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Delivered in Jan.-1944 from Pennsylvania Shipyard Inc., Beaumont, Texas as Cape River to United States War Shipping Administration, 5241 gt, 8000 tdwt, 396.8' x 60.1' x 24.9', 2x 6 cyl. 2T Nordberg 5000 ihp, 13 knots. 1 of 10 ships transferred to the Norwegian flag in 1944, renamed Narvik. See my page "Ship Statistics & Misc." under "gains" 1944 for a list of all 10. Narvik was taken over at Beaumont, Texas, on Jan. 22.
This ship had a female Canadian radio operator named Esther Chrichton. Other Norwegian ships also had female Canadian radio operators; a list of their names and ships can be found at the end of my page about M/S Mosdale.
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(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.
As mentioned above, Narvik was taken over at Beaumont, Texas, on Jan. 22-1944. According to Arnold Hague, she subsequently took part, together with the Norwegian Rita, in Convoy HK 189, which departed Galveston Bar on Febr. 4 (Narvik started out from Pilottown on Febr. 5) and arrived Key West on the 8th. That same day we find her, again with Rita, in Convoy KG 687, which arrived Guantanamo on Febr. 11, and 2 days later she appears, with the Norwegian Britamsea and Fana, in Convoy GZ 59, departing Guantanamo on Febr. 13, arriving Cristobal on the 17th - ref. external links provided in the Voyage Record. From Cristobal, she proceeded to Milne Bay the following day - see Page 1.
According to the same document, she spent quite a long time at Ulithi in 1945. She had arrived there from Eniwetok on Febr. 20; departure is given as May 31 when she proceeded to Guam, with arrival June 2, continuing to Saipan Island the next day, then on to Pearl Harbour.
Page 2 shows her voyages to June-1946.
Sold to Westfal-Larsen in Nov.-1946 and renamed Siranger. She had a Canadian female radio operator, Olive Carroll, about whom a book has been written, called "Deep Sea Sparks", ISBN 1-895590-05-1 (Cordillera Publishing Co. Box 46, 8415 Granville St. Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6P 4Z9). See the external link below. Sold in July-1959 to Montemar S.A. Commercial & Maritima, Montevideo, renamed Nortemar. Sold in March-1978 for breaking up at Karachi.
Related external links:
Misc. convoys - By clicking on "Ship Search", using "Narvik" as keyword, several convoys will come up. Please be aware that there was also an escort vessel by this name, which will also show up in the search results (see also Gos 9). Additionally, there was a Swedish Narvik - look for the ship with (Nor) behind the name. The info on the Norwegian Narvik being in Convoy HN 14 from Norway in Febr.-1940 is incorrect, for obvious reasons; she had not been delivered yet - here's my own page about HN 14. The same is true for some of the other convoys she appears in before 1944 at the site, for instance, BX 28B (Tony has told me this should be Norvik - probably the Panamanaian Norvik listed on this site), MKS 25 and DN 27 - the ship in the latter convoy should be Narwik, according to Tony's investigations). The MKS convoy is also available on my own website at MKS 25.
Back to Narvik on the "Ships starting with N" page.
Other ships by this name: Another Norwegian Narvik is listed in the Homefleet section. Germany had a steamship named Narvik, formerly the Dutch Stad Leiden which had been taken over and renamed on completion in 1941. Struck a mine and sank in the North Sea on June 17-1943. There was also a Swedish Narvik, bombed and sunk by British aircraft near the Frisian Islands on Apr. 29-1943.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc.