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SS Lina Fisser
Career
Name: Thyra Menier (1912-18)
Luis Pidal (1918-25)
Bellini (1925-28)
Bollan (1928-36)
Lina Fisser (1936-45)
Empire Conderton (1945-47)
Marchmont (1947-52)
Irene M (1952-57)
Owner: Donald Steamship Co Ltd (1912-18)
F Lecoeuvre (1918-25)
Puglisi & Tomasini (1925-28)
August Bolten (1928-36)
Reunert & Co GmbH (1936-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945-47)
J P Hadoulis Ltd (1947-52)
A Moschakis Ltd (1952)
Tampa Shipping Ltd (1952-57)
Marine Industries Ltd (1957)
Operator: Donald Steamship Co Ltd (1912-18)
F Lecoeuvre (1918-25)
Puglisi & Tomasini (1925-28)
August Bolten (1928-36)
Fisser & Van Doornum (1936-45)
Alliance Marine Transport Co Ltd (1945-47)
J P Hadoulis Ltd (1947-52)
A Moschakis Ltd (1952)

Tampa Shipping Ltd (1952-57)
Marine Industries Ltd (1957)
Port of registry: United Kingdom Bristol (1912-18)
Belgium Antwerp (1918-25)
Italy Catania (1925-28)
Weimar Republic Hamburg (1928-33)
Nazi Germany Hamburg (1933-36)
Nazi Germany Emden (1936-45)
United Kingdom London (1945-55)
Canada Halifax (1955-57)
Canada Montreal (1957)
Builder: Blyth Shipbuilding and Drydock Co Ltd
Launched: 1912
Completed: September 1912
Identification: Code Letters RHCT (1928-34)
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Code Letters DHCR (1934-45)
ICS Delta.svgICS Hotel.svgICS Charlie.svgICS Romeo.svg
Code Letters GMWD (1945-55)
ICS Golf.svgICS Mike.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Delta.svg
United Kingdom Official Number 127100 (1912-18, 1945-55)
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 1,497 GRT (1912-45)
1,558 GRT (1945-57)
838 NRT (1912-45)
847 NRT (1945-57)
Length: 238 ft 8 in (72.75 m)
Beam: 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)
Draught: 16 ft 1 in (4.90 m)
Depth: 20 ft 0 in (6.10 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Lina Fisser was a 1,497 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1912 by Blyth Shipbuilding and Drydock Co Ltd, Blyth as Thyra Menier for British owners. In 1918, she was sold to Belgian owners and renamed Luis Pindal. In 1925, she was sold to Italian owners and renamed Bellini. A further sale in 1928 to German owners saw her renamed Bollan and then Lina Fisser in 1936.

She was seized by the Allies in May 1945 at Keil, Germany and passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Empire Conderton. In 1947, she was sold into merchant service and was renamed Marchmont. In 1952, a further sale saw her renamed Irene M. In 1955, she was sold to Canada, serving until 1957 when she was scrapped.

Description

The ship was built in 1912 by Blyth Shipbuilding and Drydock Co Ltd, Blyth.[1] She was completed in September 1912.[2]

The ship was 238 feet 8 inches (72.75 m) long, with a beam of 36 feet 1 inch (11.00 m) a depth of 20 feet 0 inches (6.10 m).[2] Her draught was approximately 16 feet 1 inch (4.90 m)[3] She had a GRT of 1,497 and a NRT of 838,[2]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had two cylinders of 17316 inches (44 cm), 28 inches (71 cm) and 46 inches (120 cm) diameter by 33 inches (84 cm) stroke. The engine was built by G T Grey, South Shields.[2]

History

Thyra Menier was built for the Donald Steamship Company, Bristol.[4] The United Kingdom Official Number 127100 was allocatd.[5] In 1915, she was under charter to Henri Menier and had been sub-chartered to the Canadian-American Steamship Corporation, New York. The Admiralty requisitioned her, but her charterers objects, claiming that the requisition could not take place as the ship was not in British waters. At the time, the ship was in dry dock in New York.[6]

In 1918, Thyra Menier was sold to F Lecoeuvre, Belgium and renamed Luis Pidal. She served until 1925 when she was sold to Puglisi & Tomasini, Italy and was renamed Bellini.[1] In 1928, she was sold to August Bolten, Germany and was renamed Bollan.[1] Her port of registry was Hamburg and the Code Letters RHCT were allocated.[2] On 1 February 1930, Bollan departed Swansea, Wales for Sables[where?]. Whilst awaiting the tide, an explosion in her No. 1 hold blew off the hatch covers.[7] In 1934, her code letters were changed to DHCR.[8] In 1936,[1] Bollan was sold to Reunert & Co GmbH. She was placed under the management of Fisser & Van Doornum, Emden and was renamed Lina Fisser.[9]

In 1940, Germany claimed that British aircraft had attempted to bomb Lina Fisser in the North Sea.[10] Lina Fisser was seized by the Allies in May 1945 at Kiel, passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Conderton.[1] Her port of registry was changed to London and the Code Letters GMWD were allocated. She regained her Official Number 127100. She was placed under the management of the Alliance Marine Transport Co Ltd. Empire Conderton was recorded as 1,558 GRT, 847 NRT.[3] In 1947, she was sold to J P Hadoulis Ltd, London and renamed Marchmont. In 1952, she was sold to A Moschakis, London and renamed Irene M. She was sold in 1955 to Tampa Shipping Ltd, Nova Scotia. Irene M was sold in 1957 to Marine Industries Ltd, Montreal. She was scrapped later that year at Sorel, Quebec.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUER ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. http://www.plimsollshipdata.org/pdffile.php?name=30b0160.pdf. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. http://www.plimsollshipdata.org/pdffile.php?name=45a1188.pdf. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  4. "Empire - C". Mariners. http://www.mariners-l.co.uk/EmpireC.html. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  5. "ON120000". Mariners. http://www.mariners-l.co.uk/ON120000.htm. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  6. "A new question in Admiralty Law". 23 June 1915. p. p19. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9B03E4DC1038E633A25750C2A9609C946496D6CF. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  7. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 3 February 1930. 
  8. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. http://www.plimsollshipdata.org/pdffile.php?name=34b0120.pdf. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  9. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUER ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. http://www.plimsollshipdata.org/pdffile.php?name=37b0527.pdf. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  10. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 23 March 1940. 

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