Requisitioned Auxiliary – Solfonn




Official Number:                      N/R

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Deutsche Werft Betrieb Finkenwarder, Hamburg

Launched:                              28 January 1939

Into Service:                           1940

Out of service:                        1945

Fate:                                       11 December 1963 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:


28 January 1939 launched by Deutsche Werft Betrieb Finkenwarder, Hamburg as Yard Nr: 210 named Solfonn for Skibs A/S Dalfnn (Sigval Bergesen d.y., Manager) Stavanger

March 1939 completed

9 April 1940 was on passage from Curaçao to Buenos Aires when War broke out in Norway

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

9 February 1942 sailed from Belfast Lough in escorted convoy BB12 to Milford Haven arriving the next day

15 April 1942 sailed from Belfast Lough in escorted convoy BB135 to Milford Haven arriving the next day. “RFA” BRITISH LADY also sailed in this convoy

17 July 1942 sailed from Belfast Lough in unescorted convoy BB199 to Milford Haven arriving the next day

12 August 1942 sailed from Halifax in escorted convoy HA3 to Curaçao arriving 22 August 1942

31 August 1942 sailed from Guantanamo in unescorted convoy GZ1 to Cristobal arriving 8 September 1942

26 November 1942 sailed from Aden in unescorted convoy AP8 to Bandar Abbas

22 May 1943 sailed from Cape Town in unescorted convoy CN21 and dispersed on 24 May 1943 for Bahai

28 June 1943 sailed from Trinidad in unescorted convoy TAG69 to Guantanamo arriving 3 July 1943

12 July 1943 sailed New York in unescorted convoy NG373 but was forced to put back

1951 purchased by I/S Bardal (Enilng Sannes, Manager) Bodo and renamed Bardal

4 April 1951 berthed at Newcastle Quay, River Tyne

1956 purchased by Lovisa Anfartygs A/B (A/B R Nordstrom & CoOy, Managers) Lovisa and renamed Angela

11 December 1963 arrived Yokosuka for demolition by Japanese breakers