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M/T Høegh Hood
Updated Oct. 25-2011

To Høegh Hood on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Source: Scanned from Leif Høegh & Co,'s fleet list and added to this website with the company's permission.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to make it larger).

Manager: Leif Høegh & Co. A/S, Oslo
9351 gt, 5652 net, 14 640 tdwt.
Dimensions: 485' 9" x 65' 8".
Machinery: 7-cyl. four-stroke cycle single acting oil engine by Burmeister & Wain, Copenahgen.

Completed in Dec.-1936 by Odense Staalskibsværft, Odense, Denmark. Managed during the war by British Tanker Co. Ltd., London.

Captain: Gustav Saanum. A visitor to my site, George Monk, has told me that the captain recived the British award Hon OBE(Civ) = "Honour of the British Empire" - his source: Seedies List of awards to the British Merchant Navy which includes awards to Allied merchant seamen.

Related item on this website:
A Guestbook message from the son of Rufus Donald Symons, who served on this ship (as well as Norden and Honningsvaag - later Tarn and Hiram, post war). He's interested in getting in touch with someone who served with his dad. His E-mail address can be obtained by contacting me (address at the bottom of this page).

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
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 Apr.-1940 to July-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
1940 Apr. 18 Capetown Abadan May 7 Independent Had arrived Capetown Apr. 9.
See Page 1
May 8 Abadan Capetown May 29 Independent
June 1 Capetown Abadan June 20 Independent
June 26 Abadan Bahrein June 27 Independent
June 27 Bahrein Karachi July 1 Independent
July 6 Karachi Bombay July 9 Independent
July 17 Bombay Suez Aug. 6 BN 2 Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 23 Port Said Alexandria Aug. 24 Independent
Oct. 10 Alexandria Haifa Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 22 Haifa Alexandria Oct. 24 Independent
Nov. 7 Alexandria Haifa Independent
Nov. 11 Alexandria Port Said Nov. 12 Independent
Nov. 14 Port Said Alexandria Nov. 15 Independent
Dec. 16 Alexandria Malta Dec. 21 MW 5B Convoy available via this page
(external link)
1941 Jan. 10 Malta Port Said Jan. 14 ME 6 Convoy available via link above
(voyage not included, Page 1).
Jan. 19 Suez BS 13 For Abadan.
Dispersed Jan. 27.
Convoy available via link above
Jan. 27 Dispersed from BS 13 Abadan Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 6 Abadan Aden Febr. 14 Independent
Febr. 17 Aden Suez Febr. 22 BNF 2 Convoy available via link above
Apr. 18 Port Said* Alexandria Apr. 19 Independent *From Suez
(Page 1).
May 5 Alexandria Malta May 9 MW 7B Convoy available via this page
(external link).
See also narrative below
July 23 Malta Gibraltar July 27 MG 1A Arrived damaged
(see narrative below).
Convoy available via link above.
See also Page 1 & Page 2
1942 March 5 Gibraltar Escorted Detached independent, March 9
March 9 Detached from escort Galveston March 29 Independent
May 28 Galveston Texas City May 28 Independent
May 31 Texas City Key West June 3 Independent
June 5 Key West Hampton Roads June 10 KN 107 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
June 12 Hampton Roads New York City June 13 Independent
June 17 New York City Cape Cod Canal Independent
June 19 Cape Cod Bay Halifax June 21 BX 25B Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
June 29 Halifax Loch Ewe July 10 HX 196
July 11 Loch Ewe Scapa Flow July 12 WN 308 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
July 23 Lyness Loch Ewe July 24 EN 114 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
July 24 Loch Ewe Halifax Aug. 6 ON 115 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 12 Halifax Curacao Aug. 22 HA 3 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
Aug. 25 Curacao Key West(?) Aug. 31 TAW 15C From Curacao.
Convoy available at TAW convoys
(external link)
Aug. 31 Gitmo Cristobal Sept. 3 GZ 1 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Sept. 5 Balboa Capetown Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 18 Capetown Abadan Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 11 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Nov. 16 Bandar Abbas Aden Nov. 23 PA 11 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Nov. 26 Aden Bandar Abbas Dec. 2 AP 8 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Dec. 2 Bandar Abbas Abadan Dec. 4 Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 2).
Dec. 6 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Dec. 10 Bandar Abbas Aden Dec. 16 PA 14 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 21 Aden Bandar Abbas Dec. 28 AP 10 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Dec. 28 Bandar Abbas Abadan Dec. 31 Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 2).
1943 Jan. 5 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent Notional sailing date
Jan. 11 Bandar Abbas Aden Jan. 18 PA 19 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Jan. 22 Aden Bandar Abbas Jan. 28 AP 14 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Jan. 28 Bandar Abbas Abadan Jan. 30 Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 2).
Febr. 1 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Febr. 4 Bandar Abbas PA 23 For Durban.
Detached Febr. 7.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Febr. 7 Detached from PA 23 Durban Febr. 25 Independent
March 13 Durban DN 24 Dispersed March 15.
Convoy available via link above
March 15 Dispersed from DN 24 Abadan Apr. 4 Independent
Apr. 6 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Apr. 10 Bandar Abbas Bombay Apr. 17 PB 35 Convoy available via link above
* June 3 Bombay Abadan June 10 BP 82 A. Hague says:
Probably with this convoy.
Available via link above
* June 4 Bombay Abadan June 10 Independent
*One of the above 2 entries should probably be deleted. According to Page 2, Høegh Hood sailed from Bombay on June 4.
June 11 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
June 18 Bandar Abbas PA 42 For Durban.
Detached June 20.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
June 20 Detached from PA 42 Durban July 7 Independent
July 16 Durban DN 52 Dispersed 34 02S 37 40E, July 18.
Convoy available via link above
July 18 Dispersed from DN 52 Abadan Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 7 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Aug. 13 Bandar Abbas PA 49 Detached Aug. 15.
Convoy available via link above
Aug. 15 Detached from PA 49 Durban Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 9 Durban DN 60 Detached Sept. 12.
Convoy available via link above
Sept. 12 Detached from DN 60 Abadan Sept. 28 Independent
Sept. 30 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Oct. 2 Bandar Abbas PB 58 Detached Oct. 8.
Convoy available via link above
Oct. 8 Detached from PB 58 Fremantle Oct. 27 Independent
Dec. 1 Fremantle Esperance Bay Dec. 3 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date.
Page 3 gives Nov. 30.
Dec. 6 Esperance Bay Fremantle Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 21 Fremantle Abadan Jan. 13-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 15 Abadan Aden Jan. 23 Independent
Jan. 23 Aden Suez Jan. 29 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 3).
Febr. 4 Port Said Augusta Febr. 10 GUS 30 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 24 Augusta Algiers Febr. 28 MKS 41 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
March 5 Algiers New York City March 23 GUS 32 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 1 New York City Baltimore Apr. 2 Independent
May 9 Baltimore Norfolk, VA May 9 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 Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
June 22 Algiers Philadelphia July 10 GUS 43 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
July 13 Philadelphia New York City July 13 Independent
July 17 New York City Liverpool Aug. 3 HX 300 On to Milford Haven, next day
(Page 3).
Aug. 4 Milford Haven Devonport Aug. 6 EBC 63 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3.
Aug. 11 Devonport Belfast Lough Aug. 13 A. Hague says:
Convoy Devonport to Milford Haven(?) unknown.
Aug. 18 Belfast Lough New York City Sept. 2 ON 249 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Sept. 7 New York City NK 637 Detached Sept. 13.
Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
Sept. 13 Detached from NK 637 Texas City Sept. 15 Independent
Sept. 16 Texas City Key West Sept. 20 HK 279 Convoy available at HK convoys
(external link)
Sept. 20 Key West New York City Sept. 28 KN 339 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 1 New York City Texas City Oct. 8 Independent
Oct. 10 Galveston Hampton Roads Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 19 Hampton Roads Baytown Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 28 Baytown New York City Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 8 New York City Puerto la Cruz Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 17 Puerto la Cruz Philadelphia Nov. 26 Independent
Nov. 29 Philadelphia Mobile Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 8 Beaumont Philadelphia Dec. 15 Independent
Dec. 19 Philadelphia Galveston Dec. 25 Independent
1945 Jan. 21 Galveston New York City Jan. 28 Independent
Febr. 2 New York City Puerto la Cruz Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 12 Puerto la Cruz Delaware Capes Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 23 Delaware Capes Puerto la Cruz March 4 Independent
March 5 Puerto La Cruz Delaware Capes March 13 Independent
March 16 Delaware Capes Puerto la Cruz March 24 Independent
March 25 Puerto la Cruz Philadelphia March 29 Independent
Apr. 4 Philadelphia Curacao Apr. 12 Independent See also Page 4
Apr. 13 Curacao New York City Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 23 New York City Downs May 8 HX 352 Missing movements, Page 4 above.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
May 17 Downs New York City June 2 ON 303 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 5 New York City London June 19 Independent (See also Page 4).
June 21 London Fayal June 28 Independent
June 28 Fayal Puerto la Cruz Independent
July 8 Puerto la Cruz Curacao July 8 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Høegh Hood arrived Table Bay from Abadan on Apr. 9-1940, the day of the German invasion of Norway. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.

 Voyage to Malta – 1941: 
For information on earlier voyages, please see the archive document mentioned above and A. Hague's Voyage Record.

"Nortraships flåte" states that Høegh Hood was in one of two convoys that arrived Malta on May 9-1941 with oil, war materials and supplies for the British forces. The author, J. R. Hegland, says that one of the convoys had departed Gibraltar on May 6 and consisted of 5 British ships, 2 of which struck mines near Malta, 1 sank, all the rest reached their destination (this must have been Convoy Tiger - external link. Empire Song sank after having struck a mine. However, port of arrival was Alexandria, not Malta, and the date was May 12). The other convoy, given the designation MW 1* in this source, left Alexandria on May 6 escorted by Admiral Cunningham's forces and consisted of the Norwegian Talabot, Thermopylæ, Høegh Hood and Svenør, as well as the Danish Amerika (under MoWT control) and the British Settler. As the ships arrived, they were cheered by a large group of people; the Maltese were well aware of how dangerous the transport of the much needed supplies had been.

* It appears the author of "Nortraships flåte" has gotten the information somewhat "muddled up". For one ting, there was no Convoy MW 1 to Malta (the first MW convoy was MW 3 back in Nov.-1940). Also, I've been told by a visitor to my website that the convoy with the Norwegian ships was in two parts, which left Alexandria at different times but arrived Malta at the same time. He says Høegh Hood and Svenør were with the slower part, leaving Alexandria on May 5 (this was Convoy MW 7B, which agrees with Page 1 of the archive documents, stating that Høegh Hood left Alexandria on May 5 and arrived Malta May 9), while the other 4 ships were with a faster portion that left on May 6 (see Convoy MW 7A). He has also told me that the convoy arriving from Gibraltar (in other words, "Convoy Tiger" mentioned above) was not intended for Malta but for Alexandria. It was loaded with tanks that were used a few weeks later to launch an offensive against Rommel ("Operation Battleaxe" - see this external page).

"Nortraships flåte" further states that during the approx. 3 months the 6 ships were forced to remain in Malta (because of the danger involved in leaving), the island endured no less than 300 air attacks. While there, the ships were camouflaged with red and white diagonal stripes, like the Italian merchant ships. In Gibraltar, Admiral Somerville's battle fleet was reinforced with the addition of the battle ship Nelson and 3 cruisers, and Admiral Cunningham's forces were sent from Alexandria in an effort to get the attention away from another Malta convoy consisting of 6 British ships which left Gibraltar on July 21 (Convoy GM 1?). Two days later, on July 23 the 6 ships that had been waiting in Malta were given the order to leave, all of them under the Italian flag, and with no escort whatsoever, according to Hegland (Convoy MG 1A). The hope was that the enemy would concentrate on the battle fleets in the west and east, which also came to pass ("Operation Substance" - scroll down on this external page; see also this external page).

Høegh Hood arrived Gibraltar on July 27, though not without damage. Both the eastbound and the westbound convoys had been attacked during the crossings, but all the ships in both convoys made it to their respective destinations. Høegh Hood was hit by a torpedo* on the port side in tank No. 1, leaving a large hole in her side, but no one was injured and she could proceed at reduced speed, arriving Gibraltar as the last ship. The torpedo damage was temporarily repaired, before she continued to Galveston, Texas for further repairs (going back to Page 1, as well as Page 2, we learn that this voyage to Galveston did not take place until March-1942, Høegh Hood having remained in Gibraltar since July-1941. She left Gibraltar on March 5-1942 and arrived Galveston on the 29th).

*Leif Høegh's fleet list claims she was heavily damaged by air torpedo in June-1941, but this date must be an error. According to a message in my Guestbook, Høegh Hood's damage (by an Italian air torpedo) occurred on July 24-1941. See also a more recent Guestbook message, posted by Edgar Merrey, who was a gunner on bord at the time, and who says they were hit by 2 torpedoes. He has sent me the pilot's report, which says the following (I received it in a translated English version, the original is in Italian):

"In response to your letter dated 10 April, that you sent to the Commander 14 Stormo. The petrol tanker was torpedoed on 24/7/41 by aircraft from 280 Sqn and not 278 Sqn. Attached is a photocopy of the combat report raised by Capt. Amedeo Mojoli. The 280 Sqn aircraft were SM 79's and were based at Cagliari Elmas airfield in Sardinia.

Information on the attack:

a) Date of attack – 24 July 1941
b) Type of attack – Torpedo
c) Targets – 1 Auxilliary cruiser 7000 tonnes, 1 Petrol tanker 15000 tonnes
Position – 37-28, 270, 9.37
d) Parent base of aircraft – Elmas
e) Time of departure from parent base – 16:25
f) Number of aircraft – 3 x SM 79 aircraft from 280 Sqn
g) Name of Commander of formation – Capt. Amedeo Mojoli
h) Weather conditions on route – V. Good
i) Flight level – 500-100-40-500
j) Time of arrival on target – 18:00
m) Weather condition on target – V. Good
n) Total height at target – (none entered)
o) Number of aircraft arrived on target – 3
p) Type of formation – Patrol
q) Ammunition used – 3 x Torpedoes against Petrol tanker and Cruiser
r) Result of the attack – 2 Torpedoes struck the petrol tanker on the left side of the bow section. The petrol tanker leaned violently to the right and then drifted very strongly to the left while sinking slowly.
s) Reaction from the air – nil
t) Reaction – 2 canons fired from the auxilliary cruiser
u) Defensive action – 2 machine guns fired from both ships.
v) Time of return to base – 19:25
z) Number of aircraft returned – 3
Particular Event – The petrol tanker and cruiser hoisted the Italian flag and when the aircraft approached a green flare was fired from the ship.

(As mentioned, Høegh Hood arrived Gibraltar on July 27 for repairs, later continuing to Galveston).

 Misc. other voyages: 
Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

As already mentioned, Høegh Hood had arrived the U.S. from Gibraltar at the end of March-1942 for repairs of the torpedo damage. She did not leave Galveston again until May 28, when she proceeded to Texas City, then on to Key West, Hampton Roads and New York. In June, she headed to Halifax in order to join Convoy HX 196 to the U.K. on June 29. She subsequently returned to Halifax with the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 115*, which originated in Liverpool on July 24. She arrived Halifax on Aug. 6, having started out from Loch Ewe. The Norwegian Brimanger, Emma Bakke, Herbrand, Katy, Norsktank, Solfonn, Topdalsfjord and Ørnefjell are also listed.

The rest of her 1942 voyages are shown on Page 2, which also has a few 1943 voyages. See also Page 3, which lists most of her 1944 voyages. Convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.

This Guestbook message message says the following with regard to Rufus Donald Symons:
"He joined the M.T. Hoegh Hood in late 1943 as a "youngman" & he sailed to Abadan in Iran to load oil for Sicily. They went into dry dock in Baltimore where he says spare decks were put on the ship for carrying deck cargo including trucks & aircraft. He mentioned that facilities were also installed for refuelling escort vessels at sea. In late 1944 they were congratulated by the convoy Commander for being part of one of the largest east bound convoys of the time, there were over 400 ships in the convoy (this was Convoy HX 300, mentioned below - not 400 ships, but the largest convoy of the war). Later they were running down to Puerto La Cruz in Venezuela picking up crude oil for the refineries in Philedelphia. On one trip whilst running down the east coast of the USA they were asked to look for survivors of a tanker that had broken in half during a hurricane. They picked up one Brazilian who had survived four nights & three days on a hatch board. He paid off the M.T.Hoegh Hood in early 1945....."

In Febr.-1944, she had made a voyage from Augusta to Algiers, having sailed in Convoy MKS 41* (this convoy had started out in Port Said on Febr. 19 and arrived Gibraltar March 2, then joined up with the Freetown Convoy SL 150, before proceeding to the U.K. as a combined convoy); Høegh Hood had sailed from Augusta on Febr. 24 and arrived Algiers on the 28th. From there, she later headed to the U.S. (again, see Page 3 and Voyage Record). In June that same year, she was back in Augusta, making another voyage from there to Algiers with Convoy MKS 52*, and from Algiers back to the U.S. again, then in July, she's listed as sailing in Convoy HX 300 from New York. Her destination is given as Mersey, Milford Haven and Devonport - as already mentioned, this was the largest convoy to ever cross the Atlantic. She subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ON 249*, which left Liverpool on Aug. 18 and arrived New York on Sept. 2 (Høegh Hood had started out from Belfast Lough on Aug. 18). She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Frontenac, Gylfe, Høyanger, Kaia Knudsen, Laurits Swenson, Lista, Maud, Minerva, Norden, Norma (Vice Commodore), Skaraas, Skiensfjord, Torborg and Velma.

Arnold Hague has also included her in Convoy HX 352*, departing New York on Apr. 23-1945, arriving Liverpool on VE Day, May 8. According to Page 4, Høegh Hood was bound for London - she arrived Thameshaven on May 10. Anna Knudsen, Havkong, Havprins, Ivaran, Pan Scandia and Troubadour are also named in this convoy. Høegh Hood headed back across the Atlantic on May 17 with Convoy ON 303*, and arrived New York on June 2. Anna Knudsen is again listed, as are Skotaas and Villanger (Commodore Vessel). Further voyages are listed on Page 4 and on Page 5 (to Apr.-1946).

* 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. Ships sailing in the MKS convoys can be found at ships in all MKS convoys. The entire HX series will also be updated and completed; for now, please see ships in all HX convoys for the names of the other ships in HX 352. Escorts for them are named on this page.

For more information on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in April-1953 to Denizcilik Turk, Ltd., Turkey and renamed Barbaros. Owners became Denizcilik Ltd., Sirketi in 1959. On Sept. 23-1965 she was heavily damaged by explosion and resulting fire while at Izmir, 15 died. Towed to Buyukdere and laid up. Demolition began in Febr.-1966 at Pasabahce by Mehmet Canakci ve Ortaklari.

Related external links:
Høegh's Fleet today
Høegh & Co.

Back to Høegh Hood on the "Ships starting with H" page.

Other ships by this name: Leif Høegh later had two more ships named Høegh Hood. One was an ore/oil carrier built in Dunkirk in 1965, 37 339 gt; became Greek Epic Colocotronis in 1968. The other was built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Sakaide in 1973, 128 954 gt; under Panamanian flag from May-1986, then sold in Apr.-1987 to Merit Shipping Corp. and renamed Merit.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Misc. sources, incl. "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, Leif Høegh & Co. fleet list, misc. E-mails from visitors to my site, The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague and misc. - ref. My sources.


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