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Photographer:DDGHANSA [View profile]Title:OberschlesienAdded:Dec 26, 2018
Location:Kiel, Germany
Photo Category: Ships under Construction
Builder: Germania Werft Friedrich Krupp AG, Kiel Germany
Year of build: 1921
Owner: AG Hugo Stinnes für Seeschifffahrt und Überseehandel, Hamburg, Germany
Measures: BRT 2083, NRT 1261, LOA 84,13 m, breadth 12,34 m
Constructed 1921 above the hulls of two incompleted German submarines orig. U127-130, later renamed U183-184 & U 187-188.
OBERSCHLESIEN (1921 - 1927)
NAUTILUS (1927 - ?)
BU ?

Photo from the collection of late Hans Harms. Owned with copyright.
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Fergal Clohessy on Dec 27, 2018 16:39 (6 months ago)
doesnt look like a small waterplane area to me..
itsfoto on Dec 27, 2018 14:34 (6 months ago)
With today's SWATHs in mind, would this be a SWASH?
(While I am still struggling to figure out what this concept really was all about.)
Patalavaca on Dec 27, 2018 14:20 (6 months ago)
An amazing adaptation to the submarine hulls. I would like to have seen the designs for the conversion.
The vessel is recorded as being completed as a tanker in September 1921.

Named 'Oberschlesien' from 1921 to 1928,
'Nautilus' to 1942 and
'Languste' until torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine HMS Utmost (N19) on 13/10/1942.

At this time the 'Languste' was on a voyage from La Maddalena to Civitavecchia, Italy was was in a position 4 nautical miles and 198 degrees from Cape Figari.

HMS Utmost did not last long afterwards:
She left Malta for a patrol in the Mediterranean in November 1942. On the 23rd she sank an enemy ship, but on 25 November 1942, during her return journey to Malta, she was located, attacked and sunk south west off Sicily by depth charges from the Italian torpedo boat 'Groppo'.

Information quoted from available sources and Miramar Ship Index, New Zealand.
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