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M/S Brønnøy
Updated March 28-2013

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

Received from Bjørn Milde, Norway (from his own postcard collection).

Owner: A/S Borgestad, Porsgrunn
Manager: Gunnar Knudsen, Porsgrunn
4792 gt, 2861 net, 8482 tdwt

Delivered from Götaverken A/B, Gothenburg (401) in Oct.-1926 as Brønnøy to A/S Borgestad, Porsgrunn. 380.5' x 54.7' x 25.7', 2 x 6 cyl. 4 TEV B&W DM, 2120 bhp.

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

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

Voyage Record
From May-1940 to Oct.-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 some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 24 Durban Lourenço Marques May 26 Independent A. Hague says:
Previous passage Port Alberni, B.C. to Dakar.
See also Page 1
June 3 Lourenço Marques Durban June 5 Independent
June 15 Durban Port Elizabeth June 18 Independent
June 25 Port Elizabeth Durban June 29 Independent
July 14 Durban Beira July 18 Independent
Aug. 1 Beira Durban Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 28 Durban Capetown Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 3 Capetown Freetown Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 27 Freetown Liverpool Oct. 17 SL 49 Convoy available at SL 49
(external link)
Oct. 19 Liverpool Barrow Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 31 Barrow Liverpool Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 11 Liverpool OB 242 Dispersed Nov. 15.
Convoy available at OB 242
(external link)
Nov. 15 Dispersed from OB 242 Cristobal Dec. 3 Independent
Dec. 10 Balboa Suva Jan. 4-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 12 Suva Balboa Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 19 Cristobal Bermuda Febr. 27 Independent See also narrative below
March 3 Bermuda BHX 113 See link to HX 113
March 8 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Liverpool March 22 HX 113
Apr. 7 Liverpool OB 307 For Panama.
Dispersed Apr. 13.
Convoy available at OB 307
(external link)
Apr. 13 Dispersed from OB 307 Cristobal May 1 Independent
May 3 Balboa Tocopilla May 11 Independent
May 19 Tocopilla Balboa May 28 Independent
May 30 Cristobal Bermuda June 8 Independent See also narrative below
June 24 Bermuda BHX 135 See link to HX 135
June 29 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Belfast Lough July 12 HX 135
July 12 Belfast Lough Newport July 15 BB 47 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Aug. 2 Newport Cardiff Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 5 Cardiff Milford Haven Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 10 Milford Haven ON 6 For Buenos Aires.
Dispersed Aug. 24.
Aug. 24 Dispersed from ON 6 Buenos Aires Sept. 20 Independent
Oct. 14 Buenos Aires Trinidad Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 4 Trinidad Sydney, C.B. Nov. 15 Independent See also narrative
Nov. 22 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Dec. 9 SC 56
Dec. 10 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 12 WN 216 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2
1942 Jan. 2 Methil Oban Jan. 5 EN 27 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 6 Oban Freetown Jan. 23 OS 16 Convoy available at OS 16
(external link)
Jan. 28 Freetown Duala Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 8 Duala Lagos Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 21* Lagos Takoradi Febr. 19 Independent *Page 2 gives departure Febr. 17
(also, missing voyage)
March 4 Freetown Liverpool March 26 SL 102 Convoy available at SL 102
(external link)
Apr. 23 Liverpool ON 89 Detached May 5.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 5 Detached from ON 89 New York City May 7
May 8 New York City Baltimore May 9 Independent
May 24 Baltimore Capetown June 29 Independent
July 2 Capetown Aden July 19 Independent
July 19 Aden Safaga July 24 Independent Later arrived Suez July 31
(Page 2).
Aug. 17 Suez Aden Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 28 Aden Durban Sept. 14 Independent
Sept. 25 Durban Trinidad Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 29 Trinidad Gitmo Nov. 3 TAG 17 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Nov. 3 Gitmo New York City Nov. 10 GN 17 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 31 New York City Philadelphia Dec. 31 Independent
1943 Jan. 15 Philadelphia New York City Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 19 New York City New York City* Jan. 21 NG 338 Returned after collision.
*Hampton Roads
(Page 2).
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
March 9 Norfolk VA New York City March 10 Independent
March 14 New York City Gitmo March 21 NG 349 Convoy available at link above
March 27 Gitmo Cristobal March 31 GZ 26 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Apr. 3 Balboa Durban May 12 Independent
May 15 Durban DN 39 Dispersed May 17.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
May 17 Dispersed from DN 39 Aden June 2 Independent Left Aden June 2
(Page 2)
June 24 Aden* Port Sudan June 27 Independent *From Suez
(Page 2).
June 28 Port Sudan Aden July 1 Independent
July 1 Aden Beira July 15 Independent
July 31 Beira Lourenço Marques Aug. 2 BC 2 Convoy available at BC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 8 Lourenço Marques Durban Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 13 Durban DN 56 Dispersed Aug. 14.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Aug. 14 Dispersed from DN 56 Aden Sept. 2 Independent
Sept. 2 Aden Suez Sept. 9 Independent Left Suez Sept. 9
(Page 3).
Sept. 11 Port Said Alexandria Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 22 Alexandria Tripoli, Libya Sept. 26 XT 3 Convoy available via link above
Sept. 28 Tripoli, Libya Bizerta Sept. 30 MKS 26 Stop at Tripoli not mentioned, Page 3
Oct. 5 Bizerta Gibraltar Oct. 9 GUS 17 Bizerta to Gibraltar for U.K.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 14 Gibraltar Liverpool Oct. 29 MKS 27 Missing movements, Page 3
Dec. 15 Liverpool ONS 25 For New York City.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
1944 Jan. 3 From ONS 25, joined XB 90B Cape Cod Canal Jan. 5 XB 90B Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Jan. 5 Cape Cod Canal New York City Jan. 6 Independent
Jan. 8 New York City Boston Jan. 9 Independent
Apr. 20 Boston New York City Apr. 21 Independent
May 11 New York City Gitmo May 17 NG 434 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
May 17 Gitmo Trinidad May 23 GAT 136 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
May 30 Trinidad TJ 34 A. Hague says:
Detached indep. to East London, June 18.
Convoy available at TJ convoys
(external link)
June 18 Detached from TJ 34 Capetown June 28 Independent
June 29 Capetown East London July 2 CD 45 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 9 East London Durban July 11 CD 46 Convoy available via link above
July 15 Durban Durban July 16 Independent A. Hague says:
Put back with crew trouble
July 16 Durban Tamatave July 22 Independent
July 31 Tamatave Durban Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 11 Durban Capetown Aug. 15 DC 57 Convoy available via link above
Aug. 16 Capetown Montevideo Sept. 2 Independent
Sept. 3 Montevideo Buenos Aires Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 12 Buenos Aires Rosario Sept. 13 Independent
Sept. 18 Rosario Buenos Aires Sept. 19 Independent
Sept. 28 Buenos Aires Freetown Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 18 Freetown SL 174 Convoy rendezvoused w/MKS 65, Oct. 30.
Available at SL 174
(external link)
Oct. 30 SL 174 & MKS 65 joined up Southend Nov. 8 SL 174/MKS 65 Convoy available at SL 174/MKS 65
See also this listing
(external links)
Also, Page 3
Dec. 2 Southend Methil Dec. 4 FN 1559 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 10 Methil Loch Ewe Dec. 12 EN 461 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 13 Loch Ewe ONS 38 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
1945 Jan. 1 From ONS 38, joined XB 140 Cape Cod Canal Jan. 4 XB 140 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Jan. 4 Cape Cod Canal New York City Jan. 5 Independent
Jan. 21 New York City NG 485 Detached independent Jan. 27.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Jan. 27 Detached from NG 485 Pastelillo Jan. 28 Independent
Febr. 7 Pastelillo Jucaro Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 17 Jucaro Gitmo Febr. 19 Independent
Febr. 22 Gitmo New York City Febr. 28 GN 189 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
March 4 New York City Boston Independent Page 4 gives arrival March 6
March 8 Boston Halifax March 10 BX 149 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
March 17 Halifax Liverpool March 31 SC 170 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Apr. 15 Liverpool Barry Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 27 Barry Milford Haven Apr. 27 Independent
Apr. 28 Milford Haven OS 125/KMS 100 For Freetown.
Dispersed in 44 26N 10W, May 1.
Convoy available at OS 125/KMS 100
(external link)
May 1 Dispersed Gibraltar May 4 Independent
May 20 Gibraltar Freetown Independent Page 4 gives arrival May 28
May 28 Freetown Lagos June 2 Independent
June 3 Lagos Forcados June 4 Independent
June 14 Forcados Lagos June 15 Independent
June 15 Lagos Accra June 16 Independent
June 25 Accra Lagos June 26 Independent
July 4 Lagos Freetown July 9 Independent
July 9 Freetown Southend July 22 Independent Again, see also Page 4
July 23 Southend Hull July 24 Independent
Aug. 14 Hull Quebec Aug. 26 Independent
Sept. 26 Quebec Montreal Sept. 27 Independent
Oct. 7 Montreal Havre Oct. 20 Independent See also Page 4 & Page 5
(further voyages)

 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 record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them. Some include the Commodore's notes and/or various reports and several Norwegian ships took part.

Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, it looks like Brønnøy was in Port Alberni when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. It'll also be noticed that she occasionally had long stays in port that year.

With a cargo of chrome ore, she's listed in Convoy SL 49, which departed Freetown on Sept. 27-1940 and arrived Liverpool on Oct. 17 - Drammensfjord is also named. We later we find Brønnøy, together with Kul, in Convoy OB 242, which left Liverpool on Nov. 11 and dispersed on the 15th, Brønnøy arriving Cristobal independently on Dec. 3. The external website that I've linked to within the Voyage Record has more on these convoys.

Having made a voyage to Suva, she returned to Cristobal then on to Bermuda (Page 1), and was scheduled for the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 112 on Febr. 27-1941 (Beduin and Ferm were sunk, follow links for details), but instead joined the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 113 a few days later, cargo of sugar for Liverpool, where she arrived on March 22. Early the following month she joined Convoy OB 307, together with Chr. Th. Boe, Dagrun, Drammensfjord, Petter and Thorshavet. This convoy departed Liverpool on Apr. 7 and dispersed on the 13th, Brønnøy arriving Cristobal independently on May 1. Having made a voyage to Tocopilla, she returned to Bermuda again, and with a cargo of nitrates for Newport, she was scheduled for the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 132 on June 8, but did not sail. She was also cancelled from HX 133 (in which Soløy and Vigrid were sunk, and Kongsgaard was torpedoed and damaged - again, follow the links for more info) and HX 134, but eventually got away with Convoy (B)HX 135 on June 24, and arrived Newport (via Belfast Lough) on July 15.

She's later listed as bound for Buenos Aires in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 6, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 11 and dispersed on the 24th, Brønnøy arriving her destination on Sept. 20, remaining there for over 3 weeks (Page 1). She then made an independent voyage to Trinidad, before proceeding to Sydney, C.B. in order to join a convoy back to the U.K. She was scheduled for the slow Convoy SC 55 on Nov. 16, but instead joined the next convoy on Nov. 22, SC 56, cargo of grain and maize for Leith, where she arrived on Dec. 13, according to Page 2.

In Jan.-1942, she's listed in station 44 of Convoy OS 16, voyage Oban-Freetown. This convoy, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 5 and arrived Freetown on the 23rd, also included the Norwegian Bernhard, Kattegat, L. A. Christensen, Rio Branco and Slemmestad, as well as the Panamanian Norvinn, which had Norwegian managers and is, therefore, listed under the N's of this website. Solstad and Vinga were scheduled, but did not sail (note that they were not all bound for Freetown - ref. convoy link provided in the table above). In March that same year, she headed in the other direction with Convoy SL 102, departing Freetown on March 4, arriving Liverpool on the 26th (link in Voyage Record). She had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Belnor, Cypria and Velox. Brønnøy now remained in Liverpool for almost a month, before joining the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 89*, leaving Liverpool on Apr. 23. Cypria was again in company, as were Haakon Hauan, Hamlet, Nueva Granada, Pan Aruba, Samuel Bakke and Torvanger. ON 89 arrived Halifax on May 5, but Brønnøy detached from the convoy that day in order to proceed to New York, where she arrived on May 7.

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 2 and Page 3, while convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above. Occasional long stays in port are shown.

Skipping now to Sept.-1943, when she (according to A. Hague) made a voyage from Tripoli to Bizerta with Convoy MKS 26 (scroll down to the second table on that page). It'll be noticed that Tripoli is not mentioned on the archive document (Page 3), which says she arrived Bizerta on Sept. 30, having sailed from Alexandria on Sept. 22. From Bizerta, she proceeded to Gibraltar on Oct. 5 (convoy info in Voyage Record), subsequently joining Convoy MKS 27 from there to the U.K. on Oct. 14, together with the Norwegian Sneland I and Toronto. Brønnøy arrived Liverpool on Oct. 29, continuing to Manchester that same day. We later find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 25*, along with Danio, Minerva, Sommerstad and Veni. This convoy left Liverpool on Dec. 15 and arrived Halifax on Jan. 3-1944, but Brønnøy's destination was New York, where she arrived on Jan. 6.

Her 1944 voyages start on Page 3, with convoy information for some of them in the table above - as can be seen, she had a long stay in Boston at the beginning of that year, with another long stay in New York later on.

She was back in Freetown in Oct.-1944, joining Convoy SL 174, voyage Rosario-Falmouth, cargo of linseed and general, carrying 1 passenger. The SL portion of this convoy (in which Brønnøy sailed) departed Freetown on Oct. 18 and joined up with Convoy MKS 65* from Gibraltar on Oct. 30, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on Nov. 7. The Norwegian Jenny, Kristianiafjord and Norelg are also included (the latter joining with the MKS portion from Gibraltar, while the other 2 were in the SL convoy - see the links provided within the Voyage Record above). Judging from the information on Page 3, Brønnøy subsequently went to King George V Dock. That year was rounded off with another voyage to New York. She had sailed in Convoy ONS 38*, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 13 and arrived Halifax on Jan. 2-1945. Brønnøy, however, had started out in Loch Ewe and arrived New York on Jan. 5. Norelg, Rutenfjell and Stirlingville also took part in ONS 38. Brønnøy's voyages in this period are shown on Page 4, which lists most of her 1945 voyages (with convoy details in the table above).

Arnold Hague has her in another Trans-Atlantic convoy that spring, namely the slow Convoy SC 170*, which left Halifax on March 17-1945 and arrived Liverpool on the 31st. The Norwegian Askepot, Biscaya, Brush, Chr. Th. Boe, Frontenac, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Romulus, Tercero and Titanian are also named. The following month we find Brønnøy, together with Gabon, in Convoy OS 125/KMS 100*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 27 and split up on May 1 (link in Voyage Record). Both Norwegian ships were bound for Freetown; Brønnøy had sailed from Milford Haven on Apr. 28 and arrived Freetown on May 28, having stopped at Gibraltar from May 4 to May 20. Her subsequent voyages can be found on Page 4 (it'll be noticed that she had a long stay in Hull, as well as in Quebec that fall).

It looks like Christmas and New Year's Eve of 1945 were celebrated in Norway. She later spent a long time at St. John, N.B., before returning to Norway - see Page 5.

* The ON and ONS convoys mentioned here will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys. The escorts for the ON convoys are named on this page, while ONS convoy escorts are listed on this page. The MKS and KMS convoys will also be added, but for now, please see ships in all MKS convoys and ships in all KMS convoys. Additionally, the entire SC series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys), see ships in all SC convoys (with escorts).

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


Sold in 1949 and renamed Maur for A/S D/S Bjørn (Thv. Hansen), Oslo. Sold in 1952 to Genyo Kisen KK, Japan, and renamed Yasukawa Maru. Sold to Japanese breakers and sailed from Yokohama on Febr. 7-1962 for Yokosuka to be broken up. (See also the history on this external page).

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

Other Ships by this name: Norway had another Brønnøy in the 1980's. This ship had originally been delivered as Barøy from Kaarbøs Mek. Verksted, Harstad to Ofotens Dampskibsselskap, Narvik on May 14-1969, 439 gt, in service Trondheim-Western Finnmark. Lengthened in 1973, 492 gt. Laid up at Langstein 1979-'80, sold on May 24-1981 to K/S Nord-Poolen A/S, Trondheim. Sold on May 27-1986 to P/R Brønnøy Ship (Petter A. Slotvik), Brønnøysund, renamed Brønnøy and placed in coastal service between the south and north of Norway. Remeasured June 11-1987, 299 gt. Placed in the DK-NOR service from Denmark to Norwegian ports in 1991 and still in same service in 1996. A/S Borgestad, Porsgrunn also had a Brønnøy after the war, delivered in July-1956, built at Kiel, 9173 gt. Sold in 1966 and renamed Avior, renamed Hadji Dimitar in 1970, Greek Apostolos M IV in 1980 - broken up in 1984. This external website has pictures and info on this ship. (Misc. sources, including Ofoten og Vesteraalens DS fleet list, Finn R. Hansen - ref. My sources).


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