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M/S Hermion
Updated Oct. 18-2011

To Hermion on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Source: Iris Aamot - whose husband was cook on board during the war.
More pictures are available on this external page.

Manager: Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen.
5202 gt.

Built in Vegesack in 1937.

From Sept.-1937 to Sept.-1939 on charter to Kawasaki Kisen KK, Kobe, Japan.
From June-1941 to April-1946 under control of Australian government and managed by Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London.

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message from Cook Hans Hansen Aamot's wife in Australia. He served on Hermion after having taken part in M/S Lidvard's incredible escape. She's interested in getting in touch with someone who knew him, either on Lidvard or on Hermion.
Another Guestbook message from the son of Olav Rye Winger (who served as 2nd mate and radio operator on Hermion from Sept.-1938 till Sept.-1942, then joined Agnes). A few days later he posted this message.
Guestbook message - From the daughter of the above Olav Rye Winger who settled in Adelaide, Australia after the war. She says that Hans Knapstad and Sverre Anderson, who were also part of the crew, also settled in Adelaide.
Guestbook message from a Norwegian relative of the above.
Yet another message - From the nephew of Rolland Ritter, who is said to have died of smallpox on board Hermion.
Guestbook message from a relative of Assistant Steward Ian Walter Munchenberg, who served on Hermion but died of smallpox - ref. narrative below.

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 Febr.-1941 to Nov.-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 several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Febr. 27 Melbourne Aden Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded Australian waters.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
March 24 Aden Suez March 30 BN 21 Convoy available at BN 21
(external link)
May 19 Suez Kosseir Independent
May 23 Kosseir Colombo June 5 Independent
June 5 Colombo Fremantle June 18 Independent A. Hague says:
Australian coast to Nov.-1941
June 18 Fremantle Adelaide June 24 Independent Missing voyages, Page 2
Dec. 5 Colombo Aden Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 15 Aden Suez Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 31 Port Said Haifa Jan. 1-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 6 Haifa Port Said Jan. 7 Independent On to Suez Jan. 16
(Page 2).
Jan. 18 Suez Aden Jan. 23 Independent
Jan. 24 Aden Colombo Jan. 31 Independent
Febr. 3 Colombo Oosthaven Febr. 14 JS 1 Convoy available at JS 1
(external link)
Febr. 15 Oosthaven Fremantle Febr. 23 Independent See also Page 2
Febr. 24 Fremantle Adelaide Febr. 28 Independent
March 1 Adelaide Whyalla March 3 Independent
March 5 Whyalla Port Kembla March 10 Independent
March 12 Port Kembla Sydney, N.S.W. March 12 Independent
March 14 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. March 14 Independent
March 18 Newcastle, N.S.W. Adelaide March 23 Independent
March 25 Adelaide Whyalla March 26 Independent
March 27 Whyalla Newcastle, N.S.W. March 31 Independent
Apr. 4 Newcastle, N.S.W. Adelaide Apr. 9 Independent
Apr. 13 Adelaide Port Pirie Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 20 Port Pirie Adelaide Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 24 Adelaide Wellington May 1 Independent
May 8 Wellington Lyttleton May 8 Independent
May 16 Lyttleton Vancouver June 16 Independent
June 23 Vancouver San Francisco June 27 Independent
July 15 San Francisco Melbourne Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 25 Melbourne Adelaide Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 31 Adelaide Whyalla Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 2 Whyalla Melbourne Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 6 Melbourne Port Kembla Sept. 8 OC 24 Convoy available at OC 24
(external link)
Sept. 9 Port Kembla Newcastle, N.S.W. Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 11 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 17 Sydney, N.S.W. Suva Sept. 23 Independent
Oct. 30 Suva Auckland Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 12 Auckland Port Chalmers Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 20 Port Chalmers Newcastle, N.S.W. Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 27 Newcastle, N.S.W. Adelaide Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 4 Adelaide Whyalla Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 5 Whyalla Newcastle, N.S.W. Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 12 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 18 Sydney, N.S.W. Colombo Jan. 8-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 12 Colombo Calcutta Jan. 24 Independent See also Page 3
Febr. 2 Calcutta Colombo Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 16 Colombo Adelaide March 5 Independent
March 9 Adelaide Sydney, N.S.W. March 16* Independent *Page 4 gives arrival March 14.
March 22 Sydney, N.S.W. Port Kembla March 23 Independent
March 26 Port Kembla Port Pirie Apr. 1 Independent Notional sailing date
Apr. 6 Port Pirie Adelaide Apr. 6 Independent
Apr. 8 Adelaide Sydney, N.S.W. Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 28 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne May 1 Independent
May 4 Melbourne Bunbury May 11 Independent
May 13 Bunbury Basra June 6 Independent See also Page 4
July 2 Basra Khasab Bay Independent
July 4 Khasab Bay Aden July 13 PA 44 Convoy available at PA 44
(external link)
July 13 Aden Suez July 18 Independent Missing voyages, Page 4
Aug. 12 Suez* Aden Aug. 16 Independent *Compare w/Page 4
Aug. 17 Aden Hobart Sept. 15 Independent
Sept. 16 Hobart Melbourne Sept. 19 Independent
Sept. 20 Melbourne Geelong Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 29* Geelong Melbourne Sept. 29* Independent *Sept. 26? See Page 4
Oct. 4 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 7 OC 131 Convoy available at OC 131
(external link)
Oct. 9 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Oct. 12 GP 73/1 Convoy available at GP 73
(external link)
Oct. 19 Caloundra* Townsville Oct. 22 QL 22 *Brisbane.
Convoy available at QL 22
(external link)
Oct. 24 Townsville Port Moresby Oct. 28 TN 172 Convoy available at TN 172
(external link)
Nov. 3 Port Moresby Townsville Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 6 Townsville Mackay Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 9 Mackay Gladstone Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 11 Gladstone Brisbane Nov. 13 LQ 28 Convoy available at LQ 28
(external link)
Nov. 14 Caloundra* Newcastle, N.S.W. Nov. 16 PG 82 *Brisbane.
Convoy available at PG 82
(external link)
Nov. 25 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 29 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Nov. 29 Independent
Dec. 1 Newcastle, N.S.W. Melbourne Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 6 Melbourne Fremantle Dec. 13 Independent
1944 Jan. 4 Fremantle Colombo Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 31 Colombo Fremantle Febr. 12 Independent
Febr. 13 Fremantle Adelaide Febr. 18 Independent
Febr. 24 Adelaide Aden March 18 Independent
March 18 Aden Suez March 24 Independent
Apr. 3 Port Said* Alexandria Apr. 4 Independent *From Suez - see Page 5
Apr. 10 Alexandria Bone Apr. 17 MKS 46 Alexandria to Bone.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Apr. 20 Bone Port Said Apr. 27 On to Suez May 11
(Page 5).
May 11 Suez Aden May 16 Independent
May 17 Aden Hobart June 14 Independent
June 20 Hobart Melbourne June 22 Independent
July 30 Melbourne Fremantle Independent Page 5 gives arrival Aug. 6.
Aug. 8 Fremantle Colombo Aug. 23 Independent
Sept. 4 Colombo Fremantle Sept. 15 Independent
Sept. 17 Fremantle Adelaide Sept. 21 Independent
Sept. 30 Adelaide Fremantle Oct. 5 Independent
Oct. 7 Fremantle Aden Independent Page 5 gives arrival Oct. 25
Oct. 28* Aden Suez Oct. 31 Independent *Page 5 gives departure Oct. 26
(on to Port said Oct. 31).
Nov. 1 Port Said Alexandria Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 9 Alexandria Port Said Nov. 10 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 5 & Page 6

 WW II: 
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.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Hermion was on her way from Corner Brook to Kingston, Jamaica when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940.

She appears to have spent quite a long time at Suez the following year, having arrived there from Aden on March 30-1941. Departure is given as May 19 - see Page 2.

Hermion was one of the Norwegian ships involved in the search for survivors from the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney in Nov.-1941, but none were found. Herstein and Pan Europe were also involved, and according to this posting on my Ship Forum, Nordnes and Ohio also took part. Sydney had sunk, and had been sunk herself with the loss of all her men by the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran on Nov. 19 - the external websites that I've linked to at the end of this page have more information (survivors from the German cruiser had been rescued from rafts and lifeboats southwest of Carnarvon, West Australia by allied ships on Nov. 24). Going back to Page 2 above, we learn that Hermion had departed Melbourne on Nov. 16 and arrived Colombo Dec. 5.

Hermion was later part of Convoy JS 1, which was organized to move the Australian division in Palestine to Singapore early in the year of 1942 (see background history under Pan Europe above). The ships arrived Colombo at the end of January and continued east on Febr. 3, but en route it became clear that Singapore would fall to the Japanese forces, thereby also posing a threat to Sumatra, so it was decided to move reinforcements there instead. Hermion and 4 of the convoy's ships were rerouted to Oosthaven at the southern point of Sumatra (again, see Page 2), escorted by cruisers, while the Norwegian Prominent and the rest of Convoy JS 1 were sent to Batavia, arriving Febr. 14. A. Hague has also included Hai Lee in this convoy (also went to Oosthaven) - ref. link provided in the table above. (Hindanger was on her way from Suez to Rangoon with 250 British troops and equipment when Rangoon fell [March 8] and was rerouted to Bombay).

Her 1943 voyages start on Page 3 and continue on Page 4, which also shows some of her early 1944 voyages. Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record.

An Australian visitor to my website has informed me that one of Hermion's crew members, the 18 year old Seaman Harry Francis Willis is buried at Moascar War Cemetery in Egypt, having died on May 4-1944 (according to Page 5, Hermion was in Port Said on that date), and another, Assistant Steward I. W. Munchenberg is buried at Bone War Cemetery, Algeria, date of death Apr. 18-1944; said to have died in Port Said - see also this Guestbook message (Hermion was in Bone on that date). They are both commemorated at the Australian War Memorial - ref. external link provided below. Both had joined the ship in Australia; since Norway was occupied it became difficult to replace crew with Norwegians, so it was common to take on men of other nationalities. For a long time I had been trying to find out whether these men died of natural causes or whether anything war related happened to Hermion on the dates given, then Iris Aamot (the cook's wife, see her Guestbook message) told me the following:

"Have just been reading about the Hermion and very interested about the two boys who died and were buried in Egypt. I am wondering if they were the same boys that my husband Hans Aamot told me about many times. There were two boys from South Australia, I think they were galley boys when Hans was cook. When they were in the Persian Gulf the boys got smallpox. Everyone was frightened to look after them so Hans was the only one that helped them. He looked after them and was so sorry for them, but unfortunately they both died. Sounds very much like the same boys. Hans had been innoculated for smallpox back in Norway when he was young and always said that that saved him catching the smallpox from the boys. He didn't know who their family were and would have liked to have contacted them when he came back to Australia. He often spoke of them". Iris has told me that her husband Hans may have been Hermion's steward at that time, in other words, I. W. Munchenberg may have been his own assistant.

Note also that in this message in my Guestbook, there's mention of a Rolland Ritter, who is also said to have died of smallpox. According to the Australian War Memorial, he had served as mess boy on Hermion, and died in Alexandria on Apr. 21-1944 (again, ref. external link below). The archive document shows that Hermion was on her way from Bone to Port Said and Australia on that date.

Page 5 also lists Hermion's 1945 voyages, while Page 6 shows some early 1946 voyages.


During 1947-48 she was on charter to Wilh Wilhelmsen for Australian service. Sold in 1957 to Karl Gross, Brake, Germany, and renamed Adele Ohlrogge. Sold to Spanish breakers and arrived Puerto de Santa Maria on Dec. 17-1966 to be broken up.

Related external links:
The sinking of HMAS Sydney
History of MAS Sydney and several others.

HMAS Sydney Honour Roll - Names of her casualties.

The Fall of Malaya and Singapore

Commemorative Roll Database - (Australian War Memorial). By entering the names of Hermion's 3 crew members who died, with "Second World War, 1939-1945" in the other search field, more details will appear. Harry F. Willis is said to have died at 1st General Hospital, Middle East on May 4-1944. As already mentioned, cemetery is given as Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt. Assistant Steward Ian Walter Munchenberg is said to have died at Port Said on Apr. 18-1944 of smallpox, buried at Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria. Messboy Ronald Trevor Ritter is said to have died at Alexandria on Apr. 21-1944 (also of smallpox).

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

Other ships by this name: Norway had another ship named Hermion later on. Delivered as Høyanger to Westfal-Larsen & Co., Bergen in March-1959, built in Amsterdam, 9477 gt. Sold to Arne Teigens Rederi/Bruusgaard Kiøsteruds Rederi, Drammen in Apr.-1974, renamed Hermion. Taken over by p/r Hermion (Thoresen International), Drammen in 1977, then by Bruusgaard Kiøsteruds Skibs-A/S, Panama in 1981. In 1984 a Hermion was delivered to K/S A/S Hermion (Helge R. Myhre A/S), Oslo, built in Moss, 15 399 gt. Had various Norwegian managers until 2004 when she was sold to India and renamed Maharshi Shivatreya.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Misc. sources, incl. "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland and various E-mails from visitors to my website.


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