Requisitioned Auxiliary – Norden

 

Norden 

 

Official Number:                      N/R

Builder:                                  Deutsche Werft A.G Betrieb Finkenwarder, Hamburg

Launched:                              2 February 1931

Into Service:                           World War 2

Out of service:                        World War 2

Fate:                                     December 1961 broken up, Japan

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:

2 February 1931 launched by Deutsche Werft A.G Betrieb Finkenwarder, Hamburg as Yard Nr 144 named NORDEN for Skibs A/S Norden (Halfdan Kuhnle, Manager), Bergen

March 1931  completed

1937  owners became Halfdan Kuhnle’s Rederi A/S (Halfdan Kuhnle, Manager) Bergen name unchanged

9 April 1940 was on passage from Sydney – Brisbane – Thursday Island when War broke out in Norway

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

April 1943 sailed Curaçao in unescorted convoy TAG52 arriving at Guantanamo 9 April 1943

2 September 1943 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ON200 for New York arriving 18 Septeember 1943

10 June 1944 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX295 to Liverpool arriving 8 August 1944. Carried 56 depth charges to resupply the escorts

3 July 1944 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ON243 to New York arriving 18 July 1944 as an Escort oiler

25 July 1944 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX301 to Liverpool arriving 8 August 1944 as an Escort oiler

18 August 1944 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ON249 to New York arriving 2 September 1944

16 September 1944 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX309 to Liverpool arriving 3 October 1944

12 October 1944 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ON259 to New York arriving 29 October 1944 as an Escort oiler

November 1951 purchased by Valparaiso Comp. Maritime S.A (Orion Shipping & Trading Co, Managers) Panama and renamed VICTORIOUS

9 April 1954 arrived Preston for demolition