Danish Motor tanker
|Completed||1931 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen|
|Owner||Det Danske Petroleums A/S, Copenhagen|
|Date of attack||12 Jan 1940||Nationality: Danish|
|Fate||A total loss by U-23 (Otto Kretschmer)|
|Position||58° 59'N, 2° 53'W - Grid AN 1633|
|Complement||40 (0 dead and 40 survivors).|
|Route||Aruba - Nyborg|
|Cargo||8200 tons of petrol and 5760 tons of kerosene|
|History||Completed in October 1931|
In 1948 the wrecked forepart of Danmark was converted to the oil storage hulk Shelfoil (5419 grt) for Shell-Mex & BP. Broken up at Faslane in March 1953.
|Notes on event|
At 06.50 hours on 12 Jan 1940 the Danmark was hit by one G7e torpedo from U-23 when lying at anchor in Inganess Bay, Kirkwall. The ship exploded, broke in two and drifted ashore. The after part sank on 21 January, but the forepart was later refloated, taken to Inverkeithing and used as a storage hulk for fuel oil.
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