SS Masuren

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Name: Masuren (1935-45)
Empire Annan (1945-50)
Thomas N Epiphaniades (1950-52)
Helga Böge (1952-60)
Fuhlsbüttel (1960-64)
Owner: Kohlen-Import & Poseidon Schiffahrt AG, Königsberg (1935-45)
Ministry of War Transport (1945-47)
United States Maritime Commission (1947-48)
Fanmaur Shipping & Trading Co, New York (1948-50)
Thomas N Epiphaniades, Volos (1950-52)
Johann M K Blumenthal,Hamburg (1952-59)
Köhn & Bohlmann Reederei Hamburg (1959-64)
Operator: Owner operated except:-
Crosby, Son & Co Ltd, London (1945-46)
Port of registry: 22x20px Königsberg (1935-45)
22x20px Nordenhamn (1945)
United Kingdom London (1945-46)
22x20px New York (1946-50)
Template:Country data GRE Volos (1950-52)
22x20px Hamburg (1952-64)
Builder: Schichau GmbH Abt. Schiffswerft, Danzig
Yard number: 1349
Completed: October 1935
Out of service: 1964
Identification: UK Official Number 180633 (1945-46)
Code letters DADE (1935-45)
Code letters DHQZ (1945)
Code letters GLTG (1945-46)
Fate: Scrapped in Bremerhaven, 1964
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2,383 GRT
Length: 281 feet 1 inch (85.67 m)
Beam: 44 feet 5 inches (13.54 m)
Depth: 18 feet 6 inches (5.64 m)
Propulsion: 1 x 4 cylinder compound steam engine (Schichau GmbH Abt. Schiffswerft, Danzig) 223 horsepower (166 kW)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 27 crew

Masuren was a 2,385 ton cargo ship which was built in 1935. She was seized by Britain in 1945 and renamed Empire Annan. In 1950 she was renamed Thomas N Epiphaniades and then Helga Böge in 1952. In 1959, she was renamed Fuhlsbüttel. She served until 1964 when she was scrapped in Bremerhaven.


Masuren was built by Schichau GmbH Abt. Schiffswerft, Danzig as yard number 1349. The exact date of her launch is unrecorded although she was completed in October 1935. Masuren was powered by a four cylinder compound steam engine and could make 12 knots. She was owned by Kohlen-Import & Poseidon Schiffahrt AG and homeported at Königsberg.[1] Masuren served for ten years until she was seized in Copenhagen by the United Kingdom at the end of the Second World War in 1945.[2] Her homeport had been changed to Nordenham in that year.[1] Ownership passed to the Ministry of War Transport and she was renamed Empire Annan.[2] She operated under the management of Crosby, Sons & Co[1] and was homeported in London.[3]

In 1947, Empire Annan passed to the United States Maritime Commission, New York who sold her in 1948 to Fanmaur Shipping & Trading Co, New York in 1948.[4] They sold her in 1950 to Thomas N Epiphaniades, Volos, Greece who renamed her Thomas N Epiphaniades. In 1952, Thomas N Epiphaniades was sold to Johann M K Blumenthal, Hamburg and renamed Helga Böge. She served with them for seven years and was sold at auction in 1959 to Koehn & Bohlmann Reederei KG, Hamburg. She was renamed Fuhlsbüttel in 1960, serving for a further four years until 1964 when she was scrapped in Bremerhaven.[1]

Official number and code letters

Official Numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers.

Masuren used the Code Letters DADE when homeported in Königsberg and DHQZ when homeported in Nordenhamn.[1] Empire Annan had the UK Official Number 180633 and used the Code Letters GLTG.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Frachtdampfer "MASUREN"" (in German). Poseidon Schiffahrt Archiv. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "EMPIRE - A". Mariners-L. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "LLOYD'S REGISTER, STEAMERS & MOTORSHIPS". Plimsoll Ship Data. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  4. The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. 1995. pp. p443. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 

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