norwegian Olsen & Ugelstad MV Filefjell (II) (+1940)
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1930
weight (tons) 7616  grt
dimensions 140.4 x 18.1 x 10.4 m
material steel
engine 1 x 6-cyl 2-takt diesel engine
power 1010  n.h.p.
speed 11.5  knots
yard no. 83
IMO/Off. no. 5607187
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
other reasons explosion
date lost 28/08/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
Olsen & Ugelstad, Oslo (old Christiania)
captain Nordbye, Josef
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 13/07/2011
last update Allen Tony
last update 13/07/2011
Lettens Jan13/07/2011
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Lettens Jan13/07/2011On August 26th, 1940, Filefjell, on a voyage from Abadan to London with 10.405 tons of gasoline, 643 tons diesel oil and 144 tons of fuel oil, encountered the German auxiliary cruiser M/S Pinguin (Ernst Felix Krüder), 200 km south of Madagascar.

On August 28th, she was shelled and when one of her tanks was hit, her cargo exploded and within seconds she erupted in flames which could be seen for miles.
Lettens Jan13/07/2011SMS PINGUIN VICTIMS

The German raider Pinguin managed to sink/take as prize the following allied ships:

Sunk by mines

Millimumul, Nimbin, Cambridge and City of Rayville (the latter 2 sunk by mines laid by Passat, the captured Norwegian Storstad).

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 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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