SS Quersee

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For other ships named Amrum, see Amrum (disambiguation). For other ships named Empire Condor, see SS Empire Condor.
History
Name:
  • Amrum (1926-31)
  • Quersee (1931-45)
  • Empire Condor (1945-47)
  • Mediterranean Trader (1947-49)
  • Maharashmi (1949-51)
Owner:
  • Schröder, Hölken & Fischer (1926-31)
  • W Schuchmann (1931-45)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1945)
  • Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
  • Akritas Navigation Co (1946-49)
  • Det South East Asia Shipping Co (1949-51)
Operator:
  • Schröder, Hölken & Fischer (1926-31)
  • W Schuchmann (1931-45)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1945)
  • Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
  • Akritas Navigation Co (1946-49)
  • Det South East Asia Shipping Co (1949-51)
Port of registry:
  • Weimar Republic Hamburg (1923-31)
  • Weimar Republic Bremerhaven (1931-33)
  • Nazi Germany Bremerhaven (1933-45)
  • United Kingdom London (1945-47)
  • India Bombay (1949-51)
Builder: Nordseewerke
Launched: 1926
Out of service: 10 June 1951
Identification:
  • Code Letters RFSM (1926-34)
  • ICS Romeo.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS Sierra.svgICS Mike.svg
  • Code Letters DHTQ (1934-45)
  • ICS Delta.svgICS Hotel.svgICS Tango.svgICS Quebec.svg
  • Code Letters GFQV (1945-47)
  • ICS Golf.svgICS Foxtrot.svgICS Quebec.svgICS Victor.svg
  • United Kingdom Official Number 180781 (1945-49)
Fate: Wrecked
General characteristics
Class and type: Cargo ship
Tonnage:
Length: 219 ft 6 in (66.90 m)
Beam: 34 ft 9 in (10.59 m)
Depth: 13 ft 1 in (3.99 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Quersee was a 999 GRT coaster that was built in 1926 as Amrum by Nordseewerke, Emden for German owners. She was sold in 1931 and renamed Quersee. She was seized by the Allies in May 1945 at Brunsbüttel, Germany, passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Empire Condor. She was sold into merchant service in 1947 and renamed Mediterranean Trader. In 1949, she was sold to India and was renamed Maharashmi, serving until 1951 when she ran aground as was wrecked.

Description[edit]

The ship was built in 1926 by Nordseewerke, Emden.[1]

The ship was 219 feet 6 inches (66.90 m) long, with a beam of 34 feet 9 inches (10.59 m) a depth of 13 feet 1 inch (3.99 m). She had a GRT of 998 and a NRT of 560.[2]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 17 1116 inches (44.9 cm), 29 12 inches (75 cm) and 46 inches (120 cm) diameter by 31 35 inches (80 cm) stroke. The engine was built by F Wilhelms-Hütte, Mülheim an der Ruhr.[2]

History[edit]

Amrum was built for Schröder, Hölken & Fischer, Hamburg.[3] The Code Letters RFSM were allocated.[2] In 1931, she was sold to W Schuchmann, Bremerhaven and was renamed Quersee.[1] A Seebeck Patent rudder was installed in 1932 by Seebeckwerft, Bremerhaven.[4] In 1934, her Code Letters were changed to DHTQ.[5] On 4 September 1932, Quersee was involved in a collision with the Norwegian steamship Jelo in the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal. Jelo suffered more damage than Quersee.[6]

In May 1945, Quersee was seized by the Allies at Brunsbüttel. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Condor.[1] Her port of registry was changed to London. The Code Letters GFQV and United Kingdom Official Number 180781 were allocated. She was operated under the management of Hull & Chicken Ltd.[7]

In 1946, Empire Condor was sold to Akritas Navigation Co Ltd, London.[1] In 1947, she was renamed Mediterranean Trader.[8] In 1949, she was sold to South East Shipping Co, Bombay, India and was renamed Maharashmi. On 10 June 1951, she ran aground near the Bhaktal Fort Lighthouse, India and broke into three sections. The ship was a total loss.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  2. ^ a b c "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Empire C". Mariners. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Seebeckwerft 1918-1933" (in German). Werften & Stadtgeschichte Bremerhavens. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS AND MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Casualty Reports". The Times (46230). London. 5 September 1932. col E, p. 17. 
  7. ^ "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Legal Notices". The Times (50783). London. 10 June 1947. col F, p. 1.