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Updated March 31-2009

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

Pictures are available at this external website.

Owner: Bryde & Dahls Hvalfangerselskap A/S (Thor Dahl's Hvalfangerselskap A/S?)
Manager: A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord
305 gt

Built by Framnæs mek. Værksted A/S, Sandefjord in 1936. Previous name: Launched as Amos for Bryde & Dahls Hvalfangerselskap A/S in July that year. Renamed Thoris in Sept.-1936 (according to this message in my Ship Forum).

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

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's info below.

  Partial Voyage Record
From Apr.-1944 to May-1944:  

(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
1944 Apr. 28 Cristobal Gitmo May 2 ZG 66 Earlier voyages:
archive document
Convoy available at ZG 66
(external link)
May 3 Gitmo New York City May 10 GN 130 Convoy available at GN 130
(external link)
May 17 Boston Halifax May 19 BX 108 Convoy available at BX 108
(external link)
Some later voyages,
see archive document


According to the 2nd external website that I've linked to below she was in use by the U.S. Coast Guard (as WYP 378) from Jan. 25-1943 to July 7-1943, stationed in San Pedro, California and used for patrol duty (the site says her former name was Almos).

It'll be noticed, when going to the archive document, that she went to Callao, Peru on Nov. 4-1943. I've been told (by Ragnar Iversen, Norway) that she was catching with Thorshammer off the coast of Peru at the time and one of her gunners had been killed. Thorgaut arrived Callao the next day, also landing a gunner who had been killed.

The following spring, she's listed 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, Thorgaut, Thorjell and Thorshammer are also listed. From Guantanamo, most of these, including Thoris, sailed to New York on May 3, having joined Convoy GN 130, with arrival May 10. Sevilla and Notos are also listed in this convoy (and I believe Torfinn also took 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. Links to all these convoys have been provided in the table above.

In Nov.-1944, Thoris headed to the whaling grounds (arrived South Georgia from Valparaiso on Nov. 23). Again, see the archive document.


Sold on March 28-1956 to Brødrene Brunvold, Tromsø. According to a message in this thread on my Ship Forum she was renamed Polarbris IV; scrapped in Norway in 1967.

Related external links:
Whale catcher Thoris - Pictures and info.

Thoris / WYP 378 1943

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

Thor Dahl later had another whaler by this name (M/S, ex Nordkyn, ex Buttercup), built 1941, bought 1956, sold 1969.


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