SS I P Suhr

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Career
Name: Siegmund (1926-29)
Thielbeck (1929-39)
Ingrid Traber (1939-45)
Empire Condover (1945-46)
Fornes (1946-48)
I P Suhr (1948-52)
Owner: Emil R Retzlaff (1926-26)
Knohr & Buchard (1929-39)
Traber & Co (1939-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
Norwegian Government (1946-48)
AS Det Danske Kulkompagni (1948-50)
Operator: Emil R Retzlaff (1926-26)
Knohr& Buchard (1929-39)
Traber & Co (1939-45)
E R Newbigin Ltd (1945-46)
Norwegian Government (1946-48)
A Møller & N Westergaard (1948-50)
Port of registry: Weimar Republic Stettin (1926-26)
Weimar Republic Hamburg (1929-33)
Nazi Germany Hamburg (1933-45)
United Kingdom United Kingdom (1945-46)
Norway Oslo (1946-48)
Denmark Kobenhavn (1948-50)
Builder: Ostseewerft AG,
Launched: 1926
Out of service: 1 December 1950
Identification: Code Letters JBNG (1927-34)
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Code Letters DHXP (1934-45)
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Code Letters GMWZ (1945-46)
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Code Letters OYFJ (1948-50)
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United Kingdom Official Number 180720 (1945-46)
Fate: Wrecked
General characteristics
Class & type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 1,883 GRT (1926-48)
1,999 GRT (1948-50)
1,084 NRT (1926-48)
1,132 NRT (1948-50)
2,820 DWT (1948-50)
Length: 266 ft 9 in (81.31 m)
Beam: 41 ft 1 in (12.52 m)
Depth: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
Installed power: Compound steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor
Crew: 21 (I P Suhr)

I P Suhr was a 1,649 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1926 by Ostseewerft AG, Stettin as Siegmund for German owners. After a sale in 1929 she was renamed Thielbek. A further sale in 1939 saw her renamed Ingrid Traber. She was seized by the Allies in May 1945, passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Empire Condover. In 1946, she was passed to the Norwegian Government and renamed Fornes. She was sold into merchant service in 1948 and renamed I P Suhr, serving until December 1950 when she capsized and sank.

Description[edit]

The ship was built in 1926 by Ostseewerft AG, Stettin.[1]

The ship was 266 feet 9 inches (81.31 m) long, with a beam of 41 feet 1 inch (12.52 m) a depth of 18 feet 6 inches (5.64 m). She had a GRT of 1,883. and a NRT of 1,084.[2]

The ship was propelled by a compound steam engine which had two cylinders of 16 12 inches (42 cm) and two cylinders of 35 716 inches (90.0 cm) diameter by 35 716 inches (90.0 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Ostsee Werft.[2]

History[edit]

Siegmund was built for Emil R Retzlaff, Stettin.[3] She was sold in 1929 to Knohr & Burchard, Hamburg and renamed Thielbek.[1] The Code Letters JBNG were allocated.[2] On 9 December 1934, Thielbek ran aground at Befanaes, Denmark.[4] She was later refloated and arrived at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on 16 December.[5]

In 1934, her Code Letters were change to DHXP.[6] In 1939, she was sold to Traber & Co, Hamburg and renamed Ingrid Traber.[1] This change was not recorded by Lloyds Register, she continued to be listed as Thielbek.[7] Ingrid Traber was a member of a convoy which departed Hamburg on 6 March 1942 bound for Norway.[8] On 1 May 1945, Ingrid Traber was in collision with the Hamburg-Südamerikanische Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft steamship Brunhilde.[9]

In May 1945, Ingrid Traber was seized by the Allies. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Condover.[1] Her port of registry was changed to London. The United Kingdom Official Number 180720 and Code Letters GMWZ were allocated. She was placed under the management of E R Newbigin Ltd.[10] In 1946, she was allocated to the Norwegian Government and renamed Fornes. In 1948,[1] she was sold to Aktieselskabet Det Danske Kulkompagni and renamed I P Suhr. Her port of registry was Kobenhavn and the Code Letters OYFJ were allocated. She was placed under the management of A Møller and N Westergaard. I P Suhr was recorded as 1,999 GRT, 1132 NRT, 2,820 DWT.[11] On 1 December 1950, I P Suhr was on a voyage from Gdansk, Poland to Aarhus, Denmark when she capsized and sank 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Sandhammaren, Sweden with the loss of 20 of her 21 crew. The wreck was blown up in 1952 and salvaged as scrap.[1][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f 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. ^ a b c "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Empire C". Mariners. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Casualty reports" The Times (London). Monday, 10 December 1934. (46933), col B, p. 25.
  5. ^ "Casualty reports" The Times (London). Tuesday, 18 December 1934. (46940), col D, p. 27.
  6. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Details of the Ship". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "D/S LAHNECK (3)". DDG Hansa Ships Photos. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "D/S BRUNHILDE". DDG Hansa Ships Photos. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Danmarks Skibsliste 1950" (in Danish). Sjofartens Bibliotek. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Einige Zivile Schiffskatastrophen von 1900 - 2009" (in German). Schiffe. Retrieved 8 June 2010.