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SHIPS HIT BRITAIN 238 * - D E F

3)DALHOUSIE (RAIDER STIER)




Raider Stier seen  on left while SS Dalhousie plummets beneath the waves. Photo taken from Raider Michel.



Built 1940


Tonnage 5,297 NRT / 7,072 tons GRT


Cargo: Ballast


Route: Capetown to Trinidad


Sunk 09/08/42 by Raider STIER on pos. 20º 22”S 24º 40”W


0 Dead


37 taken as POW


Having refuelled twice from the tanker Charlotte Schliemann, and having briefly, but unsuccessfully, operated jointly with fellow raider HK Michel, Gerlach set a date for a further rendezvous with her captain, Ruckteschell, and resumed his solo cruise.


On the day of the new rendezvous, August 9, she approached and opened fire on this 7,072-ton British freighter, in ballast from Capetown to Trinidad, and signalled for her to stop.


Despite the fact that she returned fire with a 5-inch radioed for help, and tried to escape when ordered to stop by a 150mm salvo, within thirty minutes the Dalhousie was on fire and abandoned, with her entire thirty-seven man crew on board the StierThe raider Michel arrived in time to witness the torpedoed and capsized freighter sinking, stern down.

https://www.bismarck-class.dk/hilfskreuzer/stier.html


 

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