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M/S Tatra
Updated Jan. 10-2011

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

Source: Bjørn Pedersen's collection.

See also this external page (click in the photos to enlarge).

The Australian War Memorial has another picture of this ship, from Aug.-1943 - external links. The caption reads: "Aerial starboard view of the Norwegian cargo vessel Tatra. In November/December 1942 she was a member of convoy OW1 which included the Tarakan and Agovi Prince. They were carrying oil refinery equipment for Abadan, Persia." (Ref. link provided in the Voyage Record below).

Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
4766 gt

Launched on Oct. 31-1936 by F. Schichau G.m.b.H, Danzig (Yard No. 1378), completed Febr. 4-1937. 4766 gt, 2804 net, 7580 tdwt, 412.0' x 55.5' x 25.6', 8 cyl. 2 scsa oil engine of 5150 ihp by F. Schichau G.m.b.H., Elbing. Service speed 14 knots, 10 passengers.

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 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.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 9 Galveston New Orleans Apr. 10 Independent Some earlier voyages:
Page 1
May 18 New Orleans Hampton Roads May 22 Independent
May 24 Hampton Roads Baltimore May 25 Independent
May 28 Baltimore New York City May 30 Independent
June 5 New York City Rio June 21 Independent A. Hague says:
Traded NYC/S America to Dec. 6-1941
Missing voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
1941 Dec. 9 New York City Baltimore Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 16 Baltimore Hampton Roads Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 18 Hampton Roads Rio Jan. 3-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 14 Rio Baltimore Jan. 31 Independent
Febr. 26 Baltimore Providence, RI Febr. 28 Independent
March 13 Providence, RI Capetown Apr. 8 Independent
Apr. 9 Capetown Abadan Apr. 26 Independent
May 18 Abadan Basra May 20 Independent
May 27 Basra Bombay June 1 Independent
July 19 Bombay Capetown Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 5 Capetown Trinidad Aug. 23 Independent
Aug. 25 Trinidad Gitmo Aug. 30 TAW 16 Convoy available at TAW convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Aug. 31 Gitmo New York City Sept. 6 GN SPEC1 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 4 New York City Gitmo Oct. 11 NG 311 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 12 Gitmo Cristobal Oct. 16 GZ 7 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Oct. 17 Balboa Wellington Nov. 10 Independent
Nov. 10 Wellington Fremantle Nov. 22 Independent
Nov. 24 Fremantle Abadan Dec. 15 OW 1/1 Convoy available at OW 1
(external link)
Dec. 19 Abadan Basra Dec. 19 Independent
1943 Jan. 10 Basra Abadan Jan. 10 Independent
Jan. 16 Abadan Basra Jan. 16 Independent
Jan. 30 Basra Khorram Shahr Jan. 30 Independent
Febr. 3 Abadan Bahrein Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 6 Bahrein Bandar Abbas Independent
Febr. 11 Bandar Abbas Bombay Febr. 17 PB 26 Convoy available at PB 26
(external link)
Febr. 23 Bombay Cochin Febr. 25 Independent
Febr. 27 Cochin Fremantle March 12 Independent
March 12 Fremantle Balboa Apr. 13 Independent
Apr. 14 Cristobal Gitmo Apr. 18 ZG 28 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
Apr. 19 Gitmo New York City Apr. 26 GN 54 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 27 New York City Key West June 1 NK 543 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
June 3 Key West Gitmo June 6 KG 637 Convoy available at KG convoys
(external link)
June 9 Gitmo Cristobal June 13 GZ 34 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
June 14 Balboa Fremantle July 18 Independent
Aug. 4 Fremantle US 20 For Abadan.
Dispersed 0.10N 70 09E Aug. 16.
Convoy available at US 20
(external link)
Aug. 16 Dispersed from US 20 Bombay Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 23 Bombay Bandar Abbas Aug. 29 BP 92 Convoy available at BP 92
(external link)
Aug. 29 Bandar Abbas Abadan Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 3 Abadan Basra Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 12 Basra Abadan Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 22 Abadan Basra Sept. 22 Independent
Sept. 30 Basra Karachi Oct. 5 Independent
Oct. 13 Karachi Aden Oct. 19 Independent
Oct. 19 Aden Suez Oct. 24 Independent To Port Said Oct. 26
(Page 4).
Oct. 27 Port Said Alexandria Oct. 28 Independent
Oct. 29 Alexandria New York City Nov. 24 GUS 20 Alexandria to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 22 New York City Hampton Roads Dec. 23 Independent
Dec. 25 Hampton Roads Port Said Jan. 21-1944 UGS 28 For Port Said.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Left Port Said same day
(Page 4)
1944 Jan. 23 Suez Aden Jan. 27 Independent
Jan. 27 Aden Bombay Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 3 Bombay Karachi Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 7 Karachi Bombay Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 20 Bombay Cochin Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 28 Cochin Colombo Febr. 29 Independent
March 7 Colombo Bombay March 11 MB 68 Convoy available at MB 68
(external link)
March 16 Bombay Aden Independent
March 22 Aden Suez March 26 Independent To Port Said March 30
(Page 4).
Apr. 2 Port Said Alexandria Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 5 Alexandria Hampton Roads* May 2 GUS 36 Alexandria to USA.
*Arrived New York
(Page 4).
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
May 21 New York City Hampton Roads May 22 Independent
May 23 Hampton Roads Port Said June 18 UGS 43 For Port Said.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
To Suez same day
(Page 4)
June 19 Suez Aden June 22 Independent
June 23 Aden Karachi June 28 Independent
July 1 Karachi Bombay July 3 Independent
July 21 Bombay Karachi July 23 Independent
July 26 Karachi Colombo July 31 Independent
Aug. 6 Colombo Aden Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 14 Aden Suez Aug. 18 Independent To Port Said Aug. 19
(Page 4).
Aug. 23 Port Said New York City Sept. 18 GUS 50 Port Said to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Left New York Oct. 11
(Page 4)
Oct. 12 New York City* Port Said Nov. 8 UGS 57 *From Hampton Roads
(Page 4).
For Karachi.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez same day
(Page 4)
Nov. 9 Suez Aden Nov. 13 Independent
Nov. 14 Aden Karachi Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 25 Karachi Bombay Nov. 27 Independent
Dec. 4 Bombay Cochin Dec. 6 Independent
Dec. 13 Cochin Colombo Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 31 Colombo Aden Jan. 7-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 7 Aden Suez Jan. 12 Independent See also Page 5
Jan. 13 Port Said Oran Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 22 Oran New York City Febr. 10 GUS 67 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
March 13 New York City UGS 80 Dispersed March 29.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
March 29 Dispersed Port Said Apr. 4 Independent On to Suez same day
(Page 5)
Apr. 5 Suez Aden Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 10 Aden Karachi Apr. 15 Independent
Apr. 19 Karachi Bombay Apr. 21 Independent
May 2 Bombay Karachi May 4 Independent
May 8 Karachi Suez May 17 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 5)
May 18 Port Said Oran May 24 Independent
May 27 Oran New York City June 10 GUS 92 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
July 15 New York City Port Said Aug. 1 Independent Arrived Suez Aug. 2
(Page 5)
Aug. 6 Suez Aden Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 11 Aden Karachi Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 26 Karachi Cochin Aug. 29 Independent
Sept. 11 Cochin Suez Sept. 22 Independent Arrived Port Said Sept. 23
(Page 5)
Sept. 24 Port Said Delaware Capes Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 18 Delaware Capes New York City Oct. 19 Independent
Nov. 19 New York City Trinidad Independent
Nov. 26 Trinidad Rio Dec. 6 Independent (Stop at Trinidad not mentioned, Page 5).
Dec. 12 Rio Santos Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 30 Santos Montevideo Jan. 1-1946 Independent Further voyages:
Page 5 & Page 6


As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Tatra sailed from Galveston on Apr. 9-1940, the day the Germans invaded Norway. She had arrived the U.S. from Norway the month before. It looks like the intention was to return to Norway but, of course, this did not come to pass. She arrived New Orleans on Apr. 10, remaining there for over a month.

It'll be noticed, when going to the various archive documents, that she occasionally had long stays in port.


Sold on Sept. 13-1962 to Marfianza Cia. Nav. S.A. (Michail A. Karageorgis S.A.), Greece and renamed Kalamata. Transferred to Panamanian registry in 1965. On Sept. 9-1968, she arrived Kaohsiung to be scrapped by Taiwan shipbreakers.

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

There were 2 other ships by this name later on.

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


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