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Photographer:marcin [View profile]Title:ZHE HAI 108Added:Oct 11, 2007
Location:Shanghai, China
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1940-1949 (Over 3000gt)
ZHE HAI 108, ex-PAWEL FINDER, Shanghai, July 1979

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This ship was initially ordered (under yard number 1210) by the British War Ministry to the William Gray & Co. shipyard Ltd. in West Hartlepool. However after his being put on keel in 1945 the construction of the ship was stopped. Only in 1948 the construction of the steamer could be carried on for the Brazilian owner company Sociedade Paulista de Navegaçao Matarazzo Ltda. in Santos. This company entrusted the shipowner Matarazzo Ltda. in Sao Paulo with her management. The steamer was intended to be named "ERMELINO MATARAZZO". But already during her construction the ship was sold in April 1948 to the Nowrooz Steam Ship Co. (Mohammed Nemazee) in Panama, which transferred her management to the Wallem & Co. in Hong Kong. The steamer was launched in 1948 under the name "NOWROOZ", but was completed only in April 1950. However the ship could not be put into service before 28 November 1950, having received the callsign HOFR. Equipped with a T-3-cylinder steam engine from Central Marine Engine Works, Hartlepool, generating an output of 2750 HP, the ship reached a service speed of 10.5 knots. Cargo gear: 10 winches. Derricks: 10x 5ton SWL (Safe Working Load), 1x 3ton SWL.

But already a few weeks after, on 18 January 1951, the management company Suisse-Atlantique, Société de Navigation Maritime S.A. in Lausanne bought the steamer and gave her the name "LAUSANNE". She overtook the ship on 31 of January 1951 in Antwerp and let her be entered under the number 31 into the Swiss ship register. She received then the callsign HBDV. Her capacity was 8920 DWT as well as 4924 GRT and 2885 NRT. She presented a length overall (loa) of 130.75 m, a beam of 17.10 m and a depth of 7.72 m (summer draft).

On 24 January 1955 the Suisse-Atlantique S.A. transferred the property to the Oceana Shipping A.G. in Chur, but kept the management. With the transfer of property the name of the ship changed to "LUCENDRO".

The Oceana Shipping A.G. sold the "LUCENDRO" on 7 January 1956 to the state company Polish Ocean Lines in Gdynia, which renamed the ship "PAWEL FINDER". Her call sign then changed to SPIZ.

On 19 November 1965, at 07:08, the "PAWEL FINDER" was rammed in the port of Gdansk by the Greek ship "Rion". Both ships were found to suffer serious damages. While the "PAWEL FINDER" was towed to the Gdanska Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, the Polish authority immobilised the "Rion" because of the insolvency of the owner.

On 28 February 1970 the steamer was sold in Shanghai to be scrapped, but she kept navigating under Chinese flag on Chinese waterways as "ZHE HAI 108". Her callsign was BLME. In July 1979 ship has seen in Shanghai and was still in service. But nothing more is known about her.

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carimar on Sep 20, 2015 09:53 (3 years ago)
Error cor. Must be written : " The steamer was launched in 1948 under the name "NOWROOZ", but was completed only in April 1948."
Guest on Feb 14, 2008 14:15 (10 years ago)
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