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Ships Sunk by Scharnhorst during Operation "Berlin"
LUSTROUS
Type of Ship Tanker
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 22 February 1941
Position of Sinking 47-12N/40-13W
Dead 0
Prisoner Of War 37
Owner Moss & Co. (Lustrous Steamship Co. Ltd)
Builder Palmer’s Shipbuilding
Commissioned 1927
Gross Registered Tons 6.156
Deadweight Tons 9.910
Dimensions 420-6* x 54-6 x 26-11
Max. Speed 11 knots
MARATHON
Type of Ship Steam freighter
Nationality Greek
Date of Sinking 9 March 1941
Position of Sinking 21N/25W
Dead 0
Prisoner Of War 38
Owner A. Lusi Ltd. (C. Bacalas, A Lusi, and S. P. Synodinos)
Builder Harland and Wolff Ltd
Commissioned 1919
Gross Registered Tons 6.352
Deadweight Tons 10.210
Dimensions 465 x 58-5 x 27-6
Max. Speed 12 knots
ATHELFOAM
Type of Ship Motor tanker
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 15 March 1941
Position of Sinking 42N/43-25W
Dead 2
Prisoner Of War 45
Owner United Molasses Co. Ltd (Athel Line)
Builder Cammel Laird and Co. Ltd
Commissioned 1931
Gross Registered Tons 6.554
Deadweight Tons 10.148
Dimensions 440 x 55-11 x 26-9
Max. Speed 11 knots
BRITISH STRENGTH
Type of Ship Motor tanker
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 15 March 1941
Position of Sinking 42N/43W
Dead 2
Prisoner Of War ?
Owner British Tanker Co. Ltd
Builder Palmer’s Shipbuilding
Commissioned 1931
Gross Registered Tons 7.139
Deadweight Tons 11.095
Dimensions 456 x 59-9 x 27-1
Max. Speed 10 knots
MANGKAI
Type of Ship Freighter
Nationality Dutch (German ship seized by the Dutch 10 May 1940)
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 43-15N/43-05W
Dead 36
Prisoner Of War 9
Owner German ship seized by the Dutch 10 May 1940
Builder Flensburger Schiffsbau-gesellschaft
Commissioned 1915
Gross Registered Tons 8.298
Deadweight Tons 12.377
Dimensions 477-11* x 62-4 x 27-8
Max. Speed 12
SILVERFIR
Type of Ship Motor freighter
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 42N/43W
Dead 1
Prisoner Of War 40
Owner Silver Line Ltd
Builder William Doxford & Sons Ltd
Commissioned 1924
Gross Registered Tons 4.347
Deadweight Tons 8.225
Dimensions 395 x 52-8 x 25-5
Max. Speed 10.5 knots
SARDINIAN PRINCE
Type of Ship Passenger-cargo ship
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 44N/43W
Dead 0
Prisoner Of War 44
Owner Prince Line Ltd. (Rio Cape Line Ltd)
Builder Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd
Commissioned 1922
Gross Registered Tons 3.491
Deadweight Tons 5.858
Dimensions 363-4* x 52-2 x 22-8
Max. Speed 12 knots
DEMETERTON
Type of Ship Freighter
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 46-30N/43-40W
Dead 0
Prisoner Of War ?
Owner R. Chapman & Son (Carlton Steamship Co. Ltd)
Builder Short Bros. Ltd
Commissioned 1926
Gross Registered Tons 5.251
Deadweight Tons 8.820
Dimensions 410-10 x 54 x 25-7
Max. Speed 10 knots
Ship Sunk by Scharnhorst and Gneisenau during Operation "Berlin"
KANTARA
Type of Ship Passenger-cargo ship
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 22 February 1941
Position of Sinking 47-12N/40-13W
Dead
Prisoner Of War ?
Owner Moss Hutchison Line Ltd
Builder Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd
Commissioned 1925
Gross Registered Tons 3.237
Deadweight Tons 4.830
Dimensions 330-11* x 46-9 x 21-9
Max. Speed 10 knots
Ships Captured or Sunk by Gneisenau during Operation "Berlin"
TRELAWNY
Type of Ship Passenger-cargo ship
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 22 February 1941
Position of Sinking 47-12N/40-13W
Dead 1
Prisoner Of War 39
Owner The Hain Steamship Co. Ltd
Builder R. & W. Hawthorne, Leslie & Co. Ltd
Commissioned 1927
Gross Registered Tons 4.689
Deadweight Tons 8.775
Dimensions 419-6 x 54-9 x 24-9
Max. Speed 12 knots
A. D. HUFF
Type of Ship Cargo ship
Nationality British (former American vessel acquired 1940)
Date of Sinking 22 February 1941
Position of Sinking 47-12N/40-13W
Dead 0 (accordig to another source: 2 dead)
Prisoner Of War 42 (accordig to another source: 37 POW)
Owner Former American vessel acquired 1940
Builder Ames Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. (accordig to another source: Pacific Atlantic Steamship Co.)
Commissioned 1920
Gross Registered Tons 5.866
Deadweight Tons 8.855
Dimensions 423-2 x 54-2 x 25-9
Max. Speed 11 knots
HARLESDEN
Type of Ship Passenger-cargo ship
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 22 February 1941
Position of Sinking 47-12N/40-18W
Dead 7
Prisoner Of War 34
Owner J. & C. Harrison Ltd
Builder R. & W. Hawthorne, Leslie & Co. Ltd
Commissioned 1932
Gross Registered Tons 5.483
Deadweight Tons 9.200
Dimensions 443 x 56-4 x 24-9
Max. Speed 11 knots
BIANCA
Type of Ship Motor tanker
Nationality Norwegian
Date of Sinking 15 March 1941
Position of Sinking 40N/43W (later intercepted by RN and scuttled)
Dead
Prisoner Of War
Survivors 34
Owner Arthur H. Mathiesen (Rederi-A/S Mascot)
Builder Götaverken A/B
Commissioned 1926
Gross Registered Tons 5.688
Deadweight Tons 8.300
Dimensions 395 x 55-2 x 26-2
Max. Speed 10 knots
SAN CASIMIRO
Type of Ship Motor tanker
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 15 March 1941
Position of Sinking 39-58N/43-19W (later intercepted by RN and sunk)
Dead
Prisoner Of War 3
Survivors 38
Owner Eagle Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd
Builder Blythswood Shipbuilding Co. Ltd
Commissioned 1936
Gross Registered Tons 8.046
Deadweight Tons 12.067
Dimensions 483 x 59-2 x 27-7
Max. Speed 12 knots
POLYKARP
Type of Ship Motor tanker
Nationality Norwegian
Date of Sinking 15 March 1941
Position of Sinking 45-40N/23-26W
Dead ?
Prisoner Of War ?
Survivors ?
Owner Einar Rasmussen (Kristiansands Tankrederi-A/S)
Builder Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B
Commissioned 1931
Gross Registered Tons 6.405
Deadweight Tons 9.765
Dimensions 422-7 x 55-4 x 26-9
Max. Speed 12 knots
SIMNIA
Type of Ship Motor tanker
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 15 March 1941
Position of Sinking 40-28N/43-30W
Dead 3
Prisoner Of War 54
Owner Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd
Builder Harland & Wolff Ltd
Commissioned 1936
Gross Registered Tons 6.197
Deadweight Tons 9.233
Dimensions 446-4 x 54-8 x 25-7
Max. Speed 12 knots
RIO DORADO
Type of Ship Passenger-cargo ship
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 42N/43W
Dead 39
Prisoner Of War
Survivors No survivors
Owner Thompson Steamshipping Co. Ltd
Builder Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co. Ltd
Commissioned 1924
Gross Registered Tons 4.507
Deadweight Tons 8.200
Dimensions 390* x 55-4 x 25-1
Max. Speed 12 knots
EMPIRE INDUSTRY
Type of Ship Cargo ship
Nationality British (German ship seized by the British 17 November 1939)
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 43-28N 45-24W
Dead 0
Prisoner Of War 38
Owner German ship seized by the British 17 November 1939
Builder A. Vuijk & Zonen
Commissioned 1916
Gross Registered Tons 3.648
Deadweight Tons 5.950
Dimensions 360* x 48-3 x 20-11
Max. Speed 8,5 knots
GRANLI
Type of Ship Passenger-cargo ship
Nationality Norwegian
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 300 miles east of Newfoundland
Dead 0
Prisoner Of War 18
Owner Rolf Ugelstad (A/S Granli)
Builder Nylands Verksted
Commissioned 1934
Gross Registered Tons 1.577
Deadweight Tons 2.255
Dimensions 258 x 39-3 x 17-5*
Max. Speed 11 knots
MYSON
Type of Ship Passenger-cargo ship
Nationality tish (French ship seized by the British 3 July 1940)
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 42N/43W
Dead 0
Prisoner Of War 43
Owner French ship seized by the British 3 July 1940
Builder W. Gray & Co. Ltd
Commissioned 1927
Gross Registered Tons 4.564
Deadweight Tons 8.420
Dimensions 400* x 53 x 24-9
Max. Speed 10 knots
ROYAL CROWN
Type of Ship Passenger-cargo ship
Nationality British
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 42N/43W
Dead 0
Prisoner Of War 39
Owner Hall Brothers (Hall Brothers Steamship Co. Ltd)
Builder W. Dobson & Co.
Commissioned 1927
Gross Registered Tons 4.364
Deadweight Tons 8.560
Dimensions 411-10 x 53 x 24-10
Max. Speed 11 knots
CHILEAN REEFER
Type of Ship Motor cargo ship
Nationality British (Danish ship seized by the British 22 April 1940)
Date of Sinking 16 March 1941
Position of Sinking 46-13N/44-45W
Dead 9
Prisoner Of War 3
Survivors 27
Owner Danish ship seized by the British 22 April 1940
Builder Nakskov Skibsværft A/S
Commissioned 1936
Gross Registered Tons 1.831
Deadweight Tons 2.400
Dimensions 311-4 x 44-8 x 18-6
Max. Speed 13,5 knots
Comments to Ship Dimensions
Dimensions are given in feet-inches. Length is overall length except for those marked with an asterisk, which indicates registered length. Since each country has its own system of registering length, it’s not as useful a statistic. You’ll also see an asterisk for Granli’s draft; in fact, it is not Granli’s draft but her registered depth.


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