Drammensfjord

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Introduction

Drammensfjord was a cargo ship completed in 1920 and broken up in 1959, giving her a service life of 39 years. She did sterling service during WW2 as can be seen below.

Drammensfjord
Drammensfjord - date and location unknown. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo ship
Registered owners,managers and operators Winge & Co
Builders Canadian Vickers
Yard Montreal
Country Canada
Yard number 74
Registr N/K
Official number 150905
Signal letters N/K
Call sign LCIK
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 5,339
Net tonnage 3,210
Deadweight N/K
Length 400.9 Ft
Breadth 52.4 Ft
Depth 28.4 Ft
Draught N/K
Engines Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 25", 41", 68" and stroke 45".
Engine builders Canadian Vickers
Works Montreal
Country Canada
Power: N/K N/K
Boiler N/K
Propulsion Single screw
Speed 11 Knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Additional Construction Information

The Lloyds Register entry for Drammensfjord for 1945-6 has the following additional information about her:

  • She had two decks

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 April 1920 Launched
June 1920 Completed as Tatyana
1925 Change of name to Drammensfjord and change of owner to Den norske Amerikalinje A/S
1949 Change of name to Luciano and change of owner to E.Szabados
3 September 1959 Broken up at Spezia

Service Pre WW2

She was originally built as Tatjana for Winge & Co, - later Den Norske Ruslandlinje (Norwegian Russia Line). Launched on 24 April 1920, she was completed in June of the same year. She ran aground at Village Island, Barclay Sound, British Columbia, on 27 February 1924 and refloated on 5 May. The ship was condemned but sold to Canadian-American Shipping Co., and in 1925 was shortly afterwards purchased by Den Norske Amerikalinje (Norway America Line) and renamed Drammensfjord.

I have not found any further information about her pre-war service.

Service in WW2

Drammersfjord took part in a very large number of convoys and independent voyages during WW2 according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - see External. Ref. #4.

Departure Convoy/Independent Arrival
Konakry, Apr 7, 1940 Independent Capetown, Apr 24, 1940
Capetown, Apr 26, 1940 Independent Tamatave, May 16, 1940
Tamatave, May 25, 1940 Independent Mauritius, Jun 4, 1940
Mauritius, Jun 5, 1940 Independent Tamatave, Jun 8, 1940
Tamatave, Jun 18, 1940 Independent Beira, Jul 14, 1940
Beira, Jul 28, 1940 Independent Capetown, Aug 4, 1940
Capetown, Aug 8, 1940 Independent Lobito, Aug 16, 1940
Lobito, Aug 19, 1940 Independent Freetown, Aug 30, 1940
Freetown, Sep 24, 1940 SL.49S (Freetown - r/v WITH SL 49)
Independent Cardiff, Oct 15, 1940
SL.49 (Freetown - Liverpool) Belfast Lough, Oct 16, 1940
Belfast Lough, Oct 22, 1940 Independent
Cardiff, Dec 15, 1940 Independent Swansea, Dec 16, 1940
Swansea, Dec 17, 1940 Independent Liverpool, Dec 18, 1940
Liverpool, Jan 3, 1941 OB.269 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent St John Nb, Jan 24, 1941
St John Nb, Feb 15, 1941 Independent Halifax, Feb 17, 1941
Halifax, Feb 19, 1941 HX.110 (Halifax - Liverpool) Avonmouth, Mar 13, 1941
Avonmouth, Apr 2, 1941 Independent Milford Haven, Apr 5, 1941
Milford Haven, Apr 6, 1941 OB.307 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Macoris, Apr 29, 1941
Macoris, May 1, 1941 Independent Macoris, May 7, 1941
Macoris, May 7, 1941 Independent St. Thomas, May 9, 1941
St. Thomas, May 9, 1941 Independent Bermuda, May 14, 1941
Bermuda, May 18, 1941 BHX.128 (Bermuda - Jd HX 128)
HX.128 (Halifax - Liverpool) Belfast Lough, Jun 5, 1941
Belfast Lough, Jun 6, 1941 BB.30 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Newport, Jun 8, 1941
Newport, Jul 11, 1941 Independent Milford Haven, Jul 12, 1941
Milford Haven, Jul 13, 1941 OB.346 (Liverpool - Freetown)
Independent Cristobal, Aug 6, 1941
Balboa, Aug 8, 1941 Independent Tocopilla, Aug 17, 1941
Tocopilla, Aug 29, 1941 Independent Balboa, Sep 8, 1941
Cristobal, Sep 9, 1941 Independent Halifax, Sep 21, 1941
Halifax, Sep 28, 1941 HX.152 (Halifax - Liverpool) Belfast Lough, Oct 13, 1941
Belfast Lough, Oct 13, 1941 BB.88 (Belfast Lough - M Haven) Newport, Oct 15, 1941
Newport, Nov 4, 1941 Independent Milford Haven, Nov 5, 1941
Milford Haven, Nov 6, 1941 ON.34 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Trinidad, Dec 2, 1941
Trinidad, Dec 4, 1941 Independent La Plata, Dec 29, 1941
Buenos Aires, Jan 21, 1942 Independent Freetown, Feb 14, 1942
Freetown, Feb 21, 1942 SL.101 (Freetown - Liverpool) Oban, Mar 15, 1942
Oban, Mar 17, 1942 WN.259 (Oban - Methil) Methil, Mar 20, 1942
Methil, Mar 23, 1942 FS.758 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 25, 1942
Southend, Apr 8, 1942 FN.677 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 9, 1942
Methil, Apr 11, 1942 EN.70 (Methil - Oban) Loch Ewe, Apr 13, 1942
ON.86 (Liverpool - Cape Cod) Halifax, Apr 29, 1942
Halifax, May 6, 1942 XB.17 (Halifax - Boston) Cape Cod Canal, May 8, 1942
Cape Cod Canal, May 8, 1942 Independent New York, May 9, 1942
New York, Jun 28, 1942 Independent
Hampton Roads, Jul 5, 1942 KS.517 (Hampton Roads - Key West) Key West, Jul 13, 1942
Key West, Jul 14, 1942 WAT.5 (Key West - Trinidad) Trinidad, Jul 24, 1942
Trinidad, Jul 26, 1942 Independent Capetown, Aug 24, 1942
Capetown, Aug 27, 1942 Independent Port Elizabeth, Aug 29, 1942
Port Elizabeth, Aug 31, 1942 Independent East London, Sep 1, 1942
East London, Sep 6, 1942 Independent Durban, Sep 8, 1942
Durban, Sep 17, 1942 Independent Montevideo, Oct 12, 1942
Montevideo, Nov 11, 1942 Independent Buenos Aires, Nov 12, 1942
Buenos Aires, Nov 21, 1942 Independent Capetown, Dec 11, 1942
Capetown, Dec 13, 1942 Independent Durban, Dec 18, 1942
Durban, Dec 22, 1942 DN.8 (Durban - Dispersed)
Independent Colombo, Jan 10, 1943
Colombo, Jan 13, 1943 Independent Madras, Jan 17, 1943
Madras, Jan 29, 1943 Independent Colombo, Feb 1, 1943
Colombo, Feb 5, 1943 Independent Durban, Feb 26, 1943
Durban, Mar 20, 1943 DN.26 (Durban - Dispersed)
Independent Mombasa, Apr 2, 1943
Mombasa, Apr 16, 1943 Independent Durban, Apr 27, 1943
Durban, May 9, 1943 DN.37 (Durban - Dispersed)
Independent Mombasa, May 19, 1943
Independent Zanzibar, May 31, 1943
Mombasa, May 31, 1943 Independent
Zanzibar, Jun 3, 1943 Independent Durban, Jun 12, 1943
Durban, Aug 13, 1943 DN.56 (Durban - Dispersed)
Independent Lourenco Marques, Aug 15, 1943
Lourenco Marques, Aug 21, 1943 LMD.29 (L Marques - Durban) Durban, Aug 23, 1943
Durban, Aug 26, 1943 DN.58 (Durban - Dispersed)
Independent Aden, Sep 11, 1943
Port Said, Sep 21, 1943 Independent Alexandria, Sep 22, 1943
Alexandria, Sep 24, 1943 MKS.26 (Alexandria - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Oct 4, 1943
Gibraltar, Oct 4, 1943 MKS.26G (Gibraltar - r/v WITH SL 137)
SL.137MK (r/v SL 137/MKS 26 - Liverpool) Loch Ewe, Oct 16, 1943
WN.494 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Oct 18, 1943
Methil, Oct 19, 1943 FS.1250 (Methil - Southend) Middlesbrough, Oct 20, 1943
Middlesbrough, Nov 3, 1943 FN.1168 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Nov 4, 1943
Methil, Nov 5, 1943 EN.303 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Clyde, Nov 8, 1943
Clyde, Dec 8, 1943 OS.61KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split)
KMS.35G (ex OS 61/KMS 35 - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Dec 21, 1943
Gibraltar, Dec 22, 1943 KMS.35 (Gibraltar - Port Said) Malta, Dec 27, 1943
Malta, Jan 16, 1944 MKS.37 (Port Said - Gibraltar) Gibraltar, Jan 22, 1944
Gibraltar, Jan 27, 1944 Independent Valencia, Jan 29, 1944
Valencia, Feb 10, 1944 Independent Gibraltar, Feb 12, 1944
Gibraltar, Feb 21, 1944 MKS.40G (Gibraltar - r/v WITH SL 149)
SL.149MK (r/v SL 149/MKS 40 - Liverpool) Liverpool, Mar 7, 1944
Liverpool, Jun 18, 1944 ON.241 (Liverpool - NYC) New York, Jul 2, 1944
New York, Jul 15, 1944 NG.447 (NYC - Guantanamo) Guantanamo, Jul 22, 1944
Guantanamo, Jul 23, 1944 Independent Macoris, Jul 27, 1944
Macoris, Aug 5, 1944 Independent Guantanamo, Aug 7, 1944
Guantanamo, Aug 11, 1944 GN.150 (Guantanamo - NYC) New York, Aug 18, 1944
New York, Aug 31, 1944 HX.306 (NYC - Liverpool) Clyde, Sep 17, 1944
Clyde, Sep 29, 1944 ONS.33 (Liverpool - Halifax)
XB.129A (Halifax - Cape Cod Canal) Cape Cod Canal, Oct 15, 1944
Cape Cod Canal, Oct 15, 1944 Independent New York, Oct 16, 1944
New York, Oct 18, 1944 Independent
Pastelillo, Oct 20, 1944 Independent Pastelillo, Oct 25, 1944
Antilla, Nov 7, 1944 Independent New York, Nov 14, 1944
New York, Nov 18, 1944 Independent
Boston, Nov 22, 1944 BX.134 (Boston - Halifax) Halifax, Nov 25, 1944
Halifax, Dec 2, 1944 SC.162 (Halifax - Liverpool) Clyde, Dec 17, 1944
Clyde, Feb 1, 1945 OS.108KM (Liverpool - Convoy Split 0900a)
KMS.82G (ex OS 108/KMS 82 - Gibraltar) Passed Gibraltar, Feb 9, 1945
Passed Gibraltar, Feb 9, 1945 Independent Augusta, Feb 13, 1945
Augusta, Feb 14, 1945 Independent Brindisi, Feb 15, 1945
Independent Bone, Mar 2, 1945
Bone, Mar 10, 1945 Independent Gibraltar, Mar 13, 1945
Gibraltar, Mar 16, 1945 MKS.89G (Gibraltar - Liverpool) Southend, Mar 24, 1945
Brindisi, Mar 27, 1945 Independent
Southend, Apr 6, 1945 FN.1683 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Apr 8, 1945
Tyne, May 26, 1945 Independent Belfast Lough, May 28, 1945
Belfast Lough, May 29, 1945 Independent Montreal, Jun 11, 1945
Montreal, Jun 22, 1945 Independent Kirkwall, Jul 6, 1945

Defensive Armaments

Drammensfjord was a "Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship" (DEMS).

Please see the Benjidog Recollections website page for Alick Sangster HERE for a short account of his time on Drammensfjord during this period. Alick served on Drammensfjord as a DEMS gunner.

Service post WW2

I have not found any any information about the service history of Drommensfjord after the war other than that she was sold to E.Szabados of Italy who renamed her Luciano. She remained in service with her new company until she was broken up by S.p.A Cantieri Navali Santa Maria in September 1959.

Drammensfjord
Drammensfjord as Luciano - date and location unknown. [2]

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of Warsailors - External Ref. #6
  2. Provided by a friend via email but he did not know the original source.