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Thursday, 1 October 2020

Former Bulgarian submarine Slava will open her ‘doors’ as museum ship at Varna on 18 August 2020


February 2020

July 2020

George Alexandrov

On 18th of August 2020 an old navy ship will start to live its third life. The submarine “Slava” (Glory) will open the doors to become a museum.


Ex-number 84 of The Bulgarian underwater fleet was built in 1959 in the former USSR. It's Romeo-class (“Project 633” on USSR classification). Ship’s particulars of the submarine are: 76 meters long, 7 meters wide and 6 meters high. It’s maximum speed on the water was 15.3 knots and 13.2 knots underwater. It can dive up to 300 meters below water surface.

“Slava” served in Soviet Navy twenty five years before it was sold to Bulgaria, with three others submarines of same class. The first name of submarine in Bulgarian Navy was “Leninski komsomol”. After political changes in early 90, it was renamed. Submarine №84 became “Slava”. It served until the Autum of 2011. The last navigation of “Slava” submarine was in December 2010 under command of Capt. Kamen Kukurov (now Chief of Staff of the Navy).The submarine was decommissioned on  1st  November 2011. The second life, under Bulgarian naval flag was over. 


Some years earlier the Navy got decision to gave the last, at this moment, submarine - №84 „Slava” to the Varna Municipality, in order to transform it into a museum of the Bulgarian underwater fleet and traditions (The first Bulgarian submarine was Podvodnik №18 in 1916). Different problems stop this idea for some years.
But in 2019, private “Beloslav Glass” foundation, with chairman Mr. Danko Kalchev, got the submarine for lease of 10 years. “Slava” was towed  to Beloslav – town, not far from Bulgarian sea capital - Varna. The initiators were supported by the Bulgarian Navy, the Bulgarian Submariners Union, the National Maritime Museum in Varna, which currently keeps the flag of “Slava” submarine and many volunteers. After nine months of hard work, “Slava”, will meet officialy its first visitors.

part of periscope

Of course, restauration of “Slava” to its original vision continues. Therefore, all tickets profit will be invested to deal with corrosion and restore of missing parts and elements. Meanwhile, many modern technologies were put into realization of this project.
The wet dock was constructed with special concrete and angles of glass. Electricity will be obtained by solar panels and windmill. Also it is provided intended to be installed an air control system, to observe air quality over Lake of Beloslav and Lake of Varna.

The submarine “Slava” will officially become a museum on 18th of August 2020. It's Day of Bulgarian Submariner.

Bow torpedo tubes, February 2020

Stern torpedo tubes July 2020

General characteristics of Project 633 (Romeo class)

Displacement:
· 1,475 tons surfaced
· 1,830 tons submerged
Length:
76.6 m (251 ft 3 in)
Beam:
6.7 m (22 ft)
Draught:
5.2 m (17 ft 1 in)
Propulsion:
Two diesels delivering 2.94 MW (4000 shp) with two electric motors driving two shafts.
Speed:
· 15.3 knots surfaced
· 13.2  knots submerged
Range:
14,484km (9,000 miles) at 9 knots
Complement:
54 men (10 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
sonar and radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
MRP 11-14
Armament:
8 × 533mm (21in) torpedo tubes. Six located in the bow and two in the stern.

Acknowledgement
We are very pleased with the blog note George wrote for us about the Bulgarian submarine Slava which became a museum ship. He also supplied the photographs.

Further more we are pleased with the fact that this submarine is saved for the future as a museum ship. Last year we saw two Cold War submarines of Soviet design passing underway towards the scrapyard. Including the museum ship at Zeebrugge, Belgium. Let's hope that the Slava will have a long and prosperous future at Varna.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Spanish battleship Pelayo 1885-1925


Laid down by Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, La Seyne, France in April 1885m launched on 5 February 1887, completed in summer 1888, modernized at La Seyne in 1897-1898 and in 1910, gunnery training ship 1920-1921, disarmed in 1923 and broken up in 1925. Based on the French battleship Marceau-design but her draught was smaller to allow her passing the Suez Canal at a full load displacement. The sails with which she was fitted out were quite soon after she was completed removed.

Displacement 9.745 tons and as dimensions 102,01 x 20,19 x 7,54 (maximum) metres or 334.8 x 66.3 x 14.9 feet. Her coal-fuelled 2-shaft vertical compound steam engines and 12 return tube boilers (replaced by 16 Niclausse boilers in 1897-1898) supplied 8.000 (trial natural draft)-9.600 9.600 ihp allowing a speed of 16,2 (natural draft trial)-16,7 (forced draft 1888), Sail area was 1.219 square metres/4.000 square feet. Coal bunker capacity 800 tons. The Creusot steel armour consisted of a 29,8cm/11.75”-40cm/17.75” thick belt. The barbettes were protected by 29,8cm/11.75”-40cm/17.75”, gun shield were 7,94cm/3.125” thick, conning tower protected by 15,56cm/6.125”, deck with a thickness of 5,1cm/2”-7cm/2.5”. The battery amidships was originally unprotected, during the modernization in 1897-1898 was 7,6cm/3” Harvey steel armour added. The original armament consisted of 2x1-32cm/12.6” guns, 2x1-28cm/11.0”, 1-16cm/6.30” guns, 12-12cm/4.72” guns, 5-5,7cm/6pd rapid firing guns, 14 machine guns and 7-35.6cm/14” torpedo tubes (removed in 1910). After the modernization in 1897-1898 2x1-32cm/12.6” guns, 2x1-28cm/11.0”,9-14cm/5.51” guns, 5-6pd rapid firing guns, 14 machine guns and 6-35.6cm/14” torpedo tubes (removed in 1910).

Russian replica (1999) of the Shtandart from 1703 at Sunset

Computer line drawing by Alexander van Maanen

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Japanese D-class escort No. 192 1944-1952


Laid down by the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. on 5 December 1944, launched on 30 January 1945, completed on 28 February 1945, decommissioned on 25 October 1945, handed over to the Republic of China on 31 July 1945 and commissioned as the Tsuan until she was decommissioned in 1952. Under the Programme 1943-1944 was the building of 143 ships ordered and under the Programme 1944-1945 were another 57 planned of the Type D escort or coast defence ships. Yet there were just 67 actually completed, the others were cancelled. Originally the ships were to be used for anti-aircraft and submarine warfare after the Navy asked on 22 April 1943 for a basic 800 tons escort design. The Type D design was in fact a simplified Ukuru design. Except for the Japanese navy used by the navies of Russia, China and Taiwan until 1987. General technical details of the Type D escort vessel had a standard displacement of 752 tons and as dimensions 69,5 x 8,6 x 3,05 metres or 228 x 28.3 x 10 feet. The geared turbine machinery supplied via one shaft 2,500 hp allowing a speed of 17,5 knots and a range of 4.500 nautical miles with a speed of 16 knots. The crew numbered 160 men. The original armament consisted of 2-12cm/4.7” 45 cal dual purpose guns, 2x3-2,5cm/0.98” Type 96 anti aircraft machine guns, 12 Type 3 depth charge throwers and 1 depth charge chute for which 120 depth charges were carried. From 1944 on was 1-8,1cm/3.2” mortar added to the armament.

Dutch inland tug (ex-Maartje 1930-1956, Famke II 1958-1965, Jacoba IV 1965-1999) Humus III 1999-


Leiden, Netherlands 25 January 2020

Netherlands-flagged, ENI 3030897, MMSI 244860248 and call sign PC9198. Dimensions 13,5 x 3,3 x 1,6 x 1,3 metres and a displacement of 6,34 mt. Built by DE Industrie D.&Joh. Boot, Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands in 1930.

American steam tug James Burns (1893) in 1910

Net tonnage 25 tons and as dimensions 53 (tonnage length) x 14 feet. Built in 1893.
Owner John Voelm, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Source
Beeson’s Marine Directory of the northwestern Lakes American and Canadian. Washington, 1910.

American steam tug Burgard (1893) in 1910

Net tonnage 13 tons and as dimensions 39 (tonnage length) x 9 feet. Built in 1893. Owner Great Lakes Construction Co., Buffalo, New York, USA.

Source
Beeson’s Marine Directory of the northwestern Lakes American and Canadian. Washington, 1910.

American steam tug H.F. Bues (1873) in 1910

Net tonnage 25 tons and as dimensions 51 (tonnage length) x 13 feet. Built in 1873. Owner Edward Bros., Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, USA.

Source
Beeson’s Marine Directory of the northwestern Lakes American and Canadian. Washington, 1910.

Dutch sailing bomschuit Willem (SCH 77) in 1897

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Source 
Painting made by Jacob Maris around 1885 

Owned by C.&M. den Dulk, Scheveningen, Netherlands, master Jacob den Dulk.

Source
Department Foreign Affairs (National Archive, The Hague, Netherlands) A-files inventory number 234. Naamlijst der Nederlandsche Reederijen en Haringschepen, benevens de sloepen, welke de kabeljauwvisscherij in de Noordzee uitoefenen; published by Dorsman&Odé, Vlaardingen, 1897.

Dutch sailing bomschuit de Goede Verwachting (SCH 126) in 1897

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Source 
Painting made by Jacob Maris around 1885 

Owned by C.&M. den Dulk, Scheveningen, Netherlands, master Korving Zuurmond.

Source
Department Foreign Affairs (National Archive, The Hague, Netherlands) A-files inventory number 234. Naamlijst der Nederlandsche Reederijen en Haringschepen, benevens de sloepen, welke de kabeljauwvisscherij in de Noordzee uitoefenen; published by Dorsman&Odé, Vlaardingen, 1897.

Norwegian crew tender Fob Swath 2 2013-




Inner harbour Vlissingen, Netherlands 3 April 2020

Denmark-flagged, homeport Thyborøn, IMO 9672923, MMSI 219459000 and call sign OUW52. Owned by Odfjell Wind, Bergen, Norway and operated by Offshore Windservice A/S, Thyborøn, Denmark. Built by Danish Yacht, Skagen A/S, Denmark in 2013.

Dutch screw steam tug Zeeland built at Dordrecht, Netherlands in 1910 according to the Dutch magazine Scheepvaart dated 30 December 1910

A list of the ships launched in 1910 reported the Dutch screw steam tug Zeeland of 175 ihp horsepower built by Gebrs. G.&H. Bodewes, Martenshoek, Netherlands for account of a Dutch owner.

Dutch screw steam tug Geertruidabuilt at Dordrecht, Netherlands in 1910 according to the Dutch magazine Scheepvaart dated 30 December 1910

A list of the ships launched in 1910 reported the Dutch screw steam tug Geertruida of 175 ihp horsepower built by Gebrs. G.&H. Bodewes, Martenshoek, Netherlands for account of a Dutch owner.(1)

Note
1. Maritiem Museum Registers Scheepsmetingsdienst mentioned a tug Geertruida built at Hoogezand, Netherlands for Johannes Zwart, Delfzijl, Netherlands, iron made, horsepower 34 hp, dimensions 21,4 x 4,98 metres and deadweight 34,961 metres.

Dutch screw steam tug Jac. Fraterbuilt at Dordrecht, Netherlands in 1910 according to the Dutch magazine Scheepvaart dated 30 December 1910

A list of the ships launched in 1910 reported the Dutch screw steam tug Jac. Frater of 250 ihp horsepower built by Gebrs. G.&H. Bodewes, Martenshoek, Netherlands for account of a Dutch owner.(1)

Note
1. Maritiem Museum Registers Scheepsmetingsdienst built for Everhardus Frater Smid, Groningen, iron made, horsepower 50hp, dimensions 22,68 x 5,47 metres and 32,062 kilos deadweight.

Dutch suction dredger (ex-Arco Axe 1989-2019) Delta D 2019-



Harbour Vlissingen, Netherlands 3 April 2020

Netherlands-flagged, IMO 8803783, MMSI 244720000 and call sign PCWY. Built by Babcock Marine Appledore, Appledore, United Kingdom with hyard number AS246in 1989. Owned and managed by Hanson Aggregates Marine, Southampton, United Kingdom althoug other sources claiming that she was bought by Delta Dredging BV, Roosendaal, Netherlands. Earlier United Kingdom-flagged 1989-2008, Faroe Islands 2008-2013, United Kingdom 2013-2018 and since 2019 Netherlands-flagged.

German cargo barge CNR 1348 in the Black Sea Area in 1944

According to a list dated March-April 1944 was the cargo barge CNR 1348 part of the fleet of the Dnjepr-Küsten-Schiffahrt GmbH (D.K.S.), owned by Vase Apartinând Centrului National de Românizare (C.N.R.), Romania-flagged, dimensions 59,90 x 9,75 x 2,87 metres and cargo capacity 916 tons.

Source
High Command of the Kriegsmarine. Case 219 Website

German cargo barge CNR 1292 in the Black Sea Area in 1944

According to a list dated March-April 1944 was the German cargo barge CNR 1292 part of the fleet of the Dnjepr-Küsten-Schiffahrt GmbH (D.K.S.), owned by Vase Apartinând Centrului National de Românizare (C.N.R.), Romania-flagged, dimensions 55,40 x 10,00 x 2,30 metres and cargo capacity 945 tons.

Source
High Command of the Kriegsmarine. Case 219 Website

German cargo barge CNR 1293 in the Black Sea Area in 1944

According to a list dated March-April 1944 was the cargo barge CNR 1293 part of the fleet of the Dnjepr-Küsten-Schiffahrt GmbH (D.K.S.), owned by Vase Apartinând Centrului National de Românizare (C.N.R.), Romania-flagged, dimensions 55,40 x 10,00 x 2,30 metres and cargo capacity 946 tons.

Source
High Command of the Kriegsmarine. Case 219 Website

Dutch LPG tanker Coral Meandra 1996-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 3 July 2020

Liberia-flagged, homeport Monrovia, IMO 9129380, MMSI 636017209 and call sign D5JU6. Owned and managed by Veder Rederij, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Built by Edwards Shipbuilding Shanghai, Shanghai, China in 1996. Before 2019 Netherlands-flagged.

German seal hunter Wynstok in 1730

Homeport Hamburg. Director Harmen Gouverts junior, Wynstok, commandeur Nickel Nummels, catch results 100 barrels.

Source
Dutch magazine Europische Mercurius of 1730 p. 212-213.

German seal hunter Goude Star in 1730

Homeport Hamburg. Director Andries Linnig Jacobszoon, Goude Star, commandeur Pieter Moller, catch results 36 barrels.

Source
Dutch magazine Europische Mercurius of 1730 p. 212-213.

German seal hunter Concordia in 1730

Homeport Hamburg. Director Paul Volkmer, Concordia, commandeur Hendrik Petersen, catch results 68 barrels.

Source
Dutch magazine Europische Mercurius of 1730 p. 212-213.

Chinese reefer Star First 2006-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 27 August 2013

Singapore-flagged, IMO 9330056, MMSI 566058000 and call sign 9V9359. Gross tonnage 14.030 tons, summer deadweight 13.202 tons and as dimensions 163 x 26 x 8,1 metres. Built in 2006 by the Shikoku Dockyard, Takamatsu, Japan. Owned by OOCL, Hong Kong, China and managed by Bright Star Shipmanagement, Cebu City, Philippines. Bahamas-flagged, homeport Nassau, MMSI 311000876 and call sign C6EE9 anno 2020.

Spanish zebra Nuestra Señora de Castro 1583

Part of the squadron commanded by don Álvaro de Bazán which conquered the isle Tercera in 1583, from Castro, maestre Pedo de Carranza and a crew numbering 18 men.

Spanish zebra Trinidad 1583

Part of the squadron commanded by don Álvaro de Bazán which conquered the isle Tercera in 1583, from Castro, maestre Juan de Mazón and a crew numbering 21 men.

Spanish zebra Santiago 1583

Part of the squadron commanded by don Álvaro de Bazán which conquered the isle Tercera in 1583, from Castro, maestre Santiago de Avellaneda and a crew numbering 19 men.

German cargo ship African Wind 2010-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 31 May 2014

Madeira-flagged, IMO 9423633, MMSI 255805550 and call sign CQIA. Gross tonnage 20.973 tons, summer deadweight 28.450 tons and as dimensions 166,31 over all) x 27,40 x 6,6 x 14,20 (depth) metres. Speed 15 knots. Crew numbers 16 persons. Cargo hold capacity 32.200 cubic metres, total container capacity 1.642 TEU (under deck 603, on deck 1.039 TEU). Built in 2010 by Huanghai Shipbuilding, Rongcheng, China. Owned and managed by Braren Reederei GmbH&Co. KG, Kollmar, Germany.

Dutch bark Batavia in 1864

Captain J.D. van Dolder. With flag 769 of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Owned by Gebr. Hartsen. Measurement 460 ton. Built in 1856. Homeport Amsterdam.

Source
Staat der Nederlandsche Zeemagt en Koopvaardij-vloot op 1 Januarij 1864. 

Japanese bulk carrier JSW Salem 2012-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 14 July 2014

Panama-flagged, IMO 9537721, MMSI 373217000 and call sign 3FGM2. Gross tonnage 91.412 tons, summer deadweight 176.000 tons and as dimensions 292 x 45 x 11 metres. Built in 2012 by Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, Shanghai, China. Owned and managed by Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co. Ltd., Kobe, Japan other sources gave for this company an address on Manila. Philippines.

Dutch bark Gerhardus departed Husum, Sweden towards Antwerp, Belgium according to the Dutch newspaper Middelburgsche Courant dated 17 July 1891

An item reported that the Dutch bark ship Gerhardus (1) captain W. Bruijn of De Groof&Co., Vlissingen, Netherlands departed in the afternoon of the 15th from Husum, Sweden towards Antwerp, Belgium.

Note
1. Former German Gerhard (built in 1860) and renamed Gerhardus. Since 1892 (?) property of H.R. Engelsman, Stadskanaal, Netherlands. The newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad dated 25 January 1897 published an item dated London the 24th reporting that a telegram from New Orleans, USA was received reporting that she was stranded and lost on Timbilier Island. At that moment was she loaded with timber. Her captain Engelsman and his crew were saved. She arrived on 16 November 1896 at Sabina Pas coming from Rotterdam. Lijst van de Nederlandsche Oorlogs- en koopvaardijschepen met hunne onderscheidingsseinen uit het Internationaal Seinboek ten dienste van alle Natiën. Rotterdam, 1890. Callsign NTCB. Net tonnage 2.510,69 cubic metres or 887,17 tons of 2,83 cubic metres

Dutch bark Alblasserdam in 1864

Captain J. ‘t Hoen. Owned by J. Vroege. Measurement 703 tons. Built in 1850. Homeport Alblasserdam, Netherlands.

Source
Staat der Nederlandsche Zeemagt en Koopvaardij-vloot op 1 Januarij 1864.

Dutch bark Albrecht Beyling in 1864

Captain C. van den Burg (earlier Muller) with flag 88 of Dordrecht, Netherlands. Owned by De Groot, Roelants&Co., Measurement 507 tons, Built in 1849. Homeport Schiedam, Netherlands.

Source
Staat der Nederlandsche Zeemagt en Koopvaardij-vloot op 1 Januarij 1864. 

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Cypriot pipe burying vessel Rockpiper 2012-





Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 3 July 2020

Cyprus-flagged, homeport Limassol, IMO 9583861, MMSI 209449000 and call sign 5BML3. Owned by MW Marine Cyprus, Limassol, Cyprus and managed by Royal Boskalis Westminster, Papendrecht, Netherlands. Built by Keppel Singmarine, Singapore in 2012.

Dutch Greenland whaler De Margrieta in 1683


Homeport Schiedam, Netherlands, bookkeeper Alewijn Koningh and commandeur Cornelis Hartigh.

Source
P:P:v:S: .De seldsaame en noit gehoorde Wal-vis-vangst voorgevallen by St. Anna-Land in ’t jaar 1682. Den 7 October midsgaders, een pertinente beschrijvinge van de geheele Groen-landse-vaart verhandeld in prose, en versen. Leiden, 1684.

Dutch Greenland whaler De Harinck in 1683


Homeport Dordrecht, Netherlands, bookkeeper Jacob van Haerlem and commandeur Willem Jansz Schodt.

Source
P:P:v:S: .De seldsaame en noit gehoorde Wal-vis-vangst voorgevallen by St. Anna-Land in ’t jaar 1682. Den 7 October midsgaders, een pertinente beschrijvinge van de geheele Groen-landse-vaart verhandeld in prose, en versen. Leiden, 1684.

Dutch Greenland whaler De Munt van Hollandt in 1683


Homeport Dordrecht, Netherlands, bookkeeper Christiaan Backus and commandeur Pieter Parne.

Source
P:P:v:S: .De seldsaame en noit gehoorde Wal-vis-vangst voorgevallen by St. Anna-Land in ’t jaar 1682. Den 7 October midsgaders, een pertinente beschrijvinge van de geheele Groen-landse-vaart verhandeld in prose, en versen. Leiden, 1684.

Dutch standby safety vessel (ex-Albatros 1985-1991, Adrianus Elisabeth 1991-2001, Orion 2001-2005) Sharona 2005-2011 (Anna Bay 2011-2012, Glomar Baltic 2012-2013, Ellen 2013-2015, Glomar Avior 2015-)

Harbour of Den Helder, Netherlands 13 May 2009

As Ellen Panama-flagged, IMO 8402541, MMSI 371333000 and call sign HO4049. Ex-Dutch trawler Albatros (GO-59) renamed December 1991, Adrianus Elisabeth (IJM 44) renamed July 2001, Orion renamed July 2005) Sharona 2005-2011 (renamed Anna Bay December 2011-February 2012, Glomar Baltic renamed April 2013, Ellen renamed 8/9 2015 in Glomar Avior. Built by Bodewes Scheepswerf Volharding Foxhol B.V., Foxhol, Netherlands in 1985.

German seal hunter Juffrouw Gesa in 1730

Homeport Hamburg. Director Peter Moller, Juffrouw Gesa, comandeur Ariaan Teunisz, catch results 6 barrels.

Source
Dutch magazine Europische Mercurius of 1730 p. 212-213.

German seal hunter St. Anna in 1730

Homeport Hamburg. Director Peter Moller, St. Anna, commandeur, Matthys Carstensz, catch results 17 barrels.

Source
Dutch magazine Europische Mercurius of 1730 p. 212-213

German seal hunter St. Johannes in 1730

Homeport Hamburg. Director Peter Moller, St. Johannes, commandeur Jochim Hoogtorp, catch results 59 barrels.

Source
Dutch magazine Europische Mercurius of 1730 p. 212-213.

Panama-flagged diving support vessel (ex-Vertrauen 1964-2000, Lumme 2008-2008) Jadi (CH 16) 2008-

Harbour of Den Helder, Netherlands 13 May 2009

Panama-flagged, IMO 6417499, MMSI 370247000 and call sign HO4775. Built by Scheepswerf Jonker&Stans, Hendrik Ido Ambacht, Netherlands in 1964. Ex-Vertrauen renamed March 2000 and Lumme renamed January 2008.

French privateer Coureur 1804

Mentioned in 1804.

Source
J. Vichot. Repertoire des navires de guerre français. Paris, 1967.

French privateer Contre Amiral Magon 104

Also called Le Magon, brig, captured by British in 1804.

Source
J. Vichot. Repertoire des navires de guerre français. Paris, 1967.

French privateer Courageuse 1811

Captured by British in 1811.

Source
J. Vichot. Repertoire des navires de guerre français. Paris, 1967.

Finnish tug Zeus 1995-2017 ( Zeus of Finland 2017-)

Harbour of Den Helder, Netherlands 13 May 2009

Finland-flagged, homeport Helsinki, IMO 9130729, MMSI 230339000 and call sign OJHB. Gross tonnage 1.102 tons, gross tonnage 545 tons and as dimensions 39,28 (between perpendiculars)-45,10 (over all) x 14,00 (moulded)-14,60 (extreme) x 8,20 (depth) x 21,50 (air draft) x 7,5 metres. Laid down at the shipyard of Simek, Flekkefjord, Norway with yard number 90 on 20 June 1995, launched on 27 October 1995 and completed on 15 December 1995. Owned and managed by Alfons Hakans AS, Turku, Finland. As Zeus of Finland Cyprus-flagged, homeport Limassol, MMSI 212409000 and call sign 5BSP4. Speed 10 (economic)-15 (maximum) knots. Bollard pull 101 ton.

American steam tug Frank S. Butler (1865) in 1910

Net tonnage 38 tons and as dimensions 66 (tonnage length) x 15 feet. Built in 1865. Owner C.M. Edson, Toledo, Ohio, USA.

Source
Beeson’s Marine Directory of the northwestern Lakes American and Canadian. Washington, 1910

American steam tug James Byers (1888) in 1910

Net tonnage 54 tons and as dimensions 70 (tonnage length) x 17 feet. Built in 1888. Owner Great Lakes Towing Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Source
Beeson’s Marine Directory of the northwestern Lakes American and Canadian. Washington, 1910.

American steam tug B.F. Bruce (1873) in 1910

Net tonnage 35 tons and as dimensions 58 (tonnage length) x 15 feet. Built in 1873. Owner Frank P. Nester, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

Source
Beeson’s Marine Directory of the northwestern Lakes American and Canadian. Washington, 1910.

Friday, 7 August 2020

Former Belgian minesweeper Spa (M927) 1953-1993 nowadays AMS 60 Bernisse


Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands 28 May 2020

Type AMS 60 wood-built coastal minesweeper. AMS=Adjutant Mine Sweeper) building make possible by the Mutual Defense Assistance Plan (MDPA). Laid down at the Boelwerf, Temse, Belgium in June 1953, launched by Mrs. Spinoy on 21 June 1954 at 20.15 o’clock, converted into a ammunition transport with as pennant A963 in 1978 and finally decommissioned in 1993. Sold in 1979 to the Dutch foundation Paradijsvogel, Rotterdam, Netherlands and renovated and finally renamed AMS 60-Bernisse.

Japanese D-class escort No. No. 186 1944-1945


Laid down by the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. on 4 November 1944, launched on 30 December 1944, completed on 15 February 1945 and sunk during an American air attack at Amami Oshima on 2 April 1945. Under the Programme 1943-1944 was the building of 143 ships ordered and under the Programme 1944-1945 were another 57 planned of the Type D escort or coast defence ships. Yet there were just 67 actually completed, the others were cancelled. Originally the ships were to be used for anti-aircraft and submarine warfare after the Navy asked on 22 April 1943 for a basic 800 tons escort design. The Type D design was in fact a simplified Ukuru design. Except for the Japanese navy used by the navies of Russia, China and Taiwan until 1987. General technical details of the Type D escort vessel had a standard displacement of 752 tons and as dimensions 69,5 x 8,6 x 3,05 metres or 228 x 28.3 x 10 feet. The geared turbine machinery supplied via one shaft 2,500 hp allowing a speed of 17,5 knots and a range of 4.500 nautical miles with a speed of 16 knots. The crew numbered 160 men. The original armament consisted of 2-12cm/4.7” 45 cal dual purpose guns, 2x3-2,5cm/0.98” Type 96 anti aircraft machine guns, 12 Type 3 depth charge throwers and 1 depth charge chute for which 120 depth charges were carried. From 1944 on was 1-8,1cm/3.2” mortar added to the armament.

Japanese tanker Toei Maru 1938-1943


Official number 45671 and call sign JXHM. Built by Kawasaki Dockyard Co. Ltd., Kobe, Japan in 1938, owned by Nitto Kogyo Kisen K.K., Tokyo, Japan, purchased by the Japanese Imperial Navy ion 26 December 1940, converted into an auxiliary tanker, destroyed by the American submarine USS Silversides (SS-236) on 18 January 1943 100 miles south west of Truk and stricken on 1 April 1943. . Gross tonnage 10.023 tons, under deck 8.800, net tonnage 5.820 tons and as dimensions 500 x 65 x 37.1 feet.

Austrian inland barge No. 6768 to be ceded to Czechoslovakia in 1921

After the First World War (1914-1918) lost by the German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires was Walker D. Hines appointed as international arbitrator responsible for the ceding of tugs and other inland vessels by Germany, Bulgaria, Austria and Hungary to the Allied Powers. For Austria respectively Hungary were the Treaties of St. Germain and Trianon leading. Lists were made of the involved vessels including some details and what their fate was to be. A list dated Paris, France 2 August 1921 reported that Austria possessed for service on the Danube the DDSG inland barge No. 6768 with a tonnage of 661 tons which was to ceded to Czechoslovakia.(1) The barge however was on that moment in possession of the Serb-Croat-Slovene Kingdom (2) which had to return her to Austria.

Notes
1. DDSG=Erste Donau-Dampschiffahrtsgesellschaft.
2. The Kingdom of Yugoslavia was formed on 1 December 1918 with merging the provisional State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs (officially proclaimed on 29 October 1918) with the formerly independent Kingdom of Serbia. The latter kingdom was since 28 November 1918 united with the Kingdom of Montenegro. The Kingdom of Yugoslavia was until 3 October 1929 officially titled the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

Source
Reports of International Arbitral Awards. Navigation on the Danube, 2 August 1921, volume 1. UN, 2006.

Austrian inland barge No. 6792 to be ceded to Czechoslovakia in 1921

After the First World War (1914-1918) lost by the German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires was Walker D. Hines appointed as international arbitrator responsible for the ceding of tugs and other inland vessels by Germany, Bulgaria, Austria and Hungary to the Allied Powers. For Austria respectively Hungary were the Treaties of St. Germain and Trianon leading. Lists were made of the involved vessels including some details and what their fate was to be. A list dated Paris, France 2 August 1921 reported that Austria possessed for service on the Danube the DDSG inland barge No. 6792 with a tonnage of 661 tons which was to ceded to Czechoslovakia.(1) The barge however was on that moment in possession of the Serb-Croat-Slovene Kingdom (2) which had to return her to Austria.

Notes
1. DDSG=Erste Donau-Dampschiffahrtsgesellschaft.
2. The Kingdom of Yugoslavia was formed on 1 December 1918 with merging the provisional State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs (officially proclaimed on 29 October 1918) with the formerly independent Kingdom of Serbia. The latter kingdom was since 28 November 1918 united with the Kingdom of Montenegro. The Kingdom of Yugoslavia was until 3 October 1929 officially titled the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

Source
Reports of International Arbitral Awards. Navigation on the Danube, 2 August 1921, volume 1. UN, 2006.

Dutch LPG tanker Coral Meandra 1996-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 2 July 2020

Liberia-flagged, homeport Monrovia, IMO 9129380, MMSI 636017209 and call sign D5JU6. Builtby Edwards Shipbuilding Shanghai, Shanghai, China  in 1996. Owned and managed by Veder Rederij, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Netherlands-flagged, MMSI 245918000 and call sign PDIB until 2015.

German merchant ship ar Antwerp, Belgium seized according to the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad dated 10 October 1914

An item reported that in the begin of the war a large number of German merchant ships in Antwerp, Belgium was declared as being war prizes. Antwerp was at that moment an important harbour for German shipping companies. Tidings reported at least for more as 100.000 ton including the largest and newest ships of the Norddeutsche Lloyd, Hansa Linie, Richter Linie, Deutsch Australische Dampschiff Gesellschaft, Kosmos Line and other shipping companies. Some of the ships were still loaded with Dutch cargoes. It was also reported that British forces using dynamite destroyed the engine rooms of the largest ships causing a large damage.

German colliers for German cruisers captured according to the Dutch newspaper Het volk dated 23 September 1914

An item dated The Hague, Netherlands 23rd referred to a statement of the British legation that 2 colliers with 6.000 ton coal and 180 ton of victuals for the German cruisers operating in the Atlantic were captured.

German reefer (ex-Leopold Max 2002) Lombok Strait 2002-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 25 March 2020

Liberia-flagged, Monrovia, IMO 9204958, MMSI 635019777 and call sign D5CW6 between 2006-2014, Netherlands-flagged between 2002-2006, homeport Groningen and call sign PBHR and since 2014 Malta-flagged, homeport Valletta, MMSI 256045000 and call sign A8IO3.. Registered owner Lombok Strait Schiffahrtsgesellschaft GmbH&Co. KG, Leer, Germany, managed by Triton Schiffahrts GmbH, Leer, Germany. Earlier managed by Seatrade Groningen B.V., Groningen, Netherlands between July 2002-March 2006. Built between 2002-2002 with yard number 729 by China Shipbuilding Corporation, (CSBC), Keelung, Taiwan. Ex-Leopold Max renamed August 2002.

Former privateer le Malthais for sale at Rotterdam, Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper Rotterdamse courant dated 22 October 1799

An item reported the intended public auction by the commissaris ter Judicature on the 23rd 1700 11:00 o’clock on the Zee-Comptoir at Rotterdam of the very fast lugger le Malthais earlier used as a privateer.

French privateer le Dragon captured by British according to the Dutch newspaper Haagsche courant dated 11 October 1799

An item dated Amsterdam, Netherlands 9th reported that the French privateer le Dragon was captured and sent to Yarmouth, England.

Russian navy vessels in the Polish harbour Swinoujscie according to a CIA report dated 7 May 1953

An item reported the observation of several Russian navy vessel at the Polish harbour of Swinoujscie. Sighted were 2 Soviet BO-93 submarine chasers, anchored along both sides of the canal leading to the harbour 4 trawlers, 14 torpedo cutters berthed in the basin east of the before mentioned canal and a soviet tug along the east bank of this canal heading toward open sea. Astern of this same tug was a destroyer lying similar to the German Second World War destroyers although unarmed and lacking radar devices; she was in fact a former German ship. With a length of around 100 metres was her estimated gross register tonnage 1.200 tons. Fitted out with 1 short and squat smoke stack with a raked funnel and a mast before the stack. The oil fuelled destroyer lacking markings left the harbour with the tug by 10 March 1953 underway from East Germany to a Soviet harbour to be rearmed. Both vessels visited the harbour for seeking shelter from a heavy storm.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A001100350004-7

German support jack up (ex-Thor B 2010-2017) Thor 2017-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 25 March 2020

Germany-flagged, homeport Hamburg, Germany, IMO 9577147, MMSI 213389000 and call sign DIAV2. Owned and managed by Hochtief Solutions, Essen, Germany. Built by Crist, Gdansk, Poland in 2010.

Dutch Greenland whaler De Bloem in 1683


Homeport De Koog, Netherlands, bookkeeper Gerrit Dircksz Wit and commandeur De Graeuwe Henst.

Source
P:P:v:S: .De seldsaame en noit gehoorde Wal-vis-vangst voorgevallen by St. Anna-Land in ’t jaar 1682. Den 7 October midsgaders, een pertinente beschrijvinge van de geheele Groen-landse-vaart verhandeld in prose, en versen. Leiden, 1684.

Dutch Greenland whaler De Groene Klock in 1683


Homeport De Koog, Netherlands, bookkeeper Willem Isacksz and commandeur Tromp.

Source
P:P:v:S: .De seldsaame en noit gehoorde Wal-vis-vangst voorgevallen by St. Anna-Land in ’t jaar 1682. Den 7 October midsgaders, een pertinente beschrijvinge van de geheele Groen-landse-vaart verhandeld in prose, en versen. Leiden, 1684.

Dutch Greenland whaler De Geele Klock in 1683


Homeport De Koog, Netherlands, bookkeeper Arent Coopman and commandeur Aris Ceesen.

Source
P:P:v:S: .De seldsaame en noit gehoorde Wal-vis-vangst voorgevallen by St. Anna-Land in ’t jaar 1682. Den 7 October midsgaders, een pertinente beschrijvinge van de geheele Groen-landse-vaart verhandeld in prose, en versen. Leiden, 1684.

Auction of Dutch bomschuit Eendracht (EG 8), at Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper Het nieuws van den dag dated 10 January 1900

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Source 
Painting made by Jacob Maris around 1885 

An announcement reported that the Egmonder Zeevisscherij-Vereeniging ordered the public auction in hotel Zeezicht, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands on Thursday 18 January 10:00 o’clock of the Dutch bomschuit Eendracht (EG 8), built in 1897 with inventory and 43 tons salt for which the buyer of the ship was to pay ƒ 2/ton.