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D/S Fridtjof Nansen
(I've also seen the name spelt Frithjof Nansen)

Updated Aug. 21-2011

To Fridtjof Nansen on the "Ships starting with F" page.

Source: Bjørn Milde's postcard collection.
This external page has 2 more pictures (click in them to make them larger).

Manager: Nortraship
7177 gt

Built by North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington (60), launched on Jan. 21-1943 as Francis Nash (Barber Steamship Lines and American West Africa Line Inc., New York). Taken over by Nortraship upon delivery on Jan. 31-1943. See also "Gains 1943" on my page "Ship Statistics and Misc." for a list of the other ships added to Nortraship's fleet in 1943.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Febr.-1943 to July-1945:

(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
1943 Febr. 3 Wilmington, NC Hampton Roads Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 18 Hampton Roads Casablanca March 6 UGS 5A For Casablanca.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
March 25 Casablanca New York City Apr. 14 GUS 5A Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 28 New York City Algiers May 19 UGS 8 1 Passenger.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
June 5 Algiers New York City June 27 GUS 8 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
July 15 New York City Liverpool July 29 HX 248 Missing voyages, Page 1
Sept. 6 Liverpool Passed Gibraltar Sept. 18 KMS 26(G) For Bone.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Sept. 18 Passed Gibraltar Bone Sept. 21 KMS 26 See link above
Oct. 6 Bone Bizerta Oct. 7 UGS 18 Bone to Bizerta.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 12 Bizerta Malta Oct. 14 KMS 28 Bizerta to Malta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Oct. 14 Malta Bari AH 4 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Oct. 29 Bari Augusta Oct. 31 HA 6 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
Nov. 4 Augusta Bizerta Nov. 6
Nov. 14 Bizerta New York City Dec. 5 GUS 21 Bizerta to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
1944 Jan. 13 New York City Belfast Lough Jan. 28 HX 275 See also narrative below
Jan. 28 Belfast Liverpool Jan. 29 Independent
Febr. 7 Liverpool New York City Febr. 24 ON 223 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Febr. 28 New York City Baltimore Febr. 29 Independent
March 11 Baltimore Hampton Roads March 12 Independent
March 14 Hampton Roads Oran March 31 UGS 36 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
See also narrative below
Apr. 22 Oran Algiers *Page 1 gives arrival Apr. 23.
May 3 Algiers Baltimore May 22 GUS 38 Algiers to USA.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
June 3 Baltimore Philadelphia June 4 Independent
June 10 Philadelphia New York City June 11 Independent
June 19 New York City Oban July 2 HX 296
July 15 Oban Milford Haven July 17 Independent
July 18 Milford Haven Plymouth July 19 EBC 45 Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
Not included, Page 1
July 20 Plymouth Seine Bay July 21 EBC 46 Convoy available at link above
Not included, Page 1
Aug. 21 Seine Bay Mumbles Aug. 23 FBC 61 Convoy available at FBC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 23 Mumbles Belfast Aug. 24 Independent
Aug. 25 Belfast Lough New York City Sept. 7 ON 250 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Sept. 21 New York City Belfast Lough Oct. 5 HX 310
Oct. 30 Belfast Lough Mumbles Independent Page 2 gives arrival Nov. 1
Nov. 1 Barry(?) Solent Nov. 3 BEC 24 Convoy available at BEC 24
(external link)
Again, see also Page 2
Nov. 29 St. Helens Roads Downs Nov. 30 MTC 51 Convoy available at MTC 51
(external link - incomplete listing)
Dec. 1 Southend(?) Antwerp Dec. 2 TACA 62 Convoy available at TACA 62
(external link)
Dec. 13 Antwerp Downs Dec. 14
Dec. 18 Downs New York City Jan. 5-1945 ON 273 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
1945 Jan. 14 New York City Hampton Roads Jan. 15 Independent
Jan. 23 Hampton Roads Passed Gibraltar Febr. 7 UGS 70 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 7 Passed Gibraltar Marseilles Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 17 Marseilles Oran Febr. 20 Independent
Febr. 21 Oran New York City March 11 GUS 73 Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
March 15 New York City Philadelphia March 17 Independent
March 25 Philadelphia Hampton Roads March 25 Independent
March 29 Hampton Roads Passed Gibraltar Apr. 14 UGS 83 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 14 Passed Gibraltar Marseilles Apr. 18 Independent
Apr. 22 Marseilles Oran Apr. 25 Independent
Apr. 27 Oran GUS 86 Detached May 4.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
May 4 Detached from GUS 86 Trinidad May 13 Independent
May 16 Trinidad Demerara May 18 Independent
May 20 Demerara Trinidad May 21 Independent
May 23 Trinidad Halifax Independent
June 3 Halifax Port Alfred Independent Page 2 gives arrival June 6
June 9 Port Alfred Quebec June 9 Independent
June 13 Quebec Montreal June 14 Independent
June 24 Montreal Scheldt July 10 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 2 above & Page 3

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
For information on 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.

As mentioned further up on this page, Fridtjof Nansen was taken over by Nortraship in Wilmington upon delivery on Jan. 31-1943, and already on Febr. 3, she left Wilmington for Hampton Roads, and from there she headed to Casablanca on Febr. 18. See Page 1 of the archive documents and the Voyage Record above.

While in Algiers on June 4-1943, she experienced an air attack, taking part in the defense by firing almost 1100 shots from her guns. She headed back to the U.S. the following day, with arrival New York June 27 (Convoy GUS 8 - see link in the table above), and from there, she joined Convoy HX 248 to the U.K. on July 15, general cargo for Manchester, where she arrived Aug. 1. The Commodore's report is also available for this convoy. The following month, she went to Bone, where she arrived on Sept. 21, having sailed in Convoy KMS 26*, which had left Liverpool on Sept. 5 and also included Atle Jarl and Sneland I. From Bone, she later went to Bizerta, then made a voyage from there to Malta with Convoy KMS 28*; she arrived Malta on Oct. 14, having sailed from Bizerta on the 12th. Boreas, Frontenac, Gezina, Lynghaug and Norvarg are also listed in this convoy, which had left Gibraltar on Oct. 7 and had Port Said as its final destination.

Fridtjof Nansen had gone back to the U.S. again at the end of 1943, arriving New York from Bizerta on Dec. 5 (Convoy GUS 21 - see Voyage Record). She was scheduled for Convoy HX 274 to the U.K. on Jan. 6-1944, but instead joined the next convoy on Jan. 13, HX 275, and arrived Liverpool, via Belfast Lough, on Jan. 29 (Samuel Bakke was Vice Commodore Ship). Together with Duala, Fagerfjell, Idefjord, Norheim and Tigre, she subsequently joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 223*, departing Liverpool on Febr. 7, arriving New York Febr. 24, and in March she made another voyage to North Africa with general cargo and misc. for the U.S. Army (Convoy UGS 36 - link in Voyage Record). On this voyage, she was rammed and damaged by the Liberty Ship Stephen C. Foster on March 26. Captain at the time was Hans O. Christensen, 2nd Mate Kristian Kristiansen, Able Seaman Johan R. Stegane (no other names available). Fridtjof Nansen arrived Oran on March 31, and according to Page 1 of the archive documents, she did not leave again until Apr. 22, arriving Algiers the next day, returning to the U.S. from there in May.

She now joined Convoy HX 296 from New York to the U.K. on June 19, general cargo for Oban (for orders), arriving there on July 2. The following month, we find her, along with Haakon Hauan, Havkong, Molda, Pan Scandia, Samuel Bakke (Commodore Vessel) and Thorshov, as well as the Panamanian Norlys (Norwegian managers), in the westbound Convoy ON 250*, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 24 and arrived New York Sept. 7 (Fridtjof Nansen joined from Belfast Lough - see Page 2). She headed back in the other direction again on Sept. 21 in Convoy HX 310 from New York, for which the Norwegian Reinholt acted as Commodore Vessel (Rear Admiral A. R. Smithwick) and Høyanger was the Vice Commodore's ship (G. E. Sutcliff, R.N.). Acanthus, Buttercup, Rose and Tunsberg Castle are named among the escorts (see HX convoy escorts), but please note that Buttercup had not come under the Norwegian flag yet at that time. Fridtjof Nansen's last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in the westbound Convoy ON 273*, which sailed from Southend on Dec. 18 and arrived New York Jan. 4-1945. She had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Glarona, Kaia Knudsen, Morgenen, Reinholt (returned), Skotaas and Sverre Helmersen.

Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 2 and Page 3 of the archive documents (to July-1946), while convoy information for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above. As can be seen (Page 3) it looks like she was able to go home to Norway at the end of July-1946.

* The ON convoys mentioned here are available and 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 KMS series will also be completed, but for now, please see ships in all KMS convoys.

More information on all the other Norwegian ships named here is available via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in Oct.-1946 to the Norwegian Government for A/S Odderø (A. I. Langfeldt & Co., Kristiansand). Sold to Lebanon in 1960 and renamed Olga (Purvis Shipping. Co. Ltd., London). Came under the management of Franco Shipping. Co. Ltd., Athens in 1962, then sailed under the Greek flag from 1966 for Olga Cia. Nav. S.A. (same managers). Owned from 1968 by Ourania Shipping Co. Ltd., Cyprus, managed by Franco Shipping. Co. Ltd., Athens & Famagusta. Broken up in Spain in 1971, having arrived Gandia on May 21-1971.

Related external links:
Liberty Ships - Alphabetical list where Francis Nash was included on the F list. Unfortunately, as can be seen, the list no longer appears to be included at this site (unfortunate, because I have 100's of links to it from my Convoys section). If I remember correctly, that particular section was hosted by Peter Thompson, who has now moved to a different site, but I cannot find his list of Liberty Ships. I'll leave the link up for now until I can find out whether it's still available somewhere else. I did find an identical page here, but the alphabetical links receive an error.

But see also:
List of Liberty Ships - Includes info on the men (and women) for whom the ships were named (from Wikipedia - Francis Nash is listed on this page, and here is information on Francis Nash himself).

Back to Fridtjof Nansen on the "Ships starting with F" page.

Other ships by this name: Norway had lost 2 steamships by this name to WW I, one built 1897, 3275 gt (Bergh & Helland) - struck a mine (laid by UC 10) and sank off the Galloper Lightship on Jan. 5-1916, cargo of Phosphate, 3 died. The other was built 1881, 2190 gt (P. Bogen) - torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat in the North Sea on May 29-1917 (this external page has more info, as does this external page). See also this posting to my ship forum, as well as another thread starting here re. another ship by this name. This response has more details.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Liberty Ships in Peacetime, and their Contribution to World Shipping History" I. G. Steward - 1992 - and misc.


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