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GERMAN BLOCKADE RUNNERS - 22 SHIPS

16)ODENWALD



 


View of the moment when Cruiser Omaha intercepts the blockade runner Odenwald.

Photo. www.history.navy.mil   



Rare picture from Odenwald. Kindly sent by Sergey Ionov.


Built 1923    


Tonnage 5,098 / 8,550 dwt   


Cargo: 3,857 tons of Crude rubber


545 tons of Oats


900 tons of Peanuts


7 tons of Oatmeal


102 Goodrich Auto tires


97 tons of Tannic Acid


360 tons of Brass


50 tons of Copper


25 tons of Dried Fruits


3 tons of Wax


26 tons of Roots


226 tons of Steel


0,5 ton of Hair


3,5 tons of  Fish oil


17 tons of Nuts


4 tons of Tea.   Total Cargo: 6.223 tons.


Captured  06/Nov/41 by USS Cruiser Omaha and Destroyer Sommers in pos 00º 14’N 27º 44’    


O Dead  


 45 POW   



The map depicts the incredible journey made by the two ships as far as Trinidad. Despite the low fuel remaining in Odenwald, U S  authorities avoided any call on Brazilian ports once the country was still neutral that time.   



US boarding party seen aboard the Odenwald.    
Picture by www.history.navy.mil    



Detail of the makeshift sail rigged at the Odenwald. The same helped both ships to reach The British base at Trinidad. After a stop for refuelling they set sail to San Juan PR.



Rare view of the Odenwald seen from Destroyer Sommers crew before a boarding party sailed to inspect the Blockade Runner.



The boarding party from Sommers seen in the moment when they get alongside the Odenwald.



Prisoners from Odenwald seen aboard USS Omaha bound for San Juan. Among them there was a former crewmember from raider Graf Spee.


 

 

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