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Photographer:Phil English [View profile]Title:Grand UnitedAdded:Sep 07, 2006
Photo Category: Reefers built before 1980
Anchored Margate Roads 21/6/83
4,849 grt, built 1967 Deutsche Werft, Hamburg (818) as Persimmon
Vessel Identification
Name:Grand United
Former name(s):
- Persimmon (Until 1979)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Reefer
Gross tonnage:4,849 tons
Summer DWT:6,570 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1967
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Phil English on Sep 08, 2006 12:32 (12 years ago)
Thanks for the comments guys. Yes, she has a very striking appearance. I had half a mind not to post this one seeing as it is a rather poor shot, but I'm glad I did now.

John, I'd definately agree with Arne. Reefers were designed to be more streamlined because, carrying perishables, they needed to get from A to B pretty quickly. They were fast too, but massive engines would have been uneconomical, so it was a good balance between hull design and power.

Unfortunately, the days of the pure reefer are slowly slipping away. Investment in new tonnage has been minimal in the last 10 years and old, scrapped ships are not being replaced. Reefer containers carried in containerships now account for a larger percentage of the refrigerated trades and this trend is set to continue.

Arne Jürgens on Sep 07, 2006 22:36 (12 years ago)
Hi Phil,

another nice pic of your collection! Thanks for posting this one. She was one of 4 sisters (PERSIMMON, PEKARI, PICA & PIROL). Similar to this type were the sisters SLOMAN ALSTERPARK+SLOMAN ALSTERTOR. These two vessels got another funnel. Very untypical for german vessels: The big funnel! I saw this very often at old english built vessels.

@Jonesy: I think, there are different facts:

1. A reefer has to be much faster than a ggc.
2. The hull is structured more streamlined than a ggc.
3. A reefer is more expensive than a ggc.
4. I think, the companies wants their own design (like HAMBURG SÜD, F. LAEISZ, BRUNS, UNION (these are four German Companies)).

rgds Arne
John Jones on Sep 07, 2006 21:38 (12 years ago)
Wow, what a ship! Quite unusual proportions with that huge funnel but a pleasant sight none the less. Why is it that reefers always seem to have more striking lines than general cargo ships Phil? There must be a reason, they just always seem to have more of that little something about them. Not being a 'naval' architect I don't know why it is and am curious. Is it because there is more money in the reefer trade and the owners can be more frivolous?
John J.
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