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M/T Brajara
Updated Febr. 15-2013

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Source: Lillesand Sjømannsforening, Norway (who in turn got it from the shipping company).

Owner: Rederi A/S Freikoll
Manager: Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo
8116 gt

Built by Götaverken A/B, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1934.

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

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

Partial Voyage Record
From Aug.-1942 to Nov.-1945:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors may exist, and as can be seen, the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 Aug. 23 Trinidad Curacao Aug. 25 TAW 15 Earlier voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
Convoy available at TAW convoys
(external link)
Sept. 3 Curacao Trinidad Sept. 7 GAT 1 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 2 above.
Oct. 16 Oban Methil Oct. 19 WN 350 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 21 Methil Tyne Oct. 21 FS 939 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
1943 Febr. 9 Tyne Methil Febr. 10 FN 939 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 11 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 13 EN 195 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 21 Loch Ewe ON 168 For New York City.
Dispersed off Cape Cod, March 12.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 12 Dispersed from ON 168 New York City March 17 Independent
Apr. 2 New York City Oran Apr. 20 UGS 7 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 30 Oran Gibraltar May 2 ET 19 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
May 8 Gibraltar New York City May 26 GUS 7 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
May 31 New York City Loch Ewe June 15 HX 242
June 15 Loch Ewe Invergordon June 16 WN 442 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 19 Invergordon Loch Ewe June 20 EN 244 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 25 Loch Ewe New York City July 9 ON 190 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 15 New York City Loch Ewe July 27 HX 248
July 29 Loch Ewe Methil* July 31 WN 461 *Arrived Leith Aug. 3, Methil Aug. 11
(Page 2).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 12 Methil Loch Ewe Aug. 14 EN 267 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 14 Loch Ewe ON 197 For Curacao.
Detached Aug. 24.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 24 Detached from ON 197 Curacao Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 2 Curacao Trinidad Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 13 Trinidad TJ 8 Detached indep. to Capetown, Sept. 28.
Convoy available at TJ convoys
(external link)
Sept. 28 Detached from TJ 8 St Helena Oct. 5 Independent
Oct. 5 St Helena Capetown Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 18 Capetown Durban Oct. 21 Independent
Oct. 22 Durban Abadan Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 11 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Nov. 19 Bandar Abbas Bombay Nov. 26 PB 64 A. Hague says:
Lay at Bombay after collision on Dec. 3
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
1944 Febr. 8 Bombay Abadan Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 17 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3)
Febr. 22 Bandar Abbas Aden Febr. 29 PA 70 Convoy available via link above
Febr. 29 Aden Suez March 5 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 3)
March 30 Port Said Augusta Apr. 5 MKS 45 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Apr. 7 Augusta Naples Apr. 8 VN 32 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 12 Naples Augusta Apr. 13 NV 32 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
Apr. 14 Augusta Port Said Apr. 19 UGS 37 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez Apr. 19
(Page 3).
Apr. 21 Suez Aden Apr. 26 Independent
Apr. 27 Aden Abadan May 6 Independent Again, see also Page 3
May 9 Abadan Aden May 18 Independent
May 21 Aden Abadan May 28 Independent
May 29 Abadan Bombay June 5 Independent
June 10 Bombay Abadan June 16 Independent
June 18 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
June 23 Bandar Abbas PA 80 Dispersed in 13 04N 56 04E, July 1.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 1 Dispersed from PA 80 Aden July 2 Independent
July 10 Aden Aden July 11 Independent Put back with defects
July 23 Aden Abadan Aug. 1 Independent See also Page 3
Aug. 2 Abadan Shatt-el-Arab Anchorage Aug. 4 Independent With defects
Aug. 4 Shatt-el-Arab Anchorage Aden Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 17 Aden Abadan Aug. 25 Independent
Aug. 27 Abadan Bombay Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 22 Bombay Khor Kwai Independent
Sept. 26 Khor Kwai Abadan Independent
Sept. 30 Abadan Melbourne Oct. 29 Independent
Nov. 7 Melbourne Milne Bay Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 17 Milne Bay Langemak Bay Nov. 18 Independent
Nov. 20 Langemak Bay Hollandia Nov. 22 Independent
Nov. 23* Hollandia Langemak Bay *Dec. 25 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage details unknown
*Page 3 gives departure Hollandia Nov. 25.
Arrival date should be Nov. 25
(Page 4).
1945 July 1 Langemak Bay Manus July 2 Independent A. Hague says:
1st report since Dec. 25-44
(again, should be Nov. 25)
July 3 Manus Tacloban July 11 Independent
Aug. 24 Leyte Balboa Oct. 4
Oct. 5 Cristobal Curacao Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 12 Curacao Falmouth Oct. 30 Independent
Nov. 1 Falmouth Havre Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 6 Havre Antwerp Nov. 7 Independent A. Hague says:
Repairs until Febr. 24-1946.
Subsequent voyages, Page 4

 Misc. Convoy 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 info; the Commodore's notes and/or narrative are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Brajara was on her way from Los Angeles to Gensan when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. It'll also be noticed that she spent a month in Sydney at the end of that year/beginning of 1941. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document (showing a long stay in Bombay) and continue on Page 2, which also has her 1942 voyages. As can be seen, she had a long stay in Durban at the beginning of that year and again in Capetown (Table Bay) that summer. Convoy information for some of her subsequent voyages can be found in the Voyage Record above. Page 2 also shows a long stay at Tyne (or North Shields) at the end of 1942/beginning of 1943.

She's now listed as bound for New York in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 168*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 21-1943 and dispersed on March 12, Brajara arriving New York independently on March 17. The Norwegian Brimanger, Egda, Gallia, Heranger, Lynghaug, Maud (returned), Meline, Morgenen, Reinholt, Slemmestad and Tigre are also listed. (The corvette Buttercup, which came under the Norwegian flag the following year, is named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts). Having made a voyage to Oran and back to New York (see Page 2 - convoy info in Voyage Record above), Brajara joined Convoy HX 242, which departed New York on May 31 and arrived Liverpool on June 15; Brajara stopped at Loch Ewe that day. Her destination is given as Invergordon, where she arrived June 16.

Later that month, we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 190*, originating in Liverpool on June 24, arriving New York on July 9. She was again in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely California Express, Dageid, Fjordaas, Gefion, Høyanger, Lynghaug, Mosli, Norefjord, Norsol, Orwell, Polartank, Skiensfjord and Tarifa. Brajara headed back to the U.K. again about a week later with Convoy HX 248, departing New York July 15 (Commodore's report is also available); again, see Page 2 for a listing of her voyages in this period. The following month, she joined the westbound Convoy ON 197*, again with the Norwegian Dageid and Orwell in company, as well as Helgøy, Leiv Eiriksson, Pan Aruba and Slemmestad. ON 197 originated in Liverpool on Aug. 14 and arrived New York on the 28th. Brajara, however, was bound for Curacao on that occasion, and arrived there on Aug. 31, having detached from the convoy on the 24th.

As can be seen in the above record and on Page 3, she now made voyages to places like Trinidad, St. Helena, Capetown, Durban, Abadan, Bandar Abbas, Bombay etc., sometimes in convoy, sometimes sailing alone. A. Hague indicates she was involved in a collision on Dec. 3-1943 - I have no further details on this, but it'll be noticed, when going to the archive document, that she remained in Bombay for a long time. She had arrived there on Nov. 26-1943 and departure is given as Febr. 8-1944, when she proceeded to Abadan. She also had a long stay in Port Said that spring. At the end of March-1944 she made a voyage from Port Said to Augusta with Convoy MKS 45*. The Norwegian Ingertre, Nyhorn, Pronto, Tanafjord and Thorshavn are also mentioned.

J. R. Hegland ("Nortraships flåte") says she reported that a sub or U-boat had been observed at the inlet to the Red Sea on Apr. 24-1944, but he considers it doubtful. According to her Voyage Record, she was en route from Suez to Aden on that date. Her subsequent voyages are listed in the table above, as well as on Page 3 and Page 4. Unless some voyages are missing, she appears to have spent several months at Langemak Bay (Nov.-1944/July-1945), with another long stay in Antwerp later on (Nov.-1945/Febr.-1946). A. Hague says she was undergoing repairs.

* The ON convoys mentioned here will be added to my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The MKS convoys are also available, but for now, this page has the names of other ships sailing in MKS 45.

More information on the other Norwegian ships named on this page can befound via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in 1951 to Jugoslavenska Tankerska Plovidba, Yugoslavia, and renamed Lendava. Sold to Brodospas for breaking up and arrived Split on Oct. 8-1963.

Back to Brajara on the "Ships starting with B" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", Roger W. Jordan - and misc.


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