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M/T Nordanger
Updated March 9-2012

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Manager: Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
9297 gt

Delivered in June-1925 from Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam, 9297 gt, 14 100 tdwt, 469' x 60' x 38.6', diesel engine Werkspon. 4T 3800 ihp, 10.5 knots.

Captain: Half Lampe.

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 Aug.-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
1940 Apr. 8 Capetown Durban Apr. 13 Independent See also Page 1
Apr. 19 Durban Abadan May 18* Independent *Should be May 8
May 11 Abadan Aden May 25 Independent
May 31 Aden Bombay June 8 Independent
July 16 Bombay Abadan July 26 Independent
July 28 Abadan Karachi Independent Not included Page 1
Aug. 6 Karachi Trincomalee Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 23 Trincomalee Bombay Aug. 30 Independent
Nov. 16 Bombay Abadan Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 24 Abadan Aden Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 8 Aden Abadan Dec. 18 Independent
Dec. 19 Abadan Aden Dec. 30 Independent
1941 Jan. 2 Aden Suez Jan. 9 BN 12 From Aden.
Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 1 Port Said Alexandria Febr. 2 Independent
July 8 Alexandria Port Said(?) July 9 Independent A. Hague says:
Engine defects at Alexandria
Page 1 gives arrival Suez, July 16
See also narrative below
July 16 Suez Aden July 22 Independent
July 22 Aden Abadan July 31 Independent
Aug. 3 Abadan Trincomalee Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 21 Trincomalee Abadan Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 6 Abadan Trincomalee Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 30 Trincomalee Colombo Oct. 2 Independent
Oct. 21 Colombo Abadan Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 6 Abadan Trincomalee Nov. 21 Independent
Nov. 29* Trincomalee Abadan Dec. 7 Independent *Page 1 gives departure Nov. 24
Dec. 9 Abadan Aden Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 21 Aden Mombasa Jan. 1-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 4 Mombasa Capetown Jan. 17 Independent A. Hague says:
With engine defects
Apr. 12 Capetown Aden May 5 Independent
May 7 Aden Abadan May 19 Independent
May 20 Abadan Aden June 3 Independent
June 6 Aden Abadan June 17 Independent
June 22 Abadan Aden July 7 Independent
July 11 Aden Abadan July 21 Independent
July 24 Abadan Capetown Sept. 2 Independent
Oct. 27 Capetown Simonstown Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 31 Simonstown Capetown Oct. 31 Independent A. Hague says:
With engine defects
Nov. 11 Capetown Buenaventura Jan. 2-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 2 Buenaventura Balboa Jan. 6 Independent
Febr. 9 Cristobal Curacao Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 25 Curacao Gitmo Febr. 28 TAG 44 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
March 15 Gitmo New York City March 25 GN 47 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
March 30 New York City Baltimore March 30 Independent A. Hague says:
Further prolonged engine repairs
Nov. 17 Baltimore New York City Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 25 New York City Boston Independent
Nov. 28 Boston Halifax Dec. 1 BX 85 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Dec. 2 Halifax Halifax Dec. 3 SC 148 Returned
See also narrative below
1944 Jan. 14 Halifax Clyde Jan. 30 SC 151 See also Page 2
Febr. 4 Clyde Liverpool Febr. 5 Independent Missing movements, Page 2
Febr. 12 Liverpool ONS 29 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Febr. 28 From ONS 29 Cape Cod Canal March 1 XB 98 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
March 1 Cape Cod Canal New York City March 3 Independent
March 8 New York City Boston March 9 Independent
March 10 Boston Halifax March 12 BX 99 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
March 14 Halifax Milford Haven March 29 SC 155
March 31 Milford Haven Devonport Apr. 1 WP SP 26 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Compare w/Page 2
Apr. 5 Devonport Belfast Lough Arrived Apr. 7
(Page 2)
Apr. 7 Belfast Lough New York City Apr. 24 ON 231 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 6 New York City New York City May 8 NG 433 Returned, defects.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
June 5 New York City Gitmo June 11 NG 439 (See also narrative below).
Convoy available at link above.
June 11 Gitmo Puerto la Cruz June 16 GAT 141 Gitmo to Puerto la Cruz.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
June 17 Puerto la Cruz Curacao June 18 Independent
June 20 Curacao Puerto la Cruz June 21 Independent
June 22 Puerto la Cruz Curacao June 23 Independent A. Hague says:
Curacao/Puerto la Cruz & locally until Oct. 13.
See Page 3
Oct. 13 Curacao Puerto la Cruz Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 15 Puerto la Cruz Philadelphia Oct. 25 Independent
Oct. 28 Philadelphia Baltimore Oct. 29 Independent
Dec. 12 Baltimore Curacao Dec. 22 Independent Missing voyages, Page 4
1945 Jan. 4 Curacao Curacao Jan. 7 Independent A. Hague says:
Probably to and from Puerto la Cruz
(agrees w/Page 4)
Jan. 12 Curacao New York City Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 23 New York City Boston Independent Page 4 gives arrival Jan. 26
Jan. 27 Boston Halifax Jan. 29 BX 143 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Jan. 31 Halifax Liverpool Febr. 14 SC 166 Missing movements, Page 4
Febr. 20 Liverpool Belfast Lough Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 28 Belfast Lough ONS 43 For Curacao, detached March 7.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
March 7 Detached From ONS 43 Curacao March 20 Independent A. Hague says:
Resumed trade Curacao/Puerto la Cruz to July 1
(see Page 4 & Page 5).
July 12 Curacao Thames Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 3 Thames Aruba Independent Page 5 gives arrival Aruba Aug. 22.
Also, further voyages.

 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; several Norwegian ships took part in them.

As can be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Nordanger left Table Bay (Cape Town) on Apr. 8-1940, the day before the German invasion of Norway, and arrived Durban Apr. 13, then made voyages to Abadan, Aden and Bombay, subsequently spending over a month at the latter port. It'll be noticed that she also spent quite a long time at Bombay later on. She had arrived there from Trincomalee on Aug. 30 and departure is given as Nov. 16, when she proceeded to Abadan.

There's also a long gap in her voyages at the beginning of 1941. She had arrived Alexandria on Febr. 2 and from the information found on the archive document it looks like she did not leave again until July 8; according to A. Hague, this was due to engine defects. But I'm wondering if some voyages might be missing from her record here(?). "Nortraships flåte" states that she was in service to Greece in this period. The retreat of the British from Greece was planned for Apr. 24-1941, but continuous German air attacks created havoc and made the evacuations difficult. The captain of Nordanger reports that they witnessed air attacks without stop for 93 days while in service to Greece, though without being hit themselves. (The evacuation of Crete was completed June 1). The Norwegian M/S Belray, M/S Brattdal, M/T Pericles, M/T Egerø were also in this service, among others.

Her 1942 voyages start on Page 2, where another long gap is shown. From Mombasa, she had arrived Table Bay on Jan. 17 and departure is given as Apr. 12, when she headed to Aden. A. Hague again gives engine defects as the cause. As can be seen, she also spent a long time at Table Bay that fall. Her 1943 voyages are also listed on this document; convoy information for some of these can be found in the table above.

Several months were spent repairing engine defects in Baltimore that year, before she proceeded to New York and Boston, then on to Halifax in order to join Convoy SC 148 to the U.K. on Dec. 2 (Vice Commodore in Norhauk, which was lost, Rear Commodore in Tropic Star - see also Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose). However, it looks like the repairs had not been successful because she had to return to Halifax with engine trouble. She was subsequently cancelled from the next 2 convoys, SC 149 and SC 150, but eventually got away in Convoy SC 151, which left Halifax on Jan. 14-1944 and arrived Liverpool on the 31st - Nordanger arrived Bowling that day (the Norwegian Para served as Commodore Ship for this convoy and Eglantine and Rose are again named among the escorts - See SC convoy escorts).

Together with Atlantic, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Heimgar, Iron Baron, Norfalk, Ruth I, Suderøy, Tercero and Vav, she subsequently joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 29*, departing Liverpool Febr. 12-1944, arriving Halifax on the 29th; Nordanger, however, was bound for New York, with arrival March 3 (Eglantine and Rose are again named among the escorts, as is Acanthus - see ONS convoy escorts). She headed back to the U.K. in Convoy SC 155 from Halifax on March 14, and arrived Milford Haven on the 29th, before proceeding to Plymouth and Devonport (Page 2). We now find her in the westbound Convoy ON 231*, along with Bernhard, Ferncourt, Haakon Hauan, Spinanger, Østhav, Solstad, Idefjord, President de Vogue, Heranger, Kong Haakon VII, Thorsholm, Skaraas, Høyanger and Vav. This convoy departed Liverpool on Apr. 7 and arrived New York on the 24th; Nordanger had joined from Belfast Lough and it looks like she remained in New York for a long time.

She was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 294 on June 2-1944, but did not sail (Commodore in Abraham Lincoln, Vice Commodore in Geisha). In fact, she instead made a voyage to Guantanamo in Convoy NG 439, which left New York on June 5 and arrived Guantanamo on the 11th. She had attempted to make this voyage in an earlier convoy, NG 433, departing on May 6, but had returned to port with defects on that occasion - again see Page 2 of the archive documents, as well as Page 3. From Guantanamo, she joined Convoy GAT 141 that same day (June 11) and arrived Puerto la Cruz on the 16th, then proceeded to Curacao, with arrival there June 18. These convoys are available via the external links provided within the Voyage Record, and as will be seen, they all had other Norwegian ships as well. For most of that year she was in service between Curacao and Puerto la Cruz.

Skipping now to Jan. 31-1945 when she shows up in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 166, bound for Mersey and Stanlow. From Page 4, we learn that she arrived Stanlow, via Liverpool and Ellesmere Port, on Febr. 16. She now made a voyage to Curacao again, having joined Convoy ONS 43*, which departed Liverpool on Febr. 27 and arrived Halifax on March 16. Nordanger arrived her destination on March 20, having detached from the convoy on March 7, according to A. Hague's record (he has also included Ima and Tropic Star in this convoy, both bound for New York). Nordanger had started out from Belfast Lough on Febr. 28.

Page 5 shows her voyages to the end of Jan.-1946.

* These convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys, and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys.

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


Sold in July-1951 to Compania Maritima Panmar SA of Panama, Panama, and renamed San Salvador. Sold in 1959 to Brodospas, and sailed from Spezia on June 12-1959 for Split to be broken up.

Back to Nordanger on the "Ships starting with N" page.

Other ships by this name: This company had previously had another Nordanger (steamship), built in Sunderland in 1896 as Norman Isles for A. N. Hansen, Copenhagen, 3456 gt. Later Wilh. Wilhelmsen Tønsberg 1896. Became Dutch Walcheren in 1909, then Nordanger in 1916. Disappeared on a voyage Newport News-Antwerp in Sept.-1919, having departed on Sept. 27 with a crew of 34. Another Nordanger was built for the company in Bergen in 1955. Sold in May-1968 to A/S Ivarans Rederi, Oslo, renamed Savannah. Sold in 1975 to Virnat Shipping Lines Pte., Singapore. Broken up in Spain in 1980. In July-1976 Westfal-Larsen received another Nordanger, 17 057 gt, built in Poland. This ship later sailed as Bow Selene for Skibs-A/S Storli, Bergen from 1990, renamed Ncc Madinah that same year. ("Damp - Dampskipets æra i Vestfold", Westfal-Larsen fleet list and misc.).

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, Westfal-Larsen fleet list and misc.


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