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M/S Toledo
Updated Sept. 20-2012

To Toledo on the "Ships starting with T" page.

Source: Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list.

Manager: Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg
4598 (4563?) gt, 2727 net, 7109 tdwt.
Dimensions: 376.2' x 52.5' x 27.1'
Machinery: 6 cyl. 4 scsa oil engines of 3000 ihp by Burmeister & Wain's Maskin- og Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen. Service speed 11.5 knots

Launched on Apr. 23-1926 by Odense Staalskibsvaerft, Odense, Denmark (Yard No. 23), completed July 31-1926.

Related item on this website:
Odd's ships

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
(unfortunately, Page 2 has some information missing in the margin)
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

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

á Voyage Record
From Nov.-1941 to June-1945: á

(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 as can be seen, several voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1941 Nov. 3 Halifax Holyhead Nov. 18 HX 158 A. Hague says:
Previously traded E Coast N & S America.
Earlier voyages, Page 1
(this stop at Holyhead not mentioned).
Nov. 18 Holyhead Liverpool Nov. 18 Independent A. Hague says:
Lay in Mersey
Nov. 19 Liverpool Holyhead Nov. 19 Independent
Nov. 22 Holyhead Liverpool Nov. 22 Independent
Dec. 7 Liverpool ON 44 For Halifax.
Dispersed Dec. 15.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Dec. 15 Dispersed from ON 44 Halifax Dec. 25 Independent
Dec. 30 Halifax New York City Jan. 2-1942 Independent A. Hague says:
Grounded, requires drydocking
See also Page 2
1942 March 13 New York City Halifax March 15 Independent
March 21 Halifax HX 181 A. Hague says:
Straggled March 23.
7 passengers
March 23 Straggled from HX 181 Belfast Lough Apr. 1 Independent
Apr. 3 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Apr. 5 BB 157 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 29 Avonmouth Milford Haven Apr. 30 Independent
May 1 Milford Haven OS 27 For Capetown
(via Belfast Lough - Page 2).
Detached May 19.
Convoy available at OS 27
(external link)
May 19 Detached from OS 27 Capetown June 2 Independent
June 6 Capetown Bombay June 27 Independent
July 3 Bombay Karachi July 6 Independent
July 18 Karachi Capetown Aug. 9 Independent
Aug. 10 Capetown Trinidad Sept. 1 Independent
Sept. 9 Trinidad Gitmo Sept. 14 TAG 4 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Sept. 15 Gitmo New York City Sept. 23 GN 4 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Oct. 19 New York City Gitmo Oct. 26 NG 315 For Cristobal.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 31 Gitmo Cristobal Nov. 4 GZ 10 Convoy available at GZ convoys
(external link)
Nov. 5 Balboa Capetown Dec. 11 Independent
Dec. 14 Capetown Durban Dec. 18 Independent
Dec. 22 Durban DN 8 Dispersed Dec. 24.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 24 Dispersed from DN 8 Aden Independent
1943 Jan. 8 Aden Port Sudan Jan. 11 Independent
Jan. 11 Port Sudan Suez Jan. 14 Independent Later arrived Port Said Jan. 29
(Page 2).
Febr. 5 Port Said Alexandria Febr. 6 Independent
Febr. 12 Alexandria Port Said Febr. 13 Independent Missing movements, Page 2
Febr. 19 Abu Zenima Aden Febr. 24 Independent
Febr. 25 Aden Capetown March 17 Independent
March 26 Capetown CN 14 Dispersed March 28.
Convoy available via link above
March 28 Dispersed from CN 14 Freetown Apr. 10 Independent
Apr. 20 Freetown SL 128 2 passengers.
Rendezvoused w/MKS 12, May 4.
Convoy available at SL 128
(external link)
May 4 SL 128 & MKS 12 joined up Loch Ewe May 15 SL 128/MKS 12 Convoy available at SL 128/MKS 12
(external link)
May 15 Loch Ewe Methil May 17 WN 428 Arrived Leith
(Page 2).
Left Leith May 26/27
(Page 3).
Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
May 28 Methil Loch Ewe May 29 EN 235 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
June 1 Loch Ewe Boston June 15 ON 187 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 1 Boston Halifax Aug. 3 BX 66 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Aug. 9 Halifax Avonmouth Aug. 25 SC 139 See also narrative below
Sept. 7 Avonmouth Milford Haven Sept. 7 Independent (Via Barry Roads - Page 3)
Sept. 9 Milford Haven New York City Sept. 24 ON 201 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 11 New York City Hampton Roads Oct. 13 Independent
Oct. 15 Hampton Roads Port Said Nov. 11 UGS 21 Convoy available at UGS convoys
(external link)
On to Suez, Nov. 19
(Page 3).
Nov. 19 Suez Aden Nov. 25 Independent
Nov. 26 Aden AB 22 Detached Dec. 1.
Convoy available via this page
(external link)
Dec. 1 Detached from AB 22 Fremantle Dec. 20 Independent
Dec. 22 Fremantle Adelaide Dec. 29 Independent
1944 Jan. 11 Adelaide Aden Febr. 9 Independent
Febr. 9 Aden Suez Febr. 15 Independent
Febr. 19 Suez Aden Febr. 24 Independent
Febr. 26 Aden Kilindini March 6 AKD 16 See also Page 3.
Convoy available via link above
March 14 Kilindini Durban March 22 AKD 17 Convoy available via link above
Apr. 22 Durban DN 62 Dispersed Apr. 24.
Convoy available via link above
Apr. 24 Detached from DN 62 Colombo May 9 Independent
May 23 Colombo Mauritius June 2 Independent
June 10 Mauritius Colombo June 22 Independent
July 10 Colombo Lourenšo Marques July 27 Independent
Aug. 24 Lourenšo Marques Durban Aug. 26 Independent
Aug. 26 Durban Capetown Aug. 30 Independent
Aug. 30 Capetown Buenos Aires Sept. 18 Independent
Sept. 25 Buenos Aires Rosario Sept. 26 Independent
Sept. 28 Rosario Buenos Aires Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 9 Buenos Aires Freetown Oct. 28 Independent
Oct. 28 Freetown SL 175 Rendezvoused w/MKS 66, Nov. 8.
Convoy available at SL 175
(external link)
Nov. 8 SL 175 & MKS 66 joined up Liverpool Nov. 15 SL 175/MKS 66 Convoy available at SL 175/MKS 66
See also this page
(external links)
Nov. 23 Liverpool Clyde Nov. 24 Independent See also Page 3
Nov. 29 Clyde ONS 37 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Dec. 20 From ONS 38 Cape Cod Canal Dec. 22 XB 138 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
Dec. 22 Cape Cod Canal New York City Dec. 24 Independent
1945 Febr. 14 New York City San Juan, P.R. Febr. 21 Independent
March 2 Mayaguez Macoris March 3 Independent
March 10 Macoris New York City March 17 Independent
March 19 New York City Liverpool Apr. 2 HX 345 Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Apr. 21 Liverpool ONS 48 For NYC.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
May 5 From ONS 48 Cape Cod Canal May 7 XB 162 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
See also Page 4
May 16 New York City Macoris May 23 Independent
June 4 Macoris Gitmo June 5 Independent
June 5 Gitmo Falmouth June 21 Independent Subsequent voyages, Page 4 above

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

From Page 1 of the archive documents, we learn that Toledo was on her way from Houston to New York when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940 - her original destination had been Oslo, Norway. As can be seen, she subsequently remained in New York for several weeks. Her 1941 voyages also start on this document (it'll be noticed that she spent over 3 weeks in Baltimore that fall).

On Nov. 3-1941, she's listed among the ships in Convoy HX 158 from Halifax to the U.K., returning with the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 44*, which left Liverpool on Dec. 7 and dispersed on the 15th, Toledo arriving Halifax on Dec. 25. Anna Knudsen, Belinda, Garonne and Montevideo are also listed, as is the Panamanian Norvik (Norwegian managers), and Montbretia and Rose are named among the escorts - see ON convoy escorts.

From Halifax, Toledo later proceeded to New York, where she arrived Jan. 2-1942 and as will be seen when going to Page 2, she subsequently remained there for a long time; departure is given as March 13, when she returned to Halifax. A. Hague says she had run aground and required drydocking - not sure exactly when this happened, but she had initially left New York on Jan. 23, returning that same day, so it's possible that's when she ran aground(?). She now joined Convoy HX 181 on March 21; Acanthus, Eglantine and Potentilla are named among the escorts. Toledo arrived Belfast Lough on Apr. 1, having lost touch with the convoy on March 23 (according to A. Hague, who adds she had 7 passengers on board on this voyage). She later continued to Avonmouth, with arrival Apr. 5, spending over 3 weeks there.

She now made a voyage to Cape Town, having joined Convoy OS 27, which left Liverpool on May 2-1942 (arrived Freetown May 19, see link in the table above - Athos, Belnor, Kaldfonn, Mosli and Norholm are also listed). Toledo arrived Cape Town on June 2, having started out from Milford Haven on May 1. Page 2 has her subsequent voyages (showing another long stay in New York in the fall of 1942); convoy information for some of these can be found in the Voyage Record.

In the spring of 1943, she's listed in Convoy SL 128, which departed Freetown on Apr. 20 and joined up with Convoy MKS 12* on May 4, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on May 14 - also available via link in the Voyage Record; the Norwegian Kristianiafjord, Rutenfjell and Evviva are also listed. Toledo had a general cargo and also carried 2 passengers, voyage Aden for Loch Ewe, where she arrived May 15.

The following month, she made another Trans-Atlantic crossing, having joined the westbound Convoy ON 187*, along with Annik, Athos, Braga, Bralanta, Elisabeth Bakke, Fagerfjell, Frontenac, Helgøy, Kronprinsen, Lista, Morgenen, Norbryn, Norefjord, O. B. Sørensen, President de Vogue and Vanja, as well as the Panamanian Norvinn (Norwegian managers). The convoy originated in Liverpool on June 1-1943 and arrived New York June 15; Toledo arrived Boston that day, having sailed from Loch Ewe on June 1. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 3. Having spent several weeks in Boston, she proceeded to Halifax on Aug. 1, and was scheduled for the Halifax section of Convoy HX 251 on Aug. 9 (Commodore in Laurits Swenson), but instead joined the slow Convoy SC 139 that day. She arrived Avonmouth on Aug. 25, and with Chr. Th. Boe, Evita, Gallia, Heranger, Tai Shan and Velma, she later returned across the Atlantic with Convoy ON 201*, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 9 and arrived New York on the 24th. From the U.S., she now headed to Port Said and Aden (convoy details in the table above).

Her 1944 voyages also start on Page 3 and it'll be noticed that she spent a month in Durban that spring, with another long stay in Lourenço Marques later on. Skipping now to Oct.-1944, when we find her in Convoy SL 175/MKS 66, the SL portion of which departed Freetown on Oct. 28 and joined up with the MKS portion* from Gibraltar on Nov. 8, the combined convoy arriving Liverpool on Nov. 15. Toledo was on a voyage from Buenos Aires (had left Oct. 9) with a general cargo consisting of linseed, hides, cased meats, fertilizer, fats, bones, willow and casings. The Norwegian Heimvard and Ragnhild also took part in this convoy (again, ref. links in Voyage Record).

A couple of weeks later, she joined the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ONS 37*, which originated in Liverpool on Nov. 28-1944 and arrived Halifax Dec. 21; Toledo, however, was bound for New York, where she arrived on Dec. 24, having started out from Clyde on Nov. 29. Arosa, Bernhard and Norse Lady are also listed. As will be seen, when going back to Page 3, she subsequently remained in New York for a long time; departure is given as Febr. 14-1945, when she proceeded to Suan Juan. The reason for this long stay is not known.

In March-1945, Arnold Hague has included her, together with Abraham Lincoln (Commodore Vessel), Emma Bakke, Kaia Knudsen, Montevideo, Solfonn and Troja, in Convoy HX 345*, departing New York on March 19, arriving Liverpool Apr. 2. Toledo had a cargo of sugar, sailing in station 35. Along with Chr. Th. Boe, Heimgar, Ima and Vinga, she returned with Convoy ONS 48*, which departed Liverpool on Apr. 21 and arrived Halifax May 4 but Toledo, which served as Commodore Vessel on this occasion, was again bound for New York, arriving there on May 7. From there, she made a voyage to Macoris and Guantanamo Bay, and when she again headed to the U.K. in June, no convoy was necessary. Page 4 shows her voyages in this period and as can be seen, she went home to Norway in Oct.-1945 and got to stay there for over a month, making another voyage home before that year was over, and again in March-1946.

* The ON and ONS convoys will be added to individual pages in my Convoys section in due course, with more information 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. Additionally, the entire HX series will be updated and completed (including the already existing convoys - some have already been updated), but for now, please go to ships in all HX convoys. See also ships in all MKS convoys.

More information on all the other Norwegian ships mentioned here can be found via the alphabet index below, or use the Master Ship Index.


My father served on this ship from Apr. 1954 till June 1954. Laid up at Kongshavn, Oslo from Apr. 16-1958. Sold on Nov. 21-1958 to Einar M. Gaard A/S, Sigurd Haavik A/S and Trygve Klovning (Einar M. Gaard A/S), Haugesund and renamed Gardvik. In general tramping and seasonal lumber trade in the White Sea. Ran aground at Hjeltefjord on Sept. 14-1963, when on a voyage from Igarka, USSR to Bologne with a cargo of lumber. Refloated but badly damaged and sold in Nov.-1963 for breaking up. Arrived Hong Kong on March 7-1964 to be broken up by Leung Yau Shipbreaking Co. Ltd.

Related external link:
Wilh. Wilhelmsen Today

Back to Toledo on the "Ships starting with T" page.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen later had another ship by this name, 1960-1979.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: Wilh. Wilhelmsen fleet list, "Våre motorskip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, and misc. - (ref. My sources).


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