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Owner: Rederi A/S Damp
Built by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough in 1921.
Managed during the war by British Tanker Co. Ltd., London (according to R. W. Jordan)
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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 do exist, and several voyages are missing.
As will be seen when reading my text for Lise, there's some confusion as to whether this ship, or Liss, sailed in Convoy OB 169. Voyage information for the ship in question is given as Swansea to Abadan via Cape in ballast in my document for this convoy. OB 169 originated in Liverpool on June 17 and dispersed on the 22nd. Note that Arnold Hague does not list Lise but Liss in this convoy (giving her destination as Abadan), whereas he has Lise in the previous convoy, OB 168 (external link). My document for Convoy OB 169 is very blurry, but to me it looks more like Lise than Liss. However, when looking at the archive document mentioned above, we see that Liss left Swansea (for Abadan) on June 16 and arrived St. Vincent (C.V.) on the 29th, departing again that same day for Table Bay, where she arrived on July 15, leaving again on the 17th; arrival Abadan is not given; still, the reference to Table Bay leads me to believe that the ship in Convoy OB 169 was indeed Liss. There's now a long gap in her record - the next voyage shown on Page 1 is from Aden to Suez on Oct. 3-1940.
It'll also be noticed that there's a long gap in her voyage information from June 20-1941, when she's said to have arrived Bathurst, to May 19-1943, when she left Bathurst for Dakar. I'm not sure if she had remained at Bathurst all that time, or whether some voyages are missing from the record(?). From Dakar, she subsequently headed to Freetown, having joined Convoy OS 49. This convoy had started out from the U.K. as the combined Convoy OS 49/KMS 16*, which split up on June 13, but Liss was not present from the U.K., joining the OS convoy from Dakar, as already mentioned, arriving Freetown on June 23. Elg is also listed (ref. link in the Voyage Record).
Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 1 and Page 2, while convoy info for some of them can be found in the table above. It looks like she spent a long time in Boston at the end of 1943. She had arrived there from New York on Oct. 5. Departure date is not given, but the next entry shows that she arrived New York again on Jan. 31-1944, later proceeding to Oran, where she arrived March 3. She subsequently made a voyage from Oran to Port Said with Convoy KMS 43*. For info, this convoy had initially started out from the U.K. on Febr. 23 as the combined Convoy OS 69/KMS 43 and split up on March 5, the Gibraltar bound ships arriving there on March 6, while the OS convoy proceeded to Freetown. The KMS convoy then continued from Gibraltar on March 6, arriving Port Said on the 16th; as already indicated, Liss joined from Oran, having departed March 7.
"Nortraships flåte" claims that she was 1 of 3 Norwegian ships in Convoy KMS 51* which was attacked by aircraft near Cape Bengut on May 30-1944, but she escaped unharmed (see Marathon and President de Vogue) - note, however, that Liss is not listed in that convoy, but in the previous convoy, KMS 50*, voyage Augusta to Port Said. This convoy had also started out from the U.K. as a combined convoy, OS 76/KMS 50 (May 2), which split up off Gibraltar on May 13, with the OS convoy heading to Freetown, KMS ships to Gibraltar. From there, the KMS convoy continued to Port Said on May 15, with arrival May 25. Going back to Page 2, we see that Liss had sailed from Augusta on May 20.
In Aug.-1944, she's included in Convoy MKS 59*, departing Port Said on Aug. 17, arriving Gibraltar on the 28th (from there, the convoy would join up with Convoy SL 168 from Freetown on Aug. 30, the combined convoy then proceeding to the U.K.). No destination is given for Liss, but from Page 2 of the archive documents, we learn that she arrived Algiers on Aug. 26, proceeding to Bizerta a few days later, subsequently remaining there for a month. In Oct.-1944 we find her in Convoy KMS 66*, which arrived Port Said from Gibraltar on Nov. 5 - Liss had joined from Bizerta, having left on Oct. 30. (The convoy had originated in the U.K. on Oct. 15 as combined Convoy OS 92/KMS 66 and split up off Gibraltar on Oct. 25, but note that Liss had not been present from the U.K. More info on the combined convoys can be found via the external links provided below). From Port Said, Liss continued to Haifa on Nov. 6, arriving the next day.
Sold in 1963 to A/S Norske Oljekonsum and renamed O. K. Hauge. Sold to Eckhardt & Co. GmbH, Hamburg, to be broken up, delivered on Oct. 3-1964.
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: E-mails from Roger W. Jordan - and misc.