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Photographer:Gordy [View profile]Title:BITTERFELDAdded:Sep 26, 2011
Photo Category: General cargo ships built before 1940 (Over 3000gt)


Built 1930

Hamburg-American Packet Company / Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfarhrt Aktien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) / Hamburg-American Line /

Hamburg-Amerika Linie

7,659 Tons

1940 Far East service,

1940 seized by Holland, renamed Mariso.

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Photo Credits: The late Allan Green Victoria Australia

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Cheers and GB

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Robert Smith on Sep 26, 2011 17:30 (7 years ago)
The Dutch government interned the vessel in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) on the date the Germans invaede the Netherlands, i.e. May 10th.1940. It placed the vessel in the custody of the "Stoomvaart Mij. Nederland". Their statutory homeport Amsterdam had meanwhile surrendered to the Germans, for which reason the vessel had Batavia as homeport. Ironically, she was torpedoed later on in WW II by a German U-boat. Details below (source

Tonnage 7,659 tons
Completed 1930 - Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel
Date of attack 20 Mar 1943
Nationality: Dutch
Fate Sunk by U-518 (Friedrich-Wilhelm Wissmann)
Position 13.20S, 37.25W - Grid FJ 8883
Complement 111 (2 dead and 109 survivors).
Convoy Route New York - Trinidad - Saldanha Bay - Durban - Alexandria
Cargo 11.079 tons of general cargo
History Completed in May 1930 as German Bitterfeld for Hamburg-Amerika Linie (HAPAG), Hamburg.
On 10 May, 1940, seized by the Netherlands at Padang and renamed Mariso.
Notes on loss At 04.27 hours on 20 Mar, 1943, the unescorted Mariso (Master H.A. Broere) was torpedoed by U-518 about 90 miles off Bahia and sank after two coups de grāce hit at 04.38 and 05.10 hours. Two men were taken prisoner by the U-boat.
BarrySmith on Sep 26, 2011 17:01 (7 years ago)
Fabulous! She makes my heart soar.
Gordy on Sep 26, 2011 14:51 (7 years ago)
I changed the spelling from Bitterfield to Bitterfeld...thanks for alerting me george...Gordy
Mr. DOT on Sep 26, 2011 06:15 (7 years ago)
this reaches back to when ships looked like ships! mrdot.
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