Australia Calling Re:M/T Vera.

Clive Anthony Fisher
27th August 2006, 10:36
Build 1934 IO-12000 ton M/T Vera Norwegian I think on charter to Ampol Petroleum Australia from late 1937 until 1942 taken over by Anglo Saxon Petroleum until 1945 saw service all through this time both in Atlantic and Pacific areas before returning for service once again with Ampol until late 1949.Same Master Captain Martin Anderson all of that time.Can anyone help with a DECENT image of this vessel and her fate upon leaving Australian Waters .Please correct my details if wrong.
Regards,
Clive.

gdynia
27th August 2006, 11:01
Clive

Please Find

Manager: Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen & Co.,Oslo
Tonnage: 6485 gt, 9800 tdwt., 11 knots.

Built in Gothenburg 1934.

Captain: Martin Andersen all through the war.
1st Mate: M. Salvesen, who also stayed on all through the war, with the exception of one voyage when he had to remain in Australia due to illness.

On charter to Australian Motorists Petrol Company until Dec. 25-1942, at which time she was taken over by Anglo-Saxon, until the end of the war.






Some of Vera's War Voyages:


1940 - 1941:

Vera departed Long Beach on Apr. 6-1940 with a cargo for Sydney, Australia, arriving May 4. In the meantime, on Apr. 9, Norway had been invaded by the Germans, but nothing is mentioned about this in the captain's report. I would imagine they all received the news in stunned disbelief and intense concern for their families. Vera continued to Newcastle (I assume this Newcastle is in Australia) where the rest of her cargo was unloaded, whereupon she departed for California again, but en route she was ordered to Cape Moreton, where new orders for Bahrein were received. She arrived the latter on June 10, picked up a cargo, then returned to Australia via Colombo for supplies and Fremantle for routing instructions. Some of the cargo was unloaded in Sydney, the rest in Newcastle and Brisbane before continuing to San Pedro, then back to Sydney. Another voyage San Pedro-Australia was made after having been a few days in dry dock in San Pedro. She arrived Sydney on Dec. 2-1940, then on to Newcastle to unload rest of cargo before leaving for San Pedro on Dec. 9, with arrival Jan. 5-1941.
A new cargo was loaded in San Pedro as well as in San Francisco for Singapore (aviation fuel), arriving the latter port on Febr. 21 after a very stormy voyage. Having unloaded in Singapore she picked up a new cargo at various places off Singapore then departed for Sydney on March 2. Two more voyages were subsequently made between Singapore and ports on Australia's west coast, whereupon she headed to Sourabaya for various repairs (from July 7 till Aug. 18-1941), then on to Palembang, Pladjoe etc. for cargo, leaving for Brisbane on Aug. 28, then back to Palembang. This time some of the cargo was discharged at Pladjoe, more was picked up at Pulo Samboe for Brisbane, arriving there on Oct. 28. A cargo was loaded in Balik Papan and unloaded in Sydney from Nov. 30 and onwards. On Dec. 6 she was sent to a yard for the installation of armament, and crew was sent ashore for training in the use of guns (an able seamen attempted suicide, date is given as Febr. 19, but I wonder if it should be Dec. 19? He was immediately taken to a hospital, but I'm not sure if he survived). Vera departed Sydney on Dec. 18 (19?) for Fremantle, but having collided with a tug there she had to go in for a few days of repairs. While in Fremantle she was ordered to the Sunda Straits and from there she was sent to Osthaven, with arrival Jan. 15-1942.




1942 - 1943:

She picked up a cargo of aviation fuel in Singapore before departing on Jan. 26-1942 (shortly before that city was taken by the Japanese) for Brisbane via Port Darwin for convoy for the first time. After having finished discharging in Sydney she was docked there, then went to Newcastle to pick up a partial cargo for Melbourne, and from there she continued to Bahrein via Fremantle. Again cargo was discharged in Sydney and Melbourne where she also had minor engine repairs before heading back to Bahrein and Fremantle on June 26. She returned to Bahrein again, with departure on Oct 11-1942, in convoy from Oct. 13, with arrival Melbourne on Nov. 15. She then made a voyage to San Pedro and was at a yard there from Dec. 25-1942 until May 29-1943.
Vera departed San Pedero on June 5 with cargo for Brisbane where part of the cargo was unloaded, while the remainder (aviation fuel) was discharged in Port Moresby, having arrived there in convoy from Townsville. She carried two more cargoes of aviation fuel from Brisbane to Port Moresby, and a 3rd cargo had been taken on board in Brisbane when she had a problem with one of the engines, so the cargo had to be unloaded Sept. 29-1943, and she went in for repairs.




1944 - 1945:

She remained at the yard until Febr. 7-1944. The after gun platform and the ammunition hold had also been enlarged, and a forward gun platform added as well as new cabins for the gun crew. At the same time a phone connection between the bridge and the various gun positions had been installed. She then went to Brisbane for bunkers, and departed for Newcastle in convoy on Febr. 9. She spent some time in dry dock there before leaving alone on Febr. 13 for Panama for further orders. Once through the Panama Canal she proceeded in convoy to Curacao where a Finnish crew member was denied permission to go ashore. He jumped overboard to swim ashore, with the result he had to be put in irons, but not without a fight - he had kicked the carpenter in the groin so that he needed medical treatment.
From Curacao Vera sailed in convoy to New York, then to Halifax and the U.K., arriving Glasgow, Scotland on May 1-1944*. After a brief stay at a yard for various improvements (convoy lights, blackout curtains etc.) she departed Glasgow in convoy on May 11 for New York**. She later took another cargo to Manchester, England, then departed Liverpool in convoy on June 25 (ON 242?). She was run into by another vessel in heavy fog on the Newfoundland banks, so had to go in for repairs again on arrival New York on July 12. She left New York for the U.K. with another cargo on July 24-1944 (this would have been Convoy HX 301), and apart from a voyage on the coast of the U.K., she now continued in Atlantic service for the rest of the war.

* The convoy from Halifax closest to this date was Convoy SC 157 which departed Halifax on Apr. 17 and arrived Liverpool on May 1-1944. There was also an HX convoy around this time, HX 288, but this convoy originated in New York City on Apr. 18, with arrival Liverpool on May 4-1944.
** There was a convoy that left Liverpool, England on this date, ON 236, with arrival New York on the 27th (113 ships!).

In Sept.-1944 she was in Convoy ON 251 in which Fjordheim was sunk.

On March 15-1945 Vera departed Manchester for New York (ON 291?) and was on her way back to Manchester on VE-Day (HX 354?). She made one more convoy voyage to New York, but when she returned to England in June she sailed alone with all lights lit.

gdynia
27th August 2006, 11:15
Clive

Theres a photo of a Vessel called Vera on
www.photoship.co.uk

or you can contact the managers at admin@hds.no
they might help your search

Clive Anthony Fisher
28th August 2006, 05:22
Gdynia.
Thank you for your assistance with this one M/T Vera, Their is an amazing story behind this old girl she sure was a survivor plus being worked to death she and a couple of other tankers I have mentioned in other threads played a vital role in the earlier days of the Australian Oil Industry.Just think the Master Captain Martin Anderson and C/O Salvesen did'nt get home to Norway for 10 years,They must have felt true blue Aussies after all that.The image on photoship unfortunately is not of the M/T Vera.Thanks all the same
Just have to keep looking.hopefully one may turn up.Thanks once again.
Regards,
Clive.

PS Any one know Fate Year.

gdynia
28th August 2006, 05:27
Clive
It might be worth sending the managers a email. Normaly the Norwegian companies are very helpfull

dom
28th August 2006, 06:55
a small aritcle in motor ships of the thirtys by W,Torrance mentions the Vera and her sister ships,not as much as what has been posted,Vay,Vanja,Vera, and Vilja,sister ships,built between 1928 and 1932,the fist four was powerd byB+W diesel of 2,300b.h.p thats all, dom

dom
28th August 2006, 07:10
sister ship Vav

Clive Anthony Fisher
5th September 2006, 11:10
Neville.
Thanks for help with M/T Vera.A letter to the Norwegian Owners in the post hope they may be able to come up with somethink that can be posted on to site.

Dom.
Thanks for your help as well and posting sister ship Vav thats the type of image I would like to have of her not one in her warpaint.If all else fails it looks like the NMM in UK yet again.they have an image but it can't be posted.as we all know.
Reagards to all.
Clive.