german Deutsche Levante Linie A.G. (Atlas) SS Arta (+1941)
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nationality german
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1922
weight (tons) 2452  grt
dimensions 96.3 x 14 x 5.73 m
engine triple expansion engines
power 228  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 16/04/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Weser A. G., Bremen
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[1]Deutsche Levante Linie A.G. (Atlas), Hamburg
SS Arta (+1941)
period 1935 ~ 1941
prev. owners
[2]Norddeutscher Lloyd - Ndl - North German Lloyd, Bremen
SS Arta
period 1925 ~ 1935
[3]Roland Linie - Globus Reederei, Bremen
SS Arta
period 1925 ~ 1925
[4]Roland Linie - Globus Reederei, Bremen
SS Maines
period 1923 ~ 1923
[5]Argo Dampfschifffahrts Gesellschaft - Richard Adler & Söhne, Bremen
SS Aegina
period 1922 ~ 1923
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entered 25/03/2009
last update Laquist Björn
last update 24/12/2010
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Allen Tony25/03/2009The German steamship Ana SS was built in 1922 by Weser, Bremen, Germany as the German cargo steamer AEGINA SS. In 1923 she was renamed NAIMES SS and in 1925 ARTA SS.

She was carrying military stores to Tunisia when, on April 16th, 1941, she was attacked by British warships and sunk by gunfire off Kerkennah and beached.
Allen Tony12/03/2009The German steamship Aegina SS was built in 1922 by Weser A.G., Bremen as the cargo steamer ARKADIA. In 1923 she was renamed AEGINA SS. She was sunk by gunfire from British warships on April 16th, 1941, off the Kerkenna Islands, Tunisia.
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Jan Lettens28/12/2009Battle of the Tarigo Convoy

On April 16th, 1941, an Italian convoy of five merchantmen (S/S Arta, S/S Adana and others) escorted by destroyers RM Luca Tarigo and RM Baleno was proceeding from Sicily to Tripoli when it was intercepted by the British 14th Flotilla comprising the destroyers Jervis, Janus, Mohawk and Nubian.

All the merchant ships as well as Luca Tarigo and Baleno were sunk with a heavy loss of life. The only British loss was the HMS Mohawk which was torpedoed and sank later.

Arta was later destroyed completely while beached by HMS Upholder.

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About Owners
Deutsche Levante Linie A.G. (Atlas), Hamburg

Founded in 1889 to operate services to the Eastern Mediterranean, North African and Black Sea ports.

In 1910 the company amalgamated with Bremer Dampferlinie Atlas and in the same year took over the fleets of A. C. de Freitas and the Adria Line from H. C. Horn.

In 1914, Albert Ballinn and HAPAG owned a controlling interest in the company.

In 1920 Deutsche Levante Line had disappeared as an independent company and became an integral part of HAPAG.
North German Lloyd also became involved with DLL and even put some of it's ships under DLL colours and flag.

During 1935-1945, Deutsche Levant Linie was separated from HAPAG.

In 1942 DLL was taken over by Bock, Godeffroy & Co.

In 1956, the majority of shares were purchased by Rudolf A. Oetker (Hamburg Sudamerikanische Line).

In 1967 the funnels and colours of DLL were replaced by those of Hamburg Sud and by 1970 the company had disappeared completely.

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 Weser A. G., Bremen
A. G. Weser (Aktien-Gesellschaft Weser) was a German shipbuilding company located on the Weser River in Bremen. In 1846 the company was called Waltjen & Co. who built the first slipway and started construction of dredging vessels and barges. By 1865 more conventional steamboats and steamships were produced, but only in small numbers up to 1872 when the company was renamed Weser. The shipyard received significant orders from the Imperial Navy and in 1883 specialized in construction of torpedo boats. By 1905 the military production was close to fifty percent of output. A. G. Weser played a significant role in World War I, building U-boats and warships for the Kaiserliche Marine. In 1926 it was merged with eight other shipyards to form the Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG but the name A.G. Weser was kept for the shipyard in Bremen.

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