british MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII) SS Lars Kruse (+1943)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1923
is nickname no
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 1807  grt
dimensions 87.7 x 12.8 x 5.4 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
power 169  n.h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 21
about the loss
cause lost air raid
other reasons explosion
date lost 02/12/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.19rank: 635
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builder
Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg
engine by
Frichs A/S, Aarhus
last owner
[1]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
SS Lars Kruse (+1943)
period 1940 ~ 1943
prev. owners
[2]Svendsen & Christensen A/S D/S, Copenhagen (København)
SS Lars Kruse
period 1923 ~ 1940
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[1] Lloyd´s of London, Lloyd's Register of Shipping
[2] Jordan, Roger, The World's Merchant Fleets, 1939
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entered by Vleggeert Nico
entered 25/01/2011
last update Vleggeert Nico
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Vleggeert Nico25/01/2011The SS Lars Kruse, formerly Danish-1940 taken over by the British-was attacked by German aircraft. She caught fire and blew up following an explosion on ammunitionship at Bari.
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 Jordan, Roger, The World's Merchant Fleets, 1939
Lettens Jan30/01/2011BARI BOMBING DISASTER, 2 December 1943

The German air attack on Bari, Italy opened at 1925 hours 2nd December 1943, with bombers (105 Ju-88s) hitting allied merchants unloading supplies for the forces engaged in the battle for Rome.

Fire on ammunition ships John Harvey and bomb hits on John L. Motley caused massive detonations which shattered windows seven miles away. A bulk gasoline pipeline and supply were severed and the gushing fuel ignited engulfing other ships.

Seventeen merchant ships laden with nearly 35,000 tons of cargo were destroyed (5 American, 5 British, 3 Norwegian, 2 Italian, 2 Polish, with another 7 vessels heavily damaged). The port area was closed for three weeks and was only back in operation by February 1944. ...

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Lettens Jan30/01/2011BARI BOMBING DISASTER, 2 December 1943

The German air attack on Bari, Italy opened at 1925 hours 2nd December 1943, with bombers (105 Ju-88s) hitting allied merchants unloading supplies for the forces engaged in the battle for Rome.

Fire on ammunition ships John Harvey and bomb hits on John L. Motley caused massive detonations which shattered windows seven miles away. A bulk gasoline pipeline and supply were severed and the gushing fuel ignited engulfing other ships.

Seventeen merchant ships laden with nearly 35,000 tons of cargo were destroyed (5 American, 5 British, 3 Norwegian, 2 Italian, 2 Polish, with another 7 vessels heavily damaged). The port area was closed for three weeks and was only back in operation by February 1944.

In total, 800 crew and civilians lost their lifes in the fire, explosions and poisoning by mustard gas that was on board John Harvey.

List of ships lost:

ALLIED MERCHANTS

John Harvey (US Liberty, 7177 gt)
John L. Motley (US Liberty, 7176 gt)
John Bascom (US Liberty, 7176 gt)
Joseph Wheeler (US Liberty, 7176 gt)
Samuel J. Tilden (US Liberty, 7176 gt)
Fort Athabasca (Canadian, 7132 gt)
Fort Lajoie (Canadian, 7134 gt )
Testbank (British, 5083 gt)
Lars Kruse (British, 1897 gt)
Devon Coast (British, 646 gt)
Bollsta (Norwegian, 1832 gt)
Norlom (Norwegian, 6412 gt)
Lom (Norwegian, 1268 gt)
Lwow (Polish, 1409 gt)
Puck (Polish, 1065 gt)
Frosinone (Italian, 5202 gt)
Barletta (Italian, 1975 gt)

OTHER:
Inaffondabile (Italian)
 
 
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