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M/S Norse Lady
Updated Aug. 12-2010

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Owner: Rederi-A/S Norse Lady
Manager: Odd Godager, Oslo
3489 gt

Built by Merrill-Stevens Shipbuildinng Corp. Jacksonville, Florida in 1919. Converted from steamer 1923, previous names: Ashbee until 1927, Silverspruce until 1936, Samoan until 1937.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5

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

  Voyage Record
From March-1940 to Sept.-1945:  

(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 some voyages may be missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 2 Batavia Diego Suarez March 19 Independent See also Page 1
A. Hague says:
Arrived with defects
Apr. 20 Diego Suarez Port Elizabeth May 3 Independent Further defects
June 24 Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth June 25 Independent Returned with defects
* July 1 Port Elizabeth Capetown July 2 Independent *Page 1 gives departure June 30, arrival July 4.
July 16* Capetown Guaira Aug. 7 Independent *Page 1 gives departure July 11.
Aug. 14 Guaira Puerto Cabello Aug. 15 Independent
Aug. 20 Puerto Cabello Curacao Aug. 21 Independent
Aug. 23 Curacao Barranquilla Aug. 25 Independent
Aug. 29 Barranquilla Havana Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 3 Havana Mobile Sept. 8 Independent Via New Orleans
(Page 1).
Oct. 26 Mobile New Orleans Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 29 New Orleans Halifax Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 21 Halifax Capetown Dec. 22 Independent
Dec. 30 Capetown Aden Jan. 23-1941 Independent
1941 Febr. 1 Aden Port Sudan Febr. 4 BN 14 Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 11 Port Sudan Suez Independent
March 4 Suez BS 18 Dispersed March 9.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 9 Dispersed from BS 18 Aden March 12 Independent
March 13 Aden Koilthottam March 22 Independent
March 29 Koilthottam Colombo March 31 Independent
Apr. 9 Colombo Capetown May 4 Independent
May 6 Capetown Trinidad May 31 Independent
June 1 Trinidad San Juan, P.R. June 4 Independent
June 5 San Juan, P.R. New York City June 13 Independent
July 23 New York City Boston July 24 Independent
Aug. 15 Boston Halifax Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 21 Halifax HX 146 Detached to Iceland Aug. 30.
Aug. 30 Detached from HX 146 Reykjavik Sept. 4 Independent A. Hague says:
Arrived with major engine defects
Sept. 27 Reykjavik Reykjavik Sept. 27 Independent Returned with defects*
*Norse Lady ran aground off Reykjavik on Sept. 27, but was refloated and returned to Reykjavik where she was beached and repaired. See also the narrative below.
Nov. 8 Reykjavik Reykjavik Nov. 9 Independent Put back with defects
Dec. 20 Reykjavik Belfast Lough Dec. 26 RU 1 Convoy available at RU convoys
(external link)
Dec. 29 Belfast Lough Barry Roads Dec. 30 BB 117 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
1942 Jan. 2 Barry Roads Sharpness Jan. 2 Independent
Jan. 18 Sharpness Cardiff Jan. 19 Independent
March 28 Cardiff Milford Haven March 29 Independent Again, see also Page 1
Apr. 1 Milford Haven St. John's, N.F. Apr. 14 ON 82 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 1 St. John's, N.F. Halifax May 4 CL 30 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
May 6 Halifax Cape Cod Canal May 8 XB 17 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 8 Cape Cod Canal New York City May 8 Independent
May 22 New York City Boston May 25 Independent
May 29 Boston Halifax May 31 BX 21 To Sydney, C.B.
Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Stop at Halifax not mentioned, Page 2
June 3 Halifax Sydney, C.B. June 5 HS 9 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
June 5 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool* June 18 SC 86 *Belfast Lough
(Page 2)
June 21 Belfast Lough Portishead June 22 BB 189 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
July 2 Portishead Cardiff July 2 Independent
Aug. 26 Cardiff Milford Haven Aug. 29* Independent *Page 2 gives arrival Aug. 27, via Barry Roads
Aug. 28 Milford Haven New York City Sept. 19 ON 126 Via Belfast Lough
(Page 2).
Sept. 25 New York City Fernandina Sept. 30 NK 504 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
Oct. 11 Fernandina New York City Oct. 20 Independent
Nov. 9 New York City Oban Nov. 29 SC 109 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 2 Oban Loch Ewe Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 3 Loch Ewe Aberdeen Dec. 5 WN 368 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
1943 Jan. 8 Aberdeen Loch Ewe Jan. 9 EN 182 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 11 Loch Ewe New York City Febr. 5 ON 160
Febr. 17 New York City New York City Febr. 17 NG 344 Put back.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Febr. 22 New York City Gitmo March 1 NG 345 Convoy available at link above
March 1 Gitmo Ciudad Trujillo March 3 Independent
March 12 Ciudad Trujillo La Romana March 12 Independent
March 20 La Romana Ciudad Trujillo March 20 Independent
March 21 Ciudad Trujillo Gitmo Independent
Apr. 4 Gitmo New York City Apr. 13 GN 51 A. Hague says:
Needs engine repairs.
Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
July 17 New York City Boston July 19 Independent Requires further engine repairs
July 26 Boston Halifax July 28 BX 65 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 9 Halifax Clyde Aug. 25 SC 139 See also narrative below & Page 2
Sept. 26 Clyde Sydney, C.B. Oct. 13 ONS 19 For Quebec.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Oct. 14 Sydney, C.B. Quebec Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 26 Quebec St Anne des Montes Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 30 St Anne des Montes Rimouski Oct. 31 Independent
Nov. 10 Rimouski Sydney, C.B. Nov. 13 QS 71 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Nov. 20 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Dec. 4 SC 147
Dec. 4 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 6 WN 513 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 7 Methil Southend Dec. 9 FS 1293 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
1944 Jan. 6 Southend Methil Jan. 8 FN 1228 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 10 Methil Oban Jan. 13 EN 330 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 14 Oban Halifax Jan. 31 ONS 27 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Febr. 11 Halifax St. John, N.B. Febr. 13 HF 101 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
May 18 St. John, N.B. Halifax May 19 FH 119 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
June 4 Halifax Clyde June 18 HX 294 Again, see narrative & Page 3
July 3 Clyde Sydney, C.B. July 14 ON 243 For Sydney, C.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 18 Sydney, C.B. Clarke City July 18 Independent
July 28 Clarke City Sydney, C.B. July 30 Independent
Aug. 14 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Aug. 26 HX 303
Aug. 28 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 29 WN 626 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 30 Methil Immingham Aug. 31 FS 1560 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Sept. 9 Immingham Methil Sept. 11 FN 1475 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Sept. 14 Methil Loch Ewe Sept. 16 EN 435 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 16 Loch Ewe Chatham, N.B. Oct. 2 ON 254 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 16 Chatham, N.B. Sydney, C.B. Oct. 18 Independent Earlier, missing movements, Page 3
Oct. 19 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Nov. 2 SC 159 From Sydney, C.B.
Nov. 2 Loch Ewe Methil Nov. 4 WN 650 Arrived Leith, Nov. 5,
left Nov. 21
(Page 3 & Page 4).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 22 Methil Loch Ewe Nov. 24 EN 456 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 29 Loch Ewe ONS 37 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Dec. 20 From ONS 37 XB 138 A. Hague says:
Detached to St. John, N.B., Dec. 21.
Page 4 gives arrival Dec. 22.
Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
1945 Jan. 13 St. John, N.B. Halifax Jan. 15 FH 153A Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
Jan. 16 Halifax Mumbles Febr. 1 SC 165
Febr. 3 Mumbles Southend Febr. 6 BTC 58 Convoy available at BTC convoys
(external link)
Again, see also Page 4
Febr. 28 Southend Port Talbot March 4 TBC 83 Convoy available at TBC convoys
(external link)
March 19 Port Talbot Mumbles March 20 Independent
March 20 Mumbles Belfast Lough March 21 MH 58/2 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 23 Belfast Lough Halifax Apr. 11 ONS 45 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Apr. 28 Halifax Liverpool May 15 SC 174 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
May 30 Liverpool Quebec June 13 Independent Missing movements, Page 4
July 4 Quebec Avonmouth July 20 Independent
Aug. 21 Avonmouth Barry Aug. 22 Independent
Sept. 11 Barry Halifax Sept. 27 Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5

 Misc. Convoy 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.

Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, Norse Lady was in Diego Suarez when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She had arrived there from Kohsichang on March 19, and departure is given as Apr. 20, when she proceeded to Port Elizabeth, arriving there on May 3. It'll be noticed that there are several long gaps in her voyages. A. Hague gives the reason for these as engine defects - in fact, he also says she had arrived Duego Suarez with defects, and this explains her long stay there. (As can be seen, she also spent several weeks in Mobile that fall). Her 1941 voyages also start on this document; convoy info for a couple of them can be found in A. Hague's record above. The document shows another long stay in New York that summer, with a few weeks subsequently spent in Boston, before proceeding to Halifax. Arnold Hague has now included her with a cargo of lumber in station 85 of Convoy HX 146 on Aug. 21. He adds that she was detached to Iceland on Aug. 30, arriving there with major engine defects on Sept. 4 (according to the archive document her original destination had been Barry Roads). On Sept. 27 she ran aground off Reykjavik, but was refloated and returned to Reykjavik where she was beached and repaired, though experienced more problems before she could finally head to the U.K. on Dec. 20, arriving Barry Roads, via Belfast Lough, on Dec. 30.

There's a little snippet of information in connection with Convoy HX 156 and Empire Tern, sailing in that convoy, according to A. Hagues listing. He has a note saying, "with some cargo of Norse Lady". HX 156 had left Halifax on Oct. 22-1941 and arrived Liverpool Nov. 5, but this note indicates that Empire Tern may have joined the convoy from Iceland, having picked up some of Norse Lady's cargo in order to transport it to the U.K.

From Barry Roads, she sailed to Sharpness and later to Cardiff where she stayed for over 2 months, before proceeding to Milford Haven. At the beginning of Apr.-1942, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 82*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 2 and arrived Halifax on the 18th and also included Boreas, Inger Elisabeth, Kaia Knudsen, Lago, Lista and Ramø. Norse Lady, however, stopped at St. John's, N.F. on Apr. 14, having started out from Milford Haven on Apr. 1 - it looks like she had originally been bound for St. John, N.B., again, see Page 1 as well as Page 2. With a cargo of lumber for Bristol, she headed back across the Atlantic again on June 5 in the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 86 for which Ramø's captain served as Vice Commodore. Norse Lady had another long stay at Cardiff again that summer, then at the end of Aug.-1942 she can be found in station 12 of Convoy ON 126 for New York, where she arrived Sept. 19 (Commodore was in Rena). A. Hague has also included her, together with Astrid, Atlantic, Grado, Hjalmar Wessel, Iron Baron, James Hawson, Mathilda, Ragnhild, Ravnefjell, Thalatta and Veni, in Convoy SC 109*, departing New York on Nov. 9, arriving Liverpool on the 30th - Norse Lady stopped at Oban the day before, cargo of phosphates. She later proceeded to Aberdeen, remaining there for about a month.

In Jan.-1943 she sailed to New York in station 42 of Convoy ON 160. Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 2, convoy information for some of these is available in the Voyage Record. As can be seen, she later spent a long time in New York, where she had arrived from Ciudad Trujillo on Apr. 13-1943. A. Hague says she needed engine repairs, and departure is given as July 17, when she proceeded to Boston, requiring further repairs. She left Boston again for Halifax on July 26 and was scheduled for Convoy SC 138 from there on July 30, but instead joined the next convoy on Aug. 9, SC 139 - cargo of sugar for Greenock, where she arrived Aug. 25/26, remaining there for a month. With Acasta, Astrid, Bernhard, Hiram, Novasli, Rena (Commodore Vessel) and Titanian, she now joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 19*, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 26 and had Halifax as its final destination, with arrival there Oct. 14. This time, she was bound for Quebec, where she arrived (via Sydney, C.B.) on Oct. 17, returning to the U.K. the following month in Convoy SC 147, joining from Sydney, C.B. with a cargo of steel and lumber for London (SC 147 originated in Halifax on Nov. 19). Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3.

Her next Trans-Atlantic voyage was made in Convoy ONS 27*, which started out in Liverpool Jan. 13-1944 and arrived Halifax on the 31st and also had Ferncliff, Fjordheim, Iron Baron (returned), Maud, Orwell, Petter II, Stirlingville, Suderøy (Commodore Vessel - returned) and Vinland in its ranks - Buttercup, which later came under the Norwegian flag after the loss of Tunsberg Castle, is named among the escorts (see ONS convoy escorts). Following a long stay at St. John, N.B. (from Febr. 13 to May 18 - again, see Page 3) Norse Lady proceeded to Halifax, joining the Halifax portion of Convoy HX 294 on June 4, wood pulp for Glasgow, where she arrived June 19 (she had originally been scheduled for Convoy HX 291 in May, but did not sail). Commodore was in Abraham Lincoln, Vice Commodore in Geisha.

With Geisha, Grey County, Kaia Knudsen, Mosli, Norden, Noreg, Reinholt (Commodore Vessel), Rutenfjell, Skaraas, Sommerstad, Sørvard and Velma, she subsequently headed in the other direction again in Convoy ON 243*, originating in Liverpool on July 3, arriving New York on the 18th. Her destination on that occasion is given as Sydney, C.B., where she arrived July 14, having sailed from Clyde July 3. Having made a voyage to Clarke City, she went back to Sydney, C.B. in order to join the Sydney portion of Convoy HX 303. This convoy, which had started out in New York, also included Tanafjord, Dalfonn, Noravind, Atlantic, Sommerstad, Skotaas, Geisha (Vice Commodore), Thorhild, Petter, Stirlingville, Rena, Para, Titanian, Mui Hock, Fjordaas and Romulus. Norse Lady had a cargo of pulp for Immingham, where she arrived, via Loch Ewe and Methil, on Aug. 31.

Along with Brasil, Emma Bakke (Commodore Vessel), Ferncliff, James Hawson, Norefjord, Sommerstad and Stirlingville, she later joined the westbound Convoy ON 254* (departure Liverpool Sept. 16, arrival New York Oct. 5 - Norse Lady arrived Chatham, N.B. on Oct. 2, having joined from Loch Ewe). She returned in Convoy SC 159, which originated in Halifax on Oct. 18, but Norse Lady again joined from Sydney, C.B. Her destination is given as Leith Dock, cargo of lumber; according to Page 3, she arrived Leith on Nov. 5. Later that month, we find her, together with Arosa, Bernhard and Toledo, in the westbound Convoy ONS 37*, which left Liverpool on Nov. 28 and arrived Halifax Dec. 21. Norse Lady arrived St. John, N.B. on Dec. 22, having started out from Loch Ewe on Nov. 29 - see Page 4.

On Jan. 16-1945 she's listed in Convoy SC 165 from Halifax, bound for London with lumber. In March that year she appears, along with Dagrun, Peik and Vera, in the westbound Convoy ONS 45* (originated in Liverpool March 22, arrived Halifax Apr. 11). Carrying a cargo of pulp, she returned to the U.K. with Convoy SC 174*, which left Halifax on Apr. 28 and arrived Liverpool May 14; in other words, VE Day was celebrated at sea. Danio, Gausdal, Hilda Knudsen, Para, Peik, Stirlingville, Veni and Vera are also listed in this convoy. Page 4 and Page 5 show her subsequent voyages (to March-1946).

* The ON and ONS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys. Note also that the entire SC series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated), but for now, see ships in all SC convoys.

More details on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here is available via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in 1947 to Entreprises Chimiques & Electriques SA, Vilvorde, Belgium, renamed Rolla. Sold in 1961 to Oceania Navigation Co Ltd, Hong Kong, and renamed Daiei. Sold to Japanese breakers and arrived at Onomichi on Jan. 26-1965 to be broken up.

Back to Norse Lady on the "Ships starting with N" page.

Odd Godager had another ship by this name after the war, ex Liberty Ship Nathaniel Alexander, built 1942, 7177 gt. Became Norwegian Solfa in Aug.-1947 (H. Rich. Aass, Oslo), from 1948 managed by Einar Rasmussen & Alfred I. Thommesen, Kristiansand S. Became Norse Lady for Odd Godager in 1950, then Danio for Clemeth Dann, Oslo in 1953. Sailed as Troyan under Lebanese flag from 1962 (Wigham Richardson & Co, London). On a voyage Kosseir-Whampoa with cargo of phosphate she arrived Colombo on Aug. 1-1967, leaking and flooded with hull plating fractures. Repaired and continued voyage. Broken up in Singapore in March-1968, having arrived on Oct. 29-1967.


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