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M/S Sørvard
Updated Dec. 7-2010

To Sørvard on the "Ships starting with S" page.

Source: Historical Department, MAN B&W Diesel, Copenhagen, who also sent me this picture from her launching.

Source: Kaare S. Sidselrud, Norway (see Lidvard).
Another picture is available on this external page (click in it to enlarge).

Owner: Klosters Rederi A/S
Manager: Lauritz Kloster, Oslo
3673 gt

Built by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen in 1925.

Captain: T. Terjesen.

Related item on this website:
Interned Ships

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3

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

  Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to July-1945:  

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

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each; it'll be noticed that some of the external listings are incomplete (where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known).

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 21 Calcutta Trincomalee Apr. 25 Independent See also Page 1
Apr. 25 Trincomalee Capetown May 15 Independent
May 16 Capetown Lagos May 26 Independent
May 29 Lagos Accra May 31 Independent Notional sailing date
June 3 Accra Winneba June 3 Independent
June 4 Winneba Takoradi June 5 Independent
June 7 Takoradi Grand Bassa June 8 Independent
June 12 Grand Bassa Freetown June 15 Independent Notional sailing date
June 17 Freetown Bathurst June 19 Independent Via Konakri.
Again, see also Page 1
June 21 Bathurst Dakar June 22 Independent A. Hague says:
Interned by French June 26-1940.
See also narrative below
1943 March 21 Dakar Freetown March 24 Independent Released by French post Operation Torch
March 28 Freetown Lagos Apr. 3 ST 60 Convoy available at ST convoys
(external link)
Apr. 22 Lagos Takoradi Apr. 24 Independent
May 5 Takoradi Freetown May 10 TS 38 Convoy available at TS 38
(external link)
May 30 Freetown SL 130 Rendezvoused w/MKS 14, June 11.
Convoy available at SL 130
(external link)
June 11 SL 130 & MKS 14 joined up Liverpool June 22 SL 130/MKS 14 Convoy available at SL 130/MKS 14
(external link)
Dec. 2 Liverpool Halifax Dec. 18 ON 214 For Halifax.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
1944 Jan. 2 Halifax New Haven, Conn Jan. 4 XB 90A Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Jan. 19 Cape Cod Canal New York City Jan. 20 Independent
Jan. 28 New York City Milford Haven Febr. 13 HX 277
Febr. 13 Milford Haven Southampton Febr. 16 WP 477 Convoy available at WP convoys
(external link)
Left Southampton, March 3
(Page 1 - See also Page 2).
March 4 Solent Newport March 6 PW 486 Convoy available at PW 486
(external link - incomplete)
March 7 Newport Belfast Lough March 9 Independent
March 16 Belfast Lough New York City Apr. 1 ON 228 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 11 New York City Gitmo Apr. 18 NG 428 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Apr. 19 Gitmo San Juan, P.R. Apr. 22
Apr. 26 San Juan, P.R. Macoris Apr. 27 Independent
May 5 Macoris Gitmo May 7 Independent
May 8 Gitmo New York City May 15 GN 131 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 19 New York City Loch Ewe June 2 HX 292
June 2 Loch Ewe Methil June 4 WN 590 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 4 Methil Hull June 5 FS 1473 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Left Hull June 28
(Page 2).
June 29 Humber Methil June 30 FN 1402 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
June 30 Methil Loch Ewe July 2 EN 403 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
July 3 Loch Ewe St. John, N.B. July 17 ON 243 For St. John, N.B.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 7 St. John, N.B. Windsor, NS Aug. 8 Independent
Aug. 19 Windsor, NS West Bay, NS Aug. 19 Independent
Aug. 25 West Bay, NS Halifax Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 27 Halifax Cardiff Sept. 10 HX 305
Sept. 24 Cardiff Milford Haven Sept. 25 Independent
Sept. 29 Milford Haven New York City Oct. 13 ON 256 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Oct. 17 New York City Puerto Tarafa Oct. 22
Oct. 29 Puerto Tarafa New York City Nov. 5
Nov. 5 New York City Liverpool Nov. 19 HX 318
Nov. 29 Liverpool New York City Dec. 15 ON 269 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Dec. 24 New York City Cienfuegos Jan. 1-1945 Independent
1945 Jan. 6 Cienfuegos New York City Jan. 12 Independent
Jan. 13 New York City Clyde Jan. 28 HX 332
Febr. 17 Clyde New York City March 5 ON 285 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 11 New York City San Juan, P.R. Apr. 17 NG 501 A. Hague says:
Possibly in this convoy to Apr. 16.
Available at NG convoys
(external link)
Apr. 23 San Juan, P.R. Macoris Apr. 24 Independent
Apr. 30 Macoris Gitmo May 2 Independent
May 3 Gitmo New York City May 10* GN 203 *Page 3 gives arrival May 12.
Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
May 13 New York City Clyde May 27 HX 356 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
June 12 Clyde Buenos Aires July 8 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 3

 Misc. 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 links provided for more convoy information; several Norwegian ships took part.

Judging from the information found on Page 1 of the archive documents, Sørvard was in Calcutta when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940. She had arrived there from Rangoon on Apr. 6 and departure is given as Apr. 19.

She was 1 of the 26 Norwegian ships interned in North and West Africa - the names of all of them are available at Interned Ships. According to "Nortraships flåte" she was interned in Dakar on June 22-1940 (as will be seen when going back to the archive document, she had arrived Dakar from Bathurst that same day).

"Sjømann - Lang Vakt" by Guri Hjeltnes says she had a crew of 26, 25 of whom were Norwegian, 18 escaped, 1 went home (Engineer Einar Eide, who contracted malaria, was sent to Marseilles, then to Norway where he died in Apr.-1947).

Sørvard was returned to Nortraship's register on March 20-1943 (freed because of the allied invasion of North and West Africa in Nov.-1942 - Operation Torch), and according to Page 1, she left Dakar for Freetown the following day. From Freetown, she travelled to Lagos and Takoradi, then returned to Freetown (convoy information can be found within the Voyage Record above). She subsequently headed to the U.K., having joined Convoy SL 130, together with Bosphorus, Hai Lee, Jenny, San Andres and Tanafjord. This convoy left Freetown on May 30-1943 and joined up with Convoy MKS 14* off Gibraltar on June 11, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on June 21 (Topdalsfjord had joined with the MKS convoy). Sørvard's cargo is given as W. A. produce and mails, voyage Takoradi-Mersey - ref. external link provided in the table above.

It'll be noticed, when going back to Page 1, that she now spent a long time in Liverpool - my guess is she required an overhaul after the long time in internment. Departure is given as Dec. 1, when she proceeded to Halifax, having joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 214*, together with Geisha, Kristianiafjord, Montevideo, Morgenen and Thorhild. The convoy arrived New York City on Dec. 20; Sørvard arrived her destination on Dec. 18.

She headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 277 from New York on Jan. 28-1944, cargo of steel and lumber for Southampton, where she arrived (via Milford Haven) on Febr. 16. A month later she's listed, with Buenos Aires, Emma Bakke, Fernwood, Herbrand, Laurits Swenson (Commodore Vessel), Solfonn and Somerville, in Convoy ON 228*, which originated in Liverpool on March 15 and arrived New York on Apr. 1. Sørvard joined from Belfast Lough - her voyages in this period are shown on Page 2. In May we find her, with a cargo of sugar for Hull, in Convoy HX 292 from New York, and in July she's listed in the westbound Convoy ON 243*, which originated in Liverpool on July 3 and arrived New York on the 18th. Sørvard, however, was bound for St. John, N.B., where she arrived on July 17, having started out from Loch Ewe on July 3. She had again been in the company of several other Norwegian ships, namely Geisha, Grey County, Kaia Knudsen, Mosli, Norden, Noreg, Norse Lady, Reinholt (Commodore Vessel), Rutenfjell, Skaraas, Sommerstad and Velma.

In Aug.-1944 she sailed in the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 305, for which Abraham Lincoln served as Commodore Vessel. Sørvard, bound for Cardiff with a cargo of lumber, joined this convoy with the Halifax portion and arrived her destination on Sept. 10 (Page 2). With Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Egerø, Fagerfjell, Ferncourt, Katy, Montevideo, Norsktank, Olaf Bergh and Thorsholm, she later returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 256*, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 28 and arrived New York Oct. 12. The following month, she shows up in Convoy HX 318 from New York, bound for Liverpool with general cargo, and her last Trans-Atlantic voyage that year was made with Convoy ON 269*, departing Liverpool on Nov. 29, arriving New York on Dec. 15. Fernwood, Heranger, Orwell, Polartank, Skaraas, Slemmestad and Thorhild are also listed.

With a cargo of sugar she headed back to the U.K. in Convoy HX 332 from New York on Jan. 13-1945 (Solør was torpedoed, follow the link for details - Commodore was again in Abraham Lincoln), and with Kronprinsessen, Montevideo, Skaraas and Thorsholm, she later joined the westbound Convoy ON 285*, which left Southend on Febr. 16 and arrived New York on March 5 (Sørvard had joined this convoy from Clyde). Acanthus and Buttercup are named among the escorts (see ON convoy escorts). Sørvard now remained in New York for several weeks (Page 3).

According to Arnold Hague, she later went back across the Atlantic in Convoy HX 356*, which left New York on May 13 and arrived Liverpool on the 26th. He has also included Dalfonn, Emma Bakke, Fenris, Lista (Vice Commodore) and the Panamanian Norvinn (Norwegian managers).

Further voyages are listed on Page 3; as will be seen, she got to go home to Norway in Aug.-1945 and it looks like she remained there for quite a long time. The document shows her voyages to Jan.-1946.

* The ON 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 them (and escorts) are named in the section listing ships in all ON convoys. The MKS convoys will also be added, but for now, please see ships in all MKS convoys. Note also that the entire HX series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), see ships in all HX convoys. A. Hague's listing for Convoy HX 356 can be found on this page.

For more details on the other Norwegian ships mentioned on this page, please see the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.

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