SS Friedrich Bischoff

Friedrich Bischoff was a 1,998 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1940 by Lübecker Maschinenbau Gesellschaft, Lübeck, Germany for German owners. She was sunk in an air raid in 1943, but later salvaged and returned to service. She was seized by the Allies in April 1945, passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and renamed Empire Consequence. In 1947, she was transferred to the United States, and was sold into merchant service the following year. In 1951, she was sold to Finnish owners and renamed Kaisaniemi, serving until 1967 when she was scrapped.

  • Friedrich Bischoff (1940–45)
  • Empire Consequence (1945–51)
  • Kaisaniemi (1951–67)
  • Argo Reederei Richard Adler & Co (1940–45)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1945)
  • Ministry of Transport (1945–47)
  • United States Maritime Commission (1947–48)
  • Alaska Transport Corp (1948–50)
  • Norton Clapp (1950–51)
  • Etela Suomen Laiva OY (1951–67)
  • Argo Reederei Richard Adler & Co (1940–45)
  • Shipping & Coal Ltd (1945–47)
  • United States Maritime Commission (1947–48)
  • Alaska Transport Corp (1948–50)
  • Norton Clapp (1950–51)
  • Polttoaine Osuuskunta (1951–59)
  • K S Laaksonen (1959–61)
  • Etela Suomen Laiva OY (1961–67)
Port of registry:
  • Hamburg (1940–45)
  • London (1945–47)
  • New York (1947–48)
  • Tacoma (1948–50)
  • Seattle (1950–51)
  • Helsinki (1951–67)
Builder: Lübecker Maschinenbau Gesellschaft
Launched: 1940
  • Code Letters GFSX (1945–47)
  • Code Letters OFRB (1951–67)
  • United Kingdom Official Number 180707 (1945–47)
  • Finnish Official Number 1098 (1951–67)
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Cargo ship
Length: 303 ft 7 in (92.53 m)
Beam: 43 ft 4 in (13.21 m)
Draught: 17 ft 8 in (5.38 m)
Depth: 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
Ice class: 1A (1962–67)
Installed power: Compound steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)


The ship was built by Lübecker Maschinenbau Geschellschaft, Lübeck. She was launched in 1940.[1]

The ship was 303 feet 7 inches (92.53 m) long, with a beam of 43 feet 4 inches (13.21 m). She had a depth of 14 feet 9 inches (4.50 m) and a draught of 17 feet 8 inches (5.38 m). The ship had a GRT of 1,998 and a NRT of 1,065.[2]

The ship was propelled by a compound steam engine which had two cylinders of 14 916 inches (37.0 cm) and two cylinders of 34 12 inches (88 cm) diameter by 34 12 inches (88 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Ottenseult Steelworks, Altona, Hamburg.[2] It could propel the ship at 12 knots (22 km/h).[3]


Friedrich Bisschoff was built for Argo Reederei Richard Adler & Co. On 13 December 1943, she was sunk in an Allied air raid on Bremen. She was salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[4] In May 1945, Friedrich Bisschoff was seized by the Allies at Copenhagen, Denmark. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Consequence.[1] She was placed under the management of Shipping & Coal Co Ltd. Her port of registry was changed to London. The Code Letters GFSX and United Kingdom Official Number 180707 were allocated.[2] On 7 April 1947, she was allocated to the United States Maritime Commission and laid up in the Hudson River.[5]

On 8 March 1948,[5] Empire Consequence was sold to Alaska Transport Corp, Tacoma, Washington.[4] In 1950, she was sold to Norton Clapp, Seattle, Washington.[1] In 1951, Empire Consequence was sold to Etelä-Suomen Laiva Oy, Helsinki, Finland and was renamed Kaisaniemi.[4] The Code Letters OFRB and Finnish Official Number 1098 were allocated and her port of registry was changed to Helsinki. She was operated under the management of Polttoaine Osuuskunta, Helsinki until 1959, and then under the management of K S Laaksonen, Helsinki until 1961, after which Etelä-Suomen Laiva operated the ship themselves. In 1962, Kaisaniemi was classified as ice class 1A, She was transferred from Lloyd's Register to Det Norske Veritas in that year.[3] She served until 1967, when she was scrapped at Grimstad, Norway.[1]


  1. 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. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  3. "Ship Card No. 862". Finnish Mercantile Marine Database. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  4. "Argo Line, Bremen". The Ships List. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  5. "Front of Card 1". Property Management and Archive Record System. Retrieved 4 August 2010.

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.