german Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG MV Weserland (+1944)
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nationality german
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1922
is nickname no
weight (tons) 6528  grt
dimensions 141.8 x 17.8 x 7.8 m
material steel
engine 2 x B & W 6 cyl. 4-takt diesel engines, dual shaft
armament 1 x 10,5 cm and 4 x 2 cm guns
power 935  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 414
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cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 03/01/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.5rank: 663
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Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
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Burmeister & Wain's Maskin & Skibsbyggeri - B&W, Copenhagen (København)
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[1]Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG, Hamburg
MV Weserland (+1944)
period 1941 ~ 1944
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[2]Hamburg Amerikanische Packetfahrt A.G. - Hamburg-Amerika Linie - HAPAG, Hamburg
MV Ermland
period 1922 ~ 1941
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captain Capt. Krag
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last update 22/10/2013
[1] Jan Lettens17/05/2009
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Jan Lettens22/10/2013The 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.
Jan Lettens17/05/2009WESERLAND M/V Owned by the Hamburg-Amerika Linie and built in 1922 by Blohm & Voss; 6,528 tons; 449.1x58.4x25.6 ft.; 935 n.h.p.; oil engine

On January 2nd, 1944, the German MV Weserland, while on a voyage from Japan, was intercepted by U.S. warships and sunk by gunfire, about 900 miles W. of St. Helena. One hundred and thirty-four survivors were picked up by the Americans.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Jan Lettens17/05/2009On 3rd January 1944, US destroyer Somers (DD-381) sinks the German blockade runner Weserland, 14°55´S, 21°39´W, and recovers 130 survivors.

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.
ref. used: 
 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII

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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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 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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