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GERMAN BLOCKADE RUNNERS - 22 SHIPS

14)KARNAK




Photo Allen Green Collection Vic. Australia. www.shipspotting.com


Built: 1926   


Tonnage: 7,209 / 9,143 dwt   


Cargo: Rubber   


Scuttled 10/Jul/41 to avoid capture by AMC HMS Canton some 300 miles North of St. Paul Rocks.    


0 Dead  


56 crewmembers and 21 passengers rescued.


KARNAK was underway from Bremen to Rio de Janeiro, when she got the warning messages and took refuge at Vigo, arriving there 29.08.1939. That was a happy coincidence, for she had a load of coal, with which she could supply a good number of German vessels for their blockade breaking voyage to Germany. 


KARNAK herself left Vigo in November 1940 and arrived via Bilbao at the Gironde. 
Renamed HERMES in 1941 she went loaded to a South American port, arriving there safely. But on the return voyage she was stoppedby the British AMC CANTON 300 miles nw Saint Paul Rocks and scuttled herself. 
By the way, she was never a ship of the German navy, but stayed civilian



Armed Merchant Cruiser Canton. Photo wikimedia.org


 

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