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M/S Goya
A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen

(Norwegian Homefleet WW II)

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From a visitor to my site, who says the picture is from May-1940 (she appears to be at Akers mek. Verksted where she was built).
Source: "Handelsschiffe im Kriegseinsatz", Herbert Baasch (b.1920-d.1997); photo taken by Herbert Baasch himself.
Posted here with permission of the new owner of Baasch's photo collection.

Received from, and painted by, Jan Goedhart, Holland.

Tonnage: 5230 gt, 2996 net, 7500 tdwt.
Dimensions: 445.2' x 57.3' x 24.1'
Machinery: 2 x 7 cyl. 2 TEV DM (builders), 6900 bhp.

 WW II: 

Built by Akers mek. Verksted, Oslo (479), launched as Goya for A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen on Apr. 4-1940 (5 days before the German invasion). Seized by the Germans while she was being built. Completed on Jan. 6-1942 and placed in service as transport for the Kriegsmarine, U-boat target ship from Aug. 1-1943 (27th flotilla), then used as refugee transport from Jan.-1945.

 Final Fate - 1945: 

While taking part in the evacuation of soldiers and refugees from the Baltic states East Prussia and Poland, having departed Hela, north of Gdynia on Apr. 16-1945 for Copenhagen with about 7000 people on board, she was torpedoed by Russian submarine L-3 (Konovalov) that same evening, 55 13 5N 18 20E. Numbers of dead and survivors vary according to source, from 6220 to 7028 dead, and from 165 to 334 survivors. Broke in two and sank on April 17-1945.

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(Main source: R. W. Jordan's "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939").

Other ships by this name: This company later had another ship named Goya, originally delivered as Kamerun of Hamburg in June-1938, 4971 gt. Requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine in Oct.-1940. Taken over by the Ministry of War Transport in Nov.-1945, then handed over to Norway in 1946 as war reparation. Renamed Goya for J. Ludwig Mowinckel in 1947 and used in emmigrant traffic between 1949 and 1952, having been rebuilt for the purpose (6996 gt). Sold in Dec.-1960 and renamed Reina for Tollak J. Skogland, Haugesund. Sold in July-1962 to D/S A/S Svanholm (Erling & Trygve Matland), Haugesund and renamed Svanholm. Sold in Jan.-1963 to Skips-A/S Hilde (Christen K. Gran A/S), Bergen and renamed Hilde. Sold in July-1964 to Meldaf Shipping Co. Ltd., Piræus and renamed Mellina. Arrived Kaohsiung, Taiwan for breaking up on July 19-1969. Mowinckels' 3rd Goya was originally delivered as Nordic Sanko in 1981 (Panamanian), 30 892 gt. Renamed Novana in 1986, then renamed Lancelot Sky for owners in the Philippines in 1988, renamed Goya for Stavanger Tank A/S, Stavanger in 1991, managed by A/S J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi, Bergen from June-1992. Sold to Cyprus in 1995, renamed Captain Forever. Sold again the following year, renamed Georgios L, sold in 2000, renamed Rose for new owners in Cyprus. Sold in 2004, renamed Father F.

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