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M/S General Ruge
Updated June 26-2009

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Manager: Nortraship
5154 gt

Delivered in Apr.-1943 from Pennsylvania Shipyard Inc., Beaumont, Texas (268) as Cape Arago for United States War Shipping Administration. One of several ships added to Nortraship's Fleet in 1943, on bareboat charter from the War Shipping Administration. See my page "Ship Statistics and Misc." under "Gains 1943" for a list of the others. General Ruge was taken over in Beaumont, Texas on April 23.

I've been told that the captain of this ship from Apr.-1943 to Oct.-1945 was Leif Moen, who had previous survived the sinking of Kongsgaard. He had also served as captain of Garnes and Polarsol.

This ship had a female, Canadian radio operator from Febr.-1944 till Dec.-1944, namely Barbara (Briggs) Ulrichsen. She later served on D/S Vadsø from Jan. 1945 till Oct.-1946. Other female, Canadian radio operators serving on Norwegian ships are named on my page about M/S Mosdale.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message - From a relative of Kenneth Perkins, who served as radio operator. He also served on Grena (when sunk) and Astrid.
Another Guestbook message - From the son of Captain Moen. He says there was also another female radio operator on board in 1944; her name was Elizabeth Reed, who served as 3rd radio operator, while Leif Bye was the chief radio operator at that time. The message also names Stewardess B. J. Morrison.

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

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

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1943 to Nov.-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 Apr. 26 Beaumont Houston Independent Page 1 gives arrival Apr. 27
May 5 Houston Galveston May 6 Independent
May 6 Galveston Cristobal May 12 Independent
May 13 Balboa Fremantle June 14 Independent
June 24 Fremantle Karachi July 10 Independent
July 11 Karachi Bombay July 13 Independent
July 24 Bombay Fremantle Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 9 Fremantle Balboa Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 10 Cristobal Key West Sept. 14 Independent
Sept. 16 Key West Baltimore Sept. 21 KN 265 Convoy available at KN 265
(external link)
Oct. 3 Baltimore New York City Oct. 5 Independent
Oct. 15 New York City Gitmo Oct. 21 NG 392 Convoy available at NG 392
(external link)
Oct. 21 Gitmo Trinidad Oct. 27 GAT 94 Convoy available at GAT 94
(external link)
Nov. 2 Trinidad Rio Nov. 21 TJ 13 Convoy available at TJ 13
(external link)
Nov. 23 Rio Capetown Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 10 Capetown Durban Dec. 13 Independent
Dec. 27 Durban Beira Dec. 30 Independent
1944 Jan. 6 Beira Durban Jan. 9 Independent
Jan. 9 Durban New York City Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 13 New York City New York City Febr. 23 Independent A. Hague says:
Voyage data unknown
(Page 1 indicates Davisville).
Febr. 26 New York City Gitmo March 4 NG 419 Convoy available at NG 419
(external link)
March 5 Gitmo Cristobal March 9 GZ 61 Convoy available at GZ 61
(external link)
March 10 Balboa Noumea Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 13 Noumea San Francisco May 4 Independent
May 16 San Francisco Pearl Harbor May 23 Independent
June 5 Pearl Harbor San Francisco June 12 Independent
June 22 San Francisco Guadalcanal July 11 Independent
July 26 Guadalcanal San Francisco Aug. 15 Independent
Sept. 2 San Francisco Pearl Harbor Sept. 8 Independent
Sept. 13 Pearl Harbor Funafuti Sept. 20 Independent
Sept. 22 Funafuti Langemak Bay Sept. 27 Independent Notional departure date
Sept. 27 Langemak Bay Manus Sept. 28 Independent
Oct. 15 Manus Milne Bay Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 28 Milne Bay Los Angeles Nov. 26 Independent Notional sailing date
Dec. 1 Los Angeles San Francisco Dec. 2 Independent
Dec. 10 San Francisco Eniwetok Dec. 25 Independent
* Dec. 15 Guam Eniwetok Jan. 20 Independent
* Departure date is incorrect; should be Jan. 15 and voyage belongs further down. Inserted there.
Dec. 28 Eniwetok Guam Jan. 2-1945 Independent
1945 *Jan. 15 Guam Eniwetok Jan. 20 Independent
*Voyage has been taken from above, and date corrected. See also Page 2
Jan. 20 Eniwetok Astoria Febr. 5 Independent
Febr. 14 Astoria Eniwetok March 1 Independent
March 4 Eniwetok Saipan March 8 Independent
March 17 Saipan San Francisco Apr. 5 Independent
Apr. 8 San Francisco Port Townsend Apr. 11 Independent
Apr. 22 Port Townsend Espiritu Santo* May 7 Independent *Eniwetok
See Page 2
May 8 Espiritu Santo* Saipan May 12 Independent
May 28 Saipan Iwojima Independent
June 29 Iwojima Port Townsend July 19 Independent
July 29 Port Townsend San Francisco Aug. 1 Independent
Aug. 10 San Francisco Ulithi Aug. 29 Independent
Aug. 29 Ulithi Okinawa Sept. 4 Independent
Oct. 14 Okinawa Pearl Harbor Oct. 29 Independent
Oct. 31 Pearl Harbor Balboa Nov. 16 Independent
Nov. 17 Cristobal New York City Nov. 24 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 2

 Some Convoy Voyages: 

Following deliverey in Beaumont at the end of Apr.-1943, General Ruge made some independent voyages to Cristobal, Fremantle, Karachi and Bombay, then back to Fremantle and Cristobal. She subsequently headed to Key West, where she arrived on Sept. 14-1943, joining Convoy KN 265 two days later. This convoy arrived New York on Sept. 22, but General Ruge's destination was Baltimore, where she arrived on the 21st. The following month, she made a voyage to Trinidad, starting out with Convoy NG 392 from New York to Guantanamo, departure Oct. 15, arrival Oct. 21, continuing that same day to Trinidad in Convoy GAT 94, with arrival on the 27th. Ref. external links provided within the table above for the names of the other ships in these convoys. As will be seen, the Norwegian Balla and Elise are also listed in NG 392; and Elise also proceeded with GAT 94. At the beginning of Nov.-1943, General Ruge joined Convoy TJ 13 from Trinidad to Rio de Janeiro, with arrival the latter on Nov. 21. Fernglen is also listed.

Some independent voyages now followed; to Capetown, Durban and Beira (Dec.-1943), then back to Durban in Jan.-1944 and from there to New York, arriving on Febr. 4. Later that month we find her, together with Petter II, in Convoy NG 419, leaving New York on Febr. 26, arriving Guantanamo on March 4, continuing the next day in Convoy GZ 61, and arrived Cristobal March 9. This time the Norwegian Kirsten B was in company - again, see the external links provided above. See also Page 1.

Among other ports, General Ruge subsequently made voyages to Noumea, San Francisco, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Langemak Bay, Guam etc., with trips to the U.S. in between. In the course of 1945 she travelled to places like Astoria, Saipan, Port Townsend, and Okinawa, just to name a few - see Page 2. (On VE Day she had been at Eniwetok in the Pacific, departing for Saipan on May 9).

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


Sold in 1946 to A/S Borgå (Fred. Olsen & Co.), Oslo and renamed Belgrano. Sold in 1961 to Strøm Shipping (Gunnar T. Strøm), Oslo and renamed Strøm Gunhild. Sold in 1967 to Universal Shipping Lines Inc. (Carlos A. GoThong & Co.), Cebu, Philippines and renamed Iligan Bay. Last reported on Jan. 24-1971 from about 120 miles north/northeast of Cabo Villano with leaks due to heavy weather, when on a voyage from Antwerp to Manila with a general cargo that included chemicals. Lost without trace.

Related external link:
Battle of Eniwetok - (see also this Wikipedia article).

Back to General Ruge on the "Ships starting with G" 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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