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M/S Høegh Silverlight
Updated Oct. 28-2011

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

Scanned from Leif Høegh & Co,'s fleet list and added to this website with the company's permission.
The Australian War Memorial has another picture of this ship, taken on Christmas Eve of 1941 (both links are external). According to Page 3 of the archive documents, she arrived Fremantle that day.

Manager: Leif Høegh & Co. A/S, Oslo
5197 gt, 3186 net, 8425 tdwt.
Dimensions: 409' 7" x 55' 7".
Machinery: 5-cyl. two-stroke cycle double acting oil engine by Machinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg, A.G., Augsburg.

General cargo vessel completed by Deutsche Werft Reiherstiegwerft, Hamburg in Dec.-1936. According to R. W. Jordan, she was managed during the war by S & J Thompson Ltd., London, managers of Silver Line Ltd., which had a joint service arrangement with Leif Høegh before the war.

Høegh Silverlight had 5 mates and 2 female radio operators in 1944, one of whom was the Canadian Margaret Benham (from Febr.-1944 until Febr.-1945 - she later served on M/S Roseville). In addition to the Norwegian steward and cook the ship had 13 Lascars (from Goa, India) who had their own steward, 2 cooks, 2 saloon boys, 5 messboys, 2 Boys and a laundryman. She had 2 boatswains, 1 Norwegian and 1 Chinese.

Related items on this website:
A Guestbook message - From the son of Helge Sigurd Bertil Johansson, who joined Høegh Silverlight in Bombay in March-1943 and left the ship in New York in June-1943. There has since been no trace of him. Here's a more recent Guestbook message.
Another message - From someone whose aunt was a passenger on Høegh Silverlight in Dec.-1941 (see also Page 3 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 Dec.-1941 to Dec.-1945:

(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 Dec. 30 Fremantle Capetown Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded in Pacific.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3
1942 Jan. 26 Capetown Trinidad Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 18 Trinidad New Orleans Febr. 27 Independent
Apr. 18 New Orleans Capetown May 16 Independent
May 21 Capetown Abadan June 10 Independent
June 11 Abadan Basra June 11 Independent See also Høegh Silverdawn & Page 3
June 25 Kuwait Bombay June 30 Independent
July 9 Bombay Bombay July 16 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(again, see Page 3).
Aug. 9 Bombay Capetown Aug. 27 Independent
Sept. 1 Capetown Punta Arenas Sept. 21 Independent
Sept. 22 Punta Arenas Valparaiso Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 2 Valparaiso Balboa Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 17 Cristobal Gitmo Oct. 21 ZG 8 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 23 Gitmo New York City Oct. 30 GN 14 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 28 New York City Gitmo Dec. 6 NG 325 For Cristobal.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Dec. 6 Gitmo Cristobal Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 10 Balboa Durban Jan. 12-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 14 Durban Abadan Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 5 Abadan Basra Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 25 Basra Abadan Febr. 25 Independent
March 4 Abadan Bahrein Independent
March 6 Bahrein Bandar Abbas Independent
March 9 Bandar Abbas Bombay March 15 PB 30 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 22 Bombay Cochin March 24 Independent
March 26 Cochin Colombo March 27 Independent
Apr. 1 Colombo Fremantle Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 14 Fremantle Balboa May 21 Independent
May 24 Cristobal Gitmo May 28 ZG 32 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
May 29 Gitmo New York City June 6 GN 62 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
July 1 New York City Gitmo July 8 NG 371 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
July 9 Gitmo Cristobal July 12 GZ 37 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
July 12 Balboa Fremantle Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 20 Fremantle OW 6/1 Dispersed Aug. 31.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Aug. 31 Dispersed from OW 6 Bombay Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 8 Bombay Bandar Abbas Sept. 13 BP 94 Convoy available via link above.
Compare w/Page 4
Sept. 13 Bandar Abbas Abadan Sept. 22 Independent A. Hague says:
Lay five days at Basra Bar
Sept. 24 Abadan Basra Sept. 24 Independent
Oct. 29 Basra Abadan Oct. 29 Independent
Nov. 9 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Nov. 11 Bandar Abbas Karachi Nov. 14 PB 63 Convoy available via link above
Nov. 22 Karachi Bombay Nov. 26 PB 64 Convoy available via link above
Nov. 27 Bombay Colombo Dec. 2 BM 76 Convoy available at BM convoys
(external link)
Dec. 15 Colombo Aden Dec. 23 Independent
Dec. 23 Aden Suez Dec. 28 Independent On to Port Said Jan. 2-1944
(Page 4).
1944 Jan. 5 Port Said New York City Febr. 4 GUS 27 Port Said to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
See also narrative below
March 2 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
March 4 Hampton Roads Port Said March 31 UGS 35 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Arrived Suez Apr. 1
(Page 4).
Apr. 2 Suez Aden Apr. 8 Independent
Apr. 11 Aden Bandar Abbas Apr. 18 AP 68 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Compare w/Page 5
Apr. 18 Bandar Abbas Abadan Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 27 Abadan Basra Apr. 27 Independent
May 3 Basra Abadan May 3 Independent
May 12 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
May 15 Bandar Abbas Karachi May 17 Independent
May 25 Karachi Cochin May 29 Independent
June 2 Cochin Colombo June 4 Independent
June 21 Colombo Aden July 3 Independent
July 4 Aden Suez July 10 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 5).
July 14 Port Said New York City Aug. 8 GUS 46 Later arrived Hampton Roads Sept. 21
(Page 5)
Sept. 22 Hampton Roads Port Said Oct. 17 UGS 55 For Bombay.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez same day
(Page 5).
Oct. 18 Suez Aden Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 23 Aden Karachi Oct. 29 Independent
Oct. 31 Karachi Bombay Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 18 Bombay Colombo Nov. 21 Independent
Dec. 25 Colombo Cochin Dec. 27 Independent
1945 Jan. 2 Cochin Aden Jan. 9 Independent
Jan. 10 Aden Suez Jan. 15 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 5).
Jan. 16 Port Said Oran Jan. 24 Independent
Jan. 27 Oran Hampton Roads* Febr. 14 GUS 68 *Arr. New York
(Page 5).
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
March 18 New York City Passed Gibraltar Apr. 3 UGS 81 For Karachi.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 3 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Apr. 9 Independent On to Suez same day
(Page 5).
Apr. 10 Suez Aden Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 15 Aden Karachi Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 23 Karachi Bombay Apr. 25 Independent
May 7 Bombay Cochin May 9 Independent
May 15 Cochin Colombo May 16 Independent
May 24 Colombo Suez June 6 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 5).
June 7 Port Said New York City June 26 Independent
July 27 New York City Port Said Aug. 14 Independent On to Suez same day
(Page 5).
Aug. 15 Suez Bombay Aug. 25 Independent
Sept. 18 Bombay Karachi Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 29 Karachi Suez Oct. 9 Independent Later arrived Port Said Oct. 10
(Page 6).
Oct. 10 Port Said New York City Oct. 30 Independent
Dec. 9 New York City Cristobal Dec. 15 Independent
Dec. 16 Balboa Los Angeles Dec. 26 Independent Further voyages, Page 6 above

 Misc. War Details: 
For information on voyages made in between those discussed below, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and A. Hague's Voyage Record above.

As can be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Høegh Silverlight was on her way from Singapore to Colombo when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3. She's said to have been at Cebu (Philippines) on Dec. 7-1941 but managed to get out on the 14th, before the islands fell to the Japanese (this voyage is not included on Page 3, but see this Guestbook message).

Page 3 also shows most of her 1942 voyages; convoy info for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above. It'll be noticed that she appears to have spent quite a long time in New Orleans that year. She had arrived there from Trinidad on Febr. 27 and departure is given as Apr. 18, when she proceeded to Capetown. Later that year, she spent about a month in New York.

Her 1943 voyages and early 1944 voyages are listed on Page 4 (with convoy info in the table above). In Jan.-1944, she was in Convoy GUS 27 which was attacked by aircraft off Derna shortly after midnight on Jan. 9, but no ships were lost. This convoy, which is available via the external link provided within the Voyage Record (several Norwegian ships are named), had departed Port Said on Jan. 5 and reached Hampton Roads on Febr. 4; Høegh Silverlight arrived New York that day, remaining there for about a month, before returning to Port Said (again, see also Voyage Record).

That summer she acted as Commodore Ship for Convoy GUS 46, which departed Port Said on July 14 and arrived Hampton Roads on Aug. 8; Høegh Silverlight again went to New York, again remaining for several weeks, before returning to Port said. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 5. While still in New York loading for an Indian port in Sept.-1944 she had the wreck of the French liner Normandie* in the neighbouring pier, capsized and burnt out. While there, they experienced a tremendous hurricane, which caused a lot of damages and deaths in the area. On Sept. 27(?)** Høegh Silverlight headed out in convoy for Gibraltar and made several voyages New York-India. On one of the return trips to New York she had raw Opium in her cargo, and had to have armed police on board while it was being unloaded.

*Upon checking on Normandie in Roger W. Jordan's "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", I find that she had been requisitioned by the US in Dec.-1941 (USMC, then USN), renamed USS Lafayette (AP-53). On fire in New York harbour on Febr. 9-1942, listed and settled on her side (1 died). Refloated in 1943, laid up then sold to breakers in Oct.-1946; broken up at Newark, NJ 1946-'47. See also the external link at the end of this page.

** Page 5 says she left New York on Sept. 20 and arrived Hampton Roads the next day, departing again for Bombay on the 22nd. This voyage from the U.S. was made in Convoy UGS 55 - again, ref. external link provided within the Voyage Record. It left Hampton Roads on Sept. 22 and arrived Port Said on Oct. 17. Via Suez, Aden and Karachi, she arrived Bombay on Nov. 2.

When the war ended in Europe she's said to have been in Cochin, India (according to Page 5, she had left Bombay on May 7-1945 and arrived Cochin on the 9th), then returned to New York the following month. When the news of Japan's capitulation came on Aug. 14-1945 she was in the Suez Canal. She was back in New York again on Oct. 30, as can be seen on Page 6, which shows voyages to Apr.-1946.


Høegh Silverlight was sold in Jan.-1953 to Kyodo Sempaku K.K., Japan and renamed Ginyo Maru. In 1960 owners became Kyodo Sempaku K.K. and Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Japan. Sold in 1964 to Japanese shipbreakers, arriving Osaka in Dec.-1964 for breaking up.

Related external links:
SS Normandie

Høegh's Fleet today
Høegh & Co.

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

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, Leif Høegh & Co. fleet list, "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague, "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", R. W. Jordan, article in the Norwegian magazine "Krigsseileren, Issue No. 3 for 1985, written by Ola Johansen - see M/S Heimvard (ref. My sources).


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