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  • M/T B. P. Newton NS *
Tschudi & Eitzen, Oslo
10 324 gt
Built in Malmö, Sweden 1940.

One of the well known "Kvarstad"-ships that attempted to break out of Sweden on March 31/April 1-1942 following a long court case there. Only 2 out of a total of 10 ships involved managed to reach their destination, B. P. Newton being one of them (Operation Performance, Sir George Binney). Please go to my page Kvarstad Ships & Men for background facts and details on the breakout and all ships involved, with a crew list for each ship as well as info on their fate.

Pictures of this ship, along with a voyage record and details on her final fate can be found under B. P. Newton (also has a survivors & casualty list).

  • M/S Baalbek NS
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
2160 gt
Built in Oslo 1937.

See M/S Baalbek.

  • M/S Baghdad NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
2161 gt
Built in Oslo 1936.

Follow link to M/S Baghdad for details on her final fate and a crew list at the time.

  • M/S Bajamar NS
Fred Olsen & Co., Oslo
2757 gt
Built in Oslo 1931.

My page M/S Bajamar has a picture and more information.

  • M/T Balaklava
Carl Olsen, Arendal
7941 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1929.

This ship was sold from Rederi AB Transmark, Gothenburg to Carl Olsens Tankrederi A/S, Arendal in March-1937. According to the contract she was to be delivered to the new owners in Dec.-1939, but because of the war the she was never taken over by the Norwegian company, so she never sailed under the Norwegian flag. She was instead sold on Apr. 1-1940 to Rederi AB Pagota, Kungsbacka and renamed Trykon.

POST WAR: Broken up in Ystad in June-1959.

This info was posted on my Ship Forum by Arild Engelsen - his source: "Båtologen 6/1995" Magazine for the Swedish Ship Society. I agree with his statement that since she never sailed under the Norwegian flag, she doesn't really belong in this list, but I'll leave her in since she did have Norwegian owners in 1939.

  • D/S Balder NS
Albert Schjelderup, Bergen
1129 gt
Built in Trondheim 1901.

Please continue to D/S Balder.

  • D/S Balduin NS
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1164 gt
Built Christiania 1921.

See D/S Balduin.

  • M/S Balkis NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
2161 gt
Built in Oslo 1939.

M/S Balkis has details on her final fate and a crew list at the time.

  • M/S Balla NS
Th. Brøvig, Farsund
2565 gt
Built in Bristol 1923. Previous names: Margretian until 1928, Gresham until 1937.

A picture and some more info are available at M/S Balla.

  • M/S Balzac NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
963 gt
Built Odense 1921.

Follow this link to M/S Balzac, which has the details on her final fate as well as a survivors and casualties list.

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  • M/S Bañaderos NS
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
2728 gt
Built in Oslo 1930.

My page M/S Bañaderos has a picture of this ship and details on her war voyages. In Nov.-1942 some of the survivors from the torpedoed Dutch passenger vessel Zaandam embarked Banãderos in Sao Luiz and were transported to Belém - follow the link for more info.

  • M/T Barbro NS *
Arth. H. Mathiesen, Oslo
6325 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1934.

Details on Barbro's final fate and a list of casualties can be found on my page M/T Barbro.

  • M/T Barfonn NS *
Sigval Bergesen, Stavanger
9739 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1931.

For an account of her final fate and several related links, please continue to M/T Barfonn (includes casualty list).

  • M/T Basilea NS
Tschudi & Eitzen, Oslo
9612 gt
Built in Malmö, Sweden 1936.

M/T Basilea has information on her voyages.

  • M/S Basra *
Valdemar Skogland A/S, Haugesund
(Panamanian flag)
3196 gt
Built in Rotterdam 1915. Previous names: D/S Urk, T/S Turbinia until 1924, M/S Wieringen until 1938.

Pre war history: Laid down as D/S Urk, completed as T/S Turbinia by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij., Rotterdam for W. Ruyz & Sonen, Rotterdam. 3196 gt, 1990 net, 5500 tdwt, 331' x 48' x 24.5', 2 RDD steam turbines. Sold in 1924 to Stoomv. Maats., Rotterdam and converted to motor vessel (4 cyl. 2 tev Sulzer diesel motor of 338 nhp), renamed M/S Wieringen. Purchased in Dec.-1938 by Anglo Steamship Corp. (Valdemar Skogland). Taken over in Rotterdam in Jan.-1939 and entered service under the Panamanian flag as Basra, in international tramping. (R. W. Jordan & "Våre gamle skip").

WW II: Captain Rolf D. Håvik. Basra was on a voyage in convoy from Kirkwall to Bergen when she collided with the Norwegian Listo on March 17-1940 in the North Sea and sank. All 27 on board were picked up from the lifeboats by D/S Løvaas and taken to Bergen on March 18. Note that Basra, Listo and Løvaas are all listed in the U.K.-Norway Convoy ON 20 on this date.

This company later had another ship by the name Basra (steamer), originally launched as John W. Arey for US Maritime Com., delivered in Dec.-1942 for MWT, London, 1815 gt. When purchased by D/S A/S Anglo (Valdemar Skogland) in Oct.-1952 she had the name Bida, renamed Basra. Ran aground on Dec. 18-1963, sold "as is" in July-1964 to Piræus and entered service as Pleias. Wrecked on Jan. 12-1971 as Silver Coast (Philippines) on a voyage Canabayon, Samar- Luzon. ("Våre gamle skip"). There was also a British ship by this name during the war.

  • M/S Batavia NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
962 gt
Built Odense 1922.

One of the 26 Norwegian ships that were interned in West and North Africa 1940-'42. My page Interned Ships lists all of them; see also my page M/S Batavia.

  • M/S Bayard NS *
Fred Olsen & Co., Oslo
2160 gt
Built in Oslo 1936.

Please go to M/S Bayard for information on her final fate, as well as a survivors and casualties list.

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