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D/S Utsire
Updated Sept. 16-2010

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Manager: John K. Haaland & Co. A/S, Haugesund (or Trygve Eriksen?)
4441 gt

Delivered in Jan.-1917 from Moore & Scott Iron Works, Oakland, Cal. as T/S Capto (turbine ship) to D/S A/S Capto (B. Stolt-Nielsen), Haugesund, 4823 gt, 2786 net, 7100 tdwt, 376.1' x 52.3' x 25.2', 479 nhp (General Electric Co.). Sold in Aug.-1928 to Frimann's Rederi A/S, Oslo and renamed Elias Kræmmer. New machinery installed that year: Triple exp. 572 nhp (N.East Mar. Eng.), remeasured - 4441 gt, 6900 tdwt. Purchased by D/S A/S Aslaug (John K. Haaland), Haugesund in 1931 and renamed Utsire. "Våre gamle skip" indicates she was managed by Trygve Eriksen from 1934 (this may have something to do with the fact that John K. Haaland died around that time?).

Captain: Karl Johnsen.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

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

  Voyage Record
From March-1940 to Sept.-1945:  

(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 March 14 Hong Kong Hong Kong Apr. 17 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(compare w/Page 1).
See also narrative below.
May 4 Hong Kong Hong Kong June 2 Independent Voyage data unknown
(Page 1 gives Shanghai)
June 5 Hong Kong Singapore June 13 Independent
June 13 Singapore Rangoon June 16 Independent
June 29 Rangoon Penang July 3 Independent
July 5 Penang Port Swettenham July 5 Independent
July 6* Port Swettenham Singapore July 9 Independent *A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(Page 1 gives departure July 8).
July 10 Singapore Saigon July 13 Independent
July 18 Saigon Darien Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 10 Darien Taku Independent Page 1 gives arrival Aug. 11
Aug. 13 Taku Saigon Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 3 Saigon Bangkok Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 13 Bangkok Hong Kong Sept. 21 Independent
Sept. 22 Hong Kong Darien Sept. 28 Independent
Oct. 3 Darien Hong Kong Oct. 8 Independent
Oct. 21 Hong Kong Singapore Oct. 28 Independent
Oct. 30 Singapore Penang Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 2 Penang Calcutta Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 18 Calcutta Colombo Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 26 Colombo Aden Dec. 6 Independent A. Hague says:
Traded I Ocean to Dec. 3-1941.
Missing voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
1941 Dec. 6 Colombo Madras Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 10 Madras Rangoon Dec. 18 Independent
1942 Jan. 10 Rangoon Colombo Jan. 18 Independent
Jan. 29 Colombo Trincomalee Jan. 31 Independent
Jan. 31 Trincomalee Akyab Febr. 6 Independent
Febr. 13 Akyab Colombo Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 25 Colombo Cochin Febr. 27 Independent
March 3 Cochin Ponani Independent Page 2 gives arrival March 4
March 7 Ponani Colombo March 9 Independent
March 10 Colombo Madras March 13 Independent
March 25 Madras Aden Apr. 12 Independent
Apr. 13 Aden Suez Apr. 21 Independent Arrived Port Said, Apr. 22
(Page 2).
Apr. 28 Port Said Beirut Apr. 30 Independent
May 3 Beirut Haifa May 4 Independent
May 7 Haifa Port Said May 8 Independent To Suez, May 9
(Page 2).
May 10 Suez Aden May 17 Independent
May 18 Aden Colombo May 30 Independent
June 3 Colombo Trincomalee June 5 Independent Put back
(Page 2).
June 7 Trincomalee Vizag June 11 Independent Notional sailing date
June 11 Vizag Calcutta June 14 Independent
July 5 Calcutta Colombo July 14 Independent
July 18 Colombo Aden Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 9 Aden Suez Aug. 17 Independent To Port Said, Aug. 20
(Page 3).
Aug. 29 Port Said Alexandria Aug. 30 Independent
Sept. 12 Alexandria Port Said Sept. 13 Independent To Suez, Sept. 23
(Page 3).
Sept. 25 Suez Aden Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 4 Aden Bombay Oct. 13 Independent
Nov. 2* Bombay Karachi Nov. 5 BP 59A *Page 3 gives departure Nov. 5.
Convoy available at BP 59A
(external link)
Nov. 13 Karachi Bhavnagar Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 20 Bhavnagar Goapnath Pt Nov. 25 Independent A, Hague says:
Towing Desmoulea
Nov. 25 Goapnath Pt Bhavnagar Independent After abandoning Desmoulea.
Page 3 gives arrival Nov. 25.
Dec. 3 Bhavnagar Bombay Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 15 Bombay Colombo Dec. 19 Independent
1943 Jan. 7 Colombo Calcutta Jan. 16 Independent
Febr. 22 Calcutta Madras Febr. 26 Independent
March 2* Madras Colombo March 5 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date.
*Page 3 gives departure Febr. 26.
March 6 Colombo Aden March 17 Independent
March 17 Aden Suez March 23 Independent Missing movements, Page 3
Apr. 9 Suez Port Sudan Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 17 Port Sudan Colombo May 2 Independent
May 5 Colombo Calcutta May 13 Independent A. Hague says:
Lay at Calcutta to Nov. 2-1943
(see also Page 3).
Nov. 2 Calcutta Vizag Nov. 6 Independent A. Hague says:
Arrived in tow, engine defects
Nov. 12 Vizag Madras Nov. 14 Independent
Dec. 1 Madras Vizag Dec. 3 Independent
Dec. 9 Vizag Chittagong Dec. 12 JC 28 Convoy available at JC convoys
(external link)
Dec. 21 Chittagong Calcutta Dec. 23 Independent
1944 Jan. 12 Calcutta Chittagong Jan. 14 HC 23 Convoy available at HC 23
(external link)
Jan. 22 Chittagong Calcutta Jan. 23 Independent Se also Page 3
Febr. 7 Calcutta Chittagong Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 14 Chittagong Calcutta Febr. 16 CH 1 Convoy available at CH 1
(external link)
March 1 Calcutta Chittagong March 2 HC 39 Convoy available at HC 39
(external link)
March 9 Chittagong Vizag March 11 Independent
March 19 Vizag Calcutta Independent
March 21 Calcutta Chittagong March 23 HC 46 Convoy available at HC 46
(external link)
March 31 Chittagong Calcutta Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 15 Calcutta Colombo Apr. 22 CJ 24 Convoy available at CJ 24
(external link)
See also Page 4
Apr. 24 Colombo Cochin Apr. 26 MB 74 Convoy available at MB 74
(external link)
May 11 Cochin Colombo May 13 Independent
May 20 Colombo Vizag May 25 JC 49 Convoy available at JC convoys
(external link)
May 31 Vizag Calcutta June 2 Independent
June 9 Calcutta Madras June 14 Independent
June 24 Madras Calcutta June 27* JC 53 Convoy available at link above.
*Page 4 gives arrival June 29
July 24 Calcutta Madras July 29 CJ 37 Convoy available at CJ 37
(external link)
Aug. 24 Madras Calcutta Aug. 28 JC 60 Convoy available at JC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 22 Calcutta Cochin Sept. 30 Independent
Oct. 17 Cochin Bombay Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 27 Bombay Bedi Bunder Oct. 29 Independent
Nov. 5 Bedi Bunder Colombo Nov. 12 Independent
Nov. 13 Colombo Calcutta Nov. 23 Independent
Dec. 1 Calcutta Chittagong Independent
Dec. 4 Chittagong Vizag Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 17 Vizag Chittagong Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 25 Chittagong Calcutta Dec. 28 Independent
1945 Jan. 10 Calcutta Chittagong Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 16 Chittagong Calcutta Jan. 19 Independent
Febr. 2 Calcutta Vizag Febr. 28 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown.
Page 5 indicates Akyab.
March 5 Vizag Chittagong March 9 Independent
March 15 Chittagong Calcutta March 19 Independent
Apr. 12 Calcutta Akyab Independent
Apr. 15 Akyab Kyaukpyu Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 30 Kyaukpyu Madras May 5 Independent
May 15 Madras Colombo May 18 Independent
May 24 Colombo Madras May 25 Independent (Missing voyages?
Page 5 gives arr. Madras June 25).
July 6 Madras Rangoon July 11 Independent
July 24 Rangoon Calcutta July 27 Independent
Aug. 5 Calcutta Rangoon Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 23 Rangoon Chittagong Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 31 Chittagong Rangoon Sept. 3 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 5


Since 1938 and until the beginning of the war Utsire had mainly been in coal trade between Calcutta and Shanghai, with some voyages to Vladivostok and Sakhalin for timber. In the course of 1939 most of the Norwegian crew was replaced with a Chinese one (32 in all).

When Norway was invaded on Apr. 9-1940, she was in Vladivostok, departing for Hong Kong the next day, arriving there on the 17th.

According to a little snippet in my text for Ida Bakke, Utsire was in Calcutta in June-1941. In fact, she appears to have spent quite a long time there that spring and summer, as indicated by the voyages listed on Page 1 of the archive documents. Her 1942 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3, which also has her 1943 voyages (showing another long stay in Calcutta at the beginning of that year). It'll be noticed that there's also a long gap in her voyages from the spring of 1943. She's said to have arrived Sandheads (Calcutta) from Colombo on May 12 and departure is given as Nov. 3, with arrival Vizagapatam Nov. 6 - according to A. Hague she arrived in tow, with engine defects.

Page 3 also lists a few 1944 voyages, while the rest are shown on Page 4. Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above. Page 5 has her 1945 voyages as well as a few 1946 voyages, to June 1946 (both documents show occasional long stays in port).


Sold in 1949 to Wallem & Co., Hong Kong and renamed San Fernando (Panamanian flag). Renamed Bianca (Panamanian flag) in 1957. Renamed Lucky Fortune (Panamanian flag) in 1958. Sold by Wallem & Co to breakers and arrived Hong Kong on Jan. 11-1959 to be broken up.

Related external link:
Wallem Group Ltd. - Hong Kong

Back to Utsire on the "Ships starting with U" page.

This company had previously had another ship by the name Utsire, sold in 1926. See D/S Profit.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre gamle skip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, E-mail from R. W. Jordan, and misc.


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