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M/S Tarn
Updated Jan. 10-2011

To Tarn on the "Ships starting with T" page.

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Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
6850 gt

Launched on May 20-1933 by N.V. Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij, Amsterdam (Yard No. 225), completed Sept. 13 that same year. 6850 gt, 4209 net, 10 225 tdwt, 479.1' x 61.1' x 29.0', two 6 cyl. 2 scda oil engines totalling 10 000 ihp by Gebr. Stork & Co. N.V., Hengelo, driving twin screws. Service speed 16.25 knots, 12 passengers.

Related item on this website:
Warsailors stories - Radio Operator Christian S. Christensen's story.

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 March-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.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 30 Yokohama Los Angeles Apr. 13 Independent See also Page 1
Apr. 20 Los Angeles Balboa Apr. 27 Independent
Apr. 29 Cristobal New York City May 4 Independent
May 8 New York City Boston May 9 Independent
May 10 Boston Philadelphia May 11 Independent
May 17 Philadelphia Baltimore May 17 Independent
May 18 Baltimore New York City May 19 Independent
June 3* New York City Hampton Roads June 6 Independent *Page 1 gives departure June 5
June 7 Hampton Roads Savannah June 9 Independent
June 12 Savannah Cristobal June 17 Independent
June 18 Balboa Los Angeles June 25 Independent
June 26 Los Angeles Manila July 16 Independent
July 18 Manila Shanghai July 22 Independent
July 29 Shanghai Manila Aug. 2 Independent Missing voyages, Page 1
Aug. 23 Manila(?) Hong Kong Aug. 25 Independent
Aug. 26 Hong Kong Shanghai Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 31 Shanghai Yokohama Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 5 Yokohama Los Angeles Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 19 Los Angeles Balboa Sept. 28 Independent
Sept. 30 Cristobal New York City Oct. 6 Independent
Oct. 11 New York City Philadelphia Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 17 Philadelphia Baltimore Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 19 Baltimore New York City Oct. 20 Independent
Nov. 1 New York City Cristobal Nov. 8 Independent Via Hampton Roads
(Page 1).
Nov. 9 Balboa Los Angeles Nov. 17 Independent
Nov. 18 Los Angeles Manila Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 11 Manila Shanghai Dec. 15 Independent
Dec. 16 Shanghai Kobe Dec. 18 Independent
Dec. 21 Kobe Yokohama Dec. 22 Independent
Dec. 26 Yokohama Manila Dec. 31 Independent (Misssing movement, Page 1 above).
1941 Jan. 21 Manila Hong Kong Jan. 24 Independent
Jan. 25 Hong Kong Shanghai Jan. 28 Independent
Jan. 30 Shanghai Kobe Febr. 3 Independent
Febr. 4 Kobe Los Angeles Febr. 18 Independent
Febr. 19 Los Angeles Balboa Febr. 28 Independent
March 2 Cristobal New York City March 8 Independent
March 20 New York City Baltimore March 21 Independent
March 25 Baltimore New York City March 27 Independent
Apr. 3 New York City Takoradi Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 19 Takoradi Lagos Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 24 Lagos Takoradi Apr. 25 Independent
May 1 Takoradi New York City May 16 Independent
June 4 New York City Cristobal June 10 Independent Via Hampton Roads
(Page 2).
June 12 Balboa Los Angeles June 19 Independent
June 24 Los Angeles Manila July 14 Independent
July 19 Manila Hong Kong July 21 Independent
July 31 Hong Kong Manila Aug. 3 Independent
Aug. 9 Manila Los Angeles Aug. 27 Independent
Aug. 28 Los Angeles Balboa Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 7 Cristobal New York City Sept. 13 Independent
Sept. 25 New York City Baltimore Sept. 26 Independent
Sept. 29 Baltimore New York City Sept. 30 Independent
Oct. 8 New York City Rio Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 27 Rio Santos Oct. 28 Independent
Nov. 1 Santos Buenos Aires Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 19 Buenos Aires Montevideo Independent
Nov. 21 Montevideo Boston Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 15 Boston New York City Dec. 16 Independent
Dec. 27 New York City Philadelphia Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 31 Philadelphia New York City Dec. 31 Independent
1942 Jan. 13 New York City St Thomas Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 17 St Thomas Santos Jan. 29 Independent
Febr. 1 Santos Buenos Aires Febr. 4 Independent
March 1 Buenos Aires Boston March 19 Independent
March 24 Boston New York City March 25 Independent
Apr. 3 New York City Philadelphia Apr. 4 Independent
Apr. 9 Philadelphia New York City Apr. 9 Independent
Apr. 20 New York City Rio May 6 Independent
May 9 Rio Santos May 10 Independent
May 15 Santos Buenos Aires May 18 Independent
May 30 Buenos Aires New York City June 17 Independent
July 13 New York City AS 4 Convoy available at AS 4
(external link)
Aug. 5 From AS 4 Capetown Aug. 13 WS 21P
Aug. 16 Capetown Aden Aug. 29 WS 21P
(link above)
See also WS 21P
(external link)
Also, go to WS Convoys (external link), click on WS 21, then "Find Convoy", and on the page that comes up, click on "WS 21P Arrive/Depart Capetown".
Aug. 29 Aden Suez Sept. 2 Independent Missing movements, Page 3
Sept. 11 Suez Mombasa Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 22 Mombasa Tanga Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 26 Tanga Beira Sept. 30 Independent
Oct. 7 Beira Capetown Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 16 Capetopwn Philadelphia Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 15 Philadelphia New York City Nov. 15 Independent
Dec. 10 New York City Takoradi Dec. 26 Independent
1943 Jan. 4 Takoradi Lagos Jan. 5 Independent
Jan. 11 Lagos Matadi Jan. 16 Independent
Jan. 30 Matadi Lobito Febr. 1 Independent
Febr. 3 Lobito New York City Febr. 21 Independent
March 10 New York City Lagos March 25 Independent
March 30 Lagos Matadi Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 18 Matadi Lobito Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 24 Lobito New York City May 13 Independent
June 9 New York City Lagos June 24 Independent
July 3 Lagos Matadi July 6 Independent
July 21 Matadi Lobito July 22 Independent
July 26 Lobito New York City Aug. 12 Independent
Sept. 8 New York City Takoradi Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 27 Takoradi Lagos Sept. 28 Independent
Oct. 1 Lagos Congo River Independent Page 3 gives arrival Oct. 4
Oct. 4 Congo River Matadi Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 14 Matadi Lobito Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 18 Lobito New York City Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 17 New York City Savannah Nov. 19 Independent
Dec. 3 Savannah Takoradi Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 26 Takoradi Lagos Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 28 Lagos Congo River Dec. 31 Independent
1944 Jan. 11 Congo River Takoradi Jan. 14 Independent (See also Page 4).
Jan. 17 Takoradi New York City Jan. 31 Independent
Febr. 21 New York City Takoradi March 6 Independent
March 10 Takoradi Matadi March 14 Independent
March 24 Congo River Lobito March 25 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage Matadi/Congo River unknown
March 29 Lobito New York City Apr. 15 Independent
May 14 New York City Dakar May 24 Independent
May 28 Dakar Congo River June 4 Independent
June 13 Congo River Lobito June 14 Independent
June 18 Lobito New York City July 4 Independent
July 29 New York City Dakar Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 13 Dakar Congo River Aug. 21 Independent
Aug. 27 Congo River Lobito Aug. 28 Independent
Sept. 1 Lobito Takoradi Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 10 Takoradi New York City Sept. 24 Independent
Oct. 17 New York City Dakar Oct. 27 Independent
Nov. 1 Dakar Takoradi Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 9 Takoradi Congo River Nov. 12 Independent
Nov. 18 Congo River Lobito Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 22 Lobito Pointe Noire Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 23 Pointe Noire Takoradi Nov. 26 Independent
Nov. 29 Takoradi New York City Dec. 14 Independent
1945 Jan. 14 New York City Dakar Jan. 24 Independent
Jan. 27 Dakar Congo River Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 16 Congo River Lobito Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 24 Lobito New York City March 14 Independent
Apr. 8 New York City Takoradi Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 24 Takoradi Congo River Apr. 28 Independent
May 12 Congo River Lobito May 12 Independent
May 19 Lobito New York City June 5 Independent
June 22 New York City Dakar Independent Page 5 gives arrival July 2
July 7 Dakar Pointe Noire July 13 Independent
July 13 Pointe Noire Matadi July 20 Independent Notional sailing date
Aug. 3 Matadi Lobito Aug. 4 Independent
Aug. 8 Lobito New York City Aug. 25 Independent
Sept. 28 New York City Dakar Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 12 Dakar Takoradi Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 19 Takoradi Matadi Oct. 26 Independent
Nov. 1 Matadi Luanda Nov. 6 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 15 Luanda Lagos Nov. 18 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 5


As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Tarn was on her way from Yokohama to Los Angeles when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940.

It'll be noticed, when going to Page 2, that the last date on that page is Apr. 20-1942 (departure New York for Rio); this entry probably belongs in the 3rd line on Page 3. In other words, she departed New York (where she had arrived from Philadelphia on Apr. 9) on Apr. 20-1942 and arrived Rio de Janeiro on May 6.

Tarn usually sailed independently, but in July-1942, she's listed in Convoy AS 4, which left New York on July 13 and joined up with Convoy WS 21P on Aug. 5. The WS convoy had started out in Clyde on July 17 and arrived Freetown July 27. See the external links provided within the Voyage Record. Tarn's destination is not given, but from Page 3 of the archive documents, we learn that she arrived Aden on Aug. 29, proceeding to Suez that same day (the document indicates that she had also stopped by Table Bay before arrival Aden, but there are no dates on the document - however, according to A. Hague, she had arrived Table Bay on Aug. 13, leaving again for Aden on the 16th).

According to the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway, which I've linked to at the end of this page, Tarn lost a crew member on March 14-1945. Boatswain Olav Arktander Lauritzen is commemorated at the memorial. The Norwegian text says he died at sea following an illness. Tarn arrived New York from Lobito on that date - see Page 4.

The rest of her 1945 voyages, as well as some 1946 voyages, are shown on Page 5.


Sold on Sept. 26-1960 to Michail A. Karageorgis, Greece and renamed Roula. Sold in 1960 to Marnuestro Cia. Nav. S.A. (Michail A. Karageorgis), Panama. Sold in 1966 to Taiwan shipbreakers and arrived Kaohsiung on May 20, but was reconditioned by Chou's Iron & Steel Company and sold to Ta Lai S.S. Co. Ltd., Panama who renamed her Ruta. Demolition commenced in April-1967 at Keelung, where she'd been since the end of 1966.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemoration
- Boatswain Olav Arktander Lauritzen is commemorated.

Back to Tarn on the "Ships starting with T" page.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen later had 2 more ships by this name.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list, and misc. (ref. My sources).


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