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M/S Ida Bakke
Updated Oct. 31-2011

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Emma Bakke & Ida Bakke (Concordia Line - 1950's, taken in Beirut).
Sent to me by Roger W. Jordan.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to make it larger).

Manager: Christian Haaland, Haugesund
5444 gt, 3260 nrt, 8490 tdw.
Dimensions: 453.2'/435.9'(lpp) x 58.8' x 28.0'.
Machinery: 6 cyl. 2tdv Burmeister & Wain (AB Götaverken) 6900bhp
Speed: 16 knots.

Delivered in Nov.-1938 from A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg as cargoliner Ida Bakke to D/S A/S Idaho (Christian Haaland), Haugesund. On TC to Knut Knutsen O.A.S., Haugesund and placed in the Knutsen Line - South Pacific UK Service (Europe-USA-west coast of South America). This line was started in 1935, and being the son-in-law of Knut Knutsen O.A.S., Christian Haaland had ships in the line from the very start (on TC basis).

Between April 9-1940 and Jan. 1-1945 Ida Bakke had sailed 340 795 miles, having visited 167 ports.

Some of the men on board had served all through the war, many since delivery in 1938. Among them were:

Captain: Knut Meling (from 1940. Previous captain had been Anton Zakariassen, who died in Lima, Peru).
1st Mate: Paul Vallevik.
Mate/Radio Operator: Bjarne Grimstvedt
Chief Engineer:
Oyva Vermanen (Finnish citizen, living in Haugesund)
2nd? Engineer: Gustav Løge.
3rd Engineer:
Olaf Håvig.
Sigvald Johan Olsen.
Thomas Falkeid.
William Wilhelmsen.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message from someone who served on this ship for a while post war.
Another Guestbook message

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 May-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. 22 Cristobal Kingston Apr. 23 Independent Earlier voyages, Page 1
Apr. 23 Kingston Halifax May 1 Independent
May 16 Halifax Clyde May 31 HX 43 See also narrative below
June 8 Clyde Liverpool June 9 Independent
June 23 Liverpool Montreal July 2 Independent
July 2 Montreal Cristobal July 11 Independent
July 13 Balboa Los Angeles July 19 Independent
July 21 Los Angeles Columbia River July 23 Independent
July 26 Portland, Oregon Balboa Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 8 Cristobal Quebec Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 21 Quebec Cristobal Aug. 30 Independent
Sept. 1 Balboa Columbia River Sept. 11 Independent
Sept. 15 Columbia River Los Angeles Sept. 17 Independent
Sept. 18 Los Angeles Balboa Sept. 26 Independent
Sept. 28 Cristobal Quebec Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 10 Quebec Boston Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 15 Boston New York City Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 17 New York City Baltimore Oct. 18 Independent
Oct. 21 Baltimore New York City Oct. 22 Independent Via Hampton Roads
(Page 1).
Oct. 26 New York City New Orleans Oct. 31 Independent
Oct. 31 New Orleans Cristobal Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 5 Balboa Los Angeles Nov. 13 Independent
Nov. 14 Los Angeles Miri Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 6 Miri Singapore Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 8 Singapore Calcutta Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 18 Calcutta Rangoon Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 23 Rangoon Madras Dec. 26 Independent
Dec. 27 Madras Colombo Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 29 Colombo Bombay Jan. 1-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 4 Bombay Karachi Jan. 6 Independent
Jan. 8 Karachi Colombo Jan. 13 Independent
Jan. 15 Colombo Penang Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 20 Penang Singapore Jan. 22 Independent
Jan. 25 Singapore Macassar Jan. 29 Independent
Jan. 30 Macassar Los Angeles Febr. 21 Independent
Febr. 22 Los Angeles Balboa March 3 Independent
March 4 Cristobal Boston March 10 Independent
March 12 Boston New York City March 13 Independent
March 28 New York City New Orleans Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 4 New Orleans Cristobal Apr. 8 Independent
Apr. 9 Balboa Los Angeles Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 22 Los Angeles Miri May 14 Independent
May 14 Miri Singapore May 16 Independent
May 17 Singapore Rangoon May 21 Independent
May 24 Rangoon Calcutta May 27 Independent
June 1 Calcutta Madras June 3 Independent
June 4 Madras Colombo June 6 Independent
June 7 Colombo Cochin June 8 Independent
June 8 Cochin Bombay June 10 Independent
June 15 Bombay Calcutta June 21 Independent
July 3 Calcutta Colombo July 7 Independent
July 7 Calcutta* Capetown July 21 Independent *Colombo
(Page 2).
July 21 Capetown New York City Aug. 10 Independent
Sept. 9 New York City Cristobal Sept. 15 Independent
Sept. 16 Balboa Los Angeles Independent
Sept. 25 Los Angeles Miri Oct. 18 Independent
Oct. 18 Miri Singapore Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 20 Singapore Rangoon Oct. 24 Independent
Oct. 26 Rangoon Calcutta Oct. 29 Independent
Nov. 2 Calcutta Madras Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 5 Madras Colombo Nov. 7 Independent
Nov. 8 Colombo Bombay Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 16 Bombay Karachi Nov. 17 Independent
Nov. 25 Karachi Bombay Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 29 Bombay Singapore Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 13 Singapore Capetown Dec. 30 Independent
Dec. 30 Capetown New York City Jan. 20-1942 Independent
1942 March 14 New York City Trinidad March 23 Independent
March 24 Trinidad Capetown Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 12 Capetown Karachi Apr. 26 Independent
May 16 Karachi Bombay May 18 Independent
June 8 Bombay Capetown June 25 Independent
June 30 Capetown Trinidad July 19 Independent
July 21 Trinidad Key West July 29 TAW 7 Convoy available at TAW convoys
(external link)
July 31 Key West New York City Aug. 6 KN 125 Via Hampton Roads - See Page 3
Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 8 New York City Capetown Sept. 29 Independent
Sept. 29 Capetown Bombay Oct. 14 Independent
Nov. 4 Bombay Karachi Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 7 Karachi Cochin Nov. 10 Independent
Nov. 14 Cochin Colombo Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 18 Colombo Capetown Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 4 Capetown New York City Dec. 25 Independent
1943 Jan. 26 New York City Key West Jan. 30 NK 519 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
Jan. 30 Key West Cristobal Febr. 2 Independent Stop at Key West not mentioned, Page 3
Febr. 4 Balboa Fremantle March 3 Independent
March 4 Fremantle Karachi March 18 Independent
March 20 Karachi Bombay March 22 Independent
Apr. 5 Bombay Cochin Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 10 Cochin Colombo Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 14 Colombo Fremantle Apr. 25 Independent
Apr. 25 Fremantle Fremantle Apr. 25 Independent Put back with engine defects
May 3 Fremantle Balboa June 1 Independent
June 23 Cristobal Gitmo June 27 ZG 35 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
June 28 Gitmo New York City July 5 GN 68 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 19 New York City Key West Aug. 23 NK 560 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
Aug. 23 Key West Cristobal Aug. 26 Independent (Stop at Key West not mentioned, Page 3)
Aug. 27 Balboa Fremantle Sept. 24 Independent
Sept. 25 Fremantle Bombay Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 25 Bombay Cochin Oct. 28 BM 72 Convoy available at BM convoys
(external link)
Nov. 5 Cochin Colombo Nov. 7 BM 73 Convoy available at link above
Nov. 11 Colombo Aden Nov. 17 Independent
Nov. 18 Aden Suez Nov. 21 Independent Arrived Port Said Nov. 24
(Page 4).
Nov. 27 Port Said New York City Dec. 25 GUS 23 To NYC.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
1944 Jan. 31 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
Febr. 3 Hampton Roads Port Said March 1 UGS 32 For Port Said.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Via Gibraltar
(Page 4).
On to Suez March 1.
March 3 Suez Aden March 7 Independent
March 7 Aden Bombay March 12 Independent
March 14 Bombay Karachi March 16 Independent
March 20 Karachi Bombay March 22 Independent
March 31 Bombay Cochin Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 10 Cochin Colombo Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 22 Colombo Aden Apr. 28 Independent
Apr. 28 Aden Suez May 2 Independent On to Port Said next day
(Page 4).
May 3 Port Said Alexandria May 4 Independent
May 5 Alexandria New York City May 28 GUS 39 Alexandria to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
June 30 New York City Capetown July 21 Independent
July 21 Capetown Karachi Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 17 Karachi Colombo Aug. 22 Independent
Sept. 19 Colombo Cochin Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 29 Cochin Aden Oct. 5 Independent
Oct. 5 Aden Suez Oct. 9 Independent On to Port Said Oct. 10
(Page 4).
Oct. 12 Port Said New York City Nov. 6 GUS 55 Port Said to USA.
Convoy available at link above
Dec. 10 Hampton Roads* Passed Gibraltar Dec. 20 UGF 18 *From New York
(Page 4).
Convoy available at UGF convoys
(external link)
Dec. 20 Passed Gibraltar Port Said Dec. 26 Independent On to Suez same day.
Dec. 27 Suez Aden Independent
Dec. 31 Aden Bombay Jan. 5-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 15 Bombay Karachi Jan. 16 Independent
Jan. 24 Karachi Cochin Jan. 27 Independent
Febr. 1 Cochin Colombo Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 13 Colombo Aden Febr. 19 Independent
Febr. 19 Aden Suez Febr. 23 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 5).
Febr. 24 Port Said Oran March 2 Independent
March 3 Oran New York City March 17 GUS 75 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 24 New York City Liverpool May 5 CU 67
May 17 Liverpool New York City May 28 UC 68A Convoy will be added.
See ships in UC convoys

Further voyages, up to and including most of Apr.-1946, are listed on Page 5 of the archive documents.

 Two Rescues - 1939: 

Captain Anton Zakariassen. In the fall of 1939 Ida Bakke rescued 42 men from the tanker British Influence which had been sunk by a German U-boat (U-29, Schuhart, Sept. 14-1939 - ref. external link provided below). Ida Bakke had been in Liverpool on Sept. 3 and I believe she was en route to the U.S. via Panama and was about 150 n. miles west of Ireland when a periscope was spotted. The U-boat came to the surface to inform them a ship had been sunk and told them where to find the lifeboats from British Influence. (The rescued men were landed near Fastnet Light). Ida Bakke then continued on her way, but the following day she received a distress call from yet another ship, the tanker Cheyenne which was being shelled by a U-boat (U-53, Heinicke, Sept. 15). By the time the Norwegian ship arrived on the scene Cheyenne had been torpedoed and had broken in 2, with both parts still floating. Behind them a British destroyer appeared, fired at the U-boat which submerged, whereupon the destroyer headed towards shore again, leaving the shipwrecked in the hands of Ida Bakke's crew. 39 were picked up (another source says 37) and subsequently landed near Fastnet Light. While continuing her voyage, Ida Bakke, which had 12 passengers on board, was redirected to Havana, then to New Orleans to pick up a cargo of cotton for Norway.

T. Eriksen, Norway has told me she passed the Panama Canal on Nov. 7-1939, and as per Jan. 29-1940 she was en route from Panama to Kingston, Jamaica. Later arrived Liverpool on Febr. 8-1940.

Related external links:
The attack on British Influence
The attack on Cheyenne

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

Captain Knut Meling. According to a personal story, Ida Bakke was in San Fransisco when the war started in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, most of the crew hearing the news while at a movie theater (the movie was interrupted and the news announced over the loudspeakers).

With a cargo of lumber, lead and fruit for Glasgow, she was scheduled for Convoy HX 39 from Halifax on Apr. 30-1940, but did not sail. According to Page 1 of the archive documents, she was on her way from Kingston, Jamaica to Halifax on that date, with arrival Halifax on May 1. She was also cancelled from HX 40 and HX 41, but eventually got away with Convoy HX 43 on May 16, and arrived Glasgow on May 31. The Norwegian Laurits Swenson, Vivi and Sildra also sailed in this convoy.

Ida Bakke was one of the 15 allied merchant ships (5 were Norwegian) which carried the gold belonging to Norges Bank from the U.K. to Canada in June-1940. Ida Bakke departed Liverpool with the gold on June 23* (unescorted?), arriving Montreal on July 2. These dates agree with what can be found on the archive document mentioned above, which adds that she proceeded to Cristobal that same day, so the gold must have been unloaded very quickly. M/S Bomma has an account on how the gold was smuggled out of Norway.

* T. Eriksens' sources gives the departure date as June 22, saying she left in a convoy. The convoy that best fits this date is OB 172 (external link), which left Liverpool on the 22nd, dispersed in 46 55N 20 33W on June 26, 50 ships. However, as will be seen when following the link, Ida Bakka is not included in this convoy - I believe she made this voyage independently.

She was subsequently mostly in service between Canada and the U.S., later between the U.S. and India, via Panama. On Dec. 25-1940, she's said to have been en route to Calcutta, according to a story written by someone who was on board at the time (comparing with Page 1, we see that she arrived Madras on Dec. 26, having started out from Rangoon on the 23rd - she had been to Calcutta earlier that month). With the Haugesund ships Promise and Utsire, she's also said to have been in Calcutta on June 6-1941; from Page 2 of the archive documents, we learn that she arrived Colombo on that date (from Madras) - she had been to Calcutta at the beginning of that month.

Ida Bakke had arrived Singapore on Dec. 6-1941 and was still there loading rubber when the Japanese attacked, but was able to get out in the evening of Dec. 13, arriving Cape Town on Dec. 30, via Rangoon on Dec. 23 (this stop at Rangoon is not mentioned on Page 3 of the archive documents). From Cape Town she continued to New York where the rubber was discharged, having arrived on Jan. 21-1942. As per Febr. 2, she had been at Hoboken near New York for engine repairs and the installation of anti aircraft guns, then took on board a cargo of ammunition. Going back to the archive document, we see that she did not leave New York until March 14, arriving Trinidad March 23, proceeding to Cape Town the next day.

Some of her 1943 voyages are also shown on Page 3 (as can be seen, she had further long stays in New York, in 1942 as well as in 1943). Her 1944 voyages start on Page 4 (having had another long stay in New York, and again later that year). This document also lists her early 1945 voyages. Convoy information can be found in the Voyage Record above.

In the book "Sjøfolk i krig" by Leif M. Bjørkelund there are several personal stories told by Ida Bakke's crew members. The book is largely based on interviews with seamen 50 years after the war. Rasmus Meland, who had previously served on D/S Sydfold (pre war) and M/S Vigrid served on Ida Bakke from 1942 and in this book his memories of the ship's last few voyages of the war are included.

 Peace at last! 

Rasmus Meland says she was in the Cunard Line at the end of the war and had 2 round trips U.S.A.-U.K. in large, fast convoys* (on one of these voyages Knut Knutsen's M/S Martin Bakke, bound for Antwerp, was also part of the convoy). Ida Bakke arrived River Mersey on May 5-1945, 3 days before the war was over - see also Page 5. The days in Liverpool celebrating peace were of course memorable to all, but even more so to the Norwegians was the day they departed, which happened to be May 17, Norway's Constitution Day. Ida Bakke was the Commodore Ship on this occasion. Rasmus Meland says he visited the radio room and listened to the broadcast from Norway where the 17th of May celebrations were in full swing, with the well known Norwegian songs being played in the broadcasts from various cities along the Norwegian coast. It's easy to imagine what this must have felt like to a seaman who had been through so many hardships and dangers for many years.

* This would have been the convoys referred to below. Ida Bakke is listed in the following:
Convoy CU 67 - (New York-U.K.). This convoy did indeed arrive Liverpool on May 5-1945, having left New York on Apr. 24, and Martin Bakke is also included (as are California Express, Kirkenes and Honningsvaag).
They both returned with:
Convoy UC 68A - (U.K.-New York) left Liverpool on May 17-1945 and arrived New York on the 28th. Will be added - see my page naming ships in all UC convoys.


Ida Bakke was in the company's Concordia Line from 1948. Renamed Concordia Foss in 1954. Renamed Nyhavn in 1965 while under a 6 months T/C to Nedloyd Line, then got the name Concordia Foss back in 1966 at the end of the TC. Sold on Dec. 8-1969 to I/S Margrete (Torvald Klaveness), Oslo, and renamed Foss. Sold, and delivered to Tan Weng Shipbreaking Co. Ltd., Hong Kong on Febr. 21-1970.

When Concordia Foss - Also from Roger W. Jordan.

Back to Ida Bakke on the "Ships starting with I" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Våre motorskip", Leif M. Bjørkelund/E. H. Kongshavn, E-mails from T. Eriksen, Norway, "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague, "Sjøfolk i krig", Leif M. Bjørkelund.


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