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Owner: A/S Ivarans Rederi
Built by Burmeister & Wain's Maskin- og Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark in 1928. Previous names: Sud Pacifico until 1932, Uruguayo until 1939.
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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.
According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Montevideo was on her way from New York to Buenos Aires when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940; she stopped at Rio de Janeiro on Apr. 12, having sailed from New York on March 23 and via Santos and Montevideo, she arrived Buenos Aires on Apr. 22. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document and continue on Page 2.
In Nov.-1941, Arnold Hague has included her in Convoy HX 159 from Halifax to Liverpool, and the following month we find her, together with Anna Knudsen, Belinda, Garonne and Toledo, as well as the Panamanian Norvik (Norwegian managers and, therefore, included under the N's on this website) in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 44*, which left Liverpool on Dec. 7 and dispersed on the 15th, Montevideo arriving New York on Dec. 28. Montbretia and Rose are named among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts).
On Jan. 13-1942 she joined the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 170, returning across the Atlantic the following month with Convoy ON 69*, departing Liverpool on Febr. 20. Fernhill, Laurits Swenson, Tai Shan and the Panamanian Norbris (Norwegian managers) are also listed. Montevideo's destination is given as Vancouver, but according to Page 2 of the archive documents, she arrived Halifax on March 6 (the convoy had been dispersed that day), later proceeding from there to Cristobal, where she arrived (via New York) on March 27. She did, however, continue to Vancouver the next day, with arrival Apr. 13 - see Page 3. From the same document we learn that she did not head back to the U.K. again until June 7 that year, when she left Halifax in Convoy HX 193, arriving Liverpool on June 19, Manchester the next day. Together with Heranger, Laurits Swenson, Marathon, Norheim, Skiensfjord, Stiklestad and Thorshov, she went back in the other direction again with Convoy ON 109*, which left Liverpool on July 3 and arrived Halifax on the 18th; Montevideo, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived July 17. The following month, she sailed in Convoy HX 202 from Halifax, carrying a general cargo for Mersey, as well as crated aircraft. It'll be noticed, when going to my page about this convoy, that Montevideo is mentioned among the ships that very particularly good at signalling, according to the Commodore. From Liverpool, where she arrived on Aug. 21, she proceeded to Manchester again.
For her return voyage she joined Convoy ON 127 on Sept. 4, in which the Norwegian Hindanger, Sveve, Daghild, Marit II and Fjordaas were torpedoed. Follow the links for more details on these events. Montevideo arrived New York safely on Sept. 21, then headed back to the U.K. on Oct. 1 in Convoy HX 210 from New York, serving as Commodore Vessel. Cargo is given as "valuables and ammunition" and she sailed in station 51, bound for Swansea, where she arrived (via Belfast Lough) on Oct. 17. With B. P. Newton, Haakon Hauan, Ivaran and Laurits Swenson, she subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ON 143*, which originated in Liverpool Nov. 1. Page 3 of the archive documents gives her arrival New York as Nov. 17, having started out from Milford Haven on Oct. 31 (via Belfast Lough). Christmas that year was celebrated while in Convoy HX 219, leaving New York on Dec. 13, arriving Liverpool on the 29th. Montevideo had a general cargo and sailed in station 52.
She returned to the U.S. in Jan.-1943 with Convoy ON 161, sailing in station 61, arriving New York on Jan. 31. She was scheduled to go back with Convoy HX 226 from New York on Febr. 8 (Commodore in Laurits Swenson), but did not sail and was also cancelled from HX 227* on Febr. 18, but eventually got away on Febr. 28 with HX 228, in which Brant County was sunk; follow the links for more info. Cruising order/Commodore's notes, misc. reports, and analysis of attacks are also available for this convoy. Montevideo had a general cargo for Liverpool and sailed in station 122. Along with Lista, she subsequently returned at the end of March with Convoy ON 176*, which arrived New York on Apr. 20. In May that same year she's listed in Convoy HX 238 from New York, bound for Swansea with general cargo and explosives, arriving there (via Belfast Lough) on May 23. She also had passengers on board, and had station 84 of the convoy. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 4. The following month she joined the westbound Convoy ON 188*, as did Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Bajamar, Bañaderos, Belinda, Duala, Evita, G. C. Brøvig, Gylfe, Kaia Knudsen, Kaldfonn, Mosdale, Skandinavia, Strinda, Thorhild, Vav and Velma. This convoy originated in Liverpool June 10 and arrived New York June 26; Montevideo had sailed from Milford Haven, June 9.
With general cargo for Liverpool she joined Convoy HX 247 a couple of weeks later, arriving Liverpool on July 22, later joining the westbound Convoy ON 196*, departing Liverpool Aug. 8, arriving New York on the 21st. Athos, California Express, Fjordaas, Gefion, Hardanger, Mosli, Oregon Express, Roald Amundsen, Skotaas and Trondheim are also listed - Montevideo served as Commodore Vessel again on this occasion. On Sept. 2, she headed in the other direction again with Convoy HX 255 from New York, general cargo for Liverpool, with arrival Sept. 16 (Commodore was in Abraham Lincoln). Together with Fernmoor, Fjordaas, Minerva, Salamis, Solør, Tungsha, Villanger and Viva, she now joined the westbound Convoy ON 204* (from Liverpool Sept. 28, to New York Oct. 15), and according to A. Hague, she returned with Convoy HX 264*, which left New York on Oct. 31, arrived Liverpool Nov. 17 and also had Dageid, Fagerfjell, Kaldfonn, Lista, Samuel Bakke (Vice Commodore Vessel), Skaraas, Spinanger and Tungsha among its ranks. That year was rounded off by sailing back across the Atlantic in Convoy ON 214*, which left Liverpool on Dec. 2, again with other Norwegian ships, namely Geisha, Kristianiafjord, Morgenen, Sørvard and Thorhild. The convoy arrived New York on Dec. 20.
In Jan.-1944 she joined Convoy HX 276 from New York, bound for Liverpool with general cargo (Abraham Lincoln again served as the Commodore Vessel), returning with Convoy ON 225*, along with Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Bralanta, Ferncourt, Haakon Hauan, Lista, Marit II, Skiensfjord and Thorsholm, as well as the Panamanin Norlys. ON 225 departed Liverpool on Febr. 22 and arrived New York March 8, but this time Montevideo was bound for Baltimore, where she arrived March 9. She was scheduled for Convoy HX 285 from New York at the end of that month, but instead joined the next convoy on Apr. 5, HX 286, general cargo for Hull. Acanthus and Eglantine escorted for a while (see HX convoy escorts). Montevideo arrived her destination on Apr. 24, via various other ports (again, see Page 4). In May we find her, with Buenos Aires, Fjordaas, Norholm, Norvarg, Rena, Solsten, Sommerstad, Thorshov, Titanian and Vera, in the westbound Convoy ON 236* (from Liverpool May 11, to New York May 27). She was bound for Philadelphia, where she arrived on May 28, having started out from Loch Ewe on May 11. In June she sailed in Convoy HX 296 from New York, again bound for Liverpool with general cargo, arriving there on July 4.
Later that month, she's listed, along with Bralanta, Chr. Th. Boe, Emma Bakke (Commodore Vessel), Fjordaas, Gudvor, Mathilda, O. B. Sørensen, Petter II and Tanafjord, in Convoy ON 245*, which left Liverpool July 18 and arrived New York Aug. 2; Montevideo, however, was bound for Baltimore again, arriving Aug. 3, and at the end of that month she joined Convoy HX 306 from New York, general cargo for Avonmouth, with arrival there Sept. 17, according to Page 5. She subsequently joined the westbound Convoy ON 256*, originating in Liverpool on Sept. 28; Montevideo sailed from Milford Haven on the 29th and is said to have arrived New York Oct. 13. Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Egerø, Fagerfjell, Ferncourt, Katy, Norsktank, Olaf Bergh, Sørvard and Thorsholm are also listed. With a general cargo for Liverpool, Montevideo was scheduled to return in Convoy HX 316 on Oct. 25 (Commodore in Abraham Lincoln, Vice Commodore in Brimanger), but instead joined the next convoy on Oct. 30, HX 317. Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made, together with Brimanger (Commodore Vessel), Emma Bakke, Marit II, Strinda and Topdalsfjord, in the westbound Convoy ON 268* (departure Southend Nov. 23, arrival New York Dec. 10). She arrived Philadelphia on Dec. 11.
She was scheduled to return with Convoy HX 330 on Jan. 3-1945 (Commodore in Topdalsfjord), but instead joined Convoy HX 331 on Jan. 8, serving as Commodore Vessel again. Montevideo had a cargo of petroleum products for Hull, where she arrived Jan. 26. She later returned with Convoy ON 285*, which left Southend on Febr. 16 and arrived New York March 5; Montevideo arrived Philadelphia the next day. Kronprinsessen, Skaraas, Sørvard and Thorsholm are also listed, while Acanthus and Buttercup are named among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts). A. Hague has now included her, along with Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Emma Bakke, Kaia Knudsen, Solfonn, Toledo and Troja, in Convoy HX 345*, departing New York on March 19, arriving Liverpool Apr. 2. With Dageid, G. C. Brøvig, Polartank, Strinda, Noreg, Tai Shan and Thorshavn she later joined Convoy ON 296* (from Liverpool Apr. 12, to New York Apr. 30 - Montevideo arrived Father Point May 1, according to Page 5), returning with Convoy HX 357*, which originated in New York on May 19, arrived Liverpool June 3 and also included Abraham Lincoln (Commodore vessel), Brimanger, Fagerfjell, Jotunfjell, Kaldfonn, Østhav, Thorshavn and Tungsha (the latter returned); Montevideo joined this convoy from Sydney, C.B. and arrived Swansea on June 2.
According to this external page, she sailed as Montevideo for A/S Ivarans Rederi, Oslo in 1950, then as Greta Thorden for Rederi A/B Suomi (Thordens Rederi), Helsingfors from 1953. From 1956, owned by A/B Finska Nordamerika Linjen, Helsingfors, no name change. Sold in 1959 to Hong Kong for breaking up.
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There was also a Uruguayan ship (steam) by the name Montevideo in WW II (ex Adamello), built 1920, 5785 gt - torpedoed, shelled and sunk by the italian submarine Tazzoli on March 8 (9?)-1942, off the northwest coast of Haiti on a voyage Montevideo-New York, with a loss of 18 lives out of 50.