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Manager: A. Hague, Arendal
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:
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.
Errors may exist, and as can be seen, the record is incomplete.
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.
Back to Tora on the "Ships starting with T" page.
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.