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M/S Stirlingville
Updated July 28-2012

To Stirlingville on the "Ships starting with S" page.

Please note that this is a post war picture, taken by Roger W. Jordan in Rotterdam in 1963 when she had the name Georgios M II.
(A picture of Stirlingville can be found here at the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page).

Manager: A. F. Klaveness & Co. A/S, Oslo
4995 gt

Built in Sunderland in 1935 (W. Doxford & Sons Ltd.). Previous name: Stirling until 1936 (B. J. Sutherland & Co. Ltd., Newcastle).

Captains: ? Ulriksen, later Karl Johan Løvik, who had previously been the captain of Granville, Roseville and Fernglen. His story is available in Norwegian at Lillesand Sjømannsforening's website (external link).

On charter to The Ministry of War Transport for the duration of the war (1940-'45).

Related items on this website:
Message on my "Find Old Shipmates" forum from the daughter of the stoker on board Stirlingville; she's interested in getting in touch with someone who knew her father, Arne Kristian Kristiansen Nordaas.
An entry on my "Warsailor Stories" page from Fred Turner, who joined Stirlingville in Jan.-1945. He had previously served on Solør, Ole Bull and Britannia.

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

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

  Voyage Record
From May-1940 to Nov.-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 several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 May 19 Montevideo Freetown June 6 Independent Earlier voyages, Page 1
June 8 Freetown Weymouth Bay June 25 SL 35 Convoy available at SL 35
(external link)
June 28 Weymouth Bay Southend June 29 Independent
June 30 Southend Hull July 2 FN 209 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 20 Humber Methil July 21 FN 226 Convoy available at link above
(see also Page 1)
July 22 Methil OA 188 A. Hague says:
For Key West.
Dispersed July 23.
Convoy available at OA 188
(external link)
July 23 Dispersed from OA 188 Tampa Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 13 Tampa Galveston Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 20 Galveston Cristobal Aug. 27 Independent
Aug. 29 Balboa Los Angeles Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 10 Los Angeles Yokohama Oct. 5 Independent A. Hague says:
Traded USA/Pacific thereafter to Jan.-1942
Missing voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
1942 Jan. 17 San Francisco Portland, Oreg Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 30 Portland, Oreg Balboa Febr. 28* Independent *Should be Febr. 18
Febr. 20 Cristobal Capetown March 24 Independent
March 26 Capetown Aden Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 14 Aden Suez Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 25 Port Said Beirut Apr. 27 Independent
May 5 Beirut Port Said May 6 Independent See also Page 2
May 10 Suez Aden May 16 Independent
May 16 Aden Fremantle June 9 Independent
June 23 Fremantle Montevideo Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 8 Montevideo Freetown Aug. 27 Independent
Sept. 3 Freetown Loch Ewe Sept. 21 SL 121 Convoy available at SL 121
(external link)
Sept. 23 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 25 WN 340 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 25 Methil Hull Sept. 26 FS 917 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 7 Hull Methil Oct. 9 FN 833 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 14 Methil Oban Oct. 18 EN 150 At Kirkwall Oct. 15/16.
(see also Page 3).
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 18 Oban New York City Nov. 7 ON 140 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 24 New York City Gitmo Dec. 1 NG 324 For Cristobal.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Dec. 2 Gitmo Cristobal Dec. 5 GZ 14 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Dec. 6 Balboa Capetown Jan. 14-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 15 Capetown Aden Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 6 Aden Suez Febr. 11 Independent On to Port Said, March 9
(Page 3).
March 10 Port Said Alexandria March 11 Independent
March 12 Alexandria MW 23 Detached March 16.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 16 Detached from MW 23 Tripoli, Libya March 16 XT 6/1 Convoy available via link above
Apr. 2 Tripoli, Libya TX 6/1 Convoy available via link above
Apr. 3 From TX 6 Alexandria Apr. 6 ME 22 Convoy available via link above
Apr. 29 Alexandria MW 27 A. Hague says:
Detached to XT 12 May 3.
Convoy available via link above
May 3 From MW 27 Tripoli, Libya May 3 XT 12/1 Convoy available via link above
May 18 Tripoli, Libya TX 11/1 Convoy available via link above
May 19 From TX 11 Alexandria May 22 ME 26 Convoy available via link above
May 22 Alexandria Port Said May 23 Independent Missing movements, Page 3
June 16 Port Said Alexandria June 17 Independent
June 18 Alexandria Tripoli, Libya June 23 XTG 2 Convoy available via link above
July 17 Tripoli, Libya Bizerta July 20 MKS 18
July 22 Bizerta Gibraltar July 27 MKS 19 A. Hague says:
Possibly this convoy
July 30 Gibraltar Swansea Aug. 11 MKS 20
Sept. 11 Swansea Milford Haven Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 12 Milford Haven ONS 18 For NYC.
Sept. 29 From ONS 18 Cape Cod Canal Oct. 1 XB 76 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Oct. 1 Cape Cod Canal New York City Oct. 2 Independent
Nov. 11 New York City Boston Independent
Nov. 15 Boston Halifax Nov. 17 BX 83 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Nov. 19 Halifax Loch Ewe Dec. 4 SC 147
Dec. 4 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 6 WN 513 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 7 Methil Southend Dec. 9 FS 1293 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
1944 Jan. 5 Southend Methil Jan. 7 FN 1227 See also Page 4
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 10 Methil Oban Jan. 13 EN 330 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 14 Oban ONS 27 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Jan. 31 Halifax* Cape Cod Canal Febr. 2 XB 94 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
*Convoy XB 94 did start out in Halifax on Jan. 31, but Stirlingville joined from Convoy ONS 27 that day.
Febr. 2 Cape Cod Canal New York City Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 4 New York City Baltimore Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 20 Baltimore New York City Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 22 New York City Boston Febr. 23 Independent
Febr. 24 Boston Halifax Febr. 26 BX 97 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Febr. 28 Halifax Liverpool March 15 SC 154 Missing movements, Page 4
March 28 Liverpool ONS 32 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Apr. 17 (18?) From ONS 32 Cape Cod Canal Apr. 19 XB 104 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 19 Cape Cod Canal New York City Apr. 20 Independent
May 10 New York City Liverpool May 29 HX 291 A. Hague says:
At Bar LV May 26-29.
Missing movements, Page 4
June 25 Liverpool New York City July 11 ON 242 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 24 New York City Philadelphia July 25 Independent
Aug. 5 Philadelphia New York City Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 11 New York City Liverpool Aug. 27 HX 303 Missing movements, Page 5
Sept. 16 Liverpool New York City Oct. 5 ON 254 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Oct. 21 New York City Boston Independent Page 5 gives arrival Oct. 22
Oct. 29 Boston Halifax Oct. 31 BX 131 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Nov. 2 Halifax Loch Ewe Nov. 16 SC 160
Nov. 17 Loch Ewe Methil Nov. 19 WN 654 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 19 Methil Southend Nov. 21 FS 1641 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 5
Dec. 8 Southend Methil Dec. 10 FN 1565 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 10 Methil Loch Ewe Dec. 12 EN 461 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 13 Loch Ewe ONS 38 See also narrative below
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
1945 Jan. 1 From ONS 38 Cape Cod Canal Jan. 4 XB 140 Joined from ONS 38.
Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Jan. 4 Cape Cod Canal Philadelphia Jan. 6 Independent
Febr. 2 Philadelphia Boston Independent Page 5 gives arrival Febr. 4
Febr. 4 Boston Halifax Febr. 6 BX 144 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Febr. 16 Halifax Liverpool March 2 SC 167
March 12 Liverpool ONS 44 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
March 31 From ONS 44 Cape Cod Canal Apr. 2 XB 154 Joined from ONS 44.
Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 2 Cape Cod Canal New York City Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 19 New York City Boston Independent
Apr. 22 Boston Halifax Apr. 24 BX 158 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Apr. 28 Halifax Liverpool May 15 SC 174 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
May 29 Liverpool Baltimore June 13 Independent
June 27 Baltimore Avonmouth July 12 Independent
July 27 Avonmouth New York City Aug. 9 Independent
Aug. 27 New York City Rotterdam Sept. 12 Independent See also Page 6
Sept. 19 Rotterdam Montreal Oct. 4 Independent Left Montreal Oct. 8, back Oct. 14.
Oct. 21 Montreal Antwerp Nov. 4 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 6 above

 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 links provided for more convoy information; escorts' reports and/or the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

From Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that Stirlingville was on her way from New York to Buenos Aires when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, remaining there for over 3 weeks, before proceeding to Montevideo, then on to Freetown. She's subsequently listed in Convoy SL 35, which left Freetown on June 8 and arrived Liverpool on the 26th; Stirlingville, cargo of grain, stopped at Weymouth Bay on June 25. The Norwegian Eli and Para are also included. The following month, she appears, together with Athene, Cetus and Dux, in Convoy OA 118, departing Methil on July 22, dispersed July 23, Stirlingville arriving Tampa on Aug. 12. Ref. links to these convoys provided within the Voyage Record.

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 and Page 2 of the archive documents. It'll be noticed that she spent quite a long time in San Francisco at the end of 1941. She had arrived there from Vancouver on Dec. 5 and departure is given as Jan 17-1942, when she proceeded to Portland, Oregon.

In the fall of 1942, she's listed in Convoy SL 121, which left Freetown on Sept. 3 and arrived Liverpool on the 21st. Stirlingville, cargo of grain, stopped at Loch Ewe that day. The company's Corneville is also listed. The following month we find her, together with Brush (from Halifax), Corneville, Haakon Hauan (returned), Hallanger, Harpefjell (from Halifax), Norjerv and Solsten, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 140*, originating in Liverpool on Oct. 17, arriving New York Nov. 7. Her voyages in this period are listed on Page 3 - convoy information for some of her subsequent voyages can be found in the table above. As can be seen, she occasionally had long stays in port.

Skipping now to July-1943, when she made a voyage from Tripoli to Bizerta, where she arrived on July 20, having sailed in Convoy MKS 18. She left Bizerta again 2 days later, (possibly) joining Convoy MKS 19 to Gibraltar, and from there, she joined Convoy MKS 20 on July 31, bound for Swansea with scrap, arriving there on Aug. 11. A month later, we find her in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 18, which joined up with Convoy ON 202 and lost several ships, including Oregon Express and Skjelbred. Stirlingville was bound for New York again, where she arrived on Oct. 2. Please follow the links for much more information on this convoy battle, including the Commodore's report and several other reports. Stirlingville subsequently remained in New York for several weeks (Page 3), before proceeding to Boston and on to Halifax, and with a general cargo for London, she headed back across the Atlantic again on Nov. 19 in the slow Convoy SC 147.

Early in the new year, she joined the westbound Convoy ONS 27*, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 13-1944 and arrived Halifax on the 31st. Stirlingville, however, was bound for Baltimore, where she arrived (via New York) on Febr. 5, having started out from Oban on Jan. 14. Ferncliff, Fjordheim, Iron Baron (returned), Maud, Norse Lady, Orwell, Petter II, Suderøy (Commodore Vessel - returned) and Vinland are also listed - Buttercup, which later came under the Norwegian flag following the loss of Tunsberg Castle, is named among the escorts (see ONS convoy ecorts). With a general cargo for Manchester, she's later listed among the ships leaving Halifax with Convoy SC 154 on Febr. 28, and arrived her destination on March 16/17, according to Page 4. Together with Alaska, Chr. Th. Boe, Fjordheim, Minerva, Ragnhild, Tropic Star and Tungsha, she subsequently went back in the other direction in Convoy ONS 32*, departing Liverpool on March 28, arriving Halifax Apr. 18; Stirlingville was again bound for New York, arriving there on Apr. 20. Some of these ships, including Stirlingville, headed back to the U.K. on May 10 in Convoy HX 291 from New York, for which Høyanger served as the Vice Commodore's ship. Stirlingville was bound for Manchester with a general cargo, with arrival May 29/30, remaining there for 3 weeks.

She later returned to New York with Convoy ON 242*, which left Liverpool on June 25-1944 and arrived New York July 11, and also included Ferncliff, Fernmoor, Fjordheim, Havkong, Marit II, Molda, Peik, Samuel Bakke (Vice Commodore), Skiensfjord, Solstad, Solsten, Tercero, Thorshov and Vera. Having made a voyage to Philadelphia, Stirlingville returned to New York (Page 4) and on Aug. 11, we find her in the large Convoy HX 303 with 16 other Norwegian ships, namely Tanafjord, Dalfonn, Noravind, Atlantic, Sommerstad, Skotaas, Geisha (Vice Commodore), Thorhild, Petter, Romulus, Rena, Para, Titanian, Mui Hock, Fjordaas and Norse Lady. She was again bound for Manchester with general cargo, where she arrived on Aug. 28, according to Page 5. Some of these ships, including Stirlingville, subsquently returned with Convoy ON 254*, which departed Liverpool on Sept. 16 and arrived New York Oct. 5. Brasil, Emma Bakke (Commodore Vessel), Ferncliff, James Hawson, Norefjord, Norse Lady and Sommerstad are also listed.

Captain from Oct. 9-1944 was Karl Johan Løvik. Captain Løvik's story, which includes some of Stirlingville's voyages after he had joined her, can be found in Norwegian via the external link provided at the end of this page. He says he relieved her previous captain by the last name of Ulriksen, who then took command of Vadsø. They (Stirlingville) took on bord a cargo in New York, departing on Oct. 21-1944 for Boston (according to Page 5 above, they arrived Boston the next day). In addition to her general cargo, she had 3000 tons ammunition as well as 7 tanks on deck. She subsequently joined a convoy for Halifax (BX 131), where she joined a Trans-Atlantic convoy for the U.K. at the end of that month (see * below), in heavy fog and snow. 17 additional ships joined from Sydney, C.B. Stirlingville's final destination was London, so from Loch Ewe she joined a coastal convoy to Methil (see WN 654 - external link), where she joined another convoy for London (FS 1641 - also external, incomplete listing), arriving the latter late in the evening of Nov. 27. In his account Captain Løvik also mentions Steward Nilsen, Mate Tallaksen, Mate Ask Terkelsen, and 2nd Mate Heffermehl, and adds that a V 2 bomb exploded not far away that evening, causing the entire ship to shake, and the whole time they were there, V1 and V2 bombs exploded all over London (one of my father's letters also mentions these bombs, Letter No. 4, which can be reached from this page).

* This does not quite fit with available convoy information. The last SC convoy from Halifax in Oct.-1944 was SC 159, which departed Halifax on Oct. 18 and arrived Liverpool on Nov. 2. However, this in turn does not fit with what the captain says about leaving New York for Boston on Oct. 21, and besides, Stirlingville is not listed in SC 159. The next SC convoy, SC 160, left Halifax on Nov. 2-1944 and arrived Liverpool on the 17th, and as can be seen when following the link, Stirlingville is indeed listed in this convoy with a general cargo for London (it'll also be noticed that 17 ships are named in the Sydney, C.B. section) - she stopped at Loch Ewe on Nov. 16, again, see Page 5. Buttercup and Tunsberg Castle are named among the escorts (ref. SC convoy escorts). Tunsberg Castle was lost the following month, and Buttercup then came under the Norwegian flag.

Captain Løvik says that Stirlingville remained in London until Dec. 7-1944, then left early the following morning in a convoy for Methil (A. Hague has her in Convoy FN 1565 - external link, incomplete listing) where she joined a convoy for Loch Ewe (Convoy EN 461 - external page), then a convoy bound for the U.S. (this was Convoy ONS 38*, which had originated in Liverpool on Dec. 13-1944 and arrived Halifax on Jan. 2-1945). However, due to heavy weather, and the fact that the ships from Liverpool were delayed, Stirlingville had to return to Loch Ewe, where they waited most of the day before they could go out again to join the other ships at the designated meeting place. He also mentions Brønnøy as being in this convoy, and this agrees with A. Hague's listing for ONS 38 - he has also included Norelg and Rutenfjell. Captain Løvik adds that on Christmas Day the convoy encountered heavy hail and describes how several ships lost their steering, so that the convoy was in complete chaos for a while, with many near collisions, and by the next morning, at least 8 ships had lost touch. Stirlingville was bound for Philadelphia, and arrived there on Jan. 4-1945 (this according to the captain - Page 5 gives arrival Cape Cod Canal Jan. 4, Philadelphia Jan. 6).

Captain Løvik says she left Philadelphia again for Boston on Febr. 1-1945, then proceeded to Halifax to join a convoy back to the U.K., again with tanks and ammunition (including depth charges and bombs), and again encountering heavy weather and fog; this was the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 167. About 2 weeks later, on March 2, just as the convoy was about to split up, some ships heading to Liverpool, others to New Haven, the Norwegian Novasli and the British King Edgar (Captain Løvik calls her King Edward) were torpedoed - follow the link for details.

Stirlingville discharged her cargo in Liverpool for about 2 weeks, then returned to the U.S. in March, this time as Commodore Vessel for the convoy. Together with Bernhard, Mui Hock and Orwell, she's listed in Convoy ONS 44*, which departed Liverpool on March 12 and arrived Halifax on the 31st. Stirlingville, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived on Apr. 2. She was ready to leave for Boston again on Apr. 21 (Page 5 gives departure as Apr. 19), then on to Halifax for a convoy to the U.K., as usual with ammunition and tanks, and while they were at sea, the news came that the war was over in Europe. According to A. Hague, this voyage was made in Convoy SC 174*, which had sailed from Halifax on Apr. 28 and also included Danio, Gausdal, Hilda Knudsen, Norse Lady, Para, Peik, Veni and Vera. The captain says they arrived Liverpool on May 14, leaving again on May 29, bound for Baltimore to load a cargo of grain and general, and this time no convoy was necessary. The grain was initially meant for Glasgow, but due to a strike there, Stirlingville was ordered to Avonmouth, arriving July 12, departing again in the evening of July 25 (the archive document gives departure as July 27) for New York, with arrival Aug. 9.

Captain Løvik then paid off in order go home to Norway, while Mate Terkelsen took over as captain in his place. Stirlingville's next voyage took her to Rotterdam. Again, see Page 5, as well as Page 6. From the latter document, we also learn that she went home to Norway in Jan.-1946.

Captain Løvik mentions a couple of times in his account that Stirlingville sailed for Fred. Olsen. He died in Dec.-1990.

See also Fred Turner's story in my "Warsailor Stories" section.

* 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. The entire SC series will be also be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, the names of other ships sailing in Convoy SC 174 can be found at ships in all SC convoys.

More information on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned here can be found via the alphabet index at the bottom of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Renamed Georgios M II. (Greek); according to Lillesand Sjømannsforening, Norway, she had been sold in 1959 to Everest Cia. Mar. SA (Loucas G. Matsas, Piraeus), Beirut, Liberia and given that name. Abandonded on Nov. 20-1968 in sinking condition following an explosion and fire in position 21 30 N 17 16 W (30 m west of Cape Blanco), when on a voyage Gdynia - N. Korea with coke.

Related external link:
Lillesand Sjømannsforening has Captain Løvik's story; scroll down on the page for his WW II experiences. The site also has a picture of Stirlingville, which can be found by going to the S's on this page, or go to their page about Stirlingville and click on the picture there.

Back to Stirlingville on the "Ships starting with S" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague, Captain Løvik's account of his life at sea via Lillesand Sjømannsforening, E-mails from R. W. Jordan and misc. (ref. My sources).


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