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D/S Norelg
Updated March 15-2012

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Manager: Nortraship
6103 gt

Barbara Mumford has sent me some information from Mitchell & Sawyer's "Empire Ships" which indicates this was one of the ships built under United States Shipping Board contracts (WW I). Built by G. M. Standifer Construction Corp., Vancouver, Wash. and completed in 1919 as Abercos (USSB) - Engines: T3cyl.

Purchased from USA by British Ministry of War Transport in 1941 and renamed Empire Ptarmigan for Sir R. Ropner & Sons, Ltd. Design 1015 - 9400 tdw, 402' x 53'. Engines: Geared turbines.

This was one of 19 ships transferred to Nortraship in 1942. See my page "Ship Statistics & Misc." under Empire Ships for names of the other 18. Norelg was taken over at Clyde, May 1-1942 (she had arrived U.K. as Empire Ptarmigan in Convoy SC 77 from Halifax). Most of the ‘Empire’-named ships that were transferred from the British to the Norwegian flag during the war years were given the prefix ‘Nor’, while some were named for members of the Norwegian Royal Family.

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-1942 to Dec.-1945:  

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (where the Convoy column is left blank, it means convoy is not known).

Errors may exist, and some voyages may be missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 May 12 Clyde Clyde May 14 ON 94 Returned.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 20 Clyde ON 96 For NYC.
Detached June 5.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
June 5 Detached from ON 96 New York City June 8 Independent
June 21 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
June 24 Cape Cod Bay Halifax June 26 BX 26 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
June 30 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 2 HS 19 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 3 Sydney, C.B. Sydney, C.B. July 7 SC 90 Returned
July 31 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Aug. 14 SC 94 See also narrative below
Sept. 5 Clyde New York City Sept. 24 ON 128
Oct. 11 New York City Liverpool Nov. 2 SC 105 Missing movements, Page 1
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
* Dec. 6 Liverpool Clyde Dec. 7 Independent *Compare w/Page 1
Dec. 11 Clyde Clyde Dec. 19 KMS 5 Returned.
Missing movements, Page 1
1943 Febr. 6 Clyde Bougie Febr. 20 KMS 9G Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Febr. 26 Bougie Gibraltar March 2 ET 12 Convoy available at ET 12
(external link)
March 8 Gibraltar Belfast Lough March 18 MKS 9
March 18 Belfast Lough Swansea March 19 BB 270 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
March 22 Swansea Milford Haven March 22 Independent
March 23 Milford Haven ON 175 A. Hague says:
Straggled, Apr. 4.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 4 Straggled from ON 175 St. John's, N.F. Apr. 8 Independent
Apr. 14 St. John's, N.F. Halifax Apr. 17 JH 48 Convoy available at JH 48
(external link)
Apr. 19 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Apr. 21 XB 46 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 21 Cape Cod Canal New York City Apr. 22 Independent
May 12 New York City Boston Independent
May 14 Boston Halifax May 16 BX 51 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
May 18 Halifax Clyde May 31 SC 131 See also Page 2
June 19 Clyde Halifax July 6 ONS 11 For St. John, NB.
A. Hague says:
Ran down & sank tug "Erg"
July 8 Halifax St. John, N.B. July 10 HF 64 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
Aug. 6 St. John, N.B. Halifax Aug. 8 FH 70 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
Aug. 9 Halifax Clyde Aug. 25 SC 139 Again, see also Page 2
Oct. 8 Clyde OS 56/KMS 29 For Italy.
Convoy split, Oct. 18.
Available at OS 56/KMS 29
(external link)
Oct. 18 Convoy split Passed Gibraltar Oct. 20 KMS 29G For Malta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Oct. 20 Passed Gibraltar Malta Oct. 26 KMS 29 See link above
Oct. 26 Malta Naples Oct. 28 VN 6 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 1 Naples Castellamare Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 19 Castellamare Bizerta Nov. 26
Dec. 3 Bizerta Malta Dec. 4
Dec. 4 Malta Tripoli, Libya Dec. 5 KMS 33 Malta to Tripoli, Libya.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Dec. 11 Tripoli, Libya Augusta Dec. 13
Dec. 15 Augusta Naples Dec. 17 VN 12 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 27 Naples Augusta Dec. 28 NV 13 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
1944 Jan. 3 Augusta Palermo Independent
Jan. 19 Palermo Bizerta Jan. 19
Jan. 27 Bizerta Passed Gibraltar Febr. 1 MKS 38 Bizerta to Gibraltar.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Febr. 1 Passed Gibraltar MKS 38G
Rendezvoused w/SL 147, Febr. 2.
See link above
Febr. 2 SL 147 & MKS 38 joined up Loch Ewe* Febr. 13 SL 147/MKS 38 *Via Clyde, Febr. 12
(Page 2).
Convoy available at SL 147/MKS 38
(external link)
Febr. 14 Loch Ewe Methil Febr. 16 WN 545 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 17 Methil Southend Febr. 19 FS 1365 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
Febr. 25 Southend Tyne Febr. 27 FN 1278 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
March 21 Tyne Methil March 22 FN 1302 Convoy available at link above
March 23 Methil Liverpool March 27 EN 362 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 12 Liverpool OS 74/KMS 48 For Malta.
Convoy split, Apr. 23.
Available at OS 74/KMS 48
(external link)
Apr. 23 Convoy split Passed Gibraltar Apr. 25 KMS 48G For Malta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Apr. 25 Passed Gibraltar Malta Apr. 30 KMS 48 See link above
May 10 Malta Bizerta May 11 GUS 39 Malta to Bizerta.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
May 13 Bizerta Alexandria May 18 UGS 40 Bizerta to Alexandria.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
May 30 Alexandria Augusta June 4 MKS 51 Alexandria to Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
June 5 Augusta Taranto June 6 AH 47A Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
June 10 Taranto Augusta June 12 HA 48 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
June 13 Augusta Port Said June 18* UGS 43 Augusta to Port Said.
*Page 3 gives arrival (via Suez) June 28.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
June 28 Port Said Augusta July 4 MKS 54 For Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
July 6 Augusta Naples July 7 VN 51 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 6 Naples Castellamare Aug. 6
Aug. 25 Naples Augusta Aug. 26 NV 60 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
Aug. 28 Augusta Port Said Sept. 2 KMS 60 Augusta to Port Said.
On to Suez, back to Port Said
(Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Sept. 16 Port Said Augusta Sept. 22 MKS 62 For Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Sept. 24 Augusta Bari Sept. 26 AH 69 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Sept. 26 Bari Ancona Sept. 27 Escorted
Oct. 5 Ancona Brindisi
Oct. 7 Brindisi Augusta Oct. 9 HA 71 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
Oct. 11 Augusta Gibraltar Oct. 19 MKS 64 Augusta to Gibraltar.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Oct. 20 Gibraltar Cartagena Oct. 20 Independent
Oct. 25 Cartagena Gibraltar Oct. 26 Independent
Oct. 29 Gibraltar MKS 65G Rendezvoused w/SL 174, Oct. 30.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Oct. 30 SL 174 & MKS 65 joined up Liverpool Nov. 13 SL 174/MKS 65 Convoy available at SL 174/MKS 65
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 3
Dec. 14 Liverpool Halifax Jan. 1-1945 ONS 38 A. Hague says:
For NYC(?).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
1945 Jan. 16 Halifax Liverpool Febr. 1 SC 165 Missing movements, Page 3
Febr. 13 Liverpool ONS 42 For Newark, NJ.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
March 4 From ONS 42 Cape Cod Canal March 7 XB 149 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
March 7 Cape Cod Canal Baltimore Independent Page 3 gives arrival March 9
March 9 Baltimore Hampton Roads March 10 Independent
March 22 Hampton Roads New York City March 23 Independent
March 24 New York City Boston Independent
March 28 Boston Halifax March 30 BX 153 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Apr. 6 Halifax Liverpool Apr. 21 SC 172 Missing movements, Page 4
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
May 11 Liverpool ONS 50 For Three Rivers.
Detached May 26.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
May 26 Detached from ONS 50 Three Rivers May 30 Independent
June 10 Three Rivers Liverpool June 25 Independent See also Page 4
Aug. 5 Liverpool Quebec Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 29 Quebec Tyne Sept. 10 Independent Via Kirkwall
(Page 4)
Sept. 25 Tyne Baltimore Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 24 Baltimore Stavanger Independent Page 4 gives arrival Nov. 12, via Kirkwall
Nov. 14 Stavanger Grangemouth Nov. 28 Independent Missing voyage, Page 4
Nov. 29 Methil Roads Baltimore Dec. 21 Independent Further voyages, Page 4

 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 mentioned further up on this page, Norelg was taken over by Nortraship at Clyde on May 1-1942, having previously arrived U.K. as Empire Ptarmigan in Convoy SC 77 from Halifax. Along with Carmelfjell (returned), Dux, Evanger (Commodore Vessel), Ingertre, Jan, Mathilda and Torfinn Jarl, Norelg is mentioned in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 94*, originating in Liverpool on May 12, but she returned to port (Clyde), later joining Convoy ON 96*, together with Berto, Bollsta, Carmelfjell, Fagersten, Granfoss, Ingerfem, Norfalk and Rolf Jarl. This convoy sailed from Liverpool on May 19 and arrived Halifax June 7; Norelg, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived on June 8, having left Clyde May 20 - see Page 1. At the beginning of July she joined the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 90, but experienced steering gear trouble and returned to Sydney. She was scheduled for Convoy SC 93 on July 24, but instead joined SC 94 on July 31, general cargo and trucks for Glasgow, where she arrived on Aug. 14. As will be seen when following the link, this convoy lost several ships.

The following month she can be found among the ships in the westbound Convoy ON 128, which had started out in Liverpool on Sept. 5; Norelg joined from Clyde and arrived New York on Sept. 24. The Commodore's narrative is also available. According to Arnold Hague, she returned to the U.K. with Convoy SC 105*, departing New York on Oct. 11, arriving Liverpool on the 31st - the archive document referred to above gives her arrival as Nov. 2, and she proceeded to Manchester later that month. She had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Bonde, Don, Far, Herma, Kirsten B, Polarland and Ramø.

She's later listed in Convoy KMS 5, leaving Clyde for Gibraltar and North Africa on Dec. 11-1942, also including the Norwegian Anna Knudsen, Vardefjell (broke in two - follow link for details) and Topdalsfjord. However, Norelg is said to have returned to port on that occasion (again, see also Page 1). She shows up again, along with Bjørkhaug, in Convoy KMS 9*, which left Clyde on Febr. 6-1943. She arrived Bougie on Febr. 20. In March that year she joined Convoy MKS 9. Going back to the archive document, we learn that she arrived Belfast Lough from Gibraltar on March 18, having sailed from Gibraltar on March 8.

We now find her, with Brand, Kaldfonn, Kong Sverre, Petter and Washington Express, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 175*, which originated in Liverpool on March 24 and arrived New York on Apr. 16 - Norelg is said to have become a straggler from this convoy; she arrived St. John's, N.F. on Apr. 8, having started out from Milford Haven on March 23 (it'll be noticed, when going back to Page 1, that it says "for fuel"). In May that year she's listed in Convoy SC 131 from Halifax, for which Acanthus, Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts. In June she can be found in the westbound Convoy ONS 11; according to A. Hague, she ran down and sank the tug Erg on this voyage. I have no further details on this. She arrived Halifax on July 6 and having made a voyage to St. John, N.B. and back to Halifax, she started her return voyage in Convoy SC 139 from there on Aug. 9, arriving Clyde on Aug. 24 - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2.

In Oct.-1943, she's listed, with ammunition, stores and vehicles in station 85 of Convoy OS 56/KMS 29. This convoy left Liverpool on Oct. 7 and split up on the 18th, the KMS portion*, in which Norelg took part, arriving Gibraltar on Oct. 20, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, with arrival there on Oct. 29; Bosphorus, Star and Vest are also named - according to Page 2 above, Norelg arrived Malta on Oct. 26, Naples on the 28th. She later made a voyage from Malta to Tripoli, Libya, having joined Convoy KMS 33*, which had sailed from Gibraltar on Nov. 29 and had Port Said as its final destination (it had originally started out from the U.K. on Nov. 16 as the combined Convoy OS 59/KMS 33, which had split up on Nov. 28). Norelg arrived Tripoli on Dec. 5 (Dec. 11? see archive document), having sailed from Malta on Dec. 4. Grena, Lago, Ledaal, Loke, Norden and Skotaas are also listed.

Arnold Hague has also included her, together with Germa, Helgøy, Jenny, Norefjord and Sirehei, in Convoy SL 147/MKS 38, which arrived Liverpool on Febr. 13-1944, the SL convoy having started out from Freetown on Jan. 22 and joined up with MKS 38* off Gibraltar on Febr. 2. Norelg was in the MKS convoy and had sailed from Bizerta on Jan. 27; she arrived Clyde on Febr. 12 (Page 2). In Apr.-1944, she's listed in Convoy OS 74/KMS 48, voyage Liverpool-Malta with general cargo. This convoy, which also included Gabon, left Liverpool on Apr. 12 and split up on the 23rd, the KMS convoy arriving Gibraltar on Apr. 25, while the OS convoy arrived Freetown on May 3 - Norelg was in the KMS convoy and arrived her destination Malta on Apr. 30 - see Page 3. She later made a voyage from Alexandria to Augusta with Convoy MKS 51*, which had started out in Port Said on May 30 and arrived Gibraltar on June 9 (Astra, G. C. Brøvig, Hjalmar Wessel, Loke and Skagerak are also listed); Norelg left Alexandria May 30 and arrived Augusta June 4. Later that month she joined Convoy MKS 54* (from Port Said June 28, to Gibraltar July 10 - Hermelin, Jan, Suderholm and Vigsnes are also listed); Norelg was bound for Augusta, arriving there on July 4.

The following month she made a voyage from Augusta to Port Said, where she arrived Sept. 2, having sailed in Convoy KMS 60* (Regin is also mentioned). She now returned to Augusta in Convoy MKS 62*, which left Port Said Sept. 16 and arrived Gibraltar on the 27th (Norsol and Regin are included); Norelg arrived Augusta Sept. 22. In Oct.-1944 she made a voyage from Augusta to Gibraltar with Convoy MKS 64*, which arrived Gibraltar on Oct. 18 (Garonne is also named), later taking part in Convoy SL 174/MKS 65, voyage Carthagena-Mersey, cargo of apricot pulp and cork. The SL portion of this convoy had started out in Freetown on Oct. 18, joined up with the MKS portion* from Gibraltar (with which Norelg joined) on Oct. 30, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on Nov. 7(?). Note that Page 3 gives her arrival Liverpool as Nov. 13; she had sailed from Carthagena on Oct. 25, from Gibraltar Oct. 30. The Norwegian Brønnøy, Kristianiafjord and Jenny also took part in this convoy. From Liverpool, Norelg proceeded to Manchester.

Follow the external links provided in the Voyage Record for more details on the OS/KMS and SL/MKS convoys mentioned here.

Christmas that year was celebrated while in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 38*, departing Liverpool on Dec. 13-1944, arriving Halifax Jan. 2-1945. Brønnøy, Rutenfjell and Stirlingville are also listed.

She headed back to the U.K. on Jan. 16-1945 with the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 165, bound for Liverpool with pulp, arriving Febr. 1, proceeding to Garston on the 9th. A few days later, she's listed, together with Grey County, Henrik Ibsen, Marit II, Minerva, Sandviken and Veni, in Convoy ONS 42*, which left Liverpool Febr. 13 and arrived Halifax March 5. Her destination on that occasion is given as Newark, N.J.; Page 3 states she arrived Baltimore on March 9, continuing to Hampton Roads that same day. According to A. Hague she returned to the U.K. with a cargo of tobacco and lumber in station 23 of Convoy SC 172*, which left Halifax on Apr. 6 and arrived Liverpool on Apr. 22, again with several Norwegian ships in company, namely Annik, Arosa, Glarona, Maud, Minerva, Orwell, Sandviken and Solstad. From Liverpool, Norelg continued to Eastham, Manchester and Ellesmere Port, and together with Solstad, she subsequently joined Convoy ONS 50*, departing Liverpool May 11, arriving Halifax on the 29th. This time she was bound for Three Rivers, where she arrived on May 30, having left the convoy on May 26 - Page 4 shows her voyages in this period. As can be seen, she got to go home to Norway in Nov.-1945 (and again in 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. Also, the entire SC series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated), but for now, please go to ships in all SC convoys. Additionally, the KMS and MKS convoys will be added, see ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys.

More info on the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page is available via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Managed by Wallem & Co., Panama in 1946. Named New Asia (New Continental SS Co., China) in 1948, Norelg (Wallem & Co., Panama) in 1950. Purple Star Shipping Co., China 1951. Reported sailing as Chung Hsing I in 1955. Name deleted from shipping registers in 1957(67?) due to lack of information.

Related external link:
The Empire Ships - On the "Mariners" website. Empire Ptarmigan can be found on this page.

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

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc., including information received from Barbara Mumford, her source Mitchell & Sawyer's "Empire Ships".


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