german Deutsche Ost-Afrika Linie - DOAL SS Watussi (+1939)
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nationality german
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1928
weight (tons) 9952  grt
dimensions 142.9 x 18.38 x 9.05 m
material steel
engine 1 steam turbine
speed 14.5  knots
yard no. 481
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cause lost scuttled
date lost 02/12/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
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Deutsche Ost-Afrika Linie - DOAL, Hamburg
no. of crew 155
no. of passengers 43
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Avec4315/12/201106.1939: Se trouvait dans le port de Mozambique à la déclaration de guerre et y resta à l'abri. 22,11.1939: quitta le port vers une destination inconnue avec 43 passagers et 155 membres d'équipage en direction de l'Atlantique. 2.12.1939: Intercepté par l'aviation et marine britanniques, fut incendié par son équipage. Le croiseur Renown recupéra le personnel et acheva le navire au canon

06.1939 : Located in the port of Mozambique on the ourbreak of war and sheltered there . 22,11.1939 : left the port to an unknown destination with 155 passengers and 43 crew members in the direction of the Atlantic. 02.12.1939 : Intercepted by the British navy and aviation , was burned by her crew. The cruiser Renown recovered personnel and sank the ship by gunfire

06.1939: Se encontraba en el puerto de Mozambique a la declaración de guerra donde se quedó abrigado. 22.11.1939: salió del puerto para un destino desconocido con 43 pasajeros y 155 miembros de tripulación rumbo al Atlántico. 02.12.1939: interceptado por la Marinha y la Aviación británicas, fue incendiado por su tripulación. El personal fue rescatado por el Crucero Renown que hundió el barco con tiros de cañon

06.1939 : Localizado no porto de Moçambique quando da declaração de guerra, ficou alí atracado. 22.11.1939: deixou o porto para um destino desconhecido, com 43 passageiros e 155 tripulantes na direção do Atlântico. 13.02. 1939: interceptado pela Marinha e Aviação britânicas , foi queimado por sua tripulação. O cruzador Renown resgatou o pessoal e afundou o navio a tiros de canhão
Chipchase Nick05/06/2010Scuttled 50 miles S. Cape Agulhas as a result of South Africa´s first military action in World War Two.

Turbine replaced 1934 and hull lengthened from 135.8m to 142.9m.
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Deutsche Ost-Afrika Linie - DOAL, Hamburg

The German East-Africa Line Shipping company started on the 19 April 1890 by the companies C. Woermann, F. Laeisz, August Bolten and Hansing & Co in connection with the acquisition of the "German East Africa" colony. Beginning in 1891 weekly trips from Hamburg by the Mediterranean to Bombay-Zanzibar (1892). In 1914 its fleet consisted of 22 steamers with approx. 110000 BRT. The German East Africa line operated German Africa lines - Jarig Bakker Deutsche Ost-Afrika Linie [German East Africa Line]

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 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
The name Blohm & Voss has stood for quality in ship construction and marine and mechanical engineering for 125 years. Blohm & Voss was founded in 1877 by Hermann Blohm and Ernst Voss as a general partnership. A shipyard was built on the island of Kuhwerder having three building berths along a 250m water front. - - -

Although the company was almost completely demolished at the end of World War II, it still builds warships both for the Deutsche Marine and for export. Today Blohm + Voss is an innovative German shipyard specializing in the construction of naval vessels and technically sophisticated megayachts from building facilities in Hamburg including repairs, refits, and modification of such vessels as well as merchant ships.

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