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M/S Estrella
Updated July 23-2011

To Estrella on the "Ships starting with E" page.

From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Source: Markus Berger, Switzerland.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to make it larger).

Owner: Skibs-A/S Nye Kristianiaborg
Manager: A/S Rederiet Odfjell, Bergen

Delivered in July-1920 from NV Werf Voorheen Rijkee & Co., Rotterdam (59) as Athene to D/S A/S Ada (K. Salvesen), Kragerø, Norway. "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", R. W. Jordan gives tonnage as 3888 gt, 6700 tdwt, while "Bergenske, byen og selskapet", Dag Bakka Jr. gives 5154 gt, 7160 tdwt (I believe 3888 gt is correct), 375.7' x 51.5' x 22.7', 2 x 6 cyl. Werkspoor diesel 2300 bhp, 11.5 knots. Purchased by Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab in Jan.-1921, renamed Estrella (I've been told she was the sistership of Para), and placed in Syd-Amerikalinjen (South America Line), but from 1925 in other service. Sold in Aug.-1937 to Skips-A/S Nye Kristianiaborg (A/S Rederiet Odfjell), Bergen.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Dec.-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. 6 Necochea New York City May 3 Independent
May 18 New York City Philadelphia May 19 Independent
May 23 Philadelphia Lisbon June 7 Independent
June 14 Lisbon Leixoes June 15 Independent
June 19 Leixoes Lisbon June 20 Independent
June 22 Lisbon Hampton Roads July 6 Independent A. Hague says:
Defects & crew trouble at Hampton Roads
Aug. 22 Hampton Roads Philadelphia Aug. 24 Independent
Sept. 5 Philadelphia Halifax Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 17 Halifax Liverpool Oct. 2 HX 74 See also Page 1
Dec. 12 Liverpool Penarth Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 22 Penarth Liverpool Dec. 23 Independent
1941 Jan. 3 Liverpool OB 269 Dispersed Jan. 6.
Convoy available at OB 269
(external link)
Jan. 6 Dispersed from OB 269 Capetown Febr. 6 Independent
March 13 Capetown Aden Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 7 Aden Suez Apr. 13 BN 23 Convoy available at BN 23
(external link)
Apr. 16 Port Said Alexandria Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 23 Alexandria Port Said Apr. 24 Independent Left Port Said Apr. 27
(Page 1).
Apr. 28 Suez Aden May 4 Independent
May 8 Aden Rangoon May 23 Independent
June 4 Rangoon Capetown July 8 Independent A. Hague says:
Arrived w/engine defects
Aug. 28 Capetown Trinidad Sept. 24 Independent
Sept. 25 Trinidad Sydney, C.B. Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 11 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Oct. 28 SC 49 7 Passengers.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 23 Liverpool Freetown Jan. 15-1942 OS 15 For Bombay.
Convoy available at OS 15
(external link)
1942 Febr. 11 Freetown Capetown March 10 Independent A. Hague says:
In need of extensive repairs
July 30 Capetown Bombay Aug. 25 Independent
Sept. 18 Bombay Capetown Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 15 Capetown Pernambuco Nov. 3 Independent Requires repairs
Dec. 7 Pernambuco Natal, Brazil Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 9 Natal, Brazil Ceara Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 15 Ceara Para Dec. 21 Independent
Dec. 30 Para Trinidad Jan. 4-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 12 Trinidad Gitmo Jan. 17 TAG 36 Convoy available at TAG 36
(external link)
Jan. 17 Gitmo New York City Jan. 24 GN 36 A. Hague says:
With further engine defects.
Convoy available at GN 36
(external link)
Apr. 22 New York City Boston Independent Page 2 gives arrival Apr. 27
Apr. 28 Boston BX 47 Returned to Boston Apr. 28.
Convoy available at BX 47
(external link)
Not mentioned, Page 2
May 2 Boston Halifax May 5 BX 48 Convoy available at BX 48
(external link)
May 11 Halifax Halifax May 11 SC 130 Returned, further engine defects.
See also narrative below.
May 26 Halifax Halifax May 27 SC 132 Returned after collision
June 16 Halifax Belfast Lough June 30 SC 134
June 30 Belfast Lough Barry July 2 BB 305 For collision repairs.
Convoy available at BB 305
(external link)
1944 Apr. 23 Barry Belfast Lough Apr. 24 Independent See also Page 2
Apr. 27 Belfast Lough St. John's, N.F. May 8 ON 234 To St John's, N.F. w/defects.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 22 St. John's, N.F. Quebec May 29 Independent
July 5* Quebec Montreal Sept. 13 Independent A. Hague says:
Presumably via another St. Lawrence port
*Page 2 gives departure Aug. 5.
1945 Nov. 22 Montreal Halifax Nov. 27 Independent
Dec. 4 Halifax Portland, Maine Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 8 Portland, Maine New York City Dec. 11 Independent A. Hague says:
Further repairs to Aug.-1946

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For voyages made in between those discussed here, please see the archive documents and/or Hague's Voyage Record above. It'll be noticed that there are several long gaps in her voyage information; she appears to have been plagued with engine trouble. Follow the convoy links provided for more details, several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the documents received from the National Archives of Norway, Estrella was en route from Necochea (Argentina) to New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She arrived New York on May 3.

On Sept. 17 that year, she's listed among the ships in Convoy HX 74 from Halifax, cargo of steel for Liverpool, station 72, arriving Liverpool Oct. 2.

At the beginning of 1941 we find her, together with Annavore, Bianca and Drammensfjord, in Convoy OB 269, which left Liverpool on Jan. 3 and dispersed on the 6th, Estrella arriving Cape Town independently on Febr. 6, remaining there for several weeks. On March 13, she proceeded to Aden, where she arrived Apr. 3, and is now included, with a general cargo and stores, in Convoy BN 23, leaving Aden on Apr. 7, arriving Suez on the 13th. The Norwegian Fram and Minister Wedel are also listed. The external website that I've linked to within the table above has more on both these convoys. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 (and in the Voyage Record).

Arnold Hague has included her in the slow Convoy SC 49, which left Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 11-1941 and arrived Liverpool on Oct. 27. She had a general cargo as well as 7 passengers on that voyage and had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Bonneville, Hellen, Selbo and Siljestad. This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added - see ships in all SC convoys. According to the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page, she was scheduled for Convoy OS 14, departing Liverpool on Dec. 13, but instead joined the next convoy, OS 15, which left Liverpool on Dec. 23. A. Hague has also included Dagfred, Dageid (this appears to be an errror - follow the link for an explanation), Fernbank and Hallanger in this convoy - ref. link in the table above. Estrella had a general cargo, sailing in station 61, and arrived Freetown on Jan. 15-1942, remaining there for almost a month before proceeding to Table Bay, where she arrived March 10 and did not leave again until the end of July - again, see Page 1. A. Hague says she was in need of extensive repairs. See also Page 2, showing her 1943 voyages. Convoy information for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record above.

Skipping now to May-1943, when I have her in Convoy SC 130, which left Halifax for the U.K. on May 11, but she returned to port with engine defects that same day. She's crossed out from the next convoy, SC 131, then shows up again in Convoy SC 132, departing Halifax on May. 26. According to A. Hague, she was involved in a collision when in this convoy (possibly with the Dutch Katendrecht?) and again returned to Halifax (May 27), later joining SC 134 on June 16. Her destination is given as Barry Dock, general cargo and lumber. She arrived Barry, via Belfast Lough, on July 2, and as can be seen on Page 2, there's now a long gap in her voyages, so it looks like the collision repairs took quite a long time.

In the spring of 1944, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 234, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 26 and arrived New York on May 12. Estrella, however, is said to have gone into St. John's, N.F. with defects on that occasion, with arrival there on May 8, having joined the convoy from Belfast Lough. ON 234 will also be added to an individual page in my Convoys section - in the meantime; the ships sailing in it (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Abraham Lincoln, Fagerfjell, Fernmoor, Garonne, Geisha, Kaldfonn, Leiv Eiriksson, Lista, Molda, Petter, Romulus, Samuel Bakke, Skiensfjord, Solfonn, Strinda and Vinland are also listed, as is the Panamanian Norlys, which had Norwegian managers and is included under the N's on this website.

From St. John's, Estrella proceeded to Quebec on May 22, and going back to Page 2, we see further long gaps in the listing.

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.


New machinery installed in 1946 (2 x 6 cyl. General Motors), remeasured to 3797 gt. Owned from 1953 by Skibs-A/S Hassel (A/S Rederiet Odfjell), Bergen? Purchased in July (Sept.?)-1954 by A/S Rona & D/S A/S King (Tollak J. Skogland), Haugesund and renamed Reina. Sold in Nov.-1958 ('56?) to Cia. Nav. Overseas Transport S. A., Panama. Arrived Toulon on July-8-1960 for breaking up. (Tollak J. Skogland also had another Reina; see post war details for Kong Sverre).

Related external link:
OS and OS/KMS Convoys - As mentioned, Estrella is listed as scheduled for Convoy OS 14.

Back to Estrella on the "Ships starting with E" page.

Other ships by this name: Norway had lost a steamship by this name to WW I, originally delivered as Sandwarine in 1912 to owners in Manchester, 1757 gt. Renamed Estrella for Bergenske D/S in 1914, struck a mine on March 5-1918 off Harwich with the loss of 20 men. Bergenske D/S also had an Estrella post WW II, delivered as such in Jan.-1961. Renamed Estrella del Mar for owners in Montevideo in Apr.-1978, later sailed as Del Mar for owners in Malta from 1987. Broken up in 1988? See also this external page and scroll down to Estrella.


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