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Owner: A/S Ganger Rolf
Delivered from Akers mek. Verksted, Oslo (445) in May-1930. The first of a series of modern fruit carriers, Canary Islands - London.
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.
Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.
Her 1940 voyages are shown on Page 1, while her 1941 voyages are listed on Page 2 and Page 3. The latter document also has most of her 1942 voyages (it'll be noticed that she had a long stay in New York that spring).
Bañaderos rescued 17 men from the lifeboat of M/S Berganger on June 4-1942, which had been hit by a torpedo from U-578 two days before; follow the link for details. Going back to Page 3 above, we see that Bañaderos was on her way from Para to New York on that date.
Some of the following voyage details are from crew member Dag Midbøe's personal documents (used here with permission), received from Neil Carlsen, Norway. Most, but not all, of Dag's info agrees with what is found in the Voyage Record. He was on board from Sept.-1942 until Apr.-1943 - see also my page about Leiv Eiriksson for the names of all the other ships he served on.
On Sept. 17-1942 Bañaderos was in New York. She left that day in Convoy NG 306 for Guantanamo, Cuba with arrival there on Sept. 24, continuing that same day in Convoy GAT 8 for Trinidad, arriving Sept. 30, leaving the same day for Recife - Pernambuco with arrival on Oct. 21 (see also Page 3). Both these convoys are available via the external links provided within the table above, and as will be seen, other Norwegian ships are also included in them. The following month she left Recife for Natal where she arrived on Nov. 6 (compare w/Page 4). Departed Nov. 15 for Sao Luiz, arriving Nov. 17.
Some of the survivors (men and women) from the torpedoed Dutch passenger vessel Zaandam embarked Banãderos in Sao Luiz and were transported to Belém. They had previously spent 8 days in a lifeboat and had landed on the coast of Brazil on Nov. 10. Zaandam had been torpedoed and sunk by U-174 on Nov. 2 on a voyage South Africa-New York. 3 survivors, namely the American Basil Dominic Izzi (U.S. Navy Armed Guard, Zaandam) and 2 Dutch passengers, Nico Hoogendam (able seaman on the Firethorn) and Cornelius Van der Slot (crew member Zaandam) spent 83 days on a raft before being rescued by an American escort and taken to Brazil (an American able seaman and the gunnery officer James Maddox had died on the raft). Basil Izzi later wrote a book entitled "83 days on a raft" about this incident - see the external links provided at the end of this page. Zaandam had had around 300 people on board at the time of the torpedoing, around 130 died, including the captain. Approximately 166 reached land in 3 lifeboats. Most of the 170 passengers had been officers and crew from other torpedoed ships.
Returning to Dag Midbøe's details:
She left New York again on Jan 11-1943 for Guantanamo in Convoy NG 336, arriving Jan. 18, continuing the same day in Convoy GAT 38 for Trinidad where she arrived on the 24th. On Febr. 3 she left Trinidad in Convoy TB 4, arriving Belém on Febr. 11 and subsequently went to various ports in Brazil (Natal, Recife, Tutoia - see convoy information in Voyage Record), then back to Belém. From there she headed back to Trinidad with arrival Apr. 6-1943. 3 days later, on Apr. 9 she sailed to Guantanamo, arriving Apr. 14, continuing that same day to New York, arriving Apr. 22 (Page 4 gives arrival New York as Apr. 20). D. Midbøe now paid off and joined Kaldfonn later that month. Again, all the convoys mentioned here (and others) are available via the external links provided in the table above.
The following month she's listed in Convoy HX 240. This convoy originated in New York on May 19-1943, but Banãderos, general cargo, station 24, destination Iceland (via Loch Ewe) and the Norwegian California Express joined from Halifax on May 22. According to the Commodore's notes, they were both detached from the main convoy on June 1, and sent on ahead under escort as a fast section. Bañaderos subsequently joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 188*, which originated in Liverpool on June 10 and arrived New York on the 26th. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Bajamar, Belinda, Duala, Evita, G. C. Brøvig, Gylfe, Kaia Knudsen, Kaldfonn, Montevideo, Mosdale, Skandinavia, Strinda, Thorhild, Vav and Velma. Bañaderos joined this convoy from Iceland on June 13, returning in July with Convoy HX 248 (see also the Commodore's report). She again joined with the Halifax portion, and was bound for Iceland with general cargo, detaching from the convoy on July 26 (together with Bajamar), arriving Reykjavik on the 28th. Note that she's also mentioned in connection with Convoy RU 84 from Reykjavik at the beginning of Aug.-1943. She's crossed out on the document for this convoy, but there's a note saying "to join ON 195 at sea?". In fact, she's indeed included in Convoy ON 195*, together with Bajamar, both joining from Iceland on Aug. 3. This convoy had departed Liverpool on July 31, arrived New York on Aug. 13 and also included the Norwegian Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Christian Michelsen, Duala, Egerø, Gallia, Vav, Velma and Washington Express. Bañaderos arrived Boston on Aug. 12, see Page 4.
About a week later she's mentioned in Convoy HX 253 from New York, but did not follow this convoy to the U.K., her destination being St. John's, N.F. where she arrived on Aug. 26. Arnold Hague has later included her, with destination "U.K. for Iceland" in Convoy HX 259, which originated in New York on Sept. 28-1943 and arrived Liverpool on Oct. 13, but Bañaderos joined from Halifax; she arrived Reykjavik, via Loch Ewe, on Oct. 18 (Page 4). This convoy is not yet available among the HX convoys included on my website, but will be added - see ships in all HX convoys. The Norwegian Cypria, Emma Bakke, Pan Scandia (returned), Reinholt and Velma are also listed. Later that month she again shows up in a convoy from Reykjavik, namely RU 95. Her destination is given as Avonmouth, cargo of U.S. Government stores, and she arrived there on Nov. 3. We later find her in the westbound Convoy ON 211* (originated in Liverpool Nov. 13, arrived New York Nov. 29), but she put back to Clyde (see Page 5), joining Convoy ON 213* from there. This convoy originated in Liverpool Nov. 26 and arrived New York Dec. 14; Bañaderos arrived St. John, N.B. on the 12th. Bajamar had again been in company, as had Dageid, Lista and Skaraas.
Sold in Apr.-1955 to Skibs-A/S Orient & Skibs-A/S Thule, Oslo (T. B. Torgersen), and renamed Barbara. Sold in June-1962 to Cia. de Nav. South Star Line S.A. (Mario Trapani, Napoli), Panama, and renamed Stella Polar. Arrived Naples on May.10-1964 with engine damage on a voyage from Port Sudan, laid up unrepaired. Arrived La Spezia on Dec. 8-1965 for breaking up.
Related external links:
83 days on a raft - Basil Dominic Izzi's story (Zaandam).
Panamanian & Honduran Ships - this page has full details on the sinking of Zaandam and names of survivors and casualties.
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Fred. Olsen acquired another ship in 1964 (also refrigerated) and gave it the name Bañaderos, built in Gothenburg 1953 as Windward Islands. Sold in 1968 to Harboe & Jensen and Ørvigs Rederi, Oslo and renamed Bambi, sold to Sigurd Haavik A/S Haugesund Febr.-1968, later named Mardina Reefer under T/C, renamed Bambi in 1972. Became Panamanian Natalie D in 1974, Hamdan that same year, United Arab Emirates, then Panamanian Natalie D again in 1976. Sprang a leak and sank in 1978.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc. others for cross checking info - ref My sources.