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Name: ARNUS
Type Tanker
Launched: 14/03/1922
Completed: 09/1922
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 1122
Dimensions: 4202grt, 2548nrt, 365.0 x 49.0 x 28.7ft
Engines: 2 x Oil engines, 2SCSA, 6cyl (17 x 35ins), 600nhp
Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 11.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: n/a
History:
09/1922 Cia General De Tabacos De Filipinas, Barcelona.
1928 Cia Arrendataria del Monopolio de Petroleos SA, Barcelona; renamed BADALONA
13/12/1941 Sank
Comments: 13/12/1941: Torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat U453, 20 miles south of Motril, Spain
At 16:44 hours on 13/12/1941, U453 surfaced close to the neutral BADALONA east of Gibraltar and ordered her to stop, but the tanker tried to escape and used the radio until a round from the deck gun was shot across her bow. After examining the papers the crew was ordered to abandon ship because they had violated the prize rules by ignoring the order to stop. One of the lifeboats swamped during the hasty launch, drowning three of the occupants. At 18:05 hours, the tanker was hit by a torpedo and settled by the stern but remained afloat. She broke in two and sank after being hit by a coup de grāce at 18:20 hours.


Above photo of ARNUS courtesy of The Engineer