SS Messina

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Career
Name: Messina (1937-45)
Empire Cherwell (1945-55)
Polus (1947-61)
Owner: Robert Miles Sloman Jr (1937-40)
Kriegsmarine (1940-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945-47)
Russian Government (1947-61)
Operator: Robert Miles Sloman Jr (1937-40)
Kriegsmarine (1940-45)
F Carrick & Co Ltd (1945-47)
Russian Government (1947-61)
Port of registry: Nazi Germany Hamburg (1937-40)
Nazi Germany Hamburg (1940-45)
United Kingdom London (1945-47)
Soviet Union Leningrad (1947-61)
Builder: Neptun AG
Launched: 1937
Identification: Code Letters DJUT (1937-45)
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Code Letters GPSZ (1945-47)
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United Kingdom Official Number 180718 (1945-47)
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2,192 GRT
1,104 NRT
Length: 303 ft 0 in (92.35 m)
Beam: 43 ft 6 in (13.26 m)
Depth: 16 ft 3 in (4.95 m)
Installed power: Compound steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Messina was a 2,192 GRT cargo ship which was built in 1937 by Neptun AG, Rostock, Germany. She was built for Robert Miles Sloman Jr, Hamburg. In 1940 she was requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine. In 1945 she was seized as a war prize and passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). Renamed Empire Cherwell, in 1947 she was transferred to the Soviet Union and renamed Polus.. She served until the early 1960s, her name being removed from shipping registers in 1961.

Description[edit]

The ship was built by Neptun AG, Rostock. She was launched in 1937.[1]

The ship was 303 feet 0 inches (92.35 m) long, with a beam of 43 feet 6 inches (13.26 m) and a depth of 16 feet 3 inches (4.95 m). She had a GRT of 2,192 and a NRT of 1.,104.[2]

The ship was propelled by a compound steam engine which had two cylinders of 16 34 inches (43 cm) inches and two cylinders of 35 716 inches (90.0 cm) diameter by 37 38 inches (95 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Christiansen & Meyer, Harburg.[2]

History[edit]

Messina was built for Robert Miles Sloman Jr, Hamburg[1] Her port of registry was Hamburg and the Code Letters DJUT were allocated.[2] In 1940, she was requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine. She was seized in May 1945 as a war prize at Travemünde. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Cherwell.[1] The United Kingdom Official Number 180718 and the Code Letters GPSZ were allocated. Her port of registry was changed to London. Empire Cherwell operated under the management of F C Strick & Co Ltd.[3]

In 1947, Empire Cherwell was transferred to the Soviet Union.[1] Her port of registry was Leningrad.[4] She was in service until the early 1960s, her name was removed from shipping registers in 1961.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 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, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 28 March 2010.