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M/S Tricolor
Updated Febr. 4-2011

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

Source: Bjørn Pedersen's collection.

The Australian War Memorial also has a picture of this ship, taken in Fremantle in Dec.-1941 (external links). From Page 3 of the archive documents, we learn that she had arrived there on Dec. 17.
See also this external page.

Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
6850 gt

Launched on Febr. 18-1933 by N.V. Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij, Amsterdam (Yard No. 224), completed on May 27-1933. 6850 gt, 4208 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.

Captain: Ole Edvard Meyer.

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.

á Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Dec.-1945: á

(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. 20 Singapore Hong Kong Apr. 24 Independent Earlier voyages:
Page 1
Apr. 30 Hong Kong Shanghai May 3 Independent
May 5 Shanghai Darien May 7 Independent
May 18 Darien Shanghai May 23 Independent
May 27 Shanghai Hong Kong May 29 Independent
June 1 Hong Kong Singapore June 5 Independent
June 13 Singapore Penang June 15 Independent
June 17 Penang Capetown July 4 Independent
July 6 Capetown Freetown July 16 Independent
July 28 Freetown Belfast Lough Aug. 13 SL 41F Convoy available at SL 41F
(external link)
Aug. 18 Belfast Lough Clyde Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 24 Clyde Methil Aug. 27 WN 10 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 28 Methil Hull Aug. 30 FS 265 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 18 Hull Methil Sept. 20 FN 284 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 22 Methil OA 218 Dispersed Sept. 27.
Convoy available at OA 218
(external link)
Sept. 27 Dispersed from OA 218 New York City Oct. 3 Independent See also narrative below.
Oct. 15 New York City Hampton Roads Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 17 Hampton Roads Cristobal Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 25 Balboa Los Angeles Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 2 Los Angeles Manila Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 25 Manila Changhai Nov. 29 Independent
Nov. 30 Shanghai Manila Dec. 22 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(Page 2 indicates Kwanmon)
Dec. 31 Manila Hong Kong Jan. 2-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 3 Hong Kong Shanghai Jan. 6 Independent
Jan. 8 Shanghai Kobe Jan. 11 Independent
Jan. 11 Kobe Yokohama Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 12 Yokohama Los Angeles Jan. 27 Independent
Jan. 27 Los Angeles Balboa Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 7 Cristobal New York City Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 21 New York City Philadelphia Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 25 Philadelphia New York City Febr. 26 Independent
March 17 New York City Hampton Roads March 18 Independent
March 19 Hampton Roads Cristobal March 25 Independent
March 26 Balboa Los Angeles Apr. 2 Independent
Apr. 4 Los Angeles Manila Apr. 24 Independent
Apr. 27 Manila Hong Kong Apr. 29 Independent
May 6 Hong Kong Manila May 8 Independent
May 22 Manila Los Angeles June 9 Independent
June 10 Los Angeles Balboa June 19 Independent
June 20 Cristobal New York City June 26 Independent
July 18 New York City Hampton Roads July 20 Independent
July 23 Hampton Roads Cristobal July 28 Independent
July 30 Balboa Auckland Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 27 Auckland Wellington Aug. 29 Independent
Sept. 2 Wellington Lyttleton Sept. 2 Independent
Sept. 4 Lyttleton Port Chalmers Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 7 Port Chalmers Sydney, N.S.W. Sept. 11 Independent
Sept. 25 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Sept. 29 Independent
Sept. 29 Melbourne Melbourne Oct. 4 Independent A. Hague says:
"Voyage data unknown"
(not included, Page 2)
Oct. 26 Aden Suez Oct. 30 Independent To Port Said same day
(Page 2)
Nov. 3 Port Said Alexandria Nov. 4 Independent
Nov. 25 Alexandria Port Said Nov. 26 Independent Left Port Said next day
(Page 2)
Nov. 29 Suez Aden Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 3 Aden Fremantle Dec. 17 Independent
1942 Jan. 1 Fremantle Aden Jan. 16 Independent
Jan. 16 Aden Suez Jan. 21 Independent Arrived Port Said same day
(Page 3).
Jan. 25 Port Said Alexandria Jan. 26 Independent
Febr. 4 Alexandria Port Said Febr. 5 Independent Left same day
(Page 3).
Febr. 9 Suez Colombo Febr. 19 Independent
Febr. 25 Colombo C 4 A. Hague says:
240 Troops.
Dispersed Febr. 26.
Convoy available at C 4
(external link)
Febr. 26 Dispersed from C 4 Adelaide March 13 Independent
March 14 Adelaide Sydney, N.S.W. March 17 Independent A. Hague says:
Requiring engine repairs
Oct. 1 Sydney, N.S.W. Port Kembla Oct. 4* Independent *Page 3 gives arrival Oct. 1.
Oct. 5 Port Kembla Adelaide Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 9 Adelaide Whyalla Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 16 Whyalla Adelaide Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 21 Adelaide Colombo Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 15 Colombo Calcutta Nov. 20 Independent (See also Page 3).
Dec. 2 Calcutta Madras Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 9 Madras Colombo Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 12 Colombo Melbourne Dec. 27 Independent
Dec. 31 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Jan. 2-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 13 Sydney, N.S.W. Melbourne Jan. 16 Independent
Jan. 23 Melbourne Bombay Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 19 Bombay Fremantle March 3 Independent Australian ports
March 5 Fremantle Adelaide March 9 Independent
March 16 Adelaide Mauritius March 30 Independent
Apr. 3 Mauritius Mombasa Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 17 Mombasa Tanga Apr. 17 Independent
Apr. 21 Tanga Dar-es-Salaam Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 24 Dar-es-Salaam Beira Apr. 27 Independent
Apr. 30 Beira Lourenšo Marques May 2 Independent
May 16 Lourenšo Marques Durban May 18 Independent
May 19 Durban DN 40 Dispersed May 21.
Convoy available at DN 40
(external link)
May 21 Dispersed from DN 40 Melbourne June 6 Independent
June 11 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. June 13 Independent
June 18 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. June 19 Independent
June 23 Newcastle, N.S.W. Sydney, N.S.W. June 24 Independent
June 30 Sydney, N.S.W. Auckland July 5 Independent
July 7 Auckland Wellington Independent Page 4 gives arrival July 10
July 14 Wellington Lyttleton July 14 Independent
July 18 Lyttleton Aden Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 12 Aden Suez Aug. 17 Independent On to Port Said same day
(Page 4)
Aug. 21 Port Said Haifa Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 31 Haifa Port Said Sept. 1 Independent Again, see also Page 4
Sept. 8 Kosseir Aden Sept. 11 Independent
Sept. 11 Aden Hobart Oct. 2 Independent
Oct. 4 Hobart Melbourne Oct. 6 Independent
Oct. 13 Geelong Melbourne Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 19 Melbourne Dunedin Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 30 Dunedin Timaru Oct. 31 Independent
Nov. 2 Timaru Lyttleton Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 9 Lyttleton Aden Dec. 3 Independent
Dec. 4 Aden Suez Dec. 8 Independent Missing movements, Page 4
Dec. 23 Kosseir Aden Dec. 27 Independent
Dec. 28 Aden Fremantle Jan. 13-1944 Independent
1944 Febr. 17 Fremantle Adelaide Febr. 21 Independent
March 2 Adelaide Aden March 21 Independent
March 24 Aden Suez March 28 Independent On to Port Said March 29
(Page 4).
March 30 Port Said Alexandria March 31 Independent
Apr. 26 Alexandria Port Said Apr. 27 Independent To Kosseir, via Suez
(Page 4).
May 8 Kosseir Aden May 12 Independent
May 13 Aden Fremantle May 30 Independent
June 29 Fremantle Aden July 14 Independent
July 15 Aden Suez July 20 Independent On to Port Said, same day
(Page 5).
July 24 Port Said Augusta July 29 GUS 47 Port Said to Augusta
Aug. 1 Augusta Naples Aug. 2 VN 56 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 6 Naples Citta Vechia Aug. 7 VN 57 Convoy available at link above
This is a little confusing - Convoy VN 57 arrived Naples on Aug. 6
Sept. 7 Citta Vechia Naples Sept. 8
Sept. 9 Naples Augusta Sept. 10 NV 63 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
Sept. 11 Augusta Bone Sept. 14 MKS 61 Augusta to Bone.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Sept. 21 Bone Port Said Sept. 28 UGS 53 Bone to Port Said.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez, Oct. 2
(Page 5).
Oct. 2 Suez Aden Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 8 Aden Adelaide Oct. 28 Independent
Nov. 16 Adelaide Fremantle Nov. 21 Independent
Nov. 25 Fremantle Mauritius Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 4 Mauritius Tamatave Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 8 Tamatave Mauritius Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 22 Mauritius Khorram Shahr Jan. 3-1945 Independent See also Page 5
1945 Jan. 23 Abadan Colombo Jan. 31 Independent
Jan. 31 Colombo Madras Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 9 Madras Calcutta March 15* Independent *Should be Febr. 15
March 2 Calcutta Colombo March 6 Independent
March 7 Colombo Fremantle March 16 Independent
March 21 Fremantle Sydney, N.S.W. March 27 Independent
Apr. 17 Sydney, N.S.W. Port Kembla Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 27 Port Kembla Sydney, N.S.W. Apr. 27 Independent
May 4 Sydney, N.S.W. Adelaide May 7 Independent
May 10 Adelaide Fremantle May 15 Independent
May 23 Fremantle Colombo June 2 Independent
June 11 Colombo Calcutta June 16 Independent
June 30 Calcutta Colombo July 6 Independent
July 14 Colombo Aden July 22 Independent
July 22 Aden Suez July 27 Independent
July 31 Port Said Seine Estuary Aug. 10 Independent
Aug. 17 Seine Estuary Boulogne Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 23 Boulogne Oslo Aug. 26 Independent See also Page 6
Sept. 6 Oslo Copenhagen Sept. 7 Independent
Sept. 7 Copenhagen Gefle Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 12 Gefle Soder Independent
Sept. 14 Soder Gothenburg Sept. 17 Independent
Sept. 28 Gothenburg Lisbon Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 9 Lisbon Port Said Oct. 16 Independent
Oct. 19 Suez Fremantle Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 9 Fremantle Melbourne Nov. 14 Independent
Nov. 24 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Nov. 25 Independent
Dec. 5 Sydney, N.S.W. Hobart Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 9 Hobart Bluff Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 20 Bluff Auckland Dec. 23 Independent Further voyages:
Page 6

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
Tricolor usually sailed independently, but every now and again she would join a convoy. 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, Tricolor was on her way from Rangoon to Singapore when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She arrived Singapore on Apr. 10, later proceeding to Hong Kong.

That summer, she's listed in Convoy SLF 41, which left Freetown on July 28 and arrived Liverpool on Aug. 14 (having joined up with Convoy SL 41 on Aug. 8 - ref. link in Voyage Record). Tricolor was bound for Belfast in station 92 of the convoy, and arrived that destination on Aug. 12, according to the archive document. The company's Temeraire is also listed, while Wilhelmsen's Tancred sailed in SL 41.

The following month we find her, together with Diana, Mathilda and Nyland, in Convoy OA 218, departing Methil on Sept. 22, dispersed Sept. 27. That same day, she rescued the survivors from Tancred, which had been torpedoed and sunk the day before, and landed them in New York on Oct. 3 (follow the link to Tancred above for details).

Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2, while her 1942 voyages are shown on Page 3. It'll be noticed, when going to the latter document, that she spent a long time in Sydney, where she had arrived from Adelaide on March 17-1942; departure is given as Oct. 1 when she proceeded to Port Kembla. According to A. Hague, she had been in need of engine repairs. Some of her 1943 voyages are also listed on this document, with the rest on Page 4, which also has some 1944 voyages. As can be seen, she occasionally had long stays in port.

In the summer of 1944, she's listed among the ships in Convoy GUS 47, which left Port Said on July 24; Tricolor was on a voyage from Fremantle (where she had had a long stay) for Naples/Castellamare/Augusta, and left the convoy on July 29, as did Polartank, which had also joined the convoy in Port Said, together with Kong Sverre, Fernplant and Lidvard, while Topdalsfjord later joined from Bizerta. Page 5 has Tricolor's voyages in this period, while convoy info for some of them can be found in the table above.

She's said to have made a voyage from Augusta to Bone in Sept.-1944, having joined Convoy MKS 61. This convoy departed Port Said Sept. 6 and arrived Gibraltar Sept. 17; Tricolor, however, had left Augusta on Sept. 11 and arrived Bone on the 14th. MKS 61 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section in due course; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named in the section listing ships in all MKS convoys. Belnor, Borgholm, Ima and Polartank are also included.

From Page 6, we learn that she got to go home to Norway in Aug.-1945. This document lists her voyages to Apr.-1946.


On Febr. 28-1956, a fire broke out in the jute in No. 3 'tweendeck when she was near Rangoon on a voyage from Chittagong to Oslo with general cargo. Beached the next day on Liffey Sands but broke in two and became a total loss. The wreck was sold to L. Bauer of London on Sept. 22-1956 and a local salvor was engaged to salvage her cargo.

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

Other ships by this name: This was the 4th in a line of 6 ships by this name owned by Wilh. Wilhelmsen through the years. The company's 1st Tricolor was built in 1904, wrecked in fog the following year off Eureka, California on a voyage Nanaimo, B. C. to San Francisco with coal. Their 2nd Tricolor (built 1906) had been sold to Germany in 1925 and renamed Wittekind, bombed and sunk by British aircraft on Jan. 14-1944 on a voyage Narvik-Germany. The company had lost their 3rd Tricolor on Jan. 5-1931, built 1925, 6119 gt - sunk by internal explosions on a voyage from Oslo and Hamburg to Yokohama carrying large consignments of chemical products. Wilhelmsens 5th Tricolor was built in 1959, renamed Troja in 1971, became Panamanian Belalcazar in 1979, then Kota Makmur of Singapore 1980, scrapped in China 1985. A 6th Tricolor was built in 1972, became the Cape Diamond for the U.S. Reserve Fleet in 1985. Wilhelmsen also had a more recent Tricolor, which sank with almost 3000 luxury cars after having been struck by the container ship Kariba on Dec. 14-2002. Several vessels later struck the wreck (Nicola, Vicky). Salvaged and broken up by Smit-Tak?

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list and misc.


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