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M/T Basilea
Updated March 14-2011

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

From Markus Berger, who has also told me that the name Basilea was derived from the city Basel. The Tschudi family was originally from Switzerland and most of the company's ships were named for Swiss cities, until the loss of Silvaplana.
Markus has a website about Swiss Ships (external link), which includes information on 2 other ships named Basilea.

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.

The Australian War Memorial also has a picture of this ship, from Nov.-1940 (external links).

Manager: Tschudi & Eitzen, Oslo
9612 gt

Built in Malmö (Kockums), Sweden in 1936.
According to this external page, she was delivered in July-1936 as Basilea to Skibs A/S Navalis (Camillo Eitzen & Co), Oslo. Tschudi & Eitzen, Oslo became managers in Jan.-1937 (same owners).

Captain (1944): Otto E. Johansen - died July-1944, see external link at the end of this page.

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message re Geoff Mead, who served on this ship.
Geoff Mead's story - Describes some voyages and life on board. He also names several crew members and mentions a Captain Madsen (prior to Captain Johansen).

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

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

Voyage Record
From Dec.-1941 to Dec.-1945:

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

Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Dec. 22 Singapore Singapore Dec. 25 Independent Earlier voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
A. Hague says:
After grounding
Dec. 27 Singapore Auckland Jan. 18-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 22 Auckland Napier Jan. 24 Independent
Jan. 27 Napier Auckland Jan. 29 Independent
* Febr. 3 Towsnville Cairns Febr. 4 Independent
* Please note that the above voyage is out of place - it belongs under 1943 and has been inserted there.
Febr. 10 Auckland Wellington Febr. 12 Independent
Febr. 13 Wellington Los Angeles March 9 Independent
March 28 Los Angeles San Francisco March 30 Independent
March 31 San Francisco Auckland Apr. 30 Independent
May 1 Auckland Wellington May 4 Independent
May 8 Wellington Lyttleton May 8 Independent
May 14 Lyttleton Los Angeles June 8 Independent
July 2 Los Angeles San Francisco July 3 Independent
July 5 San Francisco Sydney, N.S.W. July 31 Independent
Aug. 2 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Aug. 3 Independent
Aug. 11 Newcastle, N.S.W. Talara Sept. 6 Independent
Sept. 10 Talara Callao Sept. 12 Independent Notional sailing date
Sept. 17 Callao Talara Sept. 19 Independent
Sept. 21 Talara Wellington Oct. 18 Independent
Oct. 23 Wellington Lyttleton Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 28 Lyttleton Los Angeles Nov. 21 Independent
Dec. 26 Los Angeles Brisbane Jan. 20-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 27 Brisbane Townsville Jan. 30 BT 37 Convoy available at BT 37
(external link)
* Febr. 3 Townsville Cairns Febr. 4 Independent
* This voyage has been taken from 1942 entries above - see also Page 3.
Febr. 8 Cairns Los Angeles March 5 Independent
March 22 Los Angeles Brisbane Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 16 Brisbane Townsville Apr. 19 BT 52 Convoy available at BT 52
(external link)
Apr. 22 Townsville Cairns Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 27 Cairns Los Angeles May 23 Independent
May 29 Los Angeles Portland, Oregon June 1 Independent
June 4 Portland, Oregon San Francisco June 6 Independent
July 6 San Francisco San Francisco July 9 Independent Put back, engine defects
July 17 San Francisco Sydney, N.S.W. Aug. 12 Independent
Aug. 14 Sydney, N.S.W. Port Kembla Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 17 Port Kembla Los Angeles Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 20 Los Angeles Melbourne Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 19 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 21 Independent
Oct. 27 Sydney, N.S.W. Talara Nov. 20 Independent
Nov. 24 Talara Lyttleton Dec. 18 Independent
Dec. 25 Lyttleton San Francisco Jan. 16-1944 Independent See Geoff Mead's story
1944 March 1 San Francisco Sydney, N.S.W. March 25 Independent
March 28 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane March 29 Independent
Apr. 5 Brisbane Talara Apr. 29 Independent
May 1 Talara Brisbane May 28 Independent
June 1 Brisbane Townsville June 3 Independent
June 6 Townsville Cairns June 6 Independent
June 9 Cairns Gladstone June 11 Independent
June 11 Gladstone Talara July 7 Independent
July 13 Talara Talara July 14 Independent Put back, master dead
July 16 Talara Sydney, N.S.W. Aug. 14 Independent
Aug. 17 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Aug. 17 Independent
Oct. 5 Newcastle, N.S.W. Khor Kwai Independent
Oct. 31 Khor Kwai Abadan Nov. 2 Independent
Nov. 4 Abadan Brisbane Dec. 5 Independent
Dec. 9 Brisbane Gladstone Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 12 Gladstone Townsville Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 14 Townsville Newcastle, N.S.W. Dec. 18 Independent
Dec. 31 Newcastle, N.S.W. Abadan Jan. 27-1945 Independent See also Page 4
1945 Jan. 30 Abadan Brisbane March 3 Independent
March 11 Brisbane Abadan Apr. 8 Independent Again, see Page 4
Apr. 11 Abadan Fremantle May 2 Independent
May 5 Fremantle Hobart May 12 Independent
May 13 Hobart Melbourne May 15 Independent
June 25 Melbourne Newcastle, N.S.W. June 27 Independent
June 29 Newcastle, N.S.W. Manus July 7 Independent
July 11 Manus Subic Bay July 20 Independent
July 21 Subic Bay Manila July 22 Independent
July 23 Manila Subic Bay July 23 Independent
Oct. 25 Subic Bay Manila Independent
Dec. 5 Manila Subic Bay Independent
Dec. 9 Subic Bay Manila Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 12 Manila Singapore Dec. 18 Independent Further voyages, Page 4


My Guestbook has a message re Geoff Mead, who served on Basilea. He joined her just before Christmas of 1943. For information on some of Basilea's 1944 voyages, please read his story in my "Warsailor Stories" section (some of the info in his story does not match up with the above record). He also names other crew members and says Basilea had an American messgirl.

Also, under the heading "A Family at War" on this page, I've included the personal story of someone whose brother was on board Basilea at some point in the war (there's also a link to the original, Norwegian version of the story). While there are no details on this ship, it's an interesting story about 5 brothers and a sister who served outside of Norway during the war; the brothers on 17 different ships altogether. Another sister was involved in "illegal" activities in Norway, as was the father.

It'll be noticed, when going to the various archive documents, that Basilea occasionally had long stays in port - the reason for some of these is explained in Geoff Mead's story above.


Renamed Myken in 1952 for Simonsen & Astrup, Oslo. Converted in 1955 to ore carrier. Sold in 1962 to Spanish shipbreakers.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemoration - Cause is not given, but according to "Våre falne" (a series of 4 books naming Norwegians who died during the war), Captain Otto Eugen Johansen, who is commemorated at this Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway, died on July 15-1944 and is buried at Talara, Peru. This is also mentioned in Geoff Mead's story, though month is given as June.

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