Barão de Teffé (H-42)

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Name: Barão de Teffé
Namesake: Antônio Luís von Hoonholtz (the Baron of Tefé)
Operator: Brazilian Navy
Builder: Aalborg Vaerft
Launched: 8 May 1957
Commissioned: 28 September 1982
Decommissioned: 23 July 2002
Homeport: Rio de Janeiro
Fate: scrapped in 2007
General characteristics
Type: Icebreaker
Displacement: 2,183 tons standard, 5,500 tons full load
Length: 82.11 m (269.4 ft)
Beam: 13.72 m (45.0 ft)
Draught: 6.30 m (20.7 ft)
Speed: 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph)
Endurance: 60 days
Crew: 84
Aircraft carried: 2 Helibrás Esquilo (locally designated as UH-12/13)
Aviation facilities: Helipad and hangar
Notes: NGB[1]

Barão de Teffé (H-42) was an oceanographic research ship of the Brazilian Navy. She was the first Brazilian Navy ship to bear this name in honor of Admiral Antonio Luis von Hoonholtz. Built as a freighter named Thala Dan at the end of the 1950s in Denmark, she was launched in 1957 and discharged from military service on 23 July 2002.[2]

In 1982 she was acquired by the Brazilian Navy to be adapted and take part in the Operation Antarctica (OPERANTAR 1) of the Brazilian Antarctic Program (PROANTAR),[3] being one of the pioneers of Brazilian missions to Antarctica.

In 2007, Barão de Teffé was reported awaiting wrecking in Rio de Janeiro.[4] After failed Australian attempts to purchase and turn her into a museum ship, she was scrapped in Rio de Janeiro in October 2007.[5]


  1. ^ NApOc/NF Barão de Teffé - H 42 Navios de Guerra Brasileiros. Retrieved on 2012-02-28. (Portuguese).
  2. ^ Shipspotting. "BARAO DE TEFFE H42 - IMO 5357680". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Shipstamps. "Thala Dan". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Berg, Jorgen (2007). "CV for Captain Jorgen Berg". bergshippingconsultancy. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Newsletter #15" (pdf). Maritime Heritage Association of Victoria Inc. October 2007. p. 5. Retrieved 23 March 2008.