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Postby aukepalmhof » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:27 pm

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She was built as a tanker in 1952 under yard no 122 by Uddevallavarvet at Uddevalla, Sweden for Trelleborgs Angf., Sweden.
21 April 1952 Launched under the name GLIMMINGEHUS.
Tonnage 10.328 gross, net 6.008, 16.230 dwt., dim. 525.5 x 64.3 x 38.3ft..
Powered by one diesel engine, manufactured by Masch. Augsburg-Nurnberg ?hp, speed 14 knots.
July 1952 completed.

1963 Sold to Liberian International Tpts. Inc., Liberia, renamed "WORLD INTERNATIONAL"
1968 Sold to A Halcoussis, Greece, renamed "MILTON IATRIDIS".

The following comes from the book Modern Shipping Disasters 1963-1987 by Norman Hooke.
The Greek motor tanker "MILTON IATRIDIS" disappeared from the face of the earth at the end of November 1969 together with all her 30 crewmembers.
She had originally sailed from Canvey Island terminal in the River Thames on October 26 having loaded 7.361 long tons of liquid caustic soda in bulk for discharging at Kwinana, Western Australia. The vessel then proceeded across the Atlantic to load a further cargo of 2.067 long tons of soya beans oil at Norfolk, Virginia, from where she sailed on November 7, and an additional 5.641 long tons of soya bean oil at New Orleans, from where she then sailed on November 14. This was all for discharging at Chittagong. With her route being via the Cape of Good Hope, her estimated date of arrival at Cape Town was given as about December 12 to 14. She reported her position by radio at 10 p.m. on November 24 to be lat. 9°N, long. 52°W which is north of French Guiana, with her last communication, also being by radio timed at 11 p.m. on November 28, when she was estimated to be in lat 2°S long. 37°W, which is northeast of Fortaleza, Brazil. An extensive air and sea search failed to find any trace of the vessel or her crew.

The "MILTON IATRIDIS" was posted at Lloyd's as a missing vessel on April 1, 1970.
Various theories were put forward as to the actual cause of the loss of the "MILTON IATRIDIS", including the possibility that the corrosive action of her caustic soda cargo may have been a contributory factor in respect of the aluminium heating coils contained on board, but as no positive evidence was ever found the case of the disappearance of this vessel remains one of the mysteries of the sea.

Maldives 2001 RF5 sg?, scott? (The name given on the stamp as MILTON IATRIDES is wrong)

Source: Register of Merchant Ships Completed in 1952.
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