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D/S Vadsø
Updated Jan. 9-2010

To Vadsø on the "Ships starting with V" page.

Manager: Nortraship
7198 gt

Built by J. A. Jones Construction Co., Brunswick, GA (177), launched on Dec. 20-1944 as Robert J. Banks, delivered Dec. 30. 1 of 10 ships transferred to the Norwegian flag in 1944 (Liberty ship). See my page "Ship Statistics & Misc." under "gains" 1944 for a list of all 10. Vadsø was taken over at Brunswick on the day of delivery, Dec. 30.

Captain: ? Ulriksen (previously of Stirlingville - I've been unable to find his first name).

This ship had a female, Canadian radio operator from Jan. 1945 till Oct.-1946 namely Barbara (Briggs) Ulrichsen (it looks like she married the captain). She had previously served on M/S General Ruge. Additionally, the Canadian radio operator Cecile Richard served on Vadsø from Jan.-1945 till Sept. that year. A list of names of other female, Canadian radio operators on Norwegian ships can be found at the end of my page about M/S Mosdale.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Jan.-1945 to Jan.-1946:

(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
1945 Jan. 12 Baltimore Philadelphia Jan. 13 Independent See also Page 1
Febr. 7 Hampton Roads Gibraltar Febr. 23 UGS 73 Convoy available at UGS 73
(external link)
* Febr. 15 Philadelphia New York City Febr. 15 Independent
*This voyage seems out of place. It's possible that both dates should be Jan. 15 (or Febr. 5?), and that she had stopped at New York before heading to Hampton Roads? (Arrival Norfolk is given as Febr. 5 on the archive document).
Febr. 23 Passed Gibraltar Piraeus March 1 Independent
March 2 Piraeus Rabbit Island March 3 PR 3 For Odessa.
Convoy available at PR 3
(external link)
March 3 Rabbit Island Odessa March 6 Independent Compare w/Page 1
Apr. 17 Odessa Oran Apr. 26 Independent Via Istanbul
(Page 1).
Apr. 27 Oran Baltimore May 14 GUS 86 Convoy available at GUS 86
(external link)
May 29 Baltimore London June 12 Independent
July 2 London Fowey July 3 Independent
July 7 Fowey Delaware Capes July 18 Independent
July 27 Delaware Capes Downs Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 9 Downs Methil Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 12 Methil Tromsø Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 25 Tromsø Methil Aug. 29 Independent Via Kirkwall
(Page 1).
Aug. 30 Methil New York City Sept. 11 Independent
Sept. 15 New York City Baltimore Sept. 17 Independent
Sept. 22 Baltimore Barry Oct. 20 Independent Via France
(Page 1)
Oct. 21 Barry Baltimore Nov. 7 Independent
Nov. 14 Baltimore Naples Independent
Dec. 21 Naples Hampton Roads Jan. 7-1946 Independent Further voyages, Page 2

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

As already mentioned above, Vadsø was taken over by Nortraship at Brunswick on the day of delivery on Dec. 30-1944. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, she left Brunswick on Jan. 2-1945, arriving Jacksonville that same day, continuing to Baltimore on Jan. 7, with arrival Jan. 10. From Baltimore, she proceeded to Philadelphia 2 days later, arriving Jan. 13, then headed to Norfolk, where she arrived Febr. 5. Arnold Hague now has her in Convoy UGS 73, which left Hampton Roads on Febr. 7 and arrived Gibraltar on the 23rd. Vadsø, however, was bound for Odessa, where she arrived, via Piræus and Istanbul, on March 6. Part of this voyage had been made in Convoy PR 3, departing Piræus on March 2. Vadsø now remained in Odessa for several weeks, before proceeding to Oran (via Istanbul) and we subsequently find her, together with Fridtjof Nansen, Heimvard and Toronto, in Convoy GUS 86, which left Oran on Apr. 27 and arrived Hampton Roads on May 14; Vadsø arrived Baltimore that day - in other words, VE Day was celebrated while at sea. Direct links to all these convoys have been provided within the Voyage Record.

From Baltimore, she headed to London on May 29; her subsequent voyages are listed on Page 1. In Aug.-1945, she travelled to Tromsø, Norway, later returning to the U.K. and the U.S. Page 2 shows some of her 1946 voyages.


Renamed Libreville in 1946 for Skibs-A/S Mandeville (A. F. Klaveness & Co, Oslo). Came under the Panamanian flag in 1951, Rio Valioso Cia. Nav. S.A., managed by Seacrest Shipping. Co., Inc., New York. Renamed Afros in 1952. In 1956 managers became Seaways Shipping Corp, New York. Came under the Lebanese flag in 1962 as Theodoros Lemos, Marleal Cia. Nav. S.A. (G. Lemos Bros. Co. Ltd., London). Managers became M. C. Fred Hunter, London in 1965, then Hunter Shipping Co. Ltd., London from 1967. Sold to Chinese breakers and arrived Shanghai on June 7-1967.

Related external links:
Liberty Ships - Unfortunately, the list no longer appears to be included at this site (unfortunate, because I have 100's of links to it from my Convoys section). If I remember correctly, that particular section was hosted by Peter Thompson, who has now moved to a different site, but I cannot find his list of Liberty Ships. I'll leave the link up for now until I can find out whether it's still available somewhere. I did find an identical page here, but as will be seen, the alphabetical links receive an error.

See also:
List of Liberty Ships by Hull No. - Includes info on the men and women for whom the ships were named (from Wikipedia).

Back to Vadsø on the "Ships starting with V" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Liberty Ships in Peacetime, and their Contribution to World Shipping History" I. G. Steward - 1992, and misc. Sources for the information on the Canadian radio operator are given on my page about Mosdale.


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