German tanker Spichern

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History
Name:
  • Krossfonn (1935-1940)
  • Spichern (1940-1949)
  • Ringfjell (1949-1961)
  • Ringsaker (1961-1964)
Namesake: Battle of Spicheren
Owner:
Builder: Odense Staalskibsværft, Odense
Completed: August 1935
Fate: Sold for scrapping in February 1964
General characteristics
Class and type:
Tonnage:
  • 9,323 GRT (1935-1949)
  • 9,640 GRT (1949-1955)
  • 9,789 GRT (1955-1964)
  • 5,550 NRT (as built)
Length: 480.5 ft (146.46 m)
Beam: 65 ft (19.81 m)
Propulsion: 2 x 7 cylinder engines, 4700 bhp

Spichern was a German supply ship of World War II.

She was originally the Norwegian tanker Krossfonn, captured by the German auxiliary cruiser Widder in June 1940.[1] On 26 May 1941 she supplied 2660 tons of fuel to the German cruiser Prinz Eugen during Operation Rheinübung, two days after Prinz Eugen separated from the battleship Bismarck.[2]

She was scuttled in Brest on 31 August 1944, raised and put back into Norwegian service post-war.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lawson, Siri Holm. "M/T Krossfonn". Warsailors.com. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Busch, pp. 93-94.
  • Busch, Fritz-Otto (1975). Prinz Eugen. London: First Futura Publications. ISBN 0-8600-72339.