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Photographer:Andreas Hoppe [View profile]Title:CLAUS HORNAdded:Sep 29, 2012
Location:Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Photo Category: General cargo ships built before 1940 (Over 3000gt)
unknown port: who can identifiy with the interesting bridge in background
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davidships on Jul 13, 2019 11:34 (7 months ago)
A belated thankyou to Juan Ysidro Tineo Alvarado for identifying the location.

See here as MINNA HORN:
Juan Ysidro Tineo Alvarado on Mar 26, 2018 21:28 (1 year ago)
Pertaining the identification of the port where the steamer is docked, member 'heizer' suggested it to be Curazao (Sep 29, 2012); as to this, I strongly beg to differ. I shall enumerate the elements upon which I support this claim.

Curazao is likely NOT the location of this port. This is obvious from the abrupt high banks flanking each side of the river, as shown in the upper photograph. This is shown in stark contrast to the levelled topography of the port of Curacao, not to argue about the bridge and other elements described below.

Second: In spite of some doubt, following the fact of the bridge being shown in white, which contrasted with a bridge seemingly corresponding to the one in the photograph (but which I had only seen painted black): the bridge is, namely, the 'Ulises Heureaux' drawbridge, built in Santo Domingo (1914-1917), Dominican Republic. The bridge had an east-west span divided into 5 pillared sections over the southward-flowing Ozama River.

After reviewing archive photographs I could, nevertheless, confirm that this bridge had, indeed, also been painted white in later years. Accordingly, here is an photograph of the Ulises Heureaux Bridge painted white:

Here, older photographs of the same bridge as it was painted black:

Second, to the left, behind some corrugated steel-clad deposits, one may appreciate what is arguably the concrete building housing the Santo Domingo Customs Office, built before 1926.

Third: to the extreme left of the photograph, almost indistinguishable, one may still appreciate a section of the ivy-clad embrasure crowning the colonial period Santo Domingo City Wall fortifications, particularly, a section which unequivocally corresponds to that just behind the Columbus Alcazar, overlooking the river. The photo was, most likely, taken facing about 5 degrees north-northeast from this very location from above the embrasure of the city-walls:

This must be the Port of Santo Domingo, just in front of the (here out of sight) wall gate known as 'Puerta de la Atarazana' which opens from the city to the river, right at the 'Reales Atarazanas', i.e. the Royal Shipyards (of Santo Domingo).
Andreas Hoppe on Sep 30, 2012 10:29 (7 years ago)
see the link:
MINNA HORN: built 1925by Reiherstieg Schiffswerfte & Maschinenfabrik, Hamburg | 1930 rebuilt 3,177gt and renamed Claus Horn, 1939 to Westindische Schiffahrtskontor, Hamburg renamed Claus, 1939 to Kriegsmarine renamed Neisse, 1941 converted into a submarine depot ship, 1947 allocated to Yugoslavia renamed Topusko, 1961 scrapped.
heizer on Sep 29, 2012 19:11 (7 years ago)
I suggest it is Curacao
jadran on Sep 29, 2012 18:43 (7 years ago)
You are 100% right; this is CLAUS HORN (rebuilt 1930), but originally built 1925 as MINNA HORN.
I recognized the ship immediately as I say her on this photo, and to me she is known as S/S "TOPUSKO" all the way through the years 50s.
In 1948 S/S "TOPUSKO" was allocated to Yugoslavia as a part of World War 2 reparation, from the side of Germany, and entered into a newly established fleet of Jugoslavenska Linijska Plovidba, Yugoslavia (JUGOLINIJA) having its Head Offices at Rijeka.
S/S "TOPUSKO" remained in the fleet of this esteemed shipping company until 1961 when proceeded to the end of her historical path to be at Sveti Kajo scrapyard.
PS Lovely ship (see the distinctive wooden bridge & deck below)!
Kind regards/Jadran
miraflores on Sep 29, 2012 17:52 (7 years ago)
I guess somewhere in the Caribbean Sea, probably Trinidad, liquid asphalt in barrels?
submariner on Sep 29, 2012 17:04 (7 years ago)
CLAUS HORN This is another vessel of the same name! She is ex MINNA HORN built 1925 by Reiherstieg Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik Hamburg # 577. Renamed CLAUS HORN in 1930. During WWII served as Kriegsmarine U-boot tender. In 1948 allocated to Yugoslavia as a part of war reparations. Sailed as TOPUSKO until November 1961 when broken up at Sveti Kajo scrapyard near Split. Brgds
Andreas Hoppe on Sep 29, 2012 14:09 (7 years ago)
built 1922: built by Friedrich Krupp AG Germaniawerft, Kiel | ex- Nordfriesland, 1924 purchased from Flensburger Dampfer Compagnie AG (H. Schuldt), Flensburg renamed Claus Horn, 1925 homeport Hamburg, 1927 sold to Booth Steamship Co., Liverpool renamed Dominic, carried Brazilian coastal passengers only, 1932 sold to Maurel & Prom, Bordeaux, renamed Montesquieu, 1942 seized by Italy renamed Enna, 1943 sunk by Allied air attack, 1947 wreck raised and scrapped.
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