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Updated Nov. 30-2010

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Owner: Thor Dahls Hvalfangerselskap
Manager: A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord
313 gt

Built by Framnæs mek. Værksted A/S, Sandefjord in 1939.

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


According to the first external website that I've linked to below Thorgaut was in use by the U.S. Coast Guard as WYP 377 from Dec. 28-1942 to July 3-1943, based out of Treasure Island, San Francisco, California and used for patrol duty.

It'll be noticed, when going to the archive document, that she went to Callao, Peru on Nov. 5-1943. I've been told (by Ragnar Iversen, Norway) that her canon had exploded that day - she was catching with Thorshammer off the coast of Peru at the time. Gunner Asbjørn Larsen was killed and was buried at the British cemetary in Callao. Thoris had been there the day before, also landing a gunner who had been killed.

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, Thorfinn, Thorfjell, Thoris and Thorshammer are also listed. From Guantanamo, most of these sailed to New York on May 3, having joined Convoy GN 130, with arrival May 10. Sevilla and Notos are also included in this convoy (I believe Thorfinn may also have taken part). 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. This agrees with the information found on the archive document. Links to all these convoys have been provided below.

Later that year, Thorgaut headed to the whaling grounds, arriving South Georgia Nov. 23 (again, 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 on Jan. 12-1955 to Brødrene Sæbjørnsen, Steinshamn, renamed Berg Karl. According to one of the messages in this thread on my Ship Forum she was converted to a fishing vessel in Aug.-1965 and renamed Manon, later stand-by ship Strilstreif from 1980. Became British Cam Valiant in 1989.

Related external link:
Thorgaut 1943 - U.S. Coast Guard site.

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

Other Thor Dahl ships

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Thor Dahl had previously had another whaler by this name, built 1929, 248 gt. A message in my Norwegian Guestbook tells me it was built at Akers mek. Verksted. - Lost on the herding grounds in the Antarctis in 1938, 3 men died. See this external page.


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