Merchant ship R14

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Merchant ship R14

Post by Santista » 08 Aug 2018 00:05

Hello all, someone knows the name of this ship ? Photos traken from ebay
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Re: Merchant ship R14

Post by Santista » 08 Aug 2018 00:08

German used for Merchant ships one code starting with letters followed by numbers (i.e. A1 Isar, A2 Donau etc...) , do you know where I can get this code ?
Thanks a lot for your help

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Re: Merchant ship R14

Post by igorr » 08 Aug 2018 03:11

This is ex. holl. KOTA PINANG. In reality she has code RO.14. All codes are in Groner, vol. 7, p. 98-100

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Re: Merchant ship R14

Post by Knouterer » 08 Aug 2018 12:32

The Kota Pinang was a relatively large (7300 GRT) and fast (14 knots) ship built in the 1920s with an eye to the Hadj pilgrimage trade between the Dutch East Indies and Jeddah, and could accommodate 20 first-class passengers and 2,000 pilgrims on deck. So she had a large number of boats, which may have been useful in her role as troopship.
She took part in the Bismarck raid as a reconnaissance ship and was sunk by HMS Kenya on 3 Oct.1941.
According to Gröner she was armed with four 20 mm guns for the Sealion operation. On the first picture a raised wooden platform at the stern is visible, which carried a single or twin 20 mm.

For Sealion, 49 ships, almost all ex-Dutch, were to form an invasion convoy coming from Rotterdam and were designated RO.1 to RO.49.
The ships of the Antwerp convoy were numbered A.1 to A.50.
Ostend: O.1 to O.15
Le Havre: H.1 to H.50
The barges and other smaller vessels gathered for the operation were also all numbered.

Many ships kept these designations for several years, some were renamed when they were assigned to other duties than troopship, for example as Sperrbrecher.

Picture of KP just before the war, from: http://www.krlmuseum.nl/megagalerij-kota-pinang/
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Re: Merchant ship R14

Post by Santista » 08 Aug 2018 15:36

Thanks a lot Igorr and Knouterer for your help.

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Re: Merchant ship R14

Post by Knouterer » 09 Aug 2018 09:08

My pleasure. One more remark: the vehicle being loaded (or unloaded) in thesecond picture is a SdKfz 253 armoured halftrack. A small number of these were built as command/observation vehicles for Stug III self-propelled gun batteries. Eight of these batteries, with six guns each, were attached to the divisions of the initial invasion wave for Seelöwe/Sealion.

So what we see there is almost certainly a loading exercise in 1940 in preparation for the invasion.
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Re: Merchant ship R14

Post by Santista » 09 Aug 2018 14:37

Some of you would mind to show to us in AHF the ships code. I could not be able to get groner's book.
What is the correct name of this book ?

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Re: Merchant ship R14

Post by igorr » 10 Aug 2018 02:36

Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 Bd. 7. You can easily find it in Net.

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Re: Merchant ship R14

Post by Santista » 10 Aug 2018 14:07

Thanks Igorr

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Re: Merchant ship R14

Post by Santista » 13 Aug 2018 20:01

from the book
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