SS Possehl

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History
Name:
  • Possehl (1921–45)
  • Empire Exe (1945–47)
  • Hermoupolis (1947–66)
  • Pilion (1966–67)
  • Nigma (1967–69)
Owner:
  • Possehl's Eisen und Kohlenhandel GmbH (1921–1935)
  • Lübeck Line (1935-1945)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1945–46)
  • Ministry of Transport (1946–47)
  • Greek Government (1947–48)
  • T J Lavangras & Co (1948–66)
  • P Perdikis (1966–67)
  • Tina Shipping Co (1967–69)
Operator:
  • Possehl's Eisen und Kohlenhandel GmbH (1921–1935)
  • Lübeck Line (1935-1945)
  • unknown manager (1945–47)
  • Greek Government (1947–48)
  • T J Lavangras & Co (1948–66)
  • P Perdikis (1966–67)
  • Tina Shipping Co (1967–69)
Port of registry:
  • Weimar Republic Lübeck, Germany (1921–33)
  • Germany Lübeck (1933–45)
  • United Kingdom London, United Kingdom (1945–47)
  • Greece Greece (1947–67)
  • Cyprus Cyprus (1967–69)
Builder: Howaldtswerke
Launched: 1921
Out of service: November 1967
Identification:
  • United Kingdom Official Number 180637 (1945-47)
  • Code Letters PBVC (1921–34)
  • ICS Papa.svgICS Bravo.svgICS Victor.svgICS Charlie.svg
  • Code Letters DRAQ (1934–45)
  • ICS Delta.svgICS Romeo.svgICS Alpha.svgICS Quebec.svg
  • Code Letters GLTV (1945–47)
  • ICS Golf.svgICS Lima.svgICS Tango.svgICS Victor.svg
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Cargo ship
Tonnage:
Length: 307 ft 0 in (93.57 m)
Beam: 42 ft 4 in (12.90 m)
Depth: 19 ft 5 in (5.92 m)
Installed power: 155 nhp
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine, single screw propeller

Possehl was a 2,369 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1921 by Howaldtswerke, Kiel, Germany for a German shipping line. She was seized by the British in May 1945, passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Empire Exe. In 1947, she was transferred to the Greek Government and renamed Hermoupolis. She was sold into merchant service in 1948 and used as a depôt ship. Following a sale in 1966, she was renamed Pilion. In 1967, she was sold to a Cypriot company and renamed Nigma. Laid up in November 1967 following boiler damage, she was scrapped in 1969.

Description[edit]

The ship was built in 1921 by Howaldtswerke, Kiel.[1]

The ship was 307 feet 0 inches (93.57 m) long, with a beam of 42 feet 4 inches (12.90 m). She had a depth of 19 feet 5 inches (5.92 m). She was assessed at 2,369 GRT, 1,348 NRT.[2]

The ship was propelled by a 155 nhp triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 20116 inches (51 cm), 32516 inches (82 cm) and 51116 inches (130 cm) diameter by 35716 inches (90 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Howaldtswerke and drove a single screw propeller.[2]

History[edit]

Possehl was built for Possehl's Eisen-und Kohlenhandel GmbH, Lübeck. The Code Letters PBVC were allocated and her port of registry was Lübeck. In 1934 the Code Letters DRAQ were allocated. In 1935 Possehl's shipping fleet including the Possehl was transferred to Lübeck Line, Lübeck.[3]

In May 1945, Possehl was seized by the British at Lübeck.[1] Declared a prize of war,[4] she was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Exe.[1] The United Kingdom Official Number 180637 and Code Letters GLTV were allocated. Her port of registry was London.[5] In 1947, Empire Exe was transferred to the Greek Government and renamed Hermoupolis. She was sold to T J Lavrangas & Co in 1948 and used as a depôt ship. In 1966, Hermoupolis was sold to P Perdikis and renamed Pilion. She was sold to Tina Shipping Co, Cyprus in 1967 and renamed Nigma. In November 1967, she was laid up at Aden, South Yemen with boiler damage. Nigma arrived under tow at Karachi, Pakistan in November 1969 for scrapping.[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 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Prize Courts". The Times (50218). London. 11 August 1945. col D, p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Signal Letters Database". Convoyweb. Retrieved 13 September 2011.  (Enter GLTV or Empire Exe in relevant search box)