MV Merkur (1924)

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  • Rio Bravo (1924-1933)
  • Merkur (1933-1954)
  • Flensburg Steamship Company (1924-1933)
  • North-German Lloyd (1933-1935)
  • Burns Philp & Company (1935-1954)
Builder: Frederick Krupp AG, Kiel
Launched: 1924
Fate: Sold to shipbreakers in 1954.
General characteristics
Class and type: Motor vessel
Length: 393.1 ft (119.8 m)[1]
Beam: 51.9 ft (15.8 m)
Draught: 25.3 ft (7.7 m)

MV Merkur was a 5,952 tons passenger cargo vessel that was requitioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during the Second World War as a victualling stores and supply vessel.[2]

Built by Frederick Krupp AG, Kiel in 1924 for Flensburg Steamship Company as Rio Bravo. She served the South American passenger/cargo service until the Flensburg Steamship Company went into bankruptcy. She was acquired by North-German Lloyd in 1933 and renamed Merkur, and was bought by Burns Philp & Company in 1935.[3]

Merkur was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy on 12 December 1942 and operated in North Queensland and New Guinea waters with her civilian crew. She was returned to her owners in 1949.


MV Mekur was broken up for scrap in January of 1954 in Osaka, Japan.[2]


  1. ^ "Lloyd's Register 1942-43" (PDF). plimsollshipdata. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Burns Philp & Company Ltd". Flotilla Australia. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "North German Lloyd Company". The Ships List. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2011.