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ZAANDAM cruise vessel 2000

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6036 by Fincantieri Breda, Marghera, Italy for the Holland America Line, Nassau Bahamas.
26 June 1998 laid down.
29 April 1999 floated out under the name ZAANDAM.
Tonnage 60,906 grt, 31,224 net, 6,150 dwt, dim. 237.0 x 32.25 x 7.80m. (draught), length bpp.202.8m.
Powered by five 12-cyl. Sulzer-Fincantiere diesels, each 8,640 kW. driven two electric motors, twin shafts, two controllable pitch propellers, speed 22 knots.
Accommodation for 1,432 passengers and 615 crew.
06 April 2000 completed,
08 April 2000 delivered to owners. Building cost US$300 million.
04 May 2000 christened by the actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in Fort Lauderdale.
06 May 2000 maiden cruise voyage from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean.
MS ZAANDAM is a cruise ship owned and operated by Holland America Line, named for the city of Zaandam, Netherlands near Amsterdam. She was built by Italy’s Fincantieri in Venice, and delivered in 2000. ZAANDAM is part of the 'R-Class' and a sister ship to MS VOLENDAM , MS ROTTERDAM and MS AMSTERDAM . MS ZAANDAM has a musical theme and is decorated with artifacts and memorabilia from different musical genres. Items such as a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ and guitars signed by the Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana and Queen can be seen.
One of the aft stairways also has a saxophone signed by former United States President Bill Clinton.
Several earlier vessels in the company also bear the name ZAANDAM: A single-funnel steam ship known as SS ZAANDAM (1882–1897) and MS ZAANDAM (1938–1942). The latter was torpedoed by German submarine U-174 and sank.
Current Cruises
ZAANDAM sails out of Alaska during the summer and during the winter sails Mexico and Hawaii. In December and January, the ZAANDAM cruises the Antarctic and South America.
2016 In service, still owned by HAL Antillen NV, IMO No 9156527. Beneficial owner Carnival Group. Under Dutch flag with homeport Rotterdam.

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Built as a submarine by the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine for the USA Navy.
27 September 1938 laid down.
15 August 1939 launched as the USS SEAWOLF (SS-197), christened by Mrs. Edward C. Kalbfus, she was one of the Sargo class. The boat was named after a solitary fish with strong, prominent teeth and projecting tusks that give it a savage look.
Displacement 1,470 ton surfaced, 2,390 ton submerged, dim. 94.64 x 8.18 x 5.06m. (draught surfaced).
Powered by 4 General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines, driving electrical generators, 5,400 shp, speed 21 knots. 4 High speed General Electric electric motors with reduction gears, 2,740 shp., twin shafts, speed submerged 8.75 knots.
Range 11,000 mile by a speed of 10 knots surface, submerged by a speed of 2 knots, 48 hours.
Test depth 76 metre.
Crew 59.
01 December 1939 commissioned, Lt. Frederick B. Warder in command.
After fitting out, SEAWOLF departed Portsmouth on 12 April 1940 for her shakedown cruise which lasted until 21 June and took her as far south as the Panama Canal Zone. SEAWOLF was next assigned to the Pacific Fleet with her home port, San Diego. In the autumn of 1940, she proceeded to Manila Bay and operated from the Cavite Navy Yard. When war with Japan began, the submarine readied for sea and was on her first war patrol from 8 to 26 December 1941.
SEAWOLF hunted Japanese shipping off San Bernardino Strait. On the 14th, she fired a spread of torpedoes at a tender or supply ship in Port San Vicente with unknown results. She promptly underwent her first depth charge attack but suffered no damage.
SEAWOLF departed Manila on 31 December 1941 for Australia and arrived at Port Darwin on 9 January 1942. She loaded between 30 and 40 tons of .50 caliber antiaircraft ammunition for use by American forces on Corregidor and sailed for Manila Bay on the 16th. The submarine sighted seven Japanese freighters accompanied by four destroyers and a cruiser on the 21st but had no opportunity to fire any of the eight torpedoes that she had onboard. The ammunition was unloaded on 28 and 29 January at Corregidor. SEAWOLF then loaded torpedoes and headed for Surabaya, Java.
SEAWOLF sailed out of Surabaya on 15 February and began patrolling in the Java Sea-Lombok Strait area. On the 19th, she fired four torpedoes at two Japanese freighter-transports. Damage to one was not ascertained, but the other was last seen down by the stern and listing to starboard. A week later, she fired her stern tubes at a freighter and watched one hit forward of the bridge before going deep to evade depth charges from an escorting destroyer at which she had also fired. In March, SEAWOLF was hunting between Java and Christmas Island. On the last day of the month, she fired a spread at a Jintsu class cruiser which produced one explosion. The submarine then underwent seven and one-half hours of depth charge attacks. On 1 April, she attacked two cruisers. A violent explosion was heard, but no flames were seen. SEAWOLF ended her patrol on 7 April at Fremantle.
From 12 May to 2 July, SEAWOLF patrolled the Philippine Islands area. She attacked freighters on 20 and 23 May, and on 12, 13, 15, and 28 June. On the 13th, she fired at two ships and her crew heard four explosions. The submarine was credited with sinking converted gunboat, NAMPO MARU, on 15 June. SEAWOLF returned to Fremantle for three weeks before beginning her sixth war patrol.
SEAWOLF prowled the Sulu and Celebes seas from 25 July to 15 September. She attacked a tanker on 3 August, sank HACHIGEN MARU on the 14th and SHOWA MARU 11 days later. SS-197 returned to Fremantle to refit and then hunted in the Davao Gulf area from 7 October to 1 December. SEAWOLF sank GIFU MARU on 2 November, SSGAMI MARU (7,189 tons) the next day, and KEIKO MARU on the 8th. She ended her patrol at Pearl Harbor en route to the west coast.
SEAWOLF arrived at Mare Island on 10 December 1942 and underwent an overhaul that lasted until 24 February 1943. She returned to Pearl Harbor on 13 March and, on 3 April, stood out for another patrol. She ended this patrol early, on 3 May, because she had expended all torpedoes on enemy shipping near the Bonin Islands. On 15 April, she torpedoed KAIHEI MARU; sank old destroyer, Patrol Boat No. 39, on the 23d; and sank two 75-ton sampans with her 3-inch gun.
SEAWOLF returned to Midway for refitting and departed that island on 17 May and headed for the East China Sea. She ran into several large convoys as she prowled from Formosa to Nagasaki. The submarine tracked a convoy of 11 ships and fired a spread of torpedoes at a large freighter on 6 June. One torpedo hit the target but proved to be a dud, and another passed under the freighter and hit an escort. Two weeks later, she fired a spread at four ships. One was hit in the stern and sank in approximately nine minutes. This was SHOJIN MARU loaded with troops. SEAWOLF returned to Midway on 8 July and, four days later, steamed into Pearl Harbor.
Her next patrol was from 14 August to 15 September. This patrol, in the East China Sea, was also ended prematurely due to firing all torpedoes. She sank 12,996 tons of enemy shipping, excluding two 75-ton sampans sunk by shellfire. SEAWOLF made contact with a six-ship convoy on her third day in the patrol area. She attacked day and night for three days before finally surfacing to sink FUSEI MARU with her deck gun.
On SEAWOLF's 11th patrol, in the South China Sea, from 5 October to 27 November, she sank WUHU MARU, KAIFUKU MARU, and damaged a 10,000-ton cargo ship. The submarine refitted at Pearl Harbor and, on 22 December 1943, headed for the East China Sea on what was to be her most lucrative patrol. She attacked a seven-ship convoy on the night of 10 and 11 January 1944 and sank three ships totaling 19,710 tons.
On the 14th, SEAWOLF fired her last four torpedoes at two merchant ships in a convoy, damaging one and sinking YAMATSURU MARU. She continued tracking the convoy while radioing its position to WHALE (SS-239). WHALE arrived on the 16th and promptly attacked, damaging one ship and sinking DENMARK MARU. The next morning, WHALE damaged another before action was broken off.
SEAWOLF returned to Pearl Harbor on 27 January and sailed for San Francisco two days later. After undergoing a major overhaul at Hunters Point, the submarine headed west on 16 May. When she reached Pearl Harbor, she was assigned the task of photographing Peleliu Island in the Palaus, in preparation for the forthcoming attack on that stronghold. She carried out this mission despite constant enemy air patrols from 4 June to 7 July.
The submarine headed to Majuro for voyage repairs and was rerouted to Darwin. There, she received orders sending her on a special mission to Tawitawi, Sulu Archipelago. The submarine approached to within 700 yards of the beach, picked up a Capt. Young and took him to Brisbane.
SEAWOLF stood out of Brisbane on 21 September to begin her 15th war patrol. She reached Manus on the 29th, refueled, and sailed the same day carrying stores and Army personnel to the east coast of Samar.
SEAWOLF and NARWHAL (SS-167) exchanged radar recognition signals at 0756 on 3 October in the Morotai area. Shortly thereafter, a 7th Fleet task group was attacked by a Japanese submarine. SHELTON (DE-407) was torpedoed, and ROWELL (DE-403) stood by to search for the enemy. Two planes were sent from the carrier MIDWAY (CVE-63) to assist in the search. One of the planes sighted a submarine submerging and dropped two bombs on it even though it was in a safety zone for American submarines. The site was marked by dye and ROWELL steamed to the area, made sound contact, and attacked with -hedgehogs. The second attack was followed by underwater explosions, and debris rose to the surface.
No further contact was made with SEAWOLF, and her position would have placed her in the area where the plane...

COSTA FAVOLOSA cruise vessel

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6188 by Fincantieri Breda, Porto Marghera, Italy for Costa Crociere, SpA, Genua, Italy.
October 2007 ordered.
03 November 2009 laid down.
06 August 2010 floated out under the name COSTA FAVOLOSA.
Tonnage 113,216 grt, 10,000 dwt, dim. 289.65 x 35.50 x 11.2m., length bpp.247.7, draught 8.20m.
Powered diesel electric by 6 Wärtsilä 12V46c diesel engines, each 12,600 kW, driving two electric propulsion motors 42,000 hp, two shaft, two fixed pitch propellers, speed 19.5 knots.
Six thrusters each 1720 kW, three bow, three stern.
For supplying electric power on board she can use 6 Wärtsila diesel engines each 12,600 kW with a total output of 76,800 kW.
Accommodation for 3800 passengers and 1110 crew.
30 June 2011 delivered to owners, homeport Genoa.
02 July 2011 christened at Trieste by Mrs. Margraeth Madé.

O4 July 2011 maiden voyage.
COSTA FAVOLOSA is a cruise ship ordered for Costa Crociere in October 2007. Based on the Concordia class design, COSTA FAVOLOSA was laid down by Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on 5 November 2009 and launched on 6 August 2010. Part of a five-ship expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, the vessel entered service in July 2011
Design and construction
COSTA FAVOLOSA and sister ship COSTA FASCINOSA were ordered in October 2007 as part of a €2.4 billion expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, with five ships entering service between 2009 and 2012 to increase the company's passenger capacity by 50%.COSTA FAVOLOSA cost €510 million to build.
The names of the two ships were selected via competition. The first phase saw 16,000 pairs of names submitted by travel agents and their customers from around the world, after being asked to suggest names. These names were to evoke the idea that the ships were magical and glamorous places. 25 name pairs were shortlisted and placed on the company's website, where over 42,000 visitors voted on their favorite. Favolosa (Italian for "fabulous") and Fascinosa ("fascinating" or "glamorous") were selected as the winning name pair.
The first section of the cruise ship was laid down at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on 5 November 2009. The ship was launched from the builder's dry dock on 6 August 2010.
The vessel is based on the Concordia class design already in service with Costa Crociere At 114,500 GTs, she can carry up to 3,800 passengers in 1,506 cabins; six more than previous Concordia class ships.
COSTA FAVOLOSA is the fifteenth ship in service with Costa Crociere.
Operational history
COSTA FAVOLOSA entered service in July 2011 when she set sail on a three-day preview cruise departing from Venice on July 4, with calls at Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Koper, Slovenia, and on July 7, an eleven-day inaugural cruise departing from Venice with calls at Bari, Italy; Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; Mykonos, Piraeus and Olympia, Greece; and Dubrovnik.
For the 2011 summer season, COSTA FAVOLOSA sailed seven-day cruises from Venice and Bari to Olympia, Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik before repositioning to Dubai for a series of winter cruises.
2016 In service, same name and owners, IMO No 9479852.

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Built as a submarine under yard No 72 by General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn. for the USA Navy.
20 October 1942 laid down.
06 June 1943 launched as the USS DARTER (SS-227) , named after any of many small American fresh-water fishes, closely related to the perch family. She was christened by Mrs. E. B. Wheeler, wife of Edwin B. Wheeler, Shipbuilding Manager of Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut. She was one of the Gato class. (Wrongly given on the stamp as one of the Tang-class)
Displacement 1,549 ton surfaced, 2,424 ton submerged. Dim. 95.02 x 8.31 x 5.2m. (draught surface).
Powered by four General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines, driving electric generators, 5,400 shp surfaced, twin shafts, speed 20.4 knots. Four high speed general Electric electric motors with reduction gears, 2,740 shp, speed 8.75 knots, submerged.
Range: by a speed of 10 knots, 11,000 mile surface, submerged 48 hours by a speed of 2 knots.
Test depth 91 metre.
Armament: 10 – 21 inch torpedo tubes, 6 forward, 4 aft. Carried 24 torpedoes. 1 – 3 inch deck gun, Bofors 40mm and Oerlikon 20mm cannon.
Crew 60
7 September 1943 commissioned, Commander William S. "Gin" Stovall, Jr. in command.

DARTER put out from New London 31 October 1943 for Pearl Harbor, arriving 26 November. On 21 December, she cleared on her first war patrol, bound for the heavily traveled shipping lanes south and west of Truk. This patrol was twice interrupted for repairs, at Pearl Harbor from 29 December to 3 January 1944, and at Tulagi and Milne Bay from 30 January to 8 February. She performed a reconnaissance of Eniwetok on 12 January, and on 13 January scored a torpedo hit on a large ship, only to receive a severe depth-charging from her target's escorts. She stood by on patrol during the carrier air strikes on Truk of 16 and 17 February, then fueled at Milne Bay on her way to refit at Brisbane between 29 February and 17 March.
On her way to her second war patrol north of Western New Guinea and south of Davao, DARTER topped off fuel at Milne Bay 21 and 22 March 1944. On 30 March she sent a cargo ship to the bottom, then patrolled off New Guinea during Allied landings on its coast. She put in to Darwin to refuel on 29 and 30 April, then returned to her patrol area until 23 May when she arrived at Manus. Refitted, she put out for action waters once more 21 June on her third war patrol off Halmahera and Mindanao. She sank TSUGARU, a large minelayer, off Morotai on 29 June, and again endured a heavy depth charge barrage as a result of her attack.
Returning to Brisbane 8 August 1944, DARTER cleared on her fourth and last war patrol. She searched the Celebes and South China Seas, returned to Darwin to fuel and make minor repairs 10 September, and put back to the Celebes Sea. She put in to Mios Woendi 27 September for additional fuel, and sailed on 1 October with DACE (SS-247) to patrol the South China Sea in coordination with the forthcoming invasion of Leyte. She attacked a tanker convoy on 12 October, and on 21 October headed with DACE for Balabac Strait to watch for Japanese shipping moving to reinforce the Philippines or attack the landing forces.
In the outstanding performance of duty which was to bring both submarines the Navy Unit Commendation, DARTER and DACE made contact with the Japanese Center Force approaching Palawan Passage on 23 October 1944. Immediately, DARTER flashed the contact report, one of the most important of the war, since the location of this Japanese task force had been unknown for some days. The two submarines closed the task force, and initiated the Battle of Surigao Strait phase of the decisive Battle for Leyte Gulf with attacks on the cruisers. DARTER sank Admiral Kurita's flagship ATAGO, then seriously damaged another cruiser, TAKAO. With DACE, she tracked the damaged cruiser through the tortuous channels of Palawan Passage until just after midnight of 24 October when she grounded on Bombay Shoal. As efforts to get the submarine off began, a Japanese destroyer closed apparently to investigate, but sailed on. With the tide receding, all DACE's and DARTER's efforts to get her off failed. All confidential papers and equipment were destroyed, and the entire crew taken off to DACE. When the demolition charges planted in DARTER failed to destroy her, DACE fired torpedoes which exploded on the reef due to the shallow water. USS ROCK was called in and fired 10 torpedoes at DARTER with similar lack of success. Finally, NAUTILUS arrived on 31 October and scored 55 hits with her 6 in (150 mm) guns. Her report states, "It is doubtful that any equipment in DARTER at 1130 this date would be of any value to Japan - except as scrap. Estimated draft of DARTER - 4 feet." With the scuttling occurring late in the war, the Japanese made no efforts to recover the wreck, and her hulk remained remarkably intact as late as 1962.
DACE reached Fremantle safely with DARTER 's men on 6 November. In order to retain their high esprit de corps, the entire DARTER crew was ordered to take over MENHADEN, then being built at Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
In January 1952 a salvage party from the US Navy arrived at the wreck to dispose of the six torpedoes left on board in the forward torpedo room. Charges were placed around the torpedoes, and the resulting detonation blew off the entire bow. As of 1998 her badly deteriorated remains protrude above the surface on the reef.
In addition to the Navy Unit Commendation, DARTER received four battle stars earned during her four war patrols, the last three of which were designated as "successful". She is credited with having sunk a total of 19,429 tons of Japanese shipping. ... TER-i.html Wikipedia.
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Built as a submarine by General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn. for the USA Navy.
01 July 1941 laid down.
18 April 1942 launched as the USS BLACFISH (SS-221), christened by Mrs. Henry de F. Mel; named after any one of several small, dark colored whales, especially the almost totally black pilot whale. She was one of the Gato class.
Displacement 1,549 ton surfaced, 2,424 ton submerged. Dim. 95.02 x 8.31 x 5.2m. (draught surface).
Powered by four General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines, driving electric generators, 5,400 shp surfaced, twin shafts, speed 20.4 knots. Four high speed general Electric electric motors with reduction gears, 2,740 shp, speed 8.75 knots, submerged.
Range: by a speed of 10 knots, 11,000 mile surface, submerged 48 hours by a speed of 2 knots.
Test depth 91 metre.
Armament: 10 – 21 inch torpedo tubes, 6 forward, 4 aft. Carried 24 torpedoes. 1 – 3 inch deck gun, Bofors 40mm and Oerlikon 20mm cannon.
Crew 70.
22 July 1942 commissioned under command of Comdr. Raymond W Johnson.

After three months outfitting and training, the submarine got underway on 19 October and proceeded to western Africa, where she conducted reconnaissance patrols off Dakar. The invasion of North Africa, codenamed Operation “Torch,” got underway on 8 November, and BLACKFISH patrolled the Senegalese coast on the lookout for Vichy French forces which might seek to reinforce their comrades in Morocco. Enemy traffic was light, but on 9 November, the submarine attacked a Vichy French convoy of three cargo ships escorted by one destroyer, damaging one of the cargo ships. In retaliation, the escort dropped a series of depth charges; but the boat weathered the attack and continued her patrol until ordered to Rosneath, Scotland, where she arrived on 27 November for refit.

BLACKFISH then conducted her second patrol in the North Atlantic, searching for the enemy until 18 January 1943. Although planes and friendly ships abounded, she encountered no legitimate targets before she returned to Rosneath.

The submarine departed Rosneath on 1 February to conduct her third war patrol in the Bay of Biscay outside Bilbao Harbor, Spain. Her patrol ended abruptly on 19 February, following her attack on two German antisubmarine patrol boats disguised as trawlers. BLACKFISH fired two torpedoes at each boat, sinking Patrol Boat No. 408, but coming under a heavy depth charge attack from the other. The boat bottomed out during evasive maneuvers, but the rain of depth charges came close enough to damage her conning tower. Nevertheless, BLACKFISH escaped and made port safely at Falmouth, England, on 22 February. Her external damage was repaired by the Royal Naval Dockyard in Devonport, England.

Her mechanical troubles corrected, BLACKFISH set out on her fourth patrol on 5 April, which took her off Norway and Iceland. Ice built up on her hull and slowed BLACKFISH’s diving time, but she encountered no ships and sighted only a few planes in the area of continuous daylight before ending the patrol on 14 May at Rosneath.

BLACKFISH concluded her Atlantic Fleet operations with a disappointing fifth patrol in the northern Atlantic. The submarine spotted no favorable targets, and the patrol was terminated on 4 July. BLACKFISH sailed for New London, where she arrived on 26 July to begin an availability period, to replenish her supplies, and to undergo refresher training in preparation for duty in the Pacific.

The submarine departed New London for training off the Canal Zone before setting course for Brisbane, Australia. After three weeks devoted to refitting and training, BLACKFISH left Brisbane on 19 October for her first war patrol in the New Guinea-Solomon-Bismarck Islands area. Bad weather and light traffic made the early weeks of the patrol unrewarding; but, on 22 November, the boat sighted the smoke of a convoy and quietly moved to a favourable firing position by trailing the four cargo ships and two escort vessels all day. Early on the 23d, she attacked the convoy with six torpedoes and claimed to have sunk one of the cargo ships. The escorts pursued BLACKFISH for 40 minutes, but the submarine evaded them, made an end run, and attempted to attack again. Detected and chased off before she could fire, BLACKFISH failed to regain the convoy until the next morning. She shadowed the enemy ships until dark, then fired six more torpedoes. Her crew counted five explosions, but could not observe the attack results because the Japanese escorts kept the boat maneuvering to escape their guns and depth charges. The patrol ended on 4 December, when BLACKFISH pulled into Milne Bay, New Guinea, for refit.

Christmas 1943 brought no holiday festivities for BLACKFISH; instead, she embarked upon her seventh war patrol. After a refueling stop in Tulagi on 29 and 30 December 1943, the boat headed for her patrol area in the Solomon Islands. Although she sighted many ships, BLACKFISH failed to get close enough to any of the targets to mount a satisfactory attack. Finally, on 16 January 1944, the submarine attacked a convoy of two cargo ships escorted by a destroyer. Her spread of six torpedoes sank the 2,087 ton KAIKA MARU and damaged the other merchantman. On 3 February, another two-ship convoy with two destroyer escorts crossed BLACKFISH’s path; and, in the ensuing attack, the submarine claimed damage to a freighter and a destroyer.

Refit began at Brisbane on 13 February. On 1 March, BLACKFISH put to sea for a new assigned patrol area, in New Guinea waters. The frequent appearance of aircraft kept the crew alert, but surface shipping presented little challenge. The submarine's first surface contact was a convoy of three freighters with two escorts. While approaching the Japanese ships with BASHAW (SS-241) in a coordinated attack, the submarines were ordered to withdraw in favor of attack by Army Air Force planes. BLACKFISH managed two other attacks during the 80 day patrol, but scored no hits. On 7 May, the boat received orders to return to Pearl Harbor. Travelling via Midway, BLACKFISH arrived in Hawaii on 19 May, took on provisions and departed two days later for overhaul at Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Submarine Repair Base in San Francisco.

BLACKFISH arrived in San Francisco on 27 May and commenced a three-month overhaul. Ready for action again late in August, she stood out of San Francisco Bay on the 31st bound for Hawaii. Voyage repairs at Pearl Harbor and refresher training in the Hawaiin operating area occupied BLACKFISH until 23 September, when she set course for Saipan.

Travelling in company with SHARK (SS-314) and SEADRAGON (SS-194), the boat conducted daily training dives, general drills, and battle problems along the way. The three submarines arrived at Saipan on 3 October, refueled, and departed the next day for their patrol area south of Formosa. BLACKFISH's first opportunity to attack came on 12 October, when she sighted a Minekaze-type destroyer. Making a perfect night radar attack from the short distance of 2,000 yards, BLACKFISH fired four torpedoes from her stern tubes. Certain of a hit, the submarine was surprised to hear four end of run explosions. She regained firing position just after midnight on the 13th, and fired three torpedoes from her bow tubes. After three more end-of-run explosions, the skipper broke off the attack to check for the cause of the misses. BLACKFISH ended her patrol and made port at Saipan on 17 November. There, she received orders the next day to refit and repair at Midway commencing on 24 November.

On New Year's Day 1945, BLACKFISH began her 10th war patrol. Her first action occurred in the South China Sea to 23 January, when she engaged a large two-masted sailing vessel with gunfire. The submarine riddled the ship with holes, but failed to sink her and broke off the attack because of...

RYLEN (Denmark)

Built in 1948 by Århus Stålskibsvaerft, Århus, for Hjejleselskabet (A/S Hjejlen) Silkeborg.
Round-trip boat, Gt:18,4, Nt:16,3 L:19,94m. B:3,83m. Draft:1,35m. 1 Ford diesel:? hp. (1973) 8 kn. passengers:100.
In 1972 transferred to Hjejlen Aps.
Stil in service on the Silkeborgsøerne (Silkeborg Lakes)

(Denmark 2015, 14,50 Kr. StG.?)


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The steamer Harambee was built in 1953 at Lubeck by Lubecker Flender Werke for Rudolph A. Oetker of Hamburg, as the Belgrano; in 1967 she became the Santa Barbara and was renamed Harambee when acquired by her present owners, the Southern Line Ltd., of Mombasa, She is a cargo vessel of 6,169 gross tonnage, net 3,776, and deadweight 10,178. Dimensions are: length (o.a.) 482 ft., beam 59ft. 9 ins., draft 25 ft. 2 ins, She has a 6-cylinder M.A.N. oil engine developing 4,000 b.h.p., and giving a speed of 13 knots. Cargo space is 596 cub. grain, 533,181 cub. ft., bale. She has bunkers for 678 tons of oil.
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Built as a cargo vessel under yard No 435 by the Lübecker Flenderwerke A.G. at Lübeck, Germany for the Rohstoff Einfuhr Gesellschaft intended name REG IV, but already bought on the stocks by Rudolf A. Oetker (Hamburg Sud) at Hamburg.
27 August 1953 launched under the name BELGRANO (IV)
Tonnage 6,112 gross, 3,591 net, 10,240 dwt. Dim. 146.9 x 18.27 x 7.68m. (draught)
Powered by one 6-cyl 2S.C. SA engine, manufactured by Masch Augsburg-Nurnberg (M.A.N.) at Augsburg, 3,680 shp, speed 13 knots.
Accommodation for 8 passengers, crew 33.
21 October 1952 delivered.

After delivery mostly used in the service of the Hamburg Sud between Hamburg and South America ports in the Columbus Line, but she was also used for tramping.
September 1965 renamed in SANTA BARBARA.
08 December 1966 Sold to the Eastern Africa National Shipping Line Ltd. (Southern Line Ltd. managers), Mombasa, renamed HARAMBEE, and put under English flag.
August 1979 sold to Silverstar Corporation, Panama and renamed ARAMBEE.
Made only one voyage for this company from Gdynia to Fushiki, then she sailed to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where she arrived on 03 February 1980.
20 February 1980 demolition commenced by Yih Shen Steel Enterprise Co. Ltd.

Inscription on the stamp SS is wrong she was a diesel vessel (MV)

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