Any more gems like this?
L: 149.2m, B: 18.8m, D: 8.9m, 8837 BRT, 12839 DWT, 6250hp B&W main engine, 14.5kn.
Built in 1959 by Hitachi Sakurajima Osaka/JP (#3863, launched Aug 1959, finished Nov 1959) for Cechofracht (Prague, CS), delivered to Czechoslovak Ocean Shipping (Ceskoslovenska namorni plavba, COS/CNP).
The most reliable and most effective ship in COS fleet.
She was actually traded for brewery technology and malt and hops supplies.
Sailed between Europe and Far East, also between Australia and Far East.
At the time she was exporting corn from Australia to China and Japan, somebody came with the idea of fattening a pig… Two piglets were bought, some space was put up for them, lath was modified to feed mill, corn was abundant… So after a year proper hog feast was held on the board :)
Sometime in 1962 - loaded with Skoda bin lorries for Sihanoukville KH, and Praga off-road ambulances for Indonesia hit some bad weather in the North Sea, the lorries shifted and got badly damaged. The ship pulled into Southampton for damage survey and cargo repositiong and securing. The most damaged lorries were offloaded at Port Said and shipped back to Czechoslovakia.
Kladno aslo exported Skoda 1200 chassis to New Zealand where they built their own bodies on them, it was the only car New Zealand ever built.
In 1973 sold to (?) of Greece and renamed to Apostolos A;
in 1981 sold to ? and renamed to Nazakat,
in 1982 sold to ? and renamed to Elhawi Shams,
in 1983 sold to ? and renamed to Sheikh Ibrahim,
in Jun 1985 broken up at Bedi