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M/T Realf II
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Owner: A/S Asplund
Launched as Varjag for Br. Nobel, St. Petersburg. Delivered in Sept.-1916 from Göteborgs Mek. Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg (334) as Hamlet to Bruusgaard Kiøsteruds D/S A/S, Drammen, Norway, 5069 gt, 7210 tdwt, 355.1 x 55.2 x 29.4 ft., 2 x 6 cyl. Atlas Diesel, 3200 bhp, 2 propellers. Sold in March-1937 to Prebensens Tankrederi A/S (J. W. Prebensen), Oslo and renamed Credo (registered in Risør).
Purchased in Jan.-1940 by A/S Asplund (Rønneberg & Galtung), Moss and renamed Realf II. Laid up in Gothenburg from 1940. My page about Ships in Sweden has more information on the Norwegian ships there. (I have a document from the Norwegian National Archives saying she was at Landskrona on Apr. 28-1940).
I've received some information and the following 2 pictures indicating she was used as training vessel while in Sweden. Both pictures were taken by Arnfinn Grande, a friend of Knut Wold's (see Knut Wold's story - Norwegian text) and were received from Karl H. Henriksen, Norway, whose grandfather was the captain of Vinni during the war.
Returned to Norwegian owners in 1945. (A document from the Norwegian Archives, showing some of her 1945 voyages, states she left Gothenburg on Sept. 18-1945 and arrived Methil Roads on the 24th, later proceeding to Willemstad, then back to the U.K., and on to Curacao and Trinidad. In Febr.-1946, she was in Oslo, Norway). Sold in Febr.-1947 to Transoceanica Italiana Esportazione S/A, Rome and renamed Ariete. Owned from 1953 by Soc. Marittimi Petroli, Rome, renamed Sabotino. Arrived Savona on May 17-1955 for breaking up.
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: The majority of the pre war and post war details were received from Jan Goedhart, via Lardex group.