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M/T Bramora
Updated May 1-2011

To Bramora on the "Ships starting with B" page.

Received from, and painted by, Jan Goedhart, Holland.

Source: Bjørn Pedersen's collection.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Owner: A/S Bramora
Manager: Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo
6361 gt, 9560 tdwt.
Call Sign: LCTE.

Built by Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1928. I've been told, via E-mail from Jan Goedhart, Holland (who in turn received the information from the Swedish Maritime Museum) that she had the name Markland when built (Skibs-A/S Markland, Bergen), and was renamed Bramora when purchased by A/S Bramora (Ludv. G. Braathen), Oslo at the end of 1936. See also the external page that I've linked to above. (This earlier name is not mentioned by R.W. Jordan's "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939).

Captain: Magnus Haaheim

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message - From a relative of one of Bramora's casualties, Kenneth Brown.

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

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

Voyage Record
From June-1941 to Sept.-1943:

(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 several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 June 8 Melbourne Palembang June 25 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously Persian Gulf/D.E.Indies/Australasia
Earlier voyages, Page 1
June 28 Palembang Singapore June 30 Independent Notional sailing date
July 1 Singapore Melbourne July 19 Independent
July 25 Melbourne Palembang Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 13 Palembang Singapore Aug. 15 Independent Notional sailing date
Aug. 16 Singapore Adelaide Sept. 2 Independent
Sept. 7 Port Lincoln Palembang Sept. 22 Independent Page 1 gives departure Adelaide Sept. 5.
Sept. 23 Palembang Singapore Sept. 25 Independent Notional sailing date
Sept. 29 Singapore Melbourne Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 24 Melbourne Palembang Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 10 Palembang Singapore Nov. 12 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 13 Singapore Adelaide Dec. 1 Independent
Dec. 3 Adelaide Port Pirie Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 5 Port Pirie Abadan Jan. 5-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 7 Abadan Bahrein Jan. 9 Independent
Jan. 10 Bahrein Melbourne Febr. 13 Independent
Apr. 5 Melbourne Abadan May 6 Independent
May 8 Abadan Aden May 18 Independent
May 19 Aden Port Sudan May 22 Independent
May 23 Port Sudan Suez May 27 Independent
May 30 Suez Abadan June 13 Independent
June 15 Abadan Aden June 25 Independent
June 26 Aden Port Sudan June 29 Independent
July 1 Port Sudan Suez July 5 Independent To Port Said July 16
(Page 2).
July 21 Port Said Haifa July 22 Independent
Aug. 2 Haifa Beirut Aug. 3 Independent
Aug. 6 Beirut Haifa Independent Page 2 gives arrival Aug. 7
Aug. 11 Haifa Beirut Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 15 Beirut Haifa Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 23 Haifa Port Said Aug. 24 Independent To Suez Aug. 25
(Page 2).
Sept. 2 Suez Abadan Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 20 Abadan Lourenço Marques Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 27 Lourenço Marques Bahrein Independent
Nov. 20* Bahrein Bandar Abbas Independent *Page 2 gives departure Nov. 18
Nov. 22 Bandar Abbas Bombay Nov. 29 PB 13 Convoy available at PB 13
(external link)
1943 Febr. 3 Bombay Bandar Abbas BP 67A A. Hague says:
May have been BP 67B.
Convoys available at BP 67A and BP 67B
(external links)
Febr. 8 Bandar Abbas Abadan Febr. 10 Independent Notional sailing date
(stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 2).
March 1 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
March 9 Bandar Abbas Aden March 15 PA 28 Convoy available at PA 28
(external link)
March 16 Aden Suez March 22 Independent
March 27 Suez Aden Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 2 Aden Bandar Abbas Apr. 8 AP 27 Convoy available at AP 27
(external link)
Apr. 8 Bandar Abbas Abadan Apr. 10 Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 2).
Apr. 13 Abadan Durban May 13 Independent
May 19 Durban DN 40 Dispersed May 21.
Convoy available at DN 40
(external link)
May 21 Dispersed from DN 40 Beira May 27 Independent
May 31 Beira Durban June 7 Independent Notional sailing date
Aug. 6 Durban DN 55 Dispersed Aug. 9.
Convoy available at DN 55
(external link)
Aug. 9 Dispersed from DN 55 Bahrein Aug. 30 Independent
Sept. 3 Bahrein Bandar Abbas Independent
Sept. 6 Bandar Abbas PA 52 Detached Sept. 8.
Convoy available at PA 52
(external link)
Sept. 8 Detached from PA 52 Independent Sunk - See "Final Fate" below
(also, Page 3).


According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Bramora was in Melbourne when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document, while Page 2 shows her 1942 voyages and 1943 voyages. It'll be noticed that she had some long stays in Melbourne. She had arrived there from Bahrein on Sept. 20-1940; departure is given as Febr. 20-1941, when she proceeded to Palembang. She also spent quite a long time in Melbourne in 1942, having arrived on Febr. 13, departing again for Abadan on Apr. 5. At the end of that year, she spent a long time in Bombay, where she had arrived Nov. 29-1942. She did not leave until Febr. 3-1943. Also, she spent 2 months in Durban in the summer of 1943 - the reason for these long stays is unknown.

For info, the following Norwegian ships are also listed in the above mentioned Convoys:
In Convoy PB 13 - Havkong.
In Convoy BP 67A - Europe.
In Convoy BP 67B - Belpareil and Bust.
In Convoy PA 28 - Ima, Peik and Storaas.
In Convoy DN 40 - Tricolor.

For more information on them, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

 Final Fate - 1943: 

Bramora disappeared in Sept.-1943, when on a voyage from Bandar Abbas with oil for Melbourne, having left Bandar Abbas on Sept. 6 - see Page 3. According to A. Hague, she had joined Convoy PA 52, but had been detached on Sept. 8.

She's believed to have been torpedoed southwest of the Chagos islands on Sept. 14, 06 10N 67 37E, by the same Japanese submarine that had attacked Alcides in July that year, namely I-10 (Tonozuka) - follow the link for details. Another war crime is suspected in this case (most of the men from Alcides had been shot).

D/S Storviken was the next Norwegian victim of I-10. See also Anna Knudsen.

Crew List - No Survivors:


Magnus Haaheim

1st Mate
James Jørgensen*

2nd Mate
Julius Sollie

3rd Mate
Tjøstolv Espeland

Radio Operator
Harry Mortensen

Hans Hansen

Eugen Skogen

Able Seaman
Andreas Larsen

Able Seaman
Harald Høsteland

Able Seaman
Randulf Asbjørnsen

Able Seaman
Robert Gordon*

Ordinary Seaman
Thor Andersen

Ordinary Seaman
Erling Jørgensen

Ordinary Seaman
John Heffernan*

Ordinary Seaman
David Lloyd Ross*

Deck Boy
Albert John

1st Engineer
Berent Krzywinski

2nd Engineer
Lars Lunde

3rd Engineer
Tønnes Vigre

Sigfred Olsen

Hans Nilsen

Bjarne Lien

Pump Man
Åge Petersen

Kenneth Brown*
(South African)

Edward Williams*

George White*

Ludvig Ludvigsen

Einar Jansson

2nd Cook
Reidar Johannessen

Wee Fong Han*

Sung Ting Pek

Pang Cheng

Frank Jacobsen

Olav Larsen Dreivik

Egil Trones

Otto Offenberg

Harold Blanchford*

Alberto d'Annunzio*

Ronald Toyer*

George Wright*

* 1st Mate James Jørgensen was the cousin of Otto K. Jørgensen, who managed to escape from Duala while interned.

Billy McGee, England has told me that the following men are commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 18 (further info on them can be found by entering each name in the relevant search field on The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website, with 1943 and WW II in the other fields to narrow the search):
Oiler Kenneth Brown (age 30 - see also this Guestbook message)
Able Seaman Robert Gordon (age 40)
Ordinary Seaman John David Heffernan from Earlwood, Australia (age 18; see also this link to Commemorative Roll Database. By using his last name as keyword, John David Heffernan will appear in the search result)
Ordinary Seaman David Lloyd Ross from Edinburgh, Scotland (age 30)
Deck Boy Albert John Summerhayes from Knowle, Bristol (age 19)
Oiler George White (age 26), and Oiler Edward Williams (age 27)
The date is given as Sept. 18-1943 for all of these men, except D. L. Ross, who is said to have died on Aug. 19-1943 (this must be an error). One of the Chinese crew members, Wee Fong Han, is commemorated at the Hong Kong War Memorial, details on him can also be found at the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website - date is given as Sept. 19-1943.
Additionally, I found a Harold Blanchford, Alberto d'Annunzio, Ronald Toyer and a George Wright listed for this date, though can't be 100% sure that these are the same men. All these links are external. See also this page in my Survivors & Fatalities section.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - This list agrees on the whole with mine above, though some of the names are spelt a little differently; for instance, Gunner Olav L. Dreivik has become Mechanic Olaf. L. Brevik

Japanese submarines

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

After the war, the Norwegian tanker M/T Erling Brøvig was renamed Bramora and sailed for a number of years under that name.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume I (Norwegian Maritime Museum) and misc. - ref My sources.


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