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Manager: Hans Borge, Tønsberg
Built in Sunderland in 1914.
Captain: Marcus Iversen
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.
Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, Woolgar was in Halifax when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She had arrived there from Louisburg on Apr. 8, and did not leave again until May 24. See my page about Nortraship for some details on the difficulties during those early days of war. It'll be noticed that she also spent over a month in Hong Kong later that year. She had arrived from Iloilo on Sept. 16; departure is given as Oct. 23, when she proceeded to Singapore. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.
With a cargo of paint and timber, she's listed, together with Arena, Fagersten, Kronviken, Norse Lady and Solheim, in Convoy BN 14, which left Aden on Febr. 1-1941 and dispersed on the 3rd. As will be seen when going back to Page 1, Woolgar arrived Suez on Febr. 7/8. The following month, we find her in Convoy BS 21, departing Suez on March 24, dispersed Apr. 1, Woolgar arriving Colombo on Apr. 12. The Norwegian Corona and Wilford are also listed. Both these convoys are available via the external links provided in the Voyage Record.
Her 1942 voyages start on Page 2.
More information on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here is available via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.
Woolgar was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft on March 7-1942, about 150 miles southwest of Tjilatjap. The survivors landed at Japanese occupied Port Blair, Andaman Islands after a harrowing 88 days in a lifeboat. Please continue to D/S Woolgar's story for a lot more information. The page includes an account on the weeks her survivors spent in the lifeboat, as well as details on their experiences as prisoners at Port Blair and later in Singapore. See also Merchant Marine Prisoners of War.
Back to Woolgar on the "Ships starting with W" page.