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Launched Dec. 17-1925 by Chantier et Ateliers de St. Nazaire (Penhoët) S.A., Grand Quevilly, Rouen (Yard No. F 5), completed on May 31-1926.
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.
Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, it looks like Tigre was on her way from Aden to Fremantle when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940.
That summer she's listed, together with Borgland, Elg, Jamaica and Samnanger, in Convoy SL 39, which left Freetown on July 9 and arrived Liverpool on the 29th; Tigre stopped at Belfast Lough on July 27, later proceeding to Greenock and Avonmouth, where she stayed for almost a month. She's later included, along with Elg and Siremalm, in Convoy OB 213, originating in Liverpool on Sept. 13, dispersed Sept. 18. Her destination is not given, but going back to Page 1, we learn that she arrived Philadelphia on Sept. 28, having started out from Milford Haven on the 13th - see the external links provided within the Voyage Record for more on these convoys.
Skipping now to March-1941, when she can be found among the ships in Convoy HX 113, bound for Liverpool with a cargo of wool, steel and sugar, as well as refrigerated goods, joining with the Bermuda section of the convoy, having sailed from Bermuda on March 3. The following month we find her, with destination Montreal, in Convoy OB 310, which left Liverpool on Apr. 13 and dispersed on the 18th, Tigre arriving her destination on Apr. 28 - again, ref. external link in the table above for more convoy details, the Norwegian Charles Racine, John Bakke, Solfonn and Taborfjell are also included. Tigre's subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 and Page 2.
On Sept. 22, I have her in station 44 of Convoy HX 151 from Halifax to the U.K., together with the Norwegian Sama (85), San Andres (105), Meline (43), Morgenen (93), Belinda, Dagrun (54), Sophocles (left the convoy and sailed independently), Thorshøvdi (53), Hardanger (94), Leiv Eiriksson (24) and Laurits Swenson. Tigre arrived Liverpool on Oct. 6, remaining there for a month before joining Convoy OS 11, voyage from Liverpool to Freetown-Capetown-Beira with general cargo in station 43 of the convoy, which departed Liverpool on Nov. 7 and arrived Freetown Nov. 28. Other Norwegian ships taking part were Dagrun, Danio, Fana and Elg. Again, see also Page 2 (it'll be noticed that she had a long stay in Durban, before continuing to Beira (via Lourenço Marques).
Tigre did not return to the U.K. again until March-1942, when she's listed in station 32 of Convoy SL 103 / SLG 103 (link in table above), cargo of chrome, sisal and mails. Harpefjell and Ørnefjell are also named in this convoy. SL 103 departed Freetown on March 14 and arrived Liverpool on Apr. 2, having joined up with SLG 103 (from Gibraltar) on March 26. Page 2 gives her arrival Liverpool as March 31, and she remained there for 3 weeks. As will be seen, there's also a long gap in her voyages later on, from Apr. 30-1942, when she's said to have arrived Penarth, to Febr. 7-1943, when she left Penarth for Cardiff. The reason for this long stay is not known.
We later find her in station 23 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 168*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 21-1943 and dispersed March 12, Tigre arriving New York March 15. Brajara, Brimanger, Egda, Gallia, Heranger, Lynghaug, Maud (returned), Meline, Morgenen, Reinholt and Slemmestad are also listed. Tigre is also said to have been in an eastbound Atlantic convoy in which 3 ships were torpedoed and sunk on Apr. 12-1943. "Nortraships flåte" says she arrived her destination on Apr. 16 after a voyage of 16 days. This was probably Convoy HX 232*, in which she's listed, along with Belinda, California Express, Heranger, Ørnefjell, Skandinavia, Thorhild, Thorshøvdi and Tungsha. This convoy left New York on Apr. 1 and arrived Liverpool Apr. 16. The British Fresno City and Pacific Grove, and the Dutch Ulysses were sunk, all on Apr. 12. J. Rohwer also has the American straggler Edward B. Dudley as sunk (on the 11th). More details on these attacks are available at the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page.
Tigre headed back across the Atlantic on Apr. 30 with Convoy ON 181, which arrived New York on May 18; Tigre, however, arrived Halifax on May 15 (according to A. Hague, she arrived Halifax leaking). The Commodore's narrative and the escorting HMS Keppel's report are also available for this convoy. Tigre proceeded to St. John, N.B. a few days later and A. Hague indicates she was to be dry docked there - it'll be noticed, when going back to Page 2, that she spent quite a long time in New York later on. She had arrived there from St. John, N.B. on June 1 and with a general cargo for Liverpool, she was scheduled for Convoy HX 245 to the U.K. on June 23, but instead joined the next convoy on June 30, HX 246. Acanthus, Rose and Potentilla are named among the escorts. Tigre's destination is now given as Cardiff, where she arrived, via Belfast Lough, on July 15, remaining there for 3 weeks.
Tigre was in a southbound convoy which was attacked by aircraft west of Cape St. Vincent on Aug. 15-1943. This must have been Convoy OS 53/KMS 23 - again see the external link in the table above. Facto, Norjerv and Selvik are also listed. Tigre was on a voyage from Belfast to Alexandria with general cargo in station 81 of this convoy, which had originated in Liverpool on Aug. 8 and split up on the 17th, the Gibraltar bound ships (KMS convoy) arriving there on Aug. 18, while the OS portion proceeded to Freetown, with arrival Aug. 27. Tigre continued from off Gibraltar, still in KMS 23*, and arrived Port Said on Aug. 30. Her subsequent voyages are listed on Page 3 (as can be seen, arrival Alexandria is not mentioned, though there is a handwritten note at the top of the page indicating that this was her original destination) - convoy information for a couple of these can be found in the Voyage Record.
Gunners in 1943 were:
At the end of 1943, Tigre was back in New York, and A. Hague has her, with general cargo, in station 123 of Convoy HX 271*, which left New York on Dec. 15 and arrived Liverpool Dec. 29 and also included Garonne and Leiv Eiriksson.
From Liverpool, she later proceeded to Avonmouth, where she stayed for a few weeks, before continuing to Milford Haven (Page 3), then returned to New York with Convoy ON 223*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 7-1944 and arrived New York on the 24th - Tigre had sailed from Milford Haven on Febr. 6 and had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Duala, Fagerfjell, Fridtjof Nansen, Norheim and Idefjord. She subsequently headed to Cristobal (convoy info in Voyage Record) and Australia, arriving Sydney on May 1, having lost a crew member on the way, Electrician Alf Lefdal - see the external link at the end of this page. Subsequent voyages are shown on the archive document (note that departure Sydney should be May 12, not Apr. 12).
In Aug.-1944, she's listed in Convoy MKS 60*, departing Port Said on Aug. 27, arriving Gibraltar Sept. 7. Her final destination was the U.K., and off Gibraltar, MKS 60 joined up with the Freetown Convoy SL 169 on Sept. 10, proceeding to the U.K. as the combined Convoy SL 169/MKS 60, which arrived Liverpool on Sept. 17. Cetus and Norbryn are also named. Tigre's cargo is given as copra, graphite and tea, and she had started out from Colombo, where she had had a long stay - again, see Page 3. She also remained in Liverpool for a long time, before heading in the other direction as the only Norwegian ship in Convoy OS 93/KMS 67 (OS portion), voyage Liverpool-Montevideo/Buenos Aires with general cargo, station 74. This convoy left Liverpool on Oct. 24 and split up Nov. 1, the Gibraltar bound ships (KMS convoy*) arriving there the next day. Tigre, however, had been detached from the convoy on Oct. 27, according to A. Hague. She arrived Montevideo on Nov. 19, Buenos Aires Nov. 24. Direct links to both these convoys have been provided in the Voyage Record above. From Buenos Aires, she headed to Casablanca on Dec. 19, with arrival Jan. 9-1945.
She's now said to have made a voyage from Casablanca to Liverpool with Convoy MKS 76*, which left Gibraltar on Jan. 10-1945; Tigre had left Casablanca that same day and arrived Liverpool Jan. 21 - Ragnhild and Toronto are also listed. Having spent a month in Liverpool, Tigre joined Convoy OS 112/KMS 86, departing Liverpool on Febr. 22, dispersed Febr. 24 (Gibraltar bound ships in the KMS convoy* arriving there the next day). Tigre was bound for Alexandria with stores and general in station 42, as the only Norwegian ship (Belnor was scheduled, but did not sail), and arrived her destination on March 7, remaining there for 3 weeks (Page 3) - again, follow the link provided within the table above. She returned to the U.K. again with Convoy MKS 93*, departing Gibraltar on Apr. 5, arriving Liverpool Apr. 14 (Narvik is also listed, but this must be an error - see my text for Narvik).
According to Page 4, Tigre now had another long stay in Liverpool. As can be seen, she went home to Norway in Nov.-1945. This document shows her voyages to Apr.-1946.
Sold for demolition on Aug. 21-1959 to United Mineral Trading Company, Monrovia, Liberia. Handed over to Japanese shipbreakers at Osaka on Aug. 22, and demolition commenced on the 27th.
Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemoration - Electrician Alf Lefdal became ill and died on Apr. 5-1944 in the Pacific when Tigre was on a voyage Balboa-Sydney, and was buried at sea the next day (see also Page 3). One of his relatives has more information from Tigre's log (in Norwegian) on this external page, as well as several pictures from the ceremony.
Back to Tigre on the "Ships starting with T" page.
This was the company's 2nd of 3 ships by the name Tigre.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list, and misc. as named within above narrative - (ref. My sources).