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Name: BRIARLEAF launched as OLETTA
Type: Tanker
Launched: 09/1916
Completed: 12/1916
Builder: J Readhead & Sons
Yard: South Shields
Yard Number: 451
Dimensions: 5955grt, 3601nrt, 393.5 x 51.1 x 33.5ft
Engines: T3cyl (27.5, 44 & 72 x 48ins), 437nhp
Engines by: J Readhead & Sons
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 9.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 139172
History:
12/1916 British Government, Royal Fleet Auxilliary (Lane & MacAndrew Ltd, managers), London
1919 Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London
1921 Renamed LACUNA
30/05/1927 A/S Dovrefjell (Olsen & Ugelstad, managers), Oslo; renamed DOVREFJELL
01/1938 Naptha Tankers Ltd, London; renamed NAPTHA SHIPPER
03/09/1939 German Kriegsmarine
03/05/1940 Renamed ALTENGAMME
04/05/1945 Sank
Comments: 1916: Laid down as a cargo ship and converted to a tanker during build
09/1916: Launched as RFA OLETTA for the Admiralty
30/05/1927: Purchased for 70,000
01/1938: Purchased for 51,000
28/08/1939: Arrested at Hamburg for non-payment of debts
04/05/1945: Bombed and sunk by Russian aircraft at Neu Mukran, Rugen Island, Germany


Above photo as OLETTA before delivery & renaming to BRIARLEAF courtesy of Photoship

Photo as DOVREFJELL copyright of the Norsk Maritimt Museum