norwegian MV Realf [+1939]
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1937
live live
weight (tons) 8083  grt
dimensions 142.6 x 18.3 x 10.51 m
material steel
engine 2 x 6 Cylinder S.C.D.A oil engine by Kockums M.V. Akt. Malmo, single screw.
armament none
power 1162  n.h.p.
speed 12  knots
yard no. 194
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 01/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
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Kockums Varv (Mek. Verkstad), Malmö
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Kockums Varv (Mek. Verkstad), Malmö
Asplund A/S (G. Ronneburg & Jens Fr. Galtung), Moss
no. of crew 33
no. of passengers 10
about the wreck
status hull breaking down
depth (m.) 44 max. / 37 min. (m)
orientation 110°
position on seabed upright
visibility average
current normal
sea bed sand
protected no
war grave no
 Racey Carl, A Century of Steamship Losses
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last update 06/12/2011
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Wk lies 15 miles off Hornsea, S. Yorkshire in 53 54 38N 00 25 04E. 17.30 n. miles NE from Withernsea, at a depth of 44 m.

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Racey Carl01/12/2010Yard No 194; Launch Date 13/03/1937; Built in 1937 for A/S Asplund (Ronneberg & Galtung), Moss as the REALF; Managed by G. Ronneburg & Jens Fr. Galtung at time of loss.

"1st December 1939 Lifeboat, ´The H. F. Bailey´ Tanker, ´Realf´.
Shortly after 7 p.m., on the 1st December the Coxswain received information from the Coastguard at Cromer that a vessel 2 ´/2 miles North of the Station wished to land a crew which had been rescued. Upon arrival at the vessel, which proved to be the Santa Gata of Napoli, the Coxswain was informed that 32 men of the Norwegian tanker Realf wished to be landed, also 10 Naval Ratings (2 officers and 8 men) of Kirkwall who had been on board the Realf when she was mined. They were taken on board as soon as possible and landed at the Slipway about 10 p.m. It is believed that the men had been picked up by the Santa Gata near Flamborough Head".
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Built in 1937 by Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö as Realf for Rønneberg & Galtung, Moss. Single propeller powered by a 6 cyl. oil/diesel engine, 1162 hp, cruiser stern, 2 decks, 16 watertight bulkheads and a superstructure consisting of a 31.09m poop deck, an 11.28m bridge deck and a 13.11m forecastle. Dimensions: 142.49m length, 18.18m beam, 10.51m draught. Struck a mine on Nov. 30-1939, laid by a German destroyer.

1 died. Sank on December 1st 1939. she was on a voyage from Philadelphia and Kirkwall for Thames Haven and Copenhagen with a cargo of 6444 tons gasolene, 3400 tons petrol and 1608 tons kerosene.
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