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M/S Brynje
Gunnar Knudsen, Porsgrunn

(Norwegian Homefleet WW II)

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Source for both pictures: Historical Department, MAN B&W Diesel, Copenhagen - (see their museum website, external link).
It looks like these may have been taken at her trials. I also received a picture from the launch

Built by Burmeister & Wains Maskin- & Skibsbyggeri, Copenhagen (345), delivered in Apr.-1926 as Brynje to A/S Borgestad, Porsgrunn. 351.3' x 51.4' x 24.2', 2 x 6 cyl. 4 TEV DM (B&W), 1650 bhp.

Tonnage: 3916 gt, 2328 net, 6978 tdwt.

 WW II: 

Stranded on March 18-1941 on Hatter Barn North of The Great Belt, Denmark. Salvaged the following day by Svitzer (salvage vessel D/S Garm) and towed to Kalundborg.

Struck a mine off Kalundborg (55 42 18N 10 57 20E) on July 20-1941 when on a voyage from Rotterdam to Harstad with coke. The whole crew managed to get in the lifeboats and survived. Salvaged by the Svitzer vessels D/S Freja, D/S Bien, D/S Urd, D/S Ægir, D/S Odin and D/S Thor, and The Hugo Stinnes (Hamburg) vessels Else Hugo Stinnes and Ernst Hugo Stinnes. Towed to Kalundborg, March 27-1944, later transferred to Copenhagen. Condemned and broken up.

The picture on the right was taken after the above incident. Here's another picture - both from Flemming Hansen

Related external link:
Lillesand Sjømannsforening's website also has a picture of a ship by this name (not sure if this is the same ship; it looks a little different from the ones I have pictured above).

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(Misc. sources, including 2 postings to my Ship Forum, one by Arild Engelsen, the other by Flemming Hansen.

Other ships by this name: This company later had another Brynje, originally delivered as German Mülheim Ruhr in Jan.-1938, built in Flensburg, 5825 gt. Came under Allied control in May-1945. Awarded Norway as war reparation in 1946 and renamed Falkenes for the Norwegian State. Renamed Brynje for A/S Borgestad, Porsgrunn in Nov.-1946. Sold to Denmark in 1951, renamed Danfjord. Sold to Monrovia in 1959, renamed Theologos, renamed Universal Pride in 1966. Sank following an engine room fire on Sept. 7-1966, voyage Antwerp-Shanghai. The company's 3rd Brynje was delivered in Jan.-1959, built by B & W, Copenhagen, 10 000 gt. Sold to Piræus in 1978 and renamed Panagis C. Broken up in 1983.

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