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M/S Gausdal
Updated Sept. 8-2011

To Gausdal on the "Ships starting with G" page.

Source: Bjørn Pedersen's collection.

Scanned from Leif Høegh & Co,'s fleet list and added to this website with the company's permission.
This external page has the same picture, saying it shows her as Guldborg (click in the photo to make it larger).

The Australian War Memorial has another picture of Gausdal, taken in Fremantle, WA during the war (external links).

Manager: Boe & Pedersen, Oslo
4795 gt

Completed by Odense Staalskibsværft, Odense in Febr.-1930 as Guldborg for A/S D/S Dannebrog (C. K. Hansen, manager) Denmark. 4732 gt, 2865 net, 8450 tdwt, 385' 6" x 54' 3", two 6-cyl. four-stroke cycle single acting oil engines by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, driving twin screws. Acquired by Leif Høegh & Co., A/S in Sept.-1933 and renamed Høegh Trader. Sold in Jan.-1936 to Skibs A/S Gausdal (Boe & Pedersen, managers) and renamed Gausdal.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message - From the son of Haakon Werner Hofsten, who sailed on Gausdal, as well as Mosfruit, Somerville, Belinda, Evanger and Temeraire.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Nov.-1940 to Oct.-1945:

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Nov. 21 Cristobal Philadelphia Nov. 30 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded in Indian Ocean & Pacific
Earlier voyages, Page 1
Dec. 13 Philadelphia New York City Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 14* New York City Halifax Dec. 17 Independent *Page 1 gives departure Dec. 16
Dec. 28 Halifax Capetown Jan. 23-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 23 Capetown Aden Febr. 11 Independent
Febr. 17 Aden BN 16 Dispersed Febr. 20.
Convoy available at BN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 20 Detached from BN 16 Suez Febr. 23 Independent To Port Said March 23
(Page 1).
Apr. 10 Suez Durban May 2 Independent
May 3 Durban Philadelphia June 5 Independent
June 11 Philadelphia Galveston June 19 Independent
July 6 Galveston Trinidad July 16 Independent
July 18 Trinidad Capetown Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 14 Capetown Madras Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 9 Madras Calcutta Sept. 12 Independent
Oct. 13 Calcutta Chittagong Oct. 15 Independent
Oct. 18 Chittagong Cocanundra Oct. 21 Independent
Oct. 22 Cocanundra Madras Oct. 24 Independent
Oct. 24 Madras Colombo Oct. 27 Independent
Nov. 4 Colombo Capetown Nov. 26 Independent
Dec. 13 Capetown Freetown Dec. 29 Independent
1942 Jan. 4 Freetown Clyde Jan. 25 SL 97 Convoy available at SL 97
(external link)
See also Page 2
March 5 Clyde ON 73 For NYC.
Dispersed 41 57N 60 15W, March 16
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 16 Dispersed from ON 73 New York City March 19 Independent
Apr. 5 New York City Capetown May 8 Independent
May 9 Capetown Aden May 26 Independent
May 26 Aden Port Sudan May 29 Independent
June 1 Port Sudan Suez June 4 Independent (Arrived Port Said June 6 - Page 2)
June 10 Port Said Alexandria June 11 Independent
June 30 Alexandria Port Said July 1 Independent Left same day
(Page 2).
July 19 Suez Port Sudan July 22 Independent
July 24 Port Sudan Aden July 27 Independent
July 28 Aden Fremantle Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 24 Fremantle Melbourne Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 6 Melbourne Sydney, N.S.W. Sept. 8 OC 24 Convoy available at OC convoys
(external link)
Sept. 10 Sydney, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Sept. 11 Independent
Sept. 17 Newcastle, N.S.W. CO 28 Dispersed Sept. 20.
Convoy available at CO convoys
(external link)
Sept. 20 Dispersed from CO 28 Fremantle Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 18 Fremantle Colombo Nov. 1 Independent
Nov. 10 Colombo Vizag Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 23 Vizag Madras Nov. 24 Independent
Nov. 28 Madras Capetown Dec. 22 Independent
Dec. 24 Capetown Hampton Roads Jan. 28-1943 Independent
1943 Febr. 3 Hampton Roads New York City Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 13 New York City Liverpool March 5 SC 120 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
March 15 Liverpool Halifax Apr. 2 ONS 1 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Apr. 4 Halifax Cape Cod Canal Apr. 7 XB 42 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 7 Cape Cod Canal New York City Apr. 7 Independent
Apr. 24 New York City Boston Independent A. Hague says:
Arrived w/damaged rudder.
Page 2 gives arrival Apr. 26
May 18 Boston Halifax May 20 BX 52 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
May 26 Halifax Liverpool June 12 SC 132 Missing voyages, Page 3
July 3 Liverpool ONS 12 For Baltimore.
Joined XB 64, July 18.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
July 18 From ONS 12 Cape Cod Canal July 20 XB 64 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
July 20 Cape Cod Canal New York City July 21 Independent
July 31 New York City Gitmo Aug. 7 NG 377 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Aug. 8 Gitmo San Juan, P.R. Aug. 11
Aug. 15 San Juan, P.R. Port au Prince Aug. 18
Aug. 27 Gitmo New York City Sept. 3 GN 80 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 9 New York City Boston Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 11 Boston Halifax Sept. 13 BX 73 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Sept. 15 Halifax Loch Ewe Sept. 29 SC 142
Sept. 29 Loch Ewe Methil Oct. 1 WN 486 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 1 Methil Southend Oct. 3 FS 1235 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Oct. 17 Southend Methil Oct. 19 FN 1154 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 19 Methil Oban Oct. 22 EN 296 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 23 Oban ONS 21 For NYC.
Joined XB 82, Nov. 5.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Nov. 5 From ONS 21 Cape Cod Canal Nov. 7 XB 82 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Nov. 7 Cape Cod Canal New York City Nov. 8 Independent
1944 Jan. 11 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
Jan. 14 Hampton Roads Port Said Febr. 10 UGS 30 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
Febr. 12 Suez Aden Febr. 18 Independent (Via Suez - Page 3).
Febr. 26 Aden Kilindini March 6 AKD 16 Convoy available at AKD 16
(external link)
March 14 Mombasa Dar-es-Salaam March 15 Independent
March 17 Dar-es-Salaam Mombasa March 18 Independent
March 25 Kilindini Durban Apr. 3 AKD 18 Convoy available at AKD 18
(external link)
Apr. 20 Durban Capetown Apr. 24 DC 46 Convoy available at DC 46
(external link)
Apr. 24 Capetown Buenos Aires May 12 Independent
May 18 Buenos Aires Rosario May 19 Independent
May 25 Rosario Buenos Aires May 26 Independent
June 3 Buenos Aires Dakar June 22 Independent
June 22 Dakar SL 162 Dakar to UK.
Rendezvoused w/MKS 53, June 30.
Convoy available at SL 162
(external link)
June 30 SL 162 & MKS 53 joined up Loch Ewe July 12 SL 162/MKS 53 Convoy available at SL 162/MKS 53
(external link)
July 12 Loch Ewe Methil July 14 WN 607 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
July 15 Methil Hull July 16 FS 1514 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Aug. 1 Hull Methil Aug. 3 FN 1436 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 4 Methil Loch Ewe Aug. 6 EN 417 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 8 Loch Ewe Oban Aug. 9 Independent
Aug. 11 Loch Ewe* Chatham, N.B. Aug. 23 ON 248S *From Oban
(Page 4).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 23 Chatham, N.B. Rimouski Aug. 25 Independent
Sept. 8 Rimouski Quebec Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 13 Red Islet Sydney, C.B. Sept. 16 QS 91 Convoy available at QS 91
(external link)
Sept. 19 Sydney, C.B. Southend Oct. 3 HX 309
Oct. 23 Southend Methil Oct. 25 FN 1519 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 26 Methil Loch Ewe Oct. 28 EN 449 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 29 Loch Ewe ONS 35 For Baltimore.
To XB 134, Nov. 15.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Nov. 15 From ONS 35 Cape Cod Canal Nov. 17 XB 134 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Nov. 17 Cape Cod Canal New York City Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 20 New York City Baltimore Nov. 22 Independent
Dec. 9 Baltimore New York City Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 11 New York City Boston Dec. 12 Independent
Dec. 13 Boston Halifax Dec. 15 BX 137 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Dec. 17 Halifax Liverpool Dec. 31 SC 163
1945 Jan. 29 Liverpool ONS 41 For NYC.
Joined XB 146, Febr. 20.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Febr. 21 From ONS 41 Cape Cod Canal Febr. 22 XB 146 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Febr. 22 Cape Cod Canal New York City Febr. 23 Independent
Apr. 19 New York City Boston Apr. 20 Independent
Apr. 22 Boston Halifax Apr. 24 BX 158 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Apr. 28 Halifax Liverpool May 15 SC 174 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
May 29 Liverpool St. John's, N.F. June 6 Independent
June 6 St. John's, N.F. Corner Brook June 8 Independent
June 13 Corner Brook Sydney, C.B. June 14 Independent
June 14 Sydney, C.B. London June 26 Independent
Aug. 4 London New York City Aug. 18 Independent
Sept. 13 New York City Baltimore Sept. 15 Independent
Sept. 18 Baltimore Oslo Oct. 5 Independent Via Kirkwall
Subsequent voyages, Page 5

 Some Convoy Voyages: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them; several Norwegian ships took part.

Her 1940 voyages and some 1941 are listed on Page 1. As can be seen, she arrived Melbourne on Apr. 10-1940, the day after the German invasion of Norway.

At the beginning of 1942 she's listed, together with Rio Verde, in Convoy SL 97, which departed Freetown on Jan. 4. She had a cargo of tea, jute, iron and tobacco, sailing in station 23 - see the external link provided within the Voyage Record above for more convoy information. In March that year, we find her in the westbound North Altantic Convoy ON 73*, which originated in Liverpool on March 5 and dispersed on the 16th, Gausdal arriving New York on March 19 - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2. Leiv Eiriksson and Rio Novo are also listed, and Acanthus, Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts.

Skipping now to Febr. 13-1943, when she can be found, with a cargo of iron and general, in station 105 of Convoy SC 120* from New York, arriving Liverpool on March 5. She had again been in the company of other Norwegian ships, namely Brand, Mathilda, Norhauk, Norsktank, Nyco and Vest. With Bestik, Cetus, Grado, Grey County, Mathilda and Petter II (Vice Commodore ), Gausdal returned across the Atlantic in the first convoy in the ONS series, Convoy ONS 1*, which left Liverpool on March 15. Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose were again among the escorts (see ONS convoy escorts). According to Page 2, Gausdal arrived Halifax on Apr. 2, proceeding to New York 2 days later. On May 26, she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy SC 132 from Halifax, and arrived Manchester on June 13 - see Page 3. Early the following month, she joined the westbound Convoy ONS 12*, which departed Liverpool on July 3 and also had Fana, Garnes, Hjalmar Wessel, Iron Baron, Mui Hock, Norvarg, Para (returned), Petter II, Suderøy and Tropic Star in its ranks. Her destination is given as Baltimore, but arrival there is not given on the archive document, which says she arrived New York on July 21.

Her next Trans-Atlantic voyage was made in Convoy SC 142 from Halifax on Sept. 15 that same year. She had a cargo of sugar and general for London, serving as the Rear Commodore Ship. Together with Ferncliff, Henrik Ibsen, Maud, Norhauk, Para, Petter II, Sommerstad and Suderøy, she later joined Convoy ONS 21*, originating in Liverpool on Oct. 22. She was bound for New York, where she arrived Nov. 8, and subsequently appears to have spent a long time there; Page 3 gives departure as Jan. 11-1944, for the Mediterranean (convoy info in A. Hague's Voyage Record above).

That summer, we find Gausdal in Convoy SL 162, which had started out in Freetown on June 20 and arrived Liverpool on July 12-1944, having joined up with Convoy MKS 53* from Gibraltar on June 30 (again, ref. external links provided in the table above - Fernbank and Mathilda are also named in the combined convoy). Gausdal joined from Dakar and stopped at Loch Ewe July 12 - see Page 4. The following month, she made another voyage across the North Atlantic, having joined Convoy ON 248(S)*, along with Glarona, Hardanger, Iron baron, Lago, Norvarg, Olaf Bergh, Peik, Solstad, Vav, Villanger and Vinland. This convoy originated in Liverpool on Aug. 10 and arrived New York on the 27th; Gausdal, however, joined from Oban and arrived Chatham, N.B. on Aug. 22, proceeding to Rimouski the next day, then on to Quebec, before heading to Sydney, C.B. From there, she joined Convoy HX 309, which had originated in New York on Sept. 15 (Vice Commodore in Laurits Swenson). Gausdal was bound for London with lumber. With Iron Baron, Maud, Solstad, Velma and Vera, she later joined the westbound Convoy ONS 35*, which originated in Liverpool on Oct. 29. Gausdal joined from Loch Ewe, and arrived her destination Baltimore, via New York, on Nov. 22. On Dec. 17 we find her, with a general cargo for Liverpool, in the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 163, arriving Liverpool Dec. 31.

About a month later, she returned to New York in Convoy ONS 41*, which departed Liverpool on Jan. 29-1945 and also included Atlantic, Evanger, Geisha, Maud, Sommerstad, Titanian, Veni and Vinland. Gausdal arrived New York on Febr. 23 and again spent quite a long time there; departure date is given as Apr. 19 - again, see Page 4. Having made a voyage to Boston, she proceeded to Halifax in order to join Convoy SC 174* on Apr. 28, arriving Liverpool on May 15 - in other words, VE Day was celebrated at sea. Danio, Hilda Knudsen, Norse Lady, Para, Peik, Stirlingville, Veni and Vera are also listed.

From Page 5 of the archive documents, we learn that she went home to Norway in Oct.-1945. This document also shows some of her early 1946 voyages.

* The ON and ONS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more details on each; in the meantime, the ships sailing in them are named in the section for ships in all ON convoys (with escorts) and on the page listing ships in all ONS convoys (also with escorts). The SC convoy series will also be completed, but for now, please see ships in all SC convoys. For the names of ships sailing in Convoy MKS 53, go to ships in all MKS convoys - escorts are listed on this page.

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


Sold in 1953 to Ångbåts A/B Bohuslänska Kusten, Uddevalla, Sweden (Knut Nordendorph, manager), and renamed Alfhem. Sold in 1960 to N. A. Valmas, Greece, then to Cia. Nav. del Egeo, Greece and renamed Antonios V. Transferred later that year to Lebanese registry. Demolition began in Febr.-1961 at Izumidzu by Sangyo Shinko K. K.

Back to Gausdal on the "Ships starting with G" page.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Leif Høegh & Co. fleet list and misc. (ref. My sources).


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