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Name: RABENFELS
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 05/11/1903
Completed: 12/1903
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 407
Dimensions: 4815grt, 2971nrt, 7023dwt, 390.4 x 51.5 x 27.5ft
Engines: Q4cyl (23, 32, 48 & 72 x 54ins), 492nhp
Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 11.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 139031
History:
12/1903 Deutsche Dampfs Ges "Hansa", Bremen
12/06/1915 British Royal Navy; renamed RAVEN II
1917 The Admiralty (Grahams & Co, managers); renamed RAVENROCK
1923 British Dominion Steamship Co Ltd, London
1924 Karafuto Kisen Kabushiki Kaisha, Tokyo; renamed HEIYEI MARU No 7
1934 Inui Kisen Kabushiki Kaisha, Tokyo
1940 Renamed KENEI MARU
12/01/1945 Sank
Comments: Launched by Wigham Richardson
Contract Price 63519; Profit 2731-4s-11d
1914: Seized by the UK Government whilst at Port Said
Used as a seaplane carrier in the eastern Mediterranean
12/06/1915: Commissioned into the British Royal Navy as HMS RAVEN II
Armed with a 12 pdr gun and carried up to 6 x seaplanes
01/09/1916: Damaged by a bomb from a German aircraft at Port Said. Repaired
1917: Reclassified as a collier
12/01/1945: Bombed & sunk in the South China Sea


Above photo as RAVEN II copyright of Peter Kiehlmann