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M/S Tropic Star
Updated Jan. 18-2012

To Tropic Star on the "Ships starting with T" page.


Source: Sverre Johansen's postcard collection.

Manager: Alf Jakhelln, Oslo, Oslo
Tonnage:
5088 gt

Completed by W. Denny & Bros, Dumbarton, as Yomah for mv Yomah Co. Ltd. (P. Henderson & Co.), Glasgow) in 1926. Sold in 1927 to Australind Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. (Trinder, Anderson & Co. Ltd.), London, renamed Ashburton. Sold in 1937 to Skibs-A/S La Plata (Alf Jakelln), Oslo and renamed Tropic Star. In 1942 the managing firm of Alf Jakelln A/S was bought by Fearnley & Eger together with Skibs-A/S Varild and Skibs-A/S La Plata (later united in Skibs-A/S Varild) and the ship Tropic Star. (Info received from Roger W. Jordan).

Captain: G. Andersen.

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 Aug.-1940 to Nov.-1945: á

(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 some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Aug. 27 Cristobal Philadelphia Sept. 5 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded Pacific & W Coast America.
Missing voyages, Page 1
Sept. 10 Philadelphia New York City Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 19 New York City Halifax Sept. 23 Independent
Oct. 1 Halifax Capetown Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 20 Capetown Durban Dec. 5 Independent A. Hague says:
Under repair at Durban to mid Febr.-1942.
1942 Febr. 12 Durban Beira Febr. 16 Independent
Febr. 20 Beira Lourenšo Marques Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 25 Lourenšo Marques East London Febr. 28 Independent
March 1 East London Port Elizabeth March 2 Independent
March 4 Port Elizabeth Capetown March 7 Independent
March 8 Capetown Ascension March 22 Independent
March 22 Ascension Trinidad Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 12 Trinidad Boston Apr. 25 Independent See also narrative below
Apr. 27 Boston New York City Apr. 29 Independent
July 1 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
July 8 Hampton Roads Charleston, SC July 14 KS 518 Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
July 15 Charleston, SC Jacksonville July 16 Independent
July 17 Jacksonville Port Everglades July 18 Independent
July 27 Port Everglades Key West July 27 Independent
Aug. 1 Key West WAT 11 Detached Aug. 11.
Convoy available at WAT convoys
(external link)
Aug. 11 Detached from WAT 11 St Thomas Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 18 St Thomas St Thomas Aug. 19 Independent Page 1 says:
"Presumed put back".
Aug. 29 St Thomas Caripito Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 14 Caripito Trinidad Sept. 14 Independent
Sept. 20 Trinidad Demerara Sept. 22 Independent
Oct. 6 Demerara Trinidad Oct. 8 Independent
Oct. 17 Trinidad Gitmo Oct. 22 TAG 14 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 23 Gitmo New York City Oct. 30 GN 14 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 4 New York City Halifax Dec. 8 SC 112 Returned.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 24 Halifax Belfast Lough Jan. 7-1943 HX 220 See also narrative below
1943 Jan. 8 Belfast Lough Holyhead Jan. 8 Independent See also Page 2
Jan. 9 Holyhead Cardiff Jan. 11
Febr. 8 Cardiff Milford Haven Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 10 Milford Haven Halifax March 2 ON 166 Via Belfast Lough
(Page 2)
Apr. 4 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Apr. 7 XB 42 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 7 Cape Cod Canal New York City Apr. 7 Independent
May 29 New York City Boston Independent
June 1 Boston Halifax June 3 BX 55 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
June 5 Halifax Liverpool June 19 SC 133 Missing movements, Page 2
July 3 Liverpool ONS 12 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
July 18 From ONS 12 Cape Cod Canal July 20 XB 64 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
July 20 Cape Cod Canal New York City July 21 Independent See also narrative below
Aug. 18 New York City Boston Independent Page 2 gives arrival Aug. 20.
Aug. 24 Boston Halifax Aug. 26 BX 70 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Sept. 3 Halifax Milford Haven Sept. 17 SC 141
Sept. 18 Milford Haven Southampton Sept. 20 WP SP 1 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Left Southampton Oct. 3
(Page 2).
Oct. 7 Solent Milford Haven Oct. 9 PW 411 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Oct. 9 Milford Haven ONS 20 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Oct. 26 From ONS 20 Cape Cod Canal Oct. 29 XB 80 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Oct. 29 Cape Cod Canal New York City Oct. 29 Independent
Nov. 26 New York City Boston Independent
Nov. 28 Boston Halifax Dec. 1 BX 85 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Dec. 2 Halifax Barry Dec. 17 SC 148
Dec. 27 Barry Milford Haven Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 28 Milford Haven ONS 26 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
1944 Jan. 18 From ONS 26 Cape Cod Canal Jan. 20 XB 92 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Jan. 20 Cape Cod Canal New York City Jan. 22 Independent
Febr. 10 New York City Boston Independent
Febr. 18 Boston Halifax Febr. 20 BX 96 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Febr. 28 Halifax Liverpool March 15 SC 154
March 28 Liverpool ONS 32 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Apr. 17 From ONS 32 Cape Cod Canal Apr. 19 XB 104 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 19 Cape Cod Canal New York City Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 26 New York City NG 431 Detached May 2.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
May 2 Detached from NG 431 Cienfuegos May 4 Independent Via Guantanamo Bay May 2
(Page 3).
May 8 Cienfuegos Key West May 12 GK 805 A. Hague says:
Joined off Gitmo May 9.
Convoy available at GK convoys
(external link)
May 13 Key West New York City May 18 KN 313 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
May 26 New York City Gitmo June 2 NG 437 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
June 2 Gitmo Santa Maria, Cuba June 4 Independent
June 9 Nuevitas Key West June 12 Independent
June 12 Key West Philadelphia June 16 KN 319 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
June 26 Philadelphia New York City June 26 Independent
July 5 New York City Gitmo July 12 NG 445 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
July 12 Gitmo Guaira July 17 GAT 147 Gitmo to La Guaira.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
July 20 Guaira Puerto la Cruz July 21 Independent
July 30 Puerto la Cruz Caripito July 31 Independent
Aug. 3 Caripito Trinidad Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 6 Trinidad Gitmo Aug. 11 TAG 150 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Aug. 11 Gitmo Jucaro Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 19 Jucaro Key West Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 22 Key West Philadelphia Aug. 27 KN 333 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 27 Philadelphia Boston Independent Page 3 gives arrival Sept. 28.
Sept. 29 Boston Halifax Oct. 1 BX 127 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Oct. 4 Halifax Liverpool Oct. 21 SC 158
Nov. 13 Liverpool ONS 36 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Dec. 2 From ONS 36 Cape Cod Canal Dec. 4 XB 136 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 4 Cape Cod Canal New York City Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 21 New York City Boston Independent Page 3 gives arrival Dec. 22.
Dec. 28 Boston Halifax Dec. 30 BX 139 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
1945 Jan. 1 Halifax Mumbles Jan. 18 SC 164
Jan. 18 Milford Haven St. Helens Roads Jan. 20 BTC 42 Convoy available at BTC convoys
(external link)
Jan. 20 St. Helens Roads Seine Esturay Jan. 21 WVC 43 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Left Seine Estuary Febr. 20
(Page 3).
* Febr. 20 Joined from WVC 73 Milford Haven* Febr. 23 TBC 75 A. Hague says:
Joined at sea Febr. 21. Not as shown.
See also Page 3.
Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
* Febr. 21 Seine Estuary VWC 73 A. Hague says:
Joined TBC 76 at sea Febr. 21
(available at link above,
does he mean TBC 75?).
VWC 73 available via this page
(external link)
*The above is a little confusing (see also Page 3). I believe the 1st entry belongs underneath the 2nd entry(?). Convoy TBC 75 did arrive Milford Haven on Febr. 23; Tropic Star anchored off Mumbles that day, leaving that same day for Cardiff.
Febr. 25 Cardiff Belfast Lough Febr. 27 MH 35/2 Had arrived Cardiff Febr. 23
(Page 4).
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Febr. 28 Belfast Lough ONS 43 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
March 14 From ONS 43 Cape Cod Canal March 15 XB 151 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
March 15 Cape Cod Canal New York City March 18 Independent
Apr. 6 New York City Gitmo Apr. 13 NG 500 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Apr. 13 Gitmo Trinidad Apr. 19 GAT 202 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Apr. 23 Trinidad Gitmo Apr. 28 TAG 202 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Apr. 28 Gitmo GN 202 Detached May 5.
Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 5 Detached from GN 202 Sandwich Independent
May 7 Sandwich Portland, Maine May 8 Independent
May 18 Portland, Maine New York City May 20 Independent
June 16 New York City Trinidad June 26 Independent
June 28 Trinidad Rio July 16 Independent
July 29 Rio Santos July 30 Independent
Aug. 26 Santos New York City Sept. 20 Independent
Oct. 27 New York City Baltimore Independent Page 4 gives arrival Oct. 28.
Oct. 30 Baltimore Oslo Nov. 16 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 4 above


 Notes: 

According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Tropic Star was in Durban all through 1941. She had arrived there from Table Bay on Dec. 5-1940, and did not leave again until Febr. 12-1942. A. Hague says she was undergoing repairs.

 A Rescue & A Close Call - 1942: 

Tropic Star was on a voyage to Boston when a lifeboat under sail was spotted on Apr. 22-1942, 36 20N 66 20W. It turned out to be from the American S/S Pipestone County, which had been torpedoed the day before. The 10 occupants informed them that there should be another lifeboat not too far away, so Tropic Star changed course and found another 13 men. Both boats were taken on board, ready to launch again in case something should happen. On Apr. 24 a periscope was spotted by the lookout (40 50N 68 42W), and now the rescued American seamen came in very useful, in that 5 of them were gunners (Tropic Star did not have trained gunners at the time, though some of the crew had been instructed in the use of the armament). While they fired on this intruder*, which quickly submerged, the coast guard was notified, an aircraft was sent out for escort and Tropic Star reached Boston unharmed the following day. From Page 1, we learn that she had started out in Trinidad on Apr. 12. From Boston, she proceeded to New York a couple of days later, with arrival Apr. 29, and it now looks like she spent 2 months there - departure is given as July 1. Convoy info for some of her subsequent voyages is available in the table above - see also Page 2.

*J. Rowher names the U-boat as U-576 (Heinicke), adding in a footnote that the U-boat heard the torpedo hit but it was a dud and did not detonate, and Tropic Star was not damaged. This U-boat was also responsible for the loss of Pipestone County - follow the link provided below for more on this attack. U-576 also sank Taborfjell just a few days later. The U-boat was sunk with all hands in July that same year.

Related external links:
The attack on Pipestone County

U-576

 Some Cconvoy Voyages – 1942-1945: 
For information on voyages made prior to and 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 convoy links provided for more information; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them, and several Norwegian ships took part.

It'll be noticed, when going to Page 2, that Tropic Star spent quite a long time in New York, where she had arrived from Trinidad on Oct. 30-1942 (convoy info in Voyage Record). Departure is given as Dec. 4, when she (according to Arnold Hague) joined in Convoy SC 112*, which also included Acasta, Aragon (for St. John's, N.F. only), Borgholm, Dageid, Fjordheim, Garnes (also for St. John's), Harpefjell, Heimgar, Norjerv, Primo (for Halifax), Sir James Clark Ross and Solitaire (several of which joined from Halifax). Tropic Star, however, returned to port, arriving Halifax on Dec. 8. She was scheduled for the Halifax portion of Convoy HX 219 on Dec. 15, but instead joined the Halifax section of the next convoy, HX 220, general cargo for Belfast Dock and Cardiff. She became a straggler on Dec. 28; the Commodore says "evidently had to stop for short while during night and did not get alteration of route". She arrived Belfast Lough on Jan. 7-1943, later arriving Cardiff on Jan. 11, remaining there for almost a month.

In Febr.-1943, we find her in station 61 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 166, in which several ships were sunk, including the Norwegian Stigstad, Ingria, N. T. Nielsen-Alonso and Glittre - follow the links for more details (other Norwegian ships listed in this convoy are Molda, Skandinavia, Tai Shan and Brasil). ON 166 arrived New York on March 3; Tropic Star arrived Halifax March 1 and again had a long stay in port, before proceeding to New York on Apr. 4, remaining there for several weeks as well (Page 2). On June 5, she headed back to the U.K. again in Convoy SC 133 from Halifax, later returning with the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 12*. Fana, Garnes, Gausdal, Hjalmar Wessel, Iron Baron, Mui Hock, Norvarg, Para (collided, returned), Petter II and Suderøy are also listed in this convoy, which left Liverpool on July 3 and arrived Halifax July 18; Tropic Star, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived July 21, again remaining for almost a month. She was scheduled to return with Convoy HX 252 on Aug. 14, but did not sail (Santos was lost - follow links for details) and was also cancelled from the next convoy on Aug. 20, HX 253. Going back to the archive document, we see that she had left New York for Boston on Aug. 18, later continuing to Halifax, joining the slow Convoy SC 141 from there on Sept. 3. She arrived Milford Haven on Sept. 17, proceeding to Southampton the next day, with arrival Sept. 20.

Together with Arosa, Bestik, Cetus, Elg, Iron Baron, Snar, Solstad, Tercero and Vinland, she returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ONS 20*, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 9 and arrived Halifax Oct. 26; Tropic Star was again bound for New York, arriving there on Oct. 29, having started out from Milford Haven on the 9th. Having remained in New York for about a month (Page 2), she went to Boston again, and from there to Halifax, joining Convoy SC 148 on Dec. 2, serving as Rear Commodore (Vice Commodore was the captain of Norhauk, which was sunk shortly thereafter). Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts - see SC convoy escorts. Tropic Star arrived Barry on Dec. 17, and at the end of that month she joined Convoy ONS 26*, together with Elise, Gudvor and Romulus. The convoy originated in Liverpool on Dec. 29 and arrived Halifax Jan. 18-1944; Tropic Star arrived New York Jan. 22, having sailed from Milford Haven on Dec. 28 - her voyages in this period are listed on Page 3, which shows that she subsequently spent almost 3 weeks in New York.

On Febr. 28-1944, we find her in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 154, general cargo for Liverpool, where she arrived March 15, returning in Convoy ONS 32*, which also had Alaska, Chr. Th. Boe, Fjordheim, Minerva, Ragnhild, Stirlingville and Tungsha in its ranks. The convoy left Liverpool on March 28 and arrived Halifax Apr. 18; Tropic Star arrived New York Apr. 20. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 3 - convoy information for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record. As can be seen, she had a long stay in Philadelphia in the fall of 1944, before heading to Halifax (via Boston) on Sept. 27 and on Oct. 4, I have her in Convoy SC 158 from there, general cargo for Liverpool, where she stayed for about 3 weeks. With Evanger, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Grey County, Heimgar, Henrik Ibsen, Marie Bakke, Minerva, Snar, Sommerstad, Velox, Veni and Vinga, she subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ONS 36*, which left Liverpool on Nov. 13 and arrived Halifax Dec. 3 - Tropic Star arrived New York Dec. 4.

At the very beginning of Jan.-1945, she can be found in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 164. Going back to Page 3, we see that she appears to have spent a month at Seine Estuary. She's later listed in Convoy ONS 43*. Ima and Nordanger are also named in this convoy, which departed Liverpool on Febr. 27 and arrived Halifax March 16 - Tropic Star arrived New York March 18, having sailed from Belfast Lough on Febr. 28. Her subsequent voyages are listed on Page 4, which also shows occasional long stays in port (convoy info in the table above). From this document, we also learn that she went home to Norway in Nov.-1945, and it looks like she headed home again in Jan.-1946.

* The ONS 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 on the page listing ships in all ONS convoys. The entire SC series will also be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, please see ships in all SC convoys.

More info on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here is available via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 POST WAR: 

Sold in 1947 to rederi A/B Atlanta, Helsinki, and renamed Anja. In 1952 owner's name changed to Finland-Sydamerika Linjen A/B. Sold in 1961 for breaking up at Valencia, Spain. (R. W. Jordan). Compare with the info found on this external page.

Back to Tropic Star on the "Ships starting with T" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc. as named within the narrative above - (ref. My sources).

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