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On 6th June 1922 the British cargo ship CAPE BRETON arrived at the RDM yard in Rotterdam to be converted to a whale products factory ship. This job was finished on 16th September 1922 and the new name was ROALD AMUNDSEN. On this photo she leaves the yard.

1904 Built as CAPE BRETON at Russel & Co.,

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ID 1097844 , Dead.
Ship Type General Cargo Ship.
Dim : Lpp 114.3 Beam 14.2 mtr.
1891 Built by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd Jarrow Tyne Great Britain as " SAINT ENOCH " to British & Foreign SS Co. Ltd. (Rankin, Gilmour & Co.), Liverpool, Great Britain.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 4.503 / 2.600 / 6.400.
Machinery : Triple Exp.Steam Engine - 385 Nhp / 2.184 Ihp.
Main Boilers : 2 x Scottish Boilers 14.0' x 16.7' Total Heating Area 6.311 ft2.

1903 Sold to Toronto Trading Co. Ltd. (W. Petersen Ltd.), Newcastle, Great Britain. Renamed " TORONTO ".
1904 Sold to Britain SS Co. Ltd. (Watts, Watts & Co.), London, Great Britain. Renamed " SANDHURST ".
1911 Sold for NOK 295.579 to A/S Laboremus (T.Dannevig & Co.), Sandefjord. Converted to a whale processing vessel at Porsgrunn Mekaniske Verksted, Porsgrunn for NOK 288.280. Renamed " ROALD AMUNDSEN ". During WWI she sailed in regular trade.
1917 Mined 17/06 about 3 cable lengths West of Tonque Lightvessel in the Thames while on a voyage from London to Philadelphia, PA, USA in ballast. The pilot was still onboard. She was towed to Owen Flats by two mine sweepers and later the same day grounded at Mucklings Flat. The mine was laid out by the German submarine UC-6.
1918 Repaired and put in service again.
1919 Came on fire 16/01 while she was berthed at the oil refinery in Schuylkiil River, Philadelphia. 11 crew died. Condemned. The insurers sold the wreck to A/S Fandango (Chr. Christensen, jr.), Sandefjord Norway. Repaired.
1921 Sold for NOK 5.500.000 to A/S Ørnen (Søren L. Christensen), Sandefjord Norway. Renamed FALK.
1933 A/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord became managers.

1936 Sold 14/03 for NOK 144.772,50 to N. Stern A. G., Essen, Germany for breaking. Left Sandefjord 15/03 for demolition by Köhlbrandwerft (Paul Berendsohn), Hamburg, Germany.

During the ten years of service for the account of A/S Ørnens she had produced 292.515 bbls whale oil from 4.095 whales. After 1930/31 she had, except from a little trip at the summer of 1934, been laid up and used as storage ship.


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