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SHIPS ENGLAND - P Q R

1)PATELLA RAIDER MICHEL




Photo. www.photoship.co.uk


 


Built 1927


Tonnage 7,468 / 9,600 tons


Cargo: 9,911 tons of Oil


Route: Trinidad - Capetown


Sunk 19/04/42 by raider Michel on pos. 23º 00” S 20º 00”W


3 Dead


60 POW


Having rendezvoused with his supply-ship Charlotte Schliemann, Michel opened her account on April 19, with this 7,469-ton Shell-owned British tanker en route for the Cape with 9,911 tons of Admiralty oil, which radioed for help, and increased speed when challenged. Out of a crew of sixty-three, sixty were picked up, and she was dispatched with demolition charges.


Ruckteschell’s practice was to follow his prey unseen to determine her course and speed, and then lower his Leichter Schnellboot Torpedo Boats. These ‘ light speedboats’ would then get ahead of the enemy ship in a great arc so that they would neither be heard or seen, to lie in wait, their torpedoes at the ready, to attack from the opposite direction to the raider.


By www.bismarck-class.dk/hilfskreuzer


 

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