danish Det Forenede Dampskibs Selskab (DFDS) MV Argentina (+1940)
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nationality danish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1921
weight (tons) 5375  grt
dimensions 115.2 x 15.9 x 9.9 m
material steel
engine 2 diesel engines, single shaft, 1 screw
power 629  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 143
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 17/03/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.33rank: 614
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Flydedok & Skibsvaerft (Kjøbenhavns Flydedok & Skibsværft), Copenhagen (København)
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[1]Det Forenede Dampskibs Selskab (DFDS), Copenhagen (København)
MV Argentina (+1940)
period 1924 ~ 1940
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[2]Eskildsen O. J., Copenhagen (København)
MV Polarhavet (I)
period 1921 ~ 1924
no. of crew 33
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last update 25/04/2014
[1] Lettens Jan25/04/2014
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Claes Johnny17/03/2008On 13 Mar, 1940, the neutral Argentina left Copenhagen and was reported missing in the North Sea, after sending her last radio messsage on 17 March. At 23.25 hours on 17 Mar, 1940, U-38 fired a spread of two torpedoes at an illuminated steamer of about 5000 grt east of the Shetlands. The ship sank 10 minutes after being hit by one torpedo. The victim must have been the Argentina.
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Allen Tony17/03/2008Argentina was a Danish cargo motor vessel of 5375 tons built in 1921 and owned by FORENEDE DAMPSKIBS SELSKAB, DET. On the 17th March 1940 when on route from COPENHAGEN 13 March 1940 for SOUTH AMERICA she was sunk by German submarine U-38 off the North of Scotland and all the 33 crew were lost.

Note: Completed in December 1921 as Polarhavet MV for O.J. Eskildsen. In 1924 renamed Argentina MV for Det Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen.
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Det Forenede Dampskibs Selskab means "The United Steamship Co." in Danish.
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