german Hamburg-Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts Gesellschaft MV Rio Grande (+1944)
report an error
       
  Details  
 
general
nationality german
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1939
is nickname no
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 6062  grt
dimensions 145.1 x 18.7 x 7 m
material steel
engine 1 x 8-cyl diesel engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 3350  b.h.p.
speed 13  knots
yard no. 777
call sign
DJZN  
DJZN
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
date lost 04/01/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Howaldtswerke A. G., Kiel
engine by
MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nurnberg) , Augsburg
owner
Hamburg-Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts Gesellschaft, Hamburg
captain Capt. Heinrich Von Allwörden
about the wreck
depth (m.) 5800 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 17/05/2009
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 04/11/2013
 
  Position  
 
Lettens Jan17/05/2009
latitudehydro member
longitudehydro member
AIShydro member
mark add position to my marks (+/-5miles)
dist. homeportdist. homeport
ref. used
 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII
position disp.
show neighbour. wrecks members only
insert new position
 
  The Wreck today  
 
insert wreck site info
 
  Movies  
  insert new movie  
 
  Pictures  
 
copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu
 
 copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu copyright: Marinha Do Brasil 
 
 copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu 
 
 copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu  copyright: Unknown - onbekend - inconnu  
 
insert new picture
 
  History  
 
Lettens Jan04/01/2012On 4th January 1944, the US light cruiser Omaha (CL 4) and destroyer Jouett (DD- 396) intercept the German blockade runner Rio Grande about 55 miles northeast of the coast of Brazil. Gunfire and scuttling charges sink Rio Grande.

On 8th January, US light cruiser Marblehead (CL-12) rescues 72 survivors of the sunken German blockade runner Rio Grande. Destroyer Winslow (DD-359) rescues 35 survivors of sunken German blockade runner Burgenland.
ref. used: 
 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII
Lettens Jan02/10/2010The Greman blockade-runners Weserland, Burgenland and Rio Grande did not even got close to the North Atlantic, when returning from their Far East trip.

Weserland (HAPAG of 6,528 tons), under the command of Captain Krag, sailing under the false name of Glenbank, was detected and attacked by Liberator No 32605 107 squadron on January 2 1944. As the airplane was shot down, she transmitted her position. A few hours later, the American destroyer USS Somers fired with her 127 mm guns and sank her. Somers rescued the survivors.

Two days later, on January 4th, the cruiser USS Omaha and destroyer USS Jouett intercepted the Rio Grande (6062 grt Hamburg-Südamerikanische Dampfschiffahrt Gesellschaft Hamburg), Capt. Heinrich von Allwörden and sunk her without casualties.

The next day, on January 5th, a Martin Mariner seaplane squadron VP 203 localized a ship called "Natal Floridian", but there was no ship of that name: it was the Burgenland of 7,320 tons (HAPAG) at the command of Captain Schutz. Omaha and Jouett tried to prevent the ship from being scuttled with charges, but failed. The crew of Burgenland was rescued by Allied ships.

insert new history
 
  Documents  
 
insert new document
 
About Builders
 Howaldtswerke A. G., Kiel
Kiel and Hamburg
 
 
The World
pref. Google
 
 
WRECKS: DISABLED zoom out zoom in view full chart
chart
MV Rio Grande (+1944)
The World
More charts
Brazil - East Coast Brazil - Coast and Islands North Atlantic Ocean - Eastern Part South Atlantic Ocean The World
 
 
  Update statistics  
 
  Advertisement  
 
advertise
 
   
  search  
 
You may consider access to
search wreck
show prev. names
A-Z search
 
search chart:
chart catalogue
 
search owner/builder: