german German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945 SS Sudmeer (Südmeer) (+1944)
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nationality german
purpose hunting (prev. utility)
type whale factory (ex-cable ship)
propulsion steam
date built 1902
weight (tons) 7891  grt
dimensions 148.4 x 17.1 x 8.4 m
engine 2 triple expansion engines, 3 boilers
power 961  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
yard no. 387
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 14/10/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
engine by
Wigham Richardson & Sons Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
last owner
[1]German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945
SS Sudmeer (Südmeer) (+1944)
period 1940 ~ 1944
prev. owners
[2]Oelmühlen-Roshstoff GmbH Walgang Konsortium, Berlin
Sudmeer (Südmeer)
period 1937 ~ 1940
[3]Norske Hvalproduktor A/S, Oslo (old Christiania)
SS Sydis
period 1934 ~ 1937
[4]Dahl Thor A/S - Thor Dahls Hvalfangerselskap A/S, Sandefjord
SS Torodd
period 1928 ~ 1934
[5]Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Co., London
CS Colonia
period 1902 ~ 1928
IMO/Off. no.: 115810
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Lettens Jan12/04/2011
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Lettens Jan12/04/2011Built in 1902 by Swan, Hunter Wigham Richardson Ltd. for the Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Company Ltd., specifically to lay the Bamfield - Fanning Island section of the Pacific Cable. No other ship was capable of carrying the cable in one piece.

In 1928 the vessel was sold to the Norwegian Whaling Company A/S Thor Dahl of Sandefjord who converted her into a factory ship and renamed her Torodd. In 1934 she was sold to another whaling company, Norseke Hvalproduktor A/S Oslo who renamed her Sydis.

Again sold in 1937 to a German company Oelmuhlen Walgang Konsortium, Berlin and renamed Sudmeer. In 1940 she came under the command of the German Kriegsmarine. On 14th October 1944 Südmeer was bombed and sunk by the Royal Air Force off Nordkyn, Norway.
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German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 1935-1945

Kriegsmarine is the name of the Navy of Germany during WWII, not to be confused with Imperial German Navy, which is the German Navy during WWI and before.
About Builders
 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
From: Janes Fighting Ships 1919

SWAN. HUNTER & WIGHAM RICHARDSON, LTD. (WALLSEND-ON-TYNE), Twenty-one building berths, fifteen of which are served by overhead electric cranes. Four berths covered in. Employees : about 8000. Annual gross shipbuilding capacity (1918) : 150,000 tons. Engine works : 100,000 H.P. output per year.

The dry docks dept, includes a large repairing yard with two graving docks and two floating docks. Engine works have developed the Neptune and Polar marine oil engines. Total area of works : 78 acres. Water frontage : 4000 ft. Shipyard also at Southwick-on-Wear, with three building berths. Allied firms are the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co., Ltd.. Wallsend ; Barclay. Curle & Co., Ltd., of Whiteinch, Govan. Elderslie and Glasgow.

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