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M/T Seirstad
Updated June 7-2012

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Owner: Universal Shipping Co. A/S
Manager: A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
9916 gt

Built by Deutsche Werft AG, Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg in 1937.

Captain from March-1942 was Trygve Eide, who had previously been the captain of Stiklestad.
1st mate (and radio operator) on this ship when the war started was Thorvald Andreassen, who later became her captain.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

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

Voyage Record
From Dec.-1941 to Dec.-1945:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Dec. 4 Singapore Thursday Island Independent Earlier voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
Dec. 13 Thursday Island Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 23 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Dec. 25 Independent
Dec. 27 Brisbane Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 29 Independent
1942 Jan. 15 Sydney, N.S.W. Fremantle Jan. 25 Independent
Jan. 30 Fremantle Palembang Febr. 10 MS 3 Convoy available at MS 3
(external link)
Febr. 13 Palembang Batavia Febr. 14 Independent Bombed in Banka Strait Febr. 13.
See also narrative below
Febr. 23 Batavia SM 4/1 Independent from Sunda Strait to Colombo.
Dispersed 08 10S 103 51E, Febr. 25.
Convoy available at SM 4
(external link)
Febr. 25 Dispersed from SM 4 Colombo March 4 Independent On to Bombay March 5
(Page 2).
Sept. 30 Bombay Fremantle Oct. 16 Independent A. Hague says:
After bomb damage repairs
Oct. 18 Fremantle Melbourne Oct. 25 Independent
Oct. 28 Melbourne Los Angeles Nov. 27 Independent
1943 Febr. 6 Los Angeles Brisbane March 5 Independent
March 9 Brisbane Townsville March 11 Independent
March 15 Townsville Cairns March 15 Independent
March 19 Cairns Talara Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 21 Talara Wellington May 17 Independent
May 21 Wellington Nelson May 22 Independent
May 27 Nelson Los Angeles June 20 Independent
June 30 Los Angeles Lyttleton July 28 Independent
July 31 Lyttleton Dunedin Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 4 Dunedin Los Angeles Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 8 Los Angeles Auckland Sept. 30 Independent
Oct. 7 Auckland Talara Oct. 29 Independent
Oct. 31 Talara Sydney, N.S.W. Nov. 30 Independent
Dec. 4 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 12 Brisbane Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 14 PG 90 Convoy available at PG 90
(external link)
1944 March 12 Sydney, N.S.W. Balboa Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 11 Cristobal Aruba Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 15 Aruba Cristobal Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 19 Balboa Brisbane May 20 Independent
May 24 Brisbane Townsville May 27 Independent
May 28 Townsville Cairns May 29 Independent
June 2 Cairns Townsville June 3 Independent
June 3 Townsville Gladstone June 5 Independent
June 6 Gladstone Los Angeles July 1 Independent
July 6 Los Angeles Melbourne Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 11 Melbourne Balboa Independent
Sept. 11 Cristobal Aruba Sept. 13 Independent
Sept. 15 Aruba Cristobal Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 19 Balboa Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 21 Independent
Oct. 22 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 27 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 28 Independent
Nov. 12 Sydney, N.S.W. Talara Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 9 Talara Auckland Jan. 2-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 24 Auckland Fremantle Febr. 6 Independent
Febr. 7 Fremantle Abadan Febr. 27 Independent See also Page 3
March 3 Abadan Capetown March 24 Independent
March 30 Capetown Abadan Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 22 Abadan Fremantle May 14 Independent
May 15 Fremantle Sydney, N.S.W. Independent
May 26 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane May 27 Independent
May 31 Brisbane Gladstone June 2 Independent Notional sailing date
June 4 Gladstone Balboa July 3 Independent
July 4 Cristobal Covenas July 5 Independent
July 6 Covenas Philadelphia July 14 Independent
July 17 Philadelphia Baltimore July 17 Independent
Dec. 15* Baltimore Las Piedras Dec. 22 Independent *Page 4 gives departure Dec. 13.
Dec. 23 Las Piedras Curacao Dec. 24 Independent
Dec. 24 Curacao New York City Dec. 31 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 4 above

 Misc. WW II: 

As will be seen when going to Page 1, Seirstad arrived Adelaide on Apr. 9-1940, the day of the German invasion of Norway. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document, continuing on Page 2.

In Dec.-1941, she was in Singapore, later sailing to Sydney and Brisbane, then back to Sydney and on to Fremantle, where she arrived Jan. 25-1942 (see Page 2 above). She was 1 of 4 Norwegian tankers in Convoy MS 3, departing Fremantle on Jan. 30 to pick up as much oil as possible in Palembang. In addition to Seirstad, they were Erling Brøvig, Elsa and Herborg. This was around the time that the Japanese attacked Sumatra with Palembang as their main goal. Around Febr. 12 all the ships in Palembang got the order to sail, as an attack was imminent. That night the Banka Straits was full of ships of all types, trying to retreat ahead of the Japanese threat. On Friday the 13th the convoy of tankers was out of the Straits and headed for Batavia, with the British destroyers Jupiter and Stronghold as escorts, when attacked by at least 8 aircraft. A bomb detonated in the sea close to Seirstad, resulting in a large hole in her side and she was listing heavily. She had a cargo of aviation fuel at the time. Her crew launched the boats and remained nearby for a while, then when it seemed safe to do so, they reboarded and continued towards Batavia, having managed to straighten the ship, and arrived Batavia on Febr. 14.

They were able to get out of Batavia shortly before the Japanese invaded. Seirstad initially went to Colombo (arrived March 4), but was redirected to Bombay, where she arrived on March 8. She was subsequently docked for repairs, remaining there until Sept. 30-1942, when she proceeded to Fremantle - again, see Page 2. It'll be noticed that she also spent a long time in Los Angeles, where she arrived from Melbourne on Nov. 27-1942; departure is given as Febr. 6-1943, when she headed to Brisbane - according to the Stavern Memorial, she lost a crew member on this voyage, ref. external link at the end of this page.

Page 3 shows another long stay in Sydney, where she had arrived from Brisbane on Dec. 14-1943. She did not leave again until March 12-1944. Her 1945 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 4; as can be seen, she appears to have had a long stay in Baltimore that year. This document shows her voyages to March-1946.


According to this external page, she was transferred to Skibs-A/S Sangstad (A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Lysaker), Oslo in 1948. On Jan. 14-1958, she broke in 2 in position 40 01N 05 23E, when on a voyage from Ras Tanura to Barcelona with fuel oil. 3 died. The foreship was sunk by a French warship to prevent danger to other shipping, while the after part was towed to Bizerta by another French warship. The aft part was sold that same year to Empresa Nacional Elcano, Sevilla with the intention of building a new foreship and giving her the name Valdelugeros, but arrived Sevilla on May 4 and laid up, later sold for breaking up.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemoration
- Seaman Samuel Gottfred Sørensen is listed here as having died at sea on Febr. 23-1943 due to illness. According to Page 2 of the archive documents, Seirstad was on her way from Los Angeles to Brisbane on that date.

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The company had a steamship named Seirstad (spelt Seierstad in some sources), built Oslo 1900, 995 gt. Sold to Risør (Jacob Prebensen Jr.) in 1916. Listed as sunk by a German U-boat in Nov.-1916.


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