Requisitioned Auxiliary – Solsten

 

Solsten 

 

Official Number:                      N/R

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Whiteinch

Launched:                              16 March 1929

Into Service:                           1940

Out of service:                        1945

Fate:                                     22 November 1954 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:

 

16 March 1929 launched by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Whiteinch as Yard Nr: 624 named Solsten for Tonsberg Tank A/S (Rafen & Loennechen, Managers) Tonsberg

May 1929 completed

24 March 1940 sailed Dakar independently to Takoradi arriving 27 March 1940

29 March 1940 sailed Takoradi independently to Trinidad arriving 16 April 1940

9 April 1940 War broke out in Norway

30 April 1940 sailed Trinidad independently to New Orleans arriving 10 May 1940

13 May 1940 sailed New Orleans independently to Bermuda arriving 22 May 1940

23 May 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX45 with a cargo of petrol joining on 29 May 1940 escorted convoy HX45 to Ardrossan arriving 11 June 1940

18 June 1940 sailed the Firth of Clyde joining escort convoy OB170 from Liverpool until dispersal on 23 June 1940 and then independently to Aruba arriving 7 July 1940

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

1951 purchased by Norness Shipping Co Inc., Monrovia and renamed Jenny Naess

22 November 1954 arrived at Milford Haven for demolition by T W Ward Ltd