SS Bulgaria (1945)

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History
Name:
  • Empire Flamborough (1945–46)
  • Vindeggen (1946–48)
  • Bulgaria (1948–76)
Owner:
  • Ministry of Transport (1945–46)
  • Rederiet Vindeggen A/S (1946–48)
  • Navigation Maritime Bulgare (1948–76)
Operator:
  • Christian Østberg (1946–48)
  • Navigation Maritime Bulgare (1948–76)
Port of registry:
  • United Kingdom London, United Kingdom (1946)
  • Norway Oslo, Norway (1946–48)
  • Bulgaria Varna, Bulgaria (1948–76)
Builder: William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd
Yard number: 277
Launched: 19 November 1945
Completed: March 1946
Out of service: 1976
Identification:
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Cargo ship
Tonnage:
Length:
  • 401 ft 0 in (122.22 m) overall
  • 384 ft 2 in (117.09 m) between perpendiculars
Beam: 53 ft 7 in (16.33 m)
Depth: 23 ft 0 in (7.01 m)
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine, single screw propeller
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h)

Bulgaria was a 4,191 GRT cargo ship that was built as Empire Flamborough in 1945 by William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, County Durham, United Kingdom for the Ministry of Transport (MoT). She was sold to Norway in 1946 and renamed Vindeggen. A further sale to Bulgaria in 1948 saw her renamed Bulgaria. She served until 1976 when she was scrapped.

Description[edit]

The ship was a cargo ship built in 1943 by William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, County Durham, United Kingdom.[1] She was yard number 277.[2]

The ship was 401 ft 0 in (122.22 m) long overall, 384 ft 2 in (117.09 m) between perpendiculars,[3] with a beam of 53 feet 7 inches (16.33 m). She had a depth of 23 feet 0 inches (7.01 m). She was assessed at 4,191 GRT,[4] 2,262 NRT,[5] 7,351 DWT.[6]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 23½ inches (60 cm), 37½ inches (95 cm) and 68 inches (170 cm) diameter by 48 inches (120 cm) stroke. The engine was built by John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank, Renfrewshire. It drove a single screw propeller.[4] Supplied with steam from two oil-fired boilers, the engine could propel the ship at a speed of 11 knots (20 km/h).[3]

History[edit]

The ship was built by William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, County Durham in 1943 for the MoT. She was launched on 19 November 1945 and completed in March 1946.[1] Her port of registry was Sunderland.[4] She was to have been placed under the management of Galbraith, Pembroke & Co Ltd, London.[7]

Empire Flamborough was sold to Rederiet Vindeggen A/S of Norway for NOK4,900,000 and renamed Vindeggen. She was operated under the management of Christian Østberg.[7] Her port of registry was Oslo.[5] The Code Letters LLNP were allocated.[3] In 1948, Vindeggen was sold for NOK6,262,000 to Navigation Maritime Bulgare, Bulgaria and was renamed Bulgaria.[3] With the introduction of IMO Numbers in the late 1960s, Bulgaria was allocated the IMO Number 5054965.[2] She served until 1976 when she was sold for scrapping at $65 per tonne. Bulgaria was scrapped by Brodospas at Split, Yugoslavia.[7] Scrapping started in July 1976.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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 "EMPIRE FLAMBOROUGH – 1946 – IMO 5054965". 7seasvessels ships. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "1946 DS VINDEGGEN (4) (OSL426194601)" (in English and Norwegian). Skipshistorie. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS AND MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS AND MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "BULGARIA - IMO 5054965". Shipspotting. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "SHIPBUILDERS - PAGE 21". Searle. Retrieved 4 February 2014.