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M/T Skotaas
Updated June 30-2012

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Manager: Iver Bugge, Larvik
8190 gt

Delivered from Caledon S.B. & Eng. Co. Ltd., Dundee (335) in Apr.-1931 as Skotaas to Skibs-A/S Nanset (Iver Bugge), Larvik. 8190 gt, 11 420 tdwt, 451.1' x 59.2' x 35.9', dbl. scr. 2 x 7 cyl. 4T single acting B&W engines, 3000 bhp (A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg), 11 knots. Signal letters - LDSK.

Captain: Hans Nielsen Augestad. He had been a captain since 1901, and had sailed all through the 1st WW without a break, and did the same during the 2nd war.

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Warsailor Stories - Edward Driscoll's story.

In the Norwegian magazine "Krigsseileren, Issue No. 1 for 1975 I came across a letter written by Edward Driscoll, who sailed on board Skotaas at some point. I mentioned this, in case any of his relatives should happen upon this website, looking for information. He has since been located in Wales - see the end of my page about Fjordheim. He also sailed on 6 other Norwegian ships, namely Frode, Sola(?), Daghild, Bosphorus, California Express and Cetus, all included on this website except for Sola (I believe this should be Solør). Edward has since sent me his WW II sea story, which I've added to my Warsailors Stories section - ref. link above. If any of his old shipmates should see this and would like to get in touch, I'd be glad to pass on his contact information. My address has been provided at the bottom of this page.

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 Jan.-1946:

(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 may be missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 7 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Apr. 8 Independent From Singapore, March 18.
See Page 1
? Apr. 9 Brisbane Newcastle, N.S.W. Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 12 Newcastle, N.S.W.* Brisbane Apr. 15 Independent *From Sydney, N.S.W.
(Page 1)
Apr. 16 Brisbane Darwin Apr. 24 Independent
Apr. 25 Darwin Singapore Apr. 30 Independent
May 5 Singapore Pladjoe May 6 Independent
May 9 Pladjoe Singapore May 10 Independent
May 12 Singapore Geraldton May 21 Independent
May 24 Geraldton Fremantle May 25 Independent
May 31 Fremantle Balikpapan June 8 Independent
June 10 Balikpapan Miri June 15 Independent
June 15 Miri Hong Kong June 20 Independent
June 25 Hong Kong Miri July 1 Independent
July 3 Miri Singapore Independent Page 1 gives arrival July 6.
July 8* Singapore Melbourne July 28 Independent *Page 1 gives departure July 11.
Aug. 4 Melbourne Palembang Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 22 Palembang Singapore Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 26 Singapore Melbourne Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 20 Melbourne Portland, Vic Sept. 21 Independent
Sept. 22 Portland, Vic Sourabaya Oct. 4 Independent
Nov. 13 Sourabaya Balikpapan Nov. 15 Independent
Nov. 16 Balikpapan Singapore Nov. 23 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 27 Singapore Pladjoe Nov. 28 Independent Again, see also Page 1
Dec. 1 Pladjoe Singapore Dec. 2 Independent Notional sailing date
Dec. 4 Singapore Melbourne Dec. 22 Independent
Dec. 25 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 30 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Dec. 30 Independent
Dec. 31 Newcastle, N.S.W. Balikpapan Jan. 14-1941 Independent Via Thursday Island, Jan. 7
(Page 1)
1941 Jan. 17 Balikpapan Singapore Jan. 21 Independent
Jan. 24 Singapore Pladjoe Jan. 25 Independent
Jan. 27 Pladjoe Singapore Independent
Febr. 1 Singapore Durban Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 26 Durban Port Elizabeth Febr. 28 Independent
March 1 Port Elizabeth Durban March 3 Independent
? March 4 Abadan* Colombo* March 15* Independent *From Durban to Bahrein - Arrived March 20
See Page 2
March 21 Bahrein East London Apr. 10 Independent Via Port Elizabeth
(Page 2)
Apr. 14 East London Port Elizabeth Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 19 Port Elizabeth Abadan May 9 Independent
May 14 Abadan Capetown June 6 Independent
June 13 Capetown Walvis Bay June 16 Independent
June 18 Walvis Bay Port Elizabeth June 22 Independent
July 28 Port Elizabeth Durban July 30 Independent
July 30 Durban Bombay Aug. 16 Independent
Sept. 13 Bombay Bahrein Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 20 Bahrein Mombasa Oct. 1 Independent
Oct. 7 Mombasa Bahrein Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 19 Bahrein Port Okha Oct. 24 Independent
Oct. 28 Port Okha Bombay Oct. 29 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 15 Bombay Abadan Nov. 21 Independent
Nov. 23 Abadan Aden Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 4 Aden Massawa Dec. 7* Independent *Page 2 gives arrival Dec. 10.
Dec. 16 Massawa Aden Dec. 19 Independent
Dec. 19 Aden Abadan Dec. 27 Independent
Dec. 30 Abadan Mombasa Jan. 11-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 16 Mombasa Zanzibar Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 18 Zanzibar Bahrein Jan. 30 Independent
Jan. 31 Bahrein Mombasa Febr. 12 Independent
Febr. 17 Mombasa Abadan March 1 Independent
March 4 Abadan Colombo March 15 Independent
March 16 Colombo Melbourne Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 19 Melbourne Hobart Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 23 Hobart Abadan May 31 Independent
June 1 Abadan Lourenço Marques June 22 Independent
June 27 Lourenço Marques Abadan July 16 Independent
July 19 Abadan Colombo July 30 Independent
Aug. 3 Colombo Abadan Aug. 16* Independent *Page 2 gives arrival Aug. 14.
Aug. 16 Abadan Karachi Aug. 21 Independent
Aug. 23 Karachi Port Okha Aug. 25 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(Page 2 gives Aug. 24).
Aug. 30 Port Okha Abadan Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 8 Abadan Lourenço Marques Oct. 1 Independent
Oct. 5 Lourenço Marques Durban Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 30 Durban Punta Arenas Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 26 Punta Arenas Talara Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 11 Talara Balboa Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 20 Cristobal Galveston Dec. 26 Independent A. Hague says:
For refit
(see also narrative below).
1943 June 11 Galveston Port Arthur June 12 Independent Left Port Arthur June 14.
See Page 3
June 14 Galveston Bar Key West June 18 HK 194 Convoy available at HK convoys
(external link)
June 23 Key West New York City June 29 KN 248 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
June 30 New York City Boston Independent
July 4 Boston Halifax July 6 BX 61 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
July 8 Halifax Milford Haven July 22 SC 136 See also narrative below
July 23 Milford Haven Falmouth July 24 WP 374 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Aug. 5 Falmouth Milford Haven Aug. 6
Aug. 7 Milford Haven New York City Aug. 21 ON 196 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 27 New York City Loch Ewe Sept. 10 HX 254
Sept. 11 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 13 WN 478 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 15 Methil Southend Sept. 16 FS 1220A Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Sept. 27 Southend Methil Sept. 29 FN 1137 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 1 Methil Loch Ewe Oct. 3 EN 288 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 5 Loch Ewe New York City Oct. 23 ON 205 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 1 New York City Hampton Roads Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 4 Hampton Roads Gibraltar Nov. 21 UGS 23 For Gibraltar.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 29 Gibraltar Port Said Dec. 9 KMS 33 For Port Said
(arr. Suez, Dec. 10 - Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Dec. 13 Suez Aden Dec. 19 Independent
Dec. 19 Aden Abadan Dec. 27 Independent
Dec. 31 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
1944 Jan. 6 Bandar Abbas Aden Jan. 13 PA 65 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Jan. 13 Aden Suez Jan. 19 Independent (Arrived Port Said, Jan 22 - See Page 4)
Jan. 25 Port Said Malta Jan. 31 GUS 29 Port Said to Malta.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 10 Malta New York City March 8 GUS 30 Malta to USA.
Convoy available at link above
Apr. 20 New York City Norfolk, VA Apr. 21 Independent On to New York Apr. 23
(Page 4)
Apr. 27 New York City Clyde May 14 HX 289 Escort Oiler
(see also narrative below).
May 15 Clyde Loch Ewe May 16 Independent
May 16 Loch Ewe Scapa Flow May 17 WN 583 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
May 20 Scapa Flow Loch Ewe May 21
May 21 Loch Ewe Londonderry Independent
May 27 Londonderry New York City June 9 ON 238 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 24 New York City Liverpool July 11 HX 297 Escort Oiler, 70 depth charges
July 13 Barry* Portland July 15 EBC 40 *From Milford Haven
(Page 4).
Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
July 18 Portland Belfast Lough July 20
July 25 Belfast Lough New York City Aug. 9 ON 246 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 11 New York City Loch Ewe Aug. 27 HX 303
Aug. 28 Loch Ewe Scapa Flow Aug. 28 WN 626 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 3 Scapa Flow Loch Ewe Sept. 4 EN 430 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 7 Loch Ewe Boston Sept. 21 ON 252 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Sept. 24 Boston New York City Sept. 25 Independent
Sept. 27 New York City Boston Independent
Sept. 29 Boston Halifax Oct. 1 BX 127 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Oct. 4 Halifax Clyde Oct. 19 SC 158 Escort Oiler
(again, see also Page 4).
Oct. 25 Clyde New York City Nov. 10 ON 262 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 29 New York City Clyde Dec. 13 HX 323 Escort Oiler
See also Page 5
Dec. 19 Clyde Philadelphia Jan. 5-1945 ON 273 Convoy will be added.
See link above
1945 Jan. 21 Philadelphia Hampton Roads Jan. 21 Independent See also narrative below
Jan. 23 Hampton Roads Fayal Febr. 2 UGS 70 For Fayal.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 6 Fayal Gibraltar
Febr. 17 Gibraltar New York City March 5 GUS 72 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
March 9 New York City Sheerness March 26 HX 343 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
(left Sheerness March 27 - Page 5).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Apr. 2 Southend New York City Apr. 20 ON 294 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 29 New York City Devonport* May 14 HX 353 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges.
(Page 5)
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
May 18 Plymouth New York City June 2 ON 303 Escort Oiler.
A. Hague says:
In collision May 27, damaged.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 15* New York City Houston Independent *Page 5 gives departure July 18.
Aug. 17* Houston* Toulon Aug. 20 Independent *From Houston July 29, from Gibraltar, Aug. 17,
via Marseilles to Toulon
(Page 5)
Aug. 23 Toulon Port Said Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 30 Suez Abadan Sept. 11 Independent
Sept. 13 Abadan Bombay Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 28 Bombay Abadan Independent
Oct. 6 Abadan Bombay Oct. 12 Independent
Dec. 1 Bombay Abadan Dec. 8* Independent *Page 5 gives arrival Dec. 6
Dec. 10 Abadan Sydney, N.S.W. Jan. 18-1946 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 5

 Some Convoy Voyages – 1943-1945: 
Please follow the convoy links provided for more details. The Commodore's notes are also available for some of them, and many Norwegian ships took part. 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.

As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Skotaas was in Brisbane when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. It'll also be noticed that she spent quite a long time in Sourabaya later that year. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document. and continue on Page 2, which shows another long stay in Port Elizabeth that summer, as well as in Bombay that fall. This document also has some of her 1942 voyages.

Skotaas transferred from service in The Indian Ocean to the North Atlantic in 1942/1943. In Galveston, where she had arrived on Dec. 26-1942, she was equipped with an extra deck for carrying aircraft in the spring of 1943, and also with the installations necessary to replenish the escorts at sea. According to Page 3, she did not leave Galveston until June 11-1943, and was subsequently mostly in North Atlantic service for the rest of the war.

On July 8-1943, I have her in Convoy SC 136 from Halifax to the U.K. (she had originally been scheduled for the faster Convoy HX 246 from New York on June 30, which was escorted by Acanthus, Rose and Potentilla for a while). Commodore for SC 136 was in the Norwegian Titanian. Skotaas arrived Milford Haven on July 22, proceeding to Falmouth the next day. She returned across the Atlantic the following month with Convoy ON 196*, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 8 and arrived New York on the 21st (Commodore in Montevideo), subsequently heading back to the U.K. on Aug. 27 in station 32 of Convoy HX 254 from New York, bound for London (Holehaven). She's later listed in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 205*, originating in Liverpool on Oct. 5, arriving New York on the 23rd (Abraham Lincoln's captain served as Vice Commodore). From the U.S., Skotaas now travelled to Gibraltar, having joined Convoy UGS 23 from Hampton Roads on Nov. 4 - see the external link provided within the Voyage Record. She arrived Gibraltar on Nov. 21, and at the end of that month, she made a voyage to Port Said with Convoy KMS 33*, which left Gibraltar on Nov. 29 and arrived Port Said Dec. 9 (Page 3).

Skotaas had returned to the U.S. again (from Malta) in Febr./March-1944 (Convoy GUS 30, link in table above - see also Page 4). She had arrived New York on March 8, remaining there for several weeks. She was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 288 on Apr. 18 (Commodore was in Laurits Swenson, while Emma Bakke's captain served as Vice Commodore), but instead proceeded to Norfolk on Apr. 20, then returned to New York, joining the next convoy on Apr. 27, HX 289, serving as Escort Oiler. Her destination is given as Clyde and Scapa; she arrived Clyde on May 14, Scapa on the 17th, and later that month we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 238*, which originated in Liverpool on May 26 (Skotaas sailed from Londonderry May 27) and arrived New York June 9, Skotaas serving as Escort Oiler again (Commodore was in Bralanta). On June 24, she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 297, for which the Norwegian Brimanger acted as Commodore Vessel. Skotaas served as Escort Oiler and also had 70 depth charges on board, according to A. Hague. She was bound for Mersey, Milford Haven and Portland, arriving the latter on July 15, later joining the westbound Convoy ON 246* (from Liverpool July 25, to New York Aug. 9 - Skotaas joined from Belfast Lough), again serving as Escort Oiler; Brimanger served as Commodore Vessel again.

Skotaas started on her return voyage already on Aug. 11, joining Convoy HX 303 with 16 other Norwegian ships, namely Tanafjord, Dalfonn, Noravind, Atlantic, Sommerstad, Romulus, Geisha (Vice Commodore ship), Thorhild, Petter, Stirlingville, Rena, Para, Titanian, Mui Hock, Fjordaas and Norse Lady. Some of these ships, including Skotaas, later returned with Convoy ON 252*, originating in Liverpool on Sept. 7, arriving New York on the 22nd; Skotaas arrived Boston on Sept. 21, having started out from Loch Ewe on the 7th. This time, Geisha served as Commodore Vessel, and Acanthus, Buttercup, Rose and Tunsberg Castle are named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts (note that Buttercup did not come under the Norwegian flag until after the loss of Tunsberg Castle in Dec.-1944). On Oct. 4-1944, she's listed in the slow Convoy SC 158 from Halifax (Escort Oiler), and later that month she can be found in the westbound Convoy ON 262* (from Southend Oct. 24, to New York Nov. 10 - Skotaas joined from Clyde, again serving as Escort Oiler. See also Page 4). She commenced her return voyage in Convoy HX 323 from New York on Nov. 29 (Escort Oiler), for which the Norwegian Samuel Bakke was Commodore ship, and Laurits Swenson served as the Vice Commodore's ship. Skotaas arrived Clyde on Dec. 13, and her last westbound voyage that year was made in Convoy ON 273*, which departed Southend on Dec. 18-1944 and arrived New York Jan. 4-1945; Skotaas, however, arrived Philadelphia on Jan. 5, having started out from Clyde Dec. 19.

She was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 334 on Jan. 23-1945, but did not sail. In fact, from Page 5 we learn that she instead made a voyage to Fayal and back to the U.S. in this time period; convoy information for these voyages can be found in Hague's Voyage Record above. She did not go back to the U.K. again until March 9, when she joined Convoy HX 343* from New York; Skotaas arrived Sheerness on the March 26, having served as Escort Oiler again, and also carried 60 depth charges. She returned to New York the following month, having joined Convoy ON 294*, which left Southend on Apr. 1 and arrived New York Apr. 20 (Escort Oiler). Acanthus and Buttercup are named among the escorts. A. Hague now has Skotaas returning to the U.K. in Convoy HX 353*, which left New York on Apr. 29 and arrived Liverpool May 15; she arrived Plymouth on the 14th - in other words, VE Day had been celebrated at sea. She served as Escort Oiler, and also carried 60 depth charges. Commodore was in Samuel Bakke.

Her last convoy voyage of the war was made in Convoy ON 303*, originating in Liverpool on May 17, arriving New York June 2. As so often before, she served as Escort Oiler. A. Hague says she was damaged in a collision on May 27. I have no further details on this, except that the Commodore Vessel Villanger was also involved in a collison that same day, but not sure if that was with Skotaas or another ship; the American John. B. Hood is said to have collided that day as well. Skotaas was in station 72, Villanger in 71, so it's more likely these 2 collided (the American ship was in station 56 - the British Empire MacMahon in station 64 is also said to have arrived with collision damage, as are other ships). I do have a snippet of information (from "Skip og menn", Birger Dannevig) saying that her most dangerous moment of the entire war took place near New Foundland on May 7-1945 when the convoy she was in encountered thick fog and was ordered to alter course 90° to avoid a collision with icebergs. 22 ships are said to have collided in a matter of minutes, but no major harm was done. As already mentioned, the date for this incident is given as May 7, and if this is correct, it fits better with the dates for her voyage in Convoy HX 353, but there's no mention of collisions in this convoy, while several ships collided in ON 303 - it's possible the 2 in the date has been accidentally omitted, becoming May 7 instead of May 27. As will be seen when going back to Page 5 of the archive documents, she subsequently spent quite a long time in New York, not leaving again until July 18, so perhaps some repairs had been necessary? (The document shows her voyages to Apr.-1946).

From the summer of 1945, Skotaas made voyages New York-Houston-Toulon-Marseilles-Abadan-Bombay-Abadan-Sydney-Newcastle (N.S.W.)-Gladstone-Cairns-Abadan-Freemantle-Abadan-Colombo-Abadan-Singapore-Abadan – this info from Dag Midbøe, a crew member at the time; see also Leiv Eiriksson, as well as Page 5.

* The ON 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. As will be seen, they all had several Norwegian ships. The KMS convoys will also be added, but for now, please see ships in all KMS convoys. Additionally, the entire HX series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), see ships in all HX convoys.

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


Sold in 1956 to NV Scheepvaart Maatschappij 'Mineral' (manager Wm H Muller & Co's Transport Maatschappij NV, Rotterdam), converted to ore carrier, and renamed Louis Lantz. Sold to Belgian breakers and arrived Bruges on Oct. 22-1960 to be broken up.

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague, E-mails from R. W. Jordan and misc. as named within text above - (ref. My sources).


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