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Postby shipstamps » Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:20 pm

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She was ordered in 1945 together with the APAPA, in order to re-introduce a 3-weekly service between Liverpool and Lagos.
Built as a cargo-passenger vessel under yard no 948 by Vickers Armstrong Ltd., Barrow-in-Furness for the Elder Dempster Lines, Liverpool.
25 Feb. 1947 launched under the name ACCRA.
Tonnage 11.600 gross, 6.448 net, 7.110 dwt., dim. 143.56 x 20.17 x 9.68m., between pp. 138.05m. Powered by two 4 cyl. Doxford 2S.SA. 4.700 bhp. each, manufactured by shipbuilder. Twin screw, speed 16 knots.
Passenger accommodation for 259 first, 24 second and 145 intercoastal (deck passengers). Sept. 1947 delivered to owners. Building cost £900.000.
Cargo capacity 278.000 cubic feet.
24 Sept. 1947, sailed for her maiden voyage from Liverpool, at that time her hull was painted black with red boot topping, as seen on stamp.
06 Nov. 1949, due to a broken crankshaft she came into Liverpool, on one engine, fife days late. Repaired by the shipbuilder. During the repair her hull was painted gray with green boot topping.
11 October 1956 she rescued the 77 crew of the 8.472 ton Spanish tanker BAILEN when their ship caught fire off the Canary Islands.
1960 Air-conditioning installed in passenger accommodation.
08 Nov. 1967 sold, after only twenty years old, passenger service was becoming unprofitable, due to air competition; making 171 voyages carried 100.000 passengers and 760.000 ton of cargo, she sailed under command of Capt. L.L.James from Liverpool on 13 Nov. for the last time for the breakers yard in Spain.
13 Nov. arrived at Cartagena, and was scrapped by J.Navarro Frances. SG833B
Auke Palmhof
Sources: Great Passenger Ships of the World, Volume 4, by Arnold Kludas. Elder Dempster Lines by Duncan Haws.
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