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Photographer:Phil English [View profile]Title:NjassaAdded:Jun 08, 2005
Photo Category: General cargo ships built before 1940 (Over 3000gt)
Taken by a family member, possibly in the 1930s, at Suez?
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Lanaud on Jun 10, 2005 09:28 (13 years ago)
Thank you to both of you
Werner on Jun 10, 2005 08:13 (13 years ago)
Hi, Lanaud

this is the box of a so-called "Suez-Searchlight", to lighten the canal during night-passages. If the vessel don't have an own, it has to hire one including a service crew from the canal authority.
The rule is still existing ! See more :

Nice regards from Austria
John Jones on Jun 10, 2005 08:05 (13 years ago)
presumably the contraption is some special piece of kit required for transiting the Suez. Maybe some special kind of lamp?
Lanaud on Jun 09, 2005 18:53 (13 years ago)
Can anyone say what that box-like contraption on the bow is?
Werner on Jun 09, 2005 18:43 (13 years ago)
The ship is the German "Njassa" (8764 GRT), built in 1922 at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg for DOAL-Deutsche Ostafrika-Linien (German East Africa Lines).
She was chartered out to HAL - Hamburg America Line in 1934, but returned to DOAL-Services in 1936.
She stayed in Germany during WW II, but was bombed and sunk in Wilhelmshaven in early 1945. Later scrapped there.
The picture is for sure taken in the Suez-Canal about 1930...

Nice Regards
Fernando Montes on Jun 08, 2005 10:55 (13 years ago)
Beautiful photo and beautiful ship !
Phil English on Jun 08, 2005 10:11 (13 years ago)
Thanks for the comment Lanaud.
Lanaud on Jun 07, 2005 23:11 (13 years ago)
Great Black and white..... Looooooooong time ago!

Nice one. Tugs were a bit small though :-P
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