norwegian SS Royksund (Røyksund) [+1941]
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general
nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1919
status
unknown
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weight (tons) 695  grt
dimensions 55.5 x 8.5 x 3.9 m
engine triple expansion engine
power 116  n.h.p.
speed  
yard no. 300
call sign
LRTG  
LRTG
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 27/05/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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builder
Smit P. Jnr. - Machinefabriek & Scheepswerf P. Smit
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Smit P. Jnr. - Machinefabriek & Scheepswerf P. Smit
last owner
[1]Fraktfart D/S A/S - Risanger Sig., Haugesund
SS Royksund (Røyksund) [+1941]
period 1933 ~ 1941
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[2]Thuestad O., Haugesund
SS Røyksund
period 1930 ~ 1933
[3]Harrison H. (Shipping) Ltd., Liverpool & London
SS Alfriston
period 1921 ~ 1930
[4]Kersten, Hunik & Co., Rotterdam
SS Europa
period 1920 ~ 1921
[5]Armement Pry J., Antwerpen
SS Marguerite Pry
period 1919 ~ 1920
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 56 max. / 46 min. (m)
orientation 44°
protected
war grave
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entered by Claes Johnny
entered 17/10/2007
last update Lettens Jan
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Røyksund. Delivered in May-1919 from Machf. & Scheepswerf van P. Smit jr., Rotterdam as Marguerite Pry. 756 gt, 975 tdwt, 182.2x28x12.9, Triple exp. 116 nhp (P. Smit jr.).

From 1921 she sailed as Alfriston of London. Purchased in 1930 by J. Henning Thuestad, renamed Røyksund. Sold in 1933 to Sigvald Risanger, Haugesund. Remeasured 1935 - 695 gt, 1.000 tdwt.

Departed Cowes, Isle of Wight on May 22-1941 in ballast for Newport Mon. in convoy, via Dathmouth and Falmouth for orders - left Falmouth on May 27th 1941. That same night, when the convoy was between Trevose Head and Hartland Point, North Cornwall at about 11 p.m., an aircraft was seen heading straight for Røyksund. ...

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Claes Johnny17/10/200719-20 MARGUERITE PRY S.A. Belge d´Armement, Antwerp Be (Armement J. Pry)

20-20 VAUTOUR Société Belge d´Armement Maritime, (E. Deckers), Antwerp Be

20-21 EUROPA Kersten, Hunik & C°, Rotterdam Du

21-23 ALFRISTON J. Harrison Ltd., London Br

23-30 ALFRISTON H. Harrison (Shipping) Ltd, London Br

30-33 RÖYKSUND D/S A/S Royksund, Haugesund No. (J.H. Thuestad)

33-41 RÖYKSUND D/S A/S Fraktfart, Haugesund No. (Sigv. Risanger)

27.5.1941 sunk by German aircraft in Bristol Channel pos. approx. 50°46´N-05°18´W o/v Falmouth-Bristol Channel, in ballast.
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Røyksund. Delivered in May-1919 from Machf. & Scheepswerf van P. Smit jr., Rotterdam as Marguerite Pry. 756 gt, 975 tdwt, 182.2x28x12.9, Triple exp. 116 nhp (P. Smit jr.).

From 1921 she sailed as Alfriston of London. Purchased in 1930 by J. Henning Thuestad, renamed Røyksund. Sold in 1933 to Sigvald Risanger, Haugesund. Remeasured 1935 - 695 gt, 1.000 tdwt.

Departed Cowes, Isle of Wight on May 22-1941 in ballast for Newport Mon. in convoy, via Dathmouth and Falmouth for orders - left Falmouth on May 27th 1941. That same night, when the convoy was between Trevose Head and Hartland Point, North Cornwall at about 11 p.m., an aircraft was seen heading straight for Røyksund.

Her 4 British gunners opened fire but one of them was killed immediately by the machine gun fire from the aircraft, and about half a minute later a bomb detonated in the engine room, killing 3 men and causing extensive damage. 2 explosions were heard. The 1st engineer, who was asleep in his cabin got up to find his door blocked, but the 2nd explosion opened it again. By the time he got out water was already filling his cabin.

All the lifeboats on the starboard side were blown away, and the ship sank almost immediately, forcing the crew to jump overboard. Some grabbed a hold of two rafts that floated up while others kept afloat on lifebelts until the escort arrived and picked them all up within 20 minutes. 3 were presumed drowned.
 
 
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