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GERMAN BLOCKADE RUNNERS SUNK * - BLOCKADEBRACHER

13)HERMES




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 on 10 Jul 41, she was stopped by 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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