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M/T Dalfonn
Updated June 29-2011

To Dalfonn on the "Ships starting with D" page.

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Manager: Sigvald Bergesen, Stavanger
9860 gt

Built by Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1928.

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.

Voyage Record
From Oct.-1939 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.
(Please be aware, however, that some of the external convoys may be incomplete).

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1939 Oct. 3 New York City Curacao Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 11 Curacao Buenos Aires Nov. 6 Independent A. Hague says:
Aground off Buenos Aires 3-5 Nov.
Nov. 19 Buenos Aires Baltimore Dec. 17 Independent
1940 Febr. 9 Gibraltar Naples Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 19 Naples Port Said Febr. 24 Independent
Febr. 25 Port Said Tripoli, Syria Febr. 27 Independent
Febr. 28 Tripoli, Syria Gibraltar March 6 Independent
March 9 Gibraltar Havre March 18 HG 22F For Havre
March 28 Havre Trinidad Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 21 Trinidad Curacao Apr. 23 Independent
Apr. 25 Curacao Halifax May 5 Independent For Havre
May 8 Halifax Brest May 23 HX 41 See also narrative below
May 26 Brest St Nazaire May 27 Independent
June 1 St Nazaire La Rochelle June 3 Independent
June 4 La Rochelle La Pallice June 5 Independent (Voyage not mentioned on Page 1)
June 5 La Pallice La Rochelle June 6 Independent
June 6 La Rochelle Trinidad June 26 Independent A. Hague says:
Convoy 63X to June 12
(external link)
July 11 Trinidad Bermuda July 18 Independent See also narrative below
July 22 Bermuda BHX 60 See link to HX 60 below
July 27 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Liverpool Aug. 7 HX 60 (See also Page 1).
Dec. 14 Liverpool OB 259 Dispersed Dec. 17.
Convoy available at OB 259
(external link)
Dec. 17 Dispersed from OB 259 Capetown Jan. 19-1941 Independent See also narrative
1941 Jan. 21* Capetown Abadan Febr. 15 Independent *Page 1 gives departure Jan. 23
Febr. 20 Abadan Aden March 1 Independent
March 10 Aden Suez March 17 BN 19 Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 22 Suez Bombay May 5 Independent
Sept. 22 Bombay Abadan Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 2 Abadan Aden Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 18 Aden Abadan Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 29 Abadan Durban Nov. 19 Independent
Dec. 17 Durban Abadan Jan. 8-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 10 Abadan East London Jan. 31 Independent
Febr. 1 East London Capetown Febr. 4 Independent
March 19 Capetown Abadan Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 20 Abadan Aden Apr. 30 Independent
May 5 Aden Abadan May 14 Independent
May 15 Abadan Aden May 26 Independent
May 29 Aden Abadan June 7 Independent
June 10 Abadan Melbourne July 19 Independent
July 25 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. July 28 OC 12 Convoy available at OC convoys
(external link)
Nov. 7 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 11 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 13 Sydney, N.S.W. Los Angeles Dec. 11 Independent
1943 Febr. 10 Los Angeles Auckland March 6 Independent
March 9 Auckland Los Angeles Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 19 Los Angeles Sydney, N.S.W. May 19 Independent
May 24 Sydney, N.S.W. Los Angeles June 24 Independent
June 27 Los Angeles Portland, Oregon July 2 Independent
July 7* Portland, Oregon Los Angeles July 9 Independent *Page 2 gives departure July 5
Sept. 28 Los Angeles Auckland Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 24 Auckland Wellington Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 30 Wellington Los Angeles Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 27 Los Angeles Brisbane Dec. 27 Independent
1944 Jan. 15 Brisbane Gladstone Jan. 17 Independent* Sailing date estimated
*Listed in Convoy QL 47
(external link)
Jan. 19 Gladstone Auckland Jan. 26 Independent
Jan. 26 Auckland Balboa Febr. 24 Independent
Febr. 28 Cristobal Aruba March 2 Independent
March 5 Aruba Curacao March 5 Independent
March 6 Curacao Gitmo March 9 TAG 119 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
March 9 Gitmo New York City March 17 GN 119 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 21 New York City Baltimore Apr. 22 Independent
June 21 Baltimore New York City June 22 Independent
June 24 New York City Milford Haven July 11 HX 297 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
July 12 Milford Haven Southampton July 15 EBC 39 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
July 22 Southampton Milford Haven July 23 FBC 33 A. Hague says:
Onward to Belfast Lough for ON 246.
See also Page 2
Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
July 25 Belfast Lough New York City Aug. 9 ON 246 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 11 New York City Loch Ewe Aug. 26 HX 303 Escort Oiler, spare depth charges
Aug. 28 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 30 WN 626 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 30 Methil Southend Sept. 1 FS 1560 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 8 Southend Methil Sept. 10 FN 1474 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 10 Methil Loch Ewe Sept. 12 EN 433 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 13 Loch Ewe Philadelphia Sept. 29 ON 253 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 1 Philadelphia New York City Oct. 2 Independent
Oct. 5 New York City Clyde Oct. 19 HX 312 Escort Oiler, spare depth charges.
See also Page 3
Oct. 25 Clyde New York City Nov. 10 ON 262 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See link above.
Nov. 14 New York City Milford Haven Dec. 1 HX 320 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
Dec. 1 Milford Haven Southampton Dec. 3 BEC 54 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 7 Southampton Falmouth Dec. 8 Independent (Also, Page 3).
Dec. 10 Falmouth Baltimore Dec. 29 ON 271 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
1945 Febr. 12 Baltimore Norfolk, VA Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 14 Norfolk, VA New York City Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 18 New York City Liverpool March 3 HX 339 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
March 8 Liverpool New York City March 25 ON 289 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See link above.
March 29 New York City Liverpool Apr. 14 HX 347 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Apr. 22 Liverpool New York City May 7 ON 298 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 13 New York City Portsmouth May 28 HX 356 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
May 30 Portsmouth Philadelphia June 13 Independent
June 16 Philadelphia Portsmouth June 30 Independent
July 3 Portsmouth New York City July 20 Independent
July 21 New York City Trinidad July 29 Independent
Aug. 1 Trinidad Halifax Aug. 9 Independent
Aug. 12 Halifax Aruba Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 21 Aruba Taranto Sept. 12 Independent (Via Gibraltar Sept. 7 - see Page 3)
Sept. 15 Taranto Curacao Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 5* Curacao Southampton Oct. 23 Independent *Page 3 gives departure Oct. 3
Oct. 23* Southampton Barry Oct. 29 Independent *Page 3 gives departure Oct. 27.
See also 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 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.

Dalfonn, with destination Le Havre, is listed as sailing in the Gibraltar-U.K. Convoy HGF 22 in March-1940. When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9 she was on her way from Le Havre to Trinidad - see Page 1. In May that year she was in Convoy HX 41 from Halifax (having been cancelled from the previous convoy on May 4, HX 40), together with the Norwegian Sveve and Rym. Dalfonn's destination is given as Le Havre on the A 1 form, cargo of fuel oil, while the Advance Sailing Telegram says she was bound for Brest for orders. She had arrived Curacao on Apr. 23, left again on the 25th for Trinidad with arrival there on the 27th, then proceeded to Halifax to join this convoy (arrived May 5), which left for the U.K. on May 8 (it'll be noticed that this voyage to Trinidad is not mentioned in the Voyage Record, nor on the archive document - both say she made a voyage to Trinidad prior to the Curacao voyage). Dalfonn arrived Brest on May 23. According to A. Hague, she made an independent voyage from France to Trinidad in June (though he says she did sail in a convoy for a few days at the beginning of the voyage, 63X - ref. link provided in the table above), heading back across the Atlantic on July 22 with a cargo of Admiralty fuel in the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 60, bound for Liverpool, where she arrived on Aug. 7 (she had been cancelled from the Bermuda portion of the previous convoy on July 18, HX 59).

Together with the Norwegian Belinda, Erviken (returned), Helgøy, Hørda, Idefjord, Leiesten, Taranger and Thorshavet, A. Hague later has her in Convoy OB 259, which left Liverpool on Dec. 14-1940. Dalfonn arrived Cape Town independently on Jan. 19-1941. She may very well have saved the Dutch tanker Pendrecht from being shelled and sunk by U-96, which according to "Nortraships flåte" had just attacked the Dutch ship with her last torpedo when Dalfonn appeared on the scene (Dec. 18), having herself previously lost the convoy in bad weather. When Dalfonn's people spotted the U-boat, which until then had been hidden by the tanker, they suspected the stricken vessel was a decoy, possibly a supply ship, and quickly removed themselves, while at the same time sending out radio signals about the situation and firing the guns. 7 shots were fired, but none hit. A few miles away they now observed a British cargo ship which had also spotted the U-boat and fired at it, whereupon the boat disappeared. The Dutch seamen were then able to take their ship to port. As will be seen, when following the link provided in the table above, Pendrecht is also included in OB 259, which had been dispersed on Dec. 17. (She was torpedoed and sunk by U-48 on June 8 the following year - the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page has more details on both these attacks).

The rest of Dalfonn's 1941 voyages are shown on Page 1, which also has her 1942 voyages. Her 1943 voyages are listed on Page 2, as are most of her 1944 movements (convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above).

In June-1944 we find her in Convoy HX 297 from New York (Commodore in Brimanger), returning to New York with Convoy ON 246*, which originated in Liverpool on July 25, arrived New York Aug. 9, and also included the Norwegian Abraham Lincoln, Alaska, Atlantic, Brimanger (Commodore Vessel), Dageid, Danio, Fernwood, Ivaran, James Hawson, Kaldfonn, Leiv Eiriksson, Petter, Skotaas, Strinda, Thorhild, Tiradentes, Toronto, Vardefjell, Velox and Ørnefjell. Just 2 days later, Dalfonn started on her return voyage in Convoy HX 303 with 16 other Norwegian ships, namely Tanafjord, Romulus, Noravind, Atlantic, Sommerstad, Skotaas, Geisha (Vice Commodore), Thorhild, Petter, Stirlingville, Rena, Para, Titanian, Mui Hock, Fjordaas and Norse Lady.

The following month she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 253*, originating in Liverpool on Sept. 13, arriving New York on the 28th (Dalfonn arrived Philadelphia Sept. 29, having started out from Loch Ewe on the 13th - again, see Page 2). Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Fosna, Kronprinsessen, Marit II and Tanafjord. Dalfonn subsequently joined Convoy HX 312, departing New York on Oct. 5. Her destination is given as Clyde, where she arrived on the 19th. About a week later she joined the westbound Convoy ON 262*, together with Anna Knudsen, Fosna, Norma, Skotaas, Somerville and Spinanger. The convoy arrived New York on Nov. 10, and already on Nov. 14 she was ready to return to the U.K. with Convoy HX 320, bound for Southampton, with arrival there on Dec. 3. The only other Norwegian ships listed in this convoy are Anna Knudsen and Gefion. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in Convoy ON 271*, with Fjordaas and Villanger (Commodore Vessel) in company. Dalfonn arrived Baltimore on Dec. 29, remaining there for quite some time. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3.

In the middle of Febr.-1945, she's listed in the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 339, arriving Liverpool on March 3, returning across the Atlantic a few days later with Convoy ON 289*, again in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Brasil, Havprins, Høyanger, John Bakke, Molda and Polarsol, as well as the Panamanian Norlys and Norvinn, both listed under the N's on this website because they had Norwegian managers. This convoy arrived New York on March 25, and on the 29th Dalfonn headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 347*, which also had Brasil, Buenos Aires, Fenris, Lektor Garbo, Marit II, Roald Amundsen, Sophocles (Commodore Vessel), Sverre Helmersen, Thorsholm and the Panamnian Norlys in its ranks. On Apr. 22, Dalfonn left Liverpool in order to return to New York, joining Convoy ON 298*, arriving New York on May 7. Fenris, Marit II, Morgenen, Reinholt (Commodore Vessel) and Thorsholm are also named in this convoy, as is Norlys. Dalfonn's last convoy voyage took place in May, when she sailed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 356*, departing New York on May 13. Emma Bakke, Fenris, Lista (Vice Commodore), Sørvard and Norvinn are also listed.

As can be seen in the above Voyage Record, Dalfonn usually served as Escort Oiler for these convoys, also carrying extra depth charges.

The rest of her voyages are listed on Page 3 and Page 4 (to Apr.-1946).

* All the ON convoys mentioned here are available and will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The entire HX series will also be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, please see ships in all HX convoys.

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


Arrived Barry Docks on Oct. 31-45 for docking (Page 3). Overhauled by Harland & Wolff at Southampton, sold in 1949 to Mosvold Shipping, Farsund, renamed Mostun. Sailed from Southampton on June 6-1949 for Curaçao (she had arrived Southampton on May 6-1949 from Stanlow). Sold in 1950 to Thomas Entz Tanker GmbH, Germany, and renamed Elizabeth Entz. Sold to Japanese breakers in 1960 and left Tokuyama on Sept. 16-1960 for Hirao to be broken up.

Related external link:
The attack(s) on Pendrecht

Back to Dalfonn on the "Ships starting with D" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, E-mails from R. W. Jordan, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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