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D/S Askepot
Updated Febr. 23-2011

To Askepot on the "Ships starting with A" page.

From George Robinson, the webmaster of Riversea International (no longer appears to be available), who has also provided the post war details.

Manager: J. T. Farsjø & Co., Oslo
1312 gt

Built at Fredriksstad mek. Verksted, Fredrikstad (279) in 1937 for Rederi A/S Aladdin (J. T. Farsjø), Oslo.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message re someone who served on this ship (William Karl Nilsen), as well as Trondanger, Aragon, Askild, Meline and Atlantic.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7

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

 Voyage Record
From July-1942 to May-1945:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database.

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (where the "Convoy" column is left blank it means that convo is not known).

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 July 15 Boston* Halifax July 17 BX 29 Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3
For Sydney C.B.
Convoy available at BX 29
(external link)
*Convoy BX 29 did sail from Boston on July 15, but according to Page 3 above, Askepot started out from New York on July 14.
July 22 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 23 HS 33 Convoy available at HS 33
(external link)
July 26 Sydney, C.B. Greenland Aug. 3 SG 3 Convoy available at SG 3
(external link)
Aug. 25 Greenland Sydney, C.B. Sept. 1 GS 6 Convoy available at GS 6
(external link)
Sept. 2 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Sept. 4 SH 40 Convoy available at SH 40
(external link)
Sept. 6 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Sept. 8 XB 37 Convoy available at XB 37
(external link)
Sept. 8 Cape Cod Canal New York City Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 13 New York City Boston Sept. 14 Independent
Sept. 21 Boston New York City Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 24 New York City Halifax Sept. 27 HX 209
Sept. 29 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Oct. 1 HS 55 Convoy available at HS 55
(external link)
Oct. 8 Sydney, C.B. Kungnait Bay Oct. 16 SG 10 Convoy available at SG 10
(external link)
Oct. 31 Greenland Botwood Nov. 5 GS 12 Arrived Botwood.
Convoy available at GS 12
(external link)
Nov. 11 Botwood St. John's, N.F. Nov. 13 NJ 21 Convoy available at NJ 21
(external link)
Nov. 14 St. John's, N.F. Sydney, C.B. Nov. 17 WB 13 Convoy available at WB 13
(external link)
Nov. 17 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Nov. 19 SH 62 Convoy available at SH 62
(external link)
Nov. 21 Halifax New York City Nov. 25 ON 145 Will be updated
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 13 New York City St. John's, N.F. Dec. 21 HX 219
1943 Jan. 6 St. John's, N.F. Greenland Jan. 11 SG 17 Convoy available at SG 17
(external link)
Jan. 27 Greenland St. John's, N.F. Febr. 2 GS 19 Convoy available at GS 19
(external link)
Febr. 7 St. John's, N.F. Halifax Febr. 13 ON 163 Convoy will be added
See ships in ON convoys
Febr. 15 Halifax New York City Febr. 19 ON 164
?* Febr. 19 Boston New York City Febr. 20 Independent *See Page 4
Febr. 20 New York City Newport, R.I. Febr. 21 Independent
Febr. 28 Newport, R.I. New York City March 1 Independent See also narrative below
March 5 New York City Loch Ewe March 23 SC 122 For Iceland
March 24 Loch Ewe Reykjavik March 28 UR 68 Convoy available at UR 68
(external link)
Apr. 3 Reykjavik Halifax Apr. 19 ONS 2 Joined from Iceland Apr. 5,
for Halifax.
Convoy will be added
See ships in ONS convoys
Apr. 29 Halifax Sheet Harbour May 1 HJ 49 Convoy available at HJ 49
(external link)
May 6 Sheet Harbour Halifax May 7 JH 52 Convoy available at JH 52
(external link)
May 10 Halifax Cape Cod Canal May 12 XB 51 Convoy available at XB 51
(external link)
May 31 New York City St. John's, N.F. June 8 HX 242
June 9 St. John's, N.F. Clarenville June 10 JN 31 Convoy available at JN 31
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 4
June 18 St. John's, N.F. Sydney, C.B. June 20 CL 71 Convoy available at CL 71
(external link)
June 23 Sydney, C.B. Halifax June 25 SH 88 Convoy available at SH 88
(external link)
June 27 Halifax Cape Cod Canal June 29 XB 60 Convoy available at XB 60
(external link)
June 29 Cape Cod Canal New York City June 30 Independent
July 4 New York City Boston July 5 Independent
Aug. 1 Boston Halifax Aug. 3 BX 66 Convoy available at BX 66
(external link)
Aug. 4 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Aug. 6 HS 100 Convoy available at HS 100
(external link)
Aug. 8 Sydney, C.B. St. John's, N.F. Aug. 10 BW 49 Convoy available at BW 49
(external link)
Aug. 12 St. John's, N.F. Greenland Aug. 20 SG 29 Convoy available at SG 29
(external link)
Oct. 25 Greenland St. John's, N.F. Oct. 30 GS 34 A. Hague says:
Probably this convoy.
Available at GS 34
(external link)
Not included, Page 4
Nov. 1 Argentia Boston Nov. 5 ARG 3 Convoy available at ARG 3
(external link)
Dec. 13 Boston Searsport Dec. 19 Independent
Dec. 26 Searsport New York City Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 29 New York City Hampton Roads Dec. 30 Independent
1944 Jan. 6 Hampton Roads New York City Jan. 8 Independent
Jan. 17 New York City Gitmo Jan. 23 NG 411 Convoy available at NG 411
(external link)
Jan. 23 Gitmo San Juan, P.R. Jan. 25
Febr. 2 San Juan, P.R. Gitmo Febr. 4 See also Page 4
Febr. 8 Gitmo New York City Febr. 15 GN 113 A. Hague says:
Onward to Boston, arriving Febr. 16
(back to New York Febr. 19 - Page 4)
Convoy available at GN 113
(external link)
Febr. 25 New York City Havana March 2 NK 598 Detached to Havana, March 2,
arrived March 2.
Convoy available at NK 598
(external link)
March 5 Havana Matanzas March 5 Independent
March 8 Matanzas Key West March 8 Independent
March 9 Key West New York City March 16 KN 300 A. Hague says:
Onward to Boston, arriving March 17.
Convoy available at KN 300
(external link)
March 21 Boston Searsport March 24* Independent *Page 5 gives arrival March 21
March 25 Searsport New York City March 26 Independent
March 27 New York City Savannah March 30
Apr. 4 Tybee Roads Sagua Apr. 6 Independent
Apr. 9 Sagua Savannah Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 16 Tybee Roads Sagua Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 20 Sagua Key West Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 23 Key West New York City Apr. 29 KN 309 A. Hague says:
Onward to Boston, arriving Apr. 29.
Convoy available at KN 309
(external link)
May 3 Boston New York City May 5 Independent
May 6 New York City Sagua May 11 Independent
May 13 Sagua Key West May 14 Independent
May 18 Key West New York City May 23 KN 314 A. Hague says:
Onward to Boston, arriving May 24
(see also Page 5).
Convoy available at KN 314
(external link)
June 10 Boston Argentia June 14
June 16 Argentia Greenland
Aug. 16 Ivigtut Boston Aug. 26 GS 50 Convoy available at GS 50
(external link)
Aug. 26 Boston New York City Aug. 27 Independent
Sept. 5 New York City Baltimore Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 8 Baltimore New York City Sept. 9 Independent Left New York same day
(Page 5).
Sept. 10 Sandwich, Mass St. John, N.B. Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 20 St. John, N.B. Walton, N.S. Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 23 Walton Philadelphia Sept. 27 Independent Later arrived Baltimore Sept. 29
(Page 5).
Sept. 30 Baltimore New York City Oct. 1 Independent
Oct. 2 New York City St. John, N.B. Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 10 St. John, N.B. Windsor, N.S. Independent
Oct. 12 Windsor, N.S. New York City Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 18 New York City Boston Oct. 19 Independent
Oct. 29 Boston Halifax Oct. 31 BX 131 Convoy available at BX 131
(external link)
Nov. 1 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 3 Sydney, C.B. St. John's, N.F. Nov. 5 BW 146 Convoy available at BW 146
(external link)
Nov. 12 St. John's, N.F. Sydney, C.B. Nov. 14 WB 138 Convoy available at WB 138
(external link)
Nov. 14 Sydney, C.B. Corner Brook Nov. 15 SB 91 Convoy available at SB 91
(external link)
Nov. 20 Corner Brook Sydney, C.B. Nov. 21
Nov. 22 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Nov. 23 SH 183 Convoy available at SH 183
(external link)
Nov. 24 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Nov. 26 XB 135 Convoy available at XB 135
(external link)
Nov. 26 Cape Cod Canal Hampton Roads Nov. 28 Independent (See also Page 6)
Dec. 3 Cape Henry St. John, N.B. Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 14 St. John, N.B. New York City Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 19 New York City Philadelphia Dec. 19 Independent
Dec. 24 Philadelphia Sagua Dec. 29 Independent
Dec. 30 Sagua Key West Jan. 1-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 1 Key West Boston Jan. 7 Independent
Jan. 10 Boston New York City Jan. 11 Independent
Jan. 28 New York City Caibarien Febr. 3 Independent (See also Page 6).
Febr. 5 Caibarien Miami Febr. 6 Independent
Febr. 7 Miami Boston Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 13 Boston New York City Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 15 New York City Cape Henry Independent
Febr. 17 Cape Henry Sagua Febr. 21 Independent
Febr. 23 Sagua Key West Febr. 24 Independent
Febr. 24 Key West New York City Febr. 28 Independent
March 7 New York City Boston March 8 Independent
March 13 Boston Halifax March 15 BX 150 Convoy available at BX 150
(external link)
March 17 Halifax Belfast Lough March 31 SC 170 See also Page 6
Convoy will be added
See ships in SC convoys
Apr. 4 Belfast Lough Reykjavik Apr. 11 UR 159 Convoy available at UR 159
(external link)
Apr. 22 Reykjavik Belfast Lough Apr. 28 RU 160 Convoy available at RU 160
(external link)
May 3 Belfast Lough ONS 49 For Boston.
Convoy will be added
See ships in ONS convoys
May 17 Joined XB 164 Boston May 19 XB 164 Convoy available at XB 164
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 6 & Page 7

 Misc. Voyages: 
For information on voyages made 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 further details; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1, of the archive documents, Askepot was in New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. It'll also be noticed that she appears to have spent a long time in Philadelphia that year. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2 (which shows a long stay in New York that summer), while Page 3 has her 1942 voyages (showing another long stay in New York at the beginning of that year).

As can be seen in the Voyage Record, A. Hague has her in a Convoy to Greenland in July-1942, namely Convoy SG 3, which left Sydney, C.B. on July 26 and arrived Greenland on Aug. 2. He has her returning in Convoy GS 6, which arrived Sydney, C.B. on Sept. 1. Direct links to both these convoys have been provided within the record. On Sept. 24, she's listed in the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 209, for which Skiensfjord served as Commodore Vessel, but Askepot only went as far as Halifax, rather than following this convoy to the U.K. It'll be noticed, when following the link to my page about this convoy, that she's included in the Halifax portion of the Advance Sailing Telegram, that is, among the ships that joined from Halifax, but from Page 3 we learn that she joined at New York and proceeded to Halifax, where she arrived Sept. 27. Her final destination is given as Greenland; again, see Voyage Record and the archive document.

On Nov. 21 that same year, we find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 145 (Vice Commodore in Thorhild), joining from Halifax, travelling to New York City, where she arrived Nov. 25; in other words, she was not present from the U.K. (convoy had started out in Liverpool on Nov. 9). She was reported and reprimanded for straggling and failing to keep station. In the opinion of the Senior Officer Lt. Commander Mackay RNR "she endangered both herself and the convoy as she never caught up with the main body till arrival in port". The following month, she joined Convoy HX 219 from New York, sailing as far as St. John's, N.F. only, carrying Army stores, station 11. According to the Commodore's notes, she left the convoy at 15:15 on Dec. 19 in 47 27N 47 58W, escorted by St. Clair (S.O.), Brantford, Dundas, Truro and Lavender. From St. John's, where she had arrived Dec. 21, she subsequently made a voyage to Greenland and back in Jan/Febr.-1943 (convoy info in Voyage Record). Again, see also Page 3.

A. Hague has now included her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 163*, which had originated in Liverpool on Jan. 24-1943 and arrived New York on Febr. 16. Askepot, however, sailed from St. John's on Febr. 7, travelling as far as Halifax, with arrival there Febr. 13 (Page 3). She left Halifax again on Febr. 15, joining the next westbound convoy, ON 164, sailing with it to New York (station 53), arriving on Febr. 19, according to Page 4. Later that month, she's mentioned in the Advance Sailing Telegram for Convoy HX 228 from New York (in which Brant County was later sunk - follow the link for details), with a note saying "not for U.K." According to the archive document, she was at Newport, R.I. on the date this convoy departed New York (Febr. 28), leaving that same day for New York, with arrival March 1.

A few days later, she's listed in one of the convoys discussed in more detail under M/S Abraham Lincoln (SC 122 / HX 229). Gudvor, Polarland and Askepot had started out from New York in Convoy SC 122 on March 5, but only Askepot, bound for Reykjavik, was present when the attacks started, the other 2 having lost touch with the convoy in a storm and returned to port. The battle lasted for 5 days and when it was over on March 20, 22 merchant ships had been sunk, with HX 229 being the hardest hit (Abraham Lincoln was the Commodore Vessel for HX 229 in which Elin K was sunk). Follow the links for more information - cruising order/charts and an analysis of attacks are also available (see also the external links provided at the end of this page). Askepot arrived Reykjavik, via Loch Ewe, on March 28, leaving again on Apr. 3, joining the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 2* on Apr. 5 (Ingerfire was sunk - follow the link for details). This convoy had originated in Liverpool on March 28 and arrived Halifax, Askepot's destination, on Apr. 19. According to Arnold Hague, she made a voyage from New York to St. John's, N.F. with Convoy HX 242 at the end of May - as can be seen when following the link, she's not mentioned on my own page about this convoy, but some ships may be missing from my documents(?). She arrived St. John's on June 8.

The rest of her 1943 voyages are shown on Page 4, which also has some 1944 voyages. These continue on Page 5, while her 1945 voyages start on Page 6. Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above (as can be seen, she occasionally had long stays in port). A. Hague has included her in Convoy SC 170*, which departed Halifax on March 17-1945 and arrived Liverpool on the 31st. Askepot stopped at Belfast Lough that day - she was bound for Reykjavik again, later arriving there on Apr. 11. The Norwegian Biscaya, Brønnøy, Brush, Chr. Th. Boe, Frontenac, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Romulus, Tercero and Titanian are also named in this convoy. On VE Day she was en route to Boston in station 34 of Convoy ONS 49*, joining from Belfast Lough, arriving Boston May 19 (convoy departed Liverpool May 2, arrived Halifax May 18).

Page 7 shows her voyages to Apr.-1946 - as can be seen, she went home to Norway earlier that year.

* The ON and ONS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each, but in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section for ships in all ON convoys and ships in all ONS convoys. Other Norwegian ships also took part. Additionally, the entire SC series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, see ships in all SC convoys.

More information on the Norwegian ships mentioned here can be found via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sailed as Pakistan Progress for Karachi Steam Nav. Co. from 1957, Shafaat for East Bengal S.S. Co. from 1962. Still listed in Lloyd's Register in 1964, but not in 1966.

Related external links:
HX 229, 16-19 March | SC 122, 17 -19 March

List of Greenland Convoys - Convoy SG 3 is included. Here's the the main page.

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