SS Dollart

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History
Name:
  • Dollart (1912-45)
  • Empire Constancy (1945-47)
  • Polzeath (1947-51)
  • Meltem (1951-56)
  • Yener 9 (1956-59)
  • Yarasli (1959-61)
Owner:
  • Bugsier Reederei und Bergungs AG (1912-45)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1945)
  • Ministry of Transport (1945-47)
  • S Hannan & Co (1947-51)
  • Azize Arkan v. Ortaklari (1951-56)
  • Erpak Vap. Ithalkat Ihracat, (1956-59)
  • Zeki v. Ziya Son (1959-61)
Operator:
  • Bugsier Reederei und Bergungs AG (1912-45)
  • Rose Line Ltd (1945-47)
  • S Hannan & Co (1947-51)
  • Azize Arkan v. Ortaklari (1951-56)
  • Erpak Vap. Ithalkat Ihracat, (1956-59)
  • Zeki v. Ziya Son (1959-61)
Port of registry:
  • German Empire Hamburg (1912-19)
  • Weimar Republic Hamburg (1919-33)
  • Nazi Germany Bremerhaven (1933-45)
  • United Kingdom London (1945-47)
  • Turkey Turkey (1947-61)
Builder: Stettiner Oderwerke AG,
Launched: 1912
Out of service: January 1961
Identification:
  • Code Letters RSMN (1912-34)
  • ICS Romeo.svgICS Sierra.svgICS Mike.svgICS November.svg
  • Code Letters DHFJ (1934-45)
  • ICS Delta.svgICS Hotel.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS Juliet.svg
  • Code Letters GFXT (1945-51)
  • ICS Golf.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS X-ray.svgICS Tango.svg
  • United Kingdom Official Number 180639 (1945-51)
Fate: Sank
General characteristics
Class and type: Coaster
Tonnage:
Length: 165 ft 8 in (50.50 m)
Beam: 28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)
Depth: 11 ft 5 in (3.48 m)
Installed power: Compound steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Dollart was a 535 GRT coaster that was built in 1912 by Stettiner Oderwerke AG, Stettin, 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 Constancy. In 1947, she was sold into merchant service and renamed Polzeath. In 1951, she was sold to Turkey and renamed Meltem. Further sales saw her renamed Yener 9 in 1956 and Yarasli in 1959. She went missing in the Ionian Sea in January 1961.

Description[edit]

The ship was built in 1912 by Stettiner Oderwerke, Stettin.[1]

The ship was 165 feet 8 inches (50.50 m) long, with a beam of 28 feet 6 inches (8.69 m) and a depth of 11 feet 5 inches (3.48 m). The ship had a GRT of 535 and a NRT of 268.[2]

The ship was propelled by a compound steam engine which had one cylinder of 17 316 inches (43.7 cm) and one cylinder of 31 12 inches (80 cm) diameter by 21 34 inches (55 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Stettiner Oderwerke.[2]

History[edit]

Dollart was built for Bugsier Reederei und Bergungs AG, Hamburg.[1] Her port of registry was Hamburg, the Code Letters RSMN were allocated.[3] On 1 May 1914, Dollart struck the wreck of SS Werner in the River Elbe at Glückstadt and sank with the loss of two crew.[4] In May 1919, Dollart transported a cargo of food and clothing from Germany to Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands to supply the crews of Kaiserliche Marine crews interned there.[5] In 1933, her port of registry was changed to Bremerhaven.[3] The following year, her Code Letters were changed to DHFJ.[6]

In May 1945, Dollart was seized by the Allies at Copenhagen, Denmark. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Constancy.[1] Her port of registry was changed to London and she was placed under the management of Rose Line Ltd. The Code Letters GFXT and United Kingdom Official Number 180639 were allocatd.[7] In 1947, Empire Constancy was sold to S Hannan & Co Ltd, Polzeath and was renamed Polzeath.[1]

In 1951, Polzeath was sold to Azize Arkan v. Ortaklari, Turkey and was renamed Meltem. In 1956, she was sold to Erpak Vap Ithalkat Ihracat, Turkey and was renamed Yener 9. In 1959, she was sold to Zeki v Ziya Son Izzet Kirtil, Turkey and was renamed Yarasli. On 14 January 1961, Yarasli sailed from Istanbul bound for Bagnoli, Italy. On 25 January, she reported passing Kefalonia, Greece. Nothing further was heard of her and it is presumed she foundered in the Ionian Sea.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 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 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Marine Insurance Market". The Times (40514). London. 4 May 1914. col G, p. 23. 
  5. ^ "Plans for Scapa Scuttling. Von Reuter's Signal". The Times (42274). London. 4 December 1919. col G, p. 14. 
  6. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 23 August 2010.