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M/T Falkefjell
Updated July 31-2011

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Received from Arve Wiborg, Norway

Owner: A/S Falkefjell
Manager: Olsen & Ugelstad, Oslo
7927 gt

Built by Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds AB, Malmö, Sweden in 1931.

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6

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

Voyage Record
From Dec.-1941 to Aug.-1945:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known).

Errors may exist, and several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Dec. 14 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Dec. 17 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded D.E.I/Australia/N Zealand.
Earlier voyages:
Page 1 & Page 2
1942 Jan. 2 Brisbane Noumea Jan. 6 Independent
Jan. 10 Noumea Suva Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 14 Suva Brisbane Jan. 21 Independent Notional sailing date
Febr. 8 Brisbane Suva Febr. 16 Independent
Febr. 25 Suva Noumea Febr. 28 Independent
Apr. 3 Noumea Sydney, N.S.W. Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 20 Sydney, N.S.W. Los Angeles May 25 Independent
June 7 Los Angeles Wellington July 6 Independent
July 8 Wellington Auckland July 11 Independent
July 20 Auckland Suva July 25 Independent
July 27 Suva Los Angeles Aug. 17 Independent
Aug. 26 Los Angeles Los Angeles Aug. 26 Independent Put back with defects
Sept. 4 Los Angeles Sydney, N.S.W. Oct. 3 Independent
Oct. 11 Sydney, N.S.W. Brisbane Oct. 14 GP 17/1 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Oct. 19 Brisbane Los Angeles Nov. 18 Independent
Dec. 21 Los Angeles Sydney, N.S.W. Jan. 19-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 23 Sydney, N.S.W. CO 65 Dispersed Jan. 26.
Convoy available at CO convoys
(external link)
Jan. 26 Dispersed from CO 65 Abadan Febr. 25 Independent
March 1 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
March 3 Bandar Abbas Karachi March 7 PB 29 For Karachi.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 13 Karachi Bandar Abbas March 17 BP 72 Convoy available via link above
March 17 Bandar Abbas Abadan March 18 Independent
March 22 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
March 29 Bandar Abbas Aden Apr. 6 PA 31 Convoy available via link above
Apr. 6 Aden Suez Apr. 12 Independent Left Suez Apr. 14
(Page 3).
Apr. 20 Port Said Haifa Apr. 21 Independent
Apr. 30 Haifa Port Said May 1 Independent
May 1 Port Said Alexandria May 2 Independent
May 5 Alexandria Port Said May 6 Independent
May 6 Port Said Haifa May 7 Independent
May 12 Haifa Port Said May 13 Independent
May 15 Port Said Port Said Independent Voyage data unknown
May 21 Port Said Alexandria May 22 Independent
May 27 Alexandria Port Said May 28 Independent
May 29 Port Said Haifa May 30 Independent
June 2 Haifa Port Said June 3 Independent
June 14 Port Said Haifa June 15 Independent
June 19 Haifa Port Said June 20 Independent
June 20 Port Said Alexandria June 21 Independent
June 24 Alexandria Malta June 30 MKS 16
July 2 Malta Tripoli, Libya July 3
July 16 Tripoli, Libya Port Said July 23 MES 36 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 26 Port Said Alexandria July 27 Independent
July 29 Alexandria Malta Aug. 3* GUS 11 To Malta.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
*Compare w/Page 4
Aug. 9 Malta Port Said Aug. 15 GTX 5 From Malta Aug. 7?
(Page 4).
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Aug. 27 Port Said Jaffa* Aug. 28 Independent *See Page 4 above
Aug. 31 Haifa Tripoli, Syria Sept. 1 Independent Via Beirut (see Page 4)
Sept. 2 Tripoli, Syria Haifa Sept. 3 Independent
Sept. 6 Haifa Port Said Sept. 7 Independent
Sept. 11 Port Said Haifa Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 20 Haifa Alexandria Sept. 22 Independent
Oct. 3 Alexandria Port Said Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 7 Port Said Haifa Oct. 8 Independent
Oct. 10 Haifa Tripoli, Syria Oct. 11 Independent
Oct. 13 Tripoli, Syria Haifa Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 15 Haifa Alexandria Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 19 Alexandria Malta Oct. 24 GUS 19 Alexandria to Malta.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 26 Malta Augusta Oct. 26 VN 6 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 5 Augusta Port Said Nov. 11 UGS 21 Augusta to Port Said.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 13 Port Said Haifa Nov. 14 Independent A. Hague says:
Port Said/Haifa service to July 5-1944
(compare w/Page 4 & Page 5)
1944 March 29 Alexandria Port Said March 30 Independent Earlier 1944 voyages:
Page 4 & Page 5 above.
On to Haifa - missing voyages, Page 5.
July 8 Port Said Augusta July 14 MKS 55 For Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
July 16 Augusta Taranto July 17 AH 55 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
July 22 Taranto Augusta July 24 HA 56 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
July 30 Augusta Marseilles
Oct. 27 Marseilles Toulon Oct. 27
Oct. 29 Toulon Naples Oct. 31 Later to Augutsa, back to Naples
(Page 5)
Nov. 18 Naples Oran Nov. 21
Nov. 24 Oran Casablanca Nov. 25 GUS 59 A. Hague says:
Oran to Casablanca after straggling.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Dec. 4 Casablanca Baltimore Dec. 22 GUS 60 Convoy available at link above
1945 May 27 Baltimore Philadelphia May 28 Independent
June 2 Philadelphia Devonport June 15 Independent See also Page 6
June 18 Devonport Port Arthur July 10 Independent
July 11 Devonport* Boston July 21 Independent *Should be Port Arthur
July 25 Boston Puerto la Cruz Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 3 Puerto la Cruz Baltimore Aug. 11 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 6

 Some Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those discussed here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above.

According to an article written by someone who was an able seaman on this ship, Falkefjell was near Malta when the war started in 1939. She had a cargo of oil from Curaçao for Piræus and Alexandria. For the next 6 months she was in service between India, China and the East Indies as well as having a couple of voyages to the Persian Gulf. When Norway was invaded on Apr. 9-1940, she was en route from Sumatra to Australia, and when orders came to go to the nearest allied port (see my page about Nortraship), she proceeded to Brisbane, then on to Sydney to unload. She then started to carry oil between the East Indies and Sydney, but after the Japanese entered the war she was chartered for about 6 months by the Australian Navy and used for supplying the Australian and American troop transports in the Pacific, most often near Noumea, New Caledonia, but also at Suva on the Fiji Islands. After this charter period was over she went to San Pedro to pick up a cargo for New Zealand, then back again to California. Page 1 shows her 1940 voyages, Page 2 has her 1941 and some 1942 voyages, while the rest are listed on Page 3. The latter page also lists some of her 1943 voyages; convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.

In June-1943, she's listed in Convoy MKS 16 - scroll down to the second table on that page. This convoy left Alexandria on June 24 and arrived Tripoli, Libya on the 29th; Falkefjell arrived Malta on the 30th, according to A. Hague. Going back to Page 3, we see that she left Malta again on July 2 and arrived Tripoli the next day. Further 1943 convoys can be found within the table above, see also Page 4.

Skipping now to July-1944, when we find her, together with the Norwegian Buccinum, Gallia, President de Vogue and Thorshavn, in Convoy MKS 55, which originated in Port Said on July 8 and arrived Gibraltar on the 20th; Falkefjell, however, was bound for Augusta, where she arrived on the 14th, proceeding to Taranto 2 days later - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 5. This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section; in the meantime, the ships sailing in it (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all MKS convoys.

In Nov.-1944 she's included, along with Britannia, Elise, Norholm and Sønnavind, in Convoy GUS 59, which departed Oran on Nov. 24 and had Hampton Roads as its final destination. Falkefjell was also bound for the U.S. on this occasion, but straggled and went to Casablanca, where she arrived on Nov. 26, later joining the next GUS convoy from there on Dec. 4, GUS 60, which had originated in Oran on Dec. 3 and arrived Hampton Roads on Dec. 22; Falkefjell arrived Baltimore that day. Other Norwegian ships in this convoy were Elise (which had also straggled from GUS 59 and gone into Casablanca), Fernplant, Pan Scandia and Viggo Hansteen. Ref. external links provided within the table above for more on these 2 convoys. It now looks like she remained in Baltimore for a long time - Page 5 gives departure as May 28-1945, the reason for this long stay is not known.

As will be seen when going to Page 6, she got to go home to Norway in Dec.-1945.

For more information on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in 1957 to Malmö Tankrederi (C. E. von Seth, Malmö, Sweden, managers) and renamed Uarda. Sold in Oct.-1959 to breakers at Hong Kong, where she arrived on Dec. 5-1959.

Back to Falkefjell on the "Ships starting with F" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, E-mails from Roger W. Jordan - and misc.


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