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D/S Tora
Updated Dec. 3-2010

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Manager: A. Hague, Arendal
851 gt.

Ordered in 1915 at Schiffbau Ges. Unterweser, Lehe, Wesermünde, Germany (10) as a cargo vessel for J. Lauritzen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Completed as Paula in Oct.-1918 but not delivered to owner at that time. Steel hull, 212.9' x 31.4' x 13.2', 851gt, 493 net, 1400 tdwt, Triple Expansion (Christensen & Meyer, Harburg) 90nhp, 478 ihp. Delivered in 1920 to A/S D/S Vesterhavet (J. Lauritzen), Copenhagen and entered service as cargo vessel Dorrit. Sold in Oct.-1937 to Skibs-A/S Hauges Rederi (Adolph Hauge), Arendal, renamed Tora.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10 | Page 11 | Page 12 | Page 13 | Page 14

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

  Voyage Record
From Febr.-1940 to July-1943:  

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors may exist, and as can be seen, the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Febr. 11 Norwegian Waters Methil Febr. 13 HN 10B
March 4 Methil Norwegian Waters March 8 ON 17A
March 27 Norwegian Waters Methil March 30 HN 22 Missing movements, Page 1
May 1 Methil Tyne May 1 MT 62 Convoy available at MT 62
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 1
May 24 Southend OA 154 For Bayonne.
Dispersed May 27
(Page 1 gives arrival May 29).
Convoy available at OA 154
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
Oct. 7 Clyde Methil Oct. 10 WN 21S Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 13 Methil Southend Oct. 17 FS 308 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 1
Oct. 29 Southend Methil Oct. 31 FN 322 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 2 Methil Oban* Nov. 7 EN 17/1 *Arrived Holyhead, Nov. 6
(Page 1).
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1940 movements:
Page 1 & Page 2
Her 1941 movements, missing from A. Hague's record, are shown on Page 2 above, as well as Page 3, Page 4, Page 5 & Page 6.
1942 May 7 Holyhead Barry May 8 HM 7 Earlier 1942 movements:
Page 6 above, Page 7 & Page 8
Convoy available at HM 7
(external link)
Compare w/Page 8
(also, missing movements,
w/more on Page 9).
July 21 Methil Belfast July 23 EN 113 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Missing 1942 movements:
Page 9 above, Page 10 & Page 11
1943 June 27 Methil Belfast June 29 EN 248 Earlier 1943 movements:
Page 11 above & Page 12
Convoy available at link above.
Left Belfast July 2
(Page 12)
July 11 Loch Ewe Methil July 13 WN 453 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Subsequent movements:
Page 12 above, Page 13 & Page 14
See also narrative below

 Some 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.

With a general cargo for Dundee, Tora is listed in the original document for Convoy HN 10B from Norway to the U.K. in the middle of Febr.-1940. Early in March A. Hague has included her in Convoy ON 17A to Norway, and at the end of that month, shortly before the German invasion of Norway, she joined Convoy HN 22, bound for Blyth in ballast - follow the links for more info; several Norwegian ships took part in all these convoys. As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, she left Blyth again on Apr. 4 with the intention of going back to Norway (Sarpsborg), but was diverted, thereby ending up in Allied service (Norway was invaded Apr. 9-1940).

Apart from a few voyages to France, Tora was subsequently mostly in service around the U.K. It'll be noticed, when going to the various archive documents, that she occasionally had long stays in port.

There's an entry at the very end of Page 14 of the archive documents, saying she left Antwerp for Stavanger, Norway on Apr. 21. I believe this must have been in 1946; I can't imagine she would have gone to Norway in 1944, nor in Apr.-1945, as the country was still occupied at that time. This means that most of her 1944 voyages (from Febr.-1944) as well as all of her 1945 voyages appear to be missing from the record (unless she had remained in port at Barry all that time?).


Sprang a leak on Nov. 2-1946 and sank 21 n. miles off Almagrunden outside Sandshamn in the Baltic, voyage Kotka-Stavanger with lumber. Crew was saved.

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Other ships by this name: This company had previously had another Tora, originally delivered as Greek Aspasia in 1920, 574 gt. Became Lilly Margrethe of Bergen in 1925, Bessegg 1929, then Tora in 1932 for Skibs-A/S Hauges Rederi (A. Hauge), Arendal in 1932. Sold to Latvia in 1937 and renamed Aija, seized by the Germans in 1939, renamed Ingeborg in 1941, lost in 1944. The company also had a ship named Tora later on, see post war information for Kong Bjørn.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Misc. sources, including E-mail received from Jan-Olof Hendig, Sweden and from T. Eriksen, Norway - his source: Article by Dag Bakka Jr. about A. Hauges Rederi in "Skipet" 3.2003.


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