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M/T Havkong
Updated Oct. 6-2011

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Source: Roger W. Jordan collection.
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Manager: P. Meyer, Oslo
9666 gt, 5714 net, 15 075 tdwt

Built at Kockums mek. Verkstads A/B, Malmö, Sweden (192), delivered in Jan.-1937 as Havkong to A/S Havkong (P. Meyer), Oslo. 519' x 63.1' x 28.5', 7 cyl. 2 TDV MAN DM (builders), 4500 bhp.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6

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

Voyage Record
From May-1940 to Jan.-1946:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (please be aware that some of the external convoys may be incomplete).

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 9 Cristobal Kingston May 11 Independent Earlier voyages, Page 1
May 13 Kingston Curacao May 16 Independent
May 20 Curacao Buenos Aires June 13 Independent
June 14* Buenos Aires Curacao July 3 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(*Page 1 gives departure June 16).
July 7 Curacao Buenos Aires July 29 Independent
Aug. 3 Buenos Aires Capetown Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 17 Capetown Durban Aug. 21 Independent
Sept. 20 Durban Abadan Oct. 6 Independent
Oct. 8 Abadan Capetown Oct. 29 Independent
Nov. 2 Capetown Abadan Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 24 Abadan Durban Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 19 Durban Abadan Jan. 5-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 7 Abadan Durban Jan. 25 Independent
Febr. 1 Durban Abadan Febr. 18 Independent
Febr. 20 Abadan Bombay Febr. 26 Independent
March 4 Bombay Abadan March 9 Independent
March 11 Abadan Capetown Apr. 2 Independent Left for Freetown Apr. 6
See Page 1
Apr. 25 Capetown* Curacao May 7 Independent *From Freetown Apr. 25
(Page 1)
May 8 Curacao Cape Verdes May 21 Independent
May 27 Cape Verdes Curacao June 6 Independent
June 8 Curacao New York City June 15 Independent
July 19 New York City Halifax July 22 Independent
July 27 Halifax Liverpool Aug. 11 HX 141 Missing movements, Page 1
Aug. 20 Liverpool ON 9 For NYC.
Dispersed 54 51n 20 42W, Aug. 25.
Aug. 25 Dispersed from ON 9 New York City Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 9 New York City Halifax Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 16 Halifax Belfast Lough Sept. 29 HX 150
Oct. 1 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Oct. 3 BB 83 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Oct. 10 Avonmouth Milford Haven Oct. 11 Independent
Oct. 13 Milford Haven ON 26 For NYC.
Via Belfast Lough
(Page 2).
Dispersed Oct. 29
Oct. 29 Dispersed from ON 26 Houston Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 11 Houston Halifax Nov. 20 Independent
Nov. 21 Halifax Belfast Lough Dec. 6 HX 161
Dec. 7 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Dec. 9 BB 109 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 15 Avonmouth Milford Haven Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 18 Milford Haven ON 48 For NYC.
Dispersed 43 59N 54 56W, Dec. 31.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 31 Dispersed from ON 48 Baton Rouge Jan. 8-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 13 Baton Rouge Bermuda Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 20 Bermuda Halifax Jan. 24 Independent
Jan. 26 Halifax Belfast Lough Febr. 7 HX 172
Febr. 9 Belfast Lough Swansea Febr. 11 BB 135 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Febr. 17 Swansea Milford Haven Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 21 Milford Haven Belfast Lough Febr. 22 OS 20M*
*I believe this is just Hague's way of saying that she was in a portion of the convoy that went from Milford to Belfast Lough
Febr. 23 Belfast Lough OS 20 For Houston.
Detached March 1.
Convoy available at OS 20
(external link)
March 1 Detached from OS 20 Galveston March 17 Independent
Apr. 16 Galveston Corpus Christi Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 28 Corpus Christi Freetown May 19 Independent
May 24 Freetown SL 111 Detached to SL 111F, June 8.
Convoy available at SL 111
(external link)
June 8 Detached from SL 111 Belfast Lough June 15* SL 111F Convoy available at SL 111F
(external link).
*Compare w/Page 2
June 13 Belfast Lough Heysham June 14 Independent
June 17 Heysham Liverpool June 18 Independent
June 26 Liverpool ON 107 For NYC.
Dispersed July 9.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 9 Dispersed from ON 107 New York City July 10 Independent Left New York July 13
(Page 2).
July 17 Hampton Roads Key West July 22 KS 521 Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
July 25 Key West Curacao Aug. 2 WAT 9 Key West to Curacao.
Convoy available at WAT convoys
(external link)
Aug. 5 Curacao Trinidad Aug. 6 WAT 10 Curacao to Trinidad.
Convoy available at link above
Aug. 10 Trinidad Capetown Sept. 1 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(agrees w/Page 3).
Sept. 4 Capetown Abadan Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 25 Abadan Durban Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 14 Durban Capetown Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 27 Capetown Abadan Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 16 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 22 Bandar Abbas Bombay Nov. 29 PB 13 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 4 Bombay Abadan Dec. 10 BP 61 A. Hague says:
Independent from Bandar Abbas.
Convoy available via link above
Dec. 12 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Dec. 16 Bandar Abbas PA 15 Detached Dec. 20.
Convoy available via link above
Dec. 20 Detached from PA 15 Durban Jan. 2-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 10 Durban Abadan Jan. 27 Independent
Jan. 30 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Febr. 4 Bandar Abbas PA 23 For Capetown.
Detached Febr. 7.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Febr. 7 Detached from PA 23 Capetown Febr. 28 Independent
Apr. 9 Capetown Durban Apr. 13 CD 13 Convoy available via link above
May 9 Durban DN 37 Dispersed May 11.
Convoy available via link above
May 11 Dispersed from DN 37 Abadan May 26 Independent
May 29 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
June 2 Bandar Abbas Aden June 9 PA 40 Convoy available via link above
June 9 Aden Suez June 14 Independent Missing movements, Page 3
Aug. 26 Suez Massawa Aug. 30 Independent A. Hague says:
After repairs to auxiliaries
Sept. 5 Massawa Aden Sept. 7 Independent
* Sept. 8 Aden Bandar Abbas Sept. 14 AP 44 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
* Sept. 9 Aden Abadan Sept. 16 Independent Possibly overtook & joined AP 44
*Convoy AP 44 (external link) did start out in Aden on Sept. 8 and arrived Bandar Abbas on the 14th, but Havkong left Aden a day later, and as Hague suggests, may have been able to overtake and join the convoy. She was bound for Abadan - in other words, the first entry above can be ignored. Again, see Page 3.
Sept. 18 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Sept. 24 Bandar Abbas Aden Oct. 1 PA 54
Oct. 1 Aden Suez Oct. 6 Independent Missing movements, Page 3
Oct. 12 Suez Massawa Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 22 Massawa Aden Oct. 24 Independent
Oct. 25 Aden Abadan Nov. 3 AP 50
Nov. 17 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Nov. 19 Bandar Abbas Bombay Nov. 26 PB 64 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 6 Bombay BP 105A Dispersed Dec. 11.
Convoy available via link above
Dec. 11 Dispersed from BP 105A Abadan Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 15 Abadan Bombay Dec. 24 Independent A. Hague says:
To drydock & refit at Bombay
(See also Page 4)
1944 Jan. 21 Bombay Abadan Jan. 26 Independent
Jan. 28 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Febr. 8 Bandar Abbas Aden Febr. 16 PA 68 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Febr. 16 Aden Suez Febr. 21 Independent Left Suez same day
(Page 4).
Febr. 24 Port Said Augusta March 1 GUS 32 Port Said to Augusta.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
March 5 Augusta Algiers March 10 MKS 42 Augusta to Algiers.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
March 15 Algiers New York City Apr. 3 GUS 33 Algiers to USA.
Arrived after collision
June 2 New York City Loch Ewe June 19 HX 294 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges.
See also narrative below
June 20 Loch Ewe Scapa Flow June 21 WN 597 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 23 Scapa Flow Loch Ewe June 24 Escorted
June 25 Loch Ewe New York City July 11 ON 242 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 14 New York City Baltimore July 15 Independent
July 29 Baltimore Philadelphia July 29 Independent
July 31 Philadelphia New York City Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 4 New York City Clyde Aug. 16 HX 302 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges.
Missing movements, Page 4
Aug. 24 Clyde Philadelphia Sept. 8 ON 250 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Sept. 9 Philadelphia New York City Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 13 New York City Falmouth Sept. 27 HX 308 Escort Oiler
Sept. 28 Falmouth Southampton Sept. 29 EBC 116 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 29 Southampton Portsmouth Sept. 30 Independent
Oct. 3 Portsmouth Milford Haven Oct. 6 FBC 101 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Oct. 8 Milford Haven Philadelphia Oct. 25 ON 258 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 26 Philadelphia New York City Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 30 New York City Swansea Nov. 12 HX 317 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
Nov. 14 Swansea Clyde Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 19 Clyde New York City Dec. 5 ON 267 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Dec. 9 New York City Clyde Dec. 23 HX 325 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
Missing movements, Page 5
Dec. 29 Clyde New York City Jan. 13-1945 ON 275 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
1945 Febr. 12 New York City New York City Febr. 12 HX 338 Returned
(see also narrative below)
March 14 New York City Portsmouth March 29 HX 344 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
(left Portsmouth March 31).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Apr. 3 Solent New York City Apr. 20 ON 294 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 23 New York City Londonderry May 9 HX 352 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
May 12 Londonderry New York City May 27 ON 302 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 30 New York City Liverpool June 12 Independent Missing movements, Page 5
June 15 Liverpool Curacao Independent Page 5 gives arrival July 4
July 7 Curacao Cape Verdes July 17 Independent
July 23 Cape Verdes Trinidad July 30 Independent
Aug. 1 Trinidad Cape Verdes Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 16 Cape Verdes Trinidad Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 25 Trinidad Cape Verdes Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 9 Cape Verdes Trinidad Sept. 16 Independent
Sept. 19 Trinidad Cape Verdes Sept. 28 Independent
Oct. 2 Cape Verdes Trinidad Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 13 Trinidad Gibraltar Oct. 26 Independent
Oct. 29 Gibraltar Curacao Independent Page 5 gives arrival Nov. 11
Nov. 14 Curacao Liverpool* Dec. 2 Independent *Stanlow
Dec. 5 Liverpool* Aruba Dec. 22 Independent *Stanlow
Dec. 24 Aruba Liverpool Jan. 12-1946 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 5 & Page 6

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Havkong was on her way from Nagasaki to Los Angeles when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Her 1941 voyages alo start on this document.

In July-1941, she's listed as sailing in Convoy HX 141, which left Halifax on July 27 and arrived Liverpool Aug. 11. Havkong later proceeded to Stanlow, with arrival Aug. 14. She returned across the Atlantic in Convoy ON 9, leaving Liverpool on Aug. 20 (Inger was sunk - follow the link for details). Havkong arrived New York on Sept. 3, the convoy having been dispersed Aug. 25. On Sept. 16, she headed back in the other direction again with Convoy HX 150 from Halifax (station 84) along with the Norwegian Fenris, Solfonn, Heina, Garonne, Thorshavet, Topdalsfjord, Varanger (returned), Braganza and Boreas. Havkong arrived Avonmouth, via Belfast Lough, on Oct. 3. Some of the ships from HX 150, including Havkong, subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ON 26 later that month, Havkong sailing in station 34, arriving Houston on Nov. 8 - see Page 2. On Nov. 21, we find her in Convoy HX 161, together with the Norwegian Solfonn, Stigstad, Havprins, Vav, Nueva Andalucia, and others. Havkong arrived Avonmouth on Dec. 9. She made one more Trans-Atlantic voyage that year, and this was made with the westbound Convoy ON 48*, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 19-1941 and dispersed on the 31st, Havkong arriving New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Jan. 8-1942.

On Jan. 26-1942, she's listed among the ships in Convoy HX 172 from Halifax, and arrived Swansea, via Belfast Lough, on Febr. 11. She now appears in station 25 of Convoy OS 20, voyaging from Milford to Houston in ballast. See the external link within the above record for more convoy details. This was a Freetown bound convoy, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 22 and arrived Freetown March 12 (Charles Racine was sunk - Høegh Scout, Jenny and Sandar are also listed), but Havkong had parted company on March 1 in order to proceed to the U.S. According to Page 2, she arrived Galveston on March 17, remaining there for a month before proceeding to Corpus Christi on Apr. 16, then on to Freetown. From there, she joined Convoy SL 111/SLF 111 on May 24, together with Petter II, Sandanger, Skandinavia and Solsten. Again, see the link in the table above. She was in the fast section of the convoy (SLF) which detached on June 8 and arrived Liverpool on the 13th; Havkong, cargo of gas oil, stopped at Belfast Lough that day, before continuing to Heysham. She subsequently joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 107*, which departed Liverpool on June 26 and dispersed July 9, Havkong arriving New York the next day.

The rest of her 1942 voyages are shown on Page 2 and Page 3. The latter document also has her 1943 voyages; convoy information for some of them can be found in A. Hague's Voyage Record. As can bee seen, she appears to have spent quite a long time in Cape Town at the beginning of 1943; she had arrived there on Febr. 28 and did not leave again until Apr. 9 (for Durban). The reason for this long stay is not known. She also spent almost a month in Durban. Similarly, there's quite a long gap in her voyages for that summer. According to Page 3, she had arrived Port Said on June 16 and departure is given as Aug. 26. For this period, A. Hague has a note saying "After repairs to auxiliaries".

In Sept.-1943, I have her in Convoy PA 54 / PB 57, in station 62 of the PA convoy. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Torborg, Norfjell, Norfold, Ima and Europe. Going back to Page 3 we learn that she had left Bandar Abbas on Sept. 24 and arrived Aden Oct. 1. Later that month, she shows up in Convoy AP 50 / AB 18 (station 42 of AP 50), together with Egerø, Heimvard and Kong Sverrre. She arrived Abadan on Nov. 3. According to A. Hague, she went into dry dock in Bombay at the end of that year, departing Bombay again on Jan.-21-1944.

Skipping now to March-1944, when she's mentioned in Convoy GUS 33, which had left Port Said on March 5 and arrived Hampton Roads on Apr. 4, but many ships had other destinations and left the convoy, while others joined along the way. In fact, Havkong is said to have joined from Algiers and arrived New York Apr. 3 (she had previously arrived Algiers from Augusta with Convoy MKS 42*) - see also Page 4. According to A. Hague, she arrived New York following a collision; I have no further details on this, but she subsequently spent 2 months in New York, possibly for repairs? She had been scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 293 on May 27 (Commodore in Samuel Bakke), but instead joined the next convoy on June 2, HX 294 (serving as Escort Oiler, also carrying 60 depth charges), and arrived Loch Ewe on June 19, continuing to Scapa Flow the next day. The Commodore for this convoy had been in Abraham Lincoln, while the Vice Commodore was in Geisha. Havkong headed back to New York again a few days later, having joined Convoy ON 242*, which originated in Liverpool on June 25 and arrived New York July 11 (Havkong joined from Loch Ewe, and again served as Escort Oiler - Vice Commodore was in Samuel Bakke). She returned across the ocean the following month in Convoy HX 302 from New York (Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges), bound for Clyde, arriving Aug. 16, later proceeding to Bowling, where she arrived on the 19th. A few days later, she joined the westbound Convoy ON 250*, in order to sail to Philadelphia, where she arrived Sept. 8 (convoy had originated in Liverpool on Aug. 24 and arrived New York Sept. 7, Commodore in Samuel Bakke - Havkong joined from Clyde, and had again acted as Escort Oiler).

On Sept. 13, we find her in Convoy HX 308 from New York, bound for Falmouth, Southampton and Portsmouth - again, see Page 4. Vice Commodore was in Villanger. Havkong later joined the westbound Convoy ON 258*, which started out from Southend on Oct. 6 and arrived New York Oct. 24; Havkong sailed from Milford Haven Oct. 8 and arrived Philadelphia on the 25th, starting on her return voyage on Oct. 30 in Convoy HX 317 from New York, bound for Swansea and Clyde, again acting as Escort Oiler and carrying depth charges on board. She arrived Swansea on Nov. 12, Clyde on the 15th - see Page 5. She left Clyde again already on Nov. 19, joining the westbound Convoy ON 267*, arriving New York Dec. 5 (Escort Oiler), and just 4 days later, she's listed in Convoy HX 325 (Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges). She arrived Bowling, via Clyde, on Dec. 26. Before that year was over, she commenced on another voyage to New York, having joined Convoy ON 275*, and arrived New York on Jan. 13-1945 (Escort Oiler), subsequently remaining there for a month.

She joined the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 338 on Febr. 12-1945, but returned to New York and was scheduled for the next convoy on Febr. 17, HX 339, but again did not sail. She does not show up again until Convoy HX 344* on March 14, for which Topdalsfjord served as Commodore Vessel. Havkong again acted as Escort Oiler, also carrying 60 depth charges, and arrived Portsmouth on March 29, returning to New York with Convoy ON 294*, which originated at Southend on Apr. 1 and arrived New York Apr. 20. Acanthus and Buttercup are named among the escorts (see ON Convoy Escorts), and Havkong served as Escort Oiler. Already on Apr. 23, we find her in Convoy HX 352* from New York. She arrived Londonderry on May 9, departing again on May 12, joining Convoy ON 302*, which had sailed from Liverpool May 12 and was dispersed on the 27th, Havkong arriving New York that same day. When she went back to the U.K. a few days later, no convoy was necessary.

Page 5 shows the rest of her 1945 voyages as well as some early 1946 voyages, while others are listed on Page 6.

* The ON convoys mentioned here also had several other Norwegian ships. The 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 are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The entire HX series will also be updated and completed, but for now, please go to ships in all HX convoys for the names of other ships sailing in HX 344 and HX 352 mentioned above. Names of other ships in MKS 42 can be found at ships in all MKS convoys (will also be added to its own individual page).

For more information on all the other Norwegian ships named here, please see the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in 1955 to H. Angel Olsen, Oslo, owned from Jan.-1957 by Skips-A/S Alida (H. Angel Olsen), Harstad, renamed Angela. Sold to Frank Rijsdijk's Industriel Ondernemingen, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands, and arrived Rotterdam on June 3-1959 in tow of the Dutch tug Elbe on way up-river to the Rijsdijk yard (for breaking up).

Back to Havkong on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Other ships by this name: Another Havkong was delivered to A/S Havprins (P. Meyer), Oslo in Oct.-1959, built by Götaverken, Gothenburg, 26 574 gt. Sold to owners in Monrovia in 1968 and given the name Michael, broken up in 1978. The name Havkong was again used in 1973, when a new ship was delivered in May that year to A/S Havtor (P. Meyer), Oslo, 125 972 gt, built in Kiel. Sold in 1976 to owners in Monrovia, renamed World Recovery, later went to owners in Piræus (1990). Broken up 1994. A/S Havtor managed a ship named Havkong in the 1980's, originally delivered at Galconda to owners in London in Sept.-1978, built in Germany, 34 893 gt. Renamed Havkong in 1987 (A/S Havtor), registered in Bermuda. Have since had various owners.


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