Pernambuco.jpg PERNAMBUCO in June 1941 after requisition by the Kriegsmarine, painted grey overall.ThumbnailsThe Danish steam tanker DANIA in the port of Nyborg, September - November 1939.
1925: built by Kockums Mekaniske Verksted A/B Malmö, yard number 146. Nov 1925 delivered to Angfartygs A/S Tirfing (mgrs. S. G. Janson), Göteborg as SKANELAND.
Measured with 4121 grt / 2462 nrt and 7772 ts deadweight, powered by 6-cyl. 2 stroke cycle oil engine with 2650 H.P., service speed 12 kn.
Dec 1927: bought by Hamburg-Südamerikanische Dampfschiff-Gesellschaft (HSDG), Hamburg, 18 Jan 1928 commissioned as PERNAMBUCO for the Germany-Brazil route.
13 Aug 1939: left San Francisco do Sul, disguised as Swedish ship NYLAND, 12 Sept 1939 arrived Hamburg after outbreak of World War II.
13 March 1940: requisitioned by German Navy (Kriegsmarine) as war transport for Unternehmen Weserübung, the occupation of Denmark and Norway.
15 April – 12 May 1940: made supply runs between Kiel and Oslo, 21 May 1940 returned to its civil owners.
4 Aug 1940: once again requisitioned by Kriegsmarine as war transport for Unternehmen Seelöwe, the planned occupation of Great Britain, handed back to its owners 3 Dec 1940.
17 April 1941: requisitioned by Kriegsmarine as supply ship for German troops in Norway until 18 May 1942.
12 Jan 1943: on the lower Oder river collided with the German s/s Possehl (2369 grt / 1921).
29 July 1943: in Bremen damaged by 13 ignition bombs during an Allied air raid.
4 Oct 1943: in the Varangerfjord attacked by Soviet submarine M-105 with 2 torpedoes while in convoy, no hit.
11 May 1944: off Kirkenes set afire by Soviet air attack but fire was extinquished, 13 May 1944 anew hit by Soviet bombs near Kirkenes and put ashore to be salvaged later.
9 May 1945: at Kiel, on 6 June taken prize by British authorities.
24 Sept 1945: taken over by Great Britain as EMPIRE DART for the MoWT, London.
8 Febr 1946: handed over to the Soviet Union, renamed KRASNODAR for the Black Sea State Steam Shipping Co., Ilyichevsk.
1 Jan 1975: arrived at Split to be broken up by Brodospas in April 1975.

Photo and text: Sebastian Boreck, Berlin