Military Wiki
SS Saar
Name: Saar (1937-1945)
Empire Congleton (1945-46)
Donetz (1946- )
Owner: R C Gribel (1937-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
Soviet Government (1946- )
Operator: R C Gribel (1937-45)
T H Donking & Sons Ltd (1945-46)
Soviet Government (1946- )
Port of registry: Nazi Germany Stettin (1937-45)
United Kingdom London (1945-46)
Soviet Union Soviet Union (1946- )
Builder: Stettiner Oderwerke AG
Launched: 1937
Identification: Code Letters DAYW (1937-45)
ICS Delta.svgICS Alpha.svgICS Yankee.svgICS Whiskey.svg
Code Letters GNML (1945-46)
ICS Golf.svgICS November.svgICS Mike.svgICS Lima.svg
United Kingdom Official Number 180703 (1945-46)
Status: In active service as of 1946
General characteristics
Class & type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 1,026 GRT
560 NRT
Length: 208 ft 9 in (63.63 m)
Beam: 32 ft 5 in (9.88 m)
Depth: 17 ft 2 in (5.23 m)
Installed power: Compound steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Saar was a 1,026 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1937 by Stettiner Oderwerke AG, Stettin for German owners. She was seized by the Allies at Kolding, Denmark in May 1945, passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Empire Congleton. In 1946, she was passed to the Soviet Union and renamed Donetz (Донец).


The ship was built in 1937 by Stettiner Oderwerke AG, Stettin.[1]

The ship was 208 feet 9 inches (63.63 m) long, with a beam of 32 feet 5 inches (9.88 m) a depth of 17 feet 2 inches (5.23 m). She had a GRT of 1,026 and a NRT of 560.[2]

The ship was propelled by a compound steam engine which had two cylinders of 13 28 inches (34 cm) and two cylinders of 28 34 inches (73 cm) diameter by 28 34 inches (73 cm) stroke.[2] The engine was built by Ottensener Maschinenbau GmbH, Altona.[3]


Saar was built for R C Gribel.[1] Her port of registry was Stettin and she used the Code Letters DAYW.[2] In February 1945, Saar was one of the ship involved in the tranpsortation of refugees from Pillau, Soviet Union to Swinemünde, Germany.[4] In May 1945, Saar was seized by the Allies at Kolding, Denmark. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Congleton.[1] Her port of registry was changed to London. She was allocated the Code Letters GNML and the United Kingdom Official Number 180703.[3] In 1946 she was passed to the Soviet Union and renamed Donetz.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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 "Lloyd's Register, Steamers & Motorships". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  4. Geede, Ruth (11 December 1999). "Die Ostpreußische Familie" (in German). Das Ostpreußenblatt. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 

External links

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).