SS Walter L M Russ

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Career
Name: Walter L M Russ
Owner: Ernst Russ (1927-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945)
Port of registry: Weimar Republic Hamburg (1927-33)
Nazi Germany Hamburg (1933-45)
United Kingdom Hamburg (1945)
Builder: Neptun AG
Launched: 1927
Out of service: 15 July 1945
Identification: Code Letters RGKJ (1927-34)
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Code Letters DHZG (1933-45)
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Fate: Wrecked
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1,538 GRT
890 NRT
Length: 246 ft 9 in (75.21 m)
Beam: 40 ft 1 in (12.22 m)
Depth: 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Walter L M Russ was a 1,538 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1927 by Neptun AG, Rostock, Germany for Ernst Russ. In 1945, she was seized by the Allies and passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). It was intended that she would be renamed Empire Concourse but she ran aground on 15 July 1945 at Grassholm, Bristol Channel and was wrecked.

Description[edit]

The ship was built in 1927 by Neptun AG, Rostock.[1]

The ship was 246 feet 9 inches (75.21 m) long, with a beam of 40 feet 1 inch (12.22 m) a depth of 15 feet 5 inches (4.70 m). She had a GRT of 1,538 and a NRT of 890.[2]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had two cylinders of 19 516 inches (49.1 cm), 31 12 inches (80 cm) and 51 316 inches (130.0 cm) diameter by 35 716 inches (90.0 cm) stroke. The engine was built by AG Neptun.[2]

History[edit]

Walter L M Russ was built for Ernst Russ, Hamburg. The Code Letters RGJK were allocated.[2] In 1934, her Code Letters were changed to DHZG.[3] On 2 March 1936, she was in collision with the German schooner Condor in the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal. The schooner sank.[4]

Walter L M Russ was seized by the Allies in May 1945 at Schleswig. She was passed to the MoWT. It was intended that she would be renamed Empire Concourse. On 15 July 1945, Walter L M Russ ran aground at Grassholm, in the Bristol Channel and was wrecked.[1] Nine crew were rescued by the Angle Lifeboat,[5] Elizabeth Elson.[6] James Watkins, the lifeboat's Coxwain, was awarded a RNLI Bronze Medal for his part in the rescue.[5] Walter L M Russ lies in 33 feet (10 m) of water.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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 30 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Casualty Reports" The Times (London). Tuesday, 3 March 1936. (47313), col F, p. 27.
  5. ^ a b "History". Angle Lifeboat Station. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Elson". Angle Lifeboat Station. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Grassholm". Celtic Diving. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 

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Coordinates: 51°43′51″N 5°28′53″W / 51.7308°N 5.4814°W / 51.7308; -5.4814