolverine.
May 21 Takoradi Freetown May 27 TS 41 Convoy available via link above
May 30 Freetown SL 130 Rendezvoused w/MKS 14, June 11.
Convoy available at SL 130
(external link)
June 11 SL 130 & MKS 14 joined up Loch Ewe June 21 SL 130/MKS 14 Convoy available at SL 130/MKS 14
(external link)
June 22 Loch Ewe Methil* June 24 WN 445 *Leith.
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3
July 26 Methil Oban July 28 EN 260 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
July 29 Oban Passed Gibraltar Aug. 9 KMS 22G For Port Said.
Aug. 9 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Aug. 20 KMS 22
scroll down to 2nd table
On to Suez, Aug. 27
(Page 3)
Aug. 28 Suez Aden Sept. 2 Independent
Sept. 5 Aden Fremantle Sept. 27 Independent
Sept. 28* Fremantle Geraldton Oct. 12 Independent *A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date.
Page 3 gives Oct. 11
Oct. 15 Geraldton Colombo Oct. 31 Independent
Nov. 1 Colombo Calcutta Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 22 Calcutta Colombo Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 28 Colombo Fremantle Independent
Dec. 15* Fremantle Adelaide Independent *Page 3 gives departure Dec. 17, arrival Adelaide Dec. 24
Dec. 23* Adelaide Wallaroo Dec. 29 Independent *Dec. 29?
(see Page 3).
Back to Adelaide Jan. 8-1944.
1944 Jan. 8 Adelaide Fremantle Jan. 16 Independent
Jan. 22 Fremantle Colombo Febr. 6 Independent
Febr. 13 Colombo Bombay Febr. 18 MB 65 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Febr. 20 Bombay Aden Febr. 28 BA 62 Convoy available via link above
Febr. 29 Aden Suez March 6 Independent To Port Said March 8
(Page 3)
March 15 Port Said Bizerta March 23* GUS 34 A. Hague says:
Port Said to Bizerta via Augusta
(see Page 3).
*Page 4 gives arrival Bizerta (via Tunis) March 25.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
March 27 Bizerta Tunis March 27 Independent
Apr. 6 Tunis Oran Apr. 9 MKS 45 Tunis to Oran.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Apr. 14 Oran New York City May 2 GUS 36 Oran to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
June 19 New York City Liverpool July 4 HX 296
July 18 Liverpool St. John, N.B. Aug. 1 ON 245 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 9 St. John, N.B. Halifax Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 13 Halifax Liverpool Aug. 27 HX 303
Sept. 13 Liverpool New York City Sept. 28 ON 253 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Oct. 21 New York City Alexandria Nov. 17 UGS 58 For Alexandria.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 26 Alexandria Port Said Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 29 Port Said Gibraltar Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 14 Gibraltar Philadelphia Dec. 30 GUS 61 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
1945 Jan. 20 Philadelphia Boston Jan. 24 Independent
Jan. 27 Boston Halifax Jan. 29 BX 143 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Jan. 31 Halifax Liverpool Febr. 14 SC 166
March 3 Liverpool New York City March 19 ON 288 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 7 New York City Passed Gibraltar Apr. 23 UGS 85 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Arrived Port Said May 1, Suez next day
(Page 4).
May 3 Suez Aden May 7 Independent
May 8 Aden Cochin May 16 Independent
May 25* Cochin Madras May 28 Independent *Page 4 gives departure May 23
June 1 Madras Calcutta June 6 Independent
June 24 Calcutta Cochin July 1 Independent
July 3 Cochin Durban July 18 Independent
July 30 Durban Aden Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 13 Aden Suez Aug. 18* Independent *Compare w/Page 4
Aug. 29 Suez Aden Sept. 2 Independent
Sept. 8 Aden Calcutta Oct. 2 Independent
Oct. 16 Calcutta Colombo Oct. 22 Independent
Nov. 5 Colombo Mombasa Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 15 Mombasa Beira Nov. 20 Independent
Nov. 23 Beira Tulear Nov. 23 Independent
Dec. 8 Tulear Majunga Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 19 Majunga Comoro Isl Dec. 23 Independent
Dec. 28 Comoro Isl Tamatave Dec. 31 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 5

 Misc. 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. Please follow the links provided for more convoy information - several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Tanafjord got out of Norway shortly before the German invasion (Apr. 9-1940). She arrived New York City from Trondheim on Apr. 8, remaining there for about a month. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document; convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above (it'll be noticed that she occasionally had fairly long stays in port).

With a cargo of dried fruit she's listed, along with Elg, Fana, Hardanger, Lysaker V and Novasli, in Convoy SL 73, which left Freetown on Apr. 27-1941 and arrived Liverpool on May 25. Tanafjord was still in Liverpool during an air attack there on June 10. She escaped unscathed, but one of her crew was killed. Ordinary Seaman Anton Skår is commemorated at the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway - ref. external link at the end of this page. Together with Belita, Bello, Geisha, Havprins, James Hawson, Marit, Salamis, Selvik, Solsten, Vigsnes and Ørnefjell, Tanafjord is later listed in Convoy OB 345, departing Liverpool on July 11, arriving Halifax on the 26th; Tanafjord, however, was bound for Trinidad, where she arrived Aug. 3. According to A. Hague, she had been detached from the convoy on July 20. Both these convoys are available via the links provided within the table above. Tanafjord's voyages in this period are shown on Page 2 (again showing the occasional long stay in port).

Skipping now to Febr.-1942, when she's named in Convoy SL 101, which departed Freetown on Febr. 21 and arrived Liverpool on March 15 - Tanafjord stopped at Clyde; arrival is given as March 17 on the archive document. Dagrun, Drammensfjord, Elin K. and Tabor are also listed. Tanafjord did not leave the U.K. again until May 23, and is listed, with Arosa, Fernbank, G. C. Brøvig, Hallanger, Havsten, James Hawson and Meline, in Convoy OS 29, which originated in Liverpool on May 22 and had Freetown as its final destination (ref. links in Voyage Record); her voyage is given as Clyde to Capetown, Bombay and Karachi. Again, compare with the details found on Page 2 of the archive documents.

Later that year, Arnold Hague has included her in Convoy SC 110, departing New York on Nov. 17, arriving Liverpool Dec. 6; Tanafjord stopped at Belfast Lough Dec. 5, later proceeding to Avonmouth, with arrival Dec. 9 (from the archive document, we learn that she had previously arrived New York from Trinidad, via Guantanamo, on Nov. 2 - convoy information for these voyages can be found in the table above). This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added - see ships in all SC convoys. Fana, Ferncliff, Gezina, Hallfried, John Bakke (damaged in collision, follow link for details), Meline, Norbris (Panamanian flag, Norwegian managers), Norefjord and Vav are also listed.

In Jan.-1943, we find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 161, which left Liverpool on Jan. 12 and arrived New York on the 31st. However, Tanafjord was bound for Freetown and was detached from the convoy on Jan. 25, according to the Commodore's notes (A. Hague says Jan. 21, adding that she had 2 passengers on board), arriving Freetown on Febr. 8, continuing to Bathurst 2 days later - see Page 3 (which shows further long stays in port). In May/June she sailed in Convoy SL 130/MKS 14. The SL portion of this convoy (in which Tanafjord sailed) left Freetown on May 30 and joined up with the MKS portion* from Gibraltar on June 11, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on June 21. Tanafjord had a general cargo, voyage Lagos/Takoradi for Loch Ewe, where she arrived on the 21st. Again, several Norwegian ships took part, namely Bosphorus, Hai Lee, Jenny, San Andres, Sørvard and Topdalsfjord (ref. link in the Voyage Record above). In July, she joined the U.K.-Gibraltar convoy Convoy KMS 22, bound for Port Said with stores, with arrival there on Aug. 20 (having sailed from Oban on July 29). Note that she's also included in the second table on my page for this convoy.

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 3 and Page 4; convoy information for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record.

On Apr. 6-1944, she made a voyage from Tunis to Oran, where she arrived Apr. 9, having sailed in Convoy MKS 45* (Brajara, Ingertre, Nyhorn, Pronto and Thorshavn are also named). From Oran, she headed to the U.S. on Apr. 14, arriving New York May 2 (Convoy GUS 36 - link in the table above). Having remained in New York for several weeks, she joined Convoy HX 296 on June 19, bound for Liverpool with general cargo, later returning across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 245*, which left Liverpool on July 18 and arrived New York Aug. 2, but Tanafjord stopped at St. John, N.B. on Aug. 1. This convoy also had Bralanta, Chr. Th. Boe, Emma Bakke (Commodore Vessel), Fjordaas, Gudvor, Mathilda, Montevideo, O. B. Sørensen and Petter II in its ranks. Tanafjord headed back to the U.K. later that month in Convoy HX 303, with 16 other Norwegian ships, namely Romulus, Dalfonn, Noravind, Atlantic, Sommerstad, Skotaas, Geisha (Vice Commodore), Thorhild, Petter, Stirlingville, Rena, Para, Titanian, Mui Hock, Fjordaas and Norse Lady. Tanafjord joined this convoy from Halifax (see Page 4), HX 303 having originated in New York on Aug. 11. Together with Dalfonn, Fosna, Kronprinsessen and Marit II, she later joined the westbound Convoy ON 253*, departing Liverpool on Sept. 13, arriving New York on the 28th, and from there, she headed to Alexandria the following month. Convoy information for this and some of her subsequent voyages can be found in the Voyage Record.

At the end of Jan.-1945, I have her in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 166, bound for Liverpool with general cargo, later returning with Convoy ON 288*, together with Dageid, Villanger, Viggo Hansteen, Slemmestad, G. C. Brøvig, Polartank, Heranger and Harald Torsvik. "Nortraships flåte" adds Høyanger, but A. Hague instead has this ship in the next convoy, ON 289*, which left Southend on March 7. ON 288 departed Southend on March 2 with 108 ships and arrived New York on March 19. The Norwegian R. G. Bruusgaard served as Commodore in the British Port Fremantle. From New York, Tanafjord headed to Port Said the following month - again, see Page 4. Her voyages to March-1946 are shown on Page 5.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The MKS and KMS convoys will also be added, but for now, see ships in all MKS convoys and ships in all KMS convoys.

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


Tonnage became 5930 gt, 3649 net in 1950. Arrived Stavanger on Oct. 14-1954 for scrapping by Stavanger Skipsopphugging Co.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemoration - Ordinary Seaman Anton Skår is commemorated, said to have been killed during the air attacks in Liverpool in June-1941.

Norway Heritage - has quite a bit of information on the NAL's ships, including Tanafjord.

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

Den Norske Amerikalinje had a total of 4 ships by this name through the years, this was the second one in line.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, Norwegian America Line fleet list, "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague, and misc. - (ref. My sources).


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