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T/S Burgos
Updated June 9-2008

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

Scanned from Fred. Olsen & Co. fleet list, with permission from the company.

Manager: Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
3220 gt

Delivered in Oct.-1920 from Nylands Verksted, Kristiania (Yard No. 257) as Brabant for A/S Ganger Rolf (Fred. Olsen & CO.), Kristiania. 3220 gt, 1929 net, 4700 dwt. 310.7 x 45.2 x 27.7; 2x steam turbin (Svenska Turbinfabriken A/B Ljung str 6m, Finspong), ran via generators. 1 electromotor (ASEA), 270 nhp. (info received from a stamp collector). Renamed Burgos when the name Brabant was used for a new passenger vessel (1271) for the Antwerp route in 1926.

Some Voyages – 1940:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.
The links in the "Convoys" column go to pages on my own website.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Jan. 9 Norwegian Waters Methil Jan. 12 HN 7
Jan. 24 Tyne Southend Jan. 25 FS 79 Convoy available at FS 79
(external link)
Febr. 7 Southend Hartlepool Febr. 8 FN 87 Convoy available at FN 87
(external link)
Febr. 16 Hartlepool Methil Febr. 17 FN 95 Convoy available at FN 95
(external link)
Febr. 23 Methil Norwegian Waters Febr. 27 ON 15
March 22 Norwegian Waters Methil March 25 HN 21
March 26 Methil Tyne March 26 MT 38 Convoy available at MT 38
(external link)
March 27 Tyne FS 131 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below.
Convoy available at FS 131
(external link)

 Final Fate - 1940 (Norway still neutral): 

According to A. Hague, Burgos sailed in Convoy HN 7 from Norway to the U.K. in Jan.-1940. The following month he has included her in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 15. Follow the links for more information; several Norwegian ships took part in both these convoys.

She left Norway again on March 22-1940 with Convoy HN 21, on a voyage from Florø, Norway to Newcastle and London with general cargo. However, she did not make it to her destination. Convoy HN 21 had arrived Methil on March 25, Burgos continuing to Tyne the following day, departing Tyne again on March 27 in Convoy FS 131, but struck a magnetic mine in 53 18N, 01 09E the next day, March 28. All 33 survived, but crew list is not available.

A visitor to my site has told me that according to "Battle of the East Coast", the mines had been laid by Commander Bey’s 4th Destroyer Flotilla on Febr. 9/10, 3 miles northwest of Dudgeon Shoal off North Norfolk. A message on my Ship Forum, posted by Roger W. Jordan (the author of "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939"), confirms that Burgos was believed to have struck a mine laid by a destroyer of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla off the coast of Norfolk. There were several sinkings due to mines in this area in February and March 1940 (British Trimuph, Giogio Ohlsen), and each was on a mine believed to have been laid by a German destroyer flotilla. Another flotilla, Captain Berger's 1st Destroyer Flotilla, laid a barrage to the north of that laid by the 4th.

This external page (scroll down in the text under March 28) states that the sloop Pelican rescued the entire crew from Burgos. As will be seen when following the link to Convoy FS 131 provided in the table above, the Norwegian Asgerd, Trolla and Bjørkhaug, the Swedish Johanna, the Finnish Rosenborg and Sarmatia, and the British King Alfred and Wentworth, all of which had previously been in Convoy HN 21 from Norway, are also listed (among others).

"The Comprehensive Guide to Shipwrecks of the East Coast 1918 to 2003" by Ron Young states she's located 5.93 n. miles ESE from East Dudgeon bell-buoy, in the Outer Dowsing Channel at a depth of 18.5 m, and is totally collapsed, surrounded by steel debris and broken machinery, adding that it appears she has been partially salvaged at some point.

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

The company later had another ship by the name Burgos, built in Gothenburg in 1947 as Powell River, renamed Høegh Mouette in 1950 (Leif Høegh & Co. A/S). Purchased in 1954 and renamed Burgos, sold to Panama (possibly Greece?) in 1968 and renamed Honesty.


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