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M/S Polabjørn
Updated Sept. 21-2010

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Manager: Martin Karlsen, Ålesund
324 gt

Seal catcher, built in Narvik in 1919.

Captain: Kristoffer Mikal Marø.

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

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

  Voyage Record
From March-1942 to Dec.-1944:  

(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 some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 March 8 St. John's, N.F. Greenland?* March 16 Independent Earlier voyages:
Page 1
A. Hague says:
"To Greenland sealing grounds"
*but compare w/Page 1
(also, missing voyages).
Apr. 23 Halifax St. John's, N.F. Apr. 25* LC 8 Convoy available at LC 8
(external link)
*Page 1 gives arrival Apr. 28.
Missing voyages, Page 2
Aug. 2 St. John's, N.F. Sydney, C.B.* Aug. 5 CL 49 *Arrived Argentia, Aug. 3
(Page 2).
Convoy available at CL 49
(external link)
Aug. 13 Sydney, C.B. Halifax Aug. 15 SH 33 Convoy available at SH 33
(external link)
Later arr. St. Anthony, N.F., Nov. 3
(Page 2).
Nov. 5 St. John's, N.F. Sydney, C.B.* Nov. 8 WB 12 *Arrived Lamaline, Nov. 9,
on to Halifax, same day
(Page 2).
Convoy available at WB 12
(external link)
1943 Febr. 13 Halifax St. John's, N.F. Febr. 17 HJ 34 Had arr. Halifax, Jan. 23
(Page 2).
Convoy available at HJ 34
(external link)
March 8 St. John's, N.F. Greenland March 16 SG 21 Convoy available at SG 21
(external link)
Nov. 12 Greenland St. John's, N.F. Nov. 19 GS 35 A. Hague says:
Probably in this convoy.
Available at GS 35
(external link)
Nov. 21 St. John's, N.F. Sydney, C.B.* Nov. 24 WB 75 *Arrived Halifax
(Page 2).
Convoy available at WB 75
(external link)
1944 June 12 St. John's, N.F. Greenland June 21 SG 44 Again, see also Page 2.
Convoy available at SG 44
(external link)
Dec. 14 Greenland St. John's, N.F. Dec. 18 GS 61 Convoy available at GS 61
(external link)
Some later voyages:
Page 3


Polarbjørn is mentioned among the ships leaving Halifax to form the slow Convoy SC 81 on Apr. 23-1942, however, she's not listed in the Advance Sailing Telegram, so it looks like she left port that day for other reasons than to join this convoy. In fact, Arnold Hague has her leaving Halifax for St. John's on Apr. 23 in Convoy LC 8, arriving St. John's on Apr. 25. (Page 1 of the archive documents gives her arrival St. John's as Apr. 28). Subsequent voyages are shown on Page 2. Polarbjørn was in American service to Greenland and Labrador; she left St. John's again on Apr. 29 and it looks like she headed to Greenland, but arrival there is not given. She was back in St. John's on May 14.

Again, see Arnold Hague's record above, which has her in a couple of convoys from St. John's to Greenland and back in 1943 and 1944. The archive documents also mention others.

Page 2 also lists some 1943 voyages, as well as a few 1944 voyages, while the rest are shown on Page 3, along with some 1945 voyages.

Polarbjørn is said to have rescued 3 American pilots east of Greenland in 1944 - I have no further details on this.

Related external link:
For info, Polarbjørn is mentioned on several pages at this external website. On this page in connection with an inspection of a weather station at Cape Adelaer in Sept.-1944, on this page in connection with an inspection of the weather station at Skjoldungen, also in Sept.-1944, as well as on this page, and this one. (Note that the site also has information on air crashes).

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