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Tender "Bengasi"

M/S "Almena" still under Danish Flag - Picture: Nakskov Skibsv«rft

Technical Data

Shipyard Nakskov Skibsværft, Denmark
In service from/to Ex Danish Motorship of Shipowners A/S D/S Torm; at Dakar seized by France 1940, 1941 taken over by the KM and reconstructed to a tender. End of May 1942 deployed at Augusta and Pireus. 11.11.1942 sunk by Submarine-Ttorpedo.
Displacement 1567 BRT
Length 86 m
Beam 13 m
Draught ?
Propulsion Dieselmotor 1525 Hp.
Shafts/Propellers 1
Speed 12,5 kn
Complement  82
Armament 1 x ital. 7,6 cm Rapid Firing Gun
4 x 20 mm Flak


This ship was the former Danish motoship "Almena". It was confiscated by the KM in 1940. Reconstruction was performed until May 1942 at Naples. Thereafter the ship was deployed at Augusta and Pireus. At Pireus it suffered of a braking of the crankshaft in the main engine. Since a repair was not possible at Pireus it was sailed back to Augusta. During a supply-voyage for the submarines from La Spezia to Cagliari/Sardinia it was sunk by a torpedo-hit from the british submarine "Safari" off Sardinia on 11.11.1942.