SS Pinnau

Pinnau was a 1,198 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1922 by Nobiskrug Werft GmbH, Rendsburg, Germany for German owners. She was seized by the Allies in May 1945, passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and was renamed Empire Constructor. In 1947, she was sold into merchant service and renamed Estkon. She served until 1959 when she was scrapped.

History
Name:
  • Pinnau (1922–45)
  • Empire Constructor (1945–47)
  • Estkon (1947–59)
Owner:
  • Bugsier Reederei & Bergungs AG (1922–45)
  • Ministry of War Transport (1945)
  • Ministry of Transport (1945–47)
  • J Carlbom & Co (1947–59)
Operator:
  • Bugsier Reederei & Bergungs AG (1922–45)
  • Frank S Dawson Ltd (1945–47)
  • J Carlbom & Co (1947–59)
Port of registry:
  • Hamburg (1922–44)
  • Hamburg (1933–45)
  • London (1945–47)
  • Hull (1947–59)
Builder: Nobiskrug Werft GmbH
Launched: 1922
Identification:
  • Code Letters RCPJ(1922–34)
  • Code Letters DHTG (1934–45)
  • Code Letters GFZX (1945–59)
  • United Kingdom Official Number 180610 (1945–59)
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Cargo ship
Tonnage:
  • 1,198 GRT (1922–37)
  • 1,200 GRT (1937–45)
  • 1,201 GRT (1945–59)
  • 638 NRT (1922–36)
  • 617 NRT (1937–45)
  • 616 NRT (1945–59)
Length: 250 ft 0 in (76.20 m)
Beam: 37 ft 5 in (11.40 m)
Depth: 12 ft 8 in (3.86 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Description

The ship was built in 1922 by Nobiskrug Werft GmbH, Rendsburg.[1]

The ship was 250 feet 0 inches (76.20 m) long, with a beam of 37 feet 5 inches (11.40 m) and a depth of 12 feet 8 inches (3.86 m). The ship had a GRT of 1,198 and a NRT of 638.[2]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 17 34 inches (45 cm), 28 12 inches (72 cm) and 45 14 inches (115 cm) diameter by 29 12 inches (75 cm) stroke. The engine was built by Ottensener Maschinenbau, Altona.[2]

History

Pinnau was built for Bugsier Reederei & Bergungs AG, Hamburg.[1] Her port of registry was Hamburg. The Code Letters RCPJ were allocated.[2] On 8 October 1931, Pinnau was in port at Leningrad, Soviet Union, where there was a dock strike. At 14:30, some 15 or 20 sailors tried to board Pinnau to search the ship. They were repelled by the crew, but not without injuries being sustained.[3] On 16 November 1933, Pinnau was driven ashore in the Koivisto Sound, Soviet Union. She was bound for Amsterdam, Netherlands with a cargo of timber.[4] She was refloated on 20 November.[5] In 1934, her Code Letters were changed to DHTG.[6] In 1937, she was listed as 1,200 GRT, 617 NRT.[7]

In May 1945, Pinnau was seized by the Allies at Lübeck. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Constructor.[1] Her port of registry was changed to London and she was placed under the management of Frank S Dawson Ltd. The Code Letters GFZX and United Kingdom Official Number 180610 were allocated. She was listed as 1,201 GRT, 616 NRT.[8] In 1947, Empire Constructor was sold to J Carlbom & Co Ltd, Hull and was renamed Estkon. She served until 1959 when she was scrapped at Newport, Monmouthshire.[1]

References

  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 1 September 2010.
  3. "Der große Streik der Seeleute" (PDF) (in German). Ubbo Emmius Gesellschaft. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  4. "Casualty Reports". The Times (46605). London. 18 November 1933. col D, p. 21.
  5. "Casualty Reports". The Times (46607). London. 21 November 1933. col F, p. 23.
  6. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  7. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  8. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS" (PDF). Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
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