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M/S Triton
Updated Dec. 10-2010

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Picture received from Sverre Johansen, Norway (postcard collection).

Source: Tony Cooper's collection.

Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to make it larger).

Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
6607 gt, 4045 net, 10 130 tdwt
Dimensions: 461.9' x 60.6' x 28.9'
Machinery: 2x 8 cyl. 4 SCSA oil engines totalling 7300 ihp by the shipbuilders, driving twin screws.
Service Speed: 14.5 knots - 12 passengers
Signal Letters: LCKZ

Launched by Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads A/B, Malmö (Yard No. 164) on March 26-1930, completed June 19.

Captain: Einar Tholvsen

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

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

  Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Aug.-1942:  

(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 Apr. 3 Gibraltar Clyde Apr. 15 Independent Earlier voyages, Page 1
July 5 Clyde OB 179 For Panama.
Dispersed 46 40N 15 40W, July 9.
Convoy available at OB 179
(external link)
July 9 Dispersed from OB 179 Curacao July 20 Independent
July 20 Curacao Cristobal Independent Page 1 gives arrival July 22
July 23 Balboa Sydney, N.S.W. Independent
Aug. 26 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Aug. 28 Independent
Aug. 31 Melbourne Balboa Sept. 27 Independent
Sept. 28 Cristobal Bermuda Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 6 Bermuda BHX 79 See link to HX 79
Oct. 11 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Clyde Oct. 23 HX 79
Nov. 20 Clyde OB 246 Dispersed Nov. 24
Convoy available at OB 246
(external link)
Nov. 24 Dispersed from OB 246 New York City Dec. 3 Independent
Dec. 14 New York City Capetown Jan. 7-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 11 Capetown Port Elizabeth Jan. 13 Independent
Jan. 13 Port Elizabeth Durban Jan. 15 Independent
Jan. 18 Durban Beira Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 21 Beira Mombasa Jan. 25 Independent
Jan. 31 Mombasa Beira Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 5 Beira Fremantle Febr. 19 Independent
Febr. 19 Fremantle Melbourne Febr. 24 Independent
Febr. 27 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. March 1 Independent
March 14 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne March 16 Independent
March 21 Melbourne Aden Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 18 Aden Suez Apr. 22 Independent Missing movements, Page 2
May 29 Suez Aden June 9 Independent
June 9 Aden Colombo June 17 Independent
June 17 Colombo Auckland July 13 Independent
July 20 Auckland Sydney, N.S.W. July 24 Independent
Aug. 5 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 13 Melbourne Batavia Aug. 28 Independent
Aug. 29 Batavia Colombo Independent
Sept. 9 Colombo Aden Sept. 16 Independent
Sept. 16 Aden Suez Sept. 21 Independent Missing movements, Page 2.
Oct. 14 Suez Aden Oct. 18 Independent
Oct. 18 Aden Fremantle Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 4 Fremantle Port Pirie Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 12 Port Pirie Adelaide Independent
Nov. 13 Adelaide Melbourne Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 22 Melbourne Balboa Dec. 18 Independent
Dec. 19 Cristobal Halifax Dec. 27 Independent
1942 Jan. 2 Halifax HX 168 Dispersed Jan. 13
(Page 2 gives arrival Belfast Lough, Jan 14).
Jan. 17 Belfast Lough Swansea Jan. 19 BB 125 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Febr. 7 Swansea Barry Febr. 7 Independent
Febr. 14 Barry Milford Haven Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 17 Milford Haven Liverpool Febr. 18 Independent
March 4 Liverpool OS 21 For Australia.
Detached March 14
Convoy available at OS 21
(external link)
March 14 Detached from OS 21 Bermuda March 23 Independent
March 23 Bermuda Cristobal Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 3 Balboa Melbourne Apr. 30 Independent
May 11 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. May 13 Independent
May 25 Sydney, N.S.W. Port Pirie May 30 Independent
June 2 Port Pirie Fremantle June 8 Independent
June 16 Fremantle Capetown July 8 Independent
July 14 Capetown Freetown July 25 Independent See also narrative below
Aug. 4 Freetown SL 118 A. Hague says:
2 Passengers.
Convoy available at SL 118
(external link)
Sunk - See "Final Fate" 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. 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, Triton was on her way from Gibraltar to Greenock when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 (it looks like her original destination had been Norway). She arrived Greenock on Apr. 15 and appears to have spent over 2 months there; departure is given as June 24. According to Arnold Hague, she later joined Convoy OB 179, which originated in Liverpool on July 5 and dispersed July 9 - ref. external link provided within the Voyage Record; Marstenen and Braga are also listed. Triton's destination is given as Panama; going back to the archive document, we see that she arrived Curacao on July 20, leaving again that same day for Panama and Sydney, Australia.

In Oct.-1940, she was 1 of 7 Norwegian ships in Convoy HX 79. The others were Benwood, Sandanger, Egda, Thyra, Høyanger and Ravnefjell. Triton had joined from Bermuda in station 51 of the feeder convoy BHX 79 (along with Høyanger), and took station 56 of the main convoy, which had departed Halifax on Oct. 8 and arrived Liverpool on Oct 23 with the loss of 12 ships. Follow the convoy link for more information on ships sunk; see also the external link further down on this page. Triton had a cargo of wheat, wool and steel for Liverpool, and acccording to "Nortraships flåte", she was attacked while in this convoy and was reported missing from Oct. 21 until the 23rd when she arrived Clyde (no such attack is mentioned by J. Rohwer).

About a month later, we find her (with O. A. Knudsen) in Convoy OB 246, originating in Liverpool on Nov. 20, dispersed Nov. 24. Her destination is not given, but from Page 1, we learn that she arrived New York on Dec. 3. Again, see the external link in the table above. (Another section of the same site, which has not included Triton in this convoy, says that Dagfred, Rinda, Salamis and Solfonn were scheduled, but did not sail and also has Bayard in this convoy, but this does not agree with her Voyage Record for this period - A. Hague suggests this was the British Bayano).

Triton's 1941 voyages start on Page 1 and continue on Page 2. It'll be noticed that she appears to have spent a long time at Port Said that spring, and again that fall. This document also shows a few 1942 voyages.

Skipping now to Jan. 2-1942, when she can be found among the ships in Convoy HX 168 from Halifax to the U.K. According to A. Hague, she had a cargo of zinc, wool and 334 mails. She arrived Swansea (via Belfast Lough) on Jan. 19, remaining there until Febr. 7, when she proceeded to Barry and a week later to Milford Haven (Page 2), then on to Liverpool (Page 3). On March 4, she joined Convoy OS 21, voyaging from Liverpool to Bermuda/Panama/Australia with stores in station 21. Fana, Kollskegg and Petter are also listed, again, ref. external link provided in the Voyage Record (see also my narratives for Brand and Evita). This was a Freetown bound convoy, but as indicated, Triton's first stop was Bermuda, where she arrived on March 23, continuing that same day to Cristobal and Melbourne. A. Hague says she had been detached from the convoy on March 14.

More information 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

Related external link:
HX 79, 19 Oct, 1940 - 20 Oct, 1940

 Final Fate - 1942: 

Triton departed Freetown on Aug. 4-1942, joining Convoy SL 118 (station 21 - link in Voyage Record), and was on a voyage from Sydney, N.S.W. and Freetown to Belfast Lough and Avonmouth with 9500 tons cargo* of wool, wheat, zinc concentrate and 867 bags of mail. She had sailed from Sydney on May 25, from Fremantle on June 16, arrived Cape Town for bunkers on July 8, took on board 358 bags of mail, departed July 14**, arrived Freetown July 25, then left again on Aug. 4, as already mentioned - again, see also Page 3.

On Aug. 17, she was hit by 2 torpedoes in the aft cargo holds and sunk by U-566 (Remus), northeast of the Azores in position 39 31N 22 43W (39 30N 23 00W?). The 2 port lifeboats were damaged and could not be used, but the crew took to the starboard boats. The aft starboard raft was also launched, manned by 10-15 men who were later picked up by the lifeboats.

All 43 had survived and were picked up half an hour later by the British Baron Dunmore (also in Convoy SL 118). 4 had been injured and were transferred to one of the escorts for treatment. They were landed in Loch Ewe on Aug. 26 where they were transferred to the hospital ship St. Andrew, before being sent to Glasgow on Aug. 27, arriving the same day. The maritime inquiry was held there on Aug. 31 with the captain and the 1st and 3rd mates attending, all of whom had been on the bridge when the attack occurred.

Convoy SL 118 also lost 3 other ships, while one of the escorts was damaged - see the external link at the end of this page.

* Mike Holdoway, the webmaster of the SL Convoys website, has told me that the records for Convoy SL 118 state she had a total cargo of 8941 tons, consisting of 3232 tons bulk wheat, 3000 tons zinc concentrates, 2682 tons wool, 27 tons bagged wheat, 81 bags mail, and she also had a passenger on board (A. Hague says she had 2 passengers).

** On July 22-1942, Triton had rescued 11 survivors from the American William F. Humphrey, which had been sunk by the German auxiliary cruiser Michel in the South Atlantic on the 16th. 29 had been taken aboard Michel. (My page Victims of Michel has more on this raider).

Crew List - No casualties:
* Birger Karsten Torkildsen later survived the loss of Prins Harald.

Einar Tholvsen
1st Mate
Sigurd Thorstensen
2nd Mate
Finn Wilhelmsen
3rd Mate
Johannes Hjelle
4th Mate
Alfred Gullaas
Radio Operator
Bjarne Lande
Gunnar Hammarstrand
Lars Juliussen
Able Seaman
Johan Roscher
Able Seaman
Erling Berg
Able Seaman
Harry Adolf Olsen
Able Seaman
Kristoffer Brimsholm
Able Seaman
Kåre Rustad
Ordinary Seaman
Johan Kiel
Ordinary Seaman
Johan Meyer Karlsen
Ordinary Seaman
Oscar Sjø
1st Engineer
Harald Edvin Jensen
2nd Engineer
Birger K. Torkildsen*
3rd Engineer
Olav Klepp
Sigurd K. Opdahl
Ingolf Haakonsen
Erling Lindberg
Aron Svela
Thoralf Egeland
Arne Gundersen
Per Oscarsen
Rolf Pettersen
Harald Arnesen
Carlo Rikstad
Harald Olsen
John Muller
Leslie Allan Boucher
Olav Kristiansen
Erling Rolstad
Galley Boy
Albert Wood
Mess Boy
Milton Macario
Mess Boy
Ernst Cuthbert
Saloon Boy
William Glowe
Saloon Boy
Frank Glennen
Saloon Boy
Wilhelm Åsberg
+ 2 British Gunners
+ 1 passenger
(a British Engineer)

Back to Triton on the "Ships starting with T" page.

Other ships by this name: Wilh. Wilhelmsen later had another ship named Triton 1948-1969. Holland lost a steamship by this name in WW II, built 1928, 2078 gt - torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U-558 on June 2-1942, on a voyage from Demerara to Chesapeake Bay. (Holland had also lost a steamer by this name in 1923). Also, there was a Greek submarine by the name Triton in WW II.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list, "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "German Raiders of World War II", August Karl Muggenthaler, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume II, Norwegian Maritime Museum, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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