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Norwegian tanker Ora

Norwegian tanker Ora

The Norwegian motor tanker Ora (9537 grt / 5640 nrt) was completed in December 1937 by Kockums Mekaniske Verksted at Malmö, yard no. 197. She could load up to 14,985 ts of crude oil. Driven by a Kockums-built MAN oil engine with 4500 H.P.

Upon commissioning the Ora was taken over by D/S A/S Ora (O. B. Sörensen & Co. Arendal as manager), Arendal. In April 1940, after Norway was occupied by Germany, Ora was taken over Nortraship, London. Between 1940-1945, Ora was part of many convoys, often travelling between Abadan, Bandar Abbas, Bombay and Australia. On 5 Febr 1944 she rescued 37 survivors from the British s/s Fort Buckingham, sunk by the German U-Boat U-188 in the Arabian Gulf. Ora was a lucky ship, herself never coming under attack. In 1945, after the cessation of hostilities, the ship was returned to its original owners.

By Sept 1955 the Ora was converted to an ore carrier with her tonnage slightly risen to 9654 grt and 14,700 tdw, but already in summer 1959 she was laid up in Arendal. In Dec 1966 sold to Spain for breaking up for £80,000. She departed Rostock on 14 Jan 1967 and arrived at Bilbao on 19 Jan at the breaking yard.

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IMO 5526398 , Flag Norway.
Ship Type : Crude / Oil Product Tanker.
Build in 1937 by Kockums Mekaniska Verkstad Malmö Sweden as " ORA " for D/S A/S Ora ( O.B Sörensen & Co Arendal as manager ) Arendal Norway.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 9.537 / 5.640 / 14.985.
Main Engine : Kockums MAN - 4.500 bhp.

1940 New manager Nortraship New York / London.
1945 Returned to Owner.
1955 Converted to Ore Carrier,new tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 9.654 / ---- / 14.700.
1967 BU Bilbao Spain.

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