SS Gisela L M Russ

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History
Name:
  • Gisela L M Russ (1922-45)
  • Empire Consort (1945-46)
  • Volos (1946-48)
  • Marios II (1948-59)
Owner:
  • Ernst Russ (1922-45)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1945)
  • Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
  • Greek Government (1946-48)
  • M A Karageorgis (1948-59)
Operator:
  • Ernst Russ (1922-45)
  • Springwell Steamship Co Ltd (1945-46)
  • Antonaropulo Bros (1946-48)
  • M A Karageorgis (1948-59)
Port of registry:
  • Weimar Republic Hamburg (1922-33)
  • Nazi Germany Hamburg (1933-45)
  • United Kingdom London (1945-46)
  • Greece Greece (1946-59)
Builder: Stettiner Oderwerke AG
Launched: 1922
Out of service: 19 February 1959
Identification:
  • Code Letters RDHJ (1922-34)
  • ICS Romeo.svgICS Delta.svgICS Hotel.svgICS Juliet.svg
  • Code Letters DHJB (1934-45)
  • ICS Delta.svgICS Hotel.svgICS Juliet.svgICS Bravo.svg
  • Code Letters GFVC (1945-46)
  • ICS Golf.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS Victor.svgICS Charlie.svg
  • United Kingdom Official Number 180605 (1945-46)
Fate: Sank
General characteristics
Class and type: Cargo ship
Tonnage:
Length: 230 ft 9 in (70.33 m)
Beam: 36 ft 4 in (11.07 m)
Depth: 14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h)
SS Gisela L M Russ is located in Greece
SS Gisela L M Russ
Location of the sinking of Marios II.

Gisela L M Russ was a 1,175 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1922 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 Consort. In 1946, she was sold to the Greek Government and renamed Volos and then sold and renamed Marios II in 1948. She served until she sank in 1959 following a boiler explosion.

Description[edit]

The ship was built in 1922 by Stettiner Oderwerke AG, Stettin.[1]

The ship was 230 feet 9 inches (70.33 m) long, with a beam of 36 feet 4 inches (11.07 m) and a depth of 14 feet 6 inches (4.42 m). The ship had a GRT of 1,771 and a NRT of 785.[2] She had a DWT of 2,105.[3]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 17 12 inches (44 cm), 27 12 inches (70 cm) and diameter by 43 316 inches (109.7 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Stettiner Oderwerke.[2] It could propel the ship at 9 knots (17 km/h).[4]

History[edit]

Gisela L M Russ was built for Ernst Russ, Hamburg.[1] Her port of registry was Hamburg and the Code Letters RDHJ were allocated.[2] Little is known of her merchant career, although it is recorded that she delivered 360 tonnes of mixed freight to Barcelona, Spain in March 1929.[5] In 1934, her Code Letters were changed to DHJB.[6]

Gisela L M Russ was seized by the Allies in May 1945 at Flensburg. Ownership passed to the MoWT and she was renamed Empire Consistence.[1] She was delivered to the United Kingdom on 23 June 1945.[3] Her port of registry was changed to London. The Code Letters GFVC and United Kingdom Official Number 180605 were allocated. She was placed under the management of the Springwell Steamship Co Ltd.[7] In 1946, Empire Consort was sold to the Greek Government. She was renamed Volos. In 1948, she was sold to M A Karageorgis and renamed Marios II. On 19 February 1959, she suffered a boiler explosion whilst on a voyage from Stratoni to Piraeus. Although taken in tow, she sank at 38°35′N 24°21′E / 38.583°N 24.350°E / 38.583; 24.350.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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 17 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "S.S. "Gisela L.-M. Russ"". Ernst Russ. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "SS Marios II (+1959)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Vida maritimá". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 29 March 1929. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 17 August 2010.