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Owner: A/R Seljan
Built by Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd., Newcastle in 1925.
Captain: E. Olsen?
Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(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 several voyages are missing.
According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Atlantic was on her way from Montevideo to Boston when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 (it'll be noticed that she appears to have had a long stay in New York at the end of that year). Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2 (showing a long stay in Boston that fall).
In Oct.-1941, Arnold Hague has included her, with a cargo of gas oil, in station 42 of the slow Sydney, C.B.-U.K. Convoy SC 50*, which left on Oct. 17 and arrived Liverpool on Nov. 4 - Atlantic stopped at Loch Ewe the day before. Bur, Fjordaas, Geisha, Lysaker V, Marianne and Rio Novo are also listed. Some of these ships, including Atlantic, later returned across the Atlantic with the westbound Convoy ON 38*, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 19 and dispersed on the 30th, Atlantic arriving Houston on Dec. 16. Other Norwegian ships were Fjordaas, Geisha, Hada County, Marit II, O. A. Knudsen, Sandanger, Skaraas, Stiklestad and Troubadour.
Arnold Hague has also included her in Convoy HX 169, which left Halifax on Jan. 8-1942 (see also HX 168). Atlantic stopped at Belfast Lough on Jan. 22, proceeding to Avonmouth the next day. She headed back to the U.S. at the beginning of the following month, having joined Convoy ON 63*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 2 and dispersed on the 13th, Atlantic arriving Galveston independently on Febr. 26. Other Norwegian ships were Abraham Lincoln, Fernmoor, Hardanger, N.T. Nielsen Alonso (the latter 2 are said to have returned), as well as Sandanger and Thorshov, both bound for Aruba. Atlantic returned to the U.K. in Convoy HX 180, which left Halifax on March 15 and arrived Liverpool on the 27th. She again stopped at Belfast Lough, proceeding to Stanlow the next day, with arrival March 29 - again, see Page 2. She later joined the westbound Convoy ON 87*, which departed Liverpool on Apr. 16 and dispersed Apr. 26. She was again in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Albert L. Ellsworth, Bralanta, Glittre, Havprins, Herbrand, Katy, Norheim, Norsol, Polartank, Skandinavia, Stiklestad and Vav. Atlantic's destination is given as Aruba, where she arrived independently, via Trinidad, on May 9. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3.
That summer she's listed in Convoy SL 112, which left Freetown on June 4-1942 and arrived Liverpool on the 23rd. Atlantic was returning from Aruba to Belfast, cargo of crude oil, station 103. The captain's name is given as E. Olsen. The Norwegian Bralanta, Glittre, Herbrand and Norsktank are also listed, as is the Panamanian Vestfold (Norwegian managers and, therefore, included under the V's on this website). Please see the link provided within the table above for more on this convoy.
Atlantic later joined Convoy ON 117*, in order to travel to Halifax, where she arrived on Aug. 13; the convoy originated in Liverpool on July 31-1942 and also included Norholm, Solstad, Tai Shan and Villanger, as well as the Panamanian Norlys (Norwegian managers). Atlantic returned to the U.K. later that month with Convoy HX 204 (departure Halifax Aug. 23, arrival Liverpool Sept. 4). She subsequently made a voyage to New York with Convoy ON 129*, from Liverpool Sept. 11, arrival New York Sept. 25. Brant County, Kollbjørg, Meline, N. T. Nielsen Alonso, San Andres, Vardefjell (returned), Vav and Velma (in collision - returned) are also named.
A. Hague now has her listed as bound for Curacao in the New York-Guantanamo Convoy NG 309, departure New York Sept. 27, arrival Guantanamo Oct. 4, proceeding that same day in the Guantanamo-Trinidad Convoy GAT 11, Atlantic arriving Curacao on the 7th. She later joined Convoy TAG 14 in order to commence her return (voyage is given as Curacao to Gitmo); this convoy left Trinidad on Oct. 17 and arrived Guantanamo on the 22nd - Atlantic started out from Curacao on Oct. 19 (see Page 3). She now joined Convoy GN 14 for the final leg of her voyage back to New York (departed Guantanamo on Oct. 23 and arrived New York on the 30th). As will be seen when following the links provided in the table above, other Norwegian ships are also included in these convoys.
A few days later, she joined Convoy HX 214 from New York in order to make another voyage to the U.K., but had to put into Halifax, unable to maintain convoy speed. According to the Commodore's notes, she had been involved in a collision with City of Exeter on Nov. 3, the day of departure New York. She shows up again in the Halifax portion of the slow Convoy SC 109*, which had originated in New York on Nov. 9 and also had Astrid, Grado, Hjalmar Wessel, Iron Baron, James Hawson, Mathilda, Norse Lady, Ragnhild, Ravnefjell, Thalatta and Veni in its ranks. Atlantic arrived Ardrossan on Nov. 30, having sailed from Halifax Nov. 12. She headed back to New York shortly thereafter with Convoy ON 151*, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 3 and arrived New York on the 23rd. Brasil, Brimanger, Gefion, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Kaia Knudsen, Molda, Skandinavia, Stigstad and Thorshov are also listed. Atlantic proceeded to Baltimore a few days, remaining there for almost a month (Page 3).
As can be seen in the Voyage Record above, A. Hague indicates she was involved in another collision in Febr.-1943. According to Page 4, she had been on her way from New York to Loch Ewe at the time. No further details are available but it looks like repairs were necesseray, because she subsequently had a long stay in New York. In Apr.-1943, we find her in Convoy SC 126, departing Halifax on Apr. 8, arriving Liverpool on the 23rd. Buttercup, which came under the Norwegian flag the following year (after the loss of Tunsberg Castle) is named among the escorts - see SC convoy escorts. Atlantic started on her return voyage about a week later in Convoy ONS 6*, which left Liverpool on Apr. 29 and arrived Halifax on May 17; Atlantic, however, was bound for New York; A. Hague gives arrival as May 21. The Norwegian Carrier is also listed, while Acanthus, Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts (see ONS convoy escorts).
In June that year she travelled to Gibraltar, having joined Convoy UGS 10, which left Hampton Roads on June 13-1943 and had Port Said as its final destination; Atlantic started out from New York and arrived Gibraltar on July 4, later continuing from there to Algiers in Convoy UGS 11 on the 18th, arriving Algiers July 21. (This convoy had also originated in Hampton Roads and had Port Said as its final destination, but as already noted, Atlantic only sailed with this convoy from Gibraltar to Algiers - again, see links in the Voyage Record above for more on the convoys mentioned here). It now looks like she remained in Algiers for quite some time; Page 4 gives departure as Sept. 6, when she headed back to the U.S. with Convoy GUS 14, which had originated in Alexandria on Aug. 30 and arrived Hampton Roads on Sept. 26; Atlantic arrived New York the day before, remaining there for quite a while as well. Departure is given as Oct. 28, when she proceeded to Boston, then on to Halifax in order to join the slow Convoy SC 146 (departure Nov. 6, arrival Liverpool Nov. 22 - Commodore in Rena). She subsequently returned with Convoy ONS 24*, which started out in Liverpool on Nov. 30 and arrived Halifax on Dec. 18; she was again bound for New York, where she arrived on Dec. 20, having joined from Belfast Lough. A. Hague says she had served as Escort Oiler for this convoy, which also included Brush, Chr. Th. Boe, Evanger, Grey County, Solstad and South America.
On Jan. 14-1944, she's listed in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 151 (Escort Oiler - Commodore in Para). Eglantine and Rose were among the escorts for a while (see SC convoy escorts). Atlantic's destination is given as Ellesmere/Stanlow - she arrived Ellesmere Port on Febr. 3, Stanlow the same day (Page 4), returning to New York later that month with Convoy ONS 29*; departure Liverpool Febr. 12, arrival Halifax Febr. 29; Atlantic arrived New York on March 3. Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Heimgar, Iron Baron, Nordanger, Norfalk, Ruth I, Suderøy, Tercero and Vav are also listed, and Acanthus, Eglantine and Rose were again among the escorts. Atlantic now shows up, with destination London, in Convoy SC 155 from Halifax to the U.K. (March 14-March 29). She arrived Shellhaven on Apr. 2/3, according to Page 5, and together with Elg, Ferncliff, Kaia Knudsen, Norsktank, Olaf Bergh, Slemmestad and Thorhild, she later joined the westbound Convoy ON 233* (Escort Oiler), which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 20 and arrived New York on May 8. She now had another long stay in New York; she's listed in Convoy HX 295 on June 10 (Commodore in Elisabeth Bakke), but returned to port, later joining Convoy HX 297 on June 24 (Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges - Commodore in Brimanger).
With Abraham Lincoln, Alaska, Brimanger (Commodore Vessel), Dageid, Dalfonn, Danio, Fernwood, Ivaran, James Hawson, Kaldfonn, Leiv Eiriksson, Petter, Skotaas, Strinda, Thorhild, Tiradentes, Toronto, Vardefjell, Velox and Ørnefjell, she later joined Convoy ON 246* (Escort Oiler), originating in Liverpool on July 25, arriving New York on Aug. 9. Just 2 days later, she was 1 of 17 Norwegian ships joining Convoy HX 303 (she carried spare depth charges for the escorts), the others being Tanafjord, Dalfonn, Noravind, Romulus, Sommerstad, Skotaas, Geisha (Vice Commodore), Thorhild, Petter, Stirlingville, Rena, Para, Titanian, Mui Hock, Fjordaas and Norse Lady. Atlantic's destination is given as Stanlow and she arrived there on Aug. 27 (Page 5). Some of these ships, including Atlantic, then returned with Convoy ON 252*, originating in Liverpool on Sept. 7, arriving New York on the 22nd. Dageid, Fernmoor, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Kaldfonn, Petter, Skotaas, Spinanger, Troubadour and Vardefjell are listed, while Acanthus, Rose and Tunsberg Castle are named among the escorts (as is Buttercup) - see ON convoy escorts.
Atlantic now made a voyage to Curacao, having joined Convoy NG 462, which left New York on Sept. 28-1944 and arrived Guantanamo on Oct. 5 (ref. external link in the table above). She continued to Curacao that same day, with arrival Oct. 8. For the rest of that year she made voyages to Puerto la Cruz, Curacao, Caripito and Trinidad - see Page 5 and Page 6.
Arnold Hague has included the Norwegian Atlantic in Convoy SC 164 at the beginning of Jan.-1945 (Escort Oiler, 55 depth charges). The Advance Sailing Telegram for this convoy says this was the Panamanian Atlantic of 5524 gt, bound for Stanlow (see my page about this convoy). Cargo is given as oil, so it could, of course, have been the Norwegian Atlantic. In fact, this fits in with the information found on Page 6 of the archive documents, which has her leaving Halifax on Jan. 1-1945, arriving Stanlow (via Liverpool and Eastham) on Jan. 19. She's subsequently listed, along with Evanger, Gausdal, Geisha, Maud, Sommerstad, Titanian, Veni and Vinland, in the westbound Convoy ONS 41*, which left Liverpool on Jan. 29 and arrived Halifax on Febr. 20 - Atlantic, however, was bound for Baltimore on that occasion, where she arrived on Febr. 24, proceeding to Curacao 3 days later.
On Apr. 28-1945, A.Hague has her in the Guantanamo-New York Convoy GN 202, but says she returned to Guantanamo with a broken shaft (it'll be noticed, that this is not included on Page 6, but it does look like she later spent a long time in New York) - again, see the external link provided in the table above for more convoy information.
This external page says she was owned from Apr.-1951 by Leth & Co., Hamburg, same name. Sold for breaking up in Germany in 1960.
Back to Atlantic on the "Ships starting with A" page.