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M/S Helgøy
Updated Oct. 13-2011

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Manager: Erling H. Samuelsen, Oslo
5614 gt

Built by Burmeister & Wain's Maskin- og Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen, delivered in Aug.-1920 as Theodore Roosevelt for Fred Olsen & Co., Oslo. Owners became Erling H. Samuelsen I/S Rederi II A/S in Apr.-1936, renamed Helgøy.

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 Nov.-1945:

(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 listings are incomplete).

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 11 Rio Freetown Apr. 23 Independent See also Page 1
May 1 Freetown Falmouth Bay May 16 SL 30 Convoy available at SL 30
(external link)
May 22 Falmouth Bay Liverpool May 24 Independent
June 25 Liverpool OB 174 For New Orleans.
Dispersed 47N 21W, June 30.
Convoy available at OB 174
(external link)
June 30 Dispersed from OB 174 Kingston July 13 Independent
July 18 Kingston New Orleans July 23 Independent
Aug. 2 New Orleans Bermuda Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 15 Bermuda BHX 66 See link to HX 66 below
* Aug. 16 Halifax Clyde Aug. 30 HX 66
*HX 66 did leave Halifax on Aug. 16, but as A. Hague indicates, Helgøy joined with the Bermuda portion (BHX 66), which joined the main convoy on Aug. 20 - voyage should read as follows:
Aug. 20 Bermuda convoy joined main convoy Clyde Aug. 30 HX 66
Sept. 1 Clyde Liverpool Sept. 1 Independent
Dec. 14 Liverpool OB 259 Dispersed Dec. 17.
Convoy available at OB 259
(external link)
Dec. 17 Dispersed from OB 259 New York City Jan. 2-1941 Independent A. Hague says:
Requires propellor repairs
1941 Apr. 12 New York City Halifax Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 25 Halifax Liverpool May 13 HX 123 See also narrative below
May 18 Liverpool Clyde May 19 Independent
June 17 Clyde OB 336 For Montreal.
Dispersed June 23 (June 25?).
Convoy available at OB 336
(external link)
June 23 (25?) Dispersed from OB 336 Montreal July 3 Independent
July 15 Montreal Sydney, C.B. July 19 Independent
July 23 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Aug. 7 HX 140
Sept. 1 Liverpool Loch Ewe Sept. 5 ON 12 Put back
Sept. 7 Loch Ewe Liverpool Sept. 10 Independent For repairs
Oct. 2 Liverpool ON 22 For Montreal.
Detached Oct. 13.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 13 Detached from ON 22 Montreal Oct. 17 Independent
Nov. 4 Montreal Halifax Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 8 Halifax Belfast Lough Nov. 23 HX 159 A. Hague says:
Arrived in tow after engine room explosion
Arrived Belfast Nov. 27
(Page 1).
1942 *Febr. 28 Dispersed from ON 77 St. John, N.B. March 30 Independent
* The wrong date has been given; it should be March 28 and entry belongs further down - inserted there.
March 10 Belfast Clyde March 11 Independent
March 17 Clyde ON 77 Dispersed 43 41N 59 12W, March 28.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
* March. 28 Dispersed from ON 77 St. John, N.B. March 30 Independent
* Entry taken from above and date corrected
Apr. 12 St. John, N.B. Halifax Apr. 13 BX 6 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Apr. 14 Halifax Clyde Apr. 27 HX 185 See also Page 2
May 15 Clyde Halifax May 27 ON 95 For Sydney, C.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 29 Halifax Sydney, C.B. May 31 HS 7 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
June 2 Sydney, C.B. Father Point June 4 SQ 6 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2
June 17 Father Point Sydney, C.B. June 19 QS 10 Convoy available via link above
June 24 Sydney, C.B. Halifax June 26 SH 17 Convoy available at SH convoys
(external link)
June 29 Halifax Clyde July 10 HX 196
July 23 Clyde Loch Ewe July 24 Independent
July 26 Loch Ewe Methil July 28 WN 314 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
July 29 Methil Tyne July 29 FS 867 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 13 Tyne Methil Sept. 14 FN 811 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 16 Methil Loch Ewe Sept. 18 EN 138 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 18 Loch Ewe Halifax Oct. 1 ON 131 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 20 Halifax Belfast Lough Nov. 1 HX 212
Nov. 2 Belfast Lough Cardiff Nov. 4 BB 232 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Nov. 20 Cardiff Barry Roads Nov. 20 Independent
Nov. 21 Barry Roads Falmouth Nov. 22 WP 252 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
1943 May 27 Falmouth Fowey May 27 Independent
May 30 Fowey Milford Haven May 31 PW 346 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
May 31 Milford Haven Halifax June 13 ON 187 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 16 Halifax St. John, N.B. June 18 HF 60 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
July 12 St. John, N.B. Halifax July 14 FH 65 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
July 17 Halifax Clyde July 28 HX 248 Again, see also Page 2
Aug. 14 Clyde Halifax Aug. 25 ON 197 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 28 Halifax St. John, N.B. Aug. 29 HF 73 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
Sept. 3 St. John, N.B. New York City Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 22 New York City Hampton Roads Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 25 Hampton Roads Port Said Oct. 23 UGS 19 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez, same day
(Page 3).
Nov. 5 Suez Aden Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 11 Aden Beira Nov. 27 AKD 6 Aden to Beira.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 3 Beira Durban Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 17 Durban Aden Jan. 2-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 2 Aden Suez Jan. 7 Independent Arrived Port Said Jan. 9
(Page 3).
Jan. 10 Port Said Gibraltar Jan. 22 MKS 37 For U.K.
Febr. 1 Gibraltar MKS 38G Rendezvoused w/SL 147, Febr. 2.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Febr. 2 SL 147 & MKS 38 joined up Liverpool Febr. 14 SL 147/MKS 38 Convoy available at SL 147/MKS 38
(external link)
March 23 Liverpool New York City Apr. 7 ON 229 For Galveston.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 10 New York City Key West Apr. 17 NK 607 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
Apr. 17 Key West Galveston Bar Apr. 21 KH 515 (Stop at Key West not mentioned, Page 3).
Convoy available at KH convoys
(external link)
Apr. 29 Galveston Bar Pilottown May 1 HK 223 Galveston Bar to Pilottown.
Convoy available at HK convoys
(external link)
May 16 Pilottown Key West May 18 HK 229 Pilottown to Key West.
Convoy available at link above
May 18 Key West Gitmo May 21 KG 707 Convoy available at KG convoys
(external link)
May 22 Gitmo Trinidad May 28 GAT 137 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
May 30 Trinidad TJ 34 A. Hague says:
Detached independent to Capetown, June 18.
Convoy available at TJ convoys
(external link)
June 18 Detached from TJ 34 Capetown June 30 Independent
July 12 Capetown Lourenço Marques July 16 Independent
July 19 Lourenço Marques Beira July 21 Independent
July 27 Beira Aden Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 9 Aden Suez Aug. 15 Independent On to Port Said Aug. 16
(Page 3).
Aug. 17 Port Said Gibraltar Aug. 28 MKS 59 For UK.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Aug. 29 Gibraltar MKS 59G Rendezvoused w/SL 168, Aug. 30.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Aug. 30 SL 168 & MKS 59 joined up Falmouth* Sept. 6 SL 168/MKS 59 Convoy available at SL 168/MKS 59
(external link)
*Compare w/Page 3
Sept. 7 Falmouth St. Helens Roads Sept. 8 EBC 95 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Again, see Page 3
Sept. 8 St. Helens Roads Southend Sept. 9 FTM 1A Convoy available at FTM convoys
(external link)
Sept. 24 Southend Tyne Sept. 26 FN 1490 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 26 Tyne Southend Oct. 28 FS 1617 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 29 Southend New York City Nov. 15 ON 263 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 10 New York City Passed Gibraltar Dec. 27 UGS 63 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 27 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Jan. 5-1945 Independent Arrvied Suez Jan. 6
(Page 3).
1945 Jan. 6 Suez Aden Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 14 Aden Colombo Jan. 23 Independent
Jan. 25 Colombo Madras Jan. 28 Independent
Febr. 13 Madras Calcutta Febr. 17 Independent
March 21 Calcutta Colombo March 27 Independent
March 28 Colombo Melbourne Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 28 Melbourne Port Pirie May 1 Independent
May 6 Port Pirie Adelaide May 7 Independent
May 11 Adelaide Melbourne May 13 Independent
May 23 Melbourne Balboa Independent
July 3 Cristobal Avonmouth July 26 Independent
Sept. 3 Avonmouth Bahia Blanca Oct. 1 Independent
Oct. 19 Bahia Blanca Bergen Nov. 23 Independent See also Page 4

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those noted below, 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 documents received from the Norwegian archives, Helgøy was on her way from Buenos Aires to Oslo, Norway when the country was invaded by the Germans on Apr. 9-1940, but was diverted to Liverpool and arrived there, via Rio de Janeiro and Freetown, on May 24, having sailed in Convoy SL 30 from Freetown on May 1 - ref. link provided within the table above. A month later, she's listed, together with Ferncastle, Hird, Litiopa, Notos and Tautra, in Convoy OB 174, which left Liverpool on June 25 and dispersed on the 30th, Helgøy arriving Kingston, Jamaica on July 13, proceeding to New Orleans on the 18th, with arrival there on July 22. From New Orleans, she later headed to Bermuda, leaving again on Aug. 15 in the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 66 (the Norwegian Norne was sunk - follow the link for details). According to the Commodore's notes for HX 66, Helgøy lost touch with the convoy during the night of Aug. 24/25; she arrived Greenock on Aug. 30. She subsequently appears to have spent quite a long time in Liverpool. She had arrived there from Clyde on Sept. 1 and did not leave until Dec. 14, when she joined Convoy OB 259, along with Belinda, Dalfonn, Erviken (returned), Hørda, Idefjord, Leiesten, Taranger and Thorshavet. Helgøy arrived New York on Jan. 2-1941, the convoy having been dispersed on Dec. 17. She did not leave New York again until Apr. 12 - A. Hague says she had required propeller repairs. (The OB convoys mentioned here are availabale via the links provided within the table above).

She was scheduled for Convoy HX 121 from Halifax to the U.K. on Apr. 16-1941, but did not sail (Caledonia was sunk - follow link for info). She was also cancelled from HX 122, bound for Liverpool with a general cargo, supercargo and 6 bombers, but eventually got away with HX 123 on Apr. 25 and arrived Liverpool on May 13 - see also the cruising order/Commodore's notes (the Commodore names Helgøy among the ships that were "inclined to drop back at night and in spite of signals made little improvement" and adds that she was slow at signalling). In June she shows up, with destination Montreal, in Convoy OB 336, originating in Liverpool on June 15, dispersed June 25 - again, see link within the Voyage Record; Ravnefjell and Topdalsfjord are also listed. Helgøy arrived Montreal on July 3, having started out from Glasgow on June 16. She headed back to the U.K. on July 23 with Convoy HX 140, together with the Norwegian Skiensfjord (97), Boreas (16), Velox (56), Velma (96), Alaska (106), Stiklestad (95), Vardefjell (84), Evita (114), Olaf Bergh (124), Thorshov (83), Ferncastle (113), Bonneville (82), Thorshavet (43) and Madrono (112). Beth and Petter were also initially in this convoy but left due to engine problems. Helgøy joined from Sydney, C.B. (again, see Page 1).

She later joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 12, which left Liverpool on Sept. 1-1941, but she put back to Loch Ewe on Sept. 5, and does not show up again until ON 22* on Oct. 2. According to A. Hague, she had again required repairs, but I have no further info as to why. Her destination is given as Montreal and she arrived there on Oct. 17, having been detached from the convoy on the 13th. (Eglantine is named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts). She subsequently returned to the U.K. in Convoy HX 159 from Halifax on Nov. 8. A. Hague says that she arrived Belfast Lough in tow on Nov. 23 following an engine room explosion.

Going back to Page 1, we see that she did not leave Belfast until March 10/11-1942, at which time she proceeded to Clyde, and from there, she joined the westbound Convoy ON 77*, which had originated in Liverpool on March 17 and dispersed on the 28th, Helgøy arriving St. John, N.B. on March 30. The following month, we find her among the ships in Convoy HX 185 from Halifax, and in May, she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 95*, which originated in Liverpool on May 15. Helgøy sailed from Clyde that day and arrived Halifax on May 27, later continuing to Montreal, where she arrived, via Sydney, C.B., on June 5 - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2. She headed back across the Atlantic in Convoy HX 196 from Halifax at the end of June, and having made some voyages around the U.K. she joined the westbound Convoy ON 131*, in order to go back to Halifax, where she arrived Oct. 1, having sailed from Loch Ewe on Sept. 18 (it'll be noticed, when going back to the archive document, that she had spent several weeks at North Shields/Tyne that summer - more repairs?). Commodore for this convoy was in Abraham Lincoln. Helgøy left Halifax again on Oct. 20, joining Convoy HX 212, in which Kosmos II and others were sunk. Frontenac was also torpedoed - follow the links for more info. This time, Abraham Lincoln served as Vice Commodore. The Commodore's report is also available for this convoy, which had originated in New York on Oct. 18. Helgøy was bound for Cardiff with general cargo in station 114, arriving her destination, via Belfast Lough, on Nov. 4.

She now appears to have spent a long time in Falmouth; she had arrived there from Cardiff on Nov. 22-1942 and departure is given as May 27-1943 - again, see Page 2. A few days later, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 187*, which originated in Liverpool on June 1 and arrived New York on the 15th; Helgøy sailed from Milford Haven on May 31 and arrived Halifax June 13. She returned in Convoy HX 248, which had originated in New York on July 15, but Helgøy, bound for Glasgow with general cargo, again joined from Halifax a few days later, together with the Norwegian California Express, Bajamar and Bañaderos. See also the Commodore's report. Helgøy arrived Glasgow on July 29. The following month, we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 197*, which started out in Liverpool on Aug. 14 and arrived New York on the 28th; Helgøy joined from Clyde and was bound for St. John, N.B., where she arrived, via Halifax, on Aug. 29 - see Page 2 and Page 3. She later proceeded to New York and Hampton Roads, and from the U.S., she now headed to Port Said. A. Hague's Voyage Record has convoy information for some of her subsequent voyages.

She was scheduled to sail to the U.K. in Convoy MKS 37 from Gibraltar on Jan. 22-1944, but is crossed out on the form, though according to A. Hague she did take part in this convoy from Port Said as far as Gibraltar, having left Port Said on Jan. 10 - see the 2nd table on my page about this convoy. To complete her voyage to the U.K., she joined the next convoy, MKS 38*, departing Gibraltar on Febr. 1. This convoy joined up with the Freetown Convoy SL 147 the next day and arrived Liverpool on Febr. 14 - see link in the table above, Germa, Jenny, Norefjord, Norelg and Sirehei are also named.

She now headed to the U.S. again, having joined Convoy ON 229*, departing Liverpool on March 23-1944, arriving New York Apr. 7. Acanthus and Eglantine are named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 3, while convoy info for some of them can be found in the table above.

Skipping now to Aug. 17-1944, when she's listed in Convoy MKS 59* from Port Said. From Gibraltar, the convoy joined up with Convoy SL 168 from Freetown on Aug. 30, before continuing to the U.K. as the combined Convoy SL 168/MKS 59 (link in Voyage Record). Helgøy later went to New York again, having joined Convoy ON 263*, departing Southend on Oct. 29, arriving New York Nov. 15 (Commodore in Samuel Bakke). From New York, she again headed to Port Said the following month, arriving Jan. 5-1945. The rest of her voyages are shown on Page 3 and Page 4.

Marek Twardowski, Poland has told me she was damaged in a collision at some point during the war - I have no further info on that.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys Section in due course; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. As will be seen, they all had several Norwegian ships. See ships in all MKS convoys for more info on MKS 38 and MKS 59.

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


Purchased by GAL in Aug.-1950 and renamed Mikolaj Rej. Transferred to PLO, Gdynia Jan. 1-1951. Chartered to Chipolbrok (joint Polish-Chinese shipping company) June-1951. Grounded in Suez Canal on Apr. 13-1954 whilst on voyage from Taku Bar, India, to Gdynia. Refloated by use of local tugs and towed to Great Bitter Lake. Sold in 1960 to PR of China and renamed Nan Hai 148. Presumed broken up 1970.

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

Other ships by this name: Norway had another, much smaller Helgøy after the war, delivered in Dec.-1951 from A/S Seutelvens Verksted, Fredrikstad as Helgøy to Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, 285 gt, local passenger/cargo vessel. Sold in June-1972 (Åsmund Bjørkmo, Kvaløsletta near Tromsø), converted to refrigerated cargo vessel at Svolvær, renamed Polar Trans upon completion in March-1974. Sold in 1980 to Curaçao, registered in Anquilla and in service in the Caribbean, still around in 1995 (199 gt). Another Helgøy was built for Troms Fylkes D/S in 1978, 476 gt, still in service in 1996. (Info from company fleet list, Finn R. Hansen).

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Misc. sources. Pre war and post war details were received from Marek Twardowski, a Polish visitor to my website.


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