Requisitioned Auxiliary – Frontenac

 

FRONTENAC

 

Official Number:                                 N/R

Laid down:

Builder:                                             Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend

Launched:                               12 October 1927

Into Service:                            WW2

Out of service:                         WW2

Fate:                                        1955 broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

Background Data:  

One of a group of additional Norwegian-flagged ships which served as Escort Oilers during WW2

 

Career Data:

 

12 October 1927 launched by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend as Yard Nr: 1303 named FRONTENAC for D/S A/S Baltimore (Halle & Pederson, Managers) Oslo

February 1928 completed

9 April 1940 was on passage from New York to Tampico when War broke out in Norway

WW2 fitted as and served as an Escort Oiler, name unchanged

10 January 1941 sailed Halifax independently to Curacao arriving 19 January 1941

24 January 1941 sailed Curacao independently to Aruba arriving the next day

26 January 1941 sailed Aruba independently to Bermuda arriving 31 January 1941

1 February 1941 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX107 until 7 February 1941 when they joined escorted convoy HX107 which had sailed from Halifax and arrived at Belfast Lough on 23 February 1941

2 March 1941 sailed Belfast Lough independently to Liverpool arriving the next day

7 March 1941 saild Liverpool in escorted convoy OG55 and then sailed independently to New York arriving 26 March 1941

5 April 1941 sailed New York independently to Halifax arriving 29 April 1941

25 April 1941 sailed New York independently to Halifax arriving 29 April 1941

6 May 1941 sailed Halifax in unescorted convoy HX125B to Belfast Lough arriving 22 May 1941

24 May 1941 sailed Belfast Lough independently to Liverpool arriving the next day

29 May 1941 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy OB328 until dispersal on 2 June 1841 and then independently to Curacao arriving on 18 June 1941

20 June 1941 sailed Curacao independently to Freetown arriving 9 July 1941

12 July 1941 sailed Freetown independently to Curacao arrving 27 July 1941

27 July 1941 sailed Curacao independently to Aruba arriving the next day

30 July 1941 sailed Aruba independently to Freetown arriving on 19 August 1941

23 August 1941 sailed Freetown independently to Curacao arrived on 8 September 1941

10 September 1941 sailed Curacao independently to Freetown arriving 26 September 1941

30 September 1941 sailed Freetown independently to Aruba arriving 15 October 1941

17 October 1941 sailed Aruba independently to Freetown arriving 3 November 1941

11 November 1941 sailed Freetown independently to Bathurst arriving 13 November 1941

15 November 1941 sailed Bathurst independently to Curacao arriving 28 November 1941

29 November 1941 sailed Curacao independently to Puerto La Cruz arriving 1 December 1941

2 December 1941 sailed Puerto La Cruz to independently Curacao arriving the next day

7 December 1941 sailed Curacao independently to Trinidad arriving 9 December 1941

12 December 1941 sailed Trinidad independently to Puerto La Cruz arriving 13 December 1941

14 December 1941 sailed Puerto La Cruz independently to Aruba arriving 16 December 1941

18 December 1941 sailed Aruba independently to Curacao arriving the same day

26 December 1941 sailed Curacao independently to Halifax arriving 5 January 1942

17 January 1942 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy SC65 to the River Cyde arriving 2 February 19428 February 1942 sailed the Clyde and joined escorted convoy ON64 to Halifax arriving  24 February 1942 thence independently to Mobile arriving 8 March 1942

8 March 1942 sailed Mobile independently to Houston arriving 10 April 1942

12 April 1942 sailed Houston independently to Curacao arriving 21 April 1942

25 April 1942 sailed Curacao independently to St Michaels arriving 9 May 1942

May 1942 at Ponta Delgarda, Azores. By signal C in C W.A. directed that HMS’s St MARYS and CASTLETON were to escort tankers Frontenac, John A Brown and British Prestige to the UK – Source Admiralty War Diary of 14 May 1942

28 May 1942 arrived at Methil from Loch Ewe thence sailed in unescorted convoy FS814 to Southend arriving 30 May 1942

3 June 1942 sailed Southend in unescorted convoy FN725 to Methil arriving 5 June 1942

8 June 1942 sailed Methil in escorted convoy EN95 to Loch Ewe arriving 10 June 1942 thence joining escorted convoy from Liverpool ON103 to Cape Cod Canal arriving 26 June 1942

26 June 1942 sailed Cape Cod Canal independently to New York arriving 29 June 1942

18 October 1942  sailed New York in escorted convoy HX212

27 October 1942 torpedoed and damaged by German submarine U-436 in position 54.20N 31.40W but managed to reach Lamlash safely on her own

28 October 1942 USS BEAVER, an escort for convoy HX212, reported that FRONTENAC was missing but she had not received any indictation that she had sunk – Source USS Beaver’s War Diary

5 November 1942 arrived Lamlash

7 November 1942 sailed Lamlash independently to Ardrossan arriving the next day

10 November 1942 sailed Ardrossan independently to the River Clyde arriving the same day

14 November 1942 sailed the River Clyde independently to Loch Ewe arriving 16 November 1942 joing unescorted convoy WN362 to Methil arriving 20 November 1942

21 November 1942 sailed Methil in unescorted convoy FS966 for the River Tyne arriving the same day

5 March 1943 after repairs had been completed, which involved fitting a new bow, she re-entered service

1943 Captain William Thorsen, a Norwegian citizen, appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire – Civil Divison (Hon. OBE), Chief Officer Suguard Arntsen, a Norwegian citizen, appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire – Civil Division (Hon. MBE) and Pumpman Emil Larsen, a Norwegian citizen, awarded the British Empire Medal – Civil Division (Hon. BEM) for services when the ship was torpedoed and damaged. All three were also awarded the Lloyd’s Bravery at Sea Medal. None of these awards were published in the London Gazette

8 March 1943 sailed the River Tyne joining unescorted convoy FN962 to Methil arriving the next day

11 March 1943 sailed Methil in unescorted convoy EN203 to Loch Ewe arriving 13 March 1943 thence to Halifax

28 March 1943 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy XB40 to Cape Cod Canal arriving 30 March 1943

30 March 1943 sailed Cape Cod Canal independently to New York arriving the next day

2 April 1943 sailed New York in unescorted convoy NG353 to Guantanamo arriving 9 April 1943

9 April 1943 sailed Guantanamo in unescorted convoy GAT55 to Curacao arriving 14 April 1943

16 April 1943 sailed Curacao joining unescorted convoy TAG54 arriving Guantanamo 19 April 1943

 

1951 purchased by Mares Cia Armadora, Panama and renamed ILLUSTRIOUS

19 June 1955 arrived Barrow for demolition by T.W. Ward Ltd