Requisitioned Auxiliary – Mosli




Official Number:                      N/R

Laid down:                              

Builder:                                  Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg 

Launched:                              19 September 1935

Into Service:                           1939

Out of service:                        1945

Fate:                                     1960 broken up


Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of several Norweigian ships requisitioned to serve as an escort oiler


Career Data:

19 September 1935 by Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg as Yard Nr: 260 named Mosli for A/S Mosvold’s Redari 111 (Torrey Mosvold, Manager) Farsund

December 1935 completed

July 1938 owners became A/S Mosvold Shipping Co (Martin Mosbold, Manager) Farsund – name unchanged

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

17 June 1940 sailed Halifax in convoy HX51 with a cargo of fuel oil to the River Clyde arriving 2 July 1940

22 August 1940 sailed the River Clyde joining convoy OB202 until dispersal on 26 August 1940 thence independently to Curacao arriving 9 September 1940

11 September 1940 sailed Curacao independently to Bermuda with a cargo of FFO arriving 16 September 1940

24 September 1940 sailed Bermuda in convoy BHX76 joing convoy HX76 on 29 September 1940 to Halifax arriving 1 October 1940 with engine defects

10 November 1940 sailed Halifax in convoy HX86. Again suffered engine defects and was detached to St. John’s Newfoundland  on 14 November 1940 arriving 16 November 1940

20 November 1940 sailed St John’s Newfoundland independently to New York arriving 27 November 1940

13 December 1940 sailed New York independently to Halifax arriving 16 December 1940 

18 December 1940 sailed Halifax in convoy HX97 to the River Clyde arriving 3 January 1941

18 January 1941 sailed the River Clyde joining convoy OB275 from Liverpool until dispersal on 23 January 1941 and then independently to New York arriving 4 February 1941

5 September 1941 grounded on the Shambles Bank off Cowes. Managed to refloat herself – Source Admiralty War Diary of this day page 1417

20 July 1942 sailed Trinidad independently to Freetown – loaded with Admiralty fuel oil – C in C South Atlantic requested that an escort be provided due to submarine activity in the area. Source Admiralty War Diary of 26 July 1942 page 59 & 60

20 May 1943 in the North Atlantic at 57.32N 33.15W refuelled astern USS GREENE (DD266) and supplied 15,800 gallons of fuel oil

 USS Greene DD-266

USS Greene (DD266)

3 August 1943 sailed Scapa Flow to the Faroe Islands escorted by HMS METEOR. On arrival at the Faroes refuelled HMS METEOR

February 1948 berthed at Arendal, Norway

September 1948 alongside at Covenas, Colombia

1951 purchased by Citmar Cia Italiana Transporti Maritime, Genoa and renamed Smeralda

25 November 1960 arrived La Spezia for demolition by Italian ship breakers