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M/S Marie Bakke
Updated Febr. 7-2012

To Marie Bakke on the "Ships starting with M" page.

Received from a visitor to my site (original source unknown).

From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

Manager: Knut Knutsen O. A. S., Haugesund
4307 gt, 2565 net, 8075 tdwt.

Delivered on May 14-1926 from Odense Staalskibsværft, Odense, Denmark as Marie Bakke to Skibs-A/S Marie Bakke, Haugesund (Knut Knutsen O.A.S.). 391.3' x 52.5' x 24.7', 2 x 6 cyl. 4 tev B&W, 1780 bhp, 11.75 knots, 2 props. In service between South and North America (Pacific).

According to R. W. Jordan she was under British management 1940-1945.

Captain: Johan Skaare (from June-1943 to Aug.-1943, Captain Knut O. Bringedal - see O. A. Knudsen).

Related items on this website:
There's a very nice message with regard to this ship in my Guestbook (visiting Canada towards the end of the war for a major refit).
Another Guestbook message - Re. someone who served on board as radio operator, by the last name of Cringan.
Guestbook message

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, Page 4 has some information missing in the margin)
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 May-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. 16 Cristobal Sydney, C.B. Dec. 28 Independent A. Hague says:
Traded west coast North & South America since Apr.-1939.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 & Page 4
1942 Jan. 3 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Jan. 20 SC 63 1 passenger*.
Returned with weather damage
(see also narrative further down on this page)
*According to this Guestbook message, the passenger was a "very pregnant and brave" Canadian who was one her way to England to visit her husband who was in the Canadian Air Force
March 9 Halifax Belfast Lough March 22 HX 179
March 23 Belfast Lough Avonmouth March 25 BB 152 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
July 14 Avonmouth Milford Haven July 16 Independent
July 16 Milford Haven Belfast Lough July 18 Independent
July 20 Belfast Lough Cape Cod Canal Aug. 4 ON 114 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 4 Cape Cod Canal New York City Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 27 New York City Gitmo Sept. 3 NG 300 For Trinidad.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Sept. 3 Gitmo Trinidad Sept. 10 GAT 2 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Sept. 22 Trinidad Capetown Oct. 18 Independent
Oct. 20 Capetown Aden Independent
Nov. 7 Aden Suez Nov. 14 Independent Missing voyages, Page 4
Dec. 11 Suez Kosseir Independent
Dec. 16 Kosseir Aden Dec. 21 Independent
Dec. 21 Aden Capetown Jan. 10-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 16 Capetown Bahia Jan. 31 Independent
Febr. 2 Bahia Trinidad Febr. 14 BT 3 Bahia to Trinidad.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Febr. 23 Trinidad Gitmo Febr. 28 TAG 44 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Febr. 28 Gitmo New York City March 7 GN 44 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
March 14 New York City Baltimore March 15 Independent
March 24 Baltimore New York City March 26 Independent
March 29 New York City Boston March 30 Independent
Apr. 4 Boston Halifax Apr. 6 BX 41 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Apr. 8 Halifax Liverpool Apr. 24 SC 126
May 7 Liverpool ONS 7
May 25 From ONS 7 Cape Cod Canal May 27 XB 55 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 27 Cape Cod Canal New York City May 28 Independent
June 15 New York City Boston June 16 Independent
June 17 Boston Halifax June 19 BX 58 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
June 27 Halifax Liverpool July 11 SC 135 2 passengers
July 26 Liverpool ONS 14 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Aug. 9 From ONS 14 Cape Cod Canal Aug. 11 XB 68 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Aug. 11 Cape Cod Canal New York City Aug. 11 Independent
Sept. 2 New York City Hampton Roads Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 6 Hampton Roads Port Said Oct. 3 UGS 17 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez Oct. 4
(Page 5).
Oct. 10 Suez Aden Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 18 Aden Bandar Abbas Oct. 25 AP 49 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Oct. 25 Bandar Abbas Abadan Oct. 27 Independent (Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 5).
Oct. 29 Abadan Basra Oct. 29 Independent Missing voyages, Page 5 above
Nov. 28 Bandar Abbas Bombay Dec. 4 PB 65 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 13 Bombay Fremantle Dec. 31 Independent
1944 Jan. 1 Fremantle Wallaroo Jan. 9 Independent
Jan. 20 Wallaroo Fremantle Jan. 27 Independent
Febr. 28 Fremantle Bahrein March 24 Independent
Apr. 15 Bahrein Abadan Apr. 16 Independent
May 1 Basra Bahrein May 2 Independent
May 4 Bahrein Aden May 13 Independent
May 14 Aden Suez May 20 Independent Left Suez, May 27
(Page 5)
June 6 Safaga Aden June 11 Independent
June 14 Aden AK 10/2 Dispersed June 19.
Convoy available via link above
June 19 Dispersed from AK 10 Mombasa June 28 Independent
June 29 Mombasa Durban July 8 Independent
July 11 Durban Capetown July 15 Independent
July 26 Capetown Rio Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 14 Rio Santos Independent Page 5 gives arrival Aug. 16.
Aug. 23 Santos Rio Grande Aug. 26 Independent
Sept. 1 Rio Grande Rio Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 8 Rio Bahia Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 13 Bahia Freetown Sept. 24 Independent
Sept. 28 Freetown SL 172 Rendezvoused w/MKS 63, Oct. 9.
Convoy available at SL 172
(external link)
Oct. 9 SL 172 & MKS 63 joined up Liverpool Oct. 16 SL 172/MKS 63 Convoy available at SL 172/MKS 63
(external link)
Nov. 13 Liverpool ONS 36 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Dec. 2 From ONS 36 Cape Cod Canal Dec. 4 XB 136 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 4 Cape Cod Canal New York City Dec. 5 Independent
1945 Febr. 19 New York City Boston Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 21 Boston Halifax Febr. 23 BX 146 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Febr. 25 Halifax Loch Ewe March 12 SC 168 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
March 14 Loch Ewe Methil March 16 WN 679 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
March 16 Methil Immingham March 19 FS 1758 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 2 Immingham Methil Apr. 4 FN 1680 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 7 Methil Belfast Lough Apr. 10 EN 485 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 12 Belfast Lough ONS 47 For NYC.
Detached Apr. 26.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Apr. 26 Detached from ONS 47 Montreal May 1 Independent See also Page 6
May 12 Montreal Sydney, C.B. May 14 Independent
May 15 Sydney, C.B. Halifax May 16 SH 221 Convoy available at SH convoys
(external link)
May 17 Halifax Cape Cod Canal May 19 XB 164 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 19 Cape Cod Canal New York City May 20 Independent
May 21 New York City Trinidad May 31 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 6

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned 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 further details; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going Page 1 of the archive documents, Marie Bakke was at Talara when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, departing that day for Callao (just outside Lima, Peru). Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3 and Page 4; the latter document also shows her 1942 voyages.

According to "Nortraships flåte" she had an unnerving experience in a convoy on Jan. 9-1942 when a heavy storm was encountered near Greenland. The sea washed over Marie Bakke at one point, taking with it all the lifeboats, the dinghy and 5 aircraft which had been tied to the deck. The lumber cargo shifted, resulting in such a heavy list that only one of the engines could be used. While working to right the ship, the men thought they saw 2 U-boats, one of them shining a bright light on them, the other firing a torpedo. They were able to avoid it and arrived Halifax on Jan. 20. J. R. Hegland, the author of this book, hastens to add that this report is rather doubtful, because (he says) the number of U-boats in the convoy route was at that time very low. I can find no report of an unsuccessful attack by U-boat in J. Rohwer's book for the date in question, but the info otherwise fits in with the fact that Marie Bakke is listed, with a general cargo for Liverpool, in the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 63 early in Jan.-1942, and is said to have returned to port with weather damage; in fact, several other ships in this convoy also returned due to the bad weather, as will be seen when following the link (it'll also be noticed that 2 ships were sunk by U-boat).

She did not leave Halifax again until March 9, when we find her among the ships in Convoy HX 179. She stopped at Belfast Lough on March 22 before proceeding to Avonmouth, with arrival March 25, and subsequently spent close to 4 months there (possibly undergoing repairs?). She's now listed, together with Astrid, Berto, Bonneville (Commodore Vessel), Ingertre, Marga, Norhauk, Titanian and Torfinn Jarl, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 114*, which originated in Liverpool on July 19 and dispersed Aug. 4, Marie Bakke arriving New York on Aug. 5. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 4; convoy information for some of these can be found in the above Voyage Record.

In Nov.-1942 she was chased by a Japanese submarine tender in the Indian Ocean while on a voyage from New York to Suez, but escaped. (Two armed merchant cruisers operated in the southern Indian Ocean at this time, Hokoku Maru and Aikoku Maru, as well as 5-6 submarines). The Japanese vessel gave up the chase after about an hour and a half without having fired, and the captain of Marie Bakke believed that the reason they were let go so easily was the fact that his ship had the company's two red rings painted on the black funnel, possibly leading the Japanese into thinking that she was a Russian ship.

In Apr.-1943 she's listed as sailing in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 126, returning across the ocean with the westbound Convoy ONS 7 early in May; Marie Bakke arrived New York on May 28. The following month we find her in station 105 of the slow Convoy SC 135, leaving Halifax on June 27, and with Bestik, Acasta, Boreas, Karmt, Norhauk, Snar, Solstad and Tercero, she's listed in the westbound Convoy ONS 14*, which left Liverpool on July 26 and arrived Halifax on Aug. 9; Marie Bakke, however, was bound for New York again, where she arrived on Aug. 12 - see Page 5, which also has her 1944 voyages.

Skipping now to Sept. 28-1944, when she appears in Convoy SL 172 from Freetown (ref. external link provided within the Voyage Record, as well as the link at the end of this page). This convoy joined up with Convoy MKS 63* from Gibraltar on Oct. 9, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on the 16th. Voyage information is given as Rio de Janeiro/Bahia (Sept. 13)-Falmouth, station 34. She had a general cargo consisting of rice, cased meats, cotton, coffee, pinewood, piassava and sundries. About a month later, she made another voyage to New York, joining Convoy ONS 36*. Evanger, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Grey County, Heimgar, Henrik Ibsen, Minerva, Snar, Sommerstad, Tropic Star, Velox, Veni and Vinga are also listed in this convoy, which departed Liverpool on Nov. 13 and arrived Halifax Dec. 3; Marie Bakke arrived her destination on Dec. 5, and appears to have remained there for quite a long time - according to Page 5, she did not leave again until Febr. 19-1945, when she proceeded to Boston, then on to Halifax.

Arnold Hague has now included her, along with Ferncliff, Iron Baron, Kristianiafjord, Lago, Peik, Torborg and Vera, in Convoy SC 168*, departing Halifax on Febr. 25-1945, arriving Liverpool March 13 (Marie Bakke, cargo of lumber, stopped at Loch Ewe on the 12th, proceeding to Methil and Immingham 2 days later - see Page 6). With Elg, Frontenac, Rena (Commodore Vessel) and Romulus, she headed back across the Atlantic the following month with Convoy ONS 47* (originated in Liverpool Apr. 11), and arrived Father Point on May 2. The rest of her voyages (to March-1946) are shown on the archive document - as can be seen, she got to go home to Norway that spring, but arrival there is not given.

* The ON convoys and ONS convoys mentioned here will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys, and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys. The MKS convoys will also be added, but for now, see ships in all MKS convoys. Additionally, the entire SC series will be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated); names of other ships sailing in Convoy SC 168 can be found at ships in all SC convoys.

More details on the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page can be found with the help of the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Went to D/S A/S Varøy (Vibran Shipping-Knut Knutsen), Haugesund in March-1956, in general tramping and seasonal lumber trade. Sold in Nov.-1961 to Matsukura Shoten K.K., Hirao for breaking up, after having been laid up at Bøvågen since Jan-1958. Work commenced on Aug. 27-1962.

Related external links:
The Ondina Battle - (Hokoku Maru and Aikoku Maru, by Jan Visser).

Report of proceedings - Convoy SL 172/MKS 63

SL, HG, MKS and MKF Convoys - In chronlogical order, starting with 1939. The site also has similar listings for several other series, see this page.

Back to Marie Bakke on the "Ships starting with M" page.

The company later had another ship by the this name, delivered in Oct.-1978, 16 438 gt. Sold to Denmark in Oct.-1982, renamed Frijesenborg. Sold to Valparaiso in Sept.-1987 and renamed Lircay.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Våre motorskip" by Leif M. Bjørkelund and E. H. Kongshavn, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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