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Owner: D/S A/S Laly
Built by Craig, Taylor & Co., Stockton-on-Tees in 1915. Previous names: Porthcawl until 1920, Claymont until 1928.
Managed by Chine Trading Co., Cardiff during the war.
Captain: Sverre Johnsen (later served as captain on Lutz).
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Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.
(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).
Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each (where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known. Please be aware that some of the external convoys are incomplete).
Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.
When war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, Loke was on her way from Cuba to New York, with arrival Apr. 12 - see Page 1 of the archive documents. At the end of May, she proceeded to Halifax, joining Convoy HX 47 from there on June 2, bound for Bordeaux with copper (the Norwegian Italia was sunk - follow the link for details. The original Advance Sailing Telegram for this convoy indicates that Loke was scheduled for the next convoy, HX 48, but sailed in HX 47 instead). It'll be noticed that Bordeaux is not mentioned on the archive document, which says her destination was Swansea, where she arrived, via Falmouth on June 24. However, she must have gone to France at some point, because one of my Norwegian books ("Skip og menn", Birger Dannevig) states she was one of the last ships to get out of Bordeaux during the chaotic and dangerous days of evacuations from France that summer. She had about 1100 refugees on board when she left.
The following month we find her, together with Borgholm, Gaston Micard, Glarona, Inger, Lotos and Reiaas, in Convoy OB 188, which originated in Liverpool on July 23 and dispersed on the 27th. According to the external website that I've linked to at the end of this page, she rescued 126 survivors from the British Accra, which served as Vice Commodore Ship for this convoy. This ship had been sunk by U-34 on July 26; follow the link for more information. See also this posting to my Ship Forum. After the rescue, Loke returned to port* (again, see Page 1 of the archive documents), later joining Convoy OB 191 (Strinda was torpedoed - Astra and Octavian are also named), which left Liverpool on July 30, but she again put back, subsequently joining Convoy OB 193, which departed Liverpool on Aug. 4 and dispersed on the 7th, Loke arriving Quebec on Aug. 20. Berto, Corvus, Ingertre, Ringhorn, Thermopylæ and Vilja are also listed - ref. external links provided in the Voyage Record for more on these OB convoys.
With a cargo of pit props for Newcastle, she returned to the U.K. again in Convoy HX 73. This convoy had originated in Halifax on Sept. 13, but Loke joined from Sydney, C.B. In Nov.-1940 we find her in Convoy OB 244. Loke joined from Oban and was bound for Sydney C.B., where she arrived on Dec. 5, the convoy having been dispersed on Nov. 22. This convoy was attacked and several ships sunk, but all the Norwegian ones escaped harm (follow the link for details - see also the external link at the end of this page). Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in Convoy SC 16, departing Halifax on Dec. 15, cargo of grain for Ipswich. Page 1 gives her arrival there as Febr. 2-1941 (via various other ports) and as can be seen, she later spent a month in Immingham.
In March-1941 she can be found in Convoy OG 57, which originated in Liverpool on March 27. This was a Gibraltar bound convoy, but Loke (joining from Oban) was bound for Halifax, so she parted company in order to proceed to this destination, where she arrived on Apr. 11. On Apr. 19 we find her in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 29, again with a cargo of grain for Ipswich (escorts' reports are also available), then in June she's listed in Convoy OG 64, originating in Liverpool on June 4. Like OG 57, this was also a Gibraltar bound convoy but Loke, bound for Father Point, left the convoy in order to proceed to her destination. From Page 2 of the archive documents, we learn that she arrived Three Rivers on June 22, having started out from Oban on June 5. (Both these convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section, but for now, the ships sailing in them, and escorts, are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys).
According to Arnold Hague, she headed back to the U.K. on July 1 with the slow Convoy SC 36* from Sydney, C.B. The following month she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 10, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 27 and dispersed Sept. 11. Her destination is again given as Father Point, station 56 - going back to Page 2, we see that she arrived Montreal on Sept. 15, having sailed from Belfast Lough on Aug. 28. A. Hague now has her in Convoy SC 46*, which left Sydney, C.B. on Sept. 24 and arrived Liverpool Oct. 10 - Loke stopped at Loch Ewe that day. A month later, she joined the westbound Convoy ON 35, station 63, bound for St. John, N.B., arriving there on Dec. 2, having joined from Loch Ewe (see also the Commodore's narrative). She was scheduled to return with the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 60 later that month, but did not sail. She was also cancelled from the next convoy, SC 61, but eventually got away with SC 62 on Dec. 27, cargo of grain for Ipswich. Montbretia and Rose are named among the escorts. Loke's voyages in this period are shown on Page 3.
In Febr.-1942 she's listed as bound for Halifax in Convoy ON 66*, originating in Liverpool on Febr. 13, dispersed Febr. 26. She arrived Halifax on March 2, having joined from Loch Ewe. A couple of days later, she proceeded to Boston, remaining there for a long time (see archive document), before heading to Sydney, C.B. in order to join Convoy SC 86 on June 5 (Ramø's captain served as Vice Commodore). Loke returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 112*, and arrived Halifax July 28 (convoy had originated in Liverpool July 13). She's mentioned on my page about Convoy HS 35 at the end of July, but note that she was not actually in this convoy, but is said to have left Halifax for Montreal on July 29. In fact, A. Hague has her, together with Borgholm, Bruse Jarl, Gezina and Lisbeth, in Convoy HS 36 (external link), which left Halifax on July 29 and arrived Sydney, C.B. on the 31st. From there, she continued to Montreal, with arrival Aug. 4 (Page 3).
She now headed back to the U.K. with Convoy SC 97 from Halifax on Aug. 22, in which the Norwegian Bronxville was sunk - follow the links for more info (Bonneville served as Vice Commodore Vessel). Loke had a cargo of grain for Swansea, where she arrived Sept. 7. A. Hague indicates she was involved in a collision with Dredger at Swansea (see Voyage Record) - I have no further details on this. Loke subsequently went back in the other direction with Convoy ON 132*, bound for Halifax, arriving Oct. 7. Acanthus, Eglantine, Montbretia and Potentilla are named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts. While in Halifax, Loke lost a crew member on Oct. 10. Stoker Sverre Johan Johansen had gone on board the Swedish Porjus to visit a friend, and died from his burns when a fire occurred on that ship. Loke left Halifax again on Oct. 13, joining Convoy ON 134* in order to sail to New York, where she arrived on Oct. 17 (this convoy, for which Bonneville served as Commodore Vessel, had started out in Liverpool on Sept. 26).
Her subsequent voyages are shown on Page 4 of the archive documents; convoy information to match some of them is available in Hague's Voyage Record. It'll be noticed that she appears to have had a long stay in New York in the summer of 1943. She had arrived there from Trinidad on June 20 and departure is given as Aug. 14, when she proceeded to Boston, then on to Halifax and Carleton, N.B., before continuing to Sydney, C.B. a couple of weeks later in order to join the Sydney section of the slow Convoy SC 142 on Sept. 15, bound for Belfast Dock, cargo of lumber, arriving Belfast on Sept. 29 (see Page 5). The Norwegian Gausdal served as Rear Commodore Ship.
In Nov.-1943 she's listed in Convoy OS 59/KMS 33, cargo of coal for Algiers, station 83. This convoy left Liverpool on Nov. 16 and split up on the 28th, the KMS portion, in which Loke sailed, arriving Gibraltar on Nov. 29, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown. The ships that were not bound for Gibraltar would then proceed passed Gibraltar, still in Convoy KMS 33*, which had Port Said as it's final destination. Loke's arrival Algiers is not mentioned on the archive document, which says she arrived Oran on Nov. 30, having started out from Clyde on Nov. 16. The external website that I've linked to in the Voyage Record has more on this convoy - Alaska, Lago and Spurt are also included. About a month later, Loke made a voyage from Oran to Bizerta, having joined Convoy KMS 35* (she did not go back to the U.K. again until Jan.-1946).
At the end of Jan.-1944, she's listed in Convoy KMS 39*, voyage Algiers to Syracuse, arriving her destination on Febr. 2. That summer, she made a voyage from Augusta to Algiers in Convoy MKS 51*; she left Augusta on June 3 and arrived Algiers on the 7th, later returning to Augusta in Convoy KMS 53*. Page 5 and Page 6 show her subsequent voyages - compare with A. Hague's Voyage Record/convoy information. Page 7 has her voyages to Apr.-1946.
Loke is said to have rescued 4 men from a British ship in the Adriatic Sea in 1944 - exact date and identity of the ship not known.
Related external links:
Back to Loke on the "Ships starting with L" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Skip og menn", Birger Dannevig, "Våre falne" (a series of 4 books listing Norwegian WW II casualties), E-mail from R. W. Jordan - and misc.