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M/S Bañaderos
Updated March 12-2011

To Bañaderos on the "Ships starting with B" page.

From a book about Akers mek Verksted, 1931.

Owner: A/S Ganger Rolf
Manager: Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
2728 gt, 1257 net, 3928 tdwt.
Dimensions: 330.6' x 48.2' x 19.2'
Machinery: 2 x 6 cyl. 4 t single (B & W) 625 nhp.
Signal Letters: LDOS

Delivered from Akers mek. Verksted, Oslo (445) in May-1930. The first of a series of modern fruit carriers, Canary Islands - London.

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 | Page 7 | Page 8

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

Partial Voyage Record
From June-1942 to July-1944:

(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.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1942 June 23 Hampton Roads KS 513 Earlier voyages:
Page 1, Page 2 & Page 3
Detached June 30.
Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
June 30 Detached from KS 513 Para July 5 Independent
July 8 Para Maranham July 10 Independent
July 10 Maranham Ceara July 12 Independent
July 13 Ceara Pernambuco July 15 Independent
July 18 Pernambuco Bahia July 19 Independent
July 25 Bahia Ceara July 27 Independent
July 29 Ceara Para Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 6 Para Trinidad Independent
Aug. 12 Trinidad Key West Aug. 23 TAW 13 Convoy available at TAW convoys
(external link)
Aug. 23 Key West New York City Aug. 29 KN 133 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
?* Sept. 11 Cape Cod Canal New York City Sept. 12 Independent
?* Sept. 16 New York City Boston Sept. 16 Independent
*The above 2 voyages have ended up in the wrong place - they belong under 1943 and have been inserted there.
Sept. 17 New York City Gitmo Sept. 24 NG 306 For Pernambuco.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Sept. 24 Gitmo Trinidad Sept. 30 GAT 8 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Oct. 10 Trinidad Pernambuco Independent Page 3 gives arrival Oct. 21
Note that Bañaderos is listed as bound for Paramaribo in a convoy designated TRIN 17, which left Trinidad on Oct. 9-1942 and later dispersed.

See also the narrative further down on this page.

Oct. 28 Pernambuco Natal, Brazil Nov. 3 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 15 Natal Maranham Nov. 17 Independent
Nov. 18 Maranham Para Nov. 21 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
Page 4 gives Nov. 20
Dec. 1 Para Trinidad Dec. 10 Independent Notional sailing date
Page 4 gives Dec. 3
Dec. 16 Trinidad Gitmo Dec. 20 TAG 29 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Dec. 20 Gitmo New York City Dec. 26 GN 29 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
1943 Jan. 11 New York City Gitmo Jan. 18 NG 336 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Jan. 18 Gitmo Trinidad Jan. 24 GAT 38 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Febr. 3 Trinidad Para Febr. 14 TB 4 Convoy available at TB 4
(external link)
March 1 Para Pernambuco March 4 Independent
March 14 Pernambuco Tutoia Bay March 18 BT 7 A. Hague says:
Bahia to Tutoia.
Convoy available at BT 7
(external link)
March 24 Belem Trinidad Apr. 5 BT 8 A. Hague says:
Belem to Trinidad.
Convoy available at BT 8
(external link)
See also Page 4
?* Apr. 4 Trinidad Gitmo Apr. 9 TAG 52 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
*According to the archive document, she left Trinidad on Apr. 9 and arrived Guantanamo Apr. 14.
Apr. 14 Gitmo New York City Apr. 20 GN 53 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 4
May 18 Boston Halifax May 20 BX 52 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
May 21 Halifax Loch Ewe June 1 HX 240
June 1 Loch Ewe Reykjavik June 5 UR 77 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
June 12 Reykjavik New York City June 25 ON 188 Joined at sea June 13.
Convoy will be added
See ships in ON convoys
July 14 Boston Halifax July 16 BX 63 Had arr. Boston June 27
(Page 4).
Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
July 17 Halifax HX 248 Detached to Iceland July 26,
arrived Reykjavik July 28
Aug. 2 Reykjavik Boston Aug. 12 ON 195 Joined from Iceland Aug. 3
(see also narrative below).
Convoy will be added
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 20 New York City St. John's, N.F. Aug. 26 HX 253 Had arr. New York Aug. 19
(Page 4).
A. Hague says:
St. John's, N.F. for Argentia
Sept. 6 St. John's, N.F. Halifax Sept. 8 JH 66 Convoy available at JH 66
(external link)
Sept. 9 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Sept. 11 XB 73 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
* Sept. 11 Cape Cod Canal New York City Sept. 12 Independent
* Sept. 16 New York City Boston Sept. 16 Independent
*The above 2 voyages have been taken from A. Hague's 1942 entries above - see also Page 4.
Sept. 24 Boston Halifax Sept. 26 BX 75 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Sept. 30 Halifax Loch Ewe Oct. 12 HX 259 U.K. for Iceland.
Convoy will be added
See ships in HX convoys
Oct. 14 Loch Ewe Reykjavik Oct. 18 UR 94 Convoy available at UR convoys
(external link)
Oct. 28 Reykjavik Loch Ewe Nov. 1 RU 95
Nov. 1 Loch Ewe Avonmouth Nov. 3 Independent (See also Page 4).
Nov. 11 Avonmouth Milford Haven Nov. 12 Independent
Nov. 12 Milford Haven Clyde ON 211 Put back Clyde
(see also Page 5).
Convoy will be added
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 26 Clyde St. John, N.B. Dec. 12 ON 213 For Boston.
Convoy will be added
See link above
Dec. 20 St. John, N.B. New York City Dec. 22 Independent
Dec. 23 New York City Gitmo Dec. 29 NG 406 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
1944 Jan. 5 Gitmo Cristobal Jan. 9 GZ 55 A. Hague says:
Traded east coast of South America to Febr. 26-1944.
Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Missing voyages, Page 5
Febr. 28 Cristobal Gitmo March 3 ZG 60 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
March 4 Gitmo New York City March 11 GN 118 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
March 27 New York City Gitmo Apr. 2 NG 425 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Apr. 4 Gitmo Cristobal Apr. 8 GZ 64 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Apr. 8 Cristobal Barranquilla Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 21 Barranquilla Cristobal Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 25 Cristobal Gitmo Apr. 28
Apr. 28 Gitmo New York City May 5 GN 129 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 16 New York City Barranquilla May 23 NG 435 A. Hague says:
Possibly this convoy.
Available at NG convoys
(external link)
May 28 Barranquilla Cartagena, Col May 28 Independent
June 2 Cartagena, Col New York City June 9 Independent
June 20 New York City Gitmo June 27 NG 442 Convoy available at link above
June 28 Gitmo Cristobal* July 2 GZ 75 *Compare w/Page 5
Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 5
July 12 Cristobal Gitmo July 16 ZG 78 A. Hague says:
Then traded indep. until end of war.
Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
Subsequent voyages:
Page 5, Page 6, Page 7 & Page 8

 Misc. 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 further details; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

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:
From Belém she went to Maranhao then back to Belém before proceeding to Port of Spain where she arrived on Dec. 10. On the 16th of that month she headed to New York, arriving on Dec. 26. In fact, she's listed, together with several other Norwegian ships, in Convoy TAG 29, leaving Trinidad on Dec. 16-1942, arriving Guantanamo on Dec. 20, and in Convoy GN 29, which left Guantanamo on Dec. 20 and arrived New York on the 26th. It will be noticed, when following the links provided in the table above, that the Norwegian Bajamar seems to have been on many of the same voyages as Bañaderos.

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.

The rest of her voyages are shown on Page 5, Page 6, Page 7 & Page 8; convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys.

More information on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page can be found via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


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:
The attack on Zaandam

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.

Back to Bañaderos on the "Ships starting with B" page.

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.


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