Topeka
1925-1943 General Cargo

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Buildingyard: Deutsche Werke A.G., Kiel

Built year: 1925

Yard no: 198

Tonnage : GRT: 4991/ NET: 3030/ TDW: 6385

Dims : LOA: 366,3/ BR: 51,2/ DR: 31,4ft

Machinery: Two 6-cyl B&W by shipbuilder driving twin screws

IHP: 2500

Speed: 10,50knots

Passengers: 8

Photo: WW Fleetlist 150 years

12.01.1925: Launched

24.03.1925: Completed. Price paid: 1.721.116,72NOK

00.04.1940: Taken over by the Germans upon their occupation of Norway.

04.10.1943: Bombed by allied aircraft from USS RANGER and set on fire, north of Sandnessjøen (Operation Leader/ US Navy Carrier operations)

                     The captain and 2 crewmembers were killed. She sustaied heavy damage and subsequently beached near Horn, south of

                     Sandnessjøen. The wreck was sold to Stavanger Skibsophugging A/S, refloated and towed to Stavanger. The vessel was found beyond

                     economical repair and declared CTL. Sold for scrap

27.11.1948: Left Stavanger in tow. Broke adrift in heavy weather and went aground on Jæren. became total loss

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Photo: via Steinar Gårdsvik

Photo shows the vessel after the bombing by aircrafts 

from USS RANGER