norwegian SS Varangmalm ? [+1939]
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nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1919
live live
weight (tons) 3618  grt
dimensions 110 x 14.6 x 7 m
material steel
engine triple expansion three single boilers, single shaft, single screw
power 301  n.h.p.
speed 8.5  knots
yard no. 453
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about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 29/10/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 671
about people
Vuijk A. & Zonen - A. Vuyk, Capelle A/D Ysel
engine by
Maatschappij Fijenoord N.V. - Fyenoord, Rotterdam
last owner
[1]Reinhart Mithassel, Oslo (old Christiania)
SS Varangmalm ? [+1939]
period 1936 ~ 1939
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prev. owners
[2]Hadjipateras J. & A., Piraeus
SS Hadjipateras
period 1934 ~ 1936
[3]Nicolas Paquet & Cie - Cie. De Navigation Marocaine Et Arménienne, Marseille
SS Oued Beht
period 1928 ~ 1934
[4]Van Driel Willem N.V., Rotterdam
SS Zwarte Zee
period 1919 ~ 1928
about the wreck
depth (m.) 42 max. / 37 min. (m)
orientation 175°
war grave
entered by Jan Lettens
entered 27/08/2008
last update Racey Carl
last update 21/07/2014
[1] Jan Lettens01/10/2009
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Jan Lettens04/04/2013

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Racey Carl06/06/2009

The wreck of a typical, fairly large three island cargo ship of the WW1 era, in style and state of decay. The vessel is well broken up and laying with a 45 degree list to starboard. There is a triple expansion engine and two single boilers amidships. The engine has settled well over with a starboard lean. Several steel backed port holes were seen at the starboard side of the machinery. There was no evidence of a cargo in the rear or forward holds, which are fairly flat to the seabed. The bow is more intact but still broken open in places. A four bladed steel propellor is still in place at the stern.

The ID of this site is far from certain. The VARANGMALM is reported with a cargo of iron ore and this wreck has only two boilers when the VARANGMALM is listed with three. Also, the survey length of this wreck is a little sort by 15m to that the VARANGMALM.

There are better matches for this wreck, such as Markersdal; Ragnhild; John Rettig; Upminster. The wreck is know locally as 'Fagin' (B82)
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Allen Tony05/11/2007Varangmalm was a Swedish Schooner Rigged Steamer built in 1919 by A. Vuijk & Zonen Capelle A/D in Ysel and owned by A/S Malmfart (Reinh. Mithassel, manager). On the 29th October 1939 when on route from Kirkness for Antwerp she hit a mine and sank.
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