norwegian MV Storsten (+1942)
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1926
is nickname no
weight (tons) 5343  grt
dimensions 118.29 x 16.06 x 8.84 m
material steel
engine 1 x 3 cyl. Doxford 58L3 diesel engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 2100  b.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 613
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about the loss
cause lost mine
other reasons scuttled
date lost 01/04/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.17rank: 641
about people
Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
engine by
[1] Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
[2] Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
Rafen & Leonnechen - Tonsberg Rederi A/S, Tønsberg
captain Reeve, James
no. of crew 47
no. of passengers 2
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entered 12/05/2008
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last update 01/04/2014
Lettens Jan13/07/2011
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remarksCalculated as '32 mile S [180°] from NORWAY, Kristiansand Harbour (Christiansand)'.
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Lettens Jan06/05/2013STORSTEN MV

Owned by Tonsberg Rederi A/S and built in 1926 by Barclay, Curie & Co.; 5,343 tons; 388.1x52.7x29 ft.; 482 nhp.; oil engines.

The Norwegian motorship Storsten, under German control, was sunk in an attempt to escape to England. On April 1st, 1942, the Germans became aware of this intention, and sent aircraft to bomb her just outside territorial waters off Gothenburg.

Shortly afterwards a German patrol ship opened fire on her whereupon the crew opened the seacocks and took to the boats. A party from the patrol ship boarded her and she was taken in tow but sank before reaching port. Seventeen of her crew were killed by the bombing and gunfire.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Allen Tony12/05/2008Storsten MV was a Norwegian Motor Tanker of 5,343 tons built in 1926 by Barclay Curle & Company, Glasgow, Yard No 613 for Tonsberg Rederi AS, Norway. She was powered originally by 4 cylinder 2SCDA Maclagan oil engine, 24.5" x 44", 2700 bhp, giving 11 knots built by North British Diesel Engine Works.

In 1928 unhappy with the reliability of the original engine, the ship was re engined at the builders´ expense with a conventional Doxford engine 58L3 opposed-piston oil engine, 580mm x 2320mm, 2100 bhp, giving 11 knots.

On the 1st April 1941 she struck a floating mine 32 miles S of Kristiansand. She was on passage from Gothenburg to the UK. Scuttled by crew later that day when the vessel was attacked by a German patrol boat.
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 Stuart Cameron,

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About Builders
 Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
John Barclay became a shipbuilder and repairer in 1818 and passed on the business to his son Robert. Robert was joined in partnership in 1845 by Robert Curle and James Hamilton, when the firm became Barclay, Curle & Co.

Doxford W. & Sons - William Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland
William Doxford and Sons began in 1840 at Cox Green. William Doxford and Sons Ltd, often referred to simply as Doxford, was established in 1857 by William Doxford. From 1870 they were based in Pallion, Sunderland, on the River Wear in Northeast England. In 1904 the East Yard was built, and the 3 extra berths helped Doxford’s to win the blue riband in 1904 and 1907 for the highest production rate in the world.
The East Yard was rebuilt as a state of the art covered shipyard, which opened in 1976. Doxford’s joined Thompson’s, Laings and Greenwell’s in 1961 to form the Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Group. The Group was taken over in 1973 and re-named Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd. It merged with Austin and Pickersgill’s in 1986, and closed in 1988.

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