british United Whalers Ltd., Hector Whaling Co., Krogh-Hansen & Bugge SS Terje Viken (+1941)
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nationality british
purpose hunting
type whale factory
propulsion steam
date built 1936
is nickname no
weight (tons) 20638  grt
dimensions 185.1 x 24.4 x 12.3 m
engine triple expansion engines & L. P. turbine
power 1248  n.h.p.
yard no. 914
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
other reasons torpedo
date lost 14/03/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2rank: 669
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Deutsche Schiff-Und Masch A. G. Deschimag - Georg Seebeck, Bremen
United Whalers Ltd., Hector Whaling Co., Krogh-Hansen & Bugge, London
captain Master O. Borchgrevink
no. of crew 107
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entered 02/11/2009
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Jan Lettens02/11/2009
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Jan Lettens02/11/2009U-47 (Prien) was never heard of after her attack on British Whale factory Terje Viken and was probably sunk by escorts chasing her. Prien became world famous for sinking the British battleship HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow.
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Jan Lettens02/11/2009U-BOATS HUNTING IN PACKS

Terje Viken, owned by Unted Whalers Ltd. was in her time the biggest whale factory of the world. The 20.638 ton ship was built by Deschimag, Germany.

On 7th March 1941, Terje Viken (Master O. Borchgrevink) was in convoy OB-293 and was hit by two torpedoes, probably from U-47 (Günther Prien).

Less than an hour later, U-70 (Matz) and U-99 (Kretschmer) attacked her. She escaped a spread of three torpedoes from U-70 (Matz), but was hit on her port side by a torpedo from U-99.

The crew abandoned the ship, she capsized, but refused to sink. On the 14th of March, one week after the attack, the wreck was scuttled by gunfire from a British salvage tug.
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 Deutsche Schiff-Und Masch A. G. Deschimag - Georg Seebeck, Bremen
Deschimag was a huge consortium of several shipyards in Northern Germany and was found in 1926. It contained the companies AG "Weser", AG Vulkan Stettin & Hamburg, Joh. C. Tecklenborg, G. Seebeck AG, AG "Neptun" Rostock, Nüschke & Co. AG Stettin, J. Frerichs & Co. AG. In 1941 this enterprise was taken over by the Krupp concern. In 1945 the Deschimag was liquidated and the survived companies were again formed to AG "Weser" and Seebeck-Werft.

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