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D/S Ramø
Updated May 7-2012

To Ramø on the "Ships starting with R" page.

The Australian War Memorial has a picture of this ship, taken in Nov.-1943 (external links).

Owner: D/S A/S Ramø
Manager: R. Ursin-Smith, Oslo
2334 gt

Built by Eltringhams Ltd., Willington Quay-on-Tyne in 1921. Previous names: Asborg until 1931, Speed until 1933.
According to this external page, she was delivered as Asborg in March-1921 to A/S Vesterhav (K. M. Pedersen), Kristiansand S. From Aug.- 1925, A/S Vesterhav (Boe & Pedersen), Oslo, no name change. From Aug.-1929, A/S Speed (A. T. Simonsen), Oslo, same name. Renamed Speed in 1931. Owned from Oct.-1933 by D/S A/S Ramø (R. Ursin-Smith), Oslo, renamed Ramø.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
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.-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 as can be seen, some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Dec. 9 New Orleans Philadelphia Dec. 17 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded N & S America.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1
Dec. 19 Philadelphia New York City Dec. 21* Independent *Page 2 gives arrival Dec. 19.
Dec. 25 New York City Hampton Roads Dec. 26 Independent
Dec. 31 Hampton Roads St Thomas Jan. 7-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 7 St Thomas Pernambuco Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 23 Pernambuco Capetown Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 10 Capetown Durban Febr. 16 Independent
Febr. 18 Durban Aden March 11 Independent
March 17 Aden Suez March 25 BN 20 Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
On to Port Said same day
(Page 2).
March 27 Port Said Alexandria March 28 Independent
Apr. 11 Alexandria Port Said Apr. 12 Independent On to Suez, Apr. 13
(Page 2).
Apr. 14 Suez Aden Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 22 Aden Bombay May 1 Independent
June 9 Bombay Beira July 8 Independent
July 9 Beira Durban July 13 Independent
July 14 Durban Capetown July 20 Independent
July 20 Capetown Pernambuco Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 11 Pernambuco St Thomas Aug. 25 Independent
Aug. 25 St Thomas New York City Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 8 New York City Baltimore Sept. 11 Independent
Dec. 11 Baltimore St. John, N.B. Dec. 16 Independent
Dec. 19 St. John, N.B. Halifax Dec. 22 Independent
Dec. 30 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Jan. 1-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 3 Sydney, C.B. SC 63 Dispersed Jan. 13.
Jan. 13 Dispersed from SC 63 Reykjavik Jan. 20 Independent
Febr. 3 Reykjavik Loch Ewe Febr. 8 RU 10
Febr. 9 Loch Ewe Methil Febr. 11 WN 243 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 13 Methil Ridham Dock Febr. 15 FS 725 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
Febr. 21 Ridham Dock Southend Febr. 21 Independent
Febr. 22 Southend Tyne Febr. 24 FN 638 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
March 26 Tyne Methil March 27 FN 664 Convoy available at link above.
March 30 Methil Loch Ewe Apr. 1 EN 65 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 2 Loch Ewe Halifax Apr. 18 ON 82 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 21 Halifax St. John, N.B. Apr. 23 XB 12 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 30 St. John, N.B. Sydney, C.B. Independent
* June 2 Halifax Sydney, C.B. June 4 HS 8 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
*Ramø started out from St. John, N.B. on May 30 and did arrive Sydney, C.B. on June 4 - see Page 3 - but whether she made this voyage independently or in convoy I have no way of knowing.
June 5 Sydney, C.B. Clyde June 18 SC 86
June 30 Clyde Halifax July 15 ON 108 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 17 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 19 HS 30 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 24 Sydney, C.B. Father Point July 27 SQ 22 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Again, see also Page 3
Aug. 5 Father Point Sydney, C.B. Aug. 8 QS 24 Convoy available via link above
Aug. 12 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Aug. 26 SC 96
Aug. 27 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 29 WN 328 Arrived Leith, on to Methil Sept. 2
(Page 3).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 2 Methil Loch Ewe Sept. 4 EN 132 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 5 Loch Ewe Halifax Sept. 21 ON 128
Oct. 4 Halifax St. John, N.B. Oct. 6 HF 5 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
Oct. 10 St. John, N.B. Halifax Oct. 11 FH 6 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
Oct. 15 Halifax Belfast Lough Nov. 1 SC 105 Straggled.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Nov. 2 Belfast Lough Barry Island Nov. 3 BB 232 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Nov. 4 Barry Island Bristol Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 10 Bristol Swansea Nov. 10 Independent Left Swansea Nov. 22
(Page 3)
Nov. 22 Milford Haven Clyde Nov. 28 ON 148 Returned
(see also Page 3 and narrative below).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 18 Clyde Halifax Jan. 9-1943 ON 154 Convoy will be added.
See link above
1943 Jan. 18 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Jan. 20 HF 30 A. Hague says:
Onward to Cape Cod Canal.
Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
Jan. 22 Cape Cod Canal New York City Jan. 23 Independent
Febr. 17 New York City Gitmo Febr. 24 NG 344 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Febr. 24 Gitmo Trinidad March 2 GAT 46 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
March 6 Trinidad Paramaribo March 9 Independent
March 16 Paramaribo Trinidad Independent
March 23 Trinidad Trinidad Apr. 3 Independent A. Hague says:
Presume to & from Paramaribo
Apr. 10 Trinidad Paramaribo Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 17 Paramaribo Trinidad Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 23* Trinidad Paramaribo Apr. 29 Independent *Page 4 gives departure Apr. 25.
May 1 Paramaribo Trinidad May 4 Independent Notional sailing date
May 10 Trinidad Paramaribo May 14 Independent
May 16 Paramaribo Trinidad May 18 Independent
May 23 Trinidad Paramaribo May 27 Independent
May 28 Paramaribo Trinidad May 31 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(Page 4 gives May 29).
June 3 Trinidad Gitmo June 8 TAG 64 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
June 8 Gitmo New York City June 16 GN 64 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 10 New York City Hampton Roads Aug. 12 NG 379 Put back.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Aug. 17 Hampton Roads Key West
Aug. 24 Key West Cristobal Aug. 29
Sept. 1 Balboa Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 16 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Oct. 19 CO 135 Convoy available at CO convoys
(external link)
Nov. 1 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Nov. 4 OC 139 Convoy available at OC convoys
(external link)
Nov. 14 Sydney, N.S.W. Townsville Nov. 22 Independent
Nov. 26 Townsville Milne Bay Dec. 3 A. Hague says:
Possibly TN 183 via Port Moresby.
Convoy available at TN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 5 Milne Bay Goodenough Isl Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 9 Goodenough Isl Milne Bay Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 10 Milne Bay Townsville Dec. 13 MV 47 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 17 Gladstone Brisbane Dec. 18 LQ 38 Convoy available via link above
Dec. 19 Caloundra Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 21 PG 92 Convoy available via link above.
See also Page 4
1944 Jan. 3 Sydney, N.S.W. Townsville Jan. 10 Independent
Jan. 14 Townsville Milne Bay Jan. 17 TN 208 Convoy available at TN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 24 Milne Bay Goodenough Isl Jan. 25 Independent
Jan. 31 Goodenough Isl Milne Bay Febr. 1 Independent
Febr. 10 Milne Bay Goodenough Isl Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 20 Goodenough Isl Buna Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 23 Buna Langemak Bay Febr. 24 BG 42 Convoy available at BG convoys
(external link)
March 14 Langemak Bay Milne Bay March 16 GB 57 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 23 Milne Bay Buna March 26 Independent
March 27 Buna Langemak Bay March 28 BG 69 Convoy available at BG convoys
(external link)
March 31 Langemak Bay Manus Independent See also Page 5
May 9 Manus Milne Bay May 12 Independent
May 17 Milne Bay Townsville May 21 Independent
May 21 Townsville Bowen May 22 Independent
May 24 Bowen Gladstone Independent
May 26 Gladstone Brisbane May 27 Independent
May 28 Brisbane Newcastle, N.S.W. May 31 Independent
June 1 Newcastle, N.S.W. Melbourne June 5 Independent
July 7 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. July 11 Independent
July 13 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane July 16 Independent
July 16 Brisbane Milne Bay July 24 Independent
July 25 Milne Bay Morobe July 27 Independent
Aug. 2 Morobe Oro Bay Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 14 Oro Bay Langemak Bay Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 16 Langemak Bay Seeadler Aug. 17 NA 42/1 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Again, see also Page 5
Aug. 31 Manus Milne Bay Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 15 Milne Bay Oro Bay Sept. 16 Independent Notional sailng date
Sept. 26 Oro Bay Buna Independent
Sept. 27* Buna Lae Independent *Page 5 gives departure Sept. 29
Oct. 6 Lae Brisbane Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 21 Langemak Bay Brisbane Independent
Nov. 24 Brisbane Oro Bay Dec. 3 Independent
Dec. 17 Oro Bay Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 25 Independent
1945 Jan. 10 Sydney, N.S.W. Albany Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 23 Albany Fremantle Jan. 28* Independent *Page 5 gives arrival Jan. 25.
Jan. 30 Fremantle Calcutta Febr. 25 Independent
March 2* Calcutta Aden March 24 Independent *Page 5 gives departure March 6.
March 25 Aden Suez Apr. 2 Independent On to Port Said, same day
(Page 5).
Apr. 3 Port Said Gibraltar Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 15 Gibraltar Southend Apr. 24 MKS 95G See also Page 5
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Apr. 24 Southend Dundee Apr. 26 FN 1695 See also Page 6
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
May 3 Dundee Tyne May 4 FS 1796 Compare w/Page 6.
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Aug. 2 Tyne Downs Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 5 Downs Antwerp Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 11 Antwerp Methil Roads Independent Page 6 gives arrival Aug. 13.
Aug. 14 Methil Roads Bergen Independent Via Kristiansand (and Antwerp?).
See Page 6
(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; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Ramø was on her way from Trinidad to New Orleans when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940; this voyage had started in Caripito. Her 1941 voyages are shown on Page 2, and it'll be noticed that she appears to have had a long stay in Bombay that year and also in Baltimore. This document also has some of her 1942 voyages.

In Jan.-1942 she's listed in the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 63, cargo of pulp wood. She arrived Reykjavik on Jan. 20, and the following month we find her in Convoy RU 10 from there to the U.K. Her destination is given as Ridham Dock, general cargo. She later had a month's stay at Tyne, then at the beginning of Apr.-1942 she can be found in station 45 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 82*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 2 and arrived Halifax on the 18th (Ramø joined from Loch Ewe). The Norwegian Boreas, Inger Elisabeth, Kaia Knudsen, Lago, Lista and Norse Lady are also listed. From Halifax, she proceeded to St. John, N.B. on Apr. 21, arriving Apr. 23 and now appears to have remained there for over a month; Page 3 gives her departure as May 30 when she headed to Sydney, C.B. in order to join the slow Convoy SC 86 on June 5, cargo of flour for Glasgow, where she arrived June 18, her captain having acted as Vice Commodore for the convoy. Together with Don, Far, Grado, Inger Lise, Iron Baron, Lido, Selbo, Senta, Sneland I and Star, she went back across the Atlantic at the end of that month with Convoy ON 108* (convoy departed Liverpool June 30 - Ramø arrived Halifax July 15, having started out from Clyde June 29).

Having made a voyage to Montreal, she proceeded to Sydney, C.B. (convoy info in table above), joining the Sydney portion of Convoy SC 96 on Aug. 12, cargo of flour for Leith, where she arrived on Aug. 28/29 - again, see Page 3. About a week later she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 128. The Commodore's narrative is also available for this convoy, which had New York City as its final destination. Ramø's destination is given as Sydney C.B., station 72; according to the archive document mentioned above, she arrived Halifax on Sept. 21, having started out from Loch Ewe on Sept. 5. The following month, Arnold Hague has included her in the eastbound Convoy SC 105*, which originated in New York on Oct. 11 and arrived Liverpool on the 31st; Ramø, however, joined this convoy from Halifax and stopped at Belfast Lough (cargo of flour). A. Hague says she had become a straggler. Other Norwegian ships were Bonde, Don, Far, Herma, Kisten B, Norelg and Polarland (a couple of these were only bound for St. John's, N.F.).

Ramø later joined the westbound Convoy ON 148*, but returned to port (Clyde). This convoy originated in Liverpool on Nov. 23-1942 and arrived New York on Dec. 13, and included the Norwegian Ada (from Halifax), Don, Far, Herma, Inger Lise and Solsten. Ramø was subsequently scheduled for Convoy ON 152 (with coal for Halifax) on Dec. 9, but did not sail (Commodore in Bonneville). She shows up again, together with Fana, James Hawson, Norhauk, Norse King (sunk - follow link for details), Ravnefjell, Veni and Vest, in Convoy ON 154*, leaving Liverpool on Dec. 18, arriving New York on Jan. 12-1943, having lost several ships - see the links provided at the end of this page. Ramø arrived Halifax on Jan. 9, having sailed from Clyde on Dec. 18.

Ramø now started making voyages to Trinidad and Paramaribo, later to Australia - again, see Page 3, as well as Page 4 (as can be seen, she had a long stay in New York in the summer of 1943) and Page 5 (which shows a month's stay in Melbourne in the summer of 1944). Her 1945 voyages start on the latter document. Convoy information for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record above. In Apr.-1945 she appears, together with the Norwegian Norbryn, in the Gibraltar-U.K. Convoy MKS 95, departing Gibraltar on Apr. 15, arriving Liverpool on the 23rd. This convoy will be added to my Convoys section, but for now, the ships sailing in it are named on this page.

The rest of her 1945 voyages are shown on Page 6, and it'll be noticed that she subsequently spent several months at Tyne (North Shields), later going home to Norway in Aug.-1945, and again at the end of that year.

* The ON convoys mentioned here will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Note also that the entire SC series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated); but for now, see ships in all SC convoys.

For more information on all the other Norwegian ships named on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Ramø survived the war but struck a mine on Apr. 21-1946 and blew up, while alongside the quay at Henningsvær, Lofoten, Norway. 14 died out of a complement of 27. According to a book written in 1999 about this incident Ramø had anchored up in a German minefield, which was presumed swept and safe.

"Minner og minnesmerker" by Øistein Wiik lists the following casualties (in alphabetical order):
Stoker Johannes Jensen, Mate Karl Johansen, Stoker Finn Lundberg, Oiler Terje Moen, Able Seaman Ragnar Møyland, Stoker Jens Einar Oskarsen, Seaman Thorbjørn Pedersen, Able Seaman Harry Stenehjem, Deck Boy Frank Svendsen, Stoker Johannes Sæten, Seaman Helge Haakon Wold, Able Seaman Konrad Aarvik.

Related external links:
Battle of the Atlantic - Convoy ONS 154 - Describes the battle for this convoy in great detail.

Stavern Memorial - 14 were commemorated here; unfortunately, since the website was updated and redesigned, the names are no longer shown. I'll leave the link, in case they get added. See also this commemoration, where Stoker Kristian Adolf Aulesjord is named; ship is given as Ranøy. The Norwegian text says the ship struck a mine Apr. 21-1946, so this is probably a mix-up with Ramø.

Ramø - From a Norwegian website for divers. Picture of the ship, details on her demise, and location of the wreck. Here's the main page for this site.

Back to Ramø on the "Ships starting with R" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", Roger W. Jordan - and misc. other as named on this page.


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