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M/T Ferncourt
Updated Aug. 8-2011

To Ferncourt on the "Ships starting with F" page.

Both pics were received from Håkon Birkenes, Norway.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in the photo to make it larger).

Owner: Skibs-A/S Marine
Manager: Fearnley & Astrup, Oslo
9918 gt

Built by Deutsche Werft, Betrieb Reiherstiegwerft, Hamburg in 1938.

Captain: Syvert Birkenes. He died in March-1967, served at sea for almost 50 years, through 2 world wars, starting at age 16 with the schooner Helene in 1899. Later, in 1912, as captain of the company's Tolosa (sunk during WW I). Other ships included: Frogner, Papelera, Oria, Galicia, Biscaia, Nordfjeld, Nordkyn, Esther Elina, Eda, Navarra, Glittre, Garonne, Aragon, and others. He joined Ferncourt when she was new in 1938, remaining on board all through the war. (His misc. documents were donated to the State Archives in Kristiansand, Norway in 1993). Info received from the captain's grandson, Håkon Birkenes, along with the picture below.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message - From the daughter of someone who served on Ferncourt, Kåre Kristiansen.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, Page 2 has 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 Sept.-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.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1939 Sept. 25 Lisbon Weymouth Bay Sept. 29 Independent
Dec. 19 Halifax Dunkirk Dec. 30 HXF 13 For Dunkirk
1940 Jan. 8 Dunkirk Trinidad Jan. 23 Independent
Jan. 23 Trinidad New York City Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 9 New York City Aruba Independent
Febr. 15 Aruba Halifax Independent
Febr. 26 Halifax Boulogne March 12 HX 23 For Dunkirk
March 12 Boulogne Aruba Independent
Apr. 2 Aruba Halifax Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 18 Halifax Downs May 5 HX 36 For Dunkirk
May 6 Downs Boulogne May 6 Independent
May 7 Boulogne Dunkirk May 10 Independent
May 16 Dunkirk Downs May 17 Independent
May 18 Downs OA 150G For Trinidad.
Formed OG 30, May 20.
Convoy available at OA 150G
(external link)
May 20 Formed at sea OG 30 For Trinidad.
Detached May 22.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
May 22 Detached from OG 30 Trinidad June 3 Independent
June 4 Trinidad Curacao June 6 Independent
June 8 Curacao Fort de France June 10 Independent
July 9 Unknown port Trinidad July 13 Independent Notional sailing date
Aug. 19 Trinidad Aruba Aug. 21 Independent
Aug. 23 Aruba Bermuda Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 30 Bermuda Halifax Sept. 2 Independent
Nov. 10 Halifax Clyde Nov. 26 HX 86 Missing movements, Page 1
1941 Jan. 14 Clyde OB 274 For Curacao.
Dispersed Jan. 19.
Convoy available at OB 274
(external link)
Jan. 19 Dispersed from OB 274 Curacao Febr. 2 Independent On to Bermuda, Febr. 7
(Page 1)
Febr. 17 Bermuda BHX 110
Febr. 23 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Clyde March 11 HX 110 Missing movements, Page 1
(see also narrative below)
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
March 23 Clyde OB 301 Dispersed 53 59N 19 40W, March 27.
Convoy available at OB 301
(external link)
March 27 Dispersed from OB 301 New York City Apr. 6 Independent
May 14 New York City Aruba May 21 Independent
May 22 Aruba Halifax May 30 Independent
June 6 Halifax Belfast Lough June 22 HX 131
June 22 Belfast Lough Avonmouth June 26 BB 38 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
June 30 Avonmouth Milford Haven July 2 Independent
July 6 Milford Haven Milford Haven July 7 OB 343 Bombed and badly damaged, returned Milford Haven
(see narrative below).
Convoy available at OB 343
(external link)
July 20 Milford Haven Swansea July 21 In tow To drydock for repairs.
1942 June 8 Swansea Milford Haven June 9 Independent On completion of bomb damage repairs
June 11 Milford Haven Cape Cod Canal June 26 ON 103 Via Belfast Lough
(Page 2).
For Curacao.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 26 Cape Cod Canal New York City June 27 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 Curacao July 21 WAT 5 Key West to Curacao.
Convoy available at WAT convoys
(external link)
July 29 Curacao Key West Aug. 5 TAW 9C Joined from Curacao.
Convoy available at TAW convoys
(external link)
Aug. 9 Key West New York City Aug. 15 KN 128 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 20 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent Page 2 gives arrival Boston Aug. 24
Aug. 28 Cape Cod Bay Halifax Aug. 30 BX 35B Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 30 Halifax Loch Ewe Sept. 10 HX 205
Sept. 11 Loch Ewe Scapa Flow Sept. 12 WN 335 Loch Ewe to Scapa Flow.
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 17 Scapa Flow Loch Ewe Sept. 18 EN 138 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 18 Loch Ewe New York City Oct. 4 ON 131 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 8 New York City Gitmo Oct. 15 NG 312 For Curacao.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 15 Gitmo Curacao Oct. 18 GAT 14 Gitmo to Curacao.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Oct. 23 Curacao Gitmo Oct. 26 TAG 15 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 26 Gitmo New York City Nov. 2 GN 15 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 13 Hampton Roads Gibraltar Nov. 30 UGS 2 A. Hague says:
For Oran.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 21 Gibraltar New York City Jan. 10-1943 GUS 2 From Casablanca?
(see Page 2).
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
1943 Jan. 23 New York City Gitmo Jan. 29 NG 339 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Jan. 29 Gitmo Curacao Febr. 2 GAT 41 Gitmo to Curacao.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Febr. 5 Curacao Gitmo Febr. 8 TAG 40 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Febr. 8 Gitmo New York City Febr. 16 GN 40 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 18 New York City Belfast Lough March 5 HX 227 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
March 5 Belfast Lough Milford Haven March 6 BB 267 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
March 13 Milford Haven ON 173 For N.Y.C.
Joined XB 40, March 29.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 28 Halifax(*?) Cape Cod Canal March 30 XB 40 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
*Convoy XB 40 did originate in Halifax on March 28, but as mentioned, Ferncourt joined from ON 173 on March 29.
March 30 Cape Cod Canal New York City March 31 Independent
Apr. 4 New York City Baltimore Apr. 5 Independent
Apr. 25 Baltimore New York City Apr. 26 Independent Grounded and leaking
June 23 New York City Clyde July 6 HX 245 See also narrative below & Page 2
July 9 Clyde New York City July 22 ON 192 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 30 New York City Clyde Aug. 12 HX 250 Missing movements, Page 3
Aug. 21 Clyde New York City Sept. 4 ON 198 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Sept. 9 New York City Clyde Sept. 22 HX 256 Escort Oiler
Again, see also Page 3
Sept. 24 Clyde Liverpool Sept. 25 Independent
Oct. 5 Liverpool New York City Oct. 23 ON 205 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Nov. 19 New York City Clyde Dec. 3 HX 267 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Dec. 4 Clyde Loch Ewe Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 5 Loch Ewe Scapa Flow Dec. 6 WN 513A Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 10 Lyness Clyde Dec. 12 EN 317 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
? Dec. 11 Loch Ewe Clyde Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 16 Clyde New York City Jan. 3-1944 ON 216 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
1944 Jan. 28 New York City Clyde Febr. 13 HX 277 See also narrative below.
Escort Oiler
Also, Page 3
Febr. 22 Clyde New York City March 8 ON 225 Convoy will be added.
See link above
March 13 New York City Liverpool March 29 HX 283 Escort Oiler
Apr. 7 Liverpool New York City Apr. 24 ON 231 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Apr. 27 New York City Liverpool May 15 HX 289 Escort Oiler
Missing movements, Page 3
May 19 Liverpool Baltimore June 5 ON 237 Convoy will be added.
See link above
July 10 Baltimore Philadelphia July 11 Independent
July 13 Philadelphia New York City July 14 Independent
July 17 New York City Liverpool Aug. 2 HX 300 Escort Oiler
Missing movements, Page 4
Aug. 6 Liverpool New York City Aug. 20 ON 248F Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 25 New York City Loch Ewe Sept. 9 HX 305 Escort Oiler
Sept. 9 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 11 WN 631 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 12 Methil Southend Sept. 14 FS 1573 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
Sept. 27 Southend New York City Oct. 13 ON 256 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 15 New York City Southend Oct. 30 HX 314 Escort Oiler
Nov. 3 Southend New York City Nov. 21 ON 264 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Nov. 24 New York City Clyde Dec. 10 HX 322 Escort Oiler
See also Page 4
Dec. 13 Clyde New York City Jan. 1-1945 ON 272 Convoy will be added.
See link above
1945 Jan. 8 New York City Liverpool Jan. 22 HX 331 See also narrative below.
Escort Oiler
Missing movements, Page 4
Febr. 1 Liverpool New York City Febr. 19 ON 282 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Febr. 23 New York City Liverpool March 10 HX 340 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
March 18 Liverpool Baltimore Apr. 6 ON 291 Escort Oiler
(on to New York, May 15 - Page 4).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 23 New York City Portsmouth June 6 HX 358 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
June 9 Portsmouth New York City Independent
June 23 New York City Clyde July 4 Independent See also Page 5
July 15 Clyde Houston Independent Page 5 gives arrival Aug. 2
Aug. 3 Houston Devonport Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 25 Devonport New York City Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 11 New York City Bremerhaven Sept. 25 Independent (Via Downs - Page 5)
Sept. 28 Bremerhaven Curacao Independent
Oct. 15 Curacao Portsmouth Oct. 31 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 5

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
Only her Trans-Atlantic voyages are discussed here. For information on voyages made in between those noted below, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them; some also include the Commodore's notes and several Norwegian ships took part. Ferncourt often served as Escort Oiler.

Ferncourt, bound for Dunkirk, was in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HXF 13 in Dec.-1939. The Norwegian Italia is also listed.

In Febr./March-1940 she's listed in Convoy HX 23, again with destination Dunkirk. She's also named in Convoy HX 36 from Halifax on Apr. 18. Page 1 of the archive documents gives her voyage information as Aruba for France (as can be seen, she was on her way from Aruba to Halifax when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9); she arrived Boulogne on May 6, proceeding to Dunkirk the next day. Together with Bjerka, Bruse, Hadrian and Kaia Knudsen, A. Hague now has her in Convoy OA 150G, which originated at Southend on May 18 (the archive document shows that she had sailed from Dunkirk on May 16), joined up with Convoy OB 150G on the 20th, the combined convoy forming the Gibraltar bound Convoy OG 30. Ferncourt, however, was bound for Trinidad, so left this convoy to proceed to her destination, where she arrived on June 3, continuing to Curacao the following day. A direct link to A. Hague's listing for Convoy OA 150G has been provided in the table above. See also my page naming ships in all OG convoys (OG 30 will later be added to its own individual page). It'll be noticed that she spent quite a long time in Trinidad later that summer - from July 13 to Aug. 19, when she sailed to Aruba, from there to Bermuda and on to Halifax, where she arrived on Sept. 2, remaining there for a long time as well. Departure is given as Nov. 10, when she joined Convoy HX 86, fuel oil for Clyde, station 22, arriving Nov. 26.

In Jan.-1941, she's listed as bound for Curacao in Convoy OB 274, originating in Liverpool on Jan. 14, dispersed on the 19th, Ferncourt arriving Curacao independently on Febr. 2, having joined from Clyde (also available via external link in Voyage Record - Harpefjell, Leiv Eiriksson, Sommerstad, Stigstad and Torfinn Jarl are also included). From Curacao, she sailed to Bermuda a few days later, joining Convoy BHX 110 on Febr. 17 (the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 110*), cargo of fuel oil for Clyde, where she arrived March 10. "Nortraships flåte" mentions an episode taking place on March 15, when Ferncourt had a narrow escape. 2 mines had been discovered in the Clyde, and after the area was believed to have been made safe again permission was given for a tug to tow Ferncourt into Cart (river). When a mine detonated very close by, the tug was damaged enough that it had to be beached. Later that month we find her, with Brant County, Kongsgaard, Ranja, Taurus and Torborg, in Convoy OB 301, which originated in Liverpool on March 23 and dispersed on the 27th, Ferncourt arriving New York independently on Apr. 7 (she had again joined the convoy from Clyde - see Page 1). Having stayed in New York for over a month, she made a voyage to Aruba in May, then proceeded to Halifax in order to join Convoy HX 131 back to the U.K. on June 6, bound for Avonmouth with diesel oil in station 82 of the convoy (arrived Avonmouth June 26).

On July 7-1941, she was hit by 4 bombs, port side of deck, and by an aircraft torpedo while in convoy off Milford Haven near South Bishop. This was Convoy OB 343, which had left Liverpool on July 6 - Ferncourt had sailed from Milford Haven that day, and according to the archive document, she was bound for New York. Arosa, Evviva, Fanefjeld, Grado, Henrik Ibsen, Idefjord, Måkefjell, Nesttun, Slemdal, Spurt, Star, Suderholm and Taborfjell are also listed in this convoy - ref. link in Voyage Record. The torpedo also hit on the port side, resulting in a gaping hole below the waterline. 2 were killed (not Norwegian - see * below), 1 injured. Everyone except the captain, the 1st mate (or chief engineer?) and an able seaman went in the lifeboats. Ferncourt didn't sink, and as the captain didn't want to give up his ship he got 11 volunteers to reboard. The tug Schelde was called upon to tow her to Milford Haven, later to Swansea (July 20), where she was kept for repairs for 10 months. The captain later received the following from Winston S. Churchill:
"By the King's Order the name of Syvert Birkenes, Master SS Ferncourt, was placed on record on 29 August 1941 as commended for brave conduct in the Merchant Navy. I am charged to express His Majesty's high appreciation of the service rendered. Winston S. Churchill, Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury."

He was also awarded "Krigsmedaljen" (War Medal) in 1942 and "St. Olav's-medaljen med ekegren" (St. Olav's Medal with Oak Leaf) in 1944. In 1988 he was awarded "Haakon VII Frihetsmedalje" posthumously. My War Medals page has more information and pictures. Also, judging from a letter from Nortraship to Captain Birkenes, dated Dec.-1941, it looks like the captain has recommended 5 of his crew for decorations.

* On the Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website there's a Canadian Roy Edgar Benjamin listed as having died on Ferncourt on July 7-1941 (external link). He's commemorated at the Halifax Memorial, Panel 8. I came across him by chance; I don't know the name of the other casualty.

Having been repaired, Ferncourt made a voyage to Curacao. She's listed in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 103*, which originated in Liverpool on June 12-1942 and also included the Norwegian Frontenac, Garnes (from Halifax), Idefjord, Kaia Knudsen, Kong Haakon VII (Commodore Vessel), Lista, Maud, Mirlo, Noreg, Scebeli, Sommerstad, Thorshøvdi, Tijuca and Troubadour, as well as the Panamanian Norvinn (Norwegian managers). Ferncourt arrived Curacao, via New York and Key West, on July 21 (see Page 2 and Voyage Record). On Aug. 30, she can be found among the ships in Convoy HX 205 from Halifax, fuel oil for Loch Ewe, with arrival Sept. 10. Acanthus, Eglantine, Montbretia and Potentilla are named among the escorts. Ferncourt returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 131* (departure Liverpool Sept. 18, arrival New York on Oct. 4 - Ferncourt joined from Loch Ewe). She had again been in the company of a number of other Norwegian ships, namely Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Biscaya (from Halifax), Brasil, Helgøy, Høegh Scout, Katy, Thorshøvdi and Vardefjell. Later on, Ferncourt is said to have been used in the Torch operations which commenced in Nov.-1942 - see her Voyage Record above. Athos has a list of Norwegian sips taking part in these operations.

Arnold Hague has her in Convoy HX 227*, which left New York on Febr. 18-1943 and arrived Liverpool on March 6 - Ferncourt stopped at Belfast Lough March 5. The Norwegian B. P. Newton, Belinda, Haakon Hauan, Kaldfonn, Mosli, Norholm, Pan Aruba, Polartank (returned), Skaraas, Stiklestad, Strinda and Thorshov are also listed, while Acanthus and Eglantine are named among the escorts (see HX convoy escorts). She subsequently returned to New York in Convoy ON 173*, which originated in Liverpool on March 13, with B. P. Newton, Dageid, Emma Bakke, Frontenac, Haakon Hauan, Idefjord, Mosli, Pan Aruba, Skaraas, Stiklestad, Strinda and Thorshov among its ranks. Ferncourt had joined from Milford Haven and arrived New York on March 31. She was scheduled to head back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 236 from New York on Apr. 24, but did not sail - according to A. Hague, she ran aground and arrived New York (from Baltimore) leaking on Apr. 26. She's mentioned in the Commodore's list of ships in HX 237 in May (but not in the Advance Sailing Telegram), but I can't be sure she actually joined, and returned? (Sandanger and Brand were sunk - follow the links for details). It also looks like she was scheduled for Convoy HX 244 on June 15. Again, she's not mentioned in the Advance Sailing Telegram for that convoy, but is crossed out from station 37 on the A 1 form. She finally got away with the next convoy on June 23, HX 245, bound for Clyde with petroleum products, station 32, arriving Clyde on July 6. As will be seen when following the link, some of the ships in HX 245 were detached to form a faster portion, and Ferncourt acted as Vice Commodore ship for this portion, her station was 33.

Together with Anna Knudsen, Buenos Aires, Emma Bakke, Ivaran, Laurits Swenson (Commodore Vessel), Norholm, Petter, Reinholt, San Andres, Skaraas (returned), Tai Shan, Topdalsfjord, Vest, Villanger and the Panamanian Norvinn, she now joined Convoy ON 192* in order to return to New York (originated in Liverpool on July 9, arrived New York on the 22nd), and on July 30 she was ready to return to Clyde with Convoy HX 250, arriving Clyde on on Aug. 12. Later that month, we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 198*, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 21, arrived New York on Sept. 4, and also included Katy, Norsktank, Nueva Granada, Petter, Skiensfjord, Vanja and Vinga. A few days later, she took station 53 of Convoy HX 256, for which Topdalsfjord was the Commodore Vessel and Brimanger the Vice Commodore's ship. Again, Ferncourt was detached from the convoy with other ships, forming a fast section - follow link for details. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3. With Abraham Lincoln (Vice Commodore), Fernwood, Kaldfonn, Orwell, Skotaas and Spinanger, she headed back across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 205* (departure Liverpool Oct. 5, arrival New York Oct. 23). A. Hague subsequently has her in Convoy HX 267*, which left New York on Nov. 19 and included Molda and San Andres. Christmas that year was celebrated while in the westbound Convoy ON 216*, which departed Liverpool on Dec. 16 and arrived New York on Jan. 3-1944. Other Norwegian ships were Fagerfjell (put back), Fernwood, Molda and Skiensfjord.

Ferncourt was scheduled to return to the U.K. in Convoy HX 276 from New York on Jan. 21-1944, but instead joined HX 277 on Jan. 28, then headed back in the other direction again with Convoy ON 225*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 22 and arrived New York on March 8. Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Bralanta, Haakon Hauan, Lista, Marit II, Montevideo, Skiensfjord and Thorsholm are also listed, as is the Panamanin Norlys. (The corvette Buttercup, which later came under the Norwegian flag after the loss of Tunsberg Castle, is named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts). A few days later, Ferncourt joined Convoy HX 283, arriving Liverpool on March 29, and the following month she was one of several Norwegian ships represented in the westbound Convoy ON 231*. The others were: Østhav, Haakon Hauan, Spinanger, Vav, Solstad, Idefjord, President de Vogue, Heranger, Bernhard, Kong Haakon VII, Thorsholm, Skaraas, Høyanger and Nordanger. This convoy departed Liverpool on Apr. 7 and arrived New York on the 24th, and already on the 27th we find her in Convoy HX 289 from New York. She arrived Liverpool on May 15, and just 4 days later she's listed, together with Brimanger (Commodore Vessel), Emma Bakke, Glarona, Herbrand, Laurits Swenson (Vice Commodore), Maud, Mosli, Norefjord, Noreg, Norma, Pan Scandia, Skaraas and Velma, in the westbound Convoy ON 237*, departing Liverpool on May 19, arriving New York June 3 - Ferncourt arrived Baltimore June 5, remaining there for over a month before proceeding to Philadelphia; again, see Page 3.

On July 17-1944 Ferncourt joined the large Convoy HX 300 from New York. She arrived Liverpool on Aug. 2, and on Aug. 6 she shows up in the westbound Convoy ON 248(F)*, which arrived New York on the 20th (for info, there was also a slower ON convoy with this number, leaving Liverpool Aug. 10). As usual, other Norwegian ships took part, namely Idefjord, John Bakke, Norsktank, Polarsol and Solfonn. Ferncourt's voyages at this time are shown on Page 4. 5 days later, she was ready to head back to the U.K. with Convoy HX 305, bound for Purfleet (Abraham Lincoln served as Commodore Vessel), subsequently returning with Convoy ON 256*, along with Abraham Lincoln (again serving as Commodore Vessel), Egerø, Fagerfjell, Katy, Montevideo, Norsktank, Olaf Bergh, Sørvard and Thorsholm. ON 256 left Liverpool Sept. 28; Ferncourt arrived New York Oct. 13 and 2 days later, she joined Convoy HX 314; destination is again given as Purfleet (Emma Bakke was Commodore Vessel). At the beginning of the following month she appears, with Brasil, Egerø, Kronprinsessen, Lista, Nueva Granada, Solfonn, Stiklestad and Thorsholm, in the westbound Convoy ON 264*, which left Liverpool on Nov. 4 and arrived New York on the 21st. She headed back to the U.K. again already on Nov. 24 in Convoy HX 322, and rounded off that year in the westbound Convoy ON 272*, originating at Southend on Dec. 14, arriving New York on Jan. 1-1945. Egerø again took part, as did Norsktank and Strix.

She was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 330 on Jan. 3-1945, but instead joined the next convoy on Jan. 8, HX 331 (Commodore in Montevideo). Ferncourt's destination is given as Stanlow, where she arrived on Jan. 26 (Page 4), heading in the other direction again on Febr. 1 in Convoy ON 282*, which arrived New York on the 19th. Brimanger, Egerø, Fjordaas, Frontenac, Kaldfonn and Topdalsfjord (Commodore Vessel) are also listed in this convoy. We now find her, along with California Express, Fagerfjell, Fjordaas, Gefion (returned), Ivaran, Kaldfonn and Tungsha (Commodore Vessel), in Convoy HX 340*, departing New York on Febr. 23, arriving Liverpool on March 10. A week later, she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 291*, with Fagerfjell and Laurits Swenson (left Liverpool on March 18, arrived New York on Apr. 6; Ferncourt arrived Baltimore that day, remaining there for several weeks). Her last Trans-Atlantic convoy voyage was made with Convoy HX 358*, departing New York on May 23. Fosna, Gefion and Tungsha are also listed. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 4 and Page 5 (to Apr.-1946).

* All the ON convoys 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 in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The entire HX series will also be updated and completed (some have already been updated), but for now, please see the section listing ships in all HX convoys.

More information on all the Norwegian ships named on this page is available via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in 1954 to Ramon Mari-Pino, Panama, renamed Amilcar. Sold in 1957 to Daisy Tankers Corporation Inc., Panama (manager Ramon Mari-Pino, Lisbon) and renamed Daisy (Panamanian flag). Sold to Spanish breakers for breaking up at Castellon, where she arrived on June 20-1964.

Back to Ferncourt on the "Ships starting with F" page.

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


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