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  When Ships Die.
 

- part 2 -
 

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1974-04-056
"Homeric"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-057
"Nieuw Amsterdam"
In the background to the left is "City of Durban"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)

"City of Durban":
One of the classics of Ellerman Line. This picture is a little bit of a mystery, because "City of Durban" was sold to Karageorgis in 1971 and renamed "Mediterranean Dolphin". The funnel logo also clearly enough show that she now belongs to Mikael A. Karageorgeis, and therefore should bear the name "Mediterranean Dolphin", but in high resolution it is possible to read the name "City of Durban" on her stern, - and also her home port London! (????????)
Well, - whatever -, she is really one of the four well known Ellerman sisters of combined cargo/passenger ships.
Built in 1954 for Ellerman Line by Vickers-Armstrongs High Walker yard.  Tons: 13345, - DWT.: 11400, - LOA.: 164,9 m., - Beam: 21,7 m., - Propulsion: 2 diesels, - 17 knots.  Renamed in 1971 to "Mediterranean Dolphin", - and scrapped in Kaohsiung in 1974.
 
 






1974-04-058
"Nieuw Amsterdam"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-059
"Nieuw Amsterdam"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-060
Left to right: "St. Constantine", - "City of Durban", - "Etude" and "Pacfic Breeze"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)

"Etude":
Built for US flag in 1944 as "Antelope Hill" by Marinship Corp in Sausalito, Calif. USA.  She is a classic T2 tanker.
Tons: 10441, - DWT.: 16613, - LOA.: 159,6 m., - Beam: 20,7 m., - Propulsion: 1 steam turbine, - 15 knots.  Renamed "Etude" in 1956 and finally scrapped in 1974 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

"Pacific Breeze"
This is one of those strange ships that was originally built as aircraft carriers, but later converted to cargo ship.
She was built in 1943 by Seattle-Tacoma SB Corp. in Tacoma, USA as USS "Niantic" to serve as escort carrier for the US Navy, but was transferred to the Royal Navy under the lend lease agreement and renamed HMS "Ranee".  Tons: 10200, - LOA.: 495'8", - Beam: 69'6", - Draft: 26' max., - Propulsion: 2 steam turbine, - 17,5 knots.
Converted to cargo ship and renamed "Friesland" in 1948, - and again in 1968 to "Pacific Breeze" when taken over by C.Y. Tung. Scrapped i Kaohsiung 1974.
 
 






1974-04-061
Left to right:  "City of Durban", - "Etude" , - "Pacific Breeze", and to the left an unknown ship.
Strange to imagine, that "Pacific Breeze" was once a navy aircraft carrier.
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 
 


1974-04-062
"Homeric"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-063
"Nieuw Amsterdam", - and behind are "St. Constantine" and  "City of Durban".
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 
 


1974-04-064
The end of "Homeric"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 
 


1974-04-065
"Nieuw Amsterdam"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-067
Left to right: "St. Constantine", - "City of Durban", - "Etude" and unknown tanker
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 
 


1974-04-068
"Nieuw Amsterdam", - and behind are "St. Constantine", - "City of Durban" and some unidentified ships .
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-069
"Nieuw Amsterdam", - and behind are "St. Constantine", - "City of Durban" and some unidentified ships .
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-070
"Nieuw Amsterdam"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-071
Left to right: "St. Constantine" and "Etude".
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-072
"Nieuw Amsterdam"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-072
This is the END!  Good-bye "Nieuw Amsterdam"
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


1974-04-074
In the middle, - the bow of "Pacific Breeze",  - and to the right an unknown ship.
Photographed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1974
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)




Finally:
A big salute to those magnificent ships that appears in this page about ships "dying".  There are famous ones, - even legendary ones -, some quite anonymous, -  of all types and sizes -, but all beautiful!  Some built by very famous and well known ship builders.
 

List of the ships I can identify as they appear in this page:          "Homeric" ex "Mariposa"

"Nieuw Amsterdam"

"Patria"

"Imperio"

"Sgt. Archer T. Gammon" (Victory Ship)

"St. Constantine" ex. "Hoegh Cairn"

"City of Durban" ex. "Mediteranean Dolphin"

"Etude" ex. "Antelope Hill",  (T 2 tanker)

"Pacific Breeze" ex. USS "Nianti", HMS "Ranee",  "Friesland" - (Aircraft carrier)
 

The great oceans will never see ships like that again!
 
 

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