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Category:Merkur (ship, 1924)


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  • Built by: Frederick Krupp A G Kiel
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  • Length over all: 119.8 m
  • LPP: m
  • Beam: 15.8 m
  • Draught: m
  • GRT: 5952
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  • Main engine: diesel engined Twin screw
  • Speed: 12 kn


  • 1924 Named: Rio Bravo for the Flensburg Steamship Co (H Schuldt) for South American passenger service Flag: Germany
  • 1931 Laid up because of the depression
  • 1934 Sold to Nord Deutscher Lloyd (NDL) to expand their services between Australia, New Guinea and Hong Kong. Renamed: Merkur Flag: Germany
  • 02.1934 Arrived in Sydney and a refrigeration plant was installed. She began her first sailing in the service to Java-Singapore
  • 1935 Sold to Burns Philp while on her way to Sydney from Europe. Registered in Singapore.
  • 12.1941 Commissioned in the Royal Australian Navy and was fitted out as a "victualling storage stores issuing supply ship" She supplied stores to Australian and allied naval vessels across the Pacific theatre from New Guinea to the Philippines.
  • 1945 At the end of the war Merkur carried relief supplies to Borneo
  • 04.1946 Carried supplies from Australia to Kure, Japan for the occupation troops
  • 1948 Returned to Sydney, extensively refitted
  • 09.1949 Handed back to Burns, Philp, and returned to the Singapore service.
  • 1953 Sold for scrapping purposes
  • 01.1954 Broken up at Osaka

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