german Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG MV Burgenland (+1944)
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nationality german
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1928
weight (tons) 7320  grt
dimensions 130 x 18.7 x 7.71 m
engine 6cyl diesel engine
power 790  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
date lost 05/01/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft, Flensburg
Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG, Hamburg
captain Capt. Schutz
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depth (m.) 5700 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 29/03/2008
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last update 02/10/2010
[1] Lettens Jan17/05/2009
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Lettens Jan17/05/2009On 5th January 1944, PBM-3S (VP 203) sights German blockade runner Burgenland and summons light cruiser Omaha (CL 4) and destroyer Jouett (DD-396). Gunfire and scuttling charges sink Burgenland, 07°29´S, 25°37´W.

US destroyer Davis (DD-395) rescues 21 survivors of sunken German blockade runner Burgenland, on 7th January at position 08°06´S, 26°45´W.

On 8th January, US destroyer Winslow (DD-359) rescues 35 survivors of sunken German blockade runner Burgenland at position 08°14´S, 29°22´W.

On 13th January, the Brazilian minelayer Camocim while escorting convoy JT 19, picks up the last 34 survivors (26 German and 8 Italian) of the three German blockade runners sunk on 3, 4, and 5 January.
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 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII
Vleggeert Nico05/04/2009The German blockade runner Burgenland was intercepted and stopped by American light cruiser Omaha. She was then scuttled by her own crew. The Omaha took 150 of her crew and passengers on board. One man was killed.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Lettens Jan02/10/2010The Greman blockade-runners Weserland, Burgenland and Rio Grande did not even got close to the North Atlantic, when returning from their Far East trip.

Weserland (HAPAG of 6,528 tons), under the command of Captain Krag, sailing under the false name of Glenbank, was detected and attacked by Liberator No 32605 107 squadron on January 2 1944. As the airplane was shot down, she transmitted her position. A few hours later, the American destroyer USS Somers fired with her 127 mm guns and sank her. Somers rescued the survivors.

Two days later, on January 4th, the cruiser USS Omaha and destroyer USS Jouett intercepted the Rio Grande (6062 grt Hamburg-Südamerikanische Dampfschiffahrt Gesellschaft Hamburg), Capt. Heinrich von Allwörden and sunk her without casualties.

The next day, on January 5th, a Martin Mariner seaplane squadron VP 203 localized a ship called "Natal Floridian", but there was no ship of that name: it was the Burgenland of 7,320 tons (HAPAG) at the command of Captain Schutz. Omaha and Jouett tried to prevent the ship from being scuttled with charges, but failed. The crew of Burgenland was rescued by Allied ships.

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About Owners
Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG, Hamburg

Established in 1847. Also called HAPAG, Hamburg-America Line). In 1970, the company merged with the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd) of Bremen to establish the current-day Hapag-Lloyd, which itself is owned by TUI AG. HAPAG for the first time, introduced a sandwich to their passengers with meat in it. This inspired later businessmen to sell this (until then) unknown food in the US, creating the 'Hamburger'.

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 Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft, Flensburg
Société fondée en 1872 par 5 armateurs de Flensburg qui décidèrent s'affranchir des achats de navires en Angleterre. Le premier navire, un voilier 3 mâts, a été livré en 1875 et en 125 ans, a construit plus de 700 navires civils et militaires de tous types depuis sa création.

Founded in 1872 by 5 shipowners from Flensburg wishing to avoid purchase of english vessels. The first delivery in 1875 has been a 3 masts tallship and during 125 years of activity, more than 700 ships of all types, civilian and military, have been built.

Sociedad fundada por 5 armadores de Flensburg con la intención de evitar de comprar buques construidos en Inglaterra. Su primera entrega en 1875 fué un velero 3 mastros y en 125 años ha construido mas 700 buques cíviles y militares de todo tipo.

Sociedade fundada por 5 armadores de Flensburg com o intuito de evitar a compra de navios construidos em Inglaterra. Sua primeira entrega em 1875 foi um veleiro de 3 mastros e en 125 anos entregou mais de 700 navios cíveis e militares de todo tipo.

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