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M/S San Andres
Updated June 2-2012

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Scanned from Fred. Olsen & Co. fleet list, with permission from the company.

From Tony Cooper's collection.

Owner: Den Norske Middelhavslinje A/S
Manager: Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1975 gt

Built by J & K Smit's Scheepswerven, Kinderdijk, Holland in 1921.
According to this external page, she was launched that year as San Andres for D/S A/S Otto Thoresens Linie (Otto & Thor Thoresen A/S), Kristiania. Delivered in Dec.-1921 to A/S Ganger Rolf (Fred. Olsen & Co.), Kristiania, then transferred in 1938 to Den Norske Middelhavslinje A/S (Fred. Olsen & Co.), Oslo.

Captain: H. Hansen (this name was obtained from the original convoy document for Convoy HGF 32 - see below).

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, Page 2 has some information missing in the margin)
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 May-1940 to Sept.-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 May 28 Gibraltar Weymouth Bay June 5 HG 32F Earlier voyages, Page 1
June 6 Weymouth Bay London June 10 (See also Page 1).
June 18 Southend Falmouth June 19 OA 170 Again, see also Page 1 above.
Convoy available at OA 170
(external link)
June 27 Falmouth OA 174 Dispersed June 28.
For Montreal.
Convoy available at OA 174
(external link)
June 28 Dispersed from OA 174 Halifax July 8 Independent See also narrative below
July 8 Halifax Quebec July 11 Independent
July 13 Quebec Hampton Roads July 19 Independent
July 22 Hampton Roads Philadelphia July 23 Independent
July 25 Philadelphia St. John's, N.F. July 29 Independent
Aug. 2 St. John's, N.F. Botwood Independent Page 1 gives arrival Aug. 3.
Aug. 8 Botwood New Orleans Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 20 New Orleans Galveston Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 22 Galveston Port Alfred Sept. 4 Independent
Sept. 5 Port Alfred Montreal Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 8 Montreal Quebec Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 11 Quebec Hampton Roads Sept. 17 Independent
Sept. 20 Hampton Roads St. John's, N.F. Sept. 26 Independent
Oct. 1 St. John's, N.F. Botwood Oct. 6* Independent *Page 1 gives arrival Oct. 3.
Oct. 13* Botwood New Orleans Oct. 17 Independent *Again, see Page 1.
Nov. 1 Sagua Philadelphia Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 8 Philadelphia New York City Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 13 New York City Philadelphia Nov. 14 Independent
Nov. 18 Philadelphia Belem Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 2 Belem Sao Luiz Dec. 4 Independent See also Page 1
Dec. 6 Sao Luiz Ceara Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 8 Ceara Pernambuco Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 9 Pernambuco Bahia Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 11 Bahia Rio Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 16 Rio Santos Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 19 Santos Tutoia Bay Dec. 27 Independent A. Hague says:
(see also Page 2)
1941 Jan. 13 Tutoia Bay Tutoia Bay Jan. 16 Independent A. Hague says:
After salvage work
(Compare with Page 2)
Febr. 8 Tutoia Bay Boston Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 24 Boston New York City Febr. 25 Independent
May 15 New York City Hampton Roads May 16 Independent
May 17 Hampton Roads Santos June 10 Independent
June 19 Santos Havana July 9 Independent
* July 4 Guaira Curacao July 5 Independent
*This entry is in the wrong place. It belongs under 1942 and has been inserted there.
July 13 Havana Cardenas July 13 Independent
July 15 Cardenas Puerto Padre Independent
July 19 Puerto Padre New York City July 24 Independent
July 30 New York City Hampton Roads Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 2 Hampton Roads St Thomas Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 9 St Thomas Barbados Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 16 Barbados Quebec Aug. 28 Independent
Aug. 29 Quebec Sorel Aug. 30 Independent
Aug. 31 Sorel Montreal Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 15 Montreal Halifax Sept. 19 Independent
Sept. 22 Halifax Belfast Lough Oct. 5 HX 151
Oct. 7 Belfast Lough Bristol Oct. 10 BB 85 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Oct. 14 Bristol Liverpool Oct. 16 Via Milford Haven
(Page 2).
Oct. 25 Liverpool OS 10 Detached independent Nov. 15.
Convoy available at OS 10
(external link)
Nov. 15 Detached from OS 10 Bathurst Nov. 16 Independent
Dec. 1 Bathurst Freetown Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 5 Freetown Lagos Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 15 Lagos Port Harcourt Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 23 Port Harcourt Lagos Dec. 24 Independent
1942 Jan. 10 Lagos Freetown Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 27 Freetown Liverpool Febr. 16 SL 99 Convoy available at SL 99
(external link)
March 24 Liverpool Bathurst Apr. 9 OS 23 For Bathurst.
Convoy available at OS 23
(external link)
Apr. 24 Bathurst Freetown Apr. 26 Independent
Apr. 26 Freetown Belfast Lough May 19* SL 108 *Should be May 16 - See Page 3
Convoy available at SL 108
(external link)
May 17 Belfast Lough Avonmouth May 19 BB 175 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
May 23 Avonmouth Cardiff May 23 Independent
May 29 Cardiff Milford Haven May 30 Independent
May 31 Milford Haven OS 30 Detached June 10.
Detachment date approximate.
Convoy available at OS 30
(external link)
June 10 Detached from OS 30 Trinidad June 23 Independent
June 26 Trinidad Guaira June 28 TO 10 Convoy available at TO 10
(external link)
* July 4 Guaira Curacao July 5 Independent
*Voyage taken from 1941 entries above - see also Page 3
July 7 Curacao Key West* July 14* TAW 2C Curacao to Kingston.
*Arr. Kingston July 10
(Page 3)
Convoy available at TAW convoys
(external link)
July 11* Kingston Falmouth, Jamaica July 11* Independent *Should be July 15
(Page 3)
July 15 Falmouth, Jamaica Gitmo July 17 Independent
July 17 Guantanamo Key West July 21 TAW 4G Convoy available at link above
(stop at Gitmo not mentioned, Page 3).
July 24 Key West Hampton Roads July 29 KN 123 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 1 Hampton Roads Boston Aug. 4 Independent Via New York - See Page 3
Aug. 5 Boston Halifax Aug. 7 BX 32 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 9 Halifax Liverpool Aug. 21 HX 202
Sept. 11 Liverpool New York City Sept. 25 ON 129 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 1 New York City Gitmo Oct. 7 NG 310 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 11 Gitmo Puerto Plata Oct. 13 GAT 13 Gitmo to Puerto Plata.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Oct. 14 Puerto Plata Ciudad Trujillo Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 26 Ciudad Trujillo Gitmo Independent
Oct. 31 Gitmo New York City Nov. 9 GN 16 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 11 New York City Clyde Nov. 25 HX 215 See also Page 3
Dec. 11 Clyde Clyde Dec. 11 ON 153 Returned
(not mentioned, Page 3)
Dec. 27 Clyde New York City Jan. 15-1943 ON 157
1943 Jan. 19 New York City Gitmo Jan. 26 NG 338 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Jan. 27 Gitmo San Pedro de Macoris Jan. 29 Independent
Febr. 2 San Pedro de Macoris Puerto Plata Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 6 Puerto Plata Gitmo Febr. 7 Independent
Febr. 10 Gitmo New York City Febr. 18 Independent
Febr. 28 New York City Clyde March 15 HX 228 See also Page 4
Apr. 15 Clyde OS 46/KMS 13 For Bathurst.
Convoy split, Apr. 24.
Available at OS 46/KMS 13
(external link)
Apr. 24 Convoy split Bathurst May 1 OS 46 Convoy available at OS 46
(external link)
May 30 Bathurst SL 130 A. Hague says:
Called Dakar May 31, met SL 130 June 1
(see Page 4).
Convoy rendezvoused with MKS 14, June 11.
Available at SL 130
(external link)
June 11 SL 130 & MKS 14 joined up SL 130/MKS 14 Detached w/SL 130F, June 18.
Convoy available at SL 130/MKS 14
(external link)
June 18 Detached from SL 130/MKS 14 Loch Ewe June 20 SL 130F Convoy available at SL 130F
(external link)
June 21 Loch Ewe Methil June 23 WN 444 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 23 Methil Spurn Head for Hull June 24 FS 1149 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see Page 4
July 4 Spurn Head Methil July 5 FN 1063 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 7 Methil Loch Ewe July 9 EN 252 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
July 10 Loch Ewe New York City July 22 ON 192 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 20 New York City Gitmo Aug. 27 NG 381 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Aug. 27 Gitmo Ciudad Trujillo Aug. 29 GAT 83 Gitmo to Ciudad Trujillo.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Sept. 1 Ciudad Trujillo San Pedro de Macoris Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 3 San Pedro de Macoris Gitmo Independent
Sept. 6 Gitmo New York City Sept. 14* GN 82 *See also Page 4
Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 22 New York City Liverpool Oct. 6 HX 258 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Oct. 18 Liverpool New York City Nov. 4 ON 207 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 19 New York City Loch Ewe Dec. 3 HX 267 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Dec. 4 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 5 WN 512B Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 5 Methil Southend Dec. 7 FS 1291 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
Dec. 19 Southend Methil Dec. 21 FN 1210 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 21 Methil Oban Dec. 23 EN 322 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 26 Loch Ewe* OS 63/KMS 37 *From Oban.
For Dakar.
Convoy split Jan. 7-1944.
Available at OS 63/KMS 37
(external link)
1944 Jan. 7 Convoy split Dakar Jan. 17* OS 63 *Page 5 gives Jan. 15.
Convoy available at OS 63
(external link)
Jan. 17 Dakar Bathurst Jan. 18 Independent Missing movements? (Page 5)
Jan. 31 Bathurst Dakar Jan. 31 Independent
Febr. 4 Dakar SL 148 3 Passengers, 10 Mails, Dakar to UK.
Rendezvoused with MKS 39, Febr. 12.
Convoy available at SL 148
(external link)
Febr. 12 SL 148 & MKS 39 joined up Avonmouth Febr. 25 SL 148/MKS 39 Convoy available at SL 148/MKS 39
(external link)
March 16 Avonmouth Loch Ewe March 18 Independent
March 20 Loch Ewe Methil March 21 WN 559 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
March 22 Methil Tyne March 22
1945 Jan. 21* Tyne N Shields Jan. 22* FS 1704 Put back.
*Compare w/Page 5
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Jan. 23 N Shields Southend Jan. 24 FS 1705 Convoy available at link above
(see also Page 5).
Jan. 26 Downs(*) OS 107/KMS 81 *Southend.
For Bombay.
Convoy split, Jan. 30.
Available at OS 107/KMS 81
(external link)
Jan. 30 Convoy split Gibraltar Febr. 5 KMS 81G Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Febr. 5 Gibraltar Port Said Febr. 13 Independent On to Suez same day
Febr. 14 Suez Aden Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 20 Aden Bombay Febr. 27 Independent
March 10 Bombay Fremantle March 27 Independent
March 23* Fremantle Sydney, N.S.W. Apr. 6 Independent *Should be March 29
Apr. 19* Sydney, N.S.W. Manus May 28 Independent *Page 5 gives departure May 19.
July 20 Manus Sydney, N.S.W. July 29 Independent
Sept. 8 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 17 Brisbane Manus Sept. 21 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 5 & Page 6

 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 more details; several Norwegian ships took part.

As can be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, San Andres had arrived Seville from Norway in the spring of 1940. In May, she's listed in station 82 of Convoy HGF 32 from Gibraltar to the U.K., bound for Portland and London with potatoes, sailing right next to Torfinn Jarl. She arrived Portland on June 6, London June 10 and later that month we find her in Convoy OA 170, which left Southend on June 18, but she was only bound for Falmouth on that occasion. (Ref. external link provided in the Voyage Record).

Shortly thereafter, she was one of several Norwegian ships transporting Norway's gold across the Atlantic (see my page about M/S Bomma). For this voyage, the external website that I've linked to in the table above has her in Convoy OA 174 (left Southend on June 25, dispersed June 28), and the webmaster of the site has sent me the following note, presumably from the Commodore's notes: 'At 1630, 27th June, I closed "San Andres" and embarked Mr. Mossigen as directed in your signal timed 1247, 27th June. He was reluctant to leave San Andres and explained that he was acting directly under the orders of the Norwegian Government and that he felt considerable hesitation in obeying instructions from any other source. It was not difficult to appreciate this hesitation when Mr. Mossigen explained that he was in sole charge of San Andres's cargo which consisted of gold bullion to the value of £1,250,000'. (In today's money, this is estimated to be about 18,000,000 pounds, or 33,000,000 dollars). According to Page 1, San Andres arrived Halifax on July 8-1940 (having started out from Falmouth June 27), proceeding to Quebec that same day, with arrival July 11 - perhaps that's where the gold was deposited?

The rest of her 1940 voyages are listed on Page 1 and Page 2, the latter document also showing her 1941 voyages. It'll be noticed that she appears to have spent quite a long time in New York, where she had arrived from Boston on Febr. 25-1941. Departure is given as May 15 when she proceeded to Hampton Roads. In his record above, A. Hague mentions a grounding at the end of 1940; I have no further details on this and don't know whether her long stay in New York had anything to do with that, but it's possible repairs had been necessary.

Skipping now to Sept. 22-1941, when we find her in station 105 of Convoy HX 151 from Halifax to the U.K., together with the Norwegian Sama (station 85), Dagrun (54), Meline (43), Morgenen (93), Belinda, Thorshøvdi (53), Sophocles, Tigre (44), Hardanger (94), Leiv Eiriksson (24), and Laurits Swenson. The convoy arrived Liverpool on Oct. 7, but San Andres, cargo of flour, stopped at Belfast Lough on the 5th, later proceeding to Bristol, where she arrived Oct. 10. She can now be found in Convoy OS 10, departingLiverpool on Oct. 25 (station 32). She had a cargo of explosives. Again, follow the link in the Voyage Record for more convoy details. Other Norwegian ships mentioned are Fana, Somerville and Rio Verde. This was a Freetown bound convoy, but San Andres was bound for Bathurst, RG, where she arrived on Nov. 16, having detached from the convoy the day before, according to A. Hague. Page 2 has her subsequent voyages.

With a cargo of W.A. produce, she later returned to the U.K. in Convoy SL 99, which departed Freetown on Jan. 27-1942 and arrived Liverpool Febr. 16, again with other Norwegian ships in company (link in Voyage Record). After having remained in Liverpool for several weeks, she joined Convoy OS 23, which left Liverpool March 24 and arrived Freetown Apr. 11. San Andres, however, was again bound for Bathurst (station 34), where she arrived Apr. 9. She headed back in the other direction with Convoy SL 108/SLF 108, which sailed from Freetown on Apr. 26 and arrived Liverpool on May 19. She was in the fast section (SLF), station 14, her voyage is given as Bathurst-Clyde, cargo of groundnuts (A. Hague says her cargo consisted of iron ore - re. link to his listing in the table above). According to Page 3, she stopped at Belfast Lough on May 16, later continuing to Avonmouth, where she arrived May 19. In June that year, she's listed in Convoy OS 30, voyaging in station 14 from Milford to La Guaira, via Trinidad for bunkers. This was also a Freetown bound convoy, but according to A. Hague, she was detached around June 10; she arrived Trinidad on June 23, La Guaira June 28 (cargo of patent fuel, station 14), proceeding to Curacao early the following month.

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 3 above; convoy information for some of these can be found in A. Hague's Voyage Record.

On Aug. 9-1942, I have her in station 45 of the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 202, bound for Mersey with a cargo of sugar, sailing next to 3 other Norwegian ships, namely Montevideo, Heranger and Hindanger (other Norwegian ships also took part, as will be seen when following the link. It'll also be noticed that San Andres is mentioned in the Commodore's notes). All 4 of them are also mentioned in the westbound Convoy ON 127, leaving Liverpool for New York on Sept. 4, in which several Norwegian ships were torpedoed; however, there's a minus next to her name, which probably means she did not sail - she's not included in A. Hague's listing for ON 127. Instead, he has her in Convoy ON 129*, which left Liverpool on Sept. 11 and arrived New York on the 25th, and this fits better with the details found on Page 3. She later returned across the Atlantic in Convoy HX 215, which departed New York on Nov. 11 and arrived Liverpool on the 25th. San Andres again had a cargo of sugar and was bound for Clyde, where she arrived on the 25th. With destination Cuba, she was scheduled for the westbound Convoy ON 153 on Dec. 11 (Bello and others were sunk; follow the links for details), but did not sail (A. Hague indicates she did join but returned to port). She instead joined Convoy ON 157 later that month and arrived New York on Jan. 15-1943. The Norwegian Skiensfjord served as the Commodore Ship for this convoy.

In Febr.-1943, she's listed, with a cargo of sugar for Greenock, in station 34 of Convoy HX 228 in which Brant County was sunk. Please follow the link for much more information on this convoy; a cruising order/Commodore's notes and several reports are available and there's also an analysis of attacks. In Apr.-1943, she shows up in convoy OS 46/KMS 13, voyage Clyde-Bathurst with stores, station 95. This convoy originated in Liverpool on Apr. 15 and split up on the 24th, the KMS convoy* arriving Gibraltar on Apr. 26, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, where it arrived May 3. San Andres (in the OS convoy) arrived Bathurst on May 1 (having sailed from Clyde on Apr. 15), returning to the U.K. with Convoy SL 130/MKS 14. The SL portion had started out in Freetown on May 30 and arrived Liverpool on June 21, having joined up with MKS 14* from Gibraltar on June 11. San Andres had a cargo of groundnuts, voyage Bathurst-Loch Ewe (SL portion); she had left Bathurst on May 30 and arrived Loch Ewe June 20, having stopped at Dakar on the way. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 4 - more convoy information can be found via the links provided in the table above; other Norwegian ships also took part.

She subsequently made another voyage to New York, having joined Convoy ON 192*, which originated in Liverpool on July 9-1943 and arrived New York July 22 (Commodore in Laurits Swenson). San Andres had joined from Loch Ewe, and now remained in New York for almost a month. According to A. Hague, she later went back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 258*, departing New York on Sept. 22, arriving Liverpool Oct. 6. This convoy is not yet available among the HX convoys included on my website, but will be added. She returned to New York again in Convoy ON 207*, leaving Liverpool on Oct. 18, arriving New York Nov. 4, and later that month, A. Hague has included her in Convoy HX 267*, departing New York Nov. 19, arriving Liverpool Dec. 3; San Andres stopped at Loch Ewe that day (Page 4).

She can now be found in Convoy OS 63/KMS 37, voyage from Oban to Dakar and Bathurst in ballast in station 114 of the convoy, which left Liverpool on Dec. 25-1943 and split up Jan. 7-1944, the KMS convoy* arriving Gibraltar on Jan. 7, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, with arrival there Jan. 17. As already indicated, San Andres (in the OS convoy) was bound for Dakar and Bathurst, arriving Dakar on Jan. 15, Bathurst Jan. 18 - she had started out from Oban on Dec. 26. She later returned to the U.K. in Febr.-1944 with Convoy SL 148/MKS 39, cargo of groundnuts, mail and 3 passengers, voyage Dakar-Barry Roads. SL 148 had originated in Freetown on Febr. 1, joined up with the MKS portion* from Gibraltar on the 12th, and arrived Liverpool on Febr. 24. More convoy information is available via the external links provided in the Voyage Record, while San Andres' departure and arrival dates/ports are shown on Page 5 of the archive documents. As will be seen, there's a big gap in her voyages, from March 22-1944 to Jan. 15-1945 - I'm not sure what the reason is for this long stay at Tyne.

She was scheduled for Convoy OS 106/KMS 80*, which left Liverpool Jan. 22-1945 (ref. external link at the end of this page), but instead joined the next convoy, OS 107/KMS 81, originating in Liverpool on Jan. 27. San Andres was on a voyage from Southend to Suez and Bombay with sulphate of ammonia in station 63 (KMS convoy*). Again, see Page 5 above for info on her departure and arrival dates. The Norwegian Acasta also took part in this convoy. Page 5 also lists some 1946 voyages, while a couple more are shown on Page 6.

* 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. As will be seen, they all had several Norwegian ships. The MKS and KMS convoys will also be added, but for now, please see the section listing ships in all MKS convoys and ships in all KMS convoys (note that the only convoy San Andres took part in was KMS 81). Additionally, the entire HX series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), ships in all HX convoys has the names of other ships sailing in HX 258 and HX 267.

More details on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page can be found with the help of the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in 1958 to to Mohamed Abubakar Bakhashab, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, renamed Dhahran (Dliahran?). See also this external page.

Related external links:
OS/KMS Convoys - As can be seen, San Andres is mentioned in OS 106/KMS 80, but instead sailed in the next convoy.

Fred Olsen & Co. today

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Norway had lost a steamship named San Andrés to WW I, built 1911, 1656 gt (D/S A/S Otto Thoresen) - torpedoed and sunk by U-86 in the Bristol Channel on May 11-1918, voyage Barcelona-Christiania via Swansea. This posting to my Ship Forum has some more details.


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