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M/S Tijuca
Updated Sept. 16-2012

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

Received from Sverre Johansen, Norway (postcard collection).

Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
5498 gt, 3082 net, 8662 tdwt.
Dimensions: 418.0' x 54.5' x 27.5'.
Machinery: 2 x 6 cyl. 4 scsa oil engines totalling 4000 ihp by Burmeister & Wain's Maskin- og Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen, driving twin screws. Service speed 12 knots.

Launched on Sept. 2 1925 by Chantier et Ateliers de St. Nazaire (Penhoët) S.A., Grand Quevilly, Rouen (Yard No. E 5), completed March 2-1926.
1926-1936: 57,952 cu. ft. of refrigerated cargo space. 7 passengers.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message - From the daughter of someone who served on Tijuca.

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 Apr.-1940 to Dec.-1945:  

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors do exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 20 Capetown Port Elizabeth Apr. 22 Independent Had arrived Capetown, from Oslo, Apr. 13
(see Page 1).
Apr. 22 Port Elizabeth Durban Apr. 24 Independent
Apr. 24 Durban Lourenšo Marques Apr. 26 Independent
May 6 Lourenšo Marques Durban May 9 Independent
May 12 Durban Singapore June 1 Independent
June 8 Singapore Shanghai June 16 Independent
June 18 Shanghai Hong Kong June 21 Independent
*? June 19 Brisbane Singapore July 24 Independent
*The above appears to be an error - departure date should probably be July 19, when she left Bangkok - therefore, it belongs below and has been inserted there.
June 24 Hong Kong Brisbane July 1 Independent Arrived Bangkok (not Brisbane), July 1
* July 19 Bangkok Singapore July 24 Independent
*Inserted from above and departure date and port corrected - see also Page 1.
Aug. 3 Singapore Townsville Aug. 16 Independent Via Balik Papan
(Page 1)
Aug. 24 Townsville Sydney, N.S.W. Aug. 28 Independent
Sept. 9 Sydney, N.S.W. Balboa Oct. 8 Independent
Oct. 9 Cristobal Bermuda Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 18 Bermuda Halifax Oct. 22 Independent
Nov. 10 Halifax Belfast Lough Nov. 25 HX 86
Nov. 26 Belfast Lough Milford Haven Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 28 Milford Haven Avonmouth Dec. 3 Independent
1941 Jan. 9 Avonmouth Barry Jan. 12 Independent Arrived with mine damage.
See also narrative below.
May 19 Barry Milford Haven May 20 Independent
May 21 Milford Haven OB 326 For Galveston.
Dispersed 50 03N 30 37W May 29.
Convoy available at OB 326
(external link)
May 29 Dispersed from OB 326 Galveston June 12 Independent
July 6 Galveston Cristobal July 12 Independent
July 13 Balboa Auckland Aug. 9 Independent
Aug. 13 Auckland Lyttleton Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 20 Lyttleton Dunedin Independent Page 1 gives arrival Aug. 28
(error? possibly Aug. 23)
Aug. 25 Dunedin Sydney, N.S.W. Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 15 Sydney, N.S.W. Aden Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 19 Aden Suez Independent
Oct. 28 Suez* Haifa Oct. 29 Independent *From Port Said
(Page 1).
Nov. 7 Haifa Beirut Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 13 Beirut Haifa Nov. 13 Independent
Nov. 16 Haifa Port Said Nov. 17 Independent On to Suez Nov. 18
(Page 2).
Nov. 20 Suez Aden Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 1 Aden Colombo Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 11 Colombo Fremantle Dec. 24 Independent
Dec. 24 Fremantle Auckland Jan. 7-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 11 Auckland Sydney, N.S.W. Jan. 15 Independent
Jan. 23 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Jan. 25 Independent
Jan. 31 Melbourne Port Pirie Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 8 Port Pirie Fremantle Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 21 Fremantle Durban March 10 Independent
March 16 Durban Capetown March 19 Independent
March 24 Capetown Freetown Apr. 6 Independent
Apr. 9 Freetown SL 106 2 Passengers, 88 Mails.
Detached to SL 106F Apr. 24.
Convoy available at SL 106
(external link)
Apr. 24 Detached from SL 106 Belfast Lough Apr. 28 SL 106F Convoy available at SL 106F
(external link)
May 2 Belfast Lough Avonmouth May 3 BB 169 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
June 9 Avonmouth Milford Haven June 10 Independent
June 11 Milford Haven ON 103 For NYC.
(via Belfast Lough - Page 2).
Detached June 25.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 25 Detached from ON 103 New York City June 26 Independent
July 16 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
July 20 Hampton Roads Key West July 25 KS 522 Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
July 28 Key West Gitmo July 31 WAT 10 Key West to Gitmo.
Convoy available at WAT convoys
(external link)
Aug. 6 Gitmo Cristobal Aug. 10 GP 4 (Stop at Guantanamo not mentioned, Page 2).
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Aug. 11 Balboa Sydney, N.S.W. Sept. 11 Independent
* Aug. 31 Mauritius Melbourne Sept. 28 Independent
*The above entry belongs under 1943 (left Mombasa Aug. 31-1943, arrived Melbourne Sept. 28).
Sept. 24 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Sept. 24 Independent
Sept. 27 Newcastle, N.S.W. CO 31 Dispersed Oct. 1.
Convoy available at CO convoys
(external link)
Oct. 1 Dispersed Adelaide Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 7 Adelaide Whyalla Oct. 8 Independent
Oct. 11 Whyalla Port Lincoln Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 16 Port Lincoln Balboa Nov. 18 Independent
Nov. 26 Cristobal Gitmo Nov. 30 ZG 13 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
Dec. 1 Gitmo New York City Dec. 8 GN 24 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 13 New York City Loch Ewe Dec. 28 HX 219
Dec. 31 Loch Ewe Methil Jan. 2-1943 WN 378 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
1943 Jan. 3 Methil Hull Jan. 5 FS 1003 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 4 Hull Methil Febr. 6 FN 936 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 9 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 10 EN 194 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 13 Loch Ewe Belfast Lough Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 15 Belfast Lough Curacao March 6 UC 1 For Curacao.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in UC convoys
March 7 Curacao Cristobal March 10 Independent
March 11 Balboa Melbourne Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 19 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Apr. 23 OC 89 Convoy available at OC convoys
(external link)
May 7 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane May 10 GP 50/1 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
May 18 Brisbane Sydney, N.S.W. May 20 PG 51 Convoy available via link above
June 1 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne June 6 CO 97 Convoy available at CO convoys
(external link)
June 29 Melbourne Mairitius July 21 Independent Missing voyages, Page 3
* Aug. 31 Mauritius Melbourne Sept. 28 Independent
*The above entry has been taken from 1942 voyages above - according to Page 3, she left Mombasa on Aug. 31-1943 and arrived Melbourne Sept. 28.
Oct. 1 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 4 OC 130 Convoy available at OC convoys
(external link)
Oct. 12 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 21 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 21 Independent
Nov. 3 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Nov. 6 CO 140 Convoy available at CO convoys
(external link)
Nov. 12 Melbourne Aden Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 9 Aden Suez Independent Missing movements, Page 3
Dec. 31 Kosseir Aden Jan. 4-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 5 Aden Melbourne Jan. 31 Independent
March 2 Melbourne Adelaide March 3 Independent Left Adelaide for Whyalla, March 3
(Page 3).
March 13 Adelaide Albany March 17 Independent
March 17 Albany Aden Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 8 Aden Suez Apr. 13 Independent On to Port Said Apr. 22
(Page 3).
Apr. 24 Port Said Bizerta May 1 GUS 38 A. Hague says:
"Port Said to Bizerta via Augusta"
(see also Page 3).
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
May 10 Bizerta Bone May 12 GUS 39 Bizerta to Bone.
Convoy available at link above
May 18 Bone Port Said May 25 KMS 50 Bone to Port Said
(on to Suez May 25 - Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
May 26 Suez Aden May 31 Independent (Had arrived Suez May 25 - see Page 4).
June 1 Aden Melbourne June 30 Independent
July 22 Melbourne Adelaide July 24 Independent
July 24 Adelaide Whyalla Independent
Aug. 2 Whyalla Fremantle Independent
Aug. 10 Fremantle Colombo Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 26 Colombo Bombay Aug. 31 Independent
Nov. 5 Bombay Port Pirie Nov. 30 Independent A. Hague says:
After repairing weather damage
Dec. 4 Port Pirie Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 26 Sydney, N.S.W. Port Kembla Dec. 26 Independent
1945 Jan. 5 Port Kembla Melbourne Jan. 7 Independent
Jan. 17 Melbourne Colombo Febr. 20* Independent *Should be Febr. 10
(Page 4).
Febr. 17 Colombo Calcutta Febr. 23 Independent
March 7 Calcutta Colombo March 13 Independent
March 14 Colombo Adelaide March 31 Independent
Apr. 6 Adelaide Sydney, N.S.W. Apr. 10 Independent
May 19 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane May 21 Independent
May 26 Brisbane Balboa June 27 Independent
June 29 Cristobal Liverpool July 18 Independent
July 24 Liverpool Swansea July 25 Independent A. Hague says:
In collision after arrival
Dec. 23 Swansea Marseilles Independent See also 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.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Tijuca was on her way from Oslo, Norway to South Africa and China when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She arrived Table Bay on Apr. 13.

In Nov.-1940, she's listed among the ships in Convoy HX 86 from Halifax, bound for Belfast with a cargo of steel and general, arriving Belfast Nov. 25, later proceeding to Avonmouth, where she remained for over a month.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen's fleet list states that Tijuca struck a mine in the Bristol Channel on Jan. 12-1941 when outward bound from Avonmouth for Trinidad(?), but was able to proceed to Barry. According to Page 1, she had left Avonmouth on Jan. 9. "Nortraships flåte" says she was on her way to Barry when this occurred and was damaged enough that she had to be towed in afterwards. Barry and the ports in the Bristol Channel had been closed earlier that day while the area was being swept.

She did not leave Barry again until May 19-1941, arriving Milford Haven the next day, and from there she joined Convoy OB 326, which originated in Liverpool on May 22 and dispersed May 29, Tijuca arriving Galveston June 12 (where she remained for over 3 weeks). Havtor (for Iceland) and Strix are also listed (see the external link provided in the Voyage Record above). Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 and Page 2.

Skipping now to Apr.-1942, when she's listed in station 62 of Convoy SL 106/SLF 106, which departed Freetown on Apr. 9. Her destination is given as Belfast, and she had a cargo of general, wool and cotton. According to A. Hague she had started out, together with Rio Branco, in the slow portion and was detached to the fast portion on Apr. 24, and also had 2 passengers and mail on board. She arrived Belfast Lough on Apr. 28/29, later proceeding to Avonmouth from there, with arrival May 3, remaining there for over a month, before proceeding to Milford Haven on June 9. We now find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 103, originating in Liverpool on June 12. She was bound for New York, where she arrived June 26, having sailed from Milford Haven June 11. This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Ferncourt, Frontenac, Garnes (from Halifax), Idefjord, Kaia Knudsen, Kong Haakon VII (Commodore Vessel), Lista, Maud, Mirlo, Noreg, Scebeli, Sommerstad, Thorshøvdi and Troubadour are also listed, as is the Panamanian Norvinn (Norwegian managers).

Tijuca now remained in New York for 3 weeks; her subsequent voyages are listed on Page 2 - convoy information for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record.

Christmas that year was celebrated while in Convoy HX 219, which left New York on Dec. 13 and arrived Liverpool on the 29th; Tijuca stopped at Loch Ewe the day before. She was bound for Hull with general cargo, including pig iron, wheat and mail, and had station 23 of the convoy. In his notes, the Commodore names her captain as F. Fredriksen, and says he fired a snowflake at 03:00 on Dec. 28 adding, "his reason being that another ship of the convoy was too close to him. This is a gross misuse of appliances supplied and also endangered the safety of the convoy". Via Methil, Tijuca arrived Hull on Jan. 5-1943, and did not leave again until Febr. 4. A. hague has later included her, together with Kaia Knudsen and Vinga, in Convoy UC 1, originating in Liverpool on Febr. 15, arriving Curacao March 6 (Tijuca had sailed from Belfast Lough on Febr. 15). See ships in all UC convoys - will later be added to an individual page (several ships were torpedoed, ref. external link at the end of this page).

The rest of her 1943 voyages and some 1944 voyages are shown on Page 3, with convoy information in A. Hague's Voyage Record above (it'll be noticed that she occasionally had long stays in port).

In May-1944, she made a voyage from Bone to Port Said, having joined Convoy KMS 50, which left Gibraltar on May 15 and arrived Port Said May 25; Tijuca had started out from Bone on May 18. This convoy will also be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, please see the section naming ships in all KMS convoys. Boreas, Cetus, Far, Liss, Polarsol, Snar and Thorshavn are also named. Tijuca later made a voyage to Melbourne, spending 3 weeks there - see Page 4. This document also shows a long stay in Bombay, where she had arrived on Aug. 30-1944; departure is given as Nov. 5. A. Hague indicates she had been in need of repair from weather damage. Her 1945 voyages are also listed on this document, and it'll be noticed that she also spent a long time in Sydney that spring, and again in Swansea, from July 25-1945 until Dec. 23. According to A. Hague, she had been involved in a collision after arriving Swansea. From there, she proceeded to Marseilles, where she stayed for 3 weeks. This document has her voyages to Apr.-1946.

More details on all 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.


Sold on Apr. 8-1952 to Olaf Pedersen's Rederi A/S (Olaf Pedersen, manager), Oslo and renamed Sunny Prince. Sold in 1958 to The People's Republic of China and renamed Hoping Ssu Shi Pa. Deleted from Lloyd's Register 1976-77 in the absence of up to date information about her continued existence.

Related external link:
Ships hit from convoy UC 1

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This was the 1st of the company's 4 ships by this name.


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