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HNoMS Uller (1876)

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Name  Uller
Yard number  55
Commissioned  1876
Launched  21 July 1876
Operation  Norwegian Campaign
Namesake  Norse god Ullr
Laid down  1874
Construction started  1874
Length  27 m
HNoMS Uller (1876)

Builder  Karljohansverns Verft Naval Yard in Horten

HNoMS Uller was a Vale-class Rendel gunboat constructed for the Royal Norwegian Navy at Karljohansverns Verft Naval Yard in Horten in 1874-1876 and had yard build number 55. She was one of a class of five gunboats - the other ships in the class were Vale, Brage, Nor and Vidar.


Uller was, in addition to the heavy, muzzle-loading main gun, armed with a small Quick Fire gun and an early automatic gun, similar to the Gatling gun.

Later Uller and her sister ships were rebuilt as minelayers, and she served in this role when the Germans invaded 9 April 1940.


When the Germans attacked, Uller was mining the sea lanes to Bergen, and was taken by surprise by the German forces.


After being pressed into Kriegsmarine service Uller and fellow captured minelayer HNoMS Tyr were mining the entrance to the still Norwegian-held Sognefjorden on 1 May 1940 when they were first bombed unsuccessfully by two Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk M.F.11 maritime reconnaissance aircraft of the Sognefjord Air Group and then attacked again later the same day by a Heinkel He 115 of the same unit. In the second attack Uller was hit by a bomb, beached and then scuttled by Tyr.


HNoMS Uller (1876) Wikipedia