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M/S Thalatta
Updated Aug. 27-2012

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

Received from Sverre Johansen, Norway (postcard collection).

Source: Historical Department, MAN B&W Diesel, Copenhagen, who also sent me this picture.
See also this external page.

Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
5671 gt, 3492net, 9563 tdwt.
Dimensions: 425.5' x 55.2' x 27.9'.
Machinery: 2 x 6 cyl. 4 scsa oil engines totalling 3100 ihp by the shipbuilders, driving twin screws. Service speed 11.5 knots.

Launched on May 7-1922 by Burmeister & Wain's Maskin- og Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen (Yard No. 321). Completed July 29.

Captain: Ole Hoff Lersbryggen.

Related items on this website:
Forum posting from a relative of someone who served as gunner on Thalatta in 1945. He had previously served on Martin Bakke (his name is not given).
A Guestbook message - Re. Frederick FitzGibbon, who served on Thalatta(?).

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 Apr.-1940 to Nov.-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. 4 Yokohama Townsville Apr. 21 Independent See also Page 1
Apr. 24 Townsville Brisbane Apr. 27 Independent
May 2 Brisbane Sydney, N.S.W. May 4 Independent
May 11 Sydney, N.S.W. Albany May 20 Independent
May 20 Albany Capetown June 12 Independent
June 17 Capetown Freetown June 29 Independent
July 1 Freetown Avonmouth July 22 SL 38 Convoy available at SL 38
(external link)
Aug. 18 Avonmouth Barry Aug. 18 Independent
Aug. 22 Barry Milford Haven Independent
Aug. 24 Milford Haven OB 203 For Baltimore.
Dispersed 56 32N 21 26W, Aug. 28.
Convoy available at OB 203
(external link)
Aug. 28 Dispersed from OB 203 Baltimore Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 15 Baltimore Durban Oct. 18 Independent
Nov. 11 Durban Fremantle Nov. 29 Independent
Nov. 29 Fremantle Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 20 Sydney, N.S.W. Mackay Jan. 1-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 4 Mackay Balboa Febr. 7 Independent
Febr. 10 Cristobal Bermuda Febr. 18 Independent
March 9 Bermuda BHX 114 See also narrative below
March 14 Bermuda portion joined main Loch Ewe March 30 HX 114
March 31 Loch Ewe Methil Apr. 3
Apr. 5 Methil Southend Apr. 7 FS 456 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 1
May 3 Southend Loch Ewe May 8 EC 15 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
May 10 Loch Ewe OB 320 For Montreal.
Dispersed May14.
Convoy available at OB 320
(external link)
May 14 Dispersed from OB 320 Montreal May 24 Independent
June 6 Montreal Trinidad June 18 Independent
June 22 Trinidad Capetown July 15 Independent
July 16* Capetown Aden Aug. 2 Independent *Page 1 gives departure July 26
Aug. 2 Aden Suez Aug. 7 Independent Left Suez Aug. 8
(Page 1)
Aug. 10 Port Said Haifa Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 23 Haifa Port Said Aug. 24 Independent
Aug. 25 Port Said Alexandria Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 30 Alexandria Port Said Aug. 31 Independent To Suez Sept. 1
(Page 2).
Sept. 3 Suez Aden Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 8 Aden Singapore Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 24 Singapore Batavia Sept. 27 Independent
Oct. 4 Batavia Probolinggo Independent
Oct. 11 Probolinggo Macassar Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 15 Macassar Balboa Dec. 1 Independent
Dec. 4 Cristobal Sydney, C.B. Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 21 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Jan. 7-1942 SC 61 See also narrative below & Page 2
1942 March 13 Clyde OS 22 For Capetown.
Detached Apr. 1.
Convoy available at OS 22
(external link)
Apr. 1 Detached from OS 22 Capetown Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 18 Capetown Durban Apr. 23 Independent
Apr. 25 Durban Diego Suarez May 5 CONVOY Y Operration Ironclad.
(See also narrative below).
Convoy available at Convoy Y
(external link)
May 30 Diego Suarez Durban June 5 Independent
June 7 Durban Lourenšo Marques June 8 Independent
Aug. 20 Lourenšo Marques Capetown Aug. 25 Independent
Aug. 28 Capetown Demerara Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 26 Demerara Trinidad Sept. 28 Independent See also narrative
Oct. 11 Trinidad Barbados Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 19 Barbados Trinidad Oct. 20 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)
See also narrative below
Nov. 9 New York City Liverpool Nov. 30 SC 109 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
1943 Jan. 23 Liverpool ON 162 For Capetown.
Detached Febr. 1.
Febr. 1 Detached from ON 162 Walvis Bay March 1 Independent
March 9 Walvis Bay Capetown March 13 NC 6 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 16 Capetown Durban March 23 CD 10 Convoy available via link above
March 24 Durban DN 27 Dispersed March 26.
Convoy available via link above
March 26 Detached from DN 27 Aden Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 11 Aden Suez Apr. 17 Independent
May 4 Suez Aden May 9 Independent
May 9 Aden Tamatave May 19 Independent
May 25* Tamatave Manakara Independent *Page 3 gives departure May 23
June 7 Manakara Beira June 12 Independent
June 19 Beira Durban June 24 Independent
July 9 Durban Capetown July 13 DC 34 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 15 Capetown Freetown Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 14 Freetown SL 135 Rendezvoused w/MKS 22, Aug. 26.
Convoy available at SL 135
(external link)
Aug. 26 SL 135 & MKS 22 joined up Loch Ewe Sept. 5 SL 135/MKS 22 Convoy available at SL 135/MKS 22
(external link)
Sept. 5 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 7 WN 476 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 7 Methil Southend Sept. 9 FS 1214A Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Sept. 26 Southend Tyne Sept. 28 FN 1136 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
1944 May 31 Methil Loch Ewe June 2 EN 391 Missing movements, Page 3.
A. Hague says:
Sailed Tyne to join, in FN 1374
(available above, but incomplete).
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 3 Loch Ewe New York City June 22 ON 239 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 10 New York City Gitmo July 16 NG 446 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
July 16 Gitmo Trinidad July 22 GAT 148 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
July 29 Trinidad TJ 40 Detached independent to Capetown, Aug. 16.
Convoy available at TJ convoys
(external link)
Aug. 16 Detached from TJ 40 Capetown Aug. 18* Independent *Page 3 gives arrival Aug. 28
Sept. 1 Capetown Port Elizabeth Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 8 Port Elizabeth Durban Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 25 Durban Beira Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 5 Beira Dar-es-Salaam Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 13 Dar-es-Salaam Mombasa Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 21 Mombasa Dar-es-Salaam Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 24 Dar-es-Salaam Tanga Oct. 25 Independent
Oct. 28 Tanga Aden Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 6 Aden Suez Nov. 12 Independent Left Suez same day
(Page 3)
Nov. 13 Port Said Gibraltar Nov. 22 Independent
Nov. 25 Gibraltar MKS 68G Rendezvoused w/SL 177 Nov. 26.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Nov. 26 SL 177 & MKS 68 joined up Downs Dec. 4 SL 177/MKS 68 Convoy available at SL 177/MKS 68
(external link)
Dec. 5 Downs Tyne Dec. 7 FN 1562 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
1945 Jan. 3 Tyne Immingham Jan. 5 A. Hague says:
Arrived with propeller defects.
Jan. 12 Immingham Southend Jan. 13 FS 1694 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Jan. 17 Spithend New York City Febr. 5 ON 279 For St. John, N.B.
March 8 New York City Passed Gibraltar March 24 UGS 79 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
March 24 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Apr. 1 Independent See also Page 4
Apr. 2 Suez Aden Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 7 Aden Cochin Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 16 Cochin Colombo Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 18 Colombo Madras Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 30 Madras Calcutta May 3 Independent
May 18 Calcutta Colombo May 24 Independent
June 4 Colombo Suez June 20 Independent
July 8 Suez Aden July 13 Independent
July 14 Aden Bombay July 20 Independent
Aug. 29 Bombay Beira Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 18 Beira Durban Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 24 Durban Capetown Sept. 27 Independent
Oct. 5 Capetown Downs Nov. 1 Independent See also Page 4
Nov. 1 Downs Antwerp Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 9 Antwerp Copenhagen Nov. 14 Independent Via Kiel
(Page 4).
Subsequent voyages:
Page 4 & 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. 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, Thalatta was en route from Tokuyama to Townsville when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940.

That summer she's listed, with a cargo of wool and zinc concentrates, in Convoy SL 38, which left Freetown on July 1 and arrived Liverpool on the 20th (Dagrun is also listed); according to the archive document, Thalatta arrived Avonmouth July 22/23, remaining there for quite a long time. The following month we find her, along with Heina, Idefjord, Nea, Ringstad, Sama and Thorshavn, in Convoy OB 203, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 24 and dispersed on the 28th, Thalatta arriving Baltimore Sept. 8 (she had started out from Milford Haven on Aug. 24). Both these convoys are available via links provided within the Voyage Record above. From Baltimore, she now headed to Durban, Fremantle and Sydney, Australia (Page 1).

She was scheduled for the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 111 on Febr. 21-1941, but instead joined the Bermuda portion of HX 114 on March 9, bound for London with wood, steel and sugar. The Norwegian Hidlefjord was sunk and Kaia Knudsen was damaged at the end of their voyages with this convoy. Follow the links for more details.

In May that same year, she's listed as bound for Montreal in Convoy OB 320, originating in Liverpool on May 8, dispersed May 14, Thalatta arriving her destination on May 24; she had started out from Loch Ewe on May 10. Gallia, Harpefjell and Høegh Scout are also listed (link in the table above). Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 and Page 2.

On Dec. 16-1941 she was scheduled for the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 60, but instead joined the next convoy on Dec. 21, SC 61, cargo of sugar and copper for Clyde, where she arrived Jan. 7-1942, remaining in the U.K. for over 2 months.

In the spring of 1942 she's listed in Convoy OS 22, which departed Liverpool on March 13 and arrived Freetown Apr. 1. Thalatta, however, was bound for Capetown, and arrived there on Apr. 16 (having sailed from Clyde on March 13). Again, see the external link in the table above for more convoy information - Andrea Brøvig and Kristianiafjord are also included. From Capetown, Thalatta proceeded to Durban 2 days later, with arrival Apr. 23 (Page 2).

Fearing that Japan's strong fleet would make a move on Madagaskar, thereby posing a threat to the transports to the Middle East, the troop transports to India, the southern shipping routes to Australia, and the oil supplies from The Persian Gulf, the Allies decided to attack the Vichy French controlled air base at Diego Suarez in the north of Madagaskar (Operation Ironclad). In the course of Apr.-1942 war ships, troop transports and supply ships arrived Durban, which was to be the base for the operation. Thalatta was one of these supply ships (as mentioned above, she had arrived Durban from Capetown on Apr. 23). She took on board equipment for an infantry brigade; landing barges and 120 Commando soldiers, and the convoy arrived Diego Suarez on May 5-1942 (see Convoy Y - external link). The websites that I've linked to at the end of this page have more information on this operation. Thalatta headed back to Durban on May 30, later proceeding to Lourenço Marques, where she remained for a long time - again, see Page 2.

In Sept.-1942, Thalatta rescued the survivors from the Panamanian Tambour which had been torpedoed the day before, Sept. 26, and landed them in Trinidad on Sept. 28. Among the casualties were her Norwegian captain, Halfdan A. Mørland and the steward, Hylje E. Lorentzen. They are both commemorated at the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway, which I've linked to at the end of this page ("Nortraships flåte" places this incident a year later, in Sept.-1943, but J. Rohwer agrees with 1942 - ref. external link below).

With a cargo of sugar, 4 passengers and mail, she was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 214 on Nov. 3-1942, but did not sail. Arnold Hague has instead included her in Convoy SC 109, which left New York on Nov. 9 and arrived Liverpool on the 30th. 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; Astrid, Atlantic, Grado, Hjalmar Wessel, Iron Baron, James Hawson, Mathilda, Norse Lady, Ragnhild, Ravnefjell and Veni are also named. It'll be noticed, when going back to Page 2, that Thalatta subsequently remained in Liverpool for almost 2 months.

On Jan. 23-1943, she can be found in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 162, along with a number of other Norwegian ships, as will be seen when following the link. Thalatta's destination is given as Table Bay, and she had station 45 of the convoy. According to the archive document mentioned above, she arrived Walvis Bay on March 1 (A. Hague says she had been detached from ON 162 on Febr. 1), continuing to Table Bay about a week later, with arrival March 13. Convoy information for this, and some of her subsequent voyages (shown on Page 2 and Page 3), can be found in the Voyage Record.

In Aug.-1943 she appears, with Borgholm, Bosphorus, Nyhorn, Spurt and Viva, in Convoy SL 135 / MKS 22, bound for Loch Ewe, cargo of copper (links in the table above). SL 135 had departed Freetown on Aug. 14 and joined up with MKS 22 from Gibraltar on the 26th, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on Sept. 6. Thalatta is listed in the SL portion and stopped at Loch Ewe on Sept. 5, continuing to London that same day. As will be seen when going back to Page 3 of the archive documents, she later spent a long time in North Shields, where she had arrived on Sept. 28-1943. Her next departure date is given as May 27-1944, "for trials", returning to North Shields that same day.

A week later, we find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 239, originating in Liverpool on June 3-1944, arriving New York June 22 - Thalatta had joined from Loch Ewe. This convoy will also be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, the ships sailing in it (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys - Evanger, Henrik Ibsen, Idefjord, John Bakke, Mui Hock, O. B. Sørensen, Torborg, Vav and Vinga are also listed. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 3, with convoy information for some of them in the Voyage Record above.

Skipping now to Nov.-1944, when Arnold Hague has included her (together with Novasli) in Convoy MKS 68, which will also be added to my Convoys section; in the meantime, please see the section listing ships in all MKS convoys. The convoy left Gibraltar on Nov. 25, joined up with Convoy SL 177 from Freetown on Nov. 26, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on Dec. 5; Thalatta anchored in the Downs Dec. 4, continuing to Tyne the next day. Again, ref. link provided in the Voyage Record. A. Hague also has Cypria in the combined convoy, while another section of the same site has added Gabon and Karmt, but not Novasli and Cypria (checking further, I find that Gabon and Karmt had sailed in the previous convoy, SL 176/MKS 67). Thalatta now had another long stay at Tyne.

On Jan. 17-1945, I have her in station 95 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 279, which arrived New York on Febr. 5. Page 3 indicates she was bound for St. John, N.B., as does A. Hague, but she arrived New York on Febr. 5, remaining there for about a month before proceeding to Port Said. The rest of her voyages are listed on Page 4 (it'll be noticed that she had long stay in Bombay in the summer of 1945) and Page 5; as will be seen, she went home to Norway in Nov.-1945, and again in the spring of 1946.

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


Went aground on July 5-1948 off Suvadiva Atoll (Maldive Islands) on a voyage from Shanghai to Oslo with passengers and general cargo. Reported later that month to have been (unofficially) renamed Aqua Queen (meaning Water Queen). Refloated on Oct. 26 and arrived Colombo on Nov. 9, where she was found to be beyond economical repair, and on Apr. 20-1949 she was declared a constructive total loss. Sold on July 31-1949 by insurance underwriters to A. Ebrahim & Co., Bombay for scrapping. Demolition began in Nov.-1949 at Darukhana, Bombay.

Related external links:
Operation Ironclad - Lists the units taking part.

Battle of Madagascar

The attack on Tambour

Stavern Memorial commemorations for Tambour - The Norwegian captain and steward are commemorated.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen Today

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

Wilh. Wilhelmsen later had 2 more ships by this name. Germany also had a ship by this name - became British Empire Tegaya in 1945.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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