SS Pickhuben (1923)

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Career
Name: Pickhuben (1923-45)
Empire Condicote (1945-46)
Grimsnes (1946-47)
Tungenes (1947-61)
Owner: H M Gehrckens (1923-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
Norwegian Government (1946-47)
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab (1947-61)
Operator: H M Gehrckens (1923-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945)
Walford Lines Ltd (1945-46)
Norwegian Government (1946-47)
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab (1947-61)
Port of registry: Weimar Republic Hamburg (1923-33)
Nazi Germany Hamburg (1933-45)
United Kingdom London (1945-46)
Norway Oslo (1946-47)
Norway Stavanger (1947-61)
Builder: Union Giesserei
Launched: 1923
Identification: Code Letters RFCG (1928-34)
ICS Romeo.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS Charlie.svgICS Golf.svg
Code Letters DHTE (1934-45)
ICS Delta.svgICS Hotel.svgICS Tango.svgICS Echo.svg
Code Letters GNQQ (1945-46)
ICS Golf.svgICS November.svgICS Quebec.svgICS Quebec.svg
United Kingdom Official Number 180666 (1945-46)
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 999 GRT (1923-45)
1,000 GRT (1945-61)
529 NRT
530 NRT (1945-61)
Length: 230 ft 7 in (70.28 m)
Beam: 35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
Depth: 13 ft 4 in (4.06 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Pickhuben was a 999 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1923 by Union Giesserei, Königsberg for German owners. She was seized by the Allies in May 1945 at Lübeck, Germany, passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Empire Condicote. She was passed to the Norwegian Government in 1946 and renamed Grimsnes. In 1947, she was sold into merchant service and was renamed Tungenes, serving until 1961 when she was scrapped.

Description[edit]

The ship was built in 1923 by Union Giesserei, Königsberg.[1]

The ship was 230 feet 7 inches (70.28 m) long, with a beam of 35 feet 6 inches (10.82 m) a depth of 13 feet 4 inches (4.06 m). She had a GRT of 999 and a NRT of 529.[2]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 18 12 inches (47 cm), 29 12 inches (75 cm) and 47 14 inches (120 cm) diameter by 29 12 inches (75 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Union Giesserei.[2]

History[edit]

Pickhuben was built for H M Gehrckens, Hamburg.[1] The Code Letters RFCG were allocated.[2] In 1934, her Code Letters were changed to DHTE.[3] In May 1945, Pickhuben was seized by the Allies at Lübeck. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Condicote.[1] Her port of registry was changed to London. The Code Letters GNQQ and United Kingdom Official Number 180666 were allocated. She was operated under the management of Walford Lines Ltd. She was assessed as 1,000 GRT, 530 NRT.[4]

In 1946, Empire Condicote was allocated to the Norwegian Government and was renamed Grimsnes. In 1947, she was sold to Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab (English: The Stavanger Steamship Co), Stavanger and renamed Tungenes. She served until 1961, when she was scrapped at Zalzate, Belgium[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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 AND MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS AND MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 5 June 2010.