Monte Rosa

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Hamburg South America Line steamship built 1930 by Blohm & Voss. The ship was built to operate on the Hamburg - South America service, but was also used for cruising.

After the outbreak of WW2 she was first used as a Naval accommodation ship in Stettin. In 1942 she was used as a troopship between German, Danish and Norwegian ports. From October 1943 she was used as a repair and accommodation ship for the damaged battleship Tirpitz at Altafjord, Norway (a fjord in the municipality Alta in Finnmark county). In 1944 she was refitted as a troopship, but after striking a mine, was refitted as a hospital ship.

On February 16, 1945 she struck a mine off Hela and was towed to Gdynia with a flooded engine room. After temporary repairs she was towed to Copenhagen with 5000 refugees. In May she was taken to Kiel and laid up until she was captured as a British war prize. After repairs and refitting she was was renamed "Empire Windrush" and managed for the Ministry of Transport by the New Zealand Shipping Co. She was then used as a troop ships and made 13 round voyages to the Far East, 4 to India, 1 to the West Indies and 10 to the Mediterranean.

In 1950 she was again refitted and in 1954 while on a voyage from Yokohama to England, she caught fire in the Mediterranean near Cape Caxine, Algeria following an engine room explosion, and soon after the ship sank. The 1498 passengers and crew were saved exept 4.

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