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September’s Mystery Ship Answer

mystery replyThe mystery ship is the Donaldson Lines Cordillera. The ship was built in 1920 by Short Bros, Sunderland for Donaldson South America Line. The ship was 6,865gt and measured 419ft by 54.8ft 35.7ft. Unusually, she was powered by three steam turbines. The ship remained with Donaldson Line  until May 1948, when she was sold to Hector Whaling for service as a storeship and was renamed Bransfield.  The location appears to be Hamburg.

Peter Cundall


November's mystery ship

Mystery Ship

Can anyone identify the ship pictured and where she was operating? Is she a conversion or was she built with the fittings illustrated? When was she originally built, who operated her and what became of her?

October's mystery ship

Mystery Ship

Can anyone identify the ship pictured and where she is moored? Is she an historic vessel preserved for visitors, and if so when was she originally built and who operated her?

August’s Mystery Ship Answer

mystery replyThe Mystery Ship is Flying Cloud, as originally named, which was built by the Orlando Naval Shipyard in Livorno, Italy. She was completed for the Duke of Westminster and launched in 1927. In 1932 the Duke sold her and she changed hands several more times and was renamed Fantome. She was laid up at the start of World War II and remained so until 1956, when she was purchased by Aristotle Onassis.

He had her towed to Kiel, Germany, where she stayed until 1969, when she came into the hands of Mike Burke of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises fame. He had her sailed to Miami, where she was refitted to join the Windjammer fleet in the West Indies.

Fantome mainly operated in the Bahamas, where I joined her in 1975 as second mate. I sailed on different ships of the fleet for the next three years, but Fantome sailed round the Caribbean.

July’s mystery ship Answer

mystery reply

mystery reply

The warships featured as July’s mystery ships were identified by a number of readers, but there wasn’t total agreement. John Legg  of Plymouth said: ‘The ship is NRP Goncalves Zarco (pennant no.F476). She was built by R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie, having been laid down on 9 October 1931 along with her sistership NRP Goncalo Velho (pennant no.A5200). Both were built for the Portuguese Navy. NRP Goncalves Zarco entered service on 28 November 1932  and was decommissioned in 1961. NRP Goncalo Velho entered service on 28 August 1932  and was decommissioned in 1964.’

September's mystery ship

Mystery Ship

Can anyone identify the classic cargo ship pictured here? The photo was sent in by Kenneth Conway, who said: ‘I came across this picture when sorting through my father’s affairs. He was an apprentice navigating officer at the time (1931-33), and the ship was carrying apples from Tasmania to Hamburg.’ But can anybody say which ship is pictured? By whom was she operated and when was she built? And where was the photo taken?

August's mystery ship

Mystery Ship

Can anyone identify the tall ship pictured here? She has not got her sails raised, but her four masts may help to give away her identity. By whom was she operated and when was she built? Is she still afloat, and if so what is she used for?

June’s mystery ship Answer

mystery reply

The Mystery Ship is HMT Empire Halladale. She was originally built as Antonio Delfino for the Hamburg-South America Line. She was delivered from the Vulcan yard in Hamburg, yard number 631, in March 1922. Her maiden voyage saw her leave Hamburg for La Plata ports on 16 March 1922. In 1927 she had low-pressure turbines fitted and in 1932 was chartered to North German Lloyd as Sierra Nevada.

She reverted to Hamburg-South America Line in 1934. In September 1939 she slipped out of Bahia and broke the blockade to Germany. From April the following year she was used as an accommodation vessel for the German navy at Kiel. In 1943 she was moved to Gdynia and in 1945 took part in the evacuation of the German eastern territories. In five operations she took 20,500 people to the west.

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