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Norwegian Merchant Fleet 1939 - 1945
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Name of Ship
Managed By
  • M/T Braconda NS
Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo
10 203 gt
Built in Malmö 1939.

Please go to M/T Braconda for further details.

  • M/S Braga NS
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1671 gt
Built in Gothenburg, Sweden 1938.

M/S Braga has a picture and voyage information.

  • M/S Braganza NS *
Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo
6327 gt
Built in Sunderland 1924. Previous name Pacific Trader until 1938.

All available information on this ship (incl. voyage details, info on her final fate and crew list) has been assembled on this page.

  • M/T Brajara NS
Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo
8116 gt
Built in Gothenburg, Sweden 1934.

See M/T Brajara for information on her war voyages.

  • M/S Bra-Kar NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
3778 gt
Built in Oslo 1928.

M/S Bra-Kar has 2 pictures and info on her war voyages, as well as details on her final fate and a crew list.

  • M/T Bralanta NS
Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo
9608 gt
Built in Malmö 1936.

M/T Bralanta has details on her war voyages.

  • M/S Brali
L. Gill Johannesen, Oslo
8479 gt
Built Gothenburg, launched March-1941.

Laid up in Malmö, Sweden under allied control 1942 - 1945.

  • M/T Bramora NS *
Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo
6361 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1928.

See M/T Bramora. Includes information on her war voyages, final fate and casualty list.

  • M/S Brand NS *
Gunnar Knudsen, Porsgrunn
4819 gt
Built in Gothenburg, Sweden 1927.

My page about M/S Brand has information on her war voyages, as well as an account of her final fate and a casualty list.

  • M/S Brandanger NS *
Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, Bergen
4624 gt
Built in Copenhagen 1926.

M/S Brandanger has voyage information, details on her final fate and a crew list.

  • D/S Bransfield

See Veslekari.

  • D/S Brant County NS *
Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
5001 gt
Built in Rostock, Germany, launched Nov.-1915, completed Jan.-1919. Previous names: Launched as Mülhausen, completed as Lennep (until 1921).

D/S Brant County has details on misc. convoy voyages and her final fate (incl crew list at the time).

  • M/T Brarena NS *
Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo
6996 gt
Built in Dumbarton 1923. Previous name: Scottish Borderer until 1938.

According to a document received from the National Archives of Norway, showing some of her voyages, she left Cartagena, Col. on March 27-1940. Sailed from Aruba on Apr. 2, arrived Gibraltar Apr. 23/24. Departed Gibraltar on May 29/30 for Naples, where she arrived on June 4.

Requisitioned by the Italians in Naples on June 10-1940 (the date Italy declared war on the allies). Most of the crew was sent home to Norway, but a couple of men were in imprisonment until 1945. Brarena, escorted by an Italian destroyer, was sunk on July 22-1941 by a British Blenheim aircraft off Pantelleria when on a voyage from Palermo to Tripoli.

This company had another Brarena later on. Originally delivered in Apr.-1947 from Eriksbergs mek. Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg as Havbør (P. Meyer, Oslo), 9802 gt. Sold in 1960 and renamed Brarena (A/S Bramora / Ludv. G. Braathen, Oslo). Condemned following a collision off Singapore with M/T Riyu Maru on Apr. 19-1964, arrived Hong Kong for breaking up on July 7-1964.

  • M/T Brasil NS
The Texas Company (Norway) A/S, Oslo
8130 gt
Built in Nakskov, Denmark 1935.

Please continue to M/T Brasil for information on her war voyages.

  • D/S Brask NS *
Nilssen & Sønner, Oslo
4079 gt
Built in Sunderland 1911. Previous names: Orangemoor until 1920, Orangemead until 1923, Bogen until 1925.

Torpedoed in Jan.-1941 - read more here (includes crew list and information on her voyages prior to being sunk).

  • M/S Brattdal NS * later raised
Moltzau & Christensen, Oslo
4968 gt
Built Vegesack 1935.

I've assembled all available information on this ship on my page M/S Brattdal - includes her voyages, details on her fate, a picture and crew list.

  • D/S Bravore NS *
Gunnstein Stray & Sønn, Farsund
1458 gt
Built in Malmö, Sweden 1916.

D/S Bravore has info on her war voyages, as well as details on her final fate and a casualty list.

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  • D/S Breiviken NS *
Haakon J. Wallem, Bergen
2669 gt
Built in Walker-on-Tyne 1911. Previous name Kronstad until 1931.

Torpedoed and sunk by U-178 off Portugese East Africa on July 4-1943, read more here (incl. crew list and prior voyages).

  • M/S Breñas NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
2687 gt
Built in Oslo 1933.

M/S Breñas has more information on this ship, including information on her war voyages, a picture and details on the events surrounding her final fate, w/crew list.

  • M/S Brimanger NS
Westfal-Larsen & Co., Bergen
4883 gt
Built in Newcastle upon Tyne 1929.

My page about M/S Brimanger details her misc. voyages and also has a picture of the ship.

  • D/S Bris NS *
M. Thorvik, Oslo
2027 gt
Built in Trondheim 1938.

Captain Einar Hansen. Torpedoed by U-201 (Schnee) on April 20-1942 on a voyage from Baltimore to Natal, Brazil with a cargo of asphalt and flour - continue to D/S Bris for more info, including crew list at the time of loss.

  • D/S Brisk NS
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
1594 gt
Built Christiania 1923.

See D/S Brisk for more information on her war voyages.

  • M/T Britamer NS
Halle & Petersen, Oslo
9976 gt
Built Glasgow 1939.

Please continue to M/T Britamer for information on her war voyages.

  • M/T Britamsea NS
Onstad Shipping A/S, Oslo
8238 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1939.

See M/T Britamsea.

  • M/T Britannia NS
The Texas Company (Norway) A/S, Oslo
9977 gt
Built in Hamburg, Germany 1939.

M/T Britannia has a lot more information about this ship and her voyages.

  • M/S British Columbia Express NS
Sigurd Herlofsen & Co. A/S, Oslo
3339 gt
Built Gothenburg 1936.

Please see my page M/S British Columbia Express.

  • M/T Britta * neutral
Arth. H. Mathiesen, Oslo
6214 gt
Built in Helsingør, Denmark 1928.

Please see M/T Britta.

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  • M/S Bronxville NS *
A. F. Klavenes & Co. A/S, Oslo
4663 gt
Built in Odense, Denmark 1929.

More information and a crew list can be found at M/S Bronxville.

  • D/S Brott NS *
Dagfin Henriksen & Haakon Kierulf, Oslo
1583 gt
Built Porsgrunn 1937.

Please continue to D/S Brott.

  • D/S Bruse NS *
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
2205 gt
Built Oslo 1933.

Managed by Fred Olsen for Norges Statsbaner, Oslo, (Norwegian State Railways) for carrying coal for the railways.

See D/S Bruse for information on her war voyages, as well as details on her final fate and a crew list.

  • D/S Bruse Jarl NS
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim
1889 gt
Built in Trondheim, delivered in June-1923.

D/S Bruse Jarl has more on this ship.

  • D/S Brush NS
K. Th. Einersen, Oslo
1320 gt
Built in Fredrikstad 1939.

See D/S Brush for details on her war voyages.

  • M/S Brønnøy NS
Gunnar Knudsen, Porsgrunn
4792 gt
Built in Gothenburg 1926.

M/S Brønnøy has information on her war voyages and a picture.

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  • M/T Buccaneer NS *
A. O. Andersen Shipping Co. A/S, Oslo
6222 gt
Built in Rotterdam 1927. Previous name: Duivendrecht until 1938.

According to a document received from the National Archives of Norway, Buccaneer arrived Gothenburg from Houston at the end of March-1940, having left Houston on March 7. She was still in Sweden when the Germans invaded Norway on Apr. 9 that year.

This was one of the well known so called "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 ("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.

The book "Damp - Dampskipets æra i Vestfold" mentions a steamship named Bucaneer (spelling it with 1 c, presumably a much earlier ship), managed by Ohlsen & Blom, Fredriksværn - no further info on this vessel.

  • D/T Buccinum NS
Carl Olsen, Arendal
5237 gt
Built in Middlesbrough 1910. Previous name: Berwindmoor until 1917.

More information is available at D/T Buccinum.

  • M/S Buenos Aires NS
S. Holter-Sørensen, Oslo
4640 gt
Built in Copenhagen, Denmark 1928. Previous names: Sud Atlantico until 1931, Argentina until 1939.

See M/S Buenos Aires.

  • M/T Buesten NS *
Rafen & Loennechen, Tønsberg
5187 gt
Built in Glasgow 1927.

See M/T Buesten for more, including a crew list and a picture.

  • D/S Bur NS *
O. Grolle Olsen & I. Hysing Olsen, Bergen
4344 gt
Built in Stockton-on-Tees 1917. Previous name: Sedburgh until 1920.

Follow this link to D/S Bur for more information on this ship, includes details on final fate and a crew list.

  • T/S Burgos * neutral
Fred. Olsen & Co., Oslo
3220 gt
Built in Oslo 1920. Previous name: Brabant (II) until Jan. 1926.

Please continue to T/S Burgos (w/picture of the ship).

  • Busen 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 NS
A/S Tønsberg Hvalfangeri, Tønsberg
210 gt - 397 gt
Whaler catchers (steam).

See Busen whale catchers.

  • D/S Buskø NS
Paal Aarseth, Ålesund
159 gt
Built in Opsanger 1926.
Seal catcher.

Robert Cressman, "The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II" (see link to "Hyperwar" below) has an entry for Sept. 12-1941 which says that "Coast Guard cutter Northland, assisted by cutter North Star, seized Norwegian trawler Buskoe in MacKenzie Bay, Greenland, thwarting Buskoe's mission of establishing and servicing German radio weather stations in that region. This is the first capture of a belligerent ship by U.S. naval forces in World War II". This would indicate that Buskø was under German control, yet my Norwegian sources have her listed as included in Nortraship's fleet (unless Cressman's text refers to another ship?).

Related external link:
Hyperwar - Linked to Robert Cressman's book.

USS Northland - Scroll down towards the end of the page for a description of events involving Northland and Buskø (this is the U.S. Coast Guard's site, which has a lot of good information. It also mentions the Buskø incident at the end of this page).
This website credits the cutter Bear with the capture - scroll down to "The World at War".

  • D/S Bust NS
T. B. Torgersen, Oslo
1133 gt
Built in Trondheim 1918. Previous name: Fidalgo until 1938.

My page about D/S Bust has information on some of her war voyages.

  • Buttercup (Nordkyn)
925 displ. t.
Built 1941.

Please continue to Buttercup.

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