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Manager: J. M. Johannesen, Farsund
A posting to my Ship Forum, says she was delivered as Lauwerzee (Willem van Driel's Transport Onderneming, Rotterdam) from A. van Duivendijk, Papendrecht (279) in July-1923, having been launched on June 6 that year. Sold to A/S Fido (Mathias Hansen), Kristiansand that same year and sailed as Fiorella from Dec.-1923 until March-1933, then renamed Mosna for A/S Østkysten. Owners became A/S Mosvolds Rederi in 1935, then A/S Farsund Shipping Co. in 1937. (Compare with the info found on the external page above).
Captain: David Johannesen (he apparently had his wife with him all through the war).
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.
Errors may exist, and the record is incomplete.
As will be seen when going to Page 1 of the archive documents, Mosna was on her way from Hong Kong to Saigon when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. Some of her 1941 voyages are also shown on this document and continue on Page 2, which also lists her 1942 voyages.
According to "Skip og menn" (Birger Dannevig), she escaped Sourabaya at the last minute, avoiding capture by the advancing Japanese forces (March-1942). It'll be noticed, when going back to Page 2 above, that Sourabaya is not mentioned for this time period; she had, however, been to Sourabaya a little over a month earlier (left Jan. 27-1942), later arrived Bombay (via Colombo) on Febr. 24, with departure May 21 (had she been in Bombay that whole time?). The same document shows another long stay at Alexandria that summer and also that fall; similar long stays in port are shown all through her record.
Her 1943 voyages are listed on Page 3 - it looks like she spent a long time at Port Said that fall. The page also shows some 1944 voyages, while Page 4 has the rest, as well as a few 1945 voyages. She also appears to have spent a long time at Suez that year. She had arrived there from Port Said on March 22-1945 and departure is given as May 24, when she proceeded to Port Said and Benghazi. Her 1945 voyages continue on Page 5, which shows another long stay at Alexandria late that fall (the document shows her voyages up to Apr.-1946).
Renamed Jayhind in 1946 for New Dholera Steamship, India. Scrapped in India in 1966. (Roel Zwama, who posted the message on my forum, has his own website at Shiplovers Homepage which includes a list of Dutch ships sold to Norway).
Back to Mosna on the "Ships starting with M" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Skip og menn", Birger Dannevig, and misc. - (ref. My sources).