norwegian SS Takstaas (bow) [+1939]
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1916
weight (tons) 1830  grt
dimensions 80.8 x 12.8 x -- m
engine triple expansion engine
yard no. 197
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 29/09/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Sorlandets Skibbsbyggeri, Fevig
last owner
[1]Mørland, Arnt J., Arendal
SS Takstaas (bow) [+1939]
period 1927 ~ 1939
prev. owners
SS Stokke
period 1917 ~ 1927
SS Stokke
period 1916 ~ 1917
SS Standford
period 1916 ~ 1916
captain Eltvedt
about the wreck
depth (m.) 30 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 25/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 13/10/2014
[1] Lettens Jan06/12/2010
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Allen Tony25/08/2008Takstaas SS was a Norwegian Cargo Steamer of 1,830 tons built in 1916 by Sørlandets Skibsbyggeri A/S, Fevig near Arendal as the STANDFORD. In 1917 she was renamed STOKKE and in 1927 TAKSTASS. She was owned by Arnt J. Mørland, Arendal.

On the 29th September 1939 the neutral Takstaas (Master Kristian M. Eltvedt) was stopped by warning shots from the 20mm gun by U-7 about 10 miles off Marsteinen Lighthouse, outside Bergen, Norway. After examining the papers, Heidel gave the crew 20 minutes to abandon ship in the two lifeboats because the ship was en route to England. At 08.55 hours, the U-boat fired a torpedo that hit on the starboard side amidships and caused a list to starboard but she remained afloat on her load of lumber.

The Germans circled the ship and fired with the 20mm gun at the water line until a Norwegian aircraft appeared and forced them to dive. The lifeboats were later taken in tow to Sund in Korsfjord by the Norwegian torpedoboat Storm and continued to Bergen on their own.

The ship was after a few hours taken in tow by a Norwegian tug, but broke in two and while the foreship sank, the afterpart was towed in and most of her cargo was salvaged.
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