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M/T Gylfe
Updated Sept. 27-2011

To Gylfe on the "Ships starting with G" page.

Source: Lillesand Sjømannsforening, Norway.
The Australian War Memorial also has a picture of this ship, taken in 1941 (external links).

Owner: Skibs-A/S Gylfe
Manager: Eivind Evensen, Oslo
6129 gt

Built by Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Ltd., Newcastle in 1930.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message - From the grandson of someone who served on Gylfe, as well as Pronto and Harboe Jensen.

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 Apr.-1940 to Dec.-1944:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors may exist, and some voyages may be missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 17 Aden Suez Apr. 22 Independent Earlier movements, Page 1
Apr. 25 Port Said Alexandria Apr. 25 Independent
Apr. 27 Alexandria Haifa Apr. 29 Independent
May 1 Haifa Malta May 6 Independent
May 7 Malta Gibraltar May 11 Independent
May 14 Gibraltar Port Said May 22 Independent
May 31 Suez Abadan June 13 Independent
June 16 Abadan Capetown July 16 Independent
July 30 Capetown Port Elizabeth Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 10 Port Elizabeth Abadan Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 14 Abadan Bombay Sept. 24 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 13 Bombay Abadan Nov. 21 Independent
Nov. 23 Abadan Aden Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 18 Aden Aden Dec. 20* BN 11 A. Hague says:
Towed Aden with defects.
Convoy available at BN 11
(external link)
*Page 1 gives arrival Dec. 18.
1941 Apr. 25 Aden Bombay May 5 Independent
May 28 Bombay Abadan June 3 Independent
June 6 Abadan Bahrein June 7 Independent
June 7 Bahrein Aden June 18 Independent
June 26 Aden Abadan July 5 Independent
July 7 Abadan Karachi July 12 Independent
Aug. 1 Karachi Abadan Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 13 Abadan Bombay Aug. 22 Independent
Sept. 11 Bombay Abadan Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 19 Abadan Colombo Oct. 1 Independent
Oct. 5 Colombo Singapore Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 12 Singapore Balikpapan Independent
Nov. 5 Balikpapan Cape Moreton Independent See also Page 1
Nov. 19 Cape Moreton Sydney, N.S.W. Nov. 22 Independent
Dec. 17 Sydney, N.S.W. Fremantle Dec. 27 Independent
Dec. 28 Fremantle Bombay Independent Page 2 gives arrival Jan. 21-1942.
1942 Febr. 3 Bombay Abadan Febr. 11 Independent
March 9 Abadan Aden March 19 Independent
March 22 Aden Abadan March 31 Independent
Apr. 2 Abadan Karachi Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 13 Karachi Abadan Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 21 Abadan Bombay Apr. 28 Independent
May 3 Bombay Abadan May 10 Independent
May 13 Abadan Durban June 7 Independent
Aug. 21 Durban Capetown Aug. 26 Independent
Sept. 1 Capetown Montevideo Sept. 26 Independent A. Hague says:
Requiring major repairs
1943 March 23 Montevideo Rio March 29 Independent
Apr. 8 Rio Bahia Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 14 Bahia Trinidad Apr. 25 BT 10 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 29 Trinidad Gitmo May 4 TAG 57 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
May 4 Gitmo New York City May 12 GN 57 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 19 New York City Loch Ewe June 4 HX 240 See also narrative below
June 4 Loch Ewe Invergordon June 5 WN 437 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
June 7 Invergordon Loch Ewe June 9 EN 239 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 11 Loch Ewe Halifax June 24 ON 188 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 27 Halifax Cape Cod Canal June 29 XB 60 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
June 29 Cape Cod Canal New York City June 30 Independent
Aug. 15 New York City Boston Independent
Aug. 17 Boston Halifax Aug. 19 BX 69 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 21 Halifax Loch Ewe Sept. 4 SC 140
Sept. 4 Loch Ewe Methil* Sept. 6 WN 475A Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
*See Page 2
Sept. 10 Methil Loch Ewe Sept. 12 EN 279 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 15 Loch Ewe New York City Sept. 30 ON 202
Oct. 29 Boston Halifax Nov. 1 BX 80 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Nov. 6 Halifax St. John's, N.F. Nov. 13 SC 146 A. Hague says:
Returned with propeller damage
1944 Apr. 22 St. John's, N.F. Halifax Apr. 24 JH 105A Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 29 Halifax Cape Cod Canal May 1 XB 106 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 1 Cape Cod Canal New York City May 1 Independent
May 5 New York City Philadelphia May 6 Independent
May 11 Philadelphia Hampton Roads May 11 Independent
May 13 Hampton Roads Augusta June 3 UGS 42 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
June 4 Augusta Naples June 5 VN 44 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
June 11 Naples Augusta June 12 NV 45 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
June 13 Augusta Algiers June 17 MKS 52 Augusta to Algiers.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
June 22 Algiers Philadelphia July 10 GUS 43 Algiers to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
July 15 Philadelphia New York City July 16 Independent
July 17 New York City Loch Ewe Aug. 3 HX 300
Aug. 3 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 5 WN 616 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3
Aug. 15 Methil Loch Ewe Aug. 17 EN 422 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 18 Loch Ewe Baltimore Sept. 4 ON 249 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 5 Baltimore Baytown Independent
Oct. 16 Baytown Boston Oct. 26 Independent
Oct. 28 Boston Baytown Nov. 8 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 9 Baytown Charleston, SC Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 18 Charleston, SC Corpus Christi Nov. 25 Independent Notional sailing date
Dec. 4 Corpus Christi New Orleans Dec. 8 Independent A. Hague says:
Then traded Caribbean/E Coast USA.
See also Page 3 & 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 Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

With Eidsvold, Fosna, Gunny, Norfold, Velma and Vilja, Gylfe is listed in Convoy BN 11, which departed Aden on Dec. 18-1940 and arrived Suez on the 25th, however, according to Arnold Hague, she was towed to Aden with defects by the escorting Shoreham. Page 1 of the archive documents states she arrived there that same day, and judging from her record for this period, the repairs must have taken quite a long time - departure Aden is given as Apr. 25-1941. Some of her 1941 voyages are also shown on Page 1, while the rest of her 1941 voyages, 1942 voyages and 1943 voyages are listed on Page 2. Unfortunately, the latter scan is not very good, but the missing dates can be found in A. Hague's record above. As can be seen, there's also a long gap in her voyages for 1942, from arriving Montevideo on Sept. 26-1942, to departing for Rio on March 23-1943. A. Hague says this was due to her requiring major repairs (she had also spent over 2 months in Durban in the summer/fall of 1942).

Gylfe, cargo of Admiralty fuel, was scheduled for Convoy HX 239 from New York to the U.K. on May 13-1943, but instead joined the next convoy on May 19, HX 240, bound for Invergordon, station 42. With Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Bajamar, Bañaderos, Belinda, Duala, Evita, G. C. Brøvig, Kaia Knudsen, Kaldfonn, Montevideo, Mosdale, Skandinavia, Strinda, Thorhild, Vav and Velma, she returned across the Atlantic with the westbound Convoy ON 188*, which originated in Liverpool on June 10 and arrived New York on the 26th; Gylfe, however, joined from Loch Ewe and was bound for Halifax, where she arrived on June 24 (Page 2). With destination Grangemouth, she's also listed among the ships in the slow Convoy SC 140 from Halifax on Aug. 21, and arrived Loch Ewe on Sept. 4, continuing to Grangemouth, with arrival there on Sept. 6. Later that month, we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 202 (ONS 18), in which Oregon Express and Skjelbred were sunk. Gylfe was part of ON 202, sailing in station 52, and arrived New York unharmed on Sept. 30, having joined the convoy from Loch Ewe. Follow the links for much more information; the Commodore's report and several other reports are also available. On Nov. 6, she joined Convoy SC 146 from Halifax in order to head back to the U.K. (Commodore in Rena), but she put into St. John's with propeller damage, arriving there on Nov. 12, according to the archive document. Departure is given as Apr. 22-1944, so again, repairs appear to have taken a long time.

Instead of heading to the U.K., she now sailed to Augusta on May 13, with arrival June 3 - please see her Voyage Record, as well as Page 3. Having made a voyage to Naples and back to Augusta, she left Augusta for Algiers on June 13, arriving June 17, having sailed in Convoy MKS 52* (Facto, Hermelin, Høegh Hood and Tore Jarl are also named, but with different voyage information). From Algiers, she subsequently headed back to the U.S. again on June 22, and this time she did go to the U.K. from there, having joined the large Convoy HX 300 from New York on July 17, bound for Grangemouth and Coryton. She arrived Grangemouth, via Loch Ewe, on Aug. 6, later returning to the U.S. in Convoy ON 249*, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 18-1944 and arrived New York Sept. 2; Gylfe started out from Loch Ewe on the 18th and arrived Baltimore on Sept. 4. She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Frontenac, Høyanger, Høegh Hood, Kaia Knudsen, Laurits Swenson, Lista, Maud, Minerva, Norden, Norma (Vice Commodore's Ship), Skaraas, Skiensfjord, Torborg and Velma.

Page 3 has information on her subsequent voyages, while Page 4 shows the rest.

* The ON convoys 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. See also ships in all MKS convoys, where Gylfe is included in MKS 52, as mentioned.

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

Back to Gylfe on the "Ships starting with G" page.

This company later had another Gylfe. This ship was originally delivered in 1962 as Nina Borthen for Harry Borthen & Co., A/S, Oslo. Renamed Gylfe for Eiv. Evensen, Oslo in 1968. Sold in 1976, renamed Dea Brøvig for Th. Brøvig, Farsund. Sold to Greece in 1984, renamed Warlord. Broken up in 1985.


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