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Sir James Clark Ross
Updated Febr. 26-2010

To Sir James Clark Ross on the "Ships starting with S" page.

This external page has pictures of the ship.

Manager: Johan Rasmussen & Co. Sandefjord
Tonnage: 14 362 gt.

Whale oil factory, built by Furness Shipbuilding Co., Middlesbrough in 1930.

Related items on this website:
Guestbook message from the son of Reidar Holm Andersen, who served on this ship. Here's a more recent message.

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 June-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 several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Dec. 4 Curacao New York City Dec. 12 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded E Coast USA/Caribbean.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
Dec. 16 New York City Curacao Dec. 23 Independent
Dec. 24 Curacao New York City Jan. 2-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 5 New York City Curacao Jan. 13 Independent
Jan. 14 Curacao New York City Jan. 23 Independent
March 25 New York City Curacao Apr. 7 Independent Via Hampton Roads
(Page 2)
Apr. 9 Curacao New York City Apr. 20 Independent
May 11 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
May 14 Hampton Roads Hampton Roads May 15 KS 500 A. Hague says:
Put back
(not mentioned on Page 2).
Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
May 20 Hampton Roads Key West May 25 KS 502 Convoy available at link above
May 25 Key West Beaumont May 29 Independent (Stop at Key West not mentioned, Page 2)
June 6 Beaumont Key West June 10 Independent
June 11 Key West Hampton Roads June 16 KN 109 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
June 20 Hampton Roads New York City June 21 Independent
July 9 Cape Cod Bay Halifax July 11 BX 28 For Sydney, C.B.
Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
July 14 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 16 HS 28 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
July 17 Sydney, C.B. Clyde July 30 SC 92 39 Passengers
Again, see also Page 2
Aug. 6 Clyde New York City Aug. 21 ON 119 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 29 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
Sept. 2 Cape Cod Bay Halifax Sept. 4 BX 36 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Sept. 5 Halifax Clyde Sept. 20 SC 99 Missing movements, Page 2
Sept. 26 Clyde New York City Oct. 17 ON 134 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Nov. 25 New York City Halifax Nov. 28 SC 111 Returned.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 6 Halifax Clyde Dec. 25 SC 112 Convoy will be added.
See link above
1943 Jan. 4 Clyde New York City Jan. 21 ON 159
Jan. 30 New York City Key West Febr. 4 NK 520 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
Febr. 6 Key West Galveston Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 11 Galveston New Orleans Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 17 Pilottown Key West Febr. 20 HK 146 Pilottown to Key West.
Convoy available at HK convoys
(external link)
Febr. 20 Key West Hampton Roads Febr. 25 KN 223 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
On to New York Febr. 28
(Page 3).
March 4 New York City Gitmo March 11 NG 347 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
March 11 Gitmo Curacao March 14 GAT 49 Gitmo to Curacao.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
March 19 Curacao Trinidad March 23 GAT 50 Curacao to Trinidad.
Convoy available at link above
March 24 Trinidad TB 9 Detached Apr. 9
(Page 3 gives arrival Capetown Apr. 26).
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Apr. 30 Capetown Durban May 4 CD 16 Convoy available via link above
May 9 Durban DN 37 Dispersed May 11.
Convoy available via link above
May 11 Dispersed from DN 37 Aden May 25 Independent
May 25 Aden Suez May 31 Independent
June 4 Suez Aden June 9 Independent
June 13 Aden Bandar Abbas June 19 AP 33 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
June 19 Bandar Abbas Abadan June 22 Independent Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3
June 25 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
June 29 Bandar Abbas PB 46 Detached for Durban, July 2.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 2 Detached from PB 46 Durban July 26 Independent
July 31 Durban Capetown Aug. 4 DC 37 Convoy available via link above
Aug. 8 Capetown Hobart Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 5 Hobart Los Angeles Oct. 9 Independent
1944 March 28 Los Angeles Pearl Harbor Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 10 Pearl Harbor Balboa May 2 Independent
May 3 Balboa Pearl Harbor May 23 Independent
May 26 Pearl Harbor Balboa June 15 Independent
June 16 Balboa Pearl Harbor July 6 Independent
July 8 Pearl Harbor Balboa July 30 Independent
July 30 Cristobal Curacao Aug. 3 Independent
Aug. 8 Curacao Gitmo Aug. 10 TAG 150 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Aug. 10 Gitmo New York City Aug. 16 Independent
Aug. 17 New York City Halifax Aug. 21 HX 304 NYC for Halifax
Oct. 3 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Oct. 5 XB 128 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Oct. 6 Cape Cod Canal New York City Oct. 6 Independent
Oct. 13 New York City Gitmo Oct. 20 NG 465 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 20 Gitmo Curacao Oct. 23 GAT 167 Gitmo to Curacao.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Oct. 25 Curacao Cristobal Oct. 28 Independent
Oct. 29 Balboa Valparaiso Nov. 11 Independent
Nov. 12 Valparaiso South Georgia Nov. 24 Independent
Nov. 25 South Georgia South Georgia March 27-1945 Independent A. Hague says:
"Presumably to & from whaling grounds"
See also Page 3 & narrative below
1945 Apr. 4 South Georgia Balboa May 2 Independent
May 3 Cristobal Gitmo May 7 ZG 137 Convoy available at ZG convoys
(external link)
May 8 Gitmo New York City May 15 GN 204 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 19 New York City Boston Independent See also Page 4
May 22 Boston Halifax May 24 BX 164 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
May 26 Halifax Belfast Lough June 8 SC 177 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
June 8 Belfast Lough Methil Roads June 11 Independent
June 13 Methil Roads Sandefjord Independent Further voyages, Page 4

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made prior to and 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; several Norwegian ships took part.

According to Page 1 of the archive documents, she was on her way from the Antarctic to Sandefjord, Norway in the spring of 1940, but was diverted to Halifax when war broke out in Norway (see also my page about the Suderøy factory and catchers). From Halifax, where she had arrived May 3, she later proceeded to Curacao and unless voyages are missing from the record, she remained there for a long time. Arrival Curacao is given as June 29-1940, departure as Sept. 19. She arrived Halifax on Sept. 27 and again there's a long gap in her voyages; departure Halifax is listed as Dec. 26, when she headed to Aruba. Her 1941 voyages are also shown on this document and continue on Page 2, which also lists her 1942 voyages (it'll be noticed that she had a long stay in New York at the beginning of that year). Convoy information for some of these is available in the Voyage Record above.

In the middle of July-1942 she's listed in the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 92; the Advance Sailing Telegram says she carried 40 passengers. She arrived Clyde on July 30, subsequently returning across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 119*, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 5-1942 and arrived New York on the 20th. This convoy also had other Norwegian ships, namely Scebeli, Belinda, Trondheim and Tungsha. Early the following month we find her in Convoy SC 99 from Halifax to the U.K., later joining the westbound Convoy ON 134*, which started out in Liverpool on Sept. 26 and arrived New York Oct. 17. The Norwegian Askeladden, Glarona, Grado, Granfoss, Hallfried, Hjalmar Wessel, Loke, Mathilda, Maud, Bonneville (Commodore Vessel) and Veni are also listed, as is the Panamanian Nortun, which had Norwegian managers and is, therefore, included under the N's on this website. Sir James Clark Ross was still in New York loading cargo on Nov. 24, incl. aircraft and landing crafts, then departed for the U.K. on Nov. 25 in Convoy SC 111*, but returned to port/put into Halifax, later joining Convoy SC 112* from there (this convoy had started out in New York on Dec. 4 and also had Acasta, Aragon, Borgholm, Dageid, Fjordheim, Garnes, Harpefjell, Heimgar, Norjerv, Primo, Solitaire and Tropic Star among its ranks). She arrived port safely after having endured horrendous weather on the crossing. Page 2 of the archive docs states she arrived Clyde on Dec. 25, having sailed from Halifax on Dec. 6.

From Clyde, she returned to New York in Jan.-1943 in Convoy ON 159, her arrival New York is given as Jan. 21 - the Commodore's narrative is also available for this convoy (Commodore was in Laurits Swenson). In March that year she travelled to Curacao and Trinidad, then on to Durban - Page 3 and the Voyage Record above have information on her voyages in this period.

Skipping now to Oct. 9-1943, when she arrived Los Angeles (from Hobart). According to the archive document referred to above, she did not leave again until March 28-1944, when she proceeded to Pearl Harbor. The reason for this long stay is unknown. In Aug.-1944, A. Hague has included her in Convoy HX 304 (Vice Commodore in Emma Bakke), voyage New York-Halifax only - as can be seen when following the link to my page about this convoy, she's not mentioned in the original Advance Sailing Telegram, but going back to Page 3, we learn that she did leave New York for Halifax on Aug. 17, and appears to have stayed there for quite a long time (departure is given as Oct. 3). From the same document we see that she headed to the whaling grounds on Nov. 12 that year*, and it looks like she remained there until the end of March-1945 (Page 4).

*There's a note in my text for Globe IX on my page about the Globe whale catchers saying that this whale catcher was catcing for Sir James Clark Ross in the 1944-1945 season (and was fitted out at Walvis Bay in 1945 for a new season with the factory). Also, there's a note on my page about Thorfjell, stating that this catcher was with Sir James Clark Ross in the 1944-1945 season (as well as in the 1945-1946 season). Additionally, my page about Suderøy mentions that this factory served as transport for Sir James Clark Ross' whaling expedition in the Anarctic in the winter of 1945, adding that this was the only Norwegian expedition in the 1944-1945 season.

Together with Geisha (listed as British, but this was a Norwegian ship), Germa, Hardanger, Heimgar, Lago, Orwell, Slemmestad, Sommerstad, Strix and Velma, she's listed in Convoy SC 177*, which left Halifax on May 26-1945 and arrived Liverpool on June 8; Sir James Clark Ross, carrying a general cargo, whale oil and explosives, stopped at Belfast Lough that day, proceeding to Sandefjord, Norway a few days later. This fits in with what can be found in an old book, "Norsk presse under Hakekorset" (The Norwegian Press under the Swastika), Vol. II, 1946 by Gunnleik Jensson (a collection of newspaper articles from the war years), which has a little note in the Oslo newspaper "Aftenposten", dated May 15-1945 saying that Sir James Clark Ross is on her way to Norway with 17 000 tons whale oil. The whale oil is to be distributed to the De-No-Fa and Sandar factories, and will supply 20 mill. kg. of margarine. According to Page 4, she did not leave Sandefjord again until Sept. 22, when she headed back to New York and from there to Curacao and on to Walvis Bay (again, see the note re. Globe IX and Thorfjell above. Also my text for Kos XV at Kos whale catchers mentions Sir James Clark Ross).

* The ON convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. Also, the entire SC series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, see ships in all SC convoys.

For more details on the other Norwegian ships named on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index


According to the external website below she was broken up in Taiwan in 1966.

Related External link:
Sir James Clark Ross - The site also has info on some other ships owned by Johan Rasmussen & Co. Here is the main page.

Back to Sir James Clark Ross on the "Ships starting with S" page.

The company had previous had another ship by this name, built as Mahronda in 1905, later became the Danish Fraternitas - see this posting to my Ship Forum. The thread starts with this query. The ship was torpedoed and sunk in 1942 when she had the name Uniwaleco - this external page has more details and several pictures.


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