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M/T Maridal
Updated May 27-2010

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Owner: A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi
Manager: Moltzau & Christensen, Oslo
6479 gt

Delivered in June-1934 from Eriksbergs Mek. Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg (245) as Maridal to A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi (Moltzau & Christensen), Oslo, 6479 gt, 3872 net, 9575 tdwt, 408.6' x 55.3' x 26.9', 2 x 6 cyl 2 TEV DM (builders), 2500 bhp.

Related items on this website:
A Guestbook message
Warsailor story by Peder Kristoffer Langeland (Norwegian text).

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 Oct.-1940 to June-1944:

(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 this could mean that she may not have sailed in all the convoys mentioned here. Also, several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Oct. 3 Freetown Liverpool Oct. 26* SL 50 Earlier voyages, Page 1
Convoy available at SL 50
(external link)
*Page 1 gives arrivel Oct. 28.
Nov. 9 Liverpool OB 241 Dispersed Nov. 14.
Convoy available at OB 241
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Trinidad Nov. 28
(also, missing voyages)
Dec. 12 Bermuda BHX 96 See link to HX 96.
Dec. 18 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Liverpool Dec. 30 HX 96 Arrived Avonmouth, Dec. 31
(Page 1)
1941 Jan. 18 Clyde OB 275 Earlier 1941 movements, Page 1 above.
For Aruba.
Dispersed 60 56N 25W, Jan. 23.
Page 1 says at St. John's, Jan. 31-March 20
(also, missing voyages)
June 6 Halifax Liverpool* June 23 HX 131 *Arrived Belfast Lough, June 22
June 22 Belfast Lough Milford Haven June 24 BB 38 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Missing movements, Page 1
July 16 Liverpool* OB 347 *From Clyde
(Page 1).
A. Hague says:
For NYC.
Dispersed July 31.
Convoy available at OB 347
(external link)
Page 1 gives arrival Baltimore, Aug. 6,
on to Halifax Aug. 8
Aug. 16 Halifax Liverpool Aug. 31 HX 145 Later Stanlow, Sept. 1 (Page 1).
See also Page 2
Sept. 11 Liverpool ON 15 Dispersed 55 47N 30 40W, Sept. 16.
Arrived New York, Sept. 25
(Page 2 - Also, missing 1941 voyages)
1942 July 5 Colombo MB 11 Earlier 1942 voyages, Page 2.
Dispersed July 9.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 9 Dispersed from MB 11 Abadan July 16 Independent Missing voyages, Page 2
Oct. 30 Bandar Abbas PB 9 For Madras.
Detached Nov. 5.
Convoy available via link above
Nov. 5 Detached from PB 9 Madras Independent Arrived Madras (via Colombo) Nov. 13
(see Page 2 - Also, missing voyages)
Dec. 22 Bandar Abbas PA 16 For East London.
Detached Dec. 25.
Convoy available via link above
Dec. 25 Detached from PA 16 East London Independent Arrived Jan. 11-1943,
see Page 3
1943 Febr. 25 Bandar Abbas PA 26 Earlier 1943 voyages, Page 3 above.
For East London.
Detached March 2.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
March 2 Detached from PA 26 East London* Independent *Arrived Durban, March 17
(see Page 3)
March 24 Durban East London March 25 DC 16 For East London.
Convoy available via link above
Apr. 5 East London Durban Apr. 6 CD 12 Convoy available via link above
Apr. 10 Durban DN 32 Dispersed Apr. 12.
Convoy available via link above.
Arrived Abadan, May 2, left May 3
(Page 3)
May 9 Bandar Abbas Aden May 16 PA 38 Convoy available via link above
Missing voyages, Page 3
June 2 Aden Bandar Abbas June 8 AP 32 Convoy available at AP convoys
(external link)
Stop at Bandar Abbas not mentioned, Page 3
(arrived Abadan, June 11)
* June 20 Bandar Abbas Bombay June 26 PB 45 *Compare w/Page 3
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 1 Bombay Colombo July 6 BM 56 Convoy available at BM convoys
(external link)
Left Colombo Sept. 2
(Page 3).
Nov. 1 Bombay Bandar Abbas* Nov. 6 BP 101 *Again, compare w/Page 3.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Nov. 17 Bandar Abbas Aden Nov. 24 PA 61 Convoy available via link above.
Missing voyages, Page 3
Dec. 11 Port Said Malta Dec. 17 MKS 34 For Malta
Dec. 22 Malta Hampton Roads* Jan. 17-1944 GUS 25 Malta to USA.
*Arrived New York, Jan. 16.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
1944 ?*Apr. 21 Durban Kilindini May 2 DKA 17 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
?* May 2 Kilindini Aden Independent
*The above 2 voyages do not fit in - Maridal made no voyages to Durban in 1944 (unlesss some voyages are missing from her record?). As already mentioned, she had arrived New York from Malta on Jan. 16-1944, and according to Page 3, she did not leave New York again until May 5, when she proceeded to Beaumont.
May 5 New York City Key West May 11 NK 612 Convoy available at NK convoys
(external link)
Stop at Key West not mentioned, Page 3
(arrived Beaumont, May 15,
also, missing voyages)
June 13 Galveston Bar Key West June 17 HK 241 Convoy available at HK convoys
(external link)
June 17 Key West Port Everglades June 22* KN 320 *Page 3 gives arrival June 18.
Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link).
Subsequent voyages:
Page 3, Page 4, Page 5 & Page 6

 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 further details; the Commodore's notes are also available for some of them and several Norwegian ships took part.

As will be seen when going to Page 1, Maridal was in Singapore when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, having arrived there that same day from Cebu.

Together with the Norwegian Beduin, Salamis and Vivi, she's listed in Convoy SL 50, departing Freetown for the U.K. on Oct. 3-1940. The following month, we find her, together with Beduin, Belray, Carmelfjell, Einar Jarl and Sveve (possibly briefly also Emma Bakke), in Convoy OB 241, which left Liverpool on Nov. 9 and dispersed on the 14th, Maridal arriving Trinidad on Nov. 28, proceeding to Aruba 2 days later. Ref. external links provided within the Voyage Record for more information on these convoys. That year was rounded off by sailing back to the U.K. with Convoy HX 96. Maridal arrived Avonmouth on Dec. 31, having joined the convoy from Bermuda.

She was one of 4 Norwegian ships sailing in Convoy OB 275 in Jan.-1941, voyage Glasgow-Aruba in ballast, station 24. The others were Hidlefjord, Mosli and Finnanger. This convoy, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 18, was dispersed on the 23rd, and according to Page 1 of the archive documents, Maridal was at St. John's repairing on Jan. 31. Not sure what had happened to her, but departure St. John's is given as March 20, so she remained there for quite a while, and it does not look like she went to Aruba at all. Via New York (where she also stayed for a long time) and Halifax, she headed back to the U.K. on June 6 in Convoy HX 131, bound for Milford Haven and Falmouth with a cargo of benzine in station 72 of the convoy. She arrived Milford Haven (via Belfast Lough) on June 24, Falmouth the next day.

Together with Akabahra, Astra, Balduin, Bjørkhaug, Fido, Gudrun, Hestmanden (for Iceland), Leka, Marga, Orania, Siak and Spes, she later joined Convoy OB 347 (Sveve joined from Iceland), originating in Liverpool on July 16, dispersed July 31, Maridal arriving Baltimore on Aug. 6 (she had started out from Clyde on July 17). From Baltimore, she headed to Halifax 2 days later, joining Convoy HX 145 from there on Aug. 16. She subsequently returning across the Atlantic with the westbound Convoy ON 15, which left Liverpool on Sept. 11 and dispersed on the 16th, Maridal arriving New York on Sept. 25, proceeding to Curacao the next day. The rest of her 1941 voyages are shown on Page 2. The page also shows her 1942 voyages, while 1943 voyages are listed on Page 3 (it'll be noticed that she had some long stops in port that year) - convoy information for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record.

Skipping now to Dec.-1943, when she's said to have made a voyage from Port Said to Malta with Convoy MKS 34 - scroll down to the second table on my page about this convoy. Maridal arrived Malta on Dec. 17, proceeding to the U.S. a few days later, arriving New York on Jan. 16-1944. There's now a long gap in her voyages; departure New York is given as May 5, when she headed to Beaumont - again, see Page 3 above. Page 4 also has some 1944 voyages as well as some early 1945 voyages, which continue on Page 5. Page 6 lists a few 1946 voyages.

A story by Peder Kristoffer Langeland (Norwegian text), who joined this ship in Port Arthur in the fall of 1944, states they were in the Caribbean when the news came that the war in Europe was over. He also mentions a mess boy named Johannes Harkestad who joined the ship in Port Arthur (had previously served on Bertha Brøvig), and adds that they were mainly in service to South America and the east coast of the U.S. Early in 1946 they went from Buenos Aires via Curacao to Philadelphia.

More details on the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page can be found with the help of the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


Sold in 1955 for breaking up.

Back to Maridal on the "Ships starting with M" page.

Another Maridal was delivered to A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi (Moltzau & Christensen), Oslo in July-1957, built in Sweden, 12 329 gt. Sold in 1961 to owners in Kristiansand, Norway and renamed Benoil. Sold to Monrovia in 1974, then to Greece in 1976, renamed Stolt Capricorn. Broken up in 1980, following a fire in the engine room while at La Plata in May-1979.


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