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M/S Høegh Silvercloud
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Owner: Skibs-A/S Arizona.
General cargo vessel completed in Apr.-1939 by Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft, Flensburg, 5287 gt, 3145 net, 8280 tdwt, 414' 4" x 55' 8", 5-cyl. two stroke cycle double acting oil engine by Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg A.G., Augsburg.
Managed during the war by S & J Thompson Ltd., London, managers of Silver Line Ltd., which had a joint service arrangement with Leif Høegh before the war (this according to R. W. Jordan, author of "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939").
Captain of this ship early in the war was Odd Findahl (until late 1943).
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Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
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.
As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Høegh Silverloud arrived Belawan Deli (Indonesia) on Apr. 9-1940, the day of the German invasion of Norway. She was on a voyage from Bombay to Vancouver.
According to Arnold Hague, she took part in Convoy ZG 8, which departed Cristobal on Oct. 17-1942 and arrived Guantanamo on the 21st. The company's Høegh Silverlight is also listed, as is the Norwegian Tabor. See also Page 3. All 3 of them continued to New York from Guantanamo on Oct. 23 in Convoy GN 14, which arrived New York on Oct. 30. Additionally, the Norwegian Atlantic, Danio, James Hawson, Meline, Torfinn Jarl and Tropic Star are listed.
She's mentioned in connection with Convoy HX 214 from New York to the U.K. at the beginning of Nov.-1942, but is crossed out on the form with a note saying "not for U.K.". Later that month she shows up, together with Britamsea, Fenja, Stirlingville and Thorsholm, in Convoy NG 324, departing New York on Nov. 24, arriving Guantanamo Dec. 1. Her destination is given as Cristobal, and she continued from Guantanamo the next day in Convoy GZ 14, which arrived Cristobal on Dec. 5. Stirlingville was again in company, as was Tabor.
In Febr.-1943, we find her in Convoy BM 42, which left Bombay on Febr. 19 and arrived Trincomalee on the 25th. Judging from A. Hague's Voyage Record above, it looks like she joined this convoy from Cochin(?), having departed on Febr. 22. She arrived Colombo the next day. Going back to Page 3, we see that she had previously left Bombay on Febr. 18 and arrived Cochin on the 20th; according to A. Hague, she had made this voyage independently. The next convoy she shows up in is ZG 29, which left Cristobal on Apr. 24 and arrived Guantanamo on the 28th, and from there she joined Convoy GN 56 the next day, arriving New York on May 6. Later that month she's listed, together with Tatra, in Convoy NK 543, departing New York on May 27, arriving Key West June 1; Høegh Silvercloud arrived Cristobal on June 5, having been detached from the convoy on June 1, according to A. Hague - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 4.
Later that year, she's listed, with Alar and Ørnefjell, in Convoy KN 271, departing Key West on Oct. 17-1943, arriving New York on the 22nd. Having remained in New York for a month, she proceeded to Hampton Roads, then made a voyage to Port Said in Convoy UGS 25 (departure Hampton Roads on Nov. 24, arrival Port Said Dec. 21). Haakon Hauan, Meline, Norsol, Solør, Viggo Hansteen and Viva also sailed in this convoy, but they were not all bound for Port Said.
She later travelled to Bombay again (again, see Page 4), and is listed in a convoy from there on Jan. 31-1944, namely Convoy BM 84, in which the Norwegian Løvstad is also said to have taken part. Høegh Silvercloud arrived Cochin on Febr. 3. She's also included in the Bombay-Colombo Convoy BM 85, which started out in Bombay on Febr. 9, arriving Colombo on the 14th. It'll be noticed, when going back to the archive document, that she had left Cochin on Febr. 12; perhaps she joined this convoy at sea? From Colombo, she headed back to Bombay, having joined Convoy MB 66, together with Anna Odland, subsequently proceeding to Aden with Convoy BA 63 (again with Anna Odland), bringing us to March 5. That same day, she continued to Suez and Port Said, then on to Alexandria, where she arrived March 13.
She now returned to the U.S. again, having sailed in Convoy GUS 34, which originated in Port Said on March 15-1944 and arrived Hampton Roads on Apr. 14; Høegh Silvercloud joined from Alexandria, having left that port on March 16; she arrived New York on Apr. 14. Other Norwegian ships were Atle Jarl, Egda, Norholm, Ole Bull and Tanafjord (but note that they were not all bound for the U.S.). She again spent almost a month in New York, before going back in the other direction with Convoy UGS 42, departing Hampton Roads on May 13, arriving Port Said on June 8. This time the Norwegian Evviva, Gylfe, Høegh Hood, Norfjell and Sverre Helmersen (returned) were in company, but note that they were not all present from the U.S. Høegh Silvercloud continued from Port Said to Suez, Aden and Karachi, having started the latter voyage in Convoy AB 41 from Aden on June 16, together with Belpareil. Høegh Silvercloud arrived Karachi on June 23 (Page 4).
Skipping now to Aug.-1944, when we find her in Convoy GUS 50, departing Port Said on Aug. 23, arriving Hampton Roads on Sept. 18; Høegh Silvercloud arrived New York that day. This convoy also included Elise, Meline, Roald Amundsen, Tatra, Viggo Hansteen and Vivi, most of which (but not all) were bound for the U.S. Høegh Silvercloud subsequently remained in New York until Oct. 21, then made a voyage to Colombo, having joined Convoy UGS 58, which started out from Hampton Roads on Oct. 22 and had Port Said as its final destination. Belinda, Granville, Norsol and Tanafjord were also in company for part of the convoy's passage. It arrived Port Said on Nov. 18, and Høegh Silvercloud continued to Suez that same day, then on to Aden, before proceeding to Colombo, where she arrived Dec. 3 - see Page 5
In the spring of 1945 she's listed in Convoy GUS 75, which left Oran on March 3 and arrived Hampton Roads on March 20 (Høegh Silvercloud arrived New York that day). Gallia, Ida Bakke, Kirkenes and Marathon are also included. The following month, Høegh Silvercloud can be found in a convoy going in the other direction, namely UGS 87, which left Hampton Roads on Apr. 18 and arrived Gibraltar on May 3. No destination is given for Høegh Silvercloud, but according to Page 5 of the archive docs, she arrived Port Said on May 11 (having sailed from New York on Apr. 17), continuing to Suez, Aden, Bombay and Karachi.
All these convoys are available via the links provided within the Voyage Record. More details on all the other Norwegian ships named here can be found with the help of the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.
Sold in April-1953 to Deutsche Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft "Hansa", Germany and renamed Falkenfels. Arrived Bilbao in Jan.-1964 to be broken up by E. Erhardt y Cia. Ltda.
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Leif Høegh & Co's fleet list and misc.