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M/T Jotunfjell
Updated Nov. 20-2011

To Jotunfjell on the "Ships starting with J" page.

Source: Sverre Johansen's collection.
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to make it larger).

Owner: A/S Dovrefjell
Manager: Olsen & Ugelstad, Oslo
8264 gt

Built by Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1937.

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message - From the granddaughter of Just Storvold, who (according to this message) was Jotunfjell's captain from 1942 to 1946.

From Dec.-1944 until Nov.-1945, Jotunfjell had a female Canadian radio operator named Rosemary Byron. Other Norwegian ships also had female Canadian radio operators, a list of their names, along with their ships, can be found on my page about M/S Mosdale.

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 March-1940 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
1940 March 26 Capetown Abadan Apr. 24 Independent
Apr. 27 Abadan Capetown May 18 Independent
May 25 Capetown Abadan June 12 Independent
June 14 Abadan Durban July 6 Independent
July 9 Durban Port Elizabeth July 11 Independent
July 18 Port Elizabeth Abadan Aug. 5 Independent
Aug. 7 Abadan Durban Sept. 1 Independent Notional sailing date
Sept. 3 Durban East London Sept. 5 Independent
Sept. 9 East London Abadan Sept. 28 Independent
Sept. 30 Abadan Durban Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 26 Durban Capetown Oct. 30 Independent
Nov. 6 Capetown Durban Nov. 12 Independent
Dec. 7 Durban Abadan Dec. 25 Independent
Dec. 27 Abadan Durban Jan. 16-1941 Independent Notional sailing date
1941 Jan. 21 Durban Port Elizabeth Jan. 23 Independent
Jan. 25 Port Elizabeth Bahrein Febr. 12 Independent
Febr. 14 Bahrein Beira March 2 Independent
March 5 Beira Lourenço Marques March 7 Independent
March 11 Lourenço Marques Abadan March 29 Independent
March 31 Abadan Durban Apr. 25 Independent
Apr. 30 Durban Abadan May 18 Independent
May 19 Abadan Capetown June 17 Independent
June 26 Capetown Abadan July 23 Independent
July 27 Abadan East London Aug. 24 Independent
Sept. 1 East London Port Elizabeth Sept. 4 Independent
Oct. 31 Port Elizabeth Bombay Nov. 21 Independent
Nov. 28 Bombay Abadan Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 6 Abadan Capetown Dec. 29 Independent
1942 Jan. 8 Capetown Durban Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 12 Durban Abadan Febr. 1 Independent
Febr. 3 Abadan Durban Febr. 24 Independent
March 8 Durban Abadan Independent Page 1 gives arrival March 28
March 29 Abadan Durban Apr. 19 Independent
Apr. 29 Durban Lourenço Marques Apr. 30 Independent
July 1 Lourenço Marques Abadan July 24 Independent
July 27 Abadan Durban Aug. 31 Independent
Sept. 4 Durban East London Sept. 6 Independent
Oct. 9 East London Durban Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 13 Durban Abadan Nov. 7 Independent
Nov. 10 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Nov. 16 Bandar Abbas Bombay Nov. 22 PB 12 Convoy available at PB 12
(external link)
1943 Jan. 20 Bombay Bandar Abbas Jan. 26 BP 66A Convoy available at BP 66A
(external link)
Jan. 26 Bandar Abbas Abadan Jan. 27 Independent (This stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 2).
Jan. 30 Abadan Bandar Abbas Independent
Febr. 4 Bandar Abbas PB 25 Detached Febr. 10.
Convoy available at PB 25
(external link)
Febr. 10 Detached from PB 25 Fremantle March 7 Independent
March 12 Fremantle Geraldton March 14 Independent
March 16 Geraldton Los Angeles May 1 Independent
Dec. 28 Los Angeles San Francisco Dec. 31 Independent
1944 Jan. 10 San Francisco Townsville Febr. 8 Independent
Febr. 20 Townsville Balboa March 25 Independent
March 27 Cristobal Gitmo* Apr. 1 Independent *Arrived Curacao, Apr. 1
(Page 2).
Apr. 5 Curacao Gitmo Apr. 8 TAG 125 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Apr. 8 Gitmo New York City Apr. 15 GN 125 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 5 New York City Clyde May 18 HX 290 See also narrative below.
Missing movements, Page 2
May 27 Clyde Baltimore June 10 ON 238 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 2 Baltimore Hampton Roads Independent
July 4 Hampton Roads Augusta July 25 UGS 47 For Augusta.
Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
July 25 Augusta Taranto July 26 AH 57 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
Aug. 2 Taranto Augusta Aug. 4 HA 58 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
Aug. 7 Augusta New York City Aug. 27 GUS 48 Augusta to USA
Sept. 3 New York City Baltimore Sept. 6 NG 457 Put back.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 6 Baltimore Cartagena, Col Oct. 14 Independent
Oct. 16 Cartagena, Col Cristobal Oct. 17 Independent
Oct. 18 Balboa Vancouver Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 7 Vancouver Port Townsend Nov. 8 Independent
Nov. 13 Seattle Pearl Harbor Nov. 23 Independent
Nov. 26 Pearl Harbor San Francisco Dec. 4 Independent
Dec. 10 San Francisco Pearl Harbor Dec. 21 Independent
Dec. 25 Pearl Harbor Balboa Jan. 15-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 16 Cristobal Cartagena, Col Jan. 17 Independent
Jan. 18 Cartagena, Col New York City Jan. 28 Independent
Febr. 6 New York City Corpus Christi Febr. 16 Independent
Febr. 17 Corpus Christi Baltimore Febr. 25 Independent
March 2 Baltimore Puerto la Cruz March 12 Independent
March 13 Puerto la Cruz Philadelphia March 22 Independent
March 26 Philadelphia Corpus Christi Apr. 3 Independent
Apr. 4 Corpus Christi Baltimore Apr. 14 Independent
Apr. 16 Baltimore Galveston Apr. 25 Independent
May 5 Galveston Key West May 9 Independent
May 13 Key West New York City May 18 KN 386 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
May 19 New York City Clyde June 3 HX 357 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
June 5 Clyde Trinidad Independent
June 24 Trinidad Freetown July 8 Independent
July 10 Freetown Trinidad July 22 Independent
July 24 Trinidad Freetown Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 11 Freetown Trinidad Aug. 22 Independent
Aug. 23 Trinidad Cristobal Aug. 28 Independent
Aug. 29 Balboa Pearl Harbor Sept. 20 Independent
Oct. 7 Pearl Harbor Balboa Oct. 29 Independent
Oct. 31 Cristobal Tampa Nov. 7 Independent
Nov. 8 Tampa Havana Nov. 13 Independent Notional sailing date
Nov. 15 Havana New Orleans Nov. 19 Independent See also Page 3

 Some War Voyages: 
For information on voyages made prior to and in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the Norwegian archives and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for more details on them, other Norwegian ships also took part.

When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, Jotunfjell was on her way from Capetown to Abadan - See Page 1, which also shows her 1941 voyages and some 1942 voyages.

According to the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway (link at the end of this page), she lost a crew member on June 15-1942, namely Motorman Hans Henrik Hansen, who is said to have died in an accident on board on that date. However, "Våre falne", a series of 4 books naming Norwegians who died in WW II gives the date as July 15, adding he was an oiler on board and drowned when in the Persion Gulf. Going back to the archive document mentioned above, we learn that Jotunfjell was on her way from Lourenco Marques to Abadan on that date. As can be seen, she had previously spent a long time in Lourenco Marques - she had arrived there from Durban on Apr. 30-1942 and departure is given as July 1 (in other words, she was still at Lourenco Marques on the date given by the memorial).

The rest of her 1942 voyages are shown on Page 2. It'll be noticed, that she also spent a long time in Bombay at the end of that year, and had a very long stay in Los Angeles in 1943. She had arrived there from Geraldton on May 1 and did not leave again until Dec. 29. Most of her 1944 voyages are also listed on this document, while convoy info for some of them can be found in the Voyage Record above.

She was scheduled for the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 288 on Apr. 18-1944, but did not sail (Commodore in Laurits Swenson, Vice Commodore was Emma Bakke's captain). She was also cancelled from the next convoy, HX 289, but finally got away with HX 290 on May 5. She arrived Clyde on May 18, subsequently joining the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 238, which originated in Liverpool on May 26 and arrived New York June 9; her destination was Baltimore, where she arrived June 10, having sailed from Clyde on May 27. This convoy will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named on this page. Among them are the Norwegian Bralanta (Commodore Vessel), Fernwood, Morgenen, Skotaas and Thorsholm.

The following month, she headed to Augusta with Convoy UGS 47, which left Hampton Roads on July 4 (link in Voyage Record); Jotunfjell arrived Augusta on the 25th, proceeding to Taranto that same day, then back to Augusta (Page 2), and from there to New York with Convoy GUS 48, which originated in Port Said on Aug. 3. Jotunfjell joined the convoy from Augusta on Aug. 8 and arrived New York on the 27th.

She later made several independent voyages to places like Cartagena, Cristobal, Vancouver, Port Townsend, Seattle, Pearl Harbor and San Francisco, then back to Pearl Harbor, with arrival Dec. 21-1944 - again, see Page 2, as well as Page 3.

From Pearl Harbor, she headed to Balboa on Dec. 25-1944, where she arrived on Jan. 15-1945 (according to A. Hague), then made voyages to Cartagena, New York, Corpus Christi, Baltimore and Puerto la Cruz, as well as to Philadelphia and other U.S. ports, bringing us to May-1945, when A. Hague has included her in Convoy HX 357, which departed New York on May 19 and arrived Liverpool on June 3; Jotunfjell stopped at Clyde that day, proceeding to Bowling that same day. This convoy is not yet available among the HX convoys included on my site, but will be added - for now, see ships in all HX convoys. The Norwegian Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Brimanger, Fagerfjell, Kaldfonn, Montevideo, Thorshavn, Tungsha (returned) and Østhav are also listed.

More details on all the other Norwegian ships named here can be found with the help of the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in 1957 to O/Y Tank-Tonnage A/B (Henry Neilsen A/B O/Y, Helsinki, managers). According to this external page, she was renamed Passad. Arrived Hirohata, Japan, on Oct. 7-1963 to be broken up.

Related external link:
Stavern Memorial commemoration - As mentioned, Hans Henrik Hansen is commemorated, said to have died in an accident on board on June 15-1942. According to "Våre falne", a series of 4 books naming Norwegians who died in WW II, he was an oiler on board and drowned when in the Persion Gulf, but the date is given as July 15. From Page 1, we learn that Jotunfjell was on her way from Lourenco Marques to Abadan on that date.

Back to Jotunfjell on the "Ships starting with J" page.

Norway also had another Jotunfjell pre war. This ship is identical to Varangberg ex. Morris Adler listed on my website. The (external) website Historical Index of the Great Lakes has quite a bit of info on this ship. Type "Jotunfjell" in the field for 'vessel', then on the page that comes up, click in the little box with the item number for Morris Adler. The next page 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 owners until lost, and has info on her fate. (Typing 'Norway" in the search field for 'Registry' will bring up several other Norwegian ships).

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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