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

Picture is available on this external page (spelt Thorfin).

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

Built by Akers mek. Værksted A/S, Oslo in 1929.

Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.


According to the first external website below she was in use by the U.S. Coast Guard (as WYP 383) from Jan. 25-1943 to July 2-1943, stationed at San Pedro, California and used for patrol duty.

Arnold Hague has included her in Convoy ZG 66, departing Cristobal on Apr. 28-1944, arriving Guantanamo May 2. The Norwegian Baalbek, Globe IX, Globe VIII, Ottern, Pol VII, Thorfjell, Thorgaut, Thoris and Thorshammer are also listed. From Guantanamo, Thorfinn sailed to New York on May 3, with arrival May 10 - she's not listed, but this information fits with Convoy GN 130, in which most of the others are named, as are Sevilla and Notos. A week later, we find them (except Notos, Baalbek and Thorshammer) in Convoy BX 108, which left Boston on May 17 and arrived Halifax on the 19th. All these convoys are available via the external links provided below.

Later that year, Thorfinn headed to the whaling grounds, arriving South Georgia from Valparaiso on Nov. 23 - see the archive document.

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


Sold to C. Rosas, Lima, Peru on Oct. 20-1951, renamed Norman II.

Related external links:
Thorfinn 1943

Convoy ZG 66 - The site (based on Arnold Hague's database) also has information on GN 130 and BX 108.

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

Thor Dahl later had a whaler by the same name, built 1952, sold 1966. This external page has more details.


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