dutch MV Berakit (+1943)
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nationality dutch
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1924
is nickname no
weight (tons) 6608  grt
dimensions 136.9 x 17.7 x 8.3 m
material steel
engine 2 x Diesel electric engines, 2 shafts, 2 screws
power 590  n.h.p.
speed 12  knots
yard no. 401
IMO/Off. no. 5606167
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 07/05/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.4rank: 663
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Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
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Fahrzeug Und Motorenwerke Gmbh, Vorm. Linke- Hofmann, Breslau
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[1]Nederlandsch Indische Maats. Voor Zeevaart N. V.
MV Berakit (+1943)
period 1940 ~ 1943
IMO/Off. no.: 5606167
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[2]Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG, Hamburg
MV Vogtland (II)
period 1924 ~ 1940
captain Kruisinga M. S.
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Vleggeert Nico07/03/2009
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Lettens Jan30/10/2013BERAKIT

Orignally built in 1924 by Blohm & Voss as the VOGTLAND for Hapag. She was an ocean liner and could carry 41 1st class passengers. Mainly in the Hamburg-South America and East Asia lines. 6,608 tons; 449x58.1x27.2 ft.; 590 n.h.p.; diesel electric engines.

She was captured by the Dutch in Batavia and given to Nederlandsch-Indische Maatschappij voor Zeevaart N.V.

On 7th May 1943, while bound from Colombo to Durban, the Dutch cargo M/V Berakit was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese submarine I-27.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Fellingham David30/10/2013s.s. Ocean Hope (Captain Henry Fellingham) was involved in the rescue of crew and passengers from the Berakit, 73 persons. Returned them to Columbo before resuming its voyage to Glasgow via Durban, Takoradi, and Freetown
Vleggeert Nico07/03/2009The Dutch motorvessel Berakit was torpedoed, shelled and sunk by Japanese submarine I-27. Four of her crew were lost.
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About Builders
 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
The name Blohm & Voss has stood for quality in ship construction and marine and mechanical engineering for 125 years. Blohm & Voss was founded in 1877 by Hermann Blohm and Ernst Voss as a general partnership. A shipyard was built on the island of Kuhwerder having three building berths along a 250m water front. - - -

Although the company was almost completely demolished at the end of World War II, it still builds warships both for the Deutsche Marine and for export. Today Blohm + Voss is an innovative German shipyard specializing in the construction of naval vessels and technically sophisticated megayachts from building facilities in Hamburg including repairs, refits, and modification of such vessels as well as merchant ships.

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