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Wilh. Wilhelmsen

Hentet fra boken: “Wilh. Wilhelmsen. History and Fleet List 1861-1994». Bård Kolltveit og Michael Crowdy. Wolverhampton, England, 1994, s. 292-319:

Simla, 1917-1940: «A district and town in the Punjab, India. Also, a female reindeer (Norway)».

Sjoa, 1917-1941: «A tributary river of the Gudbrandsdalslågen, starting from Gjende, a green lake in the mountainous centre of Southern Norway, Jotunheimen. This is the fairy land of Ibsen's "Peer Gynt". See also "Bessa" and ''Vinstra''».

Thode Fagelund, 1920-1941: «Thode Fagelund, born on 3rd March 1844, was a prominent Norwegian shipping man and a partner in the British firm H. Clarkson & Co. from 1880 to 1918. He was also a noteworthy public benefactor».

Troubadour, 1920-1953: «A lyric poet of a class originating in Provence in the 11th Century, also a strolling singer of the same period. The name derives from the Provencal "trobar" = French "trouver" (to find) and the late Latin "tropare" = make poetry.»

Cubano, 1921-1940: «An inhabitant of Cuba (Spanish)».

Tugela, 1921-1945: «A river in Natal, rising in Mont aux Sources and flowing east into the Indian Ocean, north of Durban. The name Tugela comes from the Zulu word "Tukela" = startling-the Zulu description of the river when in full flood».

Tana, 1921-1941: «A river in N.E. Norway which forms the border between Finland and Norway for some distance and empties into Tanafjord. Famous for salmon fishing. Also, a river and lake in East Africa».

Mirlo, 1922-1942: «From the Latin "Merula" -a black bird with yellow beak, common in Spain».

Teneriffa, 1922-1941: «The largest of the Canary Islands. The highest peak in Spain, Pico del Teide, 12,200 feet, is located on this island».

Thalatta, 1922-1948: ««The Ocean» (Greek)».

Tiradentes, 1922-1950: «Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier Tiradentes (1748-1790), a Brazilian patriot and national hero.»

Tennessee, 1922-1940: «From Cherokee "Tenasi" (the name of a village). The 16th state in the United States of America».

Tampa, 1923-1958: «Probably from the Caloosa Indian word "Tampania", meaning a meeting place or village. The Caloosas later shortened the name of their village to "Tanpa", but an early map-maker mis-spelt the name "Tampa", and it has so remained. In today's Florida, a tourist resort and university city.»

Tortugas, 1923-1942: «The Dry Tortugas are a group of low coral islands about sixty miles west of Key West, Florida, U.S.A. and called Tortugas because of the many turtles in nearby waters”.

Taiwan, 1924-1950: «The Chinese name of the island of Formosa = "Pretty"».

Tungsha, 1924-1948: «A lightship and shoal off Shanghai. Also, a town in Kiangsu province, China».

Tourcoing, 1924-1942: «A French town on the border of Belgium, and one of the country's main textile centres».

Topeka, 1925-1943: «The capital of Kansas State, U.S.A».

Tancred, 1925-1940: «Tancred of Brindisi (d. 1112), Norman crusader, famous for conquering Jerusalem in 1099. Became a prince of Tiberias and Galilea, Antiochia and Edessa».

Touraine, 1925-1940: «An ancient province of France, today part of the departement lndre-et-Loire. Because of its fertile soil, Touraine has been called "The Garden of France" and is famous for its good wines. The principal town is Tours».

Trianon, 1926-1959: «The French royal palaces-Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon-built in 1687 and 1755 in the great park of Versailles».

Tijuca, 1926-1952: «Mountain, south-west of Rio de Janeiro. Tijuca Bay is an inlet in Southern Brazil. The name is derived from the Indian word "Tuiuca” = a swamp or marsh».

Tigre, 1926-1959: «A river in Ecuador and Peru. Also, a former kingdom in Northern Ethiopia. Also, the nick-name of the French politician Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929). See also "Tiger"».

Toledo, 1926-1952: «Name of a province, town and mountain range in Central Spain. Also, the name of a city in Ohio State, U.S.A."Toledo" is probably derived either from the Latin "Toletum" ("Thol" = elevated + "Etum" = city) or from the Hebrew "Toledoth", meaning "Mother of the peoples". Juan de Toledo was a famous Spanish architect in the 16th Century».

Talleyrand, 1927-1940: «Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (1754-1838), a French statesman and one of the greatest diplomats of world history».

Temeraire, 1927-1955: «A daredevil (French). The name of the second ship in Nelson's fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar».

Toronto, 1928-1951: «The capital of Ontario province, Canada. Also the name of cities in Australia, Mexico and the U.S.A.».

Tai Yang, 1929-1962: «"The Sun" (Chinese)».

Templar, 1929-1961: «A member of a religious military order (the Knights Templars) for the protection of pilgrims to the Holy Land, suppressed in 1312. Also a Lawyer with chambers in the Temple (City of London). The Good Templars = a temperance society. From the Latin "templarius" - of the temple».

Tai Yin, 1929-1961: «"The Moon" (Chinese)».

Tai Ping, 1929-1940: «"Great peace and/or happiness" (Chinese)».

Tai Ping Yang, 1929-1962: «"The great Pacific Ocean" (Chinese)».

Tai Shan, 1929-1960: «situated in West Shantung province».

Tudor, 1930-1940: «An English dynasty from 1485 (Henry VII) to 1603 (death of Elizabeth I); previously Welsh nobility. "Tudor" is probably the Welsh form of Theodore (latin "Theodorus") = God's Gift».

Thermopylæ, 1930-1942: «A mountain pass in Eastern Greece famous for the battle in 480 B.C. when the Persian invaders were defeated. The name is derived from the nearby warm sulphurous springs ( = "Therme" in Greek) and "Pylre", the Greek word for gates. In ancient times there were probably iron gates shutting the entrance to the narrow defile».

Triton, 1930-1942: «In Greek mythology the son of the sea-god Poseidon and Amphitrite, each of a race of minor sea-gods usually represented as men with fishes' tails and occasionally with horses' fore-feet, and carrying shell-trumpets».

Troja, 1930-1962: = «English "Troy". An ancient city in Asia Minor, the scene of the Trojan War. The Greeks finally captured the city by the stratagem of the wooden horse ("Trojan Horse")».

Tricolor, 1933-1956: «"Three colours". The French national flag - blue, white and red - adopted during the French Revolution in 1789».

Tarn, 1933-1960: «Old Norse "Tjorn" = a tear drop). Also, a river in France which is a tributary to the River Garonne».

Toulouse, 1934-1959: «A city in Southern France and an important political and intellectual centre from Roman times onwards».

Taronga, 1934-1961: «The name of the zoological garden in Sydney, N.S.W., Australia».

Taurus, 1935-1941: = «The Bull, the name given to the second sign in the Zodiacal Constellation in the heavens. Also, the name of a mountain range in Southern Turkey with many peaks above 10,000 feet».

Talabot, 1936-1942: «The name of the French engineer (1799-1885) who built the first railway in France and in 1847 made plans for a canal between Alexandria and Suez. TALABOT (I) was the first steamship in the Wilhelmsen fleet and originated the "T" nomenclature».

Tamerlane, 1936-1962: = «Timur Leng (Timur the Lame), Mongol conqueror (1336-1405). In 1358 he began a series of conquests which took him from his kingdom in Turkestan as far as the Caspian Sea, the Urals, the Volga, though Persia, to Egypt and India».

Tabor, 1936-1943: «A small drum resembling a tambourine (Medieval English from the Old French "tabour"). Also a mountain in Israel, called the "Mountain of Revelation". Also a town in Bohemia, and a city in North Carolina, U.S.A.».

Tarifa, 1936-1944: «From the Arabic, "a making known", "information". The southernmost point of Spain, about 25 miles W.S.W. of Gibraltar. Named after the Arab leader Tarik-Ben-Zeiad, who lived in the 8th Century and gave names to the villages of Tarifa and Gibraltar ( DjebAI-Tarik = the mountains of Tarik)».

Tatra, 1937-1962: «The Tatras are a mountain range on the Polish-Slovakian border, the Slovakian part being known as the High Tatra (Vysoke Tatry). Always used in the plural form "Tatry", in both Polish and Slovakian».

Titania, 1937-1961: «The Queen of the Fairies, and wife of Oberon. From the medieval French poem "Huon de Bordaux". The theme was used by Shakespeare in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and by v. Weber in "Oberon"».

Talisman, 1937-1950: «Spanish, from the late Greek "Telesma" = consecrated object. A small object endowed with magical powers, especially to bring good luck to the bearer and guard him against evil».

Trafalgar, 1938-1942: «A cape on the south-west coast of Spain, famous for the battle on the 21st October 1805, when Nelson defeated the FrancoSpanish fleet».

Tirranna, 1938-1940: = «"Running waters". The capital of Albania (Tirane). Also the name of a place in Australia».

Torrens, 1939-1966: «A lake in South Australia, named after the Australian statesman Sir Robert Richard Torrens (1814-1884), who, as premier, introduced the public registration of lanp in Australia».

Tamesis, 1939-1943: «Ancient name (Latin) for the River Thames in England. Akin to the Sanskrit "Tamasas"».

Tulane, 1940-1965: «A privately endowed, non-sectarian, university in Louisiana, U.S.A., established in 1834, but named after Paul Tulane, its great benefactor in the 1880s».