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D/S Wyvern
Updated Dec. 27-2011

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Manager: Hans Borge, Tønsberg
Tonnage:
4007 gt

Built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Sunderland in 1929. Previous name: Hopecrag until 1938.
According to this external page, she was delivered as Hopecrag (1401) in Oct. 1929 to Hopemount Shipping Co.Ltd. (A. Stott & Co. Ltd.), Newcastle. Sold in 1938 to Borges Rederi A/S (Hans Borge), Tønsberg and renamed Wyvern.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, Page 2 is torn and has some information missing in the margin)
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4


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

  Partial Voyage Record
From Dec.-1942 to Nov.-1944: á

(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
1942 Dec. 16 Durban DN 7 Earlier voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
For Aden.
Dispersed Dec. 18
(Page 2 gives arrival Jan. 3-1943).
Convoy available at DN 7
(external link)
1943 July 23 Capetown Durban July 27 CD 28 Earlier 1943 voyages:
Page 2 above.
Convoy available at CD 28
(external link)
Aug. 19 Durban DN 57 Dispersed Aug. 21.
Convoy available at DN 57
(external link)
Aug. 21 Dispersed from DN 57 Kilindini Sept. 1 Independent Page 3 gives arrival Mombasa Aug. 31.
On to Lourenço Marques, Sept. 12
Sept. 29 Lourenšo Marques Kilindini Oct. 8 DKA 2 Convoy available at DKA 2
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 3
Nov. 1 Dar-es-Salaam Lourenšo Marques Nov. 8 AKD 4 Dar es Salaam to Lourenço Marques.
Convoy available at AKD 4
(external link)
Nov. 17 Lourenšo Marques Kilindini Nov. 28 DKA 7 Convoy available at DKA 7
(external link)
Missing 1943 voyages, Page 3
1944 Febr. 21 Kilindini Aden March 1 DKA 12 Earlier 1944 voyages:
Page 3 above.
Convoy available at DKA 12
(external link)
March 16 Aden Beira Apr. 1 AKD 18 Convoy available at AKD 18
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 3
Oct. 28 Colombo Madras Oct. 31 JC 65 Convoy available at JC 65
(external link)
Nov. 7 Madras Colombo* Nov. 10 CJ 42 Convoy available at CJ 42
(external link)
*Colombo not mentioned, Page 3.
Arrived Durban Nov. 28.
Subsequent voyages:
Page 3 & Page 4


 Notes: 

Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, Wyvern was at Tampico when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. It looks like she had spent quite a long time there; she had arrived from Walvis Bay on Febr. 26 and departure is given as Apr. 16 when she proceeded to Kingston, Jamaica. The following month, she headed to Japan. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document (showing occasional long stays in port) and continue on Page 2, which also has her 1942 voyages and some 1943 voyages - it'll be noticed that she appears to have spent a long time at Lourenço Marques in the summer/fall of 1942, and again at Table Bay in the spring/summer of 1943. There's also a long gap in her voyages for 1944. According to Page 3, she had arrived Durban on June 4 that year and did not leave until Aug. 4. This document also lists some 1945 voyages (another long stay at Durban early that year) while the rest can be found on Page 4. In Oct.-1945, she finally got to go home to Norway.

Convoy information for some of her voyages can be found in the Voyage Record above.

 POST WAR: 

Sold to Zeta Shipping Co Ltd, Hong Kong in 1953, and renamed Zeta Trader. Sold to Hong Kong breakers during March 1959. Vessel had been laid up at Hong Kong since Jan. 17-1959.

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