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SS Malmö (1918)
Name: Malmö (1918–45)
Empire Contay (1945–47)
Reykjanes (1947–53)
Owner: Bismark Linie GmbH (1918–45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945–47)
Oddsson & Co (1947–49)
Endeavour Shipping Co (1949–53)
Operator: Bissmark Linie GmbH (1918–45)
E T Atkinson & Sons Ltd (1945–47)
Oddsson & Co (1947–49)
Endeavour Shipping Co (1949–53)
Port of registry: German Empire Hamburg (1918–19)
Weimar Republic Hamburg (1919–33)
Nazi Germany Hamburg (1933–45)
United Kingdom London (1945–47)
United Kingdom Hull (1947–53)
Builder: H C Stülcken Sohn
Launched: 1918
Identification: Code Letters RWGC (1918–34)
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Code Letters DHQC (1934–45)
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Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Coaster
Tonnage: 981 GRT
468 NRT
Length: 217 ft 1 in (66.17 m)
Beam: 32 ft 4 in (9.86 m)
Depth: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Malmö was a 981 GRT coaster that was built in 1918 by H C Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg, Germany for German owners. Although she sank after hitting a mine in 1942, she was salvaged and repaired and then returned to service. She was seized by the Allies in May 1945, passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and was renamed Empire Contay. In 1947, she was sold into merchant service and renamed Reykjanes. She served until 1953 when she was scrapped.


Malmö was built in 1918 by H C Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg.[1] She was 217 feet 1 inch (66.17 m) long, with a beam of 32 feet 4 inches (9.86 m) and a depth of 12 feet 7 inches (3.84 m). The ship had a GRT of 981 and a NRT of 468.[1] It was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 17 716 inches (44.3 cm), 29 12 inches (75 cm) and 46 12 inches (118 cm) diameter by 31 12 inches (80 cm) stroke. The engine was built by H C Stülcken Sohn.[1]


Malmö was built for Bissmark Linie GmbH, Hamburg.[2] Her port of registry was Hamburg and she was allocated the Code Letters RWGC.[1] In 1934, her code Letters were changed to DHQC.[3] On 1 June 1942, Malmö struck a mine and sank south west of Malmö, Sweden. She was salvaged, repaired and returned to service. In May 1945, Malmö was seized by the Allies at Schlei. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Contay.[2] She was placed under the management of E T Atkinson & Sons Ltd, Hull.[4]

In 1947, Empire Contay was sold to Oddsson & Co Ltd, Hull and was renamed Reykjanes. She was sold in 1949 to Endeavour Shipping Co Ltd, serving until 1953 when she was scrapped in Rosyth, Dunbartonshire.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mitchell, W.H.; Sawyer, L.A. (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. p. not cited. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  3. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  4. "EMPIRE - C". Mariners. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 

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