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The brand new "Vega" made Oslo a visit on her way from her shipyard in Trieste to her homeport Berrgen.

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Pre War History:

Launched Jan. 5-1938. Delivered in May-1938 from Cantieri Riuniti dell Adriatico, Trieste, Italy (1205) as passenger liner Vega to Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, Bergen. Steel hull, Cruiser stern 424.6’ x 58.3’ x 28.5’, 7287 gt, 1950 tdwt, 2x 10cyl 2tev Sulzer dm (Cantieri Riuniti dell Adriatico) 12.400bhp, 21 knots. In service with passenger and cargo Bergen-Stavanger-Newcastle together with the company's Venus.


When war broke out in Sept.-1939 BDS made the decision to take the more expensive vessels out of the Bergen-Stavanger-Newcastle run, and Vega and Venus were both laid up at Stanghelle in Osterfjorden near Bergen (as was Stella Polaris). Both were still there when Norway was invaded on Apr. 9-1940. Requisitioned by the Germans on Sept. 11-1940, returned to owners on Oct. 16 that year and laid up again. Requisitioned by Kriegsmarine on March 18-1941, rebuilt in Bergen, and used as target ship Wega ("Zielschiff") by 1. U-Lehrdidvision, Pillau, (or by 27th U-flotille, Gotenhafen?) Germany from June 1-1941. From March-1942 she was used as accommodation vessel by 25th U-flotille, Travemunde, Germany, and from 1943 by 25th U-flotille in Gdansk, back in Travemunde in 1945. Bombed by (Russian) aircraft near Staberhuk on Fehmarn on May 4-1945, voyage East Prussia-Lübeck with refugees. Caught fire and had to be beached, burnt out completely. 1 died (Egon Paul Lange).


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