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D/T Mytilus
Updated July 1-2010

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Manager: Jørgen P. Jensen, Arendal
5693 gt

Delivered in Aug.-1916 from Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Ltd., Newcastle as Mytilus to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co., Ltd., London. Sold in 1927 to N.V. Petroleum Mij. "La Corona", The Hague. Sold in Oct.-1928 to A/S Mytilus (Jørgen P. Jensen), Arendal.

Captain: Stian Mørland.

Some of her voyages are shown on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

  Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Aug.-1942:  

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy link provided for more information.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 26 Halifax HX 38 Had arrived Halifax, Apr. 21
(see archive document).
Straggled May 1
May 1 Straggled from HX 38 Liverpool May 12 Independent Later arr. Barton, May 13
Sept. 17 Liverpool* Plymouth Sept. 21 Independent *From Manchester.
Sept. 22 Plymouth Needles Sept. 22 Independent Via Dartmouth
The rest of these voyages from A. Hague's record are not mentioned on the archive document, which only adds that she was sold to the Admiralty on Sept. 18-1940 (see also the narrative below).
Nov. 1 Southampton Thames Haven Nov. 3 Independent A. Hague says:
Sailing date notional, possibly in tow.
1941 Febr. 14 Thames Haven Sheerness Febr. 15 Independent A. Hague says:
Reported in port at Sheerness Febr. 15.
June 22 Sheerness Southend June 22 In tow A. Hague says:
Probably to refit in London.
1942 Aug. 14 Southend Harwich Aug. 14 In tow As oil storage hulk to March 8-1946.


As can be seen when going to archive document, Mytilus was on her way from Aruba to the U.K. when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She arrived Halifax on Apr. 21, having left Aruba on the 7th, and on Apr. 26, we find her, with a cargo of diesel oil for Manchester, in Convoy HX 38. She arrived Eastham on May 12, Barton the next day (according to A. Hague, she had become a straggler from the convoy on May 1).

Mytilus was sold to the Admiralty on Sept. 18-1940. The Admiralty purchased some older ships at this time for use in invasion defence. The tankers were laden with a special mixture of oil and petroleum and were to sail in convoys across the channel to the expected German invasion points on the French coast, where the plan was to ignite the cargoes and let the flames spread across the harbours so that invasion vessels, ships and harbour installations would be destroyed in an inferno of flames. Several attempts were made, but the convoys were called back each time due to bad weather, and when the threat of invasion was no longer acute, the operation was abandoned.


Sold in Sept.-1946 to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co., Ltd., London and used as depot in Pladjoe, Indonesia. Sold in June-1950 for breaking up and broken up at Bombay early the following year.

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc.


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