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Episodes & Studies Volume 1

the captured tanker ole jacob

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the captured tanker ole jacob

The Ole Jacob was a tanker of 8306 tons, built in 1939 and owned in Norway. On her maiden voyage, she arrived at Wellington in the evening of 31 July 1940, and was ordered on to Lyttelton. A few hours later, off Cape Campbell, she crashed into the motor-ship Armadale, 4066 tons, which was on passage from Lyttelton to Sydney. Both ships were badly damaged and put into Wellington. The Ole Jacob was repaired at Auckland, whence she subsequently proceeded to Palembang, Sumatra. On 10 November 1940 she was captured in the Bay of Bengal by the raider Atlantis and sent to Japan in charge of a prize crew.