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D/S Rio Novo
Updated May 17-2012

To Rio Novo on the "Ships starting with R" page.

From Tony Cooper's collection.

Old postcard, received from Jan Goedhart, Holland.

Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Owner: A/S Sobral
Manager: Øivind Lorentzen, Oslo
Tonnage: 2490 gt

Built by Sir John Priestman & Co., Sunderland in 1937.

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 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9

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

  Voyage Record
From Oct.-1941 to Oct.-1942:  

(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, the record is incomplete.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Oct. 17 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough Nov. 3 SC 50 2 Passengers.
A. Hague says:
Previously traded N & S America.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Nov. 6 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Nov. 8 BB 97 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
On to Bristol, same day
(Page 3).
Nov. 15 Avonmouth* Portishead Nov. 15 Independent *From Bristol
(Page 3).
Nov. 22 Portishead Milford Haven Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 24 Milford Haven ON 40 For Norfolk, VA.
(via Belfast Lough - See Page 3)
Dispersed Dec.4
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 4 Dispersed from ON 40 Hampton Roads Dec. 18 Independent
Dec. 27 Hampton Roads Halifax Jan. 1-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 20 Halifax Belfast Lough Febr. 1 HX 171
Febr. 2 Belfast Lough Newport Febr. 3 BB 132 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Febr. 24 Newport Swansea Febr. 24 Independent
March 1 Swansea Milford Haven March 2 Independent Again, see also Page 3
March 4 Milford Haven ON 73 For Boston.
Dispersed 41 57N 60 15W, March 16.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 16 Dispersed from ON 73 Boston March 19 Independent
Apr. 1 Boston Halifax Apr. 3 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(agrees w/Page 3)
Apr. 8 Halifax Belfast Lough Apr. 20 HX 184 See also narrative below
Apr. 21 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Apr. 23 BB 165 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 29 Avonmouth Milford Haven Apr. 29 Independent
Apr. 30 Milford Haven ON 91 For NYC
(via Belfast Lough - See Page 3).
Dispersed 42 18N 69 15W, May 15.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 15 Dispersed from ON 91 New York City May 15 Independent
May 27 New York City Cape Cod Bay May 28 Independent
May 29 Cape Cod Bay Halifax May 31 BX 21 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
May 31 Halifax Belfast Lough June 11 HX 192
June 11 Belfast Lough Bristol June 13 BB 185 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
June 22 Bristol Milford Haven June 24 Independent
June 25 Milford Haven Cape Cod Bay July 9 ON 107 For NYC.
See also Page 4
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 9 Cape Cod Bay New York City July 10 Independent
July 22 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
July 25 Cape Cod Bay Halifax July 27 BX 30B Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 2 Halifax Belfast Lough Aug. 13 HX 201 See also narrative below
Aug. 14 Belfast Lough Newport Aug. 15 BB 209 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Aug. 25 Newport Milford Haven Aug. 26 Independent (See also Page 4).
Aug. 27 Milford Haven New York City Sept. 12 ON 125 Via Belfast Lough
(Page 4).
Sept. 14 New York City Hampton Roads Sept. 16 Independent
Sept. 26 Hampton Roads Key West Oct. 2 NK 504 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
Oct. 3 Key West Progresso Oct. 7 Independent A. Hague says:
Then traded Progresso/New Orleans to Dec.-1945.
Subsequent voyages:
Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8 & Page 9

 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.

Judging for the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, it looks like Rio Novo had been to Norway just before war broke out there on Apr. 9-1940. She arrived Norfolk on Apr. 28, proceeding to St. Thomas the next day.

Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3. It'll be noticed that she spent quite a long time in Baltimore that fall, before proceeding to Sydney, C.B., and together with the Norwegian Atlantic, Bur, Fjordaas, Geisha, Lysaker V and Marianne, Arnold Hague has now included her in the slow eastbound North Atlantic Convoy SC 50, departing Sydney, C.B. on Oct. 17-1941, arriving Liverpool on Nov. 4 - Rio Novo stopped at Belfast Lough on Nov. 3, continuing to Avonmouth a couple of days later. She had a general cargo and also carried 2 passengers. This convoy is not yet available among the SC convoys included in my Convoys section, but will be added; see Ships in all SC convoys. Later that month she's listed as bound for Norfolk, VA with a cargo of china clay in station 12 of the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 40*, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 25 and dispersed on Dec. 4. The Norwegian Arthur W. Sewall, Charles Racine (returned following a collision), Egda, Evita, Fernmoor, Finnanger (returned), Slemdal, Storanger, Tai Shan and Velox are also listed. Rio Novo arrived Hampton Roads on Dec. 18.

She returned to the U.K. in Jan.-1942 in Convoy HX 171 from Halifax, for which Acanthus and Rose acted as escorts for a while. At the beginning of March we find her in station 13 of the westbound Convoy ON 73*, which departed Liverpool on March 5 and dispersed on the 16th. Her destination is given as Boston on that occasion; Gausdal and Leiv Eiriksson also took part, and Acanthus and Rose are again named among the escorts, as are Eglantine and Potentilla, see ON convoy escorts. According to Page 3, Rio Novo arrived Boston on March 19, having started out from Milford Haven on the 4th. The following month, she can be found among the ships in Convoy HX 184 from Halifax, having been cancelled from the previous convoy, HX 183, then headed back across the Atlantic at the beginning of May with Convoy ON 91* (left Liverpool May 1, dispersed May 15), together with Bello, Geisha, Heranger, Kronprinsen, Laurits Swenson, Salamis and Skaraas. Rio Novo was bound for New York and had station 12 of the convoy, arriving her destination on May 16.

On May 31-1942, she joined Convoy HX 192 from Halifax, arriving Bristol, via Belfast Lough, on June 13 (Page 3), returning to New York with Convoy ON 107*, which originated in Liverpool on June 26 and dispersed off Halifax on July 9, Rio Novo arriving New York the next day - see Page 4. She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Fernmoor, Garonne, Glittre, Havkong, Polartank and Samuel Bakke. Rio Novo went back to the U.K. again at the beginning of Aug.-1942 in Convoy HX 201 - see also this report on its passage (Rio Novo had been cancelled from HX 200, for which Montbretia, Acanthus and Potentilla served as escorts). She arrived Newport, via Belfast Lough, on Aug. 15, returning to New York at the end of that month with Convoy ON 125, for which Samuel Bakke served as the Commodore Vessel (Vice Commodore in Skiensfjord?). According to the Commodore's notes for ON 125, Rio Novo had a man overboard on Sept. 11. He was picked up, but subsequently died. This must have been Radio Operator Finn G. Hauff who's said to have died in an accident at sea on Sept. 11-1942 at the Stavern Memorial website - ref. link below. Rio Novo arrived New York on Sept. 12.

She now started making voyages between the U.S. and Progreso, as will be seen on Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8 and Page 9, continuing in this service for the rest of the war.

* The ON 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 (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON 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.


According to this external page, she was converted to tanker in 1949, 3479 gt, 2041 net, renamed Ultragaz. Renamed Gasbras Sul in 1954, Mundogas Sul in 1961. Owned from Aug.-1963 by Pansubco S.A., Panama. Laid up as storage ship in Dec.-1963. Sold for breaking up in Jan.-1967.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial Commemoration - Radio Operator Finn G. Hauff is commemorated, said to have died in an accident at sea on Sept. 11-1942, so this must have been the man who fell overboard while in Convoy ON 125.

Back to Rio Novo 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.


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