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SS Pompeji
Career
Name: Pompeji (1939-45)
Empire Blackwater (1945-49)
Krusaa (1949-60)
Krucia (1960-69)
Helvi (1969-71)
Eastern Faith (1971-75)
Owner: Deutsche Levante Linie, Hamburg (1939-42)
Bick, Godeffroy & Co (1942-45)
Ministry of War Transport(1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
United States Maritime Commission (1946-47)
Seatrade Corporation (1947-49)
Dampskibs Hetland A/S (1949-57)
Dampskibs Pacific A/S (1957-60)
AB Krucia Shipping O/Y (1960-67)
AB Vasa Shipping O/Y (1967-69)
Rederi Ab Nidarholm Laivanvarustamo (1969-71)
South East Navigation Corporation (1971-75)
Operator: Deutsche Levante Linie, Hamburg (1939-42)
Bick, Godeffroy & Co (1942-45)
P Carrick & Co Ltd (1945-46)
United States Maritime Commission (1946-47)
Seatrade Corporation (1947-49)
Basse & Co, Copenhagen (1949-60)
Nils Berg, Finland (1960-69)
H Hayrynen O/Y, Finland (1969-71)
Nan Sing Navigation Co, Taiwan (1971-75)
Port of registry: Nazi Germany Hamburg (1939-45)
United Kingdom London (1945-46)
United States New York (1946-49)
Denmark Copenhagen (1949-60)
Finland Vaasa (1960-69)
Finland Turku (1969-71)
Panama Panama City (1971-75)
Builder: Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft, Flensburg
Yard number: 450
Launched: 11 October 1939
Completed: February 1940
Out of service: 30 July 1975
Identification: UK Official Number 180776 (1945-46)
Code Letters DKCM (1940-45)
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Code Letters GZRM (1945-46)
ICS Golf.svgICS Zulu.svgICS Romeo.svgICS Mike.svg
Finnish Official Number 206 (1960-69)
Finnish Official Number 1642 (1969-71)
IMO Number 5197121 (1960-75)
Fate: Scrapped August 1975
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2,917 GRT
1,658 NRT
Length: 340 ft 3 in (103.71 m)
Beam: 52 ft 7 in (16.03 m)
Draught: 18 ft 7 in (5.66 m)
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)

Pompeji was a 2,917 GRT cargo ship which was built in 1939 by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, Flensburg. She was seized as a war prize in 1945 and renamed Empire Blackwater. Ownership passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and then the United States Maritime Commission (USMC). In 1949 she was sold to a Danish company and renamed Krusaa. She was sold in 1960 to a Finnish company and renamed Krucia and later Helvi. In 1969 she was sold to a Panamanian company and renamed Eastern Faith. She was scrapped in 1975.

Description

The ship was a 2,917 GRT cargo ship. She was built by Flensburger Schiffbau Geschellshaft, Flensburg,[1] as yard number 450. The ship was launched as Pompeji on 11 October 1939 and completed in February 1940.[2] She was 340 feet 3 inches (103.71 m) long, with a beam of 52 feet 7 inches (16.03 m) and a depth of 18 feet 7 inches (5.66 m).[3]

Career

Pompeji

Pompeji was built for Deutsche Levante Linie AG, Hamburg, which was her port of registry. In 1942, she was sold to Bick, Godeffroy & Co, Hamburg.[2] Pompeji was seized as a war prize in Kiel in 1945.[1]

Empire Blackwater

Ownership passed to the MoWT and the ship was renamed Empire Blackwater.[1] Her port of registry was changed to London.[2] Empire Blackwater was operated under the management of P Carrick & Co Ltd.[3] The MoWT ceased to exist during 1945, becoming the Ministry of Transport.[1] In March 1946, Empire Blackwater was awarded to the United States as a war prize, with an estimated value of $288,000.[4] She transferred to the USMC and her port of registry changed to New York.[2] 0n 21 October 1946, Empire Blackwater was laid up in the Hudson River.[4] On 25 March 1947, she was sold to Seatrade Corporation for $216,000.[5]

Krusaa

In 1949, Empire Blackwater was sold to Dampskibs Hetland AS, Denmark and renamed Krusaa. Her port of registry was changed to Copenhagen.[2] Krusaa was operated under the management of Basse & Co, Copenhagen.[1] In 1957, Krusaa was sold to Dampskibs Pacific AS.[2]

Krucia

In 1960, Krusaa was sold to AB Krucia O/Y, Finland and renamed Krucia. Her port of registry was changed to Vaasa.[2] She was operated under the management of Nils Berg.[1] In 1967, Krucia was sold to AB Vasa Shipping O/Y.[2]

Helvi

In 1969, Krusaa was sold to Rederi AB Nidarholm Laivanvarustamo and renamed Helvi. Her port of registry was changed to Turku.[2] Helvi was operated under the management of H Hayrynen O/Y.[1]

Eastern Faith

In 1969, Helvi was sold to the South East Navigation Corporation, Panama and renamed Eastern Faith. Her port of registry was Panama City.[2] She was operated by the Nan Sing Navigation Co, Taiwan.[1] Eastern Faith was scrapped in August 1975 by the Chi Shun Hwa Steel Co Ltd, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She arrived for scrapping on 30 July 1975.[2]

Official Numbers and Code Letters

Official Numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers. Empire Blackwater had the UK Official Number 180776.[3] Krucia had the Finnish Official Number 206 and Helvi had the Finnish Official Number 1462. Krucia, Helvi and Eastern Faith had the IMO Number 5197121.[2]

Pompeji used the Code Letters DKCM.[6] Empire Blackwater used the Code Letters GZRM.[3]

Propulsion

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine which had cylinders of 22 116 inches (56.0 cm), 31 58 inches (80 cm) and 56 516 inches (143.0 cm) diameter by 37 38 inches (95 cm) stroke. This drove a low-pressure steam turbine. This drove the propellor through hydraulic couplings. The engine was built by Flensburger Schiffbau Geschellschaft[3] and could propel the ship at 12 knots (22 km/h).[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 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. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 "5197121". Miramar Ship Index. http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz. Retrieved 19 November 2009.  (subscription required)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. http://www.plimsollshipdata.org/pdffile.php?name=45a1199.pdf. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Back of Card 2". PMARS. https://pmars.marad.dot.gov/DisposalCard/All/1433_CB.jpg. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  5. "Front of Card 1". PMARS. https://pmars.marad.dot.gov/DisposalCard/All/1433_AF.jpg. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  6. "Re: Pompeji". Warsailors / Theodor Dorgeist. http://warsailors.com/forum/read.php?1,16619,16627#msg-16627. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 

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