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Seute Deern (Three Masted Bark) 1919

Postby Arturo » Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:10 pm

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Built in Mississippi, U.S.A. in 1919; Gt. 721,38, nt. 630,26; 178.58’ x 36.17’ x 14.76’ (draught) [54.43m (61.45m oa) x 11.30m x 4.6m]; wood hull, barque rig with steel spars, 1.107sq.m. sail area; crew: 10.

Built as Elizabeth Bandi for the Marine Company, Mobile, Alabama, U.S., she was originally a four-masted coastal schooner, but later rebuilt as an auxiliary barque. At the time of her construction, there was an enormous need of trading vessels, hence, hundreds of ships were built. But there was a lack of good dry wood for their construction, so many of the ships were built from fresh wood (Pitchpine). This caused some problems, particularly on Elizabeth Bandi’s first voyage. Loaded with wood, the fresh wood that had been used in her construction, started to twist. As well, it was attacked by worms eating the outer planks, causing her to become leaky. The crew constantly manned the pumps to prevent her from sinking, and when they finally made their destination, she needed extensive repairs before she was able to continue.

Until 1931, the Elizabeth Bandi had sailed under the American flag, but was then sold to a Finnish owner
(William Uskanen) and renamed Bandi. As Bandi, she was primarily involved in the wood export to England. The change from the salty American waters, to the north Baltic Sea, was well suited for her hull. The Baltic Sea water did not contain beetles or wood worms. In 1935, she was sold to W. Uskanen, whose company coincidentally, was called Laiva Bandi. The brokerage firm of Yrjaenen & Kumpp of Bereederung, was in charge of her cargoes. But, they soon had problems finding enough cargo for the ship.

She was sold on Nov. 7, 1938 for 26,500 realm Marks to Germany. The new owner, J. T. Essberger of Hamburg, had the four-masted sailing ship overhauled completely to a three-mast bark. The change began Dec. 16, 1938 with Blohm & Voss (Hamburg) and on June 15, 1939, the nearly new sail-school ship, Seute Deeern, was activated. Up to the end of the Second World War the Seute Deern serviced within the Baltic Sea as a freight and training ship. At the end of war, the bark wound up in Luebeck. The shipping company Essberger brought Seute Deern in June 1946, with the help of a tractor, between Travemuende to Schlichting. There, she was converted into a hotel ship. One year later, the Seute Deern was moved to Hamburg and continued to be used as a hotel and restaurant ship, at the famous “couch place” of the old Ferry VII dock.

The Emder Gastwirtin Erna Hardisty bought her and transferred her to Emden, where she was fastened in December 1964.

On June 22, 1966, she was dragged from Emden to Bremerhaven and its new couch place was in Bremerhaven.

In 1972, she was taken over by the German navigation museum and thoroughly restored. In April 1983, she was renovated into a restaurant ship once again and operated by the Hotel Naber.

Germany, 2003, 2.60 €, S.G.?, Scott; ?.

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Re: Seute Deern (Three Masted Bark) 1919

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:27 pm

Update on SEUTE DEERN built in 1919.

She was built by the Gulfport Shipbuilding in Gulfport Mississippi, USA.

When it was last repaired in 1978, 600 liters of water penetrated every day. Since there was no money, only the bare essentials were repaired. Six pumps were later installed, which finally carried 390 cubic meters of water per day outboard. On February 15, 2019, the foredeck between the inner and outer cladding not far from the galley caught fire by an unexplained cause. Hull planks were removed above the waterline to fight the fire. After all six pumps failed, the ship sank to the bottom of the port on August 30, 2019. A dam heaped up from harbor silt on the harbor side prevented the ship from capsizing over and falling onto Columbus Street.
After experts analysed the damage, the Board of Trustees of the German Maritime Museum decided in October 2019 that the SEUTE DEERN should be scrapped. The damage was described as a "constructive total loss". The scrapping itself should take place in the port, as even a transport to a shipyard no longer seems possible. At the end of March 2020, the ship was towed into port for scrapping.
In November 2019, the Bundestag's budget committee decided to provide federal funds of 47 million euros for the reconstruction of the ship. Early 2020, the dismantling of the ship began.,_1919)
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