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D/T Liss
Updated Dec. 20-2011

To Liss on the "Ships starting with L" page.

Source: Received from Hallvard Tveit, Norway.

Owner: Rederi A/S Damp
Manager: Arthur H. Mathiesen, Oslo
5932 gt

Built by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough in 1921.

Managed during the war by British Tanker Co. Ltd., London (according to R. W. Jordan)

Related items on this website:
A forum message from the daughter of Arne Kristian Kristiansen Nordaas, who served on Liss; she's interested in getting in touch with someone who knew her father. There's also a more recent forum thread with messages posted by the sons of other crew members.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

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

Voyage Record
From May-1940 to March-1945:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors do exist, and several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 31 Gibraltar Swansea June 10 HG 32 Some earlier voyages, Page 1
Left Swansea June 16
(Page 1).
June 18 Milford Haven OB 169 For Abadan.
Dispersed 46N 20 40W, June 22.
See also narrative below & OB 169
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival St. Vincent June 29
(also, missing voyages)
Sept. 23 Bombay Suez Oct. 11 BN 6 Compare w/Page 1
Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 1.
Dec. 19 Suez BS 11 For Bombay.
Dispersed Dec. 27.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Bombay Jan. 4-1941.
Her 1941 voyages are shown on Page 1.
1943 June 20 Dakar Freetown June 23 OS 49 Again, see also Page 1.
Dakar to Freetown.
Convoy available at OS 49
(external link)
July 3 Freetown Takoradi July 8 ST 71 Convoy available at ST convoys
(external link)
July 9 Takoradi Lagos July 11 TL 15 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Missing voyage, Page 2
Aug. 14 Bahia Puerto la Cruz* Aug. 25* JT 4 Bahia to Puerto la Cruz.
Convoy available at JT convoys
(external link)
*Page 2 gives arrival Trinidad Aug. 25, Puerto la Cruz Aug. 29, on to Curacao Aug. 31.
Sept. 7 Trinidad* Gitmo Sept. 11 TAG 83 Curacao to Gitmo.
*From Curacao Sept. 7
(Page 2).
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Sept. 11 Gitmo New York City Sept. 18 GN 83 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
On to Boston Oct. 4
(Page 2)
1944 Febr. 13 Hampton Roads Port Said* March 12* UGS 33 Earlier 1944 voyages, Page 2
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
*Convoy UGS 33 did arrive Port Said on March 12, but Liss stopped at Oran on March 3, later proceeding to Port Said, with arrival March 16 (as below).
March 7 Oran Port Said March 16 KMS 43 Oran to Port Said.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
March 29 Aden Bandar Abbas Apr. 5 AP 66 Earlier, missing voyages, Page 2
Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 2.
Apr. 18 Bandar Abbas Aden Apr. 25 PA 76 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 2.
May 4 Port Said Hampton Roads* May 29* GUS 39 A. Hague says:
Port Said to ?*
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
*Convoy GUS 39 did have Hampton Roads as its final destination, but Liss did not sail to the U.S. - she arrived Augusta on May 10, see Page 2
May 12 Augusta Bari AH 42 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Page 2 gives arrival Bari May 14.
May 15 Bari Taranto Escorted Page 2 gives arrival Taranto May 16.
May 18 Taranto Augusta May 20 HA 43 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
May 20 Augusta Port Said May 25 KMS 50 Augusta to Port Said.
Missing voyages, Page 2.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Aug. 17 Port Said Unknown* Aug. 28* MKS 59 *Page 2 gives arrival Algiers Aug. 26.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Aug. 31 Algiers Bizerta Sept. 2 UGS 51 Algiers to Bizerta.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
More missing voyages, Page 2
Oct. 30 Bizerta Port Said Nov. 5 KMS 66 Bizerta to Port Said.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Nov. 19 Augusta Taranto Nov. 21 AH 80 Earlier voyages:
Page 2 & Page 3
Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Missing 1944 voyages, Page 3.
1945 Jan. 3 Augusta Taranto Jan. 4 AH 89 Convoy available at link above.
Missing voyages, Page 3
Jan. 23 Augusta Taranto Jan. 24 Escorted More missing voyages, Page 3
March 4 Augusta Taranto March 5 Escorted Again, see also Page 3
March 10 Bari Ancona March 11 AH 18/2 Convoy available at link above
March 13 Ancona HA 18B/ Detached March 14.
Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
March 14 Detached from HA 18B Haifa Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 3 & Page 4

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those discussed here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them - other Norwegian ships also took part.

Liss is listed in Convoy HG 32 from Gibraltar to the U.K. at the end of May-1940. She was bound for Swansea, where she arrived on June 9, according to Page 1.

As will be seen when reading my text for Lise, there's some confusion as to whether this ship, or Liss, sailed in Convoy OB 169. Voyage information for the ship in question is given as Swansea to Abadan via Cape in ballast in my document for this convoy. OB 169 originated in Liverpool on June 17 and dispersed on the 22nd. Note that Arnold Hague does not list Lise but Liss in this convoy (giving her destination as Abadan), whereas he has Lise in the previous convoy, OB 168 (external link). My document for Convoy OB 169 is very blurry, but to me it looks more like Lise than Liss. However, when looking at the archive document mentioned above, we see that Liss left Swansea (for Abadan) on June 16 and arrived St. Vincent (C.V.) on the 29th, departing again that same day for Table Bay, where she arrived on July 15, leaving again on the 17th; arrival Abadan is not given; still, the reference to Table Bay leads me to believe that the ship in Convoy OB 169 was indeed Liss. There's now a long gap in her record - the next voyage shown on Page 1 is from Aden to Suez on Oct. 3-1940.

It'll also be noticed that there's a long gap in her voyage information from June 20-1941, when she's said to have arrived Bathurst, to May 19-1943, when she left Bathurst for Dakar. I'm not sure if she had remained at Bathurst all that time, or whether some voyages are missing from the record(?). From Dakar, she subsequently headed to Freetown, having joined Convoy OS 49. This convoy had started out from the U.K. as the combined Convoy OS 49/KMS 16*, which split up on June 13, but Liss was not present from the U.K., joining the OS convoy from Dakar, as already mentioned, arriving Freetown on June 23. Elg is also listed (ref. link in the Voyage Record).

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 and Page 2, while convoy info for some of them can be found in the table above. It looks like she spent a long time in Boston at the end of 1943. She had arrived there from New York on Oct. 5. Departure date is not given, but the next entry shows that she arrived New York again on Jan. 31-1944, later proceeding to Oran, where she arrived March 3. She subsequently made a voyage from Oran to Port Said with Convoy KMS 43*. For info, this convoy had initially started out from the U.K. on Febr. 23 as the combined Convoy OS 69/KMS 43 and split up on March 5, the Gibraltar bound ships arriving there on March 6, while the OS convoy proceeded to Freetown. The KMS convoy then continued from Gibraltar on March 6, arriving Port Said on the 16th; as already indicated, Liss joined from Oran, having departed March 7.

"Nortraships flåte" claims that she was 1 of 3 Norwegian ships in Convoy KMS 51* which was attacked by aircraft near Cape Bengut on May 30-1944, but she escaped unharmed (see Marathon and President de Vogue) - note, however, that Liss is not listed in that convoy, but in the previous convoy, KMS 50*, voyage Augusta to Port Said. This convoy had also started out from the U.K. as a combined convoy, OS 76/KMS 50 (May 2), which split up off Gibraltar on May 13, with the OS convoy heading to Freetown, KMS ships to Gibraltar. From there, the KMS convoy continued to Port Said on May 15, with arrival May 25. Going back to Page 2, we see that Liss had sailed from Augusta on May 20.

In Aug.-1944, she's included in Convoy MKS 59*, departing Port Said on Aug. 17, arriving Gibraltar on the 28th (from there, the convoy would join up with Convoy SL 168 from Freetown on Aug. 30, the combined convoy then proceeding to the U.K.). No destination is given for Liss, but from Page 2 of the archive documents, we learn that she arrived Algiers on Aug. 26, proceeding to Bizerta a few days later, subsequently remaining there for a month. In Oct.-1944 we find her in Convoy KMS 66*, which arrived Port Said from Gibraltar on Nov. 5 - Liss had joined from Bizerta, having left on Oct. 30. (The convoy had originated in the U.K. on Oct. 15 as combined Convoy OS 92/KMS 66 and split up off Gibraltar on Oct. 25, but note that Liss had not been present from the U.K. More info on the combined convoys can be found via the external links provided below). From Port Said, Liss continued to Haifa on Nov. 6, arriving the next day.

Further voyages are listed on Page 3 and Page 4 - convoy information to match some of them is shown in the Voyage Record.

* The KMS and MKS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them are named in the section listing ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys.


Sold in 1963 to A/S Norske Oljekonsum and renamed O. K. Hauge. Sold to Eckhardt & Co. GmbH, Hamburg, to be broken up, delivered on Oct. 3-1964.

Related external links:
OS/KMS Convoys and SL/MKS convoys

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: E-mails from Roger W. Jordan - and misc.


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