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M/S Tigre
Updated Sept. 15-2012

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Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
Tonnage:
5498 gt, 3070 net, 8662 tdwt.
Dimensions: 418.0' x 54.5' x 27.5'.
Machinery: Two 6 cyl. 4 scsa oil engines totalling 4000 ihp by the shipbuilders driving twin screws. Service speed 12 knots. 57,952 cu. ft. of refrigerated cargo space.

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.

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


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

á Voyage Record
From March-1940 to Sept.-1945: á

(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
1940 March 31 Aden Fremantle Apr. 19 Independent See also Page 1
Apr. 20 Fremantle Brisbane Apr. 30 Independent Notional sailing date
May 2 Brisbane Townsville May 4 Independent
May 8 Townsville Cairns May 10 Independent Notional sailing date
May 13 Cairns Sydney, N.S.W. May 16 Independent
May 18 Sydney, N.S.W. Fremantle Independent Page 1 gives arrival May 28
May 29 Fremantle Capetown June 20 Independent
June 22 Capetown Freetown July 5 Independent
July 9 Freetown Belfast Lough July 27 SL 39 Convoy available at SL 39
(external link)
Aug. 3 Belfast Clyde Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 11 Clyde Avonmouth Aug. 13 Independent Notional sailing date
Sept. 10 Avonmouth Milford Haven Independent
Sept. 13 Milford Haven OB 213 Dispersed Sept. 18.
Convoy available at OB 213
(external link)
Sept. 18 Dispersed from OB 213 Philadelphia Sept. 28 Independent
Oct. 2 Philadelphia New York City Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 10 New York City Capetown Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 8 Capetown Port Elizabeth Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 12 Port Elizabeth Durban Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 21 Durban Lourenšo Marques Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 25 Lourenšo Marques Beira Nov. 26 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 28 Beira Fremantle Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 14 Fremantle Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 23 Independent
1941 Jan. 10 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 14 Brisbane Mackay Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 19 Mackay Balboa Independent
Febr. 24 Cristobal Bermuda March 2 Independent
March 3 Bermuda BHX 113 See link to HX 113
March 8 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Liverpool March 22 HX 113
Apr. 13 Liverpool OB 310 For Montreal.
Dispersed Apr. 18.
Convoy available at OB 310
(external link)
Apr. 18 Dispersed from OB 310 Montreal Apr. 28 Independent
May 14 Montreal Capetown June 15 Independent
June 16 Capetown Aden July 1 Independent
July 1 Aden Port Sudan Independent Page 2 gives arrival July 4.
July 8 Port Sudan Mombasa July 18 Independent
July 19 Mombasa Dar-es-Salaam July 20 Independent
July 22 Dar-es-Salaam Mauritius July 28 Independent
Aug. 4 Mauritius Capetown Independent Page 2 gives arrival Aug. 14.
Aug. 15 Capetown Trinidad Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 5 Trinidad Halifax Sept. 15 Independent
Sept. 22 Halifax Liverpool Oct. 6 HX 151
Nov. 7 Liverpool Freetown Nov. 28 OS 11 For Beira.
Convoy available at OS 11
(external link)
Dec. 4 Freetown Capetown Dec. 18 Independent
Dec. 19 Capetown Durban Dec. 24 Independent
1942 Jan. 24 Durban Lourenšo Marques Jan. 25 Independent
Jan. 27 Lourenšo Marques Beira Jan. 29 Independent
Febr. 5 Beira Dar-es-Salaam Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 12 Dar-es-Salaam Mombasa Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 16 Mombasa Capetown Febr. 26 Independent
Febr. 26 Capetown Freetown March 11 Independent
March 14 Freetown Liverpool March 31 SL 103 520 Mails.
Convoy available at SL 103
(external link)
Apr. 21 Liverpool Holyhead Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 24 Holyhead Penarth* Apr. 27 BB 166 *Compare w/Page 2
Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 30 Barry Roads Penarth Apr. 30 Independent
1943 Febr. 7 Penarth Cardiff Febr. 8 Independent
Febr. 18 Cardiff Milford Haven Febr. 19 Independent Again, see also Page 2
Febr. 20 Milford Haven ON 168 For NYC
(via Belfast Lough - Page 2).
Dispersed off Cape Cod March 12.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 12 Dispersed from ON 168 New York City March 15 Independent
Apr. 1 New York City Liverpool Apr. 17 HX 232 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Apr. 30 Liverpool Halifax May 15 ON 181 A. Hague says:
Arrived leaking
May 19 Halifax St. John, N.B. May 21 HF 55 A. Hague says:
To be dry docked, leaking.
Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
May 30 St. John, N.B. New York City June 1 Independent
June 30 New York City Belfast Lough July 13 HX 246 See also narrative below
July 13 Belfast Lough Cardiff July 15 BB 309 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Aug. 6 Cardiff Belfast Lough Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 9 Belfast Lough OS 53/KMS 23 For Alexandria.
Convoy split Aug. 17.
Available at OS 53/KMS 23
(external link)
See also narrative below
Aug. 17 Convoy split Passed Gibraltar Aug. 18 KMS 23G Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Aug. 18 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Aug. 30 KMS 23 See link above
On to Suez Sept. 8
(Page 3).
Sept. 8 Suez Aden Sept. 13 Independent
Sept. 13 Aden Fremantle Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 5 Fremantle Port Pirie Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 16 Port Pirie Adelaide Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 22 Adelaide Balboa Nov. 24 Independent
Nov. 30 Cristobal Gitmo Dec. 4 ZG 51 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
Dec. 5 Gitmo New York City Dec. 12 GN 100 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 15 New York City Liverpool Dec. 30 HX 271 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
1944 Jan. 7 Liverpool Avonmouth Jan. 9 Independent
Febr. 4 Avonmouth Milford Haven Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 6 Milford Haven New York City Febr. 24 ON 223 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 12 New York City Gitmo March 19 NG 422 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
March 24 Gitmo Cristobal March 28 GZ 63 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
March 29 Balboa Sydney, N.S.W. May 1 Independent
May 12 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne May 14 Independent
June 1 Melbourne Fremantle June 8 Independent
June 15 Fremantle Trincomalee June 28 Independent
July 7 Trincomalee Colombo July 10 CJ 33C Convoy available at CJ 33C
(external link)
Aug. 5 Colombo Aden Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 17 Aden Suez Aug. 23 Independent See also Page 3
Aug. 27 Port Said Gibraltar Sept. 7 MKS 60 For UK.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Sept. 9 Gibraltar MKS 60G See link above.
Rendezvoused w/SL 169 Sept.10
Sept. 10 SL 169 & MKS 60 joined up Liverpool Sept. 18 SL 169/MKS 60 Convoy available at SL 169/MKS 60
(external link)
Oct. 25 Milford Haven* OS 93/KMS 67 *From Liverpool
(Page 3).
For Montevideo.
Detached independent Oct. 27.
Convoy available at OS 93/KMS 67
(external link)
Oct. 27 Detached from OS 93/KMS 67 Montevideo Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 23 Montevideo Buenos Aires Nov. 24 Independent
Dec. 19 Buenos Aires Casablanca Jan. 9-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 10 Casablanca Liverpool Jan. 21 MKS 76G Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Febr. 21 Liverpool OS 112/KMS 86 For Alexandria.
Dispersed 44 08N 11 18W Febr. 24.
Convoy available at OS 112/KMS 86
(external link)
Febr. 24 Convoy dispersed Alexandria March 7 Independent
March 28 Alexandria Gibraltar Apr. 4 Independent
Apr. 5 Gibraltar Liverpool Apr. 14 MKS 93G Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
July 19 Liverpool Havana Independent Arrived Aug. 5?
(see Page 4)
Aug. 7 Havana Cartagena, Col Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 16 Cartagena, Col Cristobal Independent
Aug. 22 Balboa Buenaventura Independent
Aug. 27 Buenaventura Callao Sept. 2 Independent
Sept. 5 Callao Mollendo Independent Again, see also Page 4
Sept. 7 Mollendo Ariva Sept. 7 Independent
Sept. 8 Ariva Antofagasta Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 10 Antofagasta Valparaiso Sept. 12 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 4


 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the links provided for more convoy information - several Norwegian ships took part.

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:
Wiggo Mørk, Gunnar Mår Hansen, Leif Waage, Alf Tviberg and Bård Haugland.

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.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Additionally, the entire HX series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, see ships in all HX convoys. The KMS and MKS convoys will also be added, please see ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys.

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

 POST WAR: 

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:
Ships hit from Convoy HX 232

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).

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