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Manager: J. M. Ugland, Grimstad
Built at Götaverken A/B, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1927. Previous name: Dagland until 1936. Aaccording to the external website that I've linked to above, she was owned at the time by A/S Ocean (John P. Pedersen & Søn), Oslo. Sold in Jan.-1936 to A/S Uglands Rederi (J. M. Ugland), Grimstad, renamed Evita.
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known).
Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.
When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, Evita was on her way from Bahrein to Wellington - see Page 1 of the archive documents.
Later that year, she's listed in Convoy SL 54, which departed Freetown for the U.K. on Nov. 4. The Norwegian Lincoln Ellsworth and Norse King are also listed - ref link provided within the above table.
Together with Haakon Hauan and Inger Lise, she later joined Convoy OB 277, originating in Liverpool on Jan. 22-1941, dispersed Jan. 27, Evita arriving New York independently on Febr. 11, having started out from Clyde on Jan. 23. There's now a long gap in her voyages; according to Page 1, she did not leave New York again until July 13, when she proceeded to Halifax, then joined Convoy HX 140 on July 22 (having been cancelled from HX 139), together with the Norwegian Madrono (112), Boreas (16), Velox (56), Velma (96), Alaska (106), Stiklestad (95), Vardefjell (84), Thorshov (83), Olaf Bergh (124), Skiensfjord (97), Ferncastle (113), Thorshavet (43), Bonneville (82) and Helgøy (77). Beth and Petter were also initially in this convoy but left due to engine problems. Evita arrived Swansea, via Belfast Lough, on Aug. 8, returning accross the Atlantic later that month with Convoy ON 9. She was bound for New York, where she arrived independently on Sept. 5, the convoy having been dispersed Aug. 25.
On Sept. 28, she's named among the ships in Convoy HX 152 from Halifax. However, she put back to Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 2, subsequently joining the slow Convoy SC 48 from there on Oct. 5, in which several Norwegian ships were sunk, one of them being Erviken. Follow the links for further details; cruising order and Commodore's notes are also available for this convoy, along with misc. reports. Evita's last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in Convoy ON 40*. Arthur W. Sewall, Charles Racine (returned), Egda, Fernmoor, Finnanger (returned), Rio Novo, Slemdal, Storanger, Tai Shan and Velox are also listed in this convoy, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 25 and dispersed Dec. 4, Evita arriving Halifax independently on Dec. 12, proceeding to St. John, N.B. that same day - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2.
She headed back to the U.K. on Febr. 1-1942 in Convoy HX 173 from Halifax. According to Arnold Hague's "The Allied Convoy System", she was involved in a collision with the Russian Dvinoles in this convoy, while Roger W. Jordan's "The world's Merchant Fleets 1939" says the Russian ship sank following a collision with Havprins. The latter is correct.
According to the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page, she joined Convoy OS 21 on March 4 that year, voyaging from Clyde to Aruba in ballast in station 35 of the convoy. Note, however, that Arnold Hague has included her, along with Brand, Brasil, Norfjell and Vanja, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 75* in this time period. This convoy originated in Liverpool on March 10 (Evita sailed from Clyde, March 11) and dispersed on the 19th, Evita arriving New York independently on March 25. If she was in ON 75, she either did not join OS 21 at all, or joined and returned to port. Her final destination is again given as Aruba, but arrival there is not given on Page 2 of the archive documents, which shows that she remained in New York for a month, before proceeding to Halifax, where she joined the slow Convoy SC 83 on May 7, for which Acanthus, Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose served as escorts for a while. Evita's destination is given as Avonmouth, and she arrived there, via Belfast Lough and Barry Roads, on May 25/26, continuing to Cardiff a few days later. There's now another long gap in her voyages; the archive document gives departure Cardiff as July 14, and she's subsequently listed, with Abraham Lincoln, Harpefjell, Norsol, Pan Aruba, Salamis, Solsten, Thorhild and Vav, in the westbound Convoy ON 113*, originating in Liverpool on July 17. Evita arrived New York on Aug. 3, having sailed from Milford Haven on July 16.
Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 2, while convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.
Skipping now to Oct. 26-1942, when she was scheduled for Convoy HX 213 from New York, but she instead joined the next convoy on Nov. 3, HX 214 (station 91), bound for Avonmouth, where she arrived, via Belfast Lough, on Nov. 20. She had time for one more Trans-Atlantic crossing before that year was over, and she joined Convoy ON 149* later that month, arriving New York on Dec. 12. She had again been in the company of a number of other Norwegian ships, namely Høyanger, Morgenen, N. T. Nielsen Alonso, Vanja and Vinga, as well as the Panamanian Norlys (Norwegian managers). Page 3 lists her voyages in this period.
It looks like Evita was scheduled for Convoy HX 225 (New York-U.K.) at the end of Jan.-1943, but is crossed out from station 122, cargo of diesel oil. A. Hague has instead included her in Convoy UGS 5, which left Hampton Roads on Febr. 7 (Evita left New York that day) and arrived Oran on the 26th, but Evita arrived Bermuda on Febr. 10, following a collision. According to the archive document she had indeed been bound for North Africa at the time. Charles Hocking (see My Sources) says the following: "The American steamship Pan Royal, Capt. W. B. Johnson, was in convoy (this was UGS 5) in the North Atlantic on February 9th, 1943, when she collided with the motor vessel Evita, 6346 tons, and the steamship George Davis, 7177 tons. She sank with the loss of eight men. Capt. Johnson was among the survivors". This incident is not mentioned in any of my Norwegian sources. Sandanger is also listed in Convoy UGS 5 - ref. external link in the table above. A. Hague also mentiones another collision on Apr. 1 that year - I have no further details on that, but she subsequently remained in New York for over a month.
On May 7, we find her in Convoy HX 238 from New York, bound for Dingle with pool gas oil, station 92. In June, she joined Convoy ON 188*, departing Liverpool on June 10, arriving New York on the 26th. Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Bajamar, Bañaderos, Belinda, Duala, G. C. Brøvig, Gylfe, Kaia Knudsen, Kaldfonn, Montevideo, Mosdale, Skandinavia, Strinda, Thorhild, Vav and Velma are also named. Evita was scheduled to return to the U.K. at the end of June with Convoy HX 246, but instead joined HX 248 on July 15 - see also the Commodore's report. Her destination is given as Scapa, and she arrived there, via Loch Ewe, on July 29. In Sept.-1943, she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 201*, together with Chr. Th. Boe, Gallia, Heranger, Tai Shan, Toledo and Velma. She arrived New York on Sept. 24, having sailed from Clyde on Sept. 10 (ON 201 originated in Liverpool on Sept. 9).
There's now another long gap in her voyages; it looks like she did not leave New York again until March 12 the following year, when she proceeded to Curacao - again, see Page 3, as well as Hague's Voyage Record above.
In Apr.-1944, she joined the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 287, heading back to New York on June 18 with Convoy ON 241*, arriving July 2. Brasil, Drammensfjord, Egda, Fosna, Lista, Minerva, Solfonn and Spinanger are also included, as are the Panamanian Norbris and Norlys (both included under the N's on this website).
Sold in 1957 to Typaldos Bros, Piraeus, Greece and renamed Irinicos. Laid up at Uddevalla from Sept. 7-1957. Sold to Belgian breakers and arrived Antwerp June 15-1959.
Back to Evita on the "Ships starting with E" page.
Uglands Rederi had 3 more ships by this name post war.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Misc. sources as named within text (ref. My sources). Sources for information on the convoys are listed on each convoy page.