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M/S Rena
Updated Nov. 6-2010

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

Source: Bjørn Pedersen's collection.
Norway Heritage Project has a section on Norwegian America Line with pictures and information on several of the company's ships, including a photo of Rena while she had the name Førdefjord. (All these links are external).
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Manager: Trygve Sommerfelt, Oslo
5242 gt, 3264 net, 8035 tdwt.
Dimensions: 378.8' x 50.2' x 31.7'.
Machinery: Two 6 cylinder 4 scsa oil engines by A/S Burmeister & Wain's Maskin- og Skibsbyggeri, Copenhagen, driving twin screws.

Launched on Nov. 15-1923 by Odense Staalskibsværft A/S, A. P. Moller, Odense (Yard No. 15) as Emma Mærsk for D/S af 1912 A/S (A. P. Moller, manager), Denmark. Delivered in Febr.-1924. Purchased by Den norske Amerikalinje in 1926 and renamed Førdefjord. Sold in Jan.-1937 to Bing & Pedersens Rederi, Oslo and renamed Rena. Owning company renamed Skips-A/S Rena, Oslo in Nov.-1939 (T. Sommerfeldt & Olaf Pedersen, managers). In Febr.-1940 owners were taken over by E. B. Aabys Rederi, Oslo.

Captain: Finn Salvesen.

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 May-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 some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 3 Baltimore Trinidad Apr. 13 Independent Via Hampton Roads - See Page 1
Apr. 16* Trinidad Rio May 13 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(*Page 1 gives Apr. 24)
June 10 Rio Bahia Blanca June 21 Independent Notional sailing date
July 5 Bahia Blanca Freetown July 29 Independent
Aug. 2 Freetown Clyde A. Hague says:
Possibly associated with SL 40.
Convoy available at SL 40
(external link - dates don't fit, should it be SL 42?)
Again, see also Page 1
Oct. 20 Clyde OB 231 Dispersed Oct. 23.
Convoy available at OB 231
(external link)
Oct. 23 Dispersed from OB 231 Sydney, C.B. Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 4 Sydney, C.B. St. John, N.B. Nov. 7 Independent
Nov. 25 St. John, N.B. New York City Nov. 27 Independent
1941 Jan. 21 New York City Halifax Jan. 26* Independent *Page 1 gives arrival Jan. 24
Febr. 8 Halifax Newport March 3 SC 22 See also narrative below
March 15 Newport Cardiff March 15 Independent Left Cardiff Apr. 3
(Page 1).
Apr. 5 Milford Haven OB 308 Dispersed 66 21N 32 10W, Apr. 13.
Convoy available at OB 308
(external link)
Apr. 13 Dispersed from OB 308 Cristobal May 3* Independent *Page 1 gives arrival May 1
May 2 Balboa Antofagasta May 13 Independent
May 23 Antofagasta Iquique May 24 Independent
June 1 Iquique Balboa June 11 Independent
June 12 Cristobal Sydney, C.B. June 25 Independent
July 1 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough July 18 SC 36 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
July 19 Belfast Lough Newport July 21 BB 50 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Compare w/Page 1
Aug. 2 Newport Milford Haven Aug. 3 Independent
Aug. 4 Milford Haven ON 4 For NYC
(via Belfast Lough - Page 1).
Dispersed 52 40N 47 26W, Aug. 18
Aug. 18 Dispersed from ON 4 Baltimore Aug. 27 Independent
Oct. 22 Baltimore Savannah Oct. 25 Independent
Oct. 30 Savannah Sydney, C.B. Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 10 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Nov. 28 SC 54 See also narrative below.
Missing movements:
Page 1 & Page 2
1942 Jan. 20 Liverpool Clyde Jan. 24 ON 58 Returned.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Jan. 27 Clyde Clyde Jan. 27 ON 60 Returned.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
(also, Page 2)
Febr. 4 Clyde Clyde Febr. 6 Independent A. Hague says:
Probably for trials
(not included, Page 2)
March 16* Clyde Halifax* Apr. 2 ON 76 Convoy will be added.
See link above
*Page 2 gives departure March 14,
arrived New York, Apr. 2.
Apr. 4 Halifax* Norfolk, VA Apr. 6 Independent *From New York
(Page 2)
Apr. 20 Norfolk, VA New York City Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 22 New York City Halifax Apr. 25 Independent
Apr. 30 Halifax Liverpool May 16 SC 82 Missing movements, Page 2
June 9 Liverpool Halifax June 24 ON 102 For Sydney, C.B.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
July 22 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 23 HS 33 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 24 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Aug. 7 SC 93 Missing movements, Page 2
Aug. 29 Liverpool New York City Sept. 19 ON 126
Sept. 20 New York City Boston Sept. 22 Independent
Oct. 10 Boston New York City Independent A. Hague says:
For docking after striking object
(Page 2 gives arrival Oct. 11)
1943 Jan. 12 New York City Liverpool Febr. 3 SC 117 (Missing movements, Page 2)
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Apr. 21 Liverpool Halifax May 12 ONS 5
May 29 Halifax Sydney, C.B. May 31 HS 88 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
June 1 Sydney, C.B. Corner Brook June 3 SB 44 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
June 11 Corner Brook Sydney, C.B. June 12 BSC 47 Convoy available via link above
June 17 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool July 1 SC 134 Missing movements, Page 3
July 14 Liverpool Halifax July 29 ONS 13 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Aug. 21 Halifax Liverpool Sept. 4 SC 140 Missing movements, Page 3
(see also narrative below)
Sept. 26 Liverpool Halifax Oct. 14 ONS 19 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Nov. 6 Halifax Liverpool Nov. 23 SC 146 Missing movements, Page 3
1944 Jan. 24 Liverpool OS 66/KMS 40 For Freetown.
Convoy split Febr. 5.
Available at OS 66/KMS 40
(external link)
Febr. 5 Convoy split Freetown Febr. 15 OS 66 For Freetown.
Convoy available at OS 66
(external link)
March 2 Freetown Bathurst March 5 SL 151 Freetown to Bathurst.
Convoy available at SL 151
(external link)
March 15 Bathurst Dakar March 15 Independent
March 16 Dakar SL 152 4 passengers, 32 mails, Dakar to UK.
Rendezvoused w/MKS 43, March 23.
Convoy available at SL 152
(external link)
March 23 SL 152 & MKS 43 joined up Loch Ewe Apr. 3 SL 152/MKS 43 Convoy available at SL 152/MKS 43
(external link)
Apr. 4 Loch Ewe Methil Apr. 6 WN 565 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 6 Methil Hull Apr. 7 FS 1414 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
May 2 Hull Methil May 4 FN 1345 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
May 6 Methil Loch Ewe May 8 EN 380 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
May 11 Loch Ewe New York City May 27 ON 236 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 25 New York City Gitmo July 2 NG 443 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
July 2 Gitmo Ciudad Trujillo July 5 GAT 145 Gitmo to Ciudad Trujillo.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
July 13 Macoris Gitmo Independent
July 17 Gitmo New York City July 24 GN 145 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 11 New York City Liverpool Aug. 27 HX 303 See also narrative below
Sept. 29 Liverpool ONS 33 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Oct. 13 From ONS 33 Cape Cod Canal Oct. 15 XB 129A Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Oct. 15 Cape Cod Canal New York City Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 28 New York City Gitmo Nov. 3 NG 468 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Nov. 3 Gitmo San Juan, P.R. Nov. 5
Nov. 14 San Juan, P.R. Ciudad Trujillo Nov. 15 Independent Arrived Macoris, Nov. 19
(Page 4).
Nov. 23 Macoris Gitmo Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 25 Gitmo New York City Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 7 New York City Boston Independent Page 4 gives arrival Dec. 8.
Dec. 13 Boston Halifax Dec. 15 BX 137 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Dec. 17 Halifax Loch Ewe Dec. 31 SC 163
1945 Jan. 1 Loch Ewe Methil Jan. 3 WN 666 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 4 Methil Southend Jan. 6 FS 1687 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 5 Southend Milford Haven Apr. 8 TBC 119 See also Page 4
Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
Apr. 8 Milford Haven Belfast Lough Apr. 9 MH 77/2 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 12 Belfast Lough ONS 47 For Campbeltown.
Detached, Apr. 30.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Apr. 30 Detached from ONS 47 Dalhousie May 1 Independent
May 2 Dalhousie Compton, NB May 2 Independent
May 12 Compton, NB Sydney, C.B. Independent Arrived Sydney, via Dalhousie, May 16
(Page 4).
May 17 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool May 29 SC 176 From Sydney, C.B.
Subsequent voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys

 Some 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, Rena was on her way from Hampton Roads to Trinidad when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She arrived Trinidad on Apr. 13, having left Hampton Roads on the 5th.

Later that year she's listed, together with Idefjord, Norefjord and Skaraas, in Convoy OB 231, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 19 and dispersed on the 23rd. See the external link provided within the Voyage Record for more information on this convoy. Going back to the archive document, we learn that Rena arrived Sydney, C.B. on Nov. 2, St. John, N.B. on Nov. 7, having started out from Clyde on Oct. 20. It'll also be noticed, that she subsequently had a long stay in New York.

In Febr.-1941 she's listed as bound for Newport with steel and scrap iron in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 22 (having been cancelled from the faster Convoy HX 104 - Rena was still in New York when this convoy sailed on Jan. 21). She arrived Newport on March 3 and about a month later, she appears in Convoy OB 308, originating in Liverpool on Apr. 6, dispersed Apr. 13. Her destination is not given, but according to the archive document she arrived Cristobal on May 1, having started out from Milford Haven on Apr. 5. Belita, James Hawson and Vigrid are also listed, ref. link in the table above. Arnold Hague has also included Rena, along with Berto (returned), Bjerka, Bollsta, Chr. Knudsen, Don, Einvik, Loke, N. T. Nielsen Alonso and Rym, in Convoy SC 36*, departing Sydney, C.B. on July 1, arriving Liverpool on the 19th; Rena stopped at Belfast Lough on the 18th. The following month we find her in station 12 of the wesbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 4. The original convoy document gives her destination as New York; she arrived Baltimore on Aug. 27, the convoy having been dispersed on the 18th. She now remained in Baltimore for almost 2 months - again, see Page 1, where departure Baltimore is given as Oct. 22, when she proceeded to Savannah, later to Sydney. C.B., with arrival Nov. 6. She had been scheduled for the slow Convoy SC 53 on Nov. 4, but instead joined the next convoy on Nov. 10, SC 54, scrap iron for Manchester, where she arrived Dec. 2/3 (remaining there for several weeks). Eglantine and Montbretia are named among the escorts.

She later joined the westbound Convoy ON 58*, departing Liverpool on Jan. 20-1942, but this convoy returned to port the next day, presumably because of bad weather - see Bronxville. She subsequently joined Convoy ON 60*, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 26, but she's said to have returned to port again (Clyde), and does not show up in a westbound convoy again until ON 76*, which originated in Liverpool on March 15 and arrived Halifax on the 31st. No destination is given for Rena, but according to Page 2, she arrived New York on Apr. 2, having sailed from Clyde on March 14. All these convoys had several Norwegian ships, namely Fagersten, Lisbeth, Maud and Suderøy in ON 58 (in addition to Bronxville already mentioned - Acanthus and Montbretia were among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts), Aust, Fagersten, Henrik Ibsen, Inger Elisabeth, Ledaal, Lisbeth (returned), Selbo and Suderøy in ON 60, while Petter II and Ruth I are listed in ON 76. With a cargo of steel and tobacco for Manchester, Rena headed back to the U.K. at the end of that month in the slow Convoy SC 82 from Halifax, arriving her destination on May 20.

In June we find her, together with Ada, Bernhard, Boreas, Grey County, Inger Elisabeth, Ingerfire, Norse King, Para, Rio Branco, Solitaire, Trolla and Vest, in the westbound Convoy ON 102* (from Liverpool June 9, to Halifax June 25). Her destination is given as Sydney, C.B., but she appears to have been bound for Halifax (she did not go to Sydney, C.B. until July 22, when she was ready to return to the U.K. - again, see Page 2). On July 24, she joined the slow Convoy SC 93, cargo of steel and lumber for Manchester, arriving there on Aug. 8/9. On her return voyage she served as Commodore Vessel for Convoy ON 126, which arrived New York on Sept. 18, having departed Liverpool Aug. 29. From New York, Rena went to Boston, where she stayed for a few weeks before heading back to New York, and it looks like she spent a long them there as well, from Oct. 11-1942, to Jan 12-1943. According to A. Hague she had to be docked, after having struck an object.

A. Hague now has her, with a cargo of steel and lumber, in station 33 of Convoy SC 117*, which left New York on Jan. 12-1943 and arrived Liverpool Febr. 3. Daghild (returned), Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Petter II (returned), Sevilla, Solstad and Sommerstad (put back) are also named in this convoy. As will be seen on Page 2 of the archive documents, Rena proceeded to Manchester, where she stayed for a long time (unless some voyages are missing). In Apr.-1943 she served as the Commodore's ship for Convoy ONS 5, departing Liverpool on Apr. 21, arriving Halifax May 12, having lost several ships, including D/S Bonde - follow the links for more details, see also the external links at the end of this page. In June that year, Rena is listed as bound for Ellesmere Port with a cargo of sulphate and pulp in the Sydney, C.B. portion of Convoy SC 134. According to Page 3, she arrived her destination on July 1/2, later returning with Convoy ONS 13*, together with Astrid, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Harpefjell, Hiram, Maud, Norlom, Para and Sandviken (from Liverpool July 14, to Halifax July 29).

She was scheduled for Convoy SC 139 from Halifax on Aug. 9, but instead joined Convoy SC 140 on Aug. 21. She had a cargo of steel and pulp for Manchester, where she arrived on Sept. 6. Along with Acasta, Astrid, Bernhard, Hiram, Norse Lady, Novasli and Titanian, she later joined Convoy ONS 19*, which departed Liverpool on Sept. 26 and arrived Halifax Oct. 14; Rena again served as Commodore Vessel. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in Convoy SC 146, which left Halifax on Nov. 6 and arrived Liverpool on the 22nd; Rena, cargo of steel and wood pulp (Commodore Vessel), arrived Manchester Nov. 25, remaining there until Jan. 7/8-1944.

Later that month she's listed, together with Bestik, Elg and Novasli (returned) in Convoy OS 66/KMS 40, voyaging from Liverpool to Freetown with coal in station 81 of the convoy, which left Liverpool on Jan. 24-1944 and split up on Febr. 5, the KMS* portion heading to Gibraltar, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, with arrival there on Febr. 15. Rena had again served as the Commodore's ship. From Freetown, she headed to Bathurst on March 2; according to A. Hague, this voyage was made in Convoy SL 151 (for info, this convoy later joined up with MKS 42* from Gibraltar, before proceeding to the U.K., but Rena was not present at that time). Gabon is also listed. Going back to Page 3, we learn that Rena arrived Bathurst on March 5. She returned to the U.K. with Convoy SL 152/MKS 43, voyage Freetown-Loch Ewe with groundnuts, mail and 4 passengers. SL 152 had started out in Freetown on March 13, joined up with the MKS* convoy from Gibraltar on March 23, then proceeded to the U.K. as a combined convoy, with arrival Apr. 4 - Rena had joined the SL convoy from Dakar, having sailed from there on March 16; she arrived Loch Ewe on Apr. 3. The Norwegian Lisbeth, Astrid, Cetus, Snar and Slemmestad joined with the MKS section from Gibraltar. All the convoys mentioned here are available via the external links provided within the Voyage Record.

Another North Atlantic voyage was made in May-1944, when she joined Convoy ON 236*, which originated in Liverpool on May 11 and arrived New York on the 27th and also included Buenos Aires, Fjordaas, Montevideo, Norholm, Norvarg, Solsten, Sommerstad, Thorshov, Titanian and Vera. On July 25, she was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 301, for which Reinholt served as the Commodore Vessel, while the Vice Commodore was in Samuel Bakke, but Rena instead joined Convoy HX 303 on Aug. 11. 16 other Norwegian ships took part, namely Tanafjord, Dalfonn, Noravind, Atlantic, Sommerstad, Skotaas, Geisha (Vice Commodore), Thorhild, Petter, Stirlingville, Romulus, Para, Titanian, Mui Hock, Fjordaas and Norse Lady. Rena was bound for Liverpool with a cargo of sugar on that occasion, subsequently remaining there for a month (Page 3). With Cetus, Chr. Th. Boe, Dagrun (returned), Drammensfjord, Mui Hock, Para, Peik, Romulus and Titanian, she returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ONS 33*, departing Liverpool on Sept. 29, arriving Halifax Oct. 14. Rena, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived on Oct. 16. In the middle of Dec.-1944, she can be found in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 163, sugar and general for London. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 4, and as can be seen, she now appears to have remained in the London area for a long time (reason not known).

In the spring of 1945 she's listed, with Elg, Frontenac, Marie Bakke and Romulus, in Convoy ONS 47*, originating in Liverpool on Apr. 11, arriving Halifax on the 30th; her destination is given as Campbeltown, where she arrived May 2, having sailed from Belfast Lough on Apr. 12 (Commodore Vessel). According to Arnold Hague, she returned to the U.K. in Convoy SC 176*, departing Halifax on May 16, arriving Liverpool on the 29th; Rena, cargo of wood pulp, had joined this convoy from Sydney, C.B. Chr. Th. Boe, Dageid, Elg, Garonne, Glarona, Ima and Vinga are also listed.

As will be seen on Page 4, she got to go home to Norway already in July-1945.

* The ON and ONS convoys 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 and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys. Note also that the entire SC series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated); see ships in all SC convoys. The KMS and MKS convoys will also be added, but for now, please see ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys.

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


In 1954 she was fitted with two new 4 cylinder 4 scsa oil engines manufactured by Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg A.G., Augsburg. Sold in Jan.-1956 to Polish Ocean Lines, Poland, and renamed Slowacki. Transferred in 1967 to Polish Steamship Co. Sold in Febr.-1974 to Chaliotata Shipping Co. Ltd., Cyprus and renamed Rodanthia (Rodanthi A.?). Sold in 1976 to Kefalliniaki Charis Shipping Ltd., Greece. Sold in Febr. 1979 for scrapping at Piræus.

Related external links:
The Battle for Convoy ONS 5 - A long article on this battle - a section of Ahoy - Mac's Web Log, which has a lot of interesting information.

ONS 5, 28 Apr, 1943 - 6 May, 1943 - This is's account of the battle. Again, see also my own page about Convoy ONS 5.

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

Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg had earlier had a steamship named Rena, built Sunderland 1911, 4687 gt. Sold on June 19-1934 to Grimstad for breaking up.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, Norwegian America Line fleet list, Bjørn Pedersen & F. W. Hawks, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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