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  • Built in 1911 as Wiegand by Bremer Vulkan Ship Building Co., Vegesack, Breman, Germany
  • Acquired by Uruguay and renamed Artigas
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Artigas 18 June 1918 at Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Decommissioned 4 January 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Acquired in 1927 by the Tramp Shipping Development Co., Ltd. of London England
  • Resold in 1927 to Elias G. Culucundis and Stephen C. Costomeni of Athens, Greece and renamed Elias G. Culucundis
  • Acquired in 1929 by Furness Withy and Co., Ltd. of London and renamed Tenterden
  • Acquired in 1930 by Atlanticos Steam Ship Co. and Giorgilis Brothers of Piraeus, Greece and renamed Elias G. CulucundisAcquired in 1932 by Roussoas A. and Co. of Piraeus and renamed Argentina
  • Acquired in 1935 by Lloyd Mediterraneo - La Meridionale di Nav. of Genoa, Italy and renamed Valsole
  • Acquired in 1936 by Bozzo Guiseppe - Armamenti e Transporti Maritimi of Genoa
  • Renamed Tina Primo in 1940
  • Struck a mine and was damaged in the North Sea off the east coast of Kent, United Kingdom. Struck two more mines while under tow and sank 18 March 1940.


  • Displacement 4,849 t.
  • Length 399' 2"
  • Beam 53' 7"
  • Depth of hold 27' 6"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 98
  • Armament: One 6"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: One 4,000hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Wiegand
    Artigas 51k German freighter SS Wiegand which was seized by Uruguay in 1917
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst
    SS Tina Primo
    Artigas 46k SS Tina Primo is shown broken into several sections after running on to a German minefield on 18 March 1940 near the Straits of Dover while en route from Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Genoa
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst

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