Soviet tanker Donbass (1935).jpg
Soviet Union
Name: Donbass
Namesake: Donbass
Owner: Northern Fleet
Port of registry: Murmansk (1941–42)
Builder: André Marty Shipyard No. 198
Laid down: 1930
Launched: November 1932[1]
Completed: 1935
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk
General characteristics
Class and type: Emba-class tanker
Displacement: 7,925
Length: 140.12 m (459 ft 9 in)
Beam: 17.94 m (58 ft 10 in)
Draught: 8.45 m (27 ft 9 in)
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Crew: 63

Donbass (Russian: Донбасс) was a Soviet Emba-class tanker sunk by the German destroyer Z27 on 7 November 1942, when it was on its way from Arkhangelsk to Reykjavík.[2]

The case aroused considerable later interest due to the widely held assertion that the Soviet spy Arnold Deutsch was among the passengers killed in the attack, and that he was at the time bound for an espionage mission in the Western Hemisphere.[3]


Three American tankers received by the Soviet Union through the Lend-Lease were renamed in her honor.[4]


  1. ^ Информация о танкере "Донбасс" из неопубликованной рукописи С.С. Бережного (in Russian). Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ Volodarsky, Boris (2015). "Dr Arnold Deutsch". Stalin's Agent: The Life and Death of Alexander Orlov. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 488. ISBN 978-0-19-965658-5.
  3. ^ Memoires of Rufina Ivanova Pukhova, Kim Philby's last wife Rufina Philby (2003). The Private Life of Kim Philby: The Moscow Years. ISBN 0-9536151-6-2.
  4. ^ "ДОНБАСС" (in Russian). Retrieved 7 November 2017.

External links

  • Fleet register 1880–2005 - Fesco (in Russian)
  • "Донбасс" (1), танкер (in Russian)