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M/T Vav
Updated Oct. 25-2012

To M/T Vav on the "Ships starting with V" page.

Source: Karl Henrik Henriksen, who says the picture was taken in the fall of 1939.
His father paid off in Nov.-1939 (see his grandfather's story at M/S Vinni's Story).
This picture is from Bjørn Milde's postcard collection

Owner: Skibs-A/S Østheim
Manager: Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen & Co.,Oslo
6415 gt, 9835 tdwt., 11 knots.

Built by Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1931.

Captains: Captain A. Apall-Olsen, from Nov. 8-1939. He took a break in June-1943 and P. R. Paulsen took over until around Nov. 10, when Captain Apall-Olsen returned. But he stayed for only 1 voyage, then Captain Knut Bringedal stepped in for a few months (see also O. A. Knudsen), until Apall-Olsen came back in April-1944. But again he had to leave, and this time Olav Skaar temporarily took over until Apall-Olsen was able to return in July. (See also this external page - be patient, slow to load).

The following men were awarded Krigsmedaljen in addition to Captain Apall-Olsen:
1st Mate R. Rasmussen, who had joined the ship as 2nd Mate in the spring of 1940 and stayed on board until the end of the war.
2nd Engineer Th. Pedersen
3rd Engineer E. Guttormsen, who both came on board in the fall of 1939 and stayed until the end of the war (all 3 without a break).
Karsten Ellingsen joined in the spring of 1941, and
Steward Magnus came that fall.

Other Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen ships:
M/T Vanja
M/T Velma
M/T Vera
M/T Vilja
M/T Vivi

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 Febr.-1940 to Dec.-1944:

(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 listings are incomplete). Where the "Convoy" column is left blank, it means that convoy is not known.

Errors may exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Febr. 14 Alexandria Constanza Independent A. Hague says:
Crew trouble at Constanza
(see also narrative below)
Febr. 22 Constanza Malta Febr. 29 Independent
Febr. 29 Malta Gibraltar March 4 Independent
March 9 Gibraltar Liverpool March 17 HG 22F See also Page 1
March 24 Liverpool OB 116 For Port Arthur, Texas.
A. Hague says:
Took station 42 from Smalls.
Dispersed 47 41N 15 33W, March 27.
Convoy available at OB 116
(external link)
March 27 Dispersed from OB 116 Port Arthur Apr. 16 Independent
Apr. 18 Port Arthur Halifax Apr. 27 Independent
Apr. 30 Halifax Belfast May 15 HX 39
June 12 Belfast OB 167 For Aruba.
Dispersed June 17.
Convoy available at OB 167
(external link)
June 17 Dispersed from OB 167 Aruba June 30 Independent
July 1 Aruba Bermuda July 6 Independent
July 10 Bermuda BHX 57 For Dublin.
See link to HX 57.
July 15 Bermuda portion joined main convoy Dublin July 26 HX 57
Aug. 1 Dublin Liverpool Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 7 Dispersed from OB 193 Capetown Sept. 3 Independent
A. Hague does not mention the fact that she joined this convoy, he only states that she was dispersed from it on Aug. 7. She had left Liverpool Aug. 4 (see Page 1). Here's Hague's listing for Convoy OB 193 (external link) - Vav is not included, but listing is incomplete.
Sept. 5 Capetown Abadan Sept. 29 Independent
Oct. 1 Abadan Capetown Oct. 25 Independent
Oct. 25 Capetown Freetown Nov. 9 Independent
Nov. 12 Freetown SL 55 Convoy available at SL 55
(external link)
Dec. 5 Joined from SL 55 Methil Dec. 7 WN 49 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 8 Methil Methil Dec. 9 FS 356 A. Hague says:
Collision w/St Merriel off May Isl.
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
1941 Febr. 4 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 7 EN 67/1 Missing movements, Page 1
Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 13 Loch Ewe OB 285 Dispersed Febr. 17.
Convoy available at OB 285
(external link)
Febr. 17 Dispersed from OB 285 New York City Independent
March 8 New York City Aruba March 16 Independent
March 17 Aruba Curacao March 18 Independent
March 19 Curacao Halifax March 28 Independent
March 31 Halifax Belfast Lough Apr. 18 HX 118 See also narrative below
May 29 Belfast Lough OB 328 Dispersed June 2.
Convoy available at OB 328
(external link)
June 2 Dispersed from OB 328 New York City June 13 Independent
June 17 New York City Halifax June 20 Independent
June 26 Halifax Liverpool July 12 HX 135 Missing movements, Page 1
July 21 Liverpool OB 349 For NYC.
Dispersed 50N 49W, Aug. 1. Convoy available at OB 349
(external link)
Aug. 1 Dispersed from OB 349 New York City Aug. 7 Independent
Aug. 10 New York City Halifax Aug. 13 Independent
Aug. 16 Halifax Belfast Lough Aug. 30 HX 145 See also narrative
Sept. 12 Belfast Lough ON 15 Dispersed 55 47N 30 40W, Sept. 16
Sept. 16 Dispersed from ON 15 New York City Sept. 25 Independent
Oct. 26 New York City Aruba Nov. 3 Independent
Nov. 4 Aruba Halifax Nov. 13 Independent
Nov. 21 Halifax Loch Ewe Dec. 5 HX 161 See also narrative
Dec. 7 Loch Ewe Methil Dec. 9 WN 215 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 12 Methil Humber* Dec. 13 FS 671 *See also Page 2
(also, missing movements).
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
? Dec. 20 Methil Oban Dec. 23 EN 22 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 22 Humber Methil Dec. 23 FN 583A Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Again, see also narrative below
Dec. 26 Methil Tyne Dec. 27 FS 683 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
1942 Jan. 31 Tyne Methil Febr. 1 FN 618 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 3 Methil Loch Ewe Febr. 5 EN 41 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 8 Loch Ewe ON 65 For Houston.
Dispersed 43 50N 47 45W, Febr. 19.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Febr. 19 Dispersed from ON 65 Galveston March 7 Independent On to Texas City next day
(Page 2).
March 10 Texas City Halifax Independent
March 21 Halifax Belfast Lough Apr. 2 HX 181
Apr. 3 Belfast Lough Avonmouth Apr. 5 BB 157 Convoy available at BB convoys
(external link)
Apr. 13 Avonmouth Milford Haven Apr. 14 Independent On to Belfast Lough Apr. 15
(Page 2).
Apr. 16 Belfast Lough ON 87 For Baytown.
Dispersed 36 03N 46 15W, Apr. 26.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 26 Dispersed from ON 87 Galveston May 7 Independent Missing movements, Page 2
May 13 Galveston Key West May 17 Independent
May 18 Key West New York City May 25 KN 101 Convoy available at KN convoys
(external link)
May 27 New York City Cape Cod Bay Independent
May 29 Cape Cod Canal Halifax May 31 BX 21 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
June 7 Halifax Liverpool June 19 HX 193 Missing movements, Page 2
July 17 Liverpool ON 113 For NYC.
Detached July 30.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 30 Detached from ON 113 New York City Aug. 2 Independent
Aug. 3 New York City Baltimore Independent
Aug. 8 Baltimore New York City Aug. 11 Independent
Aug. 16 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. 23 Halifax Liverpool Sept. 4 HX 204 Missing movements, Page 3
Sept. 11 Liverpool New York City Sept. 25 ON 129 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Oct. 8 New York City Gitmo Oct. 15 NG 312 For Aruba.
Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Oct. 15 Gitmo Trinidad Oct. 20 GAT 14 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Oct. 21 Trinidad Caripito Oct. 22 Independent
Oct. 24 Caripito Trinidad Independent
Oct. 29 Trinidad Gitmo Nov. 3 TAG 17 Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Nov. 3 Gitmo New York City Nov. 10 GN 17 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 17 New York City Halifax Nov. 20 SC 110 Convoy will be added.
See ships in SC convoys
Dec. 24 Halifax Clyde Jan. 9-1943 HX 220 See also narrative below and Page 3
1943 Jan. 12 Liverpool* ON 161 *From Clyde
(Page 3).
For NYC.
Detached Jan. 31.
Jan. 31 Detached from ON 161 Gitmo Febr. 4 Independent A. Hague says:
Possibly met NG 340 at some point
Available at NG convoys
(external link)
The above entry has been taken from listing further down on this page and date corrected. Note, however, that according to the Commodore's notes for ON 161 (follow link to this convoy) Vav was detached on Jan. 28. (Convoy NG 340 originated in New York on Jan. 28-1943 and arrived Guantanamo Febr. 4).
Febr. 4 Gitmo Curacao Febr. 8 GAT 42 Gitmo to Curacao.
Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Febr. 10 Curacao Gitmo Febr. 13 TAG 41 Curacao to Gitmo.
Convoy available at TAG convoys
(external link)
Febr. 13 Gitmo New York City Febr. 21 GN 41 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Febr. 28 New York City Liverpool March 16 HX 228 A. Hague says:
In collision w/Samuel F. B. Morse.
See also narrative below.
Missing movements, Page 3
June 10 Liverpool New York City June 26 ON 188 On to Philadelphia June 27, back to New York
(Page 3).
Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
July 8 New York City Liverpool July 22 HX 247 Escort Oiler
(Missing movements, Page 3).
See also narrative below
July 31 Liverpool New York City Aug. 13 ON 195 Escort Oiler.
Convoy will be added.
See link above.
Missing movements, Page 4
Sept. 2 New York City Liverpool Sept. 16 HX 255 Escort Oiler
Missing movements, Page 4.
Sept. 22 Liverpool New York City Oct. 9 ON 203 Convoy will be added.
See link above
Oct. 11 New York City Halifax Oct. 15 HX 261 Returned to port.
Convoy will be added.
See ships in HX convoys
Oct. 24 Halifax Liverpool Nov. 8 SC 145 Escort Oiler
Missing movements, Page 4
* Oct. 31 Detached from ON 161 Gitmo Febr. 4 Independent Possibly met NG 340 at some point
*This entry has ended up in the wrong place - date should be Jan. 31 and voyage has been inserted further up in this record.
Nov. 20 Clyde New York City Dec. 4 ON 212 Escort Oiler
Dec. 24 New York City Philadelphia Dec. 25 Independent
Dec. 27 Philadelphia New York City Dec. 28 Independent
Dec. 29 New York City Boston Independent
1944 Jan. 3 Boston Halifax Jan. 6 BX 90 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
Jan. 14 Halifax Liverpool Jan. 31 SC 151 Escort Oiler
Missing movements, Page 4
Febr. 12 Liverpool ONS 29 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ONS convoys
Febr. 28 Joined from ONS 29 Cape Cod Canal March 1 XB 98 Convoy available at XB convoys
(external link)
March 1 Cape Cod Canal New York City March 3 Independent
March 4 New York City Philadelphia March 4 Independent
March 6 Philadelphia New York City March 7 Independent
March 8 New York City Boston Independent
March 10 Boston Halifax March 12 BX 99 Convoy available at BX convoys
(external link)
March 14 Halifax Liverpool March 29 SC 155 Left Liverpool March 30
(Page 4).
Missing movements, Page 5
Apr. 7 Liverpool Boston Apr. 23 ON 231 Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Apr. 27 Boston New York City Apr. 28 Independent
May 10 New York City Clyde May 26 HX 291 Escort Oiler
See also Page 5
June 3 Clyde New York City June 22 ON 239 Convoy will be added.
See link above
July 3 New York City Loch Ewe July 17 HX 298 See also narrative below
July 18 Loch Ewe Methil July 20 WN 609 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
July 20 Methil Southend July 22* FS 1519 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
*Page 5 gives arrival July 25
July 26 Southend Methil July 28 FN 1430 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
July 29 Methil Loch Ewe July 31 EN 414 Convoy available at EN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 10 Loch Ewe New York City Aug. 28 ON 248S Convoy will be added.
See ships in ON convoys
Aug. 29 New York City Gitmo Sept. 4 NG 456 Convoy available at NG convoys
(external link)
Sept. 4 Gitmo Puerto la Cruz Sept. 9 GAT 158 Convoy available at GAT convoys
(external link)
Sept. 9 Puerto la Cruz Gitmo Sept. 13 Independent
Sept. 15 Gitmo Philadelphia Sept. 22 GN 157 Convoy available at GN convoys
(external link)
Sept. 25 Philadelphia Hampton Roads Sept. 26
Sept. 28 Lynn Haven Roads Corpus Christi Oct. 7
Oct. 8 Corpus Christi Port Neches Oct. 9 Independent
Oct. 14 Lake Charles Baltimore Oct. 24 Independent
Nov. 2 Baltimore Key West Nov. 6
Nov. 6 Key West Corpus Christi Nov. 12 Independent (Stop at Key West not mentioned, Page 5).
Nov. 13 Corpus Christi Baltimore Nov. 23 Independent A. Hague says:
Possibly in KN 351
Available at KN convoys
(external link)
Dec. 1 Baltimore Corpus Christi Dec. 10 Independent Possibly in NK 654
Available at NK convoys
(external link)
Dec. 10 Corpus Christi Baltimore Dec. 19 Independent
Dec. 21 Baltimore Mobile Dec. 29 Independent A. Hague says:
Apparently lay in Mobile until mid July-1945
Subsequent voyages:
Page 5 & Page 6

 Misc. Convoy Voyages: 
As will be seen, some of the dates in this narrative, which is based on the captain's report (source at the bottom of this page) are slightly different from those found on the archive documents - I have left the captain's dates as they appear in his report (the discrepancy might simply be a matter of different time zones used). The captain's information has been supplemented with my own convoy information. Please follow the convoy links provided for more info on them, several Norwegian ships took part. More convoy information is shown in Hague's Voyage Record.

Vav was mostly in service in the Atlantic through the war; the first three years with petrol, later with diesel and fuel oil. She was involved in collisions a few times, and had various technical problems and mishaps which resulted in long stays in port for repairs. In fact, a total of 12 months were spent on repairs. Still, she delivered 19 cargoes of oil to the U.K.

She unloaded cargo in Alexandria, Egypt on Febr. 11-1940, then headed for Constanza, Romania where she picked up petrol for the U.K. Due to the fact that several of her crew members did not want to go to England, she had to stop by Malta so that 13 men could be paid off and go home, before she continued to Liverpool in convoy. She's listed in station 22 of Convoy HGF 22 from Gibraltar to the U.K. on March 9. She departed again on March 24, again in convoy. In fact, together with Favorit, she's included in Convoy OB 116, which left Liverpool on that date and dispersed on the 27th - see link provided within the Voyage Record. According to Page 1, Vav arrived Port Arthur, Texas on Apr. 15, in other words, they were at sea on Apr. 9 when the news of the German invasion of Norway was received, though there's no mention in the captain's report of their reactions to this terrible news.

Having picked up a cargo of oil, she left Port Arthur on Apr. 17 for Belfast, where she arrived May 15. For this voyage, she had joined Convoy HX 39 from Halifax on Apr. 30. After having unloaded in Belfast, degaussing and a 7.4" gun were installed before she left Belfast on June 11, joining Convoy OB 167 (link in the table above). This convoy, which also included Bjørkhaug, Garonne, Polarsol, Ruth I and South America, originated in Liverpool on June 13 and dispersed on the 17th, Vav arriving Aruba June 30. A cargo was loaded there and discharged in Dublin on Aug. 2 (she's listed as bound for Dublin with a cargo of gasoline in the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 57 on July 10 - she arrived Dublin July 26). Via Liverpool for convoy (A. Hague suggests OB 193, which originated in Liverpool on Aug. 4 and dispersed on the 7th. Berto, Corvus, Ingertre, Loke, Ringhorn, Thermopylæ and Vilja are listed - again, see link in Voyage Record), she then headed to Abadan to pick up a cargo of petrol for the U.K., via Capetown for instructions and Freetown for convoy to Methil (with G. C. Brøvig and Orwell, she's listed in Convoy SL 55 from Freetown on Nov. 12 - again, see link in the Voyage Record). Upon departure Methil in convoy (this was Convoy FS 356 - Dec. 8; again, see link above), Vav was involved in a collision (with British St. Merriel - see also Convoy EN 40 - external link, which gives the date of collision with Vav as Dec. 9), but could continue to Grangemouth to unload, arriving there on Dec. 19, and the collision damages were repaired. Compare these voyages and dates with Page 1.

Repairs were completed on Febr. 3-1941, and at the same time 4 Hotchkiss guns had been installed as well as concrete protection around the bridge. We later find her, together with Abraham Lincoln and Olaf Bergh, in Convoy OB 285, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 11-1941 and dispersed on the 17th. Judging from the archive document, she joined from Loch Ewe, and her destination is given as Aruba. The captain says she was docked in New York, before heading to Aruba to pick up more cargo, with arrival there on March 17. (She was scheduled for Convoy HX 117 from Halifax back to the U.K. on March 27, but instead joined HX 118 on March 31, cargo of gasoline - going back to Page 1, we see that she had not arrived Halifax until March 29). This cargo was discharged in Belfast on Apr. 20 where a new degaussing cable was also installed (the old one had been ruined). While in Belfast they endured a heavy bombardment on May 5. She left Belfast on May 31 (compare date with archive document - she's listed in Convoy OB 328, along with Frontenac and Hilda Knudsen) to pick up a cargo in New York and was back in Liverpool by July 12, having arrived with Convoy HX 135 from Halifax (cargo of gasoline), then returned to New York for another cargo. For this voyage, she's listed in Convoy OB 349, departing Liverpool on July 21, dispersed Aug. 1, Vav arriving New York Aug. 7. Benwood, Gallia, Gard, Lise, Thode Fagelund and Tore Jarl are also named in this convoy. Direct links to the OB convoys mentioned here have been provided in the Voyage Record above.

On Aug. 16-1941 we find Vav in station 114 of Convoy HX 145 from Halifax, cargo of benzine (Kos IX and Kos VIII are named among the escorts; according to A. Hague, Vice Commodore was in Troubadour). When off Belfast on Aug. 31, Vav was run into and damaged by another ship, so had to unload her cargo in Belfast then go in for temporary repairs (the degaussing cable had also been rendered useless in this collision), before proceeding to New York for more permanent repairs. She's listed as sailing in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 15, which originated in Liverpool on Sept. 11 and dispersed Sept. 16, Vav arriving New York on Sept. 25.

According to the captain's report she had gone to Aruba for cargo after having been repaired in New York, the repairs having taken about a month - this agrees with the info found on Page 1. This cargo was unloaded in the U.K. around Dec. 10, which fits in with the fact that she can be found in station 45 of Convoy HX 161, which departed Halifax on Nov. 21-1941 and arrived Liverpool on Dec. 6; according to Page 2, she stopped at Loch Ewe on the 5th, proceeding to Methil Roads 2 days later, arriving Dec. 9. (It looks like Vav had originally been scheduled for the previous convoy on Nov. 15, HX 160). On the 12th (should this be 22nd?), she was damaged in the Humber when touching an underwater wreck so had to go into Tyne for repairs, with arrival there on Dec. 27. Repairs took a long time; at the same time more protection was built around the radio station (the archive document gives her departure Tyne as Jan. 31-1942).

She's now listed in the westbound North Atlantic Convoy ON 65*, which originated in Liverpool on Febr. 8-1942 and dispersed on the 19th, Vav arriving Galveston on March 7 (she had joined from Loch Ewe). Having picked up a cargo there, she was back in Avonmouth unloading at the beginning of Apr.-1942, having arrived with Convoy HX 181, which had left Halifax on March 21 and arrived Liverpool on Apr. 2; Vav had arrived Avonmouth, via Belfast Lough, on Apr. 5. Acanthus, Eglantine and Potentilla are named among the escorts for this convoy. Vav subsequently returned to the U.S. with Convoy ON 87*, which originated in Liverpool on Apr. 16 and dispersed on the 26th, Vav arriving Galveston May 7, Baytown May 9, where a cargo was loaded - again, see also Page 2. On June 7, we find her in Convoy HX 193 from Halifax, arriving Liverpool on the 19th. The cargo was discharged there, and she remained in Liverpool for close to a month while undergoing minor repairs, then left Liverpool on July 16 for Baltimore (westbound Convoy ON 113* - 3 ships were sunk; ref. link at the end of this page) to pick up another cargo, again for Liverpool, where she arrived Sept. 4, having joined Convoy HX 204 from Halifax on Aug. 23.

She departed Liverpool on Sept. 11, joining the westbound Convoy ON 129*, bound for Caripito, Venezuela, via New York for convoy to Port of Spain, then on to Venezuela (convoy info in Voyage Record). From Page 3, we learn that she arrived Caripito on Oct. 22. The captain says she left Caripito with a cargo of diesel oil on Oct. 28 (archive doc gives departure Oct. 24) and via the same convoy ports as well as Halifax, where she was delayed due to repairs, she headed back to the U.K. on Dec. 24 in the Halifax portion of Convoy HX 220, having previously been cancelled from HX 215 from New York on Nov. 11 (according to Arnold Hague, she had instead sailed from New York to Halifax in Convoy SC 110* on Nov. 17, and had arrived Halifax on Nov. 20, leaving again on Dec. 24, as mentioned).

After having unloaded the diesel oil at Clyde she left for Curacao on Jan. 12-1943, joining Convoy ON 161, from which she was detached Jan. 28. She arrived Curacao Febr. 8, again to pick up diesel oil for the U.K., with the return voyage via the same convoy ports as last time (see also Page 3 and the Voyag Record above). According to the captain this turned out to be the worst voyage they had in the entire war. The convoy lost several ships and just before arrival U.K. Vav was run into by another ship and both were damaged but managed to get to port for their own power. This happened while in Convoy HX 228 from New York (in which Brant County and others were sunk - follow the links for details), and according to the Commodore's notes for this convoy, 3 ships were involved, namely the American Samuel F. B. Morse (station 115), the British British Statesman (station 95) and Vav (in station 94). Here's a brief collision report. (Note that Vav is listed as cancelled from the earlier, slow Convoy SC 121, which had left New York on Febr. 23, and in which the Commodore Vessel Bonneville and several others were sunk. HX 228 sailed a few days later, on Febr. 28).

Vav's cargo was unloaded in Liverpool before she again went in for repairs, this time in Manchester, where she remained for a long time - again, see Page 3. While there, on June 1, Captain Apall-Olsen was replaced by P. R. Paulsen, and on June 10 she left for Philadelphia with Convoy ON 188* (Commodore in Abraham Lincoln) to pick up another cargo, which was discharged in Ellesmere Port and Manchester. She had been scheduled for Convoy HX 246 from New York on June 30 (as can be seen, when going back to the archive document, she had gone to Philadelphia and did not get back to New York until July 2). She instead joined the next convoy on July 8, HX 247, serving as Escort Oiler, according to A. Hague. By the middle of Aug.-1943 she was back in Baltimore (having arrived in the U.S. with Convoy ON 195* [Escort Oiler], which had left Liverpool on July 31 - Commodore was again in Abraham Lincoln), at which time she had a brief stay in dock. Her voyages in this period are shown on Page 4. At the end of that month she headed to Philadelphia to pick up another cargo for Manchester, later joining Convoy HX 255 (again serving as Escort Oiler - Commodore was in Abraham Lincoln). It'll be noticed, when following the link, that Vav is listed in the Halifax section on Sept. 4, but this must be an error; according to the archive document, her voyage started in New York on Sept. 2, and she arrived Manchester, via Liverpool and Eastham, on Sept. 18.

She headed back to New York on Sept. 22 with Convoy ON 203* to pick up another cargo, which was unloaded in Ellesmere Port around Nov. 10. For this eastbound voyage she had sailed in the slow Convoy SC 145 (Escort Oiler), which left Halifax on Oct. 24-1943 and arrived Liverpool on Nov. 7; her destination is given as Stanlow, where she arrived Nov. 8 - Potentilla and Rose are named among the escorts, see SC convoy escorts (according to Arnold Hague, Vav had initially started out from New York on Oct. 11 in Convoy HX 261*, but returned to port - going back to Page 4, we see that she had indeed left New York on Oct. 11, but put back to Halifax on the 15th). Captain Appall-Olsen now resumed command. She subsequently proceeded to Greenock and Manchester where she was fitted out to replenish the escorts at sea*, arrived Clyde Nov. 12, departed on the 20th in Convoy ON 212 for New York (serving as Escort Oiler); Potentilla, Rose and Eglantine are again named among the escorts for this convoy, which arrived New York on Dec. 4. Captain Knut Bringedal now briefly took over the command, whereupon Vav loaded a cargo in Philadelphia for the U.K. She's listed among the ships leaving Halifax with Convoy SC 151 on Jan. 14-1944 (Escort Oiler), with arrival Liverpool Jan. 31 - Commodore was in Para. Eglantine and Rose escorted for a while. Vav's destination is again given as Stanlow, and she arrived there on Febr. 1/2, proceeding to Manchester the next day.

*I suspect this may have taken place somewhat earlier; for one thing, Manchester is not mentioned for this period on Page 4 (though this does not necessarily mean she did not go there), for another, she had served as Escort Oiler prior to this, according to A. Hague. Perhaps she had been fitted out for this service in the spring of 1943, when she spent such a long time in Manchester? See Page 3. This would fit in with the fact that the first convoy for which she's said to have served as Escort Oiler is HX 247 in July.

On March 5-1944, she was again in Philadelphia to pick up a cargo. She had arrived U.S. with Convoy ONS 29*, which had sailed from Liverpool on Febr. 12, and for which Acanthus, Eglantine and Rose are named among the escorts (see ONS convoy escorts); the Commodore was in Geisha. This cargo was unloaded in Manchester; she's listed as bound for Barton in the slow Convoy SC 155, which left Halifax on March 14 and arrived Liverpool on the 29th (see also Page 4) - according to Page 5, she later arrived Manchester and Barton on March 31/Apr. 1. She subsequently headed back to the U.S. on Apr. 7 with Convoy ON 231*, along with 14 other Norwegian ships, namely Bernhard, Ferncourt, Haakon Hauan, Spinanger, Østhav, Solstad, Idefjord, President de Vogue, Heranger, Kong Haakon VII, Thorsholm, Skaraas, Høyanger and Nordanger. Vav's destination on that occasion was Boston, where she arrived Apr. 23, and where she was docked. Captain Apall-Olsen came back on board again on Apr. 27.

She now loaded a cargo in New York, which was discharged in Glasgow; she had arrived with the New York-U.K. Convoy HX 291 (Escort Oiler), which also included the Norwegian Heranger, Høyanger (Vice Commodore ship), O. B. Sørensen, Para, Villanger, Stirlingville, Minerva, Velox and others (follow the convoy link). This convoy had departed New York on May 10 and arrived Liverpool on the 27th; Vav stopped at Clyde on the 26th. Again Captain Apall-Olsen had to leave and Captain Olav Skaar took over meanwhile. Vav then returned to New York (with Convoy ON 239*, June 3-1944), where she arrived June 22 and where a minor damage had to be repaired - something had gone wrong with her steering mechanism on this voyage and she had touched another ship in the convoy. She was scheduled for Convoy HX 297 on June 24, but did not sail (Commodore in Brimanger). Following repairs, another cargo was loaded in New York, before she headed back to the U.K., where Apall-Olsen came back on board. This voyage had been made with Convoy HX 298, which left New York on July 3 and arrived Liverpool on the 18th; Vav stopped at Loch Ewe on the 17th; her destination is given as Isle of Grain.

She later departed Loch Ewe in Convoy ON 248S* on Aug. 10-1944, arriving New York Aug. 28, proceeding the next day to Puerto la Cruz, where she loaded a cargo which was discharged in Philadelphia (convoy info in Voyage Record), and she now made some voyages on the U.S. coast - again, see Page 5. Around Christmas-1944 she discharged a cargo in Mobile, Al. before heading to a yard for misc. repairs etc., and she was not ready to sail again until July-1945. In Sept./Oct.-1945, while in Baltimore, the various guns and other war related equipment that had been installed in the course of the war years were removed. Page 6 shows her voyages to Apr.-1946.

* The ON convoys, which included several Norwegian ships, 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. ONS 29 can be found on the page listing ships in all ONS convoys. The entire SC series and HX series will also be updated and completed, but for now, please see ships in all SC convoys and ships in all HX convoys for the names of ships in SC 110 and HX 261.

More information on all the Norwegian ships named here can be found via the alphabet index below, or go to the Master Ship Index.


According to this external page, she was owned from Sept.-1946 by Skibs A/S Nordheim (H. Ditlev Simonsen & Co.), Oslo, still as Vav. Sold to Germany for breaking up in 1956.

Related external link:
Ships hit from Convoy ON 113

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Norway had lost a steamship by the name Vav to WW I, built 1916, 1255 gt - torpedoed and sunk off the Lizard by the German UB-80 on Dec. 4-1917, while on a voyage from Glasgow for Havre with a cargo of steel.

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "The Allied Convoy System", Arnold Hague and misc. The captain's report is from "19 Oslo-skips historie under verdenskrigen, fra April 1940 til krigens slutt i 1945" (The story of 19 Oslo ships during WW II), Harald Nicolaisen - 1945 - ref. My sources.


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