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Manager: Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen
Delivered in June-1882 from Rostocker Schiff- & Maschinenbau AG, Rostock, Germany (73) as Nordstjernen to Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Iron hull, 188 x 28.2 x 21.3, 856 gt, 650 tdwt, 2cyl Compound (A.Borsig, Berlin) 725ihp, 10 knots. In regularly scheduled coastal cargo/passenger service, at times also in the tourist trade Trondheim-Molde / Trondheim-Nordkapp in the summertime. Constantly modernised; electrical light in 1896, misc. interior updates in 1899, new boilers in 1908. Ran aground Febr. 7-1913 near Oksaøelven, and while being repaired at Mjellem & Karlsen she was converted to cargo vessel of 750 tdwt. Rebuilt by the company's yard at Laksevåg in 1924, new boilers (used) and new engine installed, Triple Expansion (J.W. Klawitter, Danzig) (1917), 400 ihp, purchased from Reichsmarineamt. Renamed Deneb on Nov. 2-1936 because the company wanted the name Nordstjernen for another ship. As per the summer of 1939 she was in cargo service between the south and north of Norway.
In Apr.-1940 Deneb was used by British forces in the north of Norway. Hit by a bomb, set on fire and sunk during the German attack on Harstad, Norway on May 20-1940. At the time she was alongside a British cargo vessel and was in the process of loading aviation fuel. 200 tons had been loaded when the German aircraft attacked and both vessels were set on fire. The majority of the crew were on shore, but 2 were killed by shrapnel as they tried to leave the ship in order to get to safety.
Cate B's 1st Mate Tolli Tollisen had also survived the attack on that ship on April 13-1940, and he had subsequently volunteered to take D/S Deneb from Harstad to Skånland with aviation fuel, so it appears this was her intended destination after she had finished loading. Tollisen, and some others later managed to get across to the U.K. He briefly served on Ørnefjell, then became captain of Mari, Rask and Røsten and was on board the latter when she was sunk in July 1942, follow link for details.
There's a thread about Deneb on my Ship Forum. According to a reply by Erling Skjold, Norway, Deneb was towed away by a British minesweeper and sunk by a British destroyer. Interestingly, another message states she was in for repairs at Smith's Dock in June-1940, Nov.-1940 and again in Aug.-1941- is it possible she was raised, repaired and in use again?
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Other ships by this name: The company had previously had another Deneb, built in Oslo in 1906, delivered as Ulefos to A/S Manchester (Thor Thoresen Jr.), Oslo for service in the Manchester channel. Purchased by Bergenske D/S in Febr.-1915, requisitioned by the British 1917-1919. Became Brundusium of Brindisi in 1934, of Napoli from 1937. Seized by the Germans in Aug.-1943, scuttled by own crew during the evacuations of Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Later raised and repaired, entering service as Dunav, broken up in Italy in the fall of 1966. "Norwegian War- and Merchant Ships to which Signal Letters have been allotted" lists an M/S Deneb (signal letters LKSA), Det Bergenske Dampskipsselskap, built in 1941/42, 937 gt, follow the link for more info on this ship. Also, the company had a Deneb delivered in 1969, 499 gt, lengthtened in 1974, 597 gt., renamed Nornews Service. Became Paper Trader of Haugesund in 1984, later Sira Trader (1987). Sold in Febr.-1990, Winco Trader (Jersey), Norwegian Nor Trader in 1998. Lillesand Sjømannsforening also has infomation on other ships by this name - external link.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, and misc. (ref. My sources). Pre war history is partly from "Bergenske, byen og selskapet" by Dag Bakka Jr., and partly from info received from from T. Eriksen, Norway - His sources: Articles about BDS in "Skipet" 1-2.88 by Dag Bakka Jr., and "Norges eldste Linjerederi, BDS 1851-1951" by Wilhelm Keilhau