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M/T Kongsdal
Updated Oct. 14-2009

To Kongsdal on the "Ships starting with K" page.

Received from Lillesand Sjømannsforening (original source: Hjalmar Christensen who was on board after the war).

Owner: A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi
Manager: Moltzau & Christensen, Oslo
9959 gt

Delivered in June-1937 from Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack (734) as Kongsdal to A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi (Moltzau & Christensen), Oslo, 9959 gt, 5899 net, 14 890 tdwt, 510.9' x 65.9' x 28.5', 6 cyl. 2 TDV B&W DM (builders), 4100 bhp.

Kongsdal was in service in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, on charter for WSA (War Shipping Administration), with 100 octane aviation fuel, while also carrying 15-20 aircraft on her westbound voyages from San Pedro.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

Voyage Record
From Nov.-1942 to Apr.-1943:

(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 as can be seen, the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 Nov. 2 Aden Bandar Abbas Nov. 9 AP 5 Earlier voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
Convoy available at AP 5
(external link)
Page 2 gives arrival Abadan Nov. 11.
Nov. 16 Bandar Abbas Bombay Nov. 22 PB 12 Convoy available at PB 12
(external link)
Dec. 4 Bombay Persian Gulf BP 61 Page 2 gives arrival Abadan Dec. 11
Convoy available at BP 61
(external link)
Dec. 22 Bandar Abbas PA 16 A. Hague says:
For Lourenço Marques*.
Detached Dec. 25.
Convoy available at PA 16
(external link)
Dec. 25 Detached from PA 16 Lourenço Marques Independent
*According to Page 2, she arrived Durban on Jan. 9-1943; Lourenço Marques is not mentioned for this period.
1943 Febr. 11 Bandar Abbas Bombay Febr. 17 PB 26 Missing voyages, Page 2 above.
Convoy available at PB 26
(external link)
Febr. 25 Bombay Bandar Abbas March 2 BP 70 Again, compare w/Page 2.
Convoy available at BP 70
(external link)
March 16 Bandar Abbas Bombay March 21 PB 31 Convoy available at PB 31
(external link)
March 30 Bombay Bandar Abbas* Apr. 5 BP 74 *Arr. Abadan Apr. 5.
Convoy available at BP 74
(external link)
Further voyages:
Page 2 & Page 3

 Misc. WW II: 

The Norwegian Lorentz Hansen was sunk by the German Deutschland on Oct. 14-1939. Kongsdal was later that day stopped for examination by Deutschland (a French visitor to my site has given me the position as "300 nm bearing 70 from Cape Race"). The survivors from Lorentz Hansen were then handed over to Kongsdal, en route to a neutral port (Denmark) and therefore allowed to proceed. Lorentz Hansen's survivors were landed on the Orkney Islands on Oct. 21. Kongsdal had been stopped by the British Navy and ordered into Kirkwall on the Orkneys for a contraband check, ending up staying there for almost 2 weeks before she was allowed to proceed to Denmark.

When Norway was invaded on Apr. 9-1940, she was in Durban, having arrived there the day before from Tandjong Oeban. She left Durban again for Mombasa on Apr. 10 - see Page 1. Some of her 1941 voyages are also listed on that page, and as can be seen, she's said to have arrived Lourenco Marques from Abadan on Sept. 10 that year. The voyages on Page 2 start with Jan. 19-1942, when she left Lourenco Marques for Durban. I'm not sure whether this means she had stayed at Lourenco Marques all that time, or whether some voyages are missing(?). The latter document also shows a long gap in her voyages for 1943; she had arrived Los Angeles from Portland, Oregon on July 7, and departure Los Angeles looks like Oct. 9 (unfortunately, this document is torn and hard to decipher). She arrived Melbourne on Nov. 10.

Kongsdal rescued some of the survivors from the British Fort Buckingham, which had been torpedoed by U-188 on Jan. 20-1944. She's said to have landed them at Melbourne on Febr. 22. According to a document recieved from Jan-Olof, Sweden (from Admiralty War Diary, Febr. 2-1944), the 2 Europeans and 6 Asiatics were picked up on Jan 31 in position 008 19N 006 40E. Others were rescued by the Norwegian Ora. Ref. external links below.

Page 3 lists her voyages up to and including most of Apr.-1946. As can be seen, she appears to have spent a long time in New York in 1945. She had arrived there from Philadelphia on May 6 and (unless voyages are missing from the record) did not leave again until Jan. 11-1946, arriving Curacao on the 17th.


Sold in 1956 to Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffsrhederei, Hamburg and renamed Ammerland. Sold in 1959 to Die Deutsche Bundesmarine and renamed Jeverland. Arrived Santander on Jan. 20-1969 for breaking up.

Related external links:
The attack on Fort Buckingham

A WW2 survival story of the U-Boat U188 and two of her victims. Mentions Kongsdal picking up survivors from a raft of the torpedoed Fort Buckingham.

Rescue of Fort Buckingham survivors - As told by a crew member, Norman Gibson (as is the account above).

Back to Kongsdal on the "Ships starting with K" page.

Another Kongsdal (also a tanker) was delivered to A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi (Moltzau & Christensen), Oslo in 1958, built in France, 13 533 gt. Sold to owners in Tønsberg, Norway in 1964 and renamed Pelikan (for Hvalfangerselskapet Pelagos). Sold again in 1971, renamed Kef Peter (Famagusta), then became Greek Hope Sea in 1975. Laid up in Piræus following a fire when in Genoa on Sept. 2-1977. Sold that same year to new owners in Greece, renamed Sea. Broken up in 1978.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Skip og menn", Birger Dannevig, and misc.


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