SS Dimitry Laptev

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  • Heinrich Schmidt (1936-45)
  • Empire Constable (1945-46)
  • Dimitry Laptev (1946-71)
  • Flensburger Schiffsparten-Vereinigung AG (1946-45)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1945)
  • Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
  • Soviet Government (1946-71)
  • H Schmidt GmbH (1936-45)
  • Shamrock Shipping Co Ltd (1945-46)
  • Soviet Government (1946-71)
Port of registry:
  • Nazi Germany Flensburg (1936-45)
  • United Kingdom London (1945-46)
  • Soviet Union Soviet Union(1946-71)
Builder: Flensburger Schiffsbau-Gesellschaft
Launched: 1936
  • Code Letters DDUS (1936-45)
  • ICS Delta.svgICS Delta.svgICS Uniform.svgICS Sierra.svg
  • Code Letters GFWK (1945-46)
  • ICS Golf.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS Whiskey.svgICS Kilo.svg
  • United Kingdom Official Number 180697 (1945-46)
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Cargo ship
Length: 237 ft 2 in (72.29 m)
Beam: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Depth: 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Dimitry Laptev was a 1,560 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1936 as Heinrich Schmidt by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, Flensburg, Germany for German owners. She was seized by the Allies in May 1945, passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and was renamed Empire Constable. In 1946, she was sold to the Soviet Government and renamed Dimitry Laptev. She served until she was scrapped in 1971.


The ship was built in 1936 by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, Flensburg.[1] The ship was 258 feet 8 inches (78.84 m) long, with a beam of 41 feet 3 inches (12.57 m) and a depth of 14 feet 4 inches (4.37 m). The ship had a GRT of 1,560 and a NRT of 889.[2]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 17 1116 inches (44.9 cm), 29 18 inches (74 cm) and 48 inches (120 cm) diameter by 34 716 inches (87.5 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft.[2]


Heinrich Schmidt was built for Flensburger Schiffsparten-Vereinigung AG. She was operated under the management of H Schmidt GmbH. Her port of registry was Flensburg and the Code Letters DHKV were allocated.[2] Little is known of her war service; She was escorted from Kristiansund to Ålesund, Norway on 19 January 1943 by the vorpostenboot V 5717 Fritz Homann, along with Charlotte Cordes, Dessau, Levante, and Mendoza.[3]

Heinrich Schmidt was seized by the Allies in May 1945 at Flensburg. Ownership passed to the MoWT and she was renamed Empire Constable.[1] Her port of registry was changed to London. The Code Letters GFWK and United Kingdom Official Number 180697 were allocated. She was operated under the management of the Shamrock Shipping Co Ltd.[4] In February 1946, Empire Constable was transferred to the Soviet Union under the Potsdam Agreement.[5] She was renamed Dimitry Laptev.[6] She served until 1971, when she was scrapped.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Mitchell, W.H.; Sawyer, L.A. (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. p. not cited. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  2. ^ a b c "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "WBS 3/FRITZ HOMANN" (in German). Historisches Marinearchiv. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Enemy Ships for Russia". The Times (50376). London. 14 February 1946. col C, p. 2. 
  6. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 20 August 2010.