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D/T Buccinum
Updated May 24-2011

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Owner: Carl Olsens Tankrederi A/S
Manager: Carl Olsen, Arendal
5237 gt

Built by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesbrough in 1910. Previous name: Berwindmoor until 1917. Originally ore ship, converted to tanker in 1923. Purchased by Carl Olsen in 1930.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1941 to June-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 several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Apr. 9 Halifax Liverpool May 1 SC 28 Earlier voyages, Page 1
See also narrative below.
Missing movements, Page 1
June 20 Liverpool OB 337 For Aruba.
Dispersed in 48 17N 20 40W, June 28.
Convoy available at OB 337
(external link)
June 28 Dispersed from OB 337 Aruba July 13 Independent
July 15 Aruba Freetown Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 5 Freetown St Vincent, C.V. Aug. 11 SL 83 To St. Vincent, C.V.
Convoy available at SL 83
(external link)
Aug. 15 Cape Verdes Capetown Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 11 Capetown Durban Sept. 16 Independent
Sept. 22 Durban Abadan Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 16 Abadan Bombay Oct. 24 Independent
Oct. 28 Bombay Abadan Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 6 Abadan Bombay Nov. 13 Independent
Nov. 20 Bombay Abadan Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 29 Abadan Aden Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 11 Aden Abadan Dec. 21 Independent
Dec. 23 Abadan Bombay Dec. 30 Independent A. Hague says:
At Bombay until Apr. 11-1942
1942 Apr. 12 Bombay Abadan Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 30* Abadan Independent *Page 2 gives departure Apr. 22, arrived Bombay Apr. 30.
May 6 Bombay Abadan May 15 Independent
May 17 Abadan Bombay May 24 Independent
June 1 Bombay Abadan Independent Page 2 gives arrival June 9
June 10 Abadan Bombay June 18 Independent
June 25 Bombay Abadan July 6 Independent
July 11 Abadan Bombay July 19 Independent
July 28 Bombay Abadan Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 9 Abadan Bombay Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 23 Bombay Abadan Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 3 Abadan Bombay Sept. 11 Independent
Sept. 17 Bombay Abadan Sept. 24 Independent
Sept. 26 Abadan Colombo Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 10 Colombo Trincomalee Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 16 Trincomalee Bandar Mahshahr Independent
Nov. 1 Bandar Mahshahr Bandar Abbas Independent
Nov. 10 Bandar Abbas Bombay Nov. 16 PB 11 Convoy available at PB 11
(external link)
Dec. 4 Bombay Colombo Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 9 Colombo Trincomalee Dec. 12 C 36 Convoy available at C 36
(external link)
Dec. 16 Trincomalee Bombay Dec. 22 Independent
1943 Jan. 1 Bombay Abadan Jan. 9 BP 64B A. Hague says:
Independent from Bandar Abbas.
Convoy available at BP 64B
(external link)
Jan. 11 Abadan Bandar Abbas Jan. 14 Independent
Jan. 17 Bandar Abbas Bombay Jan. 23 PB 22 Convoy available at PB 22
(external link)
Jan. 24 Bombay Colombo Jan. 29 BM 38 Convoy available at BM 38
(external link)
Febr. 3 Colombo Addu Febr. 7 C 42 Convoy available at C 42
(external link)
Febr. 14 Addu Colombo Febr. 18 A 3 Convoy available at A 3
(external link)
May 15 Colombo Bombay May 21 Independent*
* It looks like she had been intended for Convoy MB 35 (external link), which left Colombo on May 13 and arrived Bombay on the 17th, but experienced engine trouble and sailed independently instead.
May 25 Bombay Bandar Abbas May 31 BP 81 Convoy available at BP 81
(external link)
May 31 Bandar Abbas Abadan June 2 Independent See also Page 2
June 4 Abadan Aden June 15 Independent
June 15 Aden Suez June 21 Independent On to Port Said July 3
(Page 2).
July 7 Port Said Haifa July 8 Independent
July 14 Haifa Alexandria July 16 Independent
July 20 Alexandria Port Said July 21 Independent
July 23 Port Said Haifa July 24 Independent
July 28 Haifa Alexandria July 30 Independent
Aug. 2 Alexandria Port Said Aug. 3 Independent
Aug. 7 Port Said Haifa Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 16 Haifa Port Said Aug. 17 Independent On to Suez Aug. 21
(Page 3)
Aug. 21 Suez Aden Aug. 28 Independent
Sept. 5 Aden Suez Sept. 13 Independent On to Port Said Sept. 14
(Page 3)
Oct. 3 Port Said Haifa Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 8 Haifa Alexandria Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 14 Alexandria Port Said Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 17 Port Said Haifa Oct. 18 Independent
Oct. 21 Haifa Port Said Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 26 Port Said Haifa Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 30 Haifa Port Said Oct. 31 Independent
Nov. 4 Port Said Haifa Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 8 Haifa Port Said Nov. 9 Independent On to Suez Jan. 23-1944
(Page 3).
1944 Jan. 29 Suez Aden Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 7 Aden Bandar Abbas Febr. 14 AP 60 Convoy available at AP 60
(external link)
Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3.
Febr. 14 Bandar Abbas Abadan Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 18 Abadan Bandar Abbas Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 22 Bandar Abbas Aden Febr. 29 PA 70 Convoy available at PA 70
(external link)
Febr. 29 Aden Suez March 6 Independent On to Port Said March 7
(Page 3).
March 10 Port Said Augusta March 16 MKS 43 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
March 17 Augusta Brindisi March 19 AH 31 Convoy available at AH 31
(external link)
March 23 Brindisi Bari March 23 Independent
March 29 Bari Augusta March 31 HA 33 Convoy available at HA 33
(external link)
Apr. 1 Augusta Port Said Apr. 6 KMS 45 Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
On to Suez May 15
(Page 3).
May 17 Suez Aden May 24 Independent
May 25 Aden Abadan June 4 Independent
June 6 Abadan Aden June 18 Independent
June 18 Aden Suez June 25 Independent On to Port Said June 26
(Page 3).
June 29 Port Said Alexandria June 30 Independent
July 9 Alexandria Augusta July 14 MKS 55 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
July 16 Augusta Bari July 18 AH 55 Convoy available at AH 55
(external link)
July 22 Brindisi Augusta July 24 HA 56 Convoy available at HA 56
(external link)
July 24 Augusta Port Said July 29 UGS 47 Convoy available at UGS 47
(external link)
July 29 Port Said Haifa July 30 Independent
Aug. 1 Haifa Port Said Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 7 Port Said Bizerta Aug. 14 MKS 58 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Missing voyages?
(Page 4).
Sept. 2 Bizerta Alexandria Sept. 7 UGS 51 Convoy available at UGS 51
(external link)
Sept. 22 Alexandria Port Said Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 24 Port Said Haifa Sept. 25 Independent
Sept. 28 Haifa Famagusta Independent Page 4 gives arrival Sept. 29
Sept. 29 Famagusta Haifa Oct. 4 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
Oct. 6 Haifa Port Said Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 12 Port Said Haifa Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 15 Haifa Port Said Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 19 Port Said Haifa Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 21 Haifa Port Said Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 22 Port Said Alexandria Oct. 23 GUS 56 Convoy available at GUS 56
(external link)
Oct. 27 Alexandria Malta Nov. 1 MKS 66 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Nov. 7 Malta Port Said Nov. 12 KMS 67 Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Nov. 13 Suez Aden Nov. 20 Independent
Nov. 20 Aden Abadan Dec. 2 Independent See also Page 4
Dec. 3 Abadan Aden Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 13 Aden Suez Dec. 20 Independent On to Port Said, same day
(Page 4)
Dec. 22 Port Said Augusta Dec. 27 Independent
Dec. 29 Augusta Brindisi Dec. 31 Independent
1945 Jan. 4 Brindisi Haifa Jan. 10 Independent
Jan. 13 Haifa Augusta Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 22 Augusta Naples Independent
Jan. 30 Naples Haifa Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 10 Haifa Malta Febr. 16 Independent
Febr. 19 Malta Haifa Febr. 25 Independent
Febr. 27 Haifa Piraeus March 3 Independent
March 7 Piraeus Haifa March 10 Independent
March 13 Haifa Alexandria March 15 Independent
March 15 Alexandria Piraeus March 18 Independent
March 23 Piraeus Haifa March 26 Independent
March 28 Haifa Piraeus Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 4 Piraeus Alexandria Apr. 8 Independent
June 9 Alexandria Haifa June 11 Independent
June 16 Haifa Port Said June 17 Independent
June 20 Port Said Haifa June 21 Independent
June 22 Haifa Alexandria June 24 Independent
June 27 Alexandria Haifa June 29 Independent A. Hague says:
Haifa/Port Said trade to end 1945.
Subsequent voyages:
Page 5 & Page 6

 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 record above.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Buccinum was on her way from Corpus Christi to Las Palmas when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. It'll also be noticed that she spent quite a long time in Montevideo that fall, with another long stay in Trinidad later on. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.

In March-1941, she was scheduled for the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 26, in which Helle and several others were sunk, but she did not sail. She was also cancelled from Convoy SC 27 (in which Favorit was sunk), but finally got away with SC 28, departing Halifax on Apr. 9. According to the Commodore's notes, she suffered 4 breakdowns on this voyage; she had a cargo of diesel oil for Manchester and sailed in station 62. Follow the links for more details on these convoys; see also this report for SC 28. In June that same year we find her, together with the Norwegian Facto, Ila, Inger Elisabeth, Sirehei and Torborg, in Convoy OB 337, which left Liverpool on June 20 and dispersed on the 28th, Buccinum arriving Aruba independently on July 13. From there, she proceeded to Freetown 2 days later, and A. Hague has now included her in Convoy SL 83, departing Freetown on Aug. 5. Links to these 2 convoys have been provided within the table above. The final destination of this convoy was Liverpool, but Buccinum headed to St. Vincent, Cape Verdes, where she arrived Aug. 11, continuing to Capetown on Aug. 15, with arrival Sept. 6 - again, see Page 1. According to the Stavern Memorial (link at the end of this page), she lost a crew member on this voyage. Steward Karl Oskar Olsen from Arendal is said to have died at sea on Aug. 26-1941 following illness.

Her 1942 voyages can be found on Page 2 (showing a long stay in Bombay). This document also has a few 1943 voyages (with a long stay in Colombo), while the rest are listed in Page 3 (also showing occasional long stays in port). Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.

Skipping now to March-1944, when she made a voyage from Port Said to Augusta in Convoy MKS 43*, and arrived Augusta on March 16. The Norwegian Belpareil, Egerø, Ledaal, Måkefjell, Norholm, Selvik, Slemmestad and Sneland I are also listed in this convoy, some were bound for the U.K., others had other destinations. At the beginning of the following month we find Buccinum in Convoy KMS 45*, which had left Gibraltar on March 27, but Buccinum joined from Augusta and was bound for Port Said, where the convoy arrived on Apr. 6. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Europe, Facto, Hjalmar Wessel and Roald Amundsen. Buccinum subsequently remained in Port Said for several weeks (Page 3).

In July that year she made a voyage from Alexandria to Augusta with Convoy MKS 55*, which had originated in Port Said on July 8 (arrived Gibraltar July 20) and also included Falkefjell, Gallia, President de Vogue and Thorshavn. For info, this convoy later joined up with Convoy SL 164 on July 21, the combined convoy then proceeding to the U.K., but as already mentioned, Buccinum was bound for Augusta, where she arrived on July 14, having sailed from Alexandria on the 9th, according to A. Hague - again, see also Page 3. (MKS 43, mentioned above, also later joined up with an SL convoy - SL 152, then sailed to the U.K. as SL 152/MKS 43. The KMS convoys usually started out from the U.K. as combined OS/KMS convoys, which then split up off Gibraltar - the first external website that I've linked to at the end of this page has further explanations on these combined convoys). From Augusta, Buccinum proceeded to Bari 2 days later - her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 4, with convoy information for some of them in the Voyage Record above.

In Aug.-1944, she's listed in Convoy MKS 58*, together with Egda, Facto and Lido. This convoy departed Port Said on Aug. 7 and arrived Gibraltar on Aug. 17 (then joined up with SL 167, the combined convoy proceeding to the U.K.), but Buccinum's destination was Bizerta, where she arrived on Aug. 14. Later that year she made a voyage from Alexandria to Malta in Convoy MKS 66*, which had originated in Port Said on Oct. 26 (arrived Gibraltar Nov. 6, joined up with SL 175 Nov. 8 and sailed as a combined convoy to the U.K.). Buccinum, however, had left Alexandria on Oct. 27 and arrived Malta on Nov. 1, leaving Malta again on Nov 7, joining Convoy KMS 67* in order to travel to Port Said, where she arrived on Nov. 12. Galatea, Hjalmar Wessel, Nordnes and Viggo Hansteen are also named in this convoy. (KMS 67 had originally started out in the U.K. as the combined Convoy OS 93/KMS 67, which split up off Gibraltar).

Her 1945 voyages also start on Page 4 and continue on Page 5 (which shows a long stay in Alexandria that spring) and Page 6 (to Apr. 25-1946, when she left Abadan for Oslo - arrival Norway is not given).

* The MKS and KMS 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 (and escorts) are named at ships in all MKS convoys and ships in all KMS convoys.

For more information on the voyages of all the other Norwegian ships named on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Became Greek Theodora in 1947, owned by S. Elefteriades & G. Pappas, Piraeus (Mediterranean Shipping Agency), as per Rolf Skiold's message on my Ship Forum. Another posting to my forum by Arild Engelsen adds that she ran aground on the north side of Marmara Island on Jan. 23-1955, voyage Odessa-Pireus with a cargo of oil. Total loss, broken up on the spot. His source: Skipet 1/1997, and Skipet 2/1980.

Related external links:
OS/KMS convoys
and SL/MKS convoys - Explains the movements of these convoys. A. Hague's convoy database also includes the OS/KMS convoys and the SL/MKS convoys.

Stavern Memorial commemoration - Steward Karl Oskar Olsen from Arendal died at sea on Aug. 26-1941 following illness. As mentioned above, Buccinum was on her way from St. Vincent to Table Bay on that date (see also Page 1).

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

This company later had another Buccinum post war. This ship sailed as Nueva Granada during the war - see the Post War details for this ship.


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