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Build at Grangemouth Greenock, Cartsdyke, Scotland, 1901. (Yard.no: 213)
Launched 16/1-1901,
Delivered in february 1901 to Hawthorn Bros & Co., London as IONIAN.
869 ton,
Lpp: 56,50 x 9,50 meter.
Speed: 9 knots.
1905: Sold to Mecklenburg Lloyd, Germany and renamed ALBERT ZELCK.
1909: Sold to H.A. Hansen, Tønsberg, Norway and renamed H.A. HANSEN.
1917: Sold to Iceland Government and renamed BORG.
1923: Sold to T. Hillerstrom, Helsingborg, Sweden and renamed AMAZONE.
1934: Sold to Navigazione Montanari Bros., Italy and renamed AMAZZONE.
1934: Renamed TETI.
1943: Sold to Flumar, Brazil and renamed COSTANTE  C.
1952: Renamed COSTANTE.
1952: Sold to C Landi, Brazil, and renamed RIO  GRANDE.
1957: Sold to Tpts. Maritimos 1001, Brazil and renamed SANTA  CLARA.
1966: Laid abandoned at Cayenne, French Guyana, South America.
1967: Broken up.
Thanks to Christer Skiold for the help.

Build at Eriksbergs M.V. AB, Gothenburg, Sweden
Off.no: 9209
7.997 grt, 10.710 dwt
Dim: 131,80 x 17,70 x 7,30 meter
Speed: 14 knots
1951: Delivered to Swedish Orient Line, Goteborg Sweden as KUNGALAND
1966: Sold to Rederi AB Timex (Brostroms), Goteborg, Sweden and renamed BROTRADE
1967: Sold to Astro Conquista Co. Nav, Panama and renamed PRODROMOS VITA
1971: Sold to Treasure Mar. Co, Liberia and renamed BERYL.
1972: Sold to Crystal Mar S.A., Panama and renamed DELIMA.(Somalian flag),
1976: Transferred to Panamanian flag.
1980: Broken up at Kaohsiung.


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Build at Bremer-Vulkan, Vegesack,  W. Germany
11.580 grt, 6.766 nrt, 16.510 dwt.
Dim: 164,90 x 20,80 x 11,40 meter.
Engine: Oil 2SA 8-cyl.
Off.no: 9310

1952.01: Delivered to Rederi AB Pulp (Salen), Stockholm, Sweden as DAGMAR SALEN

1962: Renamed SEA SCOUT
1963: Sold to Gregory Special Anonymus Mar. (Latsis), Greece and renamed GREGORY.
1976: Broken up at Spain.
Off.no: 9417,
IMO: 5241037
Build at Eriksbergs M.V. AB, Gothenburg, Sweden.   #425
2.272 grt.
Dim: 104,20 x 14,36 x 6,11 meters
1953.05: Delivered to Trelleborgs Angfartygs AB (Malmros), Trelleborg, Sweden as LEEWARD ISLAND
1964: Sold to Fred. Olsen & Co., Norway and renamed BAJMAR.
1968: Sold to Sigurd Haavik A/S, Norway and renamed BONZO.
1974: Sold to Refegerated Express Service, Bahamas and renamed FORTUNA REEFER.
1982: Sold to Latam Shipping Co, Panama and renamed THANASSIS K.
1982: Impounded for smuggling and turned over to The Spanish Navy to supply the Canary Islands, Commissioned  15/12 1982. Renamed CONTRAMAESTRO CAZADA.

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Build at Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Denmark  1957.  "SAINT CAMILLE, 1920, 3274 grt by Wm.Gray, West Hartlepool for Soc. Navale de l'Ouest, hit a magnetic mine and sank off Dunkirk on 26/5/40."



"FERRYHILL is almost certainly an old collier of the Aberdeen Coal and Shipping Co., I have part details for a likely one, a ship of 1086grt built by Hall, Russell at Aberdeen under yard number 673 completed October 1919. Lost 1940 when she struck a mine.
Thanks to George Robinsson and Ron Mapplebeck for their help.
Tanker, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, built by Vickers at Barrow, a twin-screw motor tanker,ordered late 1912, laid down July 1913, launched 23 October 1915 and completed 1916.
7496 gross tons, 440 feet between perpendiculars x 54.3  feet powered by two 8 cylinder, four stroke, single acting Vickers diesels built at the Barrow works, speed 10 knots.
Managed by T. Royden, Liverpool. Originally to have been named "Olympia".
1920 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company and renamed "Marinula".
1927 renamed "Trigonia".
1928 re-engined with 12 cylinder Werkspoor diesels of 3,000 bhp to give 13 knots.
WW2, used as oil hulk at Freetown.
July 1945 to Durban as oil hulk.
1946 to Gibralter.
Left Gibralter February 1951 and arrived Swansea March 1951. Later in 1951 towed to Rosyth and broken up.
Details from 'A Century of Shipbuilding by T. Clark published 1971. The book includes a photo. (According to Middlemiss in "The Anglo Saxon/Shell Tankers" she was renamed "Trigonia" in 1931 when sold to Shell Co of Gibralter as a hulk and was broken up at Newport by J. Cashmore, arriving 5
  Thanks to George Robinson, Ron Mapplebeck and Dave Edge for their help.

I found the two picture above in a Swedish magazine from 1922. The description for the picture is as follow:
" OSTPREUSSEN, a steam tanker, which cisterns is made from two submarines. The picture shows the steamer in Germania yards in Kiel  floating dock. The reason for this odd ship was to use the submarines hull instead of scrapping them."
Now is the question: How know anything more about this ship, and was there more ship of the same construction

An answer came from Martin Kaser (martin.kaeser@auge.de)
After WW1, Germany had to surrender all ships over 1600 grt and half of the ships between 1000 and 1600 grt. This included ships merely ordered at the time and the uncertainty which new ships could be kept stopped work at the shipyards.

At the same time, the German navy had to scrap warships or convert them for civilian uses. Converting warships is not economic most of the time, but converted ships could definitely sail under the German flag and some shipping lines took the gamble.

To produce the OSTPREUSSEN, Germania Werft arranged the pressure hulls of U-183 and U-184 side by side and added a new bow, stern and superstructure. U-boats and tankers both needed a really water tight hull (most other ships relied on rust to seal the gaps), so the use of the U-boat hulls as oil tanks was quite fitting. Diesel engines were taken from U-129, the source is wrong about "steam tankers".

Sister ship: Oberschlesien, using the hulls of U-187 and U-188, engines taken from U-130.

Both were sold to Hugo Stinnes and lasted until WW2.

I found a note on OSTPREUSSEN: 1921 2083 grt 3000tdw, 2MAN 1300 hp, 8 kn <Schmelzkopf>

Further information on the ships is under:

I can read the name GRETE ???????? and her home port is Hamburg, she is flying the "Swastika" and on the top of her stern mast is her "Companyflag". She is a tanker and the photo is taken somewhere in Finland during the Second World War

Thomas Fiedler come with this answer:
I have an idea concerning the German mistery ship. In "Die deutsche Handelschiffahrt 1919 -1939" from Schmelzkopf, published 1974, there is the only ship which name is beginning with Grete, the "Grete Glad" of Naphta-Industrie & Tankanlagen, Hamburg (Motor Tanker; 869 BRT; 60,8m x 9,4 m x 4,3 m). She wears that name from 1926 to 1942, when she was sold and renamed Euroland. She was wrecked in 1952 at the Coast of the
Netherlands, lifted and wrecked.
Built at So. Esercizio Bacini, Riva Trogoso in 1916 as "Stige", bought from Naphta-Industrie in 1925 and renamed 1926.

A grounding at the Swedish West Coast at Ussholmen,
near Marstrand, in December 1934.
The ship was s/s ARDENNIA.

Steamer "Ardennia" from Göteborg, build of steel 1922 by Kockums,  Malmö, for Jonsson Stenhagens account, 1500 grt and 1059 nrt, length 77,52 meter and a steamengine of 750 Ihp.
"Ardennia" was owned 1934 by Förnyade Ångfartygs AB Göta, Göteborg. Captain was A.F Andersson, and a crew of 20. She was on a voyage from Rouen to Göteborg,
On sunday morning the  9th of December 1934, 05:40 in hard weather condition and fog she run with a speed of 11 knots right on the cliff at Ussholmen, south of Marstrand. The engine was bringed to stand still immmediately and her bow was going high on the cliff.
Soon the have to start the engine again to keep the ship ashore, and have to moor the ship to the cliff or she had slide out to deeper water and sunk.
The Salvage and Towing Comp. Röda Bolaget, Göteborg arrived around 12:00 the same day, with their salvagesteamer "Frithjof" and steamtug "Thor". At the evening another tug with a barge arrived to try to salvage the small cargo she have ( around 10 tons of French liqueur).
The ship was later declared as a "constructive loss" and sold to Marstrands Mekaniska Verkstad. Some steam winch, electric motors and parts from the main engine was salved by the firm before a severe storm made the ship to slide out to deeper water and sank at 15 - 20 meters.

Two picture of Norwegian KOLASTIND in Marstrand.

Answers came from Mr Fernfiord, Norway
1949: KOLÅSTIND, Skips A/S Sunnmøre (Johan Hagenæs), Ålesund,
1961: PLEVEN, Navigation Maritime Bulgare, Varna, Bulgaria,
4.1964: GONDAR, Red Sea Developement Corp., Ethiopia, (probably under NMB's controll, in traffic Black Sea/East Med/Red Sea (with some visits to North European ports)
1968: PLEVEN, NMB, Varna,
1972???????? Conv. to training ship,
1979: POPI F, A. Farmarkis & D. Ftikias, Thessaloniki, Greece,
6.2006: Still in traffic as POPI F, same owner, managers is Konmar Shipping, Piraeus.