danish Det Forenede Dampskibs Selskab (DFDS) SS Minsk [+1940]
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nationality danish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1911
is nickname no
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weight (tons) 1229  grt
dimensions 76.93 x 11.34 x 4.6 m
engine triple expansion engine
speed 10  knots
yard no. 280
IMO/Off. no. 5604563
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 19/03/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.11rank: 652
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Burmeister & Wain's Maskin & Skibsbyggeri - B&W, Copenhagen (København)
Det Forenede Dampskibs Selskab (DFDS), Copenhagen (København)
no. of crew 20
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depth (m.) 50 max. / 40 min. (m)
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entered 20/04/2006
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last update 21/06/2011
[1] Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Claes Johnny20/03/2008At 21.35 hours on 19 Mar, 1940, U-19 spotted two steamers and attacked the first at 22.21 hours with one torpedo, which struck in the engine room and caused the Minsk to sink within six minutes. At 22.37 hours, a second torpedo was fired, which struck the Charkow and caused her to sink by the stern within four minutes. Nine survivors from Minsk were picked up by HMS Esk (H 15) (Cdr J.G. Bickford, DSC) and landed at Invergordon on 19 March.
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Allen Tony05/08/2008Minsk SS was a Danish cargo steamer of 1,229 tons built in 1911 by Burmeister & Wain, Kobenhavn, Yard No 280 for Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab A/S Copenhagen. She was powered by a steam triple expansion engine, single screw. She was on route from MANCHESTER for ESBJERG when she was torpedoed by U-19 and sunk by gunfire. Of the crew of 20, 11 were lost.
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Det Forenede Dampskibs Selskab (DFDS), Copenhagen (København)

Det Forenede Dampskibs Selskab means "The United Steamship Co." in Danish.
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