SS Klio (1924)

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Name: Klio (1924-45)
Empire Conclyde (1945-46)
Shota Rustavelli (1946- )
Owner: Neptun Line (1924-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945)
Ministry of Transport (1945-46)
Soviet Government (1946- )
Operator: Neptun Line (1924-45)
William Robertson & Co Ltd(1945-46)
Soviet Government (1946- )
Port of registry: 22x20px Bremen (1927-33)
22x20px Bremen (1933-45)
United Kingdom London (1945-50)
22x20px Soviet union (1946- )
Builder: AG Weser
Launched: 1924
Identification: Code Letters QLWR (1924-34)
Code Letters DONP (1934-45)
Code Letters GSPZ (1945-46)
German Official Number 2467 (1927-45)
Status: In active service as of 1946
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1,403 GRT
685 NRT
Length: 240 feet 8 inches (73.36 m)
Beam: 38 feet 7 inches (11.76 m)
Depth: 15 feet 2 inches (4.62 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine
Propulsion: Screw propellor

Klio was a 1,403 GRT cargo ship that was built in 1924 by AG Weser, Bremen, Germany for Neptun Line. In 1945, she was seized by the Allies and passed to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), renamed Empire Conclyde. In 1946, she was passed to the Soviet Union and renamed Shota Rustavelli.


The ship was built in 1924 by AG Weser, Bremen.[1]

The ship was 240 feet 8 inches (73.36 m) long, with a beam of 38 feet 7 inches (11.76 m) a depth of 15 feet 2 inches (4.62 m). She had a GRT of 1,403 and a NRT of 635.[2]

The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, which had cylinders of 1958 inches (49 cm), 3112 inches (79 cm) and 5312 inches (136 cm) diameter by 35716 inches (90 cm) stroke. The engine was built by AG Weser.[2]


Klio was built for Dampfschiffahrts Gesellschaft Neptun AG (Neptun Line), Bremen.[1] Her port of registry was Bremen. The Code Letters QLWR and German Official Number 2467 were allocated.[2] In 1934, her Code Letters were changed to DONP.[3] In May 1945, Klio was seized by the Allies at Rendsburg. She was passed to the MoWT and renamed Empire Conclyde.[1] She was placed under the management of William Robertson & Co Ltd. Her port of registry was changed to London and the Code Letters GSPZ were allocated.[4] In 1946, Empire Conclyde was transferred to the Soviet Union, and was renamed Shota Rustavelli.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  3. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  4. "LLOYD'S REGISTER, NAVIRES A VAPEUR ET A MOTEURS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 28 May 2010.