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M/T Gefion
Updated Sept. 10-2011

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Owner: Tankrederiet Gefion A/S
Manager: Eivind Evensen, Oslo
9475 gt

Built by Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö, Sweden in 1938.

Captain: Bjarne Henriksen from 1937 until 1945.

Gefion was in service in the Atlantic but also for the US Navy in the Pacific.

Related item on this website:
Warsailor Stories - By Peder Kristoffer Langeland, who served on this ship from Nov.-1941 till Sept.-1942 (text in Norwegian only).

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.-1940 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.

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Dec. 13 Cristobal Aruba Dec. 17 Independent A. Hague says:
Previously traded in Pacific.
Earlier voyages, Page 1
Dec. 18 Aruba Curacao Dec. 19 Independent
Dec. 21 Curacao Buenos Aires Jan. 8-1941 Independent
1941 Jan. 12 Buenos Aires Aruba Jan. 28 Independent
Jan. 30 Aruba Buenos Aires Febr. 21 Independent
Febr. 25 Buenos Aires Curacao March 14 Independent
March 15 Curacao Buenos Aires Roads Apr. 4 Independent Later arrived La Plata Apr. 7
(Page 1)
Apr. 10 La Plata Curacao Apr. 29 Independent
May 9 Curacao New York City May 16 Independent
Aug. 26 New York City Halifax Aug. 29 Independent
Sept. 4 Halifax Belfast Lough Sept. 16 HX 148
Sept. 17 Belfast Lough Swansea Sept. 19 BB 77 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Sept. 29 Swansea Milford Haven Sept. 30 Independent
Oct. 1 Milford Haven ON 22 For NYC.
Dispersed Oct. 15
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 15 Dispersed from ON 22 New York City Oct. 19 Independent
Dec. 18 New York City Aruba Dec. 25 Independent
Dec. 28 Aruba Halifax Jan. 3*-1942 Independent *Page 2 gives arrival Jan. 5.
1942 Jan. 14 Halifax Aruba Jan. 22 Independent
Jan. 23 Aruba Halifax Febr. 2 Independent
Febr. 9 Halifax Aruba Febr. 17 Independent
Febr. 20 Aruba Baltimore Febr. 28 Independent
March 6 Baltimore Aruba March 14 Independent
March 16 Aruba Halifax March 27 Independent
Apr. 2 Halifax Aruba Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 11 Aruba Halifax Apr. 22 Independent
Apr. 30 Halifax Cape Cod Canal May 2 XB 15 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
May 2 Cape Cod Canal New York City May 4 Independent
May 11 New York City Hampton Roads Independent
May 14 Hampton Roads Key West May 19 KS 500 Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
May 19 Detached from KS 500 Port Arthur May 23 Independent
Convoy KS 500 did arrive Key West on May 19, but as A. Hague states. Gefion was detached from the convoy that day. See also Page 2.
May 23 Port Arthur Houston May 23 Independent
May 25 Houston Key West May 29 Independent
June 2 Key West Hampton Roads June 7 KN 106 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
June 8 Hampton Roads New York City June 9 Independent
June 11 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
June 17 Cape Cod Bay Halifax June 19 BX 25 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
June 28 Halifax Cape Cod Canal June 30 XB 27 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
June 30 Cape Cod Canal New York City July 1 Independent
July 2 New York City Hampton Roads Independent Page 2 gives arrival Boston July 7.
July 8 Hampton Roads Key West* July 14 KS 518 Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
July 14 Detached from KS 518 Port Arthur July 17 Independent
*Again, it looks like Gefion did not go to Key West(?).
July 19 Port Arthur Key West Independent
July 27 Key West Hampton Roads July 31 KN 124 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 4 Hampton Roads New York City Aug. 5 Independent Notional sailing date
Aug. 5 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
Aug. 9 Cape Cod Bay Halifax Aug. 11 BX 32C Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 16 Halifax Cape Cod Bay Aug. 18 XB 34 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Aug. 18 Cape Cod Bay New York City Aug. 18 Independent
Aug. 28 New York City Key West Sept. 3 KS 534 Convoy available at KS convoys
(external link)
Stop at Key West not mentioned, Page 2
Sept. 3 Key West Baytown Sept. 7 KH 400 A. Hague says:
Key West to Sabine Bar.
Convoy available at KH convoys
(external link)
Left Baytown Sept. 9
(Page 2).
Sept. 11 Galveston Bar Key West Sept. 15 HK 102 Convoy available at HK convoys
(external link)
Sept. 15 Key West New York City Sept. 20 KN 201 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 11 New York City Gitmo Oct. 18 NG 313 For Aruba.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 18 Gitmo Aruba Oct. 20 GAT 15 Gitmo to Aruba.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Oct. 26 Aruba Curacao AW 16*
* She must have made this voyage to Curacao independently; Convoy AW 16 was cancelled.
Oct. 27 Curacao Gitmo Oct. 31 TAG 16 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 31 Gitmo New York City Nov. 9 GN 16 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 11 New York City Belfast Lough Nov. 25 HX 215
Nov. 25 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Nov. 27 BB 238 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 1 Avonmouth Milford Haven Dec. 1 Independent
Dec. 2 Milford Haven New York City Dec. 23 ON 151 Via Belfast Lough
(Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 29 New York City Liverpool Jan. 14-1943 HX 221 Missing movements, Page 3.
1943 Jan. 23 Liverpool Baltimore Febr. 11 ON 162 Missing voyages, Page 3.
Apr. 12 New York City Liverpool Apr. 29 HX 234 On to Stanlow, Page 3
(see also narrative below)
May 4 Liverpool Belfast Lough May 4 Independent
May 11 Belfast Lough New York City May 25 ON 183 Convoy will be added.
See link above
May 31 New York City Belfast Lough June 15 HX 242
June 15 Belfast Lough Avonmouth June 16 BB 300 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
June 21 Avonmouth Milford Haven June 22 Independent
June 23 Milford Haven New York City July 8 ON 190 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 15 New York City Liverpool July 29 HX 248
Aug. 8 Liverpool New York City Aug. 21 ON 196 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Aug. 27 New York City Liverpool Sept. 11 HX 254 Missing movements, Page 3
Sept. 22 Liverpool New York City Oct. 9 ON 203 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Oct. 30 New York City Curacao Nov. 5 Independent
Nov. 7 Curacao Cristobal Nov. 10 Independent
Nov. 11 Balboa Sydney, N.S.W. Dec. 9 Independent
Dec. 14 Sydney, N.S.W. Balboa Jan. 9-1944 Independent
1944 Jan. 11 Cristobal Aruba Jan. 15 Independent
Jan. 16 Aruba Cristobal Jan. 19 Independent
Jan. 22 Balboa Sydney, N.S.W. Febr. 22 Independent
Febr. 28 Sydney, N.S.W. Balboa March 27 Independent
March 28 Cristobal Aruba Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 2 Aruba Cristobal Apr. 5 Independent
Apr. 7 Balboa Milne Bay May 11 Independent
May 19 Milne Bay Balboa June 18 Independent
June 19 Cristobal Curacao June 22 Independent
July 28 Curacao Cristobal July 31 Independent
Aug. 1 Balboa Majuro Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 30 Eniwetok Balboa Sept. 23 Independent
Sept. 24 Cristobal Cartagena, Col Sept. 25 Independent
Sept. 26 Cartagena, Col Gitmo Sept. 28 Independent
Sept. 30 Gitmo New York City Oct. 6 GN 160 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 8 New York City Baltimore Oct. 9 Independent
Nov. 3* Baltimore New York City Nov. 5 Independent *Page 4 gives departure Nov. 5.
Nov. 14 New York City Liverpool Dec. 1 HX 320 Escort Oiler
Missing movements, Page 4 above
Dec. 4 Liverpool New York City Dec. 22 ON 270
Dec. 29 New York City Avonmouth Jan. 12-1945 HX 329 Escort Oiler
(see also narrative below)
1945 Jan. 15 Avonmouth Milford Haven Jan. 16 Independent
Jan. 19 Milford Haven New York City Febr. 5 ON 279 Escort Oiler
Febr. 23 New York City New York City Febr. 23 HX 340 Escort Oiler. Returned.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Febr. 28 New York City Avonmouth March 15 HX 341 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
March 18 Avonmouth Barry Island Independent See also Page 5
March 23 Milford Haven New York City Apr. 8 ON 292 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 13 New York City Avonmouth Apr. 28 HX 350 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
May 2 Avonmouth New York City May 19 ON 300 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
May 23 New York City Avonmouth June 6 HX 358 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
June 10 Avonmouth New York City Independent
June 23 New York City Swansea July 5 Independent
July 7 Swansea Baytown Independent Subsequent voyages:
Page 5 & Page 6

 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 A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details; the Commodore's notes and/or narrative are also available for many of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

Her 1940 and 1941 voyages are shown on Page 1 of the archive documents. It looks like she spent quite a long time in New York in the spring of 1941. She had arrived there from Curacao on May 16, and departure is given as Aug. 26, when she proceeded to Halifax. She subsequently joined Convoy HX 148 on Sept. 4, and arrived Swansea, via Belfast Lough, on Sept. 19. With Bello, Bernhard, Daghild, Helgøy, James Hawson, Kollbjørg, Lise, Nueva Granada, Orwell, Slemmestad, Solstad, Thorsholm and Vivi, she later joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 22*. Eglantine was among the escorts for a while - see ON convoy escorts. The convoy originated in Liverpool on Oct. 2 and dispersed on the 15th, Gefion arriving New York Oct. 19, again spending a long time there.

The Norwegian version of my "Warsailor Stories" section has a story by Peder Kristoffer Langeland who served on this ship from Nov.-1941 till Sept.-1942. He confirms the ship was on charter to the U.S. Navy, and adds that they made several voyages Aruba – Halifax and Aruba – the Gulf, often in convoy north from Key West due to the increasing U-boat threat. He says that when the news of the Pearl Harbor attack was received on Dec. 7-1941, they were in New York. As already mentioned above, Gefion had arrived New York from the U.K. on Oct. 19-1941, and did not leave again until Dec. 18, with arrival Aruba Dec. 25.

Her subsequent voyages are listed on Page 2, while convoy info for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.

Skipping now to Nov. 11-1942, when we find her in Convoy HX 215 from New York, bound for Avonmouth, where she arrived Nov. 27. She returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 151*, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 3 and arrived New York Dec. 23 and also included Atlantic, Brasil, Brimanger, Geisha (Commodore Vessel), Kaia Knudsen, Molda, Skandinavia, Stigstad and Thorshov. About a week later, she's listed in station 83 of Convoy HX 221 from New York, cargo of gasoline for Stanlow, where she arrived on Jan. 16-1943 - see Page 3. The Commodore's narrative is also available for this convoy; he was in Abraham Lincoln (Gefion is mentioned under Jan. 11).

She headed back to the U.S. on Jan. 23-1943 with Convoy ON 162, and was scheduled to return to the U.K. on Febr. 28 in Convoy HX 228 (in which Brant County was sunk - follow the links for much more info), but did not sail. As can be seen when going back to the archive document mentioned above, she appears to have spent a long time in Baltimore in this period (she had arrived there from the U.K. on Febr. 11 and did not leave until Apr. 3). She eventually got away in Convoy HX 234 from New York on Apr. 12, for which Laurits Swenson served as Commodore Vessel; the Commodore's report has been added. Gefion arrived Stanlow on Apr. 30, later joining Convoy ON 183*, which started out in Liverpool on May 10 and arrived New York on the 25th. Brimanger, Laurits Swenson (Commodore Vessel), Noreg, Santos, Tungsha, Vinga and Washington Express are also named. On May 31, we find her in station 103 of Convoy HX 242 from New York, again bound for Avonmouth, where she arrived, via Belfast Lough, on June 16.

With Brajara, California Express, Dageid, Fjordaas, Høyanger, Lynghaug, Mosli, Norefjord, Norsol, Orwell, Polartank, Skiensfjord and Tarifa, she now joined the westbound Convoy ON 190*, which originated in Liverpool on June 24 and arrived New York July 9. On the 15th of that month, she's listed in Convoy HX 248; see also the Commodore's report. The following month, she joined the westbound Convoy ON 196*, together with Athos, California Express, Fjordaas, Hardanger, Montevideo (Commodore Vessel), Mosli, Oregon Express, Roald Amundsen, Skotaas and Trondheim (from Liverpool Aug. 8, to New York Aug. 21), heading back to the U.K. on Aug. 27 in Convoy HX 254. Her destination is again given as Stanlow, and she had station 94 of the convoy (see also Page 3). Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year (and for a long time thereafter) was made in Convoy ON 203*, departing Liverpool on Sept. 22, arriving New York Oct. 9. She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely California Express, Dageid, Duala, Lista, Norholm, Polartank, Skaraas, Trondheim, Vav and Vinga, as well as the Panamanian Norlys, which had Norwegian managers and is included under the N's on this site.

From New York, she proceeded to Curacao on Oct. 30 - Page 4 and the Voyage Record above have details on her subsequent voyages.

In Nov.-1944, she was 1 of 3 Norwegian ships in Convoy HX 320; the others were Anna Knudsen and Dalfonn. Gefion, acting as Escort Oiler, was bound for Stanlow with petroleum products, arriving there on Dec. 1/2. Just a couple of days later, she embarked on her return voyage across the ocean with Convoy ON 270, and was scheduled to go back to the U.K. with Convoy HX 328 from New York on Christmas Eve (Commodore in Brimanger), but instead joined the next convoy on Dec. 29, HX 329, for which Emma Bakke served as Commodore Vessel. Gefion was bound for Avonmouth, where she arrived Jan. 12-1945 (again having served as Escort Oiler, according to A. Hague).

She returned to the U.S. later that month with Convoy ON 279, arriving New York on Febr. 5-1945 (having served as Escort Oiler), then on Febr. 23, she's listed in Convoy HX 340*, but returned to port that same day (Page 5), subsequently joining HX 341* on Febr. 28, cargo of petrol (Escort Oiler), arriving Avonmouth on March 15. Both these convoys also had other Norwegian ships, namely California Express, Fagerfjell, Ferncourt, Fjordaas, Ivaran, Kaldfonn and Tungsha (Commodore Vessel) in HX 340, while Belinda, Egda, Fernmoor and Fosna are named in HX 341. Together with Egerø, Fjordaas, Fosna, Havfru, Ivaran (Commodore Vessel), Lista, Norsol and President de Vogue, we now find Gefion in the westbound Convoy ON 292*, which started out at Southend on March 22 and arrived New York Apr. 8, then on Apr. 13, she joined Convoy HX 350* (Escort Oiler), again with Egerø, Fosna, Havfru and President de Vogue in company, as well as Haakon Hauan and Thorshov. Gefion arrived Avonmouth Apr. 28.

Her last westbound convoy voyage of the war was made as Escort Oiler for Convoy ON 300*, along with Carl Oftedal, Fosna, Heranger (Commodore Vessel), John Bakke and Viggo Hansteen. (A. Hague has also included Narvik, but this does not fit in with her voyages for this period. In fact, the ship in this convoy was the Polish Narwik, ex Empire Roamer - see this external page). ON 300 sailed from Liverpool on May 2 and arrived New York May 18; in other words, VE Day was celebrated at sea. Just a few days later, on May 23, she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 358* (Escort Oiler), and arrived Avonmouth on June 6. Ferncourt, Fosna and Tungsha are also listed. (This was the last HX convoy of the war; the last convoy in the ON series was ON 305*, May 26).

Page 5 also shows some of her early 1946 voyages, as does Page 6.

* The ON 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). The HX convoy series will also be completed, but for now, please see ships in all HX convoys.

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.


According to this external page, she was owned from Febr.-1955 by Comp. Siciliana Navi Cisterna Spa., Palermo, Italy, renamed Pleiade. Sold in July-1962 to Italian breakers.

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

Another Gefion was built in 1957 - this external page has more info.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Roger W. Jordan - and misc.


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