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No: 12795   Contributor: Paul Strathdee   Year: 1973   Manufacturer: Rheinstahl Nordsee, Germany   Country: United Kingdom

A memory of these gas turbine powered container ships from April 1973 as she manoeuvres stern first to the then Greenock Container Terminal.
There were 4, EURO and ASIALINER, EURO and ASIAFREIGHTER all built in Germany by Rheinstahl Nordseewerk at Emden with Pratt & Whitney gas turbines which gave a rather fast turn of speed! They were all managed by Denholm/s and I/m sure had a large Scottish crew contingent!
In later years after being sold on they became diesel powered.
ASIAFREIGHTER herself was completed in 1972 and had many names after being sold in 1981. She was scrapped as MED NAPLES at Alang in 1999.
Picture added on 23 December 2009 at 10:55
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It is said, that they were able to run 34 knots, the fastest cargo vessels ever. I was a visitor in Kiel, when changed gas turbine to more economic Diesel. Accommodation for officers and crew "luxurious". After sale they were operated by Chr. F. Ahrenkiel, Hamburg and chartered to Y. C. Tung, HK.

Added by Juergen Coprian on 15 February 2010.
Yes indeed they could run at that speed. There were stops on the telegraphs which were removed if required to run fast.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 15 February 2010.
Served my first four months at sea as Radio Officer on her.
Normal sea speed on two engines was about 28kts.
Sometimes singled-up to one engine at about 18kts.

Route was Greenock-New Jersey(Weehawken)- Baltimore, MD- Wilmington NC- Charleston, SC - Le Havre- Rotterdam - Bremerhaven - Greenock - all in 28 days.

Very modern, nice accommodation, 26 crew, 24 Scots, I Brit, I Paddy.

Added by Fergus Kavanagh on 21 December 2014.
Confirmation there of the large Scots contingent!

Added by Paul Strathdee on 07 January 2015.
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