MV Mironave

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Career
Name: Luna (1938-45)
Empire Concave (1945-46)
Galtnes (1946-47)
Ila (1947-52)
São Leopoldo (1952-65)
Mironave (1965-82)
Owner: Neptun Line (1938-40)
Kriegsmarine (1940-45)
Ministry or War Transport (1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
Norwegian Government (1946-47)
Per T Lykke (1947-52)
L Figueiredo Navegação (1952-65)
Casimiro Filho Industria Comercio (1965-82)
Petrosul (1982- )
Operator: Neptun Line (1938-40)
Kriegsmarine (1940-45)
Ministry or War Transport (1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
Norwegian Government (1946-47)
Per T Lykke (1947-52)
L Figueiredo Navegação (1952-65)
Casimiro Filho Industria Comercio (1965-82)
Petrosul (1982- )
Port of registry: Germany Bremen (1939-40)
Nazi Germany Kriegsmarine (1940-45)
United Kingdom London (1945-46)
Norway Oslo (1946-47)
Norway Trondheim (1947-52)
Brazil Brazil (1952-82)
Builder: Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Unterweser AG
Launched: 1939
Identification: Code Letters DOUV (1938-45)
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Code Letters GFKM (1945-46)
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United Kingdom Official Number 180650 (1945-46)
Status: In active service as of 1982
General characteristics
Class and type: Passenger ship (1938-42)
Cargo ship (1942-82)
Tonnage: 1,125 GRT
571 NRT
Length: 234 ft 9 in (71.55 m)
Beam: 32 ft 1 in (9.78 m)
Depth: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)
Installed power: 4SCSA diesel engine
Propulsion: 2 screw propellors

Mironave was a 1,125 GRT cargo ship that was built as a passenger ship in 1938 by Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Unterweser AG, Wesermünde, Germany for German owners. In 1940, she was requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine. Seized by the Allies in 1945, she was passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Empire Concave. In 1946, she was passed to the Norwegian Government and renamed Galtnes. She was sold into merchant service in 1947 and renamed Ila. In 1952, she was sold to Brazil and was renamed São Leopoldo. In 1965, a further sale saw her renamed Mironave. She was still in active service in 1982, when a further sale took place.

Description[edit]

The ship was built in 1938 by Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Unterweser AG, Wesermünde.[1]

The ship was 234 feet 9 inches (71.55 m) long, with a beam of 34 feet 7 inches (10.54 m) and a depth of 14 feet 4 inches (4.37 m). She had a GRT of 1,125 and a NRT of 571.[1]

The ship was propelled by a 4-stroke Single Cycle double Acting diesel engine, which had 12 cylinders of 11 14 inches (29 cm) diameter by 16 916 inches (42.1 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Maschinenfabriek Augsburg-Nürnberg AG, Augsburg. It drove twin screw propellors.[1]

History[edit]

Luna was built for Dampfschiffahrts Gesellschaft Neptun AG (Neptun Line). She had a passenger certificate. Her port of registry was Bremen and the Code Letters DOUV were allocated.[1] In 1940, Luna was requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine.[2] In 1942, she is recorded as no longer holding a passenger certificate.[3] She was seized by the Allies at Eckernförde in May 1945 and passed to the MoWT, renamed Empire Concave.[2] Her port of registry was changed to London. The Code Letters GFKM and United Kingdom Official Number 180650 were allocated.[4] In 1946, Empire Concave was allocated to Norway, and passed to the Norwegian Government. She was renamed Galtnes. In 1947, she was sold to Per T Lykke,[2] Trondheim[5] and renamed Ila. In 1952, she was sold to L Figueiredo Navegação, Brazil and renamed São Leopoldo. She was sold to Casimiro Filho Industria Comercio in 1965 and renamed Mironave. In 1982, she was sold to Petrosul.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "D/S Ila". Warsailors. Retrieved 20 May 2010.