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D/S Novasli
Updated Aug. 19-2010

To Novasli on the "Ships starting with N" page.

Crew List has a picture of this ship (external link).
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Taken from Novasli while in convoy, 1942.

Again in convoy, 1942.

Caught in ice, Nova Scotia, 1942.
All these were received from Eva Ousbey (Captain Leiv Midthassel's daughter), who found them in her father's photo album.

Owner: Skibs-A/S Novasli
Manager: Jens Samuelsen, Farsund
3204 gt, 1973 net, 5408 tdwt
Signal Letters: SLSN

Built by Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd., Sunderland in 1920. Previous names: Ronalee until 1922, Maplewood(?) until 1929.
According to this external page, she was delivered as Ronalee in June-1920 to P. Samuel & Co. Ltd., London. Owned from 1921 by Universal Steam Nav. Co. Ltd. (P. Samuel & Co.), London, no name change. From 1922, Wood Line Ltd. (J. Constantine ), London, same name. In 1923, owners were J. Constantine S.S. Line Ltd., Middlesbrough, renamed Marplewood(?). From 1929, owned by Samuelsen & Olsens Rederi (J. Samuelsen), Farsund, renamed Novasli.

Captain: Leiv Midthassel

Related item on this website:
Guestbook message - From the captain's daughter.

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 March-1940 to March-1945:  

(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 some voyages may be missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 March 29 Halifax Liverpool Apr. 12 Independent(?) A. Hague says:
"Dates coincide with HX 31, not listed"
(but she is indeed listed).
See also Page 1
May 16 Liverpool Barry May 18 OB 149 Convoy available at OB 149
(external link)
May 25 Barry Milford Haven May 26 Independent
May 27 Milford Haven OB 155 For Malta.
With OA 155, formed OG 31, May 29.
Convoy available at OB 155
(external link)
May 29 Formed at sea Gibraltar June 3 OG 31 For Malta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
June 5 Gibraltar Malta June 10 Independent
July 10 Malta Alexandria July 15 MS 1M Convoy available via this page
(external link)
July 26 Alexandria Port Said July 27 Independent
July 31 Suez BS 2 Dispersed Aug. 9.
Convoy available via link above
Aug. 9 Dispersed from BS 2 Bombay Aug. 20 Independent
Aug. 31 Bombay Durban Sept. 21 Independent
Oct. 26 Durban Capetown Oct. 31 Independent
Nov. 4 Capetown Freetown Nov. 21 Independent
Nov. 28* Freetown Milford Haven Dec. 22 SL 57S *Page 1 gives departure Nov. 25.
Convoy available at SL 57S
(external link)
Dec. 22 Milford Haven Swansea Dec. 23 Independent See also narrative below
1941 March 7 Swansea Milford Haven March 7 Independent
March 9 Milford Haven OB 296 Again, see narrative below.
For South Africa.
Dispersed March 15.
Convoy available at OB 296
(external link)
March 15 Dispersed from OB 296 Freetown Apr. 6 Independent
Apr. 27 Freetown Workington May 25 SL 73 Convoy available at SL 73
(external link)
June 30 Workington Clyde June 30 Independent Again, see also Page 1
July 3 Clyde OB 341A* For Montreal.
Detached July 14.
*See OB 341 - it looks like OB 341 and OB 341A have been combined on the same page. The page for OB 341A only shows the escorts. Both are external links.
July 14 Detached from OB 341A Three Rivers July 20 Independent To Montreal, July 24
(Page 1).
Aug. 3 Montreal Sydney, C.B. Aug. 6 Independent
Aug. 10 Sydney, C.B. Belfast Lough Aug. 30 SC 40 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Aug. 31 Belfast Lough Cardiff Sept. 2 BB 70 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Sept. 10 Cardiff Milford Haven Sept. 11 Independent Anchored Barry Roads, Sept. 10
(Page 1).
Sept. 12 Milford Haven ON 16 For Halifax.
Dispersed Sept. 27.
Sept. 27 Dispersed from ON 16 Halifax Oct. 4 Independent
Oct. 4 Halifax Sydney, C.B. Oct. 6 Independent
Oct. 6 Sydney, C.B. Montreal Oct. 10 Independent
Oct. 12 Montreal Quebec Oct. 12 Independent
Oct. 21 Quebec Montreal Oct. 23 Independent
Oct. 26 Montreal Sydney, C.B. Oct. 30 Independent
Nov. 4 Sydney, C.B. Liverpool Nov. 25 SC 53
Dec. 3 Liverpool Oban Dec. 8 ON 43 Returned.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 10 Oban ON 45 For Halifax.
Dispersed Dec. 16.
Convoy will be added.
See link above
Dec. 16 Dispersed from ON 45 Halifax Dec. 30 Independent
Dec. 30 Halifax St. John, N.B. Jan. 1-1942 Independent
1942 Jan. 24 St. John, N.B. Halifax Jan. 25 Independent
Febr. 10 Halifax Loch Ewe Febr. 26 SC 69 See also narrative below
Febr. 28 Loch Ewe Methil March 2 WN 251 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
March 2 Methil Harwich March 5 FS 740 See also Page 2
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
March 14 Harwich Tyne March 16
March 19 Tyne Methil March 20 FN 659 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
March 23 Methil Loch Ewe March 26 EN 62 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 27 Loch Ewe Halifax Apr. 15 ON 80 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 16 Halifax St. John, N.B. Apr. 18 XB 10 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 24 St. John, N.B. Halifax Apr. 25 BX 10 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Apr. 30 Halifax Loch Ewe May 15 SC 82
May 15 Loch Ewe Methil May 17 WN 283 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
May 18 Methil Hull May 19 FS 806 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
June 27 Hull Methil June 29 FN 745 Again, see also Page 2
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 30 Methil Loch Ewe July 1 EN 104 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
July 6 Loch Ewe Halifax July 22 ON 110 For Sydney, C.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 26 Halifax Cape Cod Canal July 28 XB 31 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
July 28 Cape Cod Canal New York City July 30 Independent
Aug. 13 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
Aug. 19 Cape Cod Bay Halifax Aug. 22 BX 34 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 29 Halifax Loch Ewe Sept. 12 SC 98 See also narrative below
Sept. 13 Loch Ewe Methil Sept. 14 WN 336 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 16 Methil Immingham Sept. 17 FS 909 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 3
Sept. 24 Immingham Methil Sept. 26 FN 822 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 30 Methil Loch Ewe Oct. 2 EN 144 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 3 Loch Ewe Halifax Oct. 24 ON 136 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 27 Halifax Chatham, N.B. Oct. 30 Independent Missing movements, Page 3
Nov. 15 Chatham, N.B. Port Mulgrave Independent
Nov. 18 Port Mulgrave Halifax Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 28 Halifax Belfast Lough Dec. 17 SC 111 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 17 Belfast Lough Swansea Dec. 19 BB 245 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 19 Swansea Plymouth Dec. 20 WP 266 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Dec. 31 Plymouth Barry Jan. 2-1943 PW 271 Via Dartmouth
(Page 3).
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
1943 Febr. 3 Barry Swansea Febr. 4 Independent
Febr. 9 Swansea Milford Haven Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 11 Milford Haven Belfast Lough Febr. 13 Independent
Febr. 13 Belfast Lough Halifax March 6 ON 167 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
March 31 Halifax Loch Ewe Apr. 14 SC 125
Apr. 15 Loch Ewe Methil Apr. 16 WN 416 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Apr. 18 Methil Southend Apr. 19 FS 1093 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
May 29 Southend Methil May 31 FN 1033 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 1 Methil Oban June 4 EN 237 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 9 Oban ONS 10 For St. John, N.B.
Detached June 27.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
June 27 Detached from ONS 10 St. John, N.B. June 29 HF 62 Convoy available at HF convoys
(external link)
July 28 St. John, N.B. Halifax July 30 FH 68 Convoy available at FH convoys
(external link)
July 30 Halifax Loch Ewe Aug. 12 SC 138
Aug. 13 Loch Ewe Methil Aug. 14 WN 466 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 15 Methil Southend Aug. 17 FS 1195 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Again, see Page 4
Sept. 2 Southend Tyne Sept. 3 FN 1116 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 6 Tyne Methil Sept. 7 FN 1118 Convoy available at link above
Missing movements, Page 4
Sept. 24 Methil Loch Ewe Sept. 26 EN 285 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 26 Loch Ewe Halifax Oct. 14 ONS 19 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Oct. 18 Halifax Nelson, N.B. Oct. 19 HS 112 Convoy available at HS convoys
(external link)
Nov. 5 S Nelson, N.B. Sydney, C.B. Nov. 7 Independent Via Chatham, N.B.
(Page 4).
Nov. 20 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe Dec. 4 SC 147
Dec. 4 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 6 WN 513 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 7 Methil Southend Dec. 9 FS 1293 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
Dec. 22 Southend Hull Dec. 23 FN 1213 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
1944 Jan. 17 Hull Methil Jan. 19 FN 1238 Convoy available at link above
Jan. 20 Methil Oban Jan. 24 EN 335 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Jan. 25 Oban Clyde Jan. 30 OS 66/KMS 40 Returned.
Convoy available at OS 66/KMS 40
(external link)
Febr. 11 Clyde OS 68/KMS 42 For Gibraltar.
Convoy split Febr. 24.
Available at OS 68/KMS 42
(external link)
Febr. 24 Convoy split Passed Gibraltar Febr. 25 KMS 42G For Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Febr. 25 Passed Gibraltar Augusta March 2 KMS 42 For Augusta.
See link above
March 7 Augusta Brindisi March 9 AH 29 Convoy available at AH convoys
(external link)
March 29 Brindisi Augusta March 31 HA 33 Convoy available at HA convoys
(external link)
March 31 Augusta Bone Apr. 5 GUS 35 Augusta to Bone.
Convoy available at GUS convoys
(external link)
Apr. 12 Bone Gibraltar Apr. 15 GUS 36 Bone to Gibraltar.
Convoy available at link above
Apr. 22 Gibraltar MKS 46G Rendezvoused w/SL 155, Apr. 23
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Apr. 23 SL 155 & MKS 46 joined up Workington May 3 SL 155/MKS 46 Convoy available at SL 155/MKS 46
(external link)
May 17 Workington Barry May 18 Independent
June 20* Barry Island Plymouth June 20 EBC 16 *Page 5 gives departure June 18.
Convoy available at EBC convoys
(external link)
June 27 Plymouth Barry June 29
July 9 Barry Belfast Lough July 11 Independent
July 13 Belfast Lough OS 83/KMS 57 For Gibraltar.
Convoy split July 23.
Available at OS 83/KMS 57
(external link)
July 23 Convoy split Gibraltar July 25 KMS 57G For Augusta.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
July 26 Gibraltar Bizerta July 30 KMS 57 For Augusta.
See link above
July 31 Bizerta Augusta Aug. 2 Notional sailing date
(agrees w/Page 5).
Aug. 5 Augusta Naples Aug. 6 VN 57 Convoy available at VN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 30 Naples Augusta Aug. 31 NV 61 Convoy available at NV convoys
(external link)
Sept. 1 Augusta Gibraltar Sept. 8 MKS 60 Augusta to Gibraltar via Algiers
(see Page 5).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Sept. 8 Gibraltar Casablanca Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 17 Casablanca SL 170 Casablanca to U.K.
Rendezvoused w/MKS 61, Sept. 18.
Convoy available at SL 170
(external link)
Sept. 18 SL 170 & MKS 61 joined up Falmouth Sept. 24 SL 170/MKS 61 Convoy available at SL 170/MKS 61
(external link)
Sept. 25 Falmouth Southend Sept. 27
Sept. 29 Southend Ipswich Sept. 30 FN 1495 Via Harwich, Sept. 29
(Page 5).
Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 9 Ipswich Southend Oct. 10 FS 1599 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Oct. 11 Southend St Helens Roads Oct. 12 TMC 2 Convoy available via this page
(external link)
See also Page 5
Oct. 13 St. Helens Roads Barry Oct. 16 EBF 3 Convoy available via link above
Nov. 2 Barry Milford Haven Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 4 Milford Haven OS 94/KMS 68 For Gibraltar.
Convoy split Nov. 7.
Available at OS 94/KMS 68
(external link)
Nov. 12 Convoy dispersed Gibraltar Nov. 13 KMS 68G For Gibraltar.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in KMS convoys
Nov. 18 Gibraltar Huelva Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 23 Huelva Gibraltar Nov. 24 Independent
Nov. 25 Gibraltar MKS 68G Rendezvoused w/SL 177, Nov. 26
Convoy will be added.
See ships in MKS convoys
Nov. 26 SL 177 & MKS 68 joined up Ardrossan Dec. 4 SL 177/MKS 68 Convoy available at SL 177/MKS 68
(external link)
Dec. 11 Ardrossan Clyde Dec. 11 Independent See also Page 6
Dec. 28 Clyde ONS 39 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
1945 Jan. 12 From ONS 39 Cape Cod Canal Jan. 14 XB 142 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Jan. 14 Cape Cod Canal Philadelphia Jan. 17 Independent
Febr. 4 Philadelphia Boston Independent
Febr. 11 Boston Halifax Febr. 13 BX 145 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Febr. 16 Halifax SC 167 Sunk - See "Final Fate" below.
Also, 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; several Norwegian ships took part.

Novasli, carrying cotton and sulphur for Liverpool, can be found among the ships in the Halifax-U.K. Convoy HX 31 on March 29-1940, station 24. She arrived Liverpool on Apr. 12; in other words, she was at sea when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9, see also Page 1. The following month she briefly sailed in Convoy OB 149, departing Liverpool on May 16. Her voyage information is given as Liverpool-Cardiff, and she had station 43 of the convoy; according to the archive document, she arrived Barry on May 18. Sandar and Hada County are also listed in this convoy, both bound further afield. Novasli shows up again, together with Nyland, Simla and Thyra, in Convoy OB 155, originating in Liverpool on May 26. This convoy joined up with Convoy OA 155 on May 29, forming the Gibraltar bound convoy OG 31, which arrived there on June 3. Novasli was bound for Malta from Barry with coal, station 56, and arrived Malta on June 10, remaining there for a month. (OG 31 will be added to an individual page in my Convoys section, but for now, see the page listing ships in all OG convoys). Ref. external links provided within the Voyage Record for more info on these convoys, as well as other convoys she sailed in that year, including Convoy SL 57S. This convoy left Freetown on Nov. 28 and arrived Liverpool Dec. 22 (the archive document gives her departure Freetown as Nov. 25 and she stopped at Milford Haven, before proceeding to Swansea, where she arrived Dec. 23).

Novasli received minor damages in an air attack in Swansea, Jan. 17/18-1941. It appears these took quite some time to repair, because there's now a long gap in her voyage information on Page 1, from Dec. 23-1940, when she had arrived Swansea, to March 7-1941. According to the external website that I've linked to further down on this page, she was scheduled for Convoy OB 295, which left Liverpool on March 8, but she instead joined Convoy OB 296, together with Ingerfire and Lysaker V. This convoy originated in Liverpool on March 10 and dispersed March 15. Her destination is given as South Africa; going back to the archive document, we learn that she arrived Freetown on Apr. 6, having started out from Milford Haven on March 9. She later appears, along with Elg, Fana, Hardanger, Lysaker V and Tanafjord, in Convoy SL 73, leaving Freetown on Apr. 27, arriving Liverpool on May 25; Novasli, cargo of ore, arrived Workington that day, remaining there for over a month.

In July she made a voyage to Three Rivers and Montreal. According to A. Hague, this voyage was made in a convoy which he has designated OB 341A, originating in Liverpool on July 2, but as can be seen when following the link in the table above, escorts only are named. Instead, she has been included among the ships in Convoy OB 341, which originated in Liverpool on June 30 and dispersed July 6, but it looks like the ships in these 2 convoys have been listed on the same page (it'll be noticed that there are too many ships). OB 341A had Halifax as its final destination, but according to A. Hague, Novasli was detached from this convoy on July 14. She had sailed from Clyde on July 3 and arrived Three Rivers on July 20, proceeding to Montreal 4 days later.

From Montreal, she later headed to Sydney, C.B. and Arnold Hague has now included her in Convoy SC 40* from there on Aug. 10-1941, together with Brisk, Henrik Ibsen, Ingerfire, Nesttun, Selvik, Spurt and Suderholm. Novasli stopped at Belfast Lough on Aug. 29, before continuing to Cardiff 2 days later (again, see Page 1). The following month, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 16, bound for Halifax, where she arrived on Oct. 4, the convoy having been dispersed on Sept. 27. Having made voyages to Montreal and Quebec, she headed back to the U.K. again on Nov. 4 in the slow Convoy SC 53 from Sydney, C.B., cargo of wheat for Mersey. She later joined the westbound Convoy ON 43*, which departed Liverpool on Dec. 3, but she returned to port (arrived Oban Dec. 8), and shows up again in Convoy ON 45*, originating in Liverpool on Dec. 9, dispersed Dec. 16, Novasli arriving Halifax on Dec. 30, continuing to St. John, N.B. that same day - see Page 2. Selvik is also listed in ON 43, while Heimgar, Spinanger and Veni are named in ON 45, though Veni returned to port.

She was scheduled for the slow Halifax-U.K. Convoy SC 67 at the end of Jan.-1942, but did not sail (the Norwegian Heina was sunk - follow the link for details). She was also cancelled from the next convoy, SC 68, but eventually got away with SC 69 on Febr. 10, cargo of grain for Ipswich, station 22. She arrived Ipswich, via various other ports, on March 5, returning across the Atlantic later that month with Convoy ON 80*, together with Para and Tore Jarl (from Liverpool March 27, to Halifax Apr. 15). On Apr. 30, she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy SC 82 from Halifax, cargo of grain for Hull, where she arrived May 19 (remaining there for several weeks). In July she's listed, together with Akabahra, Hallfried, Heimgar and Henrik Ibsen, in Convoy ON 110*, which originated in Liverpool on July 6. Novasli arrived Halifax on July 22, having started out from Loch Ewe on the 6th. She subsequently spent a couple of weeks in New York, before returning to Halifax, and with a cargo of steel and general for Immingham, she joined Convoy SC 98 on Aug. 29, arriving her destination on Sept. 17 (she had been cancelled from the previous convoy, SC 97, in which Bronxville was sunk - follow the links for more info).

Together with Astrid, Fana, Glarona (from Halifax), Iron Baron, Lisbeth and Ravnefjell (also from Halifax), she later joined the westbound Convoy ON 136* (departure Liverpool Oct. 3, arrival New York Oct. 26; Novasli stopped at Halifax Oct. 24, having joined from Loch Ewe), and in Nov.-1942 we find her in Convoy SC 111*, which departed New York on Nov. 25 and arrived Liverpool Dec. 17; Novasli, cargo of lumber, joined from Halifax and stopped at Belfast Lough before proceeding to Swansea and Plymouth - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3. Brush, Gudvor, Harpefjell, Heimgar, Norjerv, Sevilla and Sir James Clark Ross are also listed, though quite a few of them returned to port (it looks like this convoy encountered bad weather).

In Febr.-1943 she's listed among the ships in Convoy ON 167*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 14 and arrived New York March 8, Novasli, however, was again bound for Halifax, where she arrived on March 6, having sailed from Belfast Lough on Febr. 13. Gulhaug (from Halifax), Herbrand, Norvarg and Orwell are also named in this convoy. At the end of that month she shows up in Convoy SC 125 from Halifax. Eglantine, Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts (see SC convoy escorts). In June she's listed in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 10*, departing Liverpool June 8, arriving Halifax June 27. This time she was bound for St. John, N.B., where she arrived on June 29, having started out from Oban on the 9th - see Page 4. She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Acasta, Cetus, Fjordheim, Grey County, James Hawson, Mathilda, Ravnefjell, Sirehei and Titanian. Following a month's stay at St. John, Novasli proceeded to Halifax in order to join Convoy SC 138 on July 30, steel and timber for London. In Sept.-1943 she's listed, along with Acasta, Astrid, Bernhard, Hiram, Norse Lady, Rena (Commodore vessel) and Titanian, in the westbound Convoy ONS 19* (from Liverpool Sept. 26, to Halifax Oct. 14; Novasli had again joined from Loch Ewe). Her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made in Convoy SC 147, joining from Sydney, C.B. (convoy started out in Halifax on Nov. 19), cargo of steel and lumber for London.

She now headed to another part of the world. On a voyage from Oban to Gibraltar with coal, she's listed in station 25 of Convoy OS 66/KMS 40, which originated in Liverpool on Jan. 24-1944 (Commodore in Norwegian Rena). However, she returned to port (Clyde, Jan. 30), later joining Convoy OS 68/KMS 42, voyage Clyde-Gibraltar in station 22. This convoy, which also included Cetus, Lisbeth, Ragnhild and Snar, departed Liverpool on Febr. 12 and split up on the 23rd (24th?), the Gibraltar bound ships arriving there on Febr. 25, while the OS convoy continued to Freetown, where it arrived March 5. Novasli was in the KMS portion* and continued from Gibraltar to Augusta with this convoy, arriving Augusta on March 2, according to A. Hague's record. Page 5 has her voyages in this period. The following month, she's included in Convoy SL 155/MKS 46, along with Anna Knudsen, Lago, Mathilda and Norefjord. The SL convoy had started out from Freetown on Apr. 11, joined up with the MKS convoy from Gibraltar on the 23rd, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on May 3. Novasli was in the MKS convoy*, and arrived Workington on May 4.

She later went in the other direction again in Convoy OS 83/KMS 57, which departed Liverpool on July 12. She was on a voyage from Belfast for Gibraltar with coal. The convoy split up on July 23, with the majority of the ships, the Gibraltar portion, arriving there on July 25 (this also included the Norwegian Astrid and Bestik), while the rest went to Freetown with arrival Aug. 3. From Gibraltar, Novasli continued to Bizerta, still in Convoy KMS 57*, arriving Bizerta July 30, proceeding to Augusta the next day. Having made a voyage to Naples, she returned to Augusta, then joined Convoy MKS 60*, which had originated in Port Said (Aug. 27) and arrived Gibraltar on Sept. 7 - Askeladden, Suderholm and Tigre are also listed. Novasli, however, had sailed from Augusta on Sept. 1, arrived Algiers Sept. 5, leaving again for Gibraltar that same day, and from there she continued to Casablanca. From Casablanca, she subsequently returned to the U.K. with Convoy SL 170/MKS 61. The SL portion of this convoy, in which Novasli is listed, had originated in Freetown on Sept. 8-1944, joined up with the MKS portion* from Gibraltar on Sept. 18, and arrived Liverpool on Sept. 26. Novasli was bound for Ipswich, cargo of phosphates. Going back to Page 5 of the archive documents, we learn that she had left Casablanca on Sept. 18 and arrived Ipswich, via various other ports, on the 30th. Belnor, Somerville and Sophocles also took part in this convoy, Belnor having joined from Gibraltar with the MKS portion, while the others were in the SL convoy.

In Nov.-1944 we find her, together with Mathilda, in Convoy OS 94/KMS 68, voyage Milford-Gibraltar with coal in station 21 (convoy departed Liverpool on Nov. 3 and split up Nov. 7, the KMS portion*, in which Novasli took part, arriving Gibraltar Nov. 13). She now made a voyage to Huelva and back to Gibraltar, and according to A. Hague, she returned to the U.K. in the MKS portion* of Convoy SL 177/MKS 68. The SL convoy had left Freetown on Nov. 15 and joined up with the MKS convoy from Gibraltar on the 26th, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on Dec. 5; Novasli arrived Ardrossan on Dec. 4, according to Page 6. Please follow the external links provided within the table above for more information on the OS/KMS and SL/MKS convoys mentioned here (it'll be noticed that one section of the site also has Gabon and Karmt in the latter convoy, but not Novasli, while A. Hague's listing shows Cypria and Thalatta, in addition to Novasli, but not Karmt and Gabon).

At the end of that year we find Novasli, with Annik, Cetus, Ferncliff, Germa, Mui Hock and Tercero, in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 39*, which originated in Liverpool on Dec. 28-1944 and arrived Halifax Jan. 13-1945; Novasli arrived Philadelphia on Jan. 17, having sailed from Clyde on Dec. 28. As will be seen, her return voyage to the U.K. proved to be her last.

* The ON and ONS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, along with further details on each. In the meantime, the ships sailing in them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys and on the page for ships in all ONS convoys. Note also that the entire SC series will eventually be updated and completed, including the already existing convoys (some have already been updated), but for now, see ships in all SC convoys. Additinally, the MKS and KMS series will be completed, see ships in all MKS convoys and ships in all KMS convoys.

More info on the other Norwegian ships mentioned here is available via the alphabet index at the end of this page, or go to the Master Ship Index.

Related external link:
OB convoys - Novasli is mentioned in OB 295. There's also a section on the SL/MKS convoys - SL 177/MKS 68 is included, but Novasli is not listed in this convoy in this particular section of the site (compare with A. Hague's listing for this convoy).

 Final Fate - 1945: 

As mentioned, Novasli had arrived Philadelphia from the U.K. on Jan. 17-1945. She had taken on board 1123 standards of lumber, before leaving for Boston and Halifax on Febr. 4 (this according to Page 6 of the archive documents; another source says she left Philadelphia on Febr. 7), arriving Halifax on Febr. 13. She left Halifax again on Febr. 16 for Swansea Bay and London in Convoy SC 167, station 31 (A. Hague has her in station 54 - see his listing for SC 167 at ships in all SC convoys).

She had reached St. Georges Channel on March 2, and was just off Milford Haven when she was torpedoed in the stern by (possibly) U-1302 (Herwartz), 52 04N 05 42W*. The rudder and propeller were blown away, she had a crack behind midships on both sides from the gunwhale and as far down as they could see, with an opening of about 1' wide from the rail and down, and water gushed into the engine room. It took the 1st engineer only a few minutes to run down and stop the engine, and there was already about 8-10' of water in No. 4 hold.

3 lifeboats were sent away from the ship while the captain, the 1st mate, the radio operator, steward and mess boy remained on board, and that afternoon she was taken in tow. However, the water kept rising in the engine room and hold and the aft section sank deeper and deeper, until the engine room and boiler room were full of water and the sea was washing over the midships deck around 18:00 that evening (9 hours after the explosion had occurred). Consequently, those who were left on board also abandoned ship in a lifeboat that was tied alongside. About an hour later what was left of her was seen to be on fire.

The survivors were picked up by the trawler HMS Helier II (FY-312), which shelled and depth charged the wreck, and by midnight she was gone. Novasli's crew were landed in Milford Haven in the early morning hours of March 3. An inquiry was held in Cardiff on March 8-1945 with the captain, the 1st and 3rd mates, the 1st engineer, and Able Seaman Båtnes (helmsman) appearing.

The British King Edgar was also in this convoy and believed torpedoed by the same U-boat. One of my Norwegian sources says U-1302 was sunk on March 7, and this corresponds with what is found at ( below). Therefore, no report by this U-boat on the sinking of the 2 ships is available.

* In a report presented at the hearings the captain gives the approximate position as 51 47N 05 32W. J. Rohwer gives the position 52 01N 05 41W. The position I've given above (from "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939", R. W. Jordan) is more or less what J. Rohwer gives for King Edgar's sinking.

Crew List - No casualties:

Here's a Guestbook message from the captain's daughter.

Leiv Midthassel
1st Mate
Arnold Abrahamsen
2nd Mate
Erling Johannesen
3rd Mate
Emil Pedersen
Radio Operator
David Albert Walker
Arne Hansen
Oskar Ludvig Holte
Able Seaman
Sturla Volden
Able Seaman
Jacob Båtnes
Able Seaman
Arne Nicolaisen
Able Seaman
Sigurd Andersen
Able Seaman
Karl Mikalsen
Able Seaman/Gunner
Nils Sandtorv
Able Seaman/Gunner
Hjalmar Rolstad
Able Seaman/Gunner
Rolf Hansen
Ordinary Seaman
Sverre Vik
1st Engineer
Rolf Trygve Nilsen
2nd engineer
Einar Wang Wilhelmsen
3rd Engineer
Åge Storm Svendsen
Hans Oxås
Harald Grande
Petter Moe
Olaf Arthur Ellingsen
Werner Hansen
Frank J. Johannessen
Anton Kvamme
Leon Pisa
Åsmund Håven
José La Cruz Mestre
William Norris
Ole Marton Oustorp
Johannes Larsen
Trygve D. Riegels
2nd Cook
Malfred L. Telle
Mess Boy
John Warboy
Saloon Boy
James Sangster

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II, and misc. as named within the text above - (ref. My sources).


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