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D/S Drammensfjord
Updated July 6-2011

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

Source: NAL fleet list

Received from, and painted by Jan Goedhart, Holland.

Manager: Den norske Amerikalinje A/S, Oslo.
5339 gt, 3210 net, 8300 tdwt.
Dimensions: 400.9' x 52.4' x 28.4'.
Machinery: 3 cyl. triple expansion steam engine by the shipbuilders.

Completed in June-1920 by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Canada (74) as Tatjana for Winge & Co.'s Dampskibsselskap, Kristiania, later A/S Den Norske Ruslandlinje (Norwegian Russia Line), Winge & Co., managers. Aground at Village Island, Barclay Sound, British Columbia on Febr. 27-1924. Refloated on May 5-1924 but condemned. Sold to Canadian-American Shipping Co., Vancouver that same year. Purchased by Den norske Amerikalinje in 1925 and renamed Drammensfjord.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, Page 2 has some information missing in the margin)
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 Apr.-1940 to July-1945:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 7 Konakry Capetown Apr. 24 Independent Earlier voyages, Page 1
Apr. 26 Capetown Tamatave May 16 Independent Via other ports
(Page 1).
May 25 Tamatave Mauritius June 4 Independent
June 5 Mauritius Tamatave June 8 Independent
June 18 Tamatave Beira July 14 Independent Via other ports
(Page 1).
July 28 Beira Capetown Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 8 Capetown Lobito Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 19 Lobito Freetown Aug. 30 Independent
Sept. 24 Freetown SL 49S Rendezvoused with SL 49, Oct. 12.
Convoy available at SL 49S
(external link)
Oct. 12 Convoys joined up Belfast Lough Oct. 16 SL 49 (SL 49S) Convoy available at SL 49
(external link)
Oct. 22 Belfast Lough Cardiff Oct. 25 Independent
Dec. 15 Cardiff Swansea Dec. 16 Independent
Dec. 17 Swansea Liverpool Dec. 18 Independent
1941 Jan. 3 Liverpool OB 269 Dispersed Jan. 6.
Convoy available at OB 269
(external link)
Jan. 6 Dispersed from OB 269 St. John, N.B. Jan. 24 Independent
Febr. 15 St. John, N.B. Halifax Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 19 Halifax Avonmouth March 13 HX 110 See also ships in HX convoys
(more complete info)
Apr. 2 Avonmouth Milford Haven Apr. 5 Independent Via Barry Roads
(Page 1).
Apr. 6 Milford Haven OB 307 For San Pedro/Macoris.
Dispersed Apr. 13.
Convoy available at OB 307
(external link)
Apr. 13 Dispersed from OB 307 Macoris Apr. 29 Independent
May 1 Macoris Romana May 2 Independent
May 6 Romana Macoris May 7 Independent
May 7 Macoris St Thomas May 9 Independent
May 9 St Thomas Bermuda May 14 Independent
May 18 Bermuda BHX 128 See HX 128 below
May 27 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Belfast Lough June 5 HX 128
June 6 Belfast Lough Newport June 8 BB 30 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
July 11 Newport Milford Haven July 12 Independent See also Page 2
July 13 Milford Haven OB 346 For Panama.
Detached July 20.
Convoy available at OB 346
(external link)
July 20 Detached from OB 346 Cristobal Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 8 Balboa Tocopilla Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 29 Tocopilla Balboa Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 9 Cristobal Halifax Sept. 21 Independent
Sept. 28 Halifax Belfast Lough Oct. 13 HX 152 See also narrative below
Oct. 13 Belfast Lough Newport Oct. 15 BB 88 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Nov. 4 Newport Milford Haven Nov. 5 Independent See also Page 2
Nov. 6 Milford Haven ON 34 Via Belfast Lough
(Page 2).
For Buenos Aires
Dispersed in 46 18N 52 40W, Nov. 21
Nov. 21 Dispersed from ON 34 Trinidad Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 4 Trinidad La Plata Dec. 29 Independent
1942 Jan. 21 Buenos Aires Freetown Febr. 14 Independent Had arrived Buenos Aires Jan. 19
(Page 2).
Febr. 21 Freetown Oban March 15 SL 101 Convoy available at SL 101
(external link)
March 17 Oban Methil March 20 WN 259 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
March 23 Methil Southend March 25 FS 758 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 2
Apr. 8 Southend Methil Apr. 9 FN 677 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 11 Methil Loch Ewe Apr. 13 EN 70 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 14 Loch Ewe Halifax Apr. 29 ON 86 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 6 Halifax Cape Cod Canal May 8 XB 17 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 8 Cape Cod Canal New York City May 9 Independent
June 28 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
July 5 Hampton Roads Key West July 13 KS 517 Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
July 14 Key West Trinidad July 24 WAT 5 Convoy available at WAT convoys
(external link)
* July 26 Trinidad Capetown Aug. 24 Independent
* Note that Drammensfjord is included, together with Boreas and Norbryn, in a convoy that has been given the designation E 4 (external link).
Aug. 27 Capetown Port Elizabeth Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 31 Port Elizabeth East London Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 6 East London Durban Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 17 Durban Montevideo Oct. 12 Independent
Nov. 11 Montevideo Buenos Aires Nov. 12 Independent
Nov. 21 Buenos Aires Capetown Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 13 Capetown Durban Dec. 18 Independent
Dec. 22 Durban DN 8 Dispersed Dec. 24.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 24 Dispersed from DN 8 Colombo Jan. 10-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 13 Colombo Madras Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 29 Madras Colombo Febr. 1 Independent
Febr. 5 Colombo Durban Febr. 26 Independent
March 20 Durban DN 26 Dispersed March 22.
Convoy available via link above
March 22 Dispersed from DN 26 Mombasa Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 16 Mombasa Durban Apr. 27 Independent
May 9 Durban DN 37 Dispersed May 11.
Convoy available via link above
May 11 Dispersed from DN 37 Mombasa May 19 Independent
May 31* Mombasa Zanzibar May 31 Independent *Page 3 gives departure May 21.
June 3 Zanzibar Durban June 12 Independent
Aug. 13 Durban DN 56 Dispersed Aug. 14.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Aug. 14 Dispersed from DN 56 Lourenço Marques Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 21 Lourenço Marques Durban Aug. 23 LMD 29 Convoy available via link above
Aug. 26 Durban DN 58 Dispersed Aug. 28.
Convoy available via link above
Aug. 28 Dispersed from DN 58 Aden Sept. 11 Independent Missing movements, Page 3
Sept. 21 Port Said Alexandria Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 24 Alexandria Gibraltar Oct. 4 MKS 26 Alexandria to U.K.
Oct. 4 Gibraltar MKS 26 Rendezvoused with SL 137, Oct. 5.
Oct. 5 SL 137 & MKS 26 joined up Loch Ewe Oct. 16 SL 137/MKS 26 Convoy available at SL 137/MKS 26
(external link)
Oct. 16 Loch Ewe Methil Oct. 18 WN 494 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 19 Methil Middlesbrough Oct. 20 FS 1250 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 3 Middlesbrough Methil Nov. 4 FN 1168 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 5 Methil Clyde Nov. 8 EN 303 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 3
Dec. 8 Clyde OS 61/KMS 35 For Malta.
Convoy split Dec. 19.
Available at OS 61/KMS 35
(external link)
Dec. 19 Convoy split Gibraltar Dec. 21 KMS 35 For Malta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Dec. 22 Gibraltar Malta Dec. 27 KMS 35 For Malta.
1944 Jan. 16 Malta Gibraltar Jan. 22 MKS 37 Malta to Gibraltar
Jan. 27 Gibraltar Valencia Jan. 29 Independent
Febr. 10 Valencia Gibraltar Febr. 12 Independent
Febr. 21 Gibraltar MKS 40 Rendezvoused with SL 149, Febr. 22.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Febr. 22 SL 149 & MKS 40 joined up Liverpool March 7 SL 149/MKS 40 Convoy available at SL 149/MKS 40
(external link)
June 18 Liverpool New York City July 2 ON 241 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 15 New York City Gitmo July 22 NG 447 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
July 23 Gitmo Macoris July 27 Independent
Aug. 5 Macoris Gitmo Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 11 Gitmo New York City Aug. 18 GN 150 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 31 New York City Clyde Sept. 17 HX 306 See also Page 4
Sept. 29 Clyde ONS 33 For New York City.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Oct. 13 From ONS 33, joined XB 129A Cape Cod Canal Oct. 15 XB 129A Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Oct. 15 Cape Cod Canal New York City Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 18 New York City Pastelillo Oct. 25 Independent
Oct. 30 Pastelillo Antilla Independent
Nov. 7 Antilla New York City Nov. 14 Independent
Nov. 18 New York City Boston Independent Page 4 gives arrival Nov. 19(?).
Nov. 22 Boston Halifax Nov. 25 BX 134 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Dec. 2 Halifax Clyde Dec. 17 SC 162 See also Page 4
1945 Febr. 1 Clyde OS 108/KMS 82 For Augusta.
Convoy split Febr. 5.
Available at OS 108/KMS 82
(external link)
Febr. 5 Convoy split Passed Gibraltar Febr. 9 KMS 82 Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Febr. 9 Passed Gibraltar Augusta Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 14 Augusta Brindisi Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 27 Brindisi Bone March 2 Independent
March 10 Bone Gibraltar March 13 Independent
March 16 Gibraltar Southend March 24 MKS 89 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Apr. 6 Southend Tyne Apr. 8 FN 1683 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
May 26 Tyne Belfast Lough May 28 Independent
May 29 Belfast Lough Montreal June 11 Independent
June 22 Montreal Kirkwall July 6 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5

 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; the Commodore's notes and/or narrative are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, Drammensfjord was on her way from Konakri to Table Bay - see Page 1 of the archive documents.

According to the first external website that I've linked to at the end of this page, she was scheduled for convoy SLS 46 (Freetown-U.K.) on Sept. 1-1940, but did not sail. She shows up again in SL 49 later that month. This convoy had joined up on Oct. 12 with Convoy SLS 49, which had departed Freetown on Sept. 24, and in which Drammensfjord had originally started out. She had station 85 in the combined convoy and was bound for Belfast, where she arrived on Oct. 16 - ref. external link provided in the table above for more convoy information; Brønnøy is also listed.

At the beginning of 1941 we find her in Convoy OB 269, which left Liverpool on Jan. 3 and dispersed on the 6th, Drammensfjord arriving St. John, N.B. independently on Jan. 24. The Norwegian Annavore, Bianca and Estrella are also listed; again, see the external link provided within the table above. According to Arnold Hague, she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 110 from Halifax on Febr. 19. As will be seen when clicking on the link to my page about this convoy, only the Bermuda portion is currently available, but the main convoy will be added - see ships in all HX convoys; other Norwegian ships were Brasil, Charles Racine, Cetus, Ferncourt, Leiv Eiriksson, Skiensfjord, Stigstad and Torvanger. Drammensfjord arrived Avonmouth on March 13. The following month she's listed, together with Brønnøy, Chr. Th. Boe, Dagrun, Petter and Thorshavet, in Convoy OB 307, originating in Liverpool on Apr. 7, dispersed on Apr. 13, Drammensfjord arriving Macoris independently on Apr. 29. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1.

With a cargo of sugar for Newport, she returned to the U.K. in May with Convoy HX 128 , joining with the Bermuda portion. According to Page 2 she arrived Newport on June 7, remaining there for over a month. In July she's listed, with destination Panama, in Convoy OB 346, which originated in Liverpool on July 14. Drammensfjord arrived Cristobal on Aug. 6, having detached from the convoy on July 20 - again, please follow the links provided in the table above for more infomation on the OB convoys (Belnor and Thorøy are also named in OB 346). In Sept.-1941 we find Drammensfjord in station 106 of the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 152, together with the Norwegian Høegh Giant, Beth, Evita, Trondheim, Salamis and Storanger. (With nitrates for Newport, Drammensfjord is listed as scheduled for the slow Sydney, C.B.-U.K. Convoy SC 48 at the beginning of the following month, in which Barfonn, Ila, Rym and Erviken were sunk, but as mentioned, she had already sailed in the HX convoy). HX 152 left Halifax on Sept. 28 and Drammensfjord arrived Newport on Oct. 15. She later joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 34, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 7 and dispersed on the 21st, Drammensfjord arriving Trinidad on Dec. 2. Acanthus is named among the escorts for this convoy.

In Febr.-1942 she can be found in Convoy SL 101, which departed Freetown on Febr. 21 and arrived Liverpool on March 15; Drammensfjord stopped at Oban that day (see also my page about Convoy SC 71). Her cargo is given as wheat and linseed, and she had station 123. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Dagrun, Elin K., Tabor and Tanafjord - again, see the external link provided. A month later she shows up in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 86*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 14 and included the Norwegian Bonde, Bur, Harpefjell, Maud, Norhauk, Sneland I and Trolla, with the Norwegian corvettes Acanthus, Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts. Drammensfjord arrived Halifax on Apr. 29, having started out from Loch Ewe. Page 2 gives her destination as New York, and she later arrived there on May 9, remaining for several weeks, before proceeding to Hampton Roads, Key West and Trinidad, then on to Table Bay. Convoy info for these voyages can be found in the Voyage Record above. Her 1943 voyages start on Page 3.

Skipping now to Sept.-1943, when she's said to have made a voyage from Alexandria to Gibraltar in Convoy MKS 26. She had left Alexandria on Sept. 24 and had a cargo of chrome ore and general, bound for Middlesbrough. On Oct. 5, this convoy joined up with Convoy SL 137, which had left Freetown on Sept. 23, the combinded convoy arriving Liverpool on Oct. 17 (link in the Voyage Record - the Norwegian Jenny and Olaf Bergh are also listed in the combined convoy); according to the archive document referred to above, Drammensfjord arrived Methil Roads on Oct. 18, continuing to Middlesbrough the next day, with arrival Oct. 20. In Dec.-1943 she's listed as going in the other direction in station 92 of Convoy OS 61/KMS 35, voyage Clyde-Malta with vehicles and stores (sailing in the Gibraltar portion, KMS 35*). She arrived her destination Malta on Dec. 27. This convoy, which also included Lisbeth, had started out in Liverpool on Dec. 8 and split up on the 19th, the Gibraltar portion arriving there on Dec. 20, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, with arrival Dec. 29.

In Jan.-1944 she made a voyage from Malta to Gibraltar in Convoy MKS 37 (see the 2nd table on that page and Page 3), and after having made a voyage to Valencia, she headed back to the U.K. the following month in Convoy SL 149/MKS 40, joining from Gibraltar with the MKS* convoy, arriving Liverpool on March 7. Bosphorus, Kong Haakon VII and Marita are also named in SL 149/MKS 40 - again, see the external link provided within the table above. (For info, SL 149 had sailed from Freetown on Febr. 11 and joined up with the MKS portion from Gibraltar on Febr. 22).

As can be seen when going to Page 4, Drammensfjord subsequently remained in Liverpool for a long time, before she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 241*, departing Liverpool on June 18, arriving New York on July 2. She had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Brasil, Egda, Evita, Fosna, Lista, Minerva, Solfonn and Spinanger, as well as the Panamanian Norbris and Norlys (both had Norwegian managers and are included under the N's of this website). Having made a voyage to Macoris, she returned to New York in order to join Convoy HX 306 on Aug. 31, bound for Greenock with a cargo of sugar, arriving Sept. 22/23. About a week later, she headed back across the Atlantic with Convoy ONS 33*, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 29 and arrived Halifax on Oct. 14 - Drammensfjord, however, was bound for New York again, arriving there on Oct. 16. Cetus, Chr. Th. Boe, Dagrun (returned), Mui Hock, Para, Peik, Rena, Romulus and Titanian also took part. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in the slow Convoy SC 162 from Halifax on Dec. 2, cargo of sugar and pulp for Greenock, where she arrived on Dec. 17.

Early in 1945 we find her in Convoy OS 108/KMS 82, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 1. She was on a voyage from Clyde to Augusta in station 71 (again sailing in the Gibraltar portion - KMS 82*). Boreas was also scheduled, but instead joined the next convoy. The external website that I've linked to within the Voyage Record has further dates and more info on this convoy. Drammensfjord arrived Augusta on Febr. 13. With a cargo of phosphates she's later listed, together with Ragnhild, in Convoy MKS 89*, departing Gibraltar on March 16, arriving Liverpool on the 24th. According to Page 4, Drammensfjord was bound for London on that occasion.

As can be seen when going to Page 5, she made several voyages to Norway in the course of 1945, the first one already in July that year.

* The ON and ONS convoys are now 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 in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys. All the KMS and MKS convoys will also be added; for now, see ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys.

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


Sold to E. Szabados, Italy in 1949 and renamed Luciano. Arrived La Spezia in tow on Sept. 3-1959 for scrapping by S.p.A. Cantieri Navali Santa Maria.

Related external links:
OS and OS/KMS convoys - As can be seen, Drammensfjord is mentioned in Convoy SLS 46 (but did not sail).

Norway Heritage Project has quite a bit of information on NAL's ships.

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

Den norske Amerikalinje also had a ship named Drammensfjord during WW I, built in 1911 and captured by the Japanese in 1938. A 3rd Drammensfjord was built in 1955 (became Greek Pistis in 1974).

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Norwegian America Line fleet list, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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