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M/S Thor I
Updated March 28-2009

To Thor I on the "Ships starting with T" page.

Source: Narve Sørensen.

Here's another picture - external page. The site also has several pictures from when she was being built. See also this page (one picture on this page shows Thor Heyerdal's Kon-Tiki on board in 1947 - the site says that Kon-Tiki was to be taken from Tahiti to San Francisco, where she arrived in the morning of Sept. 29-1947).
The Australian War Memorial also has a picture of Thor I, from July-1941 (also external).

Owner: Bryde & Dahls Hvalfangerselskap A/S.
Manager: A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord
2502 gt

Built by Framnæs mek. Værksted A/S, Sandefjord in 1938 for service in the Pacific. According to the external website that I've linked to above, she was delivered on Nov. 2.

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


As will be seen when going to Page 1 above, Thor I was on her way from Fanning Island to Manzanillo, Mexico when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.

It'll be noticed, when going to Page 2, that she had quite a long stay in San Francisco at the end of 1941/beginning of 1942 and also spent a few weeks at Noumea that spring. She also remained in San Francisco for a month in the fall of 1943 - see Page 3. Similar long stays in port are shown all through her record.


Sold on Dec. 4-1953 to Vilhelm Torkildsen, Bergen and renamed Marstenen, had two more name changes (Hadera for AB Kullaberg, Haganäs, Sweden in 1957, and Skandinav, having been sold at auction on Jan. 14-1963, the Swedish company having gone bankrupt, according to this external website. She remained laid up at Helsinborg, without the new name having been painted on). She subsequently became the Greek owned Fani for Dimitrios Coustas & Nicolaos Gregoriou, Piraeus in Oct.-1963. Had a fire on board on Sept. 1-1969 while repairing at Piræus (the website above gives the date as Jan. 19, while undergoing repairs at St. George's Bay), and was towed out of port and beached on Salamis Island. Refloated the same month and taken to Eleusis for breaking up.

Related external link:
A list of other Thor Dahl ships.

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Other ships by this name: Thor Dahl had previously had:
Thor - whaler, built Oslo 1903, 103 gt, later named Chidori Maru.
Thor I - whale factory (D/S), ex Imaum, built Belfast 1890, 4267 gt, refitted (converted?) 1910 and 1923 at Sandefjord, purchased by Thor Dahl in Sept.-1910, sold in Sept.-1937 to Eckhart & Co., Hamburg for Breaking up -
as well as several small vessels carrying a variation of the Thor name (a barque Thor II, whalers Thor VI and Thor VII, 2 whalers Thor Junior, 2 whalers Thor Major, a D/T Thor Minor, and 2 whalers Thor Senior - all sold before the war).
Thor Dahl later had another M/S Thor I, built Bergen 1955, sold on May 5-1973 to Mutual Shipping Co., Monrovia and renamed Sea Concord.
Wilh. Wilhelmse lost a steamship named Thor during WW I - built 1907, 4739 gt - abandoned in a sinking condition northwest of Hawaii (34N 161W) on Nov. 18-1917 after encountering a hurricane on a voyage San Francisco-Hong Kong with general cargo.
Germany had a steamship by this name in WW II, built 1922, 2526 gt - torpedoed and sunk by a British submarine on March 2-1944, off Stadlandet, Norway.


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