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Thursday, 31 May 2018

What will happen with the Australian monitor HMAS Cerberus in the near future? Help to save her!


In Australia the hull of the monitor HMAS Cerberus still exists, sadly enough her future is threatened. There is a website of the Friends of the Cerberus with the clear intention of saving her. I asked John Toogood to supply more information what he did. See the text below. In the 19th Century was also the Royal Netherlands Navy interested in this ship. A Dutch naval officer received an order from the minister of navy to supply more details. He even made a sketch drawing of her. Why?, should someone ask. In that period was suggested in Dutch newspapers that Australia seemed to want her own colonial empire and the Dutch East Indies were nearby. Nonsense may be, but we have now a fine sketch of her. At the same time was the Roral Netherlands Navy interested in naval shipbuilding abroad especially for the pratical use of innovations. Let's hope that except for the sketch she herself also keeps existing as one of the few remaining 19th Century warships!

Cerberus in 2006. The entire ship and guns in the sea towards the bottom of the photo are visible. Photo with kind permission of Lindsay Stepanow. Source

The following have been used variously with Fb shares linking back to our primary FACEBOOK. which is a shared link to our main website’s 9 April ’18 news item.

Is this the 'last gasp' for Cerberus? Let's hope not!
Bayside Council recently lodged a formal application with Heritage Victoria to fill our former HMVS/HMAS Cerberus with concrete under the guise of Heritage preservation despite clearly being at odds with the "Burra Charter" which is accepted nationally as the standard for heritage conservation.

Monitor at Risk Down-under!
Cerberus is not an 'American' Civil War survivor but a British built forerunner of the next generation Monitors. Launched in 1868, the same decade as USS Monitor and H.L. Hunley, she now rests relatively intact (albeit tenuously) right where she was 'parked' in 1926 ... about 200 metres off-shore at a bay-side Melbourne (Australia) beach. Time is fast running out for supporters to make a submission opposing Bayside Council's application to fill the monitor, former HMVS/HMAS Cerberus with concrete. These must be in writing (hard-copy) mailed to Heritage Victoria as indicated by the original news item to arrive no later than 24 April '18. If you live outside Australia and wish to make a submission feel free to do so by email to “Friends of the Cerberus Inc.” making sure you allow a few days for us to print and forward by conventional mail on your behalf.
Hard-copy submissions are essential and required by Heritage Victoria no later than their stated deadline in order to be considered regarding the defeat of Bayside Council's permit application but emails may still be sent as well. They certainly won't do any harm, just make sure the snail-mail is sent to arrive in time.

All are urged to share this post on your timelines, any relevant Fb pages you manage and groups to which you belong. Every share, like and (favourable) comment helps to spread our message and encourage others to 'join the fray'. 

John Toogood FACEBOOKPOST share dated 11 April 2018:
This is a disgraceful prospect coming as it does during centenary celebrations and threatening the sole substantive remains of Australia's Great War Fleet (albeit in an auxiliary role), our only pre-federation war ship and the last of Victoria's colonial 'battle' fleet. If our responsible politicians and bureaucrats think that irreversibly filling Cerberus with concrete is a real preservation option and not simply what it appears to everyone else, a crass attempt to 'make it go away' whilst releasing heritage funds to mitigate local government risk, then clearly they have no right to claim heritage credentials and I for one will be carefully reviewing my life-long voting habits in the future.
Even if it is accepted that 'fill-and-forget' is currently the only short/medium term prospect there are far superior alternatives to concrete available that are affordable, reversible, environmentally neutral and won't increase the weight of Cerberus' footprint (4,000 tonnes of concrete is estimated to result in a net weight increase to the ship's sea-bed footprint of about 137% after allowing for water displacement).

This Fb post published by The heritage Network and shared widely during Feb-Mar of 2015 isn’t directly related to the current issue of stopping Bayside Council from filling the ship with concrete but nevertheless does provide some background.

The Heritage network Published by John Toogood·26 February 2015

HMAS (formerly HMVS) Cerberus:
As the Great War loomed, despite her already advanced age (launched 1868 - commissioned 1871 with the Victorian Colonial Navy) and with 43 years of service to three Australian Navies behind her, the Monitor Cerberus was 'drafted' and recommissioned as a Port Guard and Ammunition Store-Ship after being briefly decommissioned during the pre-war period. HMAS Cerberus is photographed here at her third mooring location, near the mouth of the Yarra River off Williamstown in Victoria's Hobson's Bay, circa 1914. After the war (in April 1921) she was re-named HMAS Platypus II and tasked as 'secondary tender' for the J-Class Submarine fleet based in Corio Bay.
Cerberus currently rests in 3 meters of water just 200 metres off-shore at Half Moon Bay where she was essentially run aground and scuttled to form a breakwater in 1926. The ship remains largely intact although a partial collapse of the lower hull during severe storms in 1993 has hastened its subsidence in the interim.

The 1860s Monitor, former HMVS/HMAS Cerberus is Australia's only warship from the pre-1918 era that has survived into the 21st century, albeit tenuously. As we plot a course through the Great War's (1914-18) centenary we bear witness to major projects from around the world undertaken by Countries with a commitment to restore their few surviving 1914-18 warships in time for significant anniversary celebrations. Not so however in 'the land of Oz' where successive Australian governments at all levels continue to procrastinate whilst their only such opportunity slips further away.
Image sourced from Friends of the Cerberus Inc.'s main website 
Courtesy of the "State Library of South Australia."

Bayside Council recently lodged a formal application with Heritage Victoria to fill our former HMVS/HMAS Cerberus with concrete under the guise of Heritage preservation despite clearly being at odds with the "Burra Charter" which is accepted nationally as the standard for heritage conservation. The current status of Cerberus, being included on Australia's "National Heritage List", doesn't seem to matter when bureaucratic antagonism and political indifference are allied against valid community concerns for our vanishing heritage. Our supporters can still help to convince Heritage Victoria that a positive heritage outcome remains an option only if they deny Bayside Council's application. Check out the following extract ("Submissions") from our recently published Newsletter 198. Help to 'scuttle' this destructive and unacceptable proposal. Send your individual protest as indicated, to Heritage Victoria by conventional (hard-copy) mail today and make sure you beat their 24 Apr '18 deadline. If lost for words feel free to copy and paste the form letter provided on our "HELP" page.
'Submissions.

Naturally we will be making a submission to Heritage Victoria. Anyone wishing to do likewise should be aware that submissions should be posted, and NOT emailed, to Heritage Victoria, PO Box 500, Melbourne 8002.

Any overseas supporters wishing to make submissions can email them to us via john.rogers@cerberus.com.au and we will post them to Heritage Victoria.

It cannot be emphasised enough that Heritage Victoria will decide later this month whether to fill Cerberus with concrete. All indications are that the application will be approved.
By my reckoning, 1,700 cubic metres of concrete will require over 200 concrete trucks to fill Cerberus. A horrifying thought. What a way to treat a place on the National Heritage List.'
Follow the link, read  Newsletter 198 in full and update yourself with Friends of the Cerberus' position regarding these latest developments.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Polish stern trawler TR-30 Cold War design


Dimensions 28,50 (waterline)-30,35 (over all) x 7,90 (moulded) x 4,10 (moulded depth) x 3,10 (moulded) metres, hold capacity 175 cubic metres, fuel bunker capacity 45 cubic metres/38 tons, fresh water bunker capacity 15 tons. Crew accommodation for 14 persons. Horsepower 850hp. Cruising range 15 days and speed 3 (bottom trawling with tower power of around 5,7 tons)-4 (pelagic trawling with towing power 5,2 tons)-11 knots. Designed for the bottom or pelagic fishing methods to a maximum depth of around 275 metres. 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

German general cargo ship Paula Anna 2012-


Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 2 April 2018

Cyprus-flagged, homeport Limassol, IMO 9507142, MMSI 212211000 and call sign 5BRM4. Earlier Antigua&Barnuda-flagged, homeport Saint John’s and MMSI 305863000. Owned and managed by Eicke Schiffahrt, Heide-Holst, Germany. Built by Bodewes Shipyard, Hoogezand, Netherlands in 2012. 

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Danish oil/chemical tanker Hafnia Soya 2015-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Singapore-flagged, IMO 9729271, MMSI 566583000 and call sign 9V3282. Built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea as the Hyundai Mipo 2573 in 2015. Owned and managed by Hafnia Tankers, Hellerup, Denmark. 

Friday, 27 April 2018

German oil/chemical tanker Georg Essberger 2004-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Madeira/Portugal-flagged, IMO 9191175, MMSI 255735000 and call sign CQSW.
Built by Baltic Shipyard, St. Petersburg, Russia in 2004. Owned and managed by Essberger, Hamburg, Germany. 

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Italian tug (ex-Wolf 2006-2007, BB Ocean 2007-2015) Multratug 14 2015-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, homeport Terneuzen, Netherlands, IMO 9360594, MMSI 244850959 and call sign PBIJ. Gross tonnage 407 tons, net tonnage 149 tons and dimensions 31,59 (between perpendiculars)-34,50 (over all) x 11,60 (over all) x 6,50 (maximum) metres. Speed 13,9 knots. Bollard pull 75 tons. As the BB Ocean, Denmark International Register-flagged, homeport Copenhagen, MMSI 220535000 and owned and managed by Bukser&Bjerging, Oslo, Norway. Built by Astilleros Armon, Navia, Spain in 2006. Ex-Wolf of Ocean S.r.l, Trieste, Italy renamed June 2007 BB Ocean of Bjergning Danmark A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark chartered from Oceam S.r.l. and renamed Multatug 14 on 9 June 2015 chartered by Multarship B.V., Terneuzen from Ocean s.r.l. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Saudi Arabian ro-ro cargo ship Bahri Jazan 2013-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Saudi Arabia-flagged, homeport Dammam, IMO 9620970, MMSI 403533001 and call sign HZFI. Owned by NSCSA. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and managed by Mideast Shipmanagement, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea in 2013. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Dutch LPG tanker Sundowner 2016-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, homeport Rotterdam, Netherlands, IMO 9715713, MMSI 244830182 and call sign PCTK. Built by Shipyard Constructions Hoogezand, Hoogezand, Netherlands in 2016. Owned and managed by Chemgas Shipping, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Dutch oil/chemical tanker (ex-Brovig Levanto 2011) Stolt Redshank 2011-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

United Kingdom-flagged, IMO 9566746, MMSI 235089046 and call sign 2EXV5. Ex-Brovig Levanto renamed September 2011. Owned and managed by Stolt Tankers, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Built by Chongqing Chuandong Shipbuilding Industry, Fuling, China in 2011. 

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Chinese container ship OOCL Asia 2006-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Hong Kong/China-flagged, homeport Hong Koing, IMO 9300790, MMSI 477105600 and call sign VRBQ6. Owned and managed by OOCL, Hong Kong, China. Built by Samsung Shipbuilding&Heavy Industries, Geoje, South Korea in 2006. 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

German general cargo ship (ex-Alcmene 2009, Aphrodite 2009-2010, Botany Sea 2010-2011, Aphodrite 2011) Salta 2011-

Schelde of Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Liberia-flagged, homeport Monrovia, Liberia, IMO 9419242, MMSI 636092067 and call sign A8WC6. Ex-Alcemene renamed December 2009, Aphodrite renamed September 2010, Botany Sea renamed January 2011 and Aphrodite renamed December 2011. Owned and managed by NSC Holding, Hamburg, Germany. Built by Wuzhiu Ship Repairing&Building, Zhoushan, China in 2008. 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Greek bulk carrier (ex-Eternal Spirit 1996-2003) Chrysoula S 2003-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Liberia-flagged, homeport Monrovia, IMO 9141998, MMSI 636017167 and call sign D5JP6. Ex-Eternal Spirit renamed April 2003. Owned and managed by Order Shipping, Athens, Greece. Built by Imabari Shipbuilding Marugame Yard, Marugame, Japan in 1996. 

Chinese car carrier MSC Christiana 2011-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 10 April 2018

Panama-flagged, IMO 9453298, MMSI 371715000 and call sign 3FJT7. Owned and managed by MSC Shipmanagement Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Built by STX Dalian Shipbuilding, Dalian, China in 2011. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Dutch pipe burying vessel Flintstone 2011-



Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, homeport Vlissingen, Netherlands, IMO 9528433, MMSI 245861000 and call sign PBZD. Built at the Sembawang Shipyard, Singapore in 2011. Owned and managed by Tideway, Breda, Netherlands.

Uruguayan cruiser Dogali wrecked according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1913 No. 1

An item reported that the Uruguayan cruiser Dogali bought in the past from the Italian navy and renamed Montevideo was wrecked underway towards Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the coast of Rio Grande. Her crew was rescued the ship however considered to be lost. Displacement 2.088 tons and with an armament of 2-15cm guns, 9-5,7cm guns, 2-3,7cm guns and 2 torpedo tubes. Speed 19 knots.(1)

Note
1. Laid down by Armstrong, Elswick, England on 13 February 1885 for the Greek navy and to be named Salamis, launched on 23 December 1885, sold before completion to Italy, commissioned as the Dogali on 28 April 1887, sold to Uruguay in January 1908, renamed 25 de Agosto, commissioned in 28 April 1887, renamed Montevideo in1910, decommissioned in 1914 and sold to be broken up in 1932. 

Dry dock for Puerto Cabello, Venezuela to be built in the USA according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1912

An item reported that the building of a steel made dry dock for Puerto Cabello, Venezuela was to be built in the USA. In the spring was the dock with as building costs 250.000 dollars ordered. Length 86 metres and able to lift ships with a maximum displacement of 3.000 tons. 

Russian protected cruiser Askold built larger for coal more bunker capacity according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1905 no. 5

Askold

An item reported that the original projected displacement of the Russian cruiser Askold was increased from 6.500 to 7.962 tons.(1)  The increase was used not for fitting her out with an armour belt but for enlarging the coal bunker capacity. The decision for this choice was made while she was to be used in the Far East and needed a sufficient range just like new to be built warships. For example was the coal bunker capacity of the Peresvjet as newest ship and comparable qua size with the British HMS Renown considerable larger as earlier ships.

Note
1. Protected cruiser. Laid down by Germaniawerft, Kiel, Germany on 8 June 1899, launched on 2 March 1900, commissioned on 25 January 1902 and broken up in 1922. 

Greece wanted to sell several warships according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1905 no. 1

An item reported that Greece wanted to sell the steam transport Mykale, the steamboats Pyreus and Patras and the sail goelette Aura on an auction for a total minimum price of 133.000 drachmes. 

German container ship Cape Manilla 2011-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 15 April 2018

Marshall Islands-flagged, IMO 9571313, MMSI 538004412 and call sign V7WW8. Owned and managed by Columbia Shipmanagement Deutschland, Hamburg, Germany. Built by Wenchong Shipyard, Guagzhou, China in 2011. 

Dutch concern Verolmes Verenigde Scheepswerven studying building nuclear propeller tanker according to the Dutch newspaper Het vrije volk dated 7 September 1957

An item reported that the Dutch concern Verolmes Verenigde Scheepswerven started with studying the construction of a nuclear propelled tanker. Experts of the firm Scheepsinstallatiebedrijf Nederland, IJsselmonde, Netherlands would execute this study. Shipyard director C. Verolme stated that they would not directly start with building such a ship but to be prepared if there was an building order acquired. 

Norwegian shipping companies and banks interested in building nuclear propelled tanker according to the Dutch newspaper De Tijd dated 1 February 1957

An item reported that Norwegian banks and shipping companies contacted the Dutch-Norwegian Centre for Nuclear Research at Kjeller, Norway with the intention of founding a Norwegian company for using nuclear energy for industrial purposes. This company named Noratom already planned the building of a 100.000 tons nuclear propelled tanker.

Norwegians and Dutch interested in building nuclear propelled tanker according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf dated 5 July 1956

An item referred to the Norwegian plans for building a nuclear propelled 32.000 tons tanker with a speed of 18 knots to be built by the Rosenberg’s Shipyard, Stavanger, Norway. The Dutch engineer ir. E. Jansen of the study group of the Dutch-Norwegian Centre for Nuclear Research at Kjeller, Norway confirmed this.

Norwegian shipping companies interested in building nuclear propelled tanker according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwsblad van het Noorden dated 1 February 1967

An item reported that six if the major Norwegian shipping companies considered founding a consortium for financing a giant nuclear propelled tanker which could be launched in 1963.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

British mine countermeasure vessel HMS Cattistock (M31) 1979-


Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 2 April 2018

United Kingdom-flagged, homeport HMNB Portsmouth and MMSI 276742000.
Part of the Hunt-class minehunters. Building ordered on 29 January 1979, laid down by Vosper Thornycroft, United Kingdom on 29 June 1979, launched on 22 January 1991 and commissioned on 5 March 1982. Displacement 750 tons and as dimensions 60 x 9,8 x 2,2 metres or 196.10 x 32.2 x 7.3 feet. Machinery consisted of 2 shaft Napier Deltic diesels supplying 3.540shp allowing a speed of 15-17 knots. Crew numbers 45 persons (including 6 officers). Armament consists of 1-3m DS30M Mks gun, 2 mini guns and 3 general purpose machineguns. 

Belgian motor trawler Hans Memling (O295) built in the Netehrlands according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 23 October 1931

An item reported that the steel motor trawler Hans Memling (O295) was launched at the shipyards ‘s Lands Welvaren, I.S. Figee, Vlaardingen, Netherlands for account of the N.V. Motorvisscherij, Ostende, Belgium. 

French steel motor tug Turquise delivered to owner according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 9 October 1931

An item reported that after a successful trial the French steel motor tug Turquise was delivered to her owner. Built by Scheepsbouwwerf De Hoop, Hardinxveld, Netherlands. Fitted out with a 150.180hp Dentz diesel engine. Dimensions 16,30 x 4 x 2 metres. 

Dutch steam tug Haifa delivered to owner according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 25 September 1931

An item reported that the Dutch steam tug Haifa after a successful trials was delivered to J. Verheul, Rotterdam, Netherlands and departed towards the harbour work at Haifa, Palestina. Built by the shipyard of Gebr. De Korte, Moerdijk, Netherlands. Gross register tonnage 54,64 tons and as dimensions 19,82 x 4,80 x 2,30 metres. Fitted out with 1-200ihp triple expansion steam engine and 1 boiler with a heating surface of 71 square metres and pressure of 15 atmosphere built by the N.V. Vlaardingsche Machinefabriek I.A. Kreber, Vlaardingen, Netherlands. 

French transport Vinh Long grounded off Singapore according to the Dutch newspaper Soerabaijasch handelsblad dated 27 March 1901


An item reported that the French transport Vinh Long (1) which grounded on a coral reef before the harbour of Singapore was lucky enough apparently her hull not damaged. She had on board 450 men French troops destined towards Takoe [Taku, China].(2)

Notes
1. Iron built screw steamship of 5.350 gross register tons built at Chaigneau et Bichon, Bordeaux, France in 1881 as troop transport for shipping military to the French military. Served in the First World War as hospital ship and since 1918 again as troop transport. When a fire broke out finally blown up when the magazines exploded on 16 November 1922 in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey. Dimensions 105 x 15,4 x 6,7 metres.
2. She visited according to the Dutch Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1900-1901 Sabang, Dutch East Indies between 17-18 July 1900. 

Chilean training ship General Baquedano visited Tandjong-Priok, Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper De Preanger-bode dated 29 November 1900


The Engineer dated 8 September 1899

An item reported that at Tandjong-Priok, Dutch East Indies the Chilean school ship General Baquedano was expected to arrive about just a few days. She arrived at Singapore on 19th November coming from Hong Kong. The British newspaper Straits Times warned in the meantime the authorities at Singapore to keep the control while the Chilean crew of 316 men seemed to be quiet unhinged in the Chinese harbour. Measurement 2.500 tons and an armament of 10 guns. Another Dutch newspaper Bataviaasch nieuwsblad dated 28th November reported her arrival coming from Singapore with as commanding officer Wilson.

Notes
1. Launched by Armstrong Whitworth, England in 5 July 1898, commissioned on 22 August 1899, refitted at Talcahuano 1922-1926, training ship until 1935, decommissioned on 15 December 1959. Also known as La Chancha or La Baquedano. Displacement 2.500 tons and as dimensions 277 x 45.9 (extreme) x 25.2 (depth) x 18 (mean draught) feet. Barque-rigged with a sail area of around17.500 square feet. Speed 13,75 knots. Horsepower 1.500hp supplied by vertical triple expansion engines of Messrs. Hawthorn, Leslie and Co. and 4 Belleville water tube boilers. Armament consisted of 2-7,6cm guns, 2-5,7cm guns and 2 machineguns; in 1898 mentioned 4-4.7” guns, 2-12-ld guns, 2-6pd guns, 2 Maximum machineguns and 1-18” torpedo tube.
2. She visited according to the Dutch Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1900-1901 Tandjong-Priok, Dutch East Indies between 27 November-1 December 1900. 

British tug Afon Goch 1997-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 15 April 2018

Outer harbour of Vlissingen, Netherlands 15 April 2018


Inner harbour of Vlissingen, Netherlands 16 April 2018

United Kingdom-flagged, IMO 9150781, MMSI 232002785 and call sign MWIP7. Built by Hepworth Shipyard, Kingston upon Hall, United Kingdom in 1997. Gross register tonnage 129,3 tons, deadweight 123 tons and as dimensions 23,8 (over all) x 7,5 x 3,25 (depth) x 2 (draught) metres. Machinery consisted of 2 Caterpillar 3412 D.I.T.A. engines with a total horsepower of 1.450bhp at 1.800 rpm. Bollard pull 19 tons, Speed 11,1 (free running) knots. Owned and managed by Holyhead Towing Company Limited. 

Danish interested in building nuclear propelled tankers according to the Dutch newspaper Het vrije volk dated 2 July 1960

An item reported that the Danish organisation Danatom published a report describing 3 large tankers including one nuclear propelled. Starting point was to design a tanker for the oil transport between the Persian Gulf and England with a deadweight of 65.000 tons a horsepower of 27.500hp. The results were a tanker with a displacement of 88.000 tons and as dimensions 240 x 35 metres in the versions oil fuelled boilers and steam engine, diesel engine and nuclear. The building costs and service costs of a nuclear propelled ship were 20-30% higher as for a standard ship. The cargo capacity of a nuclear ship with 62.000 tons was more than the 59.000 of her standard opponent. The weights of the needed machinery showed huge differences varying form 155 ton for a turbine ship increasing to 1.850 ton for a motor ship and 3.355 tons for a nuclear ship. The kern reactor was to be of the pressurized water type with 6 heat exchangers and the engine room to be remote controlled from a central position with the kern reactor in the aft ship. Accommodation for the crew was amidships. If the nuclear design was realized was unknown. 

Italian Fiat concern and Ansaldo Shipyards interested in building nuclear propelled tanker according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuw Guinea koerier dated 25 April 1961

An item reported that the Fiat-concern and the Government owned Ansaldo shipyards at Genoa, Italy signed a contract with the Italian commission for nuclear energy for developing a nuclear propelled tanker within 2 years. Fiat was to produce the kern reactor and the shipyards to design and built the ship. The European organisation Euratom (European Atomic Energy Community) was asked for financial support.

Italian Fiat concern and Ansaldo Shipyards interested in building nuclear propelled tanker according to the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad dated 18 June 1958

An item referred to a statement of the director of the Italian Fiat-concern that Fiat was negotiating with the Italian Ansaldo shipyard the building of a 70.000 nuclear propelled tanker. The ship was to be fitted out with 1-32.000hp American Westinghouse reactor. A final date was not supplied but the hope was that Italy would be the first country realizing a nuclear propelled tanker.

British interested in building nuclear propelled tanker according to the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant dated 11 March 1967

An item dated London, England 10th reported that the first to be built British nuclear propelled merchant ship would be a 80.000 tons tanker. With estimated building costs of 110 million Dutch guilders was it to be commissioned between 1961-1964. Two types of reactors based on the nuclear fission principle of the Calder Hall nuclear station were to be tested on land. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

British patrol vessel HMS Ranger (P293) 1987-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 2 April 2018

An Archer-class patrol and (cadet) training vessel, based in HMNB Portsmouth. Affiliated to Sussex and Brighton Universities’ Royal Naval Unit. MMSI 232696000 and call sign GAAY. Built at the shipyard of Watercraft Limited [Vosper Thornycroft], Shoreham-by-Sea in 1987 and commissioned in 1988. Displacement 54 tonnes and as dimensions 20,8 x 5,8 x 1,8 metres. Speed 14 knots. A crew numbering 12 (operational)-18 (training) persons. Her armament consists of 1-2cm Oerlikon gun if necessary and furthermore 3 machineguns.

Dutch bark Oostenburg arrived in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 29 August 1889

An item dated 29th reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the Dutch bark Oostenburg coming from Shield, England towards Batavia, Dutch East Indies.(1)

Note
1. Call sign PNKM, homeport Amsterdam, Netherlands and net capacity 2.853,77 cubic metres/1.007,37 tons of 2,83 cubic metres. 

Dutch bark Noach VI arrived in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 29 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 28th reported the arrival of the Dutch bark Noach VI master Kruijt coming from Rotterdam, Netherlands, shipping agents J. Daendels&Co.(1)

Note
1. Call sign PMWR, homeport Rotterdam, Netherlands and net capacity 3.780,17 cubic metres /1.334,39 tons of 2,83 cubic metres. 

Dutch East Indies schooner Wadeatoel Barie cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 29 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 28th reported the arrival of the Dutch East Indies schooner Wadeatoel Barie master Sech Salim Drahim coming from Surabaya, Dutch East Indies. 

Dutch screw steamship Noord-Braband arrived in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 29 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 29th reported the arrival of the Dutch screw steamship Noord-Braband master Mets coming from Rotterdam, Netherlands and Padang, Dutch East Indies, shipping agents Rotterdamsche Lloyd.

Note
1. Net capacity 5.055,56 cubic metres/1.784,61 tons of 2,83 cubic metres, homeport Rotterdam, Netherlands and call sign PNBF. 

Dutch East Indies schooner Noer cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 29 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 29th reported the departure of the Dutch East Indies schooner Noer master Said Sech Barfid towards Samarang, Dutch East Indies.(1)

Note
1. Similar to the schooner Noor, homeport Palembang, call sign TGSH and net capacity 257,77 cubic metres/91,08 tons of 2,83 cubic metres. 

Dutch offshore construction jack up Innovation 2012-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 15 April 2018

Germany-flagged, homeport Bremen, IMO 9603453, MMSI 218781000 and call sign DHUR2. Built by Crist, Gdansk, Poland in 2012. Owned by HGO Innovation Shipping, Schiedam, Netherlands and managed by HGO Infrasea Solutions, Bremen, Germany. Dimensions 147,50 (boomrest) x 42,00 (beam) x 11,00 (depth) x 7,33 (draft with thrusters) metres. Accommodation for 100 persons. Deadweight 11.166 tons and gross tonnage 22.313 tons.

Dutch steel motor tug Leo II handed over to owner according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 4 December 1931

An item reported that the Dutch steel motor tug Leo II was delivered after a successful trial by the Werf Voorwaarts, West-Graftdijk, Netherlands to L. van der Veen, Lemmer, Netherlands. Fitted out with a 135/150hp Bolnes diesel motor without compressor. 

Dutch tug Independent successful executing trials according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 25 September 1931

An item reported that the Dutch steel built tug Independent with success executed her trial. Built by the N.V. Scheepsbouw en Gashouderbouw v.h Jonker&Stans, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands for account of the N.V. Onafhankelijke Sleepdienst, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Gross register tonnage 84 tons and as dimensions 25 x 5,80 x 2,80 metres. Fitted out with a 430 ihp machinery and boiler manufactured by the N.V. Bolnes v/h J.H. van Capellen, Bolnes, Netherlands. 

Dutch steam trawler Jeane (IJM107) sold within the Netherlands according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 11 September 1931

An item reported that the Dutch iron built steam trawler Jeane (IJM107) of 157, 37 gross register tons and built by J.P. Rennoldson Sons, South-Shields, England in 1892 was sold by the N.V. Stoomvisscherij Maatschappij Klaverbank, Ijmuiden, Netherlands for ƒ 18.4000 towards Gebr. Hof, Ijmuiden.(1)

Note
1. The Dutch newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad dated 22 August 1931 reported that she was sold on the public auction at Ijmuiden a day earlier for ƒ 18.400 to J.J. Baart, Ijmuiden. 

Dutch steam trawler Amstelstroom (IJM91) sold within the Netherlands according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 11 September 1931

An item reported that the Dutch steel steam trawler Amstelstroom (IJM91) of 166,65 gross register tons and built by Howthorn&Co., Leith, Scotland in 1905 was sold by the Visscherij Maatschappij Frisia, Ijmuiden, Netherlands for ƒ 15.000 towards the firm Parlevliet, Katwijk aan Zee, Netherlands.(1)

Note
1. The Dutch newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad dated 22 August 1931 reported that she was sold on the public auction at Ijmuiden a day earlier for ƒ 1580400 to J.J. Steinmetz and others,Amsterdam, Netherlands and she was earlier property of the N,V, Visscherij Maatschappij Amsltelstroom, Ijmuiden and built at Glasgow, Scotland in 1903. 

Danish navy officer appointed as minister of the Royal Siamese navy according to the Dutch newspaper Het nieuws van den dag dated 14 December 1901

An item reported that the king of Siam appointed the Danish navy officer and member of the famous French the Duke De Richelieu as minister of navy and supreme commander of the navy of Siam. Usually was a brother of the king appointed on this post and it was considered to be prove that the king was against anti-foreign feelings.(1)

Note
1. Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu (24 February 1852 Loejt Kirkeby,Denmark-25 March 1932, Hørsholm, Denmark), in service as minister between 16 January 1900 and 29 January 1901 although already in 1875 appointed as officer in this navy. The relations with the family of the French cardinal seemed to be doubtful. 

38cm/15” Whitehead training torpedo M 1876

Military Museum Sofia, Bulgaria

For training purposed and used in the Bulgarian navy since 1900. The Bulgarian cruiser Nadezhda (1) was between 1900-1912 fitted out with 5 of such torpedoes. Manufactured by the Whitehead plant at Fiume, Austro-Hungaria [nowadays Rijeka, Croatia]. Total weight 350 kilo, fillers weight 25 kg, length 5,73 metres, speed 18-20 knots, deviation to 60 centimetres and range 500 (effective)-1,2 kilometres.

Note
1. In fact a torpedo gunboat or torpedo cruiser, ordered in 1897, launched by Chantiers et Ateliers de la Gironde, Bordeaux, France on 10 September 1898, commissioned in October 1898, ran aground in 1912 but salvaged and repaired, disarmed in the First Balkan War due to the her worst condition, rearmed but again disarmed in 1915, brought to Sevastopol, Russia [nowadays Russia/Ukraine] for repairs on 16 September 1918, most of her crew sent back to Bulgaria, abandoned at Sevastopol in December 1918, used by the Russian White Caspian Sea forces until 1920, in Bolshevik hands since 1921 and finally broken up in the end of the 1920s. Displacement 715 tons and as dimensions 67 x 8,3 x 3,1 metres or 220 x 27 x 10 feet. Machinery consisted of 2 triple expansion steam engine and 4 boilers delivering 2.600-3.100 hp allowing a speed of 18 knots. Her crew numbered 97 men. Armament consisted of 2-10cm/3.9” naval guns, 2-6,5cm/2.55” naval guns, 2-4,7cm/1.85” naval guns and 2-3,81cm/15” torpedo tubes. 

Royal Netherlands Navy could have had Thornycroft built Weapon-class destroyers in 1945-1946

In his letter dated 18 October 1945 informed the Dutch naval liaison officer at London, United Kingdom the Dutch minister of Navy that he was visited by major R.R. Seward who was an official representative of the British firm John I. Thornycroft&Co. Ltd. Seward informed him that the firm had 6 Weapon-class destroyers under construction for the British Royal Navy of which two were cancelled by the British Royal Navy.(1) The British |Admiralty however suggested the firm to approach the Royal Netherlands Navy if this navy interested in acquiring such destroyers. If so was the firm willing to act as intermediary with the British Admiralty for transferred those destroyers whose construction had progressed the farthest. The right procedure was that the firm contacted the Admiralty and not the Royal Netherlands Navy. The firm also did not contact other countries but would wait for a response within 3-4 weeks.

The Weapon-class destroyers had a displacement of around 1.950/2.000 (standard)-2.800 (full load) tons and as dimensions 350.0 (waterline)-365.0 (over all) x 38 x 20.9 (depth) feet. Oil fuel bunker capacity 690 tons. Horsepower 40.000 shp. The armament consisted of 3x2-4” Mk XVI guns, 2-4cm Bofors, 2x2-Oerlikons, 2x4-21” torpedo tubes, 2 depth charge throwers and 2 depth charge rails.

At that moment were 6 destroyers under construction of which 2 in a less advanced state in the meantime were cancelled by the British Admiralty. Of the remaining four were the dates

No. 1 to be launched in December 1945 and completed in June 1946.
No. 2 to be launched in May 1946 and completed in December 1946
No. 3 to be launched in September 1946 and completed in April 1947
No. 4 to be launched in February 1947 and completed in October 1947

The Dutch Minister however rejected the proposals and that if the Royal Netherlands Navy wanted to buy destroyers she only would deliberate with the British Admiralty and not otherwise. In the next months however tried the Netherlands to acquire 4 Battle-class (2) destroyers but refused for unknown reasons the offer for such destroyers and was again interested in Weapon-class destroyers for which these reasons did not apply. On 28 June 1946 asked the Minister the Dutch naval commander at London to inform if the Weapon-class destroyers were still available. On 23rd July informed the Military Branch the Dutch naval liaison officer captain lieutenant Krediet that there were none Weapon-class viable and that the cancelled ships were broken up. The Military Branch however had no doubts that Thornycroft would be interested in building two new ones. This was the only possibility to obtain Weapon-class destroyers.

Notes
1. Preceded by the C-class and preceded by the Battle-class of which 20 were planned, 16 cancelled and just 4 completed. Thornycroft built the Crossbow, Culverin, Howitzer and Longbow instead of six as mentioned in the correspondence. The Crossbow was laid down on 26 August 1944, launched on 20 December 1945, commissioned on 4 March 1948 and broken up in 1972. The Culvern was laid down on 27 April 1944, launched in March 1946 but broken up the same year. The Howitzer laid down on 26 February 1945 and the Longbow on 11 April 1945 were never launched and commissioned but cancelled on 15 October 1945 and broken up still on slip.
2. Preceded by the Weapon-class and succeeded by the Daring-class of which 26 were completed, originally ordered under the 1942 naval estimates and another two slightly enlarged groups under the 1943 and 1944 estimates of which the most were cancelled while the Second World War came to an end. Destroyers of this kind served in the British Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Imperial Iranian Navy and the Pakistan Navy.

Source
National Archive at The Hague, Netherlands. Ministerie van Marine. Commandant Marine London 1945-1947 inventory number 10. 

Royal Netherlands Navy purchasing LCM’s and LCT’s from the British Royal Navy at Singapore in 1946

On 25 February 1946 wrote the Dutch naval liaison officer captain K.J.F. Krediet the British Admiralty Secretary sir Henry V. Markham informing that the Royal Netherlands Navy in the Dutch East Indies took over from the British Royal Navy at Singapore six LCT’s and on short there also 12 LCM’s were to be taken over. He asked on behalf of the Royal Netherlands Navy what the costs were to be paid for these vessels.(1)

Note
1. LCT=Landing Craft Tank and LCM=Landing Craft Mechanized.

Source
National Archive at The Hague, Netherlands. Ministerie van Marine. Commandant Marine London 1945-1947 inventory number 5. 

Royal Netherlands Navy wanted to buy Australian Bendigo-class minesweepers in 1945-1946

 Ternate (ex-Kalgoorlie). Source

On 1 December 1945 asked the Dutch naval liaison officer K.J.F. Krediet the British Admiralty Secretary sir Henry V. Markham that the Royal Netherlands Navy really would appreciate the transfer of 4 Bendigo-class motor minesweepers of the Royal Australian Navy. If a loan was not possible was a payment by the Netherlands acceptable.

In as second letter dated 16 March 1946 Krediet spoke about eight instead of four  if minesweepers as present in the Australian waters to the Royal Netherlands Navy. Krediet also wanted to know against which prise the vessels were sold. The Dutch naval representative in Australia informed Krediet that the present condition of the vessels was now 60%.(1)

Note
1. The Bathurst-class corvettes originally classified as minesweepers but usually called corvettes used for anti-submarine, anti-mine and convoy escort tasks. Full war load displacement of 1.025 tons and as dimensions 57x 9,4 x 2,6 metres or186 x 31 x 8.5 feet. Speed 15 knots and a crew numbering 85 men. Armament varied. The Royal Netherlands Navy bought indeed 8 of such vessels commissioned in 1946 as Ambon (ex-Cairns), Banda (ex-Woolongong), Batjan (ex-Lismore), Boereo (ex-Toowomba), Ceram (ex-Burnhie), Morotai (ex-Ipswich), Tidore (ex-Tamworth) and Ternate (ex-Kalgoorlie). Some of the vessels were later handed over to the Indonesian navy.

Source
National Archive at The Hague, Netherlands. Ministerie van Marine. Commandant Marine London 1945-1947 inventory number 3.

Royal Netherlands Navy asked British Royal Navy for loaning former German minesweepers in 1945

In his letter dated 14 November 1945 asked the Dutch naval liaison officer captain Krediet the British Admiralty if it was possible to loan six former German R-boats to be used for minesweeping tasks in the European waters and especially not in the Far East. They were to be manned by Dutch sailors. He suggested to use one of the German flotillas already active out of Dutch ports of which the boats were fitted out with ordinary screws. If this load was approved the Royal Netherlands Navy intended to return to the Admiralty the motor launches (ML.s) 138, 143, 161-162, 164 and 260 which she al that moment loaned. Further more referred Krediet to a letter dated 20th October 1945 in which for a period of 3 months the loan of 4 Cropesa fitted motor launches (ML.s) was approved.

In a response dated 29th December 1945 wrote the secretary of the admiralty to captain K.J.F. Krediet of D.N.L.O. that he hoped that on short notice a flotilla would be available and that at the moment was considered what would be the most suitable to meet the Dutch requirements.

Source
National Archive at The Hague, Netherlands. Ministerie van Marine. Commandant Marine London 1945-1947 inventory number 2

Monday, 16 April 2018

British patrol annex training vessel HMS Trumpeter (P294) 1988-

Schelde off Vlssingen, Netherlands 2 April 2018

Of the Archer-class. In the past used by the Bristol University Royal Naval Unit, nowadays used by the Cambridge University Royal Naval Unit. Built at Vosper Thornycroft. Commissioned in 1988. Displacement 49-54 tonnes and as dimensions 20,8 x 5,8 x 1,8 metres. Or 68’3”x 19’x 5’11”Speed maximum 13 knots. Range 550 nautical miles. Homeport HMNB Clyde. Her crew numbers 18 men. Armament consisted of 3-7,62mm machineguns and a possibility for placing 1-2cm gun.

River gunboats sighted at Braila, Romania, according to a CIA report dated 29 April 1952

An item reported that on 3 January 1952 two yet not completed river gunboats being town upstream were sighted at Braila, Romania. Aft were platforms visible probably for mounting anti aircraft guns. The freeboard was very little.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP82-00457R011700040004-8

The fleet of the Albanian navy according to a CIA report dated 5 May 1952

An item reported that the Albanian navy possessed 8 motorboats of the same size as the Italian MAS boats although with a particularly high bow and a prominent bridge of the captain. The machinery consisted of diesel engines and the armament of 1-2cm gun. Fitted out with radio equipment. In January 1951 (?)were all boats stationed at Durres except the one for Saseno.

Furthermore there were 3 larger wood-hulled motorboats arriving in August 1950 coming from Poland. The armament consisted of 2x104m guns (1 fore, 1aft) in such a manner mounted that an easy removal was possible. All there boats laid up in reserve,

Last but not least were an unarmed motor boat heavier than the MAS a look alike motor boats used as deputyship for the ‘MAS’-squadron and a 1-masted caique serving as a transport.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP82-00457R011800150005-4

Bulgarian naval and anti-amphibious mines 1912-1918

Military Museum Sofia, Bulgaria

The Bulgarian navy used these floating pointers in the Balkan Wars between 1912 and 1913 and in the First World War 1915-1918. 

Chinese 5 Fleet strengthened with motor boats and landing craft according to a CIA report dated 5 June 1952

An item reported that by the Dairen Shipyard 12 gunboats of 100-200 tons and at least 10 landing craft in April 1952 sailed from Dairen, China to Tsingtao, China. The latest graduates of the Tsingtao Joint Naval School brought the vessels to Shanghai, China arriving on 10 May 1952 and added by the East China Naval Command to the 5 Fleet and stationed at sea near Chenhai, China (geographical position 121-42 &29-58).

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP82-00457R012300350010-0

The Kanonerskiy Shipyard at Leningrad, Soviet Union according to a CIA report dated 4 April 1958

An item reported that at the Kanonerskiy Shipyard at Leningrad [nowadays St. Petersburg, Russia [five old merchant ships] undergoing repairs of which 2 with an estimated deadweight of around 5.000 tons were being modernized. A large merchant ship was docked in the floating dock moored at the west side of this shipyard.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80T00246A041200530001-5

Several Soviet cruisers active in the Far East according to a CIA report dated 4 March 1957

Sverdlov-class

An item reported that in the Far East at that moment 8 Soviet cruisers were active, four of the Chapaev-class (1), the remaining four of the Sverdlov-class.(2) In the summer of 1955 were escorted one Chapaev-class cruiser and 2 Sverdlov-class cruisers convoys to the Far East. Both class had the same boilers produced by the Obuchow and Putilov works despite the Sverdlov-class being larger and faster as was taught on the engineers school.

Notes
1. Chapayev-class or project 68, preceded by the Kirov-class and succeeded by the Sverdlov-class, 5 built of the 7 planned. Displacement 11.310 (standard)-14.300 (full load) tons and a dimensions 201 x 19,7 x 6,4 metres or 659 x 65 x 21 feet. The 2 steam turbines and 6 boilers supplied 124.000 shp allowing a speed of 33,5 knots and with a speed of 19 knots a range of 7.000 nautical miles. Crew numbered 840 men. Armoured with a 10cm/3.9” belt, 5cm/2”deck and gun turrets and conning tower protected by respectively 7,5cm/3” and 15cm/5.9”. Main armament 4x3015,2cm/6” 57 cal B-38 guns.
2. Sverdlov-class or project 68bis, preceded by the Chapayev-class and succeeded by the Kynda-class, 14 built of the 30 planned 30. Displacement 13.600 (standard)-16.640 (full load) tons and as dimensions 205 (waterline)-201 (over all) x 22 x 6,9 metres or 672.7-689.0 x 72.2 x 22,8 feet. The 2 steam turbines and 6 boilers supplied 118.100 shp allowing a speed of 32,5 knots and with a speed of 18 knots a range of 9.000 nautical miles. Their crew numbered 1.250 men. Armoured with a 10cm/3.9” thick belt. 5cm/2” deck and the gun turrets and conning tower protected by respectively 17,5cm/6.9” and 15cm/5.9”. Main armament 4x3015,2cm/6” 57 cal B-38 guns. The Mikhail Kutuzov survived her class nowadays lying at Novorossiysk.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80T00246A032800400001-3

Bulgarian floating sea mine B-38 M 1938

Military Museum Sofia, Bulgaria

Designed and constructed by professor M. Ostrev in 1938 to acgt against ships with medium-large displacement. Warhead consisted of 150 kilo trotyl (TNT) and maxium sea depth in the laying area was 180 metres. 

Naval shipbuilding at the Baltic Shipyard at Leningrad, Soviet Union according to a CIA report dated 4 April 1958

An item reported that the Baltic Shipyard [nowadays St. Petersburg, Russia] the slipway for building battleships apparently was not used while it was empty. On the cruiser slipway was a large hull under construction. On the stern was a large deckhouse being built and furthermore was worked at the midsection of the superstructure. Alongside the fitting-out quay east of the battleship slipway were 4-5 newly built motor launches moored.  Alongside the submarine fitting-out quay were 3 submarines moored of which 2 side by side. One of this two submarines had a step fore and aft on the conning tower. The conning tower herself had in the fore part oval windows or ports and something what resembled like a dome of Plexiglas. The second one lying inside of her was considerable larger and also had a step fore and aft on the conning tower.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80T00246A041200530001-5

The Krylov Shipyard at Leningrad, Soviet Union according to a CIA report dated 4 April 1958

Van Stoom tot Atoom, 1961
Text G.A.J. Bovens-drawings G.J. Frans Naerebout

An item reported that at the western end of the Krylov Shipyard (former Marti Shipyard) at Leningrad [nowadays St. Petersburg, Russia] a floating dock with an estimated lifting capacity of 10.000 tons was moored. At the slipway behind was a nuclear icebreaker under construction.(1)

Note
1. The Lenin? Laid down at the Baltic Shipyard in 1957, launched on 5 December 1957, completed in 1959, commissioned on 3 December 1959, decommissioned in 1989 and became a museum ship at Murmansk. IMO 5206087. Displacement 16.000 tons and as dimensions 134 x 27,6 x 16,1 (depth) x 10,5 metres or 440 x 91 x 53 x 34 feet. Fitted out with 2 OK-150 nuclear reactors , since 1970 2 OK-900 and 4 steam turbine generators resulting in a speed of 18 knots. Crew numbered 243 men.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80T00246A041200530001-5

VEB Dieselmotorenwerk producing machinery for the Krake torpedo boats according to a CIA report dated 16 August 1955

An item reported that the machinery of the so-called Krake torpedo boats to be built by the VEB Peenewerft, Wolgast, East Germany consisted of 2-1.400hp diesels and 1-1.600hp diesels. The plant VEB Schwermaschinen Karl Liebknecht (the former Buckau-Wolf), Magdeburg, East Germany was not able to produce the necessary engines and the order was handed over to the VEB Dieselmotorenwerk, Rostock, East Germany.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A007700240009-5

Building of tugs at Galati, Romania according to a CIA report dated 21 September 1955

An item reported that at Galati, Romania in begin July were 2 seagoing tugs still on stocks and two more lying in the water. One was that moment fitting the other one already completed and steaming up; both were fitted out with direction finders.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A008000610003-6

Maintenance of warships at Oltenita, Romania according to a CIA report dated 21 September 1955

An item reported that at on the slips at Oltenita, Romania in mid-June 1955 a Romanian river gunboat was overhauled. In begin July was again a Romanian gunboat (in the past owned by Austria) hauled. On 9 July were 18 fishing boats and 4 Volga lighters on the Dabube seen.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A008000610003-6

Sunday, 15 April 2018

British patrol annex training vessel HMS Smiter (P272) 1985-

Schelde off Vlissingen. Netherlands 2 April 2018

Of the Archer-class. Laid down and launched in 1985 at Watercraft Marine Ltd, Shoreham, completed on 22 January 1986 and commissioned on 4 September. Until 11 October 1990 part of the Clyde Division of the Royal Naval Reserve, next handed over to the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) of Glasgow, Scotland and since September 2010 used by the Oxford University Royal Naval Unit as training vessel. Displacement 49-54 tonnes and as dimensions 20,8 x 5,8 x 1,8 metres. Or 68’3”x 19’x 5’11”Speed maximum 13 knots. Range 550 nautical miles. Homeport HMNB Clyde. Her crew numbers 18 men. Armament consisted of 3-7,62mm machineguns and a possibility for placing 1-2cm gun. 

The proposed strengthening of the Brazilian coastal defence according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1913 No. 1

An item reported that the Brazilian deputy Augusto Carlos de Souza e Silva (1) two proposals presented which would authorize the cabinet to strengthen the defence of the harbour of Rio de Janeiro and founding 2 auxiliary stations for the mobile defence. Each station included a torpedo boat and a submarine groups, a mine ship, the needed mines equipment, a radio station, a small workshop, a coal depot, barracks with hospital, a tug and some smaller craft. In the Bough of Rio de Janeiro was an anchorage to be created just for warships and where nearby an arsenal was to be founded and the already existing but scattered navy establishments were to be united.

Note
1. The vice admiral and author naval books?

Marshall Islands oil/chemical tanker (ex-Baltic Action 2005-2007, Mare Action 2007-2017) Bassilevousa 2017


Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 2 April 2018

Greece-flagged, IMO 9295335, MMSI 241522000 and call sign SVCQ7. Opearted by Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (TCM) S.A. and owned by Xenofon Shipping Company Ltd. Trust Company Complex, Marshall Islands. As the Mare Action Marshall Islands-flagged, homeport Majuro and MMSI 538090264 and owned and managed by Columbia Shipmanagement Deutschland, Hamburg, Germany. Sold by the German sipping trust Marenave Schiffaherts in 2017. Built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea in 2005. Ex-Baltic Action renamed January 2007, was between 2005-2007 Cyprus-flagged with as homeport Limassol and ,managed by Interorient Navigation Co. Ltd. And between 2007-2008 owned by Interorient Marine Services (Germany) GmbH&Cp. K.G. Owned between 2005-2007 by Baltic Action Shipping Co. Ltd. and since 2007 by MT Mare Action Tanksschiffahrts GmbH&Co. KG. 

Greek steamship Michael E. Tricoglu sold to the Netherlands to be broken up according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 28 August 1931

An item reported that the Greek steamship Michael E. Tricoglu of 2.044 gross register tons and built at West-Hartlepool, England at that moment lying at Schiedam, Netherlands was sold by the shipping company E. Tricoglu, Andros to the N.V. Frank Rijsdijk’s Industrieele Ondernemingen. Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands to be broken up. 

Dutch tug-trawler Elise (IJM68) sold within the Netherlands and converted in to the tug Delphine according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 14 August 1931

An item reported that the Dutch steel build tug-trawler Elise (IJM68) of 75,76 gross register tons and built by the shipyard of H.H.G. Meijer, Zaltbommel, Netherlands in 1900 was sold by the [bankrupt] N.V. Visscherij Maatschappij Tarbotbank, Ijmuiden, Netherlands was sold to A. van Bussel, Beek en Donk, Netherlands to be used as inland tug.(1)

Note
1. The Dutch newspaper Voorwaarts dated 2 July 1931 reported that she was laid up for quite a long time in the Vissershaven, Ijmuiden and a day earlier departed towards to a Dutch shipyard to be converted back into a tug. In the meantime she was renamed Delphine. 

Dutch motor tug Sebaja sold towards France according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 14 August 1931

An item reported that the Dutch motor tug Sebaja with a horsepower of 160hp and built in 1930 was sold towards France.(1)

Note
1. The Dutch newspaper Voorwaarts dated 2 July 1931 reported that she was sold via intermediation of Jac. Pierot Jr.&Zonen, Rotterdam, She departed a day earlier on board of the steamship Jonge Johanna of the Emzetcolijn towards France, Marseille. 

Maltese galley San Francesco 1650

Owned by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. Mentioned (date commissioned?) 15 February 1650 with as commanding officer Paolo Francesco Dumoseis Casany.

Source
Ubaldino Mori Ubaldini. La Marine del Sovrano Militare Ordino de San Giovannni di Gerusalemme di Radi e di Malta. Rome, 1971, p. 566-595.

Maltese galley San Nicola 1649

Owned by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. Mentioned (date commissioned?) 10 November 1649 with as commanding officer Baldassar de Demandols.

Source
Ubaldino Mori Ubaldini. La Marine del Sovrano Militare Ordino de San Giovannni di Gerusalemme di Radi e di Malta. Rome, 1971, p. 566-595.

Hungary asking seized merchant ships back from the Soviet Union according to a CIA report dated 27 September 1955

An item reported that the Soviet Union still not handed over five Austrian DDSG ships which were in fact Hungarian property before 1945. Lajos Racz representing the Hungarian Legation at Vienna, Austria spoke the Russian director of the DDSG Konov on 8 July 1955. Racz was referred to Mr. Petrasic of the Russian Economic Division at Vienna responsible for handling this issue. The involved ships were 2-700 tons cargo capacity barges, 1-1.000 tons cargo capacity barge. A small screw passenger ship and the tug Molak (ex-Beretyyo).

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A008000720010-6

The fleet of the Bulgarian navy according to a CIA report dated 20 June 1952

An item reported that the Bulgarian navy with as supreme commander admiral Ormanov possessed over the destroyer Georgi Dimitorv. 4 small torpedo boats, 40 small motor launches, 7 minelayers (four  comparatively recent construction) and 20 trawlers. In mid March arrived 3 submarines at Varna, Bulgaria of which two departed a few days later. The submarines were provided by the Soviet Union.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP82-00457R012500350008-1

Chinese chemical oil products tanker SG Gemini 2017-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 2 April 2018

Hong Kong-flagged, IMO 9752034, MMSI 477884700 and call sign VRQL7. Built by Jiangsu Hantong Ship H Co. in 2017. Operated by Sinochem Shipping Co., Hainan. 

Dutch pilot launch Anjer 1955-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 20 hp. Expected in 1955. Stationed at Sorong, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Dutch towing launch Nautilus 1952-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 40 hp. Commissioned on 1 June 1952. Stationed at Tanah Merah, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Naval activities in the Russian harbours of Leningrad and Kronshtadt according to a CIA report dated 15 November 1954

Gangut-class

An item reported that a Soviet cruiser and 8 destroyers left the harbour area of Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Soviet Union in 26 July 1954. A large modern streamlined submarine armed with 2 guns (forecastle 1, afterdeck 1) passed a day later the quay numbered 27. At the Zhdanov Wharf were 2-circa 5.000 tons deadweight merchant vessels under construction. Three or four small ships were docked in a large floating dry dock in the same area.

An item reported the passing of Kronshtadt, Russia by an anonymous ship on 29 July which noticed the presence of nine submarines berthed along the piers. Between 12.00-13.00 o’clock was the same day an anonymous ship passed by a Soviet battleship (1) flanked by two destroyers and astern a cruiser. Then all ships turned and the cruiser was next leading the force. When gunfire was heard by the source on board of the anonymous ship, he believed that it was gun training.

Note
1. In 1956 were still the Gangut-class battleships Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya (ex-Gangut (1911) and Sevastopol (1911) existing, both stricken on 17 February 1956, both used as training ships. The Russian navy also possessed the former Italian battleship Giulio Cesare now renamed Novorossiysk which was lost after a mine explosion at Sevastopol, Black Sea in the night of 28-29 October 1954.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A005300550003-3

Bulgarian navy 14,5mm ship anti aircraft launcher ZU-2M-5 M 1951



Military Museum Sofia, Bulgaria

Produced in the Soviet Union and since 1955 used by the Bulgarian navy for defence against low flying aircraft, helicopters and light armoured sea and coastal targets. Consisted of 2 anti aircraft 14,5mm machineguns KPVT M 1944 with a launchers weight of 325 kilo and machineguns weight of 52,5 kilo. Manned by 2 men. Fire rate 600 rounds/minute and with a range of 2 (air targets)-3,5 (land targets) kilometres

Shipbuilding at Turnu Severin, Romania according to a CIA report dated 21 September 1955

An item were at Turnu Severin, Romania in mid-June 1955 two dredgers were launched. Furthermore were between 18-20 fishing boats at the shipyard, still on stocks or already launched. On 9 July were 18 fishing boats and 4 Volga lighters seen.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A008000610003-6

Romanian naval river ships sighted off Cernavoda according to a CIA report dated 21 September 1955

An item reported that on 6 June 1955 on the Danube off Cernavoda 3 Romanian river monitors and a number of smaller vessels were sighted executing training exercises.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A008000610003-6

Soviet submarines sighted off Sulina, Romania according to a CIA report dated 21 September 1955

An item reported that on 10 June 1855 in the Sulina channel the hulls of two Soviet submarines with a length of 55-50 metres sighted. Guns, w/t and radar aerials were not visible.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80-00810A008000610003-6

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Canadian bulk carrier Federal Elbe 2003-


Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 2 April 2018

Marshall Islands-flagged, IMO 9230000, MMSI 538005612 and call sign V7FL5. Built by New Century Shipbuilding, Jingjiang, China in 2003. Owned by Fednav Group, Montreal, Canada and managed by Intership Navigation, Limassol, Cyprus. 

Designing and model testing for American battleships UUS Pennsylvania completed according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1913 No. 1

Nevada-class



Pennsylvania-class



An item reported that the designs for the new American battleship Pennsylvania were now completed and a towed model tested in the basin on the navy yard at Washington, USA. Just like the battleships Nevada and Oklohoma now under construction was she to be armed with 4x3-25,6cm guns in stead of the 10 of her predecessors.(1)

Note
1. Part of the Pennsylvania-class consisting of the Pennsylvania and Arizona, preceded by the Nevada-class and succeeded by the New Mexico-class. To be built under the 1913 fiscal year was a design asked with 4x3-14” guns, 22-12,7cm/5” guns and a speed of 21 knots and a armour comparable with that of the Nevada-class. At least 10 preliminary designs were proposed of which the 7th was chosen and further worked out. Building ordered on 22 August 1912, laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News on 27 October 1913, launched on 16 March 1915, sponsored by Elizabeth Kolb, commissioned on 12 June 1916, modernized at the Philadelphia Navy Yard 1 June 1929-1931, used during Operation Crossroads nuclear bombs tests at Bikini in July 1946, towed to and decommissioned at Kwajalein Lagoon 29 August 1946, sunk off Kwajalein Atoll on 10 February 1948 and stricken on 19 February 1948.