MV Pelikan

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Name: Pelikan (1934-45)
Empire Alde (1945-46)
Pelikan (1946-47)
Pacuare (1947-59)
Owner: Afrikanische Frucht-Cie AG (1935-40)
Kriegsmarine (1940-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945-46)
Elders & Fyffes Ltd (1946-59)
Operator: Reederei F Laeisz GmbH, Hamburg (1935-45)
Southern Railway (1945-46)
Kaye, Sons and Co (1946)
Elders & Fyffes Ltd (946-59)
Port of registry: 22x20px Hamburg (1935-40)
22x20px Kriegsmarine (1940-45)
United Kingdom London (1945-59)
Builder: Bremer Vulkan Schiff- und Maschinenbau, Bremen
Yard number: 712
Launched: 1934
Completed: January 1935
Identification: UK Official Number 181664 (1945-59)
Code letters DJNP (1935-46)
Fate: Scrapped in Hamburg, 1958
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 3,264 GRT
Length: 352 feet 8 inches (107.49 m)
Beam: 44 feet 8 inches (13.61 m)
Depth: 24 feet (7.32 m)
Propulsion: 2 x 5 cylinder SCDA oil engines (Bremer Vulkan) 975 horsepower (727 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Capacity: 129,000 cubic feet (3,700 m3) refrigerated cargo space

Pelikan was a 3,264 ton refrigerated cargo ship which was built in 1934. She was seized by the United Kingdom and renamed Empire Alde in 1945. In 1946, she was renamed Pelikan. In 1947 she was renamed Pacuare, she was scrapped in 1958.


Pelikan was built by Bremer Vulkan Schiff- und Maschinenbau, Bremen as yard number 712 and launched in 1934, being completed in January 1935. She was owned by the Afrikanische Frucht-Cie AG[1] and managed by F Laeisz, Hamburg. In 1940, ownership passed to the Kriegsmarine[2] although Lloyds Register continued to show Pelikan as a merchant ship.[3] In 1945, Pelikan was seized at Brunsbüttel and ownership passed to the Ministry of War Transport and renamed Empire Alde,[2] under the management of the Southern Railway[4] and later Kaye, Sons & Co. In 1946, Empire Alde was sold to Elders & Fyffes Ltd, regaining her original name of Pelikan before being renamed Pacuare in 1947. She was to serve until 1959,[2] when she was sent to Troon for scrapping, arriving on 22 September.[1]

Official number and code letters

Official Numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers.

Pelikan used the Code Letters DJNP until 1945.[5] Empire Alde, Pelican and Pacuare used the UK Official Number 181664 from 1945-59[6]