german Hamburg-Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts Gesellschaft MV Rio Grande (+1944)
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nationality german
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1939
is nickname no
live live
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
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about the loss
cause lost scuttled
date lost 04/01/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Howaldtswerke A. G., Kiel
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MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nurnberg) , Augsburg
Hamburg-Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts Gesellschaft, Hamburg
captain Capt. Heinrich Von Allwörden
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depth (m.) 5800 max. / -- min. (m)
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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.
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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.

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