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D/S Troubadour
Updated Oct. 17-2012

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Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
5808 gt, 3668 net, 8385 tdwt.
Dimensions: 395.1' x 53.3' x 24.7'.
Machinery: 3 cyl. Triple exp. steam engines of 2900 ihp by Palmers' Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Jarrow. Subsequently fitted with a low pressure exhaust steam turbine. Service speed 12 knots, 4 passengers.

Launched on July 15-1920 by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons Ltd., Sunderland (Yard No 532), completed Nov. 4-1920.

Captain: Fritz Eugen Hansen.

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 Sept.-1939 to May-1945:  

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known).

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing
(since the listing on the first archive document does not start until Apr.-1940, the accuracy of the entries for 1939 and the first few 1940 entries below cannot be confirmed).

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1939 Sept. 3 Santos New York City Sept. 26 Independent
Sept. 27 New York City Philadelphia Sept. 28 Independent
Oct. 7 Philadelphia Hampton Roads Oct. 7 Independent
Oct. 10 Hampton Roads New York City Oct. 11 Independent
Oct. 13 New York City Rio Oct. 31 Independent
Nov. 1 Rio Santos Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 4 Santos Rio Grande Nov. 6 Independent
Nov. 7 Rio Grande Buenos Aires Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 17 Buenos Aires Santos Nov. 21 Independent
Nov. 29 Santos Rio Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 2 Rio Pernambuco Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 7 Pernambuco New York City Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 29 New York City Baltimore Dec. 30 Independent
1940 Jan. 5 Baltimore New York City Jan. 8 Independent
Jan. 10 New York City Rio Jan. 27 Independent
Jan. 27 Rio Santos Jan. 28 Independent
Jan. 29 Santos Rio Grande Febr. 1 Independent
Febr. 4 Rio Grande Buenos Aires Febr. 6 Independent
Febr. 13 Buenos Aires Necochea Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 24 Necochea Montevideo Febr. 28 Independent
March 4 Montevideo Santos March 5 Independent
March 5 Santos New York City March 24 Independent
March 29 New York City Baltimore March 31 Independent
Apr. 3 Baltimore New York City Apr. 5 Independent
Apr. 10* New York City Rio May 2 Independent *A. Hague says:
Departure date estimated
Page 1 gives Apr. 13.
May 2 Rio Santos May 3 Independent
May 9 Santos Rio Grande May 10 Independent Departure date estimated
May 11 Rio Grande Buenos Aires May 13 Independent
May 20 Buenos Aires Rosario May 24* Independent A. Hague says:
Dates estimated
*Page 1 gives arrival May 14
June 4 Rosario Buenos Aires June 6 Independent Dates estimated
(see also Page 1)
June 8 Buenos Aires St. John, N.B. June 26 Independent St. John not mentioned, Page 1
June 26 St. John, N.B. Sydney, C.B. July 2 Independent Compare w/Page 1
July 2 Sydney, C.B. Montreal July 4 Independent
July 17 Montreal Halifax July 20 Independent
July 27 Halifax Belfast Aug. 11 HX 61 See also narrative below
Aug. 27 Belfast Montreal Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 18 Montreal Sydney, C.B. Sept. 21 Independent
Sept. 21 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Oct. 7 HX 75 From Sydney, C.B.
Missing movements, Page 1
Oct. 20 Belfast Clyde Oct. 21 Independent
Oct. 24 Clyde Montreal Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 13 Montreal Sydney, C.B. Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 18 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Dec. 1 HX 89 (See also Page 1)
Dec. 13 Clyde Belfast Dec. 14 Independent
Dec. 21 Belfast Portishead Dec. 23 (Again, see also Page 1)
1941 Jan. 5 Portishead Milford Haven Jan. 7 Independent
Jan. 8 Milford Haven OB 271 Dispersed Jan. 12.
Convoy available at OB 271
(external link)
Jan. 12 Dispersed from OB 271 Portland, Maine Jan. 22 Independent
Jan. 28 Portland, Maine St. John, N.B. Jan. 29 Independent
Febr. 17 St. John, N.B. Halifax Febr. 18 Independent
Febr. 23 Halifax Belfast March 12 HX 111 See also narrative below
March 20 Belfast Clyde March 21 Independent See also Page 2
March 28 Clyde OB 303 Dispersed Apr. 3.
Convoy available at OB 303
(external link)
Apr. 3 Detached from OB 303 St. John, N.B. Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 29 St. John, N.B. Halifax Apr. 30 Independent
May 6 Halifax Belfast Lough May 22 HX 125A See also narrative below
June 2 Belfast Clyde June 2 Independent See also Page 2
June 8 Clyde OB 331 Dispersed June 19.
Convoy available at OB 331
(external link)
June 19 Detached from OB 331 Montreal June 23 Independent
June 27 Montreal Quebec June 27 Independent
Aug. 3 Quebec Montreal Aug. 3 Independent
Aug. 9 Montreal Sydney, C.B. Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 16 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Aug. 30 HX 145
Sept. 3 Belfast Manchester Sept. 4 Independent Missing movements, Page 2
Sept. 17 Liverpool ON 17 Dispersed 47 28N 40 57W, Sept. 29.
Sept. 29 Detached from ON 17 Hampton Roads Oct. 5 Independent
Oct. 17 Hampton Roads Halifax Oct. 21 Independent
Oct. 22 Halifax Belfast Lough Nov. 4 HX 156 6 Passengers
Nov. 7 Belfast Eastham Nov. 9 Independent Missing movements, Page 2
Nov. 19 Liverpool ON 38 For St. John, N.B.
Dispersed 54 30N 51 00W, Nov. 30.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 30 Detached from ON 38 St. John, N.B. Dec. 7 Independent
1942 Jan. 5 St. John, N.B. Halifax Jan. 7 Independent
Jan. 8 Halifax Belfast Jan. 22 HX 169 Straggled Jan. 15.
(Again, see also Page 2)
Jan. 22 Belfast Liverpool Jan. 23 Independent
Febr. 8 Liverpool ON 65 For St. John, N.B.
Dispersed 43 50N 47 45W, Febr. 19.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Febr. 19 Detached from ON 65 St. John, N.B. Febr. 24 Independent
March 6 St. John, N.B. Halifax March 7 Independent
March 9 Halifax Belfast March 22 HX 179 See also Page 3
Apr. 11 Belfast Halifax Apr. 22 ON 85 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Apr. 24 Halifax St. John, N.B. Apr. 26 XB 13 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 7 St. John, N.B. Halifax May 8 BX 14 From St. John, N.B.
Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
May 10 Halifax Liverpool May 22 HX 189
June 12 Liverpool Halifax June 24 ON 103 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
June 26 Halifax Sydney, C.B. June 28 HS 17 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
June 28 Sydney, C.B. Father Point July 2 SQ 14 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Arrived Montreal July 3
(Page 3).
July 11 Montreal Sydney, C.B. July 15 Independent
July 16 Sydney, C.B. Halifax July 18 SH 24 Convoy available at SH convoys
(external link)
July 19 Halifax Liverpool July 30 HX 199
Aug. 21 Liverpool Avonmouth Aug. 23
Oct. 8 Avonmouth Newport Oct. 8 Independent
Nov. 1 Newport Swansea Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 3 Swansea Clyde Nov. 5 (See also Page 3)
Nov. 8 Clyde Algiers Nov. 25 KMS 3G See also narrative below
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Dec. 6 Algiers Clyde Dec. 18 MKS 3X
1943 Jan. 21 Clyde Oran Febr. 7 KMS 8G See also Page 3
Arrived Gibraltar Febr. 6
Convoy will be added.
See link above
? Febr. 19 Algiers Oran Febr. 20 MKS 8 A. Hague says:
Algiers to Oran.
This voyage (& Algiers) not mentioned, Page 3
Febr. 28 Oran Gibraltar March 2
March 8 Gibraltar Belfast March 18 MKS 9
March 21 Belfast Halifax Apr. 5 ON 174 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 9 Halifax St. John, N.B. Apr. 11 HF 47 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
May 6 St. John, N.B. Halifax May 8 FH 52A Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
May 9 Halifax Loch Ewe May 22 HX 238 4 Passengers
May 22 Loch Ewe Methil May 23 WN 431 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
May 23 Methil Southend May 25 FS 1123 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
June 10 Southend Methil June 12 FN 1044 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 13 Methil Loch Ewe June 15 EN 242 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 16 Loch Ewe St. John's, N.F.(?*) June 25 ON 189 *St. John's, N.F. not mentioned, Page 4.
Arrived Halifax, June 28
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 1 Halifax St. John, N.B. July 3 HF 63 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
July 23 St. John, N.B. Halifax July 25 FH 67A Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
July 25 Halifax Liverpool Aug. 6 HX 249
Aug. 28 Liverpool OS 54/KMS 25 For Freetown.
Convoy split Sept. 8.
Available at OS 54/KMS 25
(external link)
Sept. 8 Convoy split Freetown Sept. 17 OS 54 For Freetown.
Convoy available at OS 54
(external link)
Sept. 22 Freetown Capetown Oct. 5 Independent Via Walvis Bay Oct. 2
(Page 4).
Oct. 8 Capetown Durban Oct. 11 Independent
Oct. 26 Durban Tamatave Nov. 2 DKA 5 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Nov. 5 Tamatave Diego Suarez Nov. 7 Independent
Nov. 24 Diego Suarez Reunion Nov. 27 Independent
Nov. 27 Reunion Mauritius Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 14 Mauritius Tamatave Dec. 16 Independent
Dec. 22 Tamatave Aden Jan. 2-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 2 Aden Suez Jan. 8 Independent
Jan. 10 Port Said Gibraltar Jan. 22 MKS 37 For U.K.
Jan. 22 Gibraltar MKS 37G
(link above)
Rendezvoused w/SL 146, Jan. 23.
Jan. 23 SL 146 & MKS 37 joined up Loch Ewe Febr. 2 SL 146/MKS 37 Convoy available at SL 146/MKS 37
(external link)
Febr. 4 Loch Ewe Methil Febr. 6 WN 540 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 6 Methil Southend Febr. 8 FS 1354 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 5
March 16 Southend Methil March 18 FN 1298 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
March 19 Methil Oban March 20* EN 360 *Page 5 gives arrival March 23.
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 23 Oban OS 72/KMS 46 For Mombasa.
Convoy split Apr. 5.
Available at OS 72/KMS 46
(external link)
Apr. 5 Convoy split Gibraltar Apr. 6 KMS 46G For Mombasa.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Apr. 6 Gibraltar Port Said Apr. 16 KMS 46 See link above.
For Port Said
(stop at Gibraltar not mentioned, Page 5).
On to Suez, Apr. 17
(Page 5)
Apr. 19 Suez Aden Apr. 23 Independent
Apr. 24 Aden Mombasa May 1 Independent
May 15 Mombasa Dar-es-Salaam May 17 Independent
May 24 Dar-es-Salaam Mombasa May 24 Independent
May 26 Kilindini Beira June 2 KD 3 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Again, see also Page 5
June 11 Beira Zanzibar June 17 DKA 19 Convoy available via link above
June 20 Zanzibar Tanga June 20 Independent
June 24 Tanga Mombasa June 24 Independent
June 26 Mombasa Aden July 2 Independent
July 3 Aden Suez July 8 Independent On to Port Said July 15
(Page 5).
July 18 Port Said Gibraltar July 29 MKS 56 For U.K.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
July 29 Gibraltar MKS 56G See link above
Rendezvoused w/SL 165, July 30.
5 Passengers.
July 30 SL 165 & MKS 56 joined up Liverpool Aug. 10 SL 165/MKS 56 Convoy available at SL 165/MKS 56
(external link)
Sept. 7 Liverpool New York City Sept. 22 ON 252 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 10 New York City Liverpool Oct. 24 HX 313 See also narrative below.
Liverpool not mentioned, Page 5
Oct. 24 Liverpool Barry Roads Oct. 26 (Compare w/Page 5 - Also, missing movements)
Nov. 24 Milford Haven OS 96/KMS 70 For Alexandria.
Dispersed 45 01N 11 55W, Nov. 27.
Convoy available at OS 96/KMS 70
(external link)
Nov. 26 A. Hague says:
Detached from OS 96
KMS 70G Dispersed 45 02N 11 55W, Nov. 27.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Nov. 27 Dispersed from KMS 70 Alexandria Dec. 7 Independent
Dec. 7 Alexandria Haifa Dec. 8 Independent
Dec. 12 Haifa Port Said Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 18 Port Said Haifa Dec. 19 Independent
1945 Jan. 1 Haifa Gibraltar Jan. 14 Independent
Jan. 14 Gibraltar Falmouth Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 20 Falmouth Milford Haven Jan. 21
Jan. 22 Milford Haven Clyde Jan. 24
Febr. 11 Liverpool* OS 110/KMS 84 *From Clyde Febr. 10 - See Page 6
Convoy available at OS 110/KMS 84
(external link)
Detached to ON 284, Febr. 12.
Febr. 12 Joined from OS 110/KMS 84 ON 284 Detached independent Febr. 19.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Febr. 19 Detached from ON 284 Cristobal March 3 Independent
March 5 Balboa Callao March 10 Independent
March 13 Callao W coast S America ports Independent Missing voyages, Page 6
Apr. 14 Cristobal New York City Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 23 New York City Liverpool May 8 HX 352 Subsequent voyages, Page 6 above
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys

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

Troubadour crossed the Atlantic 48 times, and also had some voyages to the Mediterranean, as will be seen in this narrative. When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, she was in New York, later proceeding to Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Rio Grande and Buenos Aires - see Page 1 (it'll be noticed that she subsequently appears to have spent 3 weeks in Rosario).

In July-1940, she had made a voyage to Montreal, then headed to Halifax, where she joined Convoy HX 61 on July 27, bound for Belfast with a cargo of grain and lumber, station 94 (she had been cancelled from the previous convoy, HX 60). Her arrival Belfast is not given on the archive document, but she left Belfast Lough again on Aug. 27 in order to go back to Montreal, where she arrived Sept. 8; no convoy information is available for this voyage; according to A. Hague, she had sailed independently. She returned to Belfast again later that month in the Sydney, C.B. portion of the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 75 and arrived Belfast on Oct. 7, later proceeding to Glasgow (Page 1). On Oct. 23, she headed back to Montreal, arriving Nov. 3. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in the Sydney, C.B. portion of Convoy HX 89 - the Commodore says that the "Norwegian Troubadour was excellent both at signalling and station keeping and so good example to all other ships". Her destination is given as Glasgow, where she arrived Dec. 2, having sailed from Sydney, C.B. on Nov. 18.

Early in 1941 we find her, together with Lisbeth and Skiensfjord, in Convoy OB 271, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 8 and dispersed on the 12th - ref. link provided within the Voyage Record above. Her destination is not given, but from Page 1, we learn that she arrived Portland, Maine on Jan. 22, having sailed from Milford Haven on Jan. 8. With destination Belfast, she headed back across the Atlantic again on Febr. 23 in Convoy HX 111 from Halifax, again getting positive remarks from the Commodore (according to notes in the Advance Sailing Telegram for this convoy she had initially been scheduled for Convoy HX 110 on Febr. 19). Troubadour arrived her destination on March 12, proceeding to Glasgow on March 20 - see Page 2. She subsequently joined Convoy OB 303, which originated in Liverpool March 28 and dispersed Apr. 3 - link in the table above; Benwood, Evviva, Facto and Leikanger are also named. Again, no destination is given for Troubadour, but she arrived St. John, N.B. on Apr. 11, having started out from Clyde March 28.

She now remained at St. John until Apr. 29 when she sailed to Halifax, arriving Apr. 30 and was scheduled for Convoy HX 124 that same day, but instead joined Convoy HX 125(A) on May 6 (she may have arrived Halifax too late to join the previous convoy?). Cruising order/Commodore's notes are also available. Troubadour had a cargo of grain and general for Belfast, sailing in station 93, arriving her destination on May 22, later proceeding to Glasgow (Page 2). She now appears in Convoy OB 331, originating in Liverpool June 8, dispersed on the 19th; Troubadour started out from Clyde June 8 and arrived Montreal June 23. A. Hague has also included Barbro, Elg, Hardanger, Havsten, Hellen, Ida Knudsen, Solfonn, Torfinn Jarl and Vivi in this convoy, which is also available via the external link provided in the table above.

According to Arnold Hague, she served as the Vice Commodore's ship for Convoy HX 145 in Aug.-1941, joining from Sydney, C.B. Kos IX and Kos VIII are named among the escorts. Troubadour, cargo of grain, arrived Belfast on Aug. 30, later proceeding to Eastham, Liverpool and Manchester, with arrival the latter on Sept. 5 (Page 2). She subsequently joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 17, and arrived Hampton Roads on Oct. 5 (the convoy having been dispersed on Sept. 29). With a general cargo and 6 passengers, she headed back to the U.K. on Oct. 22 in Convoy HX 156 from Halifax, for which Eglantine and Montbretia served as escorts for a while. Having stopped at Belfast Lough on Nov. 4, Troubadour continued to Liverpool, Eastham and Manchester again. Together with Atlantic, Fjordaas, Geisha, Hada County, Marit II, O. A. Knudsen, Sandanger, Skaraas and Stiklestad, she then returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 38*, which left Liverpool on Nov. 19 and dispersed on the 30th, Troubadour arriving St. John, N.B. on Dec. 7, remaining there for about a month, before proceeding to Halifax on Jan. 5-1942 in order to join a convoy back to the U.K.

On Jan. 8-1942, she can be found among the ships in Convoy HX 169 from Halifax. A. Hague says she became a straggler on Jan. 15. She stopped at Belfast Lough on Jan. 22, continuing to Liverpool the next day, remaining there for about 2 weeks before heading back to St. John, N.B. in Convoy ON 65*, leaving Liverpool on Febr. 8, dispersed on the 19th, Troubadour arriving her destination on Febr. 24 (Page 2). She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Arthur W. Sewall, Bralanta, Cetus, Egda, G. C. Brøvig, Hardanger, Kaldfonn, Kollbjørg, Mirlo, N. T. Nielsen Alonso, Nueva Granada, Stiklestad, Tankexpress and Vav. Not long thereafter, she went back in the other direction in Convoy HX 179, departing Halifax on March 9, and with Dagrun, Harpefjell (returned), Idefjord and Skiensfjord, she later joined the westbound Convoy ON 85*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 10. Her destination is given as Halifax on that occasion, and she arrived there on Apr. 22, having sailed from Belfast Lough on Apr. 11 - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3.

There's also a Troubadour listed as Panamanian in my documents for Convoy HX 189 from Halifax on May 10, but this must have been the Norwegian Troubadour (the info fits in with the details found on the archive document - the Panamanian ship, which should be spelt Troubador, had sailed in Convoy SC 79, departing Halifax on Apr. 11). The archive document gives her arrival Liverpool as May 22, where she stayed for about 3 weeks, before joining the westbound Convoy ON 103* (left Liverpool June 12), along with Ferncourt, Frontenac, Garnes, Idefjord, Kaia Knudsen, Kong Haakon VII (Commodore Vessel), Lista, Maud, Mirlo, Noreg, Scebeli, Sommerstad, Thorshøvdi and Tijuca, as well as the Panamanian Norvinn (Norwegian managers). She arrived Halifax on June 24 and, having made a voyage to Sydney, C.B., Father Point and Montreal, she returned to Halifax in order to join Convoy HX 199 on July 19, arriving Liverpool July 30, again remaining for 3 weeks - see Page 3. It'll be noticed, that she also spent a long time in Avonmouth, where she had arrived from Liverpool on Aug. 23. Departure is given as Oct. 8/9, when she proceeded to Newport, spending a long time there as well. Troubadour took part in Operation Torch as military transport, perhaps she had been fitted out for this purpose at one or all of these ports?

In Nov.-1942, she was on a voyage from the U.K. in a convoy which, after having passed Gibraltar, was attacked twice by German aircraft on Nov. 20 and several ships were hit, but Troubador made it safely to Algiers on Nov. 24. The Norwegian Kong Sverre was credited with hitting one of the planes, which crashed in the sea behind them. Examining all the information available to me, I came to the conlusion that this must have been Convoy KMS 3*, in which Prins Harald and the British Grangepark were sunk by U-263 on Nov. 20 (convoy left Liverpool on Nov. 7-1942; Troubadour sailed from Clyde Nov. 8/9). Many details in J. R. Hegland's "Nortraships flåte" account of the aircraft attack on Kong Sverre on that day lead me to this conclusion. Among other things, Hegland mentions that 3 ships on the starboard side of the convoy were hit, one ship started to burn (Prins Harald?), the other's after part broke off, while a third received a torpedo in the net defences, where it exploded. Eye witnesses on board Troubadour had a hard time determining whether the torpedoes came from an aircraft or a U-boat, but the details fit in with a footnote in J. Rohwer's book stating "two ships were seen sinking and one burning. One torpedo (from U-263) exploded in the net defences of Ocean Pilgrim." (The British Trentpark was sunk by aircraft while in KMS 3 on Nov. 24). As can be seen, Troubadour's presence in this convoy has now been confirmed by A. Hague's Voyage Record above, and he has indeed also included Kong Sverre and Prins Harald. Troubadour returned to the U.K. the following month with Convoy MKS 3X, joining from Algiers - she left Dec. 6 and arrived Clyde Dec. 18.

In Jan.-1943 she's listed, with Ferncliff and Kong Sverre, in Convoy KMS 8*, departing Clyde on Jan 21. Troubadour was bound Oran - according to Page 3, she stopped at Gibraltar Febr. 6. Later that month, she's said to have made a voyage from Algiers to Oran with Convoy MKS 8 (it'll be noticed that this voyage is not noted on the archive document), and in March, we find her in Convoy MKS 9. She had sailed from Gibraltar on March 8 and arrived Belfast on the 18th. From Belfast, she now joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 174*. Fagerfjell, Norbryn, Nueva Granada and Trondheim are also listed in this convoy, which originated in Liverpool on March 20 and arrived New York on Apr. 8; Troubadour, however, stopped at Halifax Apr. 5, continuing to St. John, N.B. a few days later, remaining there until May 6 (Page 4), when she returned to Halifax in order to join the Halifax portion of Convoy HX 238 on May 9. This convoy had originated in New York on May 7. Troubadour was bound for London with general cargo; according to A. Hague, she also had 4 passengers on board. Note that she's mentioned under May 21 in the Commodore's narrative.

In the middle of the following month, we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 189*, originating in Liverpool on June 16, arriving New York on July 1; Troubadour stopped at Halifax; date is difficult to read on the archive document, but it looks like June 28 (she had joined the convoy from Loch Ewe). Gallia, Glarona, Kong Sverre, Roald Amundsen, Solsten and Solør are also listed, while Acanthus, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts). Troubadour subsequently had another long stay at St. John, N.B. before returning to Halifax, and from there she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 249 on July 25 (originated in New York, July 23-1943). Troubadour had a general cargo for Liverpool, station 23, arriving Liverpool Aug. 6.

She left Liverpool again on Aug. 28-1943, joining Convoy OS 54/KMS 25* (along with Gudrun, Norefjord, Rutenfjell and Sirehei), voyaging from Liverpool to Freetown, Durban and Mauritius with general cargo in station 113 of the convoy, which split up on Sept. 8, the KMS portion arriving Gibraltar Sept. 10, while the OS section (including Troubadour) continued to Freetown, where it arrived Sept. 17. Again, go to Page 4 for a listing of her voyages in this period - see also the Voyage Record above.

With a cargo of sugar, graphite and rum for London, she returned in Jan.-1944 in Convoy SL 146/MKS 37, together with the Norwegian Boreas, Norfalk and Tiradentes. She had started out from Port Said on Jan. 10 in the MKS convoy, which joined up with the SL convoy (from Freetown) off Gibraltar on Jan. 23, before proceeding to the U.K. as a combined convoy, arriving Liverpool Febr. 2 - Troubadour stopped at Loch Ewe, later arriving Gravesend on Febr. 8, remaining there for several weeks (Page 5). In March that same year, we find her going in the other direction again in Convoy OS 72/KMS 46*, on a voyage Oban-Mombasa with general cargo in station 43. The convoy originated in Liverpool on March 23, split up on Apr. 5, the KMS portion arriving Gibraltar the next day, while the OS portion continued to Freetown, with arrival there Apr. 14. Bosphorus (Commodore Vessel), Mathilda and Tore Jarl are also listed. Troubadour (KMS portion) arrived Mombasa (via Port Said, Suez and Aden) on May 1, having started out from Oban March 24.

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 5, with convoy info for some of them in the table above. In July that year she's listed, along with Meline and Vito, in Convoy MKS 56* from Port Said (5 passengers), which joined up with SL 165 from Freetown on July 30, continuing to the U.K. as the combined Convoy SL 165/MKS 56, in which Troubadour had station 91 - general cargo. Gabon is also included in the combined convoy, which arrived Liverpool on Aug. 10 (Tunsberg Castle is named among the escorts) - please see the links provided in the Voyage Record.

Following another long stay in Liverpool, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 252*, together with Atlantic, Dageid, Fernmoor, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Kaldfonn, Petter, Skotaas, Spinanger and Vardefjell. Acanthus, Rose and Tunsberg Castle are named among the escorts, as is Buttercup, which was transferred to the Norwegian flag following the loss of Tunsberg Castle later that year. See ON convoy escorts (convoy left Liverpool Sept. 7, arrived New York on the 22nd). Troubadour was scheduled to return to the U.K. in Convoy HX 312 from New York on Oct. 5, but instead joined the next convoy on Oct. 10, HX 313, serving as Commodore Vessel (Commodore F. H. Taylor R.N.). Her destination is given as Barry Dock, general cargo - according to Page 5, she arrived Barry on Oct. 26, proceeding to Swansea on Nov. 6. Later that month, she made a voyage from Milford to Alexandria in station 22 of Convoy OS 96/KMS 70 (this convoy started out in Liverpool on Nov. 23-1944, see the external link in the Voyage Record above; Alaska and Bestik are also included - Troubadour was in the KMS portion*). She arrived Alexandria on Dec. 7, having sailed from Milford Haven on Nov. 24. From Alexandria, she proceeded to Haifa that same day - again, see the archive document.

Troubadour had returned to the U.K. in Jan.-1945 (Page 5), and the following month, she's listed in Convoy OS 110/KMS 84*, which left Liverpool on Febr. 11, voyage in ballast Clyde-Valparaiso via Panama, station 73 - see link in the table above. There's a note saying she completed her voyage in Convoy ON 286* (originated in Liverpool on Febr. 21), however, it looks like this designation is a misprint; she's not listed in this convoy but in ON 284*, which had left Southend on Febr. 10 and arrived New York on March 1. According to A. Hague, Troubadour joined up with this convoy on Febr. 12 and arrived Cristobal on March 3, having detached from the convoy on Febr. 19. Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Fernwood, Noreg, Norsol, Sverre Helmersen, Toronto and Velma are also named. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 6. A. Hague has her returning to the U.K. in Convoy HX 352*, which left New York on Apr. 23 and arrived Liverpool on VE Day, May 8 and also included Anna Knudsen, Havkong, Havprins, Høegh Hood, Ivaran and Pan Scandia. (Page 6 shows her voyages to Apr.-1946).

* 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. See also ships in all KMS convoys and ships in all MKS convoys. These will also be added to individual pages in my Convoys section. Additionally, the entire HX series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, please go to ships in all HX convoys.

More details on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here are available via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold on Jan. 19-1953 to A/S Lab and D/S A/S Danto (H. Tanvald-Pedersen), Porsgrunn and renamed Tangholm. Sold again in 1956 to Kam Kee Navigation Co. Ltd., Hong Kong. Renamed Shun Fat in 1958. Arrived Hong Kong on Oct. 24-1960 to be scrapped by Shiu Wing Co. Ltd. Demolition commenced on Jan. 25-1961.

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

Other ships by this name: Wilh. Wilhelmsen later had another ship by this name, 1954-1971. There was a Panamanian Troubador during the war (spelt a little differently, often mis-spelt Troubadour). This ship had a Norwegian captain, and survived the battle of Convoy PQ 17.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list, and misc. as named within above text - (ref. My sources).


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