N. J. FJORD

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Technical Data

Type:

Steamship

Builder:

Lobnitz & Co., Renfrew

Built:

1896

Yard No:

445

Launch:

14.05.1896

Tonnage:

1425 gt

Length:

268' 6''

Breadth:

34' 0''

Speed:

15 kn

Propulsion:

Engine:
1T 3cyl. (24"-40"-64")x42", 2500 ihp
Boiler:
2(DB) Scotch 12(cf) GS202 HS4906

Passengers:

347

History

DFDS:

1896 - 1917 / Service until 1914: Esbjerg - Harwich
1912 and 1914: Service also Esbjerg - Grimsby
1914 - 1916: Denmark - UK

Non DFDS Service:

Status:

Sunk

Remarks:

10.7.1896: Trial and delivered DFDS. She was the first ship in the DFDS-fleet with the light-grey painted hull.
11.7.1896: Left the Clyde for Esbjerg where she arrived two days later.
31.5.1916: On voyage Leith - Frederikshavn a zeppelin passed above her at about 2 am. An hour later, while at full speed she was sighted by a German torpedoboat B-110, which ordered her to stop for inspection. In doing so the safety valves blew off and a cloud of steam and smoke rose to the sky. As it was a perfectly clear day, the cloud was observed far away by the British light cruisers GALATEA and PHAETON. The British crew was aroused and they approached. Soon afterwards the greatest sea battle of WW I - the Battle of Jutland - was initiated, involving more than 60 warships and about 100.000 men.
N. J. FJORD got away safely.

5.4.1917: On voyage Blyth - Odense captured and sunk by a German submarine in the Northsea about 40 miles from Farn Island. She was sunk by bombs fitted to the hull. All hands saved in the lifeboats. Eventually they were picked up by British trawlers and patrolboats.

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