german Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG SS Antilla (+1940)
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nationality german
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam and electric
date built 1939
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weight (tons) 4363  grt
dimensions 121.4 x 16.9 x 6.95 m
material steel
engine two oil-fired high-pressure boilers that fed a single AEG turbo generator, single shaft, 1 screw
speed 15  knots
yard no. 222
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about the loss
cause lost scuttled
date lost 12/05/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Deutsche Werft A. G., Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg
Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG, Hamburg
no. of crew 35
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depth (m.) 18 max. / -- min. (m)
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Allen Tony19/07/2010
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Allen Tony19/07/2010Antilla SS was a German cargo steamer of 4,363 tons built in 1939 by Deuitsche Werft, Finkenwarder for the Hamburg-Amerika Linie, Hamburg. On the 11th May 1940 she was scuttled off Aruba.

The Antilla is World War II shipwreck off the coast of Aruba that is a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination.When Germany invaded the Netherlands on May 10, 1940, the relationship between the two nations was obviously strained. As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, this extended to Aruba. The Antilla was a German U-boat supply ship that was anchored off the coast of Aruba at the time. A contingent of Dutch Marines told the Antilla to surrender, the captain asked for extended time the Dutch accepted and the Marines gave the ship 24 hours to surrender.The Antilla was fairly new at the time, and rather than see her turned over to the enemy, the Captain decided to scuttle the ship. After putting the crew ashore, he heated up the boilers, which were amidships, and opened the seacock. When the cold sea water hit the hot boilers, they exploded, ripping the ship in half. It sank in eight minutes.At 400 feet long, the Antilla is one of the Caribbean’s largest shipwrecks. Only the cruise liners Bianca C and SS Antilles are bigger, at around 600 feet. It lies on its port side at a maximum depth of 55 feet, though it can readily be seen from the surface. Its location is approximately N 12.60175 W 070.05815.Unfortunately over the last few years the Antilla has begun to collapse, the ship used to be open to special wreck penetration scuba diving but now after the hull has been weakened by storms it is collapsing on a daily basis. This means it is unsafe to go inside the wreck.Many marine lifeforms have made their home on the ship.
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De Antilla was een schip van de Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. te Hamburg
Het was een schip van 4563 brt en gebouwd in 1938 door Deutsche Werf AG Betrieb Finken Warder te Hamburg Lengte 121,4  en breed 16,9m; snelheid 15 knt Bouwnummer 222

Echter de Duitsers hadden in het geheim een aantal onderzeeboten naar de andere kant van de Atlantische oceaan gestuurd naar Zuid- Amerika.

Vijf van deze onderzeeboten kregen de opdracht in de omgeving van Aruba, Bonaire en Curacao
olietankers op te wachten die in Venezuela waren geladen met ruwe olie.
Deze groep heette "de Neuland Gruppe" die ook de olieraffinaderijen op Aruba en Curacao moesten vernietigen.
Hiervoor werd de ANTILLA gebruikt als geheim bevoorradingsschip voor de U- boten die toen nog in de neutrale wateren van de Antiliaanse eilanden verbleef.

Echter met het uitbreken van de oorlog tegen Nederland in mei 1940 werd de Antilla geconfiskeerd door de autoriteiten doch de kaptein van de Antilla gaf bevel de stoomketels te oververhitten,de kranen open te zetten en er werd met behulp van springstof een gat in de wand van het schip geblazen
Het schip ligt gebroken ter hoogte van Malmok in 18 m  diepte; een klein deel van het wrak steekt nog boven de zee uit

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Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG, Hamburg

Established in 1847. Also called HAPAG, Hamburg-America Line). In 1970, the company merged with the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd) of Bremen to establish the current-day Hapag-Lloyd, which itself is owned by TUI AG. HAPAG for the first time, introduced a sandwich to their passengers with meat in it. This inspired later businessmen to sell this (until then) unknown food in the US, creating the 'Hamburger'.

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 Deutsche Werft A. G., Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg
founded by Albert Ballin. Founding shareholders were Gutehoffnungshütte (GHH), Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG) und die HAPAG.
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