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M/T Fosna
Updated Aug. 20 -2011

To Fosna on the "Ships starting with F" page.

Source: Bjørn Pedersen's collection.
The Australian War Memorial also has a picture of Fosna, taken in July-1943 (both links are external).

Manager: A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen
8202 gt

Delivered as Fosna in Nov.-1930, built by A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg, hull built by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Dundee (340), 8202 gt, 4855 net, 12 310 tdwt, 451.1' x 59.2' x 27.3', 2 x 7 cyl. 4 TEV DM (Götaverken), 3000 bhp.

There's a message with regard to this ship in my Guestbook. The poster of this message is looking for more details about the captain and crew in March-1939, I have his address in my files. (I've suggested he contact the Norwegian Maritime Museum and/or the National Archives. The addresses can be found on the main page of my ship lists).

Managed by British Tanker Co. during the war.

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 Apr.-1940 to Jan.-1946:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 24 Suez Abadan May 7 Independent Earlier voyages, Page 1
May 8 Abadan Capetown June 1 Independent
June 8 Capetown Abadan Independent
July 2 Abadan Bombay July 10 Independent
Aug. 3 Bombay Colombo Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 11 Colombo Abadan Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 24 Abadan Fremantle Sept. 21 Independent
Sept. 22 Fremantle Auckland Oct. 9 Independent
Nov. 4 Auckland Palembang Nov. 24 Independent See also Page 1 above
Nov. 27 Palembang Colombo Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 8 Colombo Aden Dec. 17 Independent
Dec. 18 Aden Suez Dec. 25 BN 11 Convoy available at BN 11
(external link)
1941 Jan. 14 Port Said Piraeus Jan. 18 AN 12 Convoy available at AN 12
(external link)
Jan. 23 Piraeus Salonika Jan. 25 Independent
Jan. 31 Salonika Piraeus Febr. 2 Independent A. Hague says:
Notional sailing date
(Page 1 gives departure Jan. 29)
Febr. 3 Piraeus Port Said Febr. 7 AS 14/1 Convoy available at AS 14
(external link - incomplete listing)
March 11 Suez BS 19 For Abadan.
Dispersed March 19.
Convoy available at BS 19
(external link)
March 19 Dispersed from BS 19 Abadan March 27 Independent
March 30 Abadan Capetown Apr. 23 Independent
May 8 Capetown Freetown May 25 Independent
June 16 Freetown Curacao July 8 Independent
July 9 Curacao New York City July 20 Independent
Oct. 20 New York City Aruba Oct. 27 Independent
Oct. 29 Aruba Cristobal Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 3 Balboa Wellington Dec. 3 Independent
Dec. 27 Wellington Los Angeles Jan. 25-1942 Independent
1942 March 5 Los Angeles Wellington Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 21 Wellington Los Angeles May 20 Independent
June 7 Los Angeles Wellington July 8 Independent
Aug. 1 Wellington Los Angeles Aug. 26 Independent
Nov. 16 Los Angeles Wellington Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 16 Wellington Los Angeles Jan. 10-1943 Independent
1943 Jan. 17 Los Angeles Wellington Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 14 Wellington Port Vila Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 25 Port Vila Los Angeles March 19 Independent
Apr. 15 Los Angeles Wellington May 10 Independent
May 14 Wellington Los Angeles June 7 Independent
June 18 Los Angeles Sydney, N.S.W. July 16 Independent
July 22 Sydney, N.S.W. CO 111 Disprsed July 25.
Convoy available at CO 111
(external link)
July 25 Dispersed from CO 111 Abadan Aug. 24 Independent
Aug. 26 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Aug. 31 Bandar Abbas PA 51 Detached Sept. 2.
Convoy available at PA 51
(external link)
Sept. 2 Detached from PA 51 Durban Sept. 22 Independent
Oct. 2 Durban Abadan Oct. 26 Independent
Oct. 28 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Nov. 3 Bandar Abbas Bombay Nov. 9 PB 62 Convoy available at PB 62
(external link)
Nov. 18 Bombay Bandar Abbas Nov. 24 BP 103 Convoy available at BP 103
(external link)
Nov. 24 Bandar Abbas Abadan Independent See also Page 2
Nov. 28 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Dec. 3 Bandar Abbas PA 63 Detached Dec. 5.
Convoy available at PA 63
(external link)
Dec. 5 Detached from PA 63 Melbourne Jan. 2-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 8 Melbourne Balboa Febr. 10 Independent
Febr. 13 Cristobal Cartagena, Col. Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 17 Cartagena, Col. Cristobal Febr. 18 Independent
Febr. 18 Cristobal Gitmo Febr. 22 ZG 59 Convoy available at ZG 59
(external link)
Febr. 23 Gitmo New York City Febr. 29 GN 116 Convoy available at GN 116
(external link)
March 30 New York City Baltimore Apr. 1 Independent
May 17 Baltimore Philadelphia May 18 Independent
May 19 Philadelphia New York City May 20 Independent
May 27 New York City Belfast Lough June 9 HX 293 Escort Oiler
(see also narrative below)
June 9 Belfast Lough Heysham June 10 Independent
June 12 Heysham Liverpool June 13 Independent
June 18 Liverpool New York City July 2 ON 241 Escort Oiler, 53 depth charges.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 11 New York City Loch Ewe July 23 HX 299 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
July 24 Loch Ewe Methil July 26 WN 611 Convoy available at WN 611
(external link)
Compare w/Page 2
July 29 Methil Loch Ewe July 31 EN 414 Convoy available at EN 414
(external link)
Aug. 2 Loch Ewe New York City Aug. 16 ON 247 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 25 New York City Swansea Sept. 10 HX 305 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
Sept. 12 Swansea Clyde Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 13 Clyde Philadelphia Sept. 29 ON 253 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Oct. 3 Philadelphia New York City Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 5 New York City Belfast Lough Oct. 19 HX 312 Escort Oiler
Oct. 19 Belfast Lough Heysham Oct. 21 Independent
Oct. 23 Heysham Liverpool Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 25 Liverpool Baltimore Nov. 11 ON 262 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Dec. 9 Baltimore Philadelphia Dec. 10 Independent
Dec. 12 Philadelphia New York City Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 14 New York City Avonmouth Dec. 28 HX 326 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges
1945 Jan. 8 Avonmouth Milford Haven Jan. 8 Independent
Jan. 9 Milford Haven New York City Jan. 23 ON 277 Escort Oiler
Febr. 28 New York City Clyde March 16 HX 341 Escort Oiler.
Missing movements, Page 3
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
March 22 Clyde New York City Apr. 8 ON 292 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 13 New York City Downs Apr. 29 HX 350 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges.
See also Page 3
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
May 2 Southend New York City May 19 ON 300 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 23 New York City Clyde June 6 HX 358 Escort Oiler, 60 depth charges.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
June 9 Clyde Houston Independent See also Page 3
July 2 Houston London July 23 Independent
July 30 Sheerness Curacao Aug. 18 Independent
Aug. 31 Curacao Liverpool Sept. 18 Independent
Dec. 24 Liverpool Trinidad Jan. 11-1946 Independent See also Page 4

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
Her Trans-Atlantic convoy voyages only are discussed here. For information on prior voyages, and voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details - other Norwegian ships also took part.

Fosna often acted as escort oiler, and also carried extra depth charges for the escorts.

"Nortraships flåte" states that Fosna fired upon a suspicious vessel in 08 04N 74 48E on Dec. 9-1940. The ship later turned out to be the British Katie Moller. When going to Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that Fosna was on her way from Colombo to Aden on that date. According to the same document (as well as Hague's Voyage Record above), she spent quite a long time in New York the following year, from July 20-1941, when she arrived there from Curacao, to Oct. 20, when she left again for Aruba. There's also a long gap in her voyages for the fall of 1942 (see Page 2); she had arrived Los Angeles from Wellington on Aug. 26 that year, and departure date is given as Nov. 16.

Skipping now to May 19-1944, when she was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 292, but instead joined the next convoy on May 27, HX 293, for which Samuel Bakke acted as Commodore Vessel. Together with Brasil, Drammensfjord, Egda, Evita, Lista, Minerva, Solfonn and Spinanger, as well as the Panamanian Norbris and Norlys (both had Norwegian managers), Fosna returned to New York with Convoy ON 241*, departing Liverpool on June 18, arriving New York July 2, heading back to the U.K. again on July 11 in Convoy HX 299. Commodore was in Laurits Swenson, and the Vice Commodore in Høyanger. Fosna's destination is given as Grangemouth, where she arrived, via Loch Ewe, on July 26. A week later, we find her, along with Belinda, Brasil, Heranger, Høegh Scout, Slemmestad, Spinanger, Vanja and Vinga, in the westbound Convoy ON 247*, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 2 and arrived New York on the 15th, and on the 25th of that month, she joined Convoy HX 305, bound for Swansea, with arrival there on Sept. 9, according to Page 3. Again, the Commodore was in a Norwegian ship, namely Abraham Lincoln.

Fosna subsequently returned to the U.S. in Convoy ON 253*, originating in Liverpool on Sept. 13, arriving New York on the 28th; Fosna joined from Clyde and arrived Philadelphia on the 29th. Dalfonn, Kronprinsessen, Marit II and Tanafjord are also listed. The following month, she's listed in Convoy HX 312, bound for Heysham, with arrival Oct. 21, returning across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 262*; she left Liverpool on Oct. 25 and arrived Baltimore Nov. 11. Other Norwegian ships were Anna Knudsen, Dalfonn, Norma, Skotaas, Somerville and Spinanger. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year started out from New York on Dec. 14, Convoy HX 326. This time, she was bound for Avonmouth, where she arrived Dec. 28. Acanthus is named among the escorts for this convoy - see HX convoy escorts.

She returned to the U.S. with Convoy ON 277 in Jan.-1945, and on that occasion picked up a survivor from the American Jonas Lie which had been torpedoed. Follow the link for more info, as well as the external link provided below (Acanthus was again among the escorts for a while). Fosna headed back to the U.K. again on Febr. 28, joining Convoy HX 341*, together with Belinda, Egda, Fernmoor and Gefion, then in March she sailed to New York in Convoy ON 292*, which also included Egerø, Fjordaas, Gefion, Havfru, Ivaran (Commodore Vessel), Lista, Norsol and President de Vogue. This convoy arrived New York on Apr. 8, and a few days later, on Apr. 13, she joined Convoy HX 350* back to the U.K. - again, see also Page 3. She was again in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Egerø, Gefion, Havfru, President de Vogue, Haakon Hauan and Thorshov. In May, we find her in the westbound Convoy ON 300*, along with Carl Oftedal, Gefion, Heranger (Commodore Vessel), John Bakke and Viggo Hansteen (A. Hague has also included Narvik, but this is an error). Fosna's last Trans-Atlantic convoy voyage was made in Convoy HX 358*, which left New York on May 23 and also had Ferncourt, Gefion and Tungsha in its ranks.

Page 4 shows voyages to Febr.-1946.

* The ON 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. The entire HX series will also be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys), but for now, please see ships in all HX convoys.

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


Sold in 1951 to D'Amico Societa di Navigazione SpA, Rome, and renamed Marinella. Laid up at Venice from March 7-1958. Sold to Italian breakers during Aug.-1960.

Related external links:
The loss of Jonas Lie

A casualty - This man, Able Seaman Mons Havnerås is listed as having died in an accident on board on July 29-1943. According to Page 2, Fosna was on her way from Sydney to Abadan on that date. Additionally, I've been told by a visitor to my site that Ordinary Seaman Otto Johannes Nyberg, from Askvoll in Sogn og Fjordane lost his life in an accident in Auckland, New Zealand on Oct. 18-1940, and is buried there. (Source for this information: "Våre falne"). From Page 1, we learn that Fosna had arrived Auckland on Oct. 9.

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

Other ships by this name: Historical Index of the Great Lakes has a lot of information and a picture of a later ship named Fosna, same company - built in Middlesbrough in 1955, 10 880 gt. Type "Fosna" in the field for 'vessel', then on the page that comes up, click in the little box with the item number. The page that comes up has technical details on the ship and a picture thumbnail - clicking on the thumbnail will bring up a larger photo. It also lists all her later names (Eurochemist, Cabatern, Baffin Transport) and owners. Broken up in 1978. Typing 'Norway" in the search field for 'Registry' on the main page will bring up some of the Norwegian vessels listed on the site.
Mowinckels also had a tanker named Fosna delivered to them in Jan.-1976, built in Yokohama, 77 351 gt. Renamed Mega Hawk in 1987, same managers, but owners in Monrovia. From 1988 she sailed as Mega for owners in Nassau (Swedish managers) - delivered for breaking up in China 2000. Yet another Fosna was delivered in Nov.-1992, also a tanker, built in Japan, 52 157 gt. Still in service.

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


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