Updated Febr. 12-2013
To Braconda on the "Ships starting with B" page.
Source: R. W. Jordan collection.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).
Owner: A/S Braconda
Manager: Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo
Tonnage: 10 203 gt
Built by Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö, Sweden in 1939 (the external page that I've linked to above says she was delivered in Jan.-1940).
Captain: Ole Næss Stangebye.
Some crew members early in the war were Arne Agersborg, Anton Myhre, Ragnvald Hommen (Roald Amundsen also had a crew member by this name), Kåre Fredheim, A. Systad and Einar Andersen.
Additionally, according to Lillesand Sjømannsforening (external link), Leif Stendal served on this ship as 4th engineer from Jan.-1940 to Nov.-1942, and 2nd cook from Febr.-1941 to March-1941 was Harry N. T. Sævik - see also crew list for Bill and this external page. Jørgen Rønning is said to have been 3rd mate/radio operator from Jan.-1940 (when delivered) to Sept.-1940 - see also crew list for Bjørkhaug and this external page.
Related item on this website:
Warsailor Stories - Page 7, which mentions Braconda. The author of the story says that Braconda was in Talara in mid Aug.-1944, but this does not quite match up with her voyages in this period; see Page 6 of the archive documents (I believe he remembers some of the dates wrong in his story, because they do not match up with the voyages of his own ship either - he was on Basilea at the time).
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 | Page 9
When war broke out in Norway on Apr.9-1940, Braconda was on her way from Tocopilla to Los Angeles - see Page 1. It'll also be noticed that she had quite a long stay in Los Angeles later on that year. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document.
She was mostly in service from the oil harbours in the Caribbean to Chile, supplying the copper mines there with oil (on charter to Chile Steamship Company). The archive documents also show several voyages to Peru.
She made it through the war without mishaps and had sailed almost 400 000 miles and transported 460 000 tons by the end of the war.
Sold to Italy in 1950(?). Converted to barge in the late '70's? (I've been told she was in use as such in Chittagong in 1978).
This external page says she was owned by Fratelli D'Amico, Rome from Oct.-1950, still as Braconda. Renamed Linda Giovanna in 1951, owned from 1952 by D'Amico Soc. di Nav. A.r.l., Rome. From 1962, Sogena Soc. di Nav. A.r.l., Rome and from 1967, D'Amico Soc. di Nav. A.r.l., Rome. Sold to Italian breakers in 1976, completed in May that year.
Back to Braconda on the "Ships starting with B" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", R. W. Jordan, and misc. - ref. My sources.