Gunung Djati

Principe_Perfeito
14th December 2005, 19:34
Hello to all.

Perhaps one of the best looking liners in the Blue Funnel fleet.
Does any have personal memories/photos of her?

Picture available here: http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/hadj.html
Origin: Greenway Collection

Best regards from Lisbon,
Paulo Mestre

ruud
14th December 2005, 19:49
Ahoy Paulo,

Is this piccie yours? If not, please keep the rules in mind and credit the source/owner of this photo, by putting or to the owner.

http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/hadj.html

Principe_Perfeito
14th December 2005, 22:06
Hello Ruud.

Done.
Now, please, can we go back and talk about the GUNUNG DJATI?

Best regards from Lisbon,
Paulo Mestre

Ahoy Paulo,

Is this piccie yours? If not, please keep the rules in mind and credit the source/owner of this photo, by putting or to the owner.

http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/hadj.html

Bruce Carson
14th December 2005, 23:03
Hi:
There is a picture of her as the 'Pretoria' in Deutsche Ostafrika Linie colors here:
http://deutsche-passagierschiffe.de/core/schiffsregister/pretoria/index.html

Bruce C.

ruud
15th December 2005, 00:01
Ahoy,

Here some details:
GUNUNG DJATI was built in 1936 by Blohm & Voss K.a.A. at Hamburg with a tonnage of 16662grt, a length of 578ft, a beam of 72ft and a service speed of 18 knots. She was launched as the Pretoria on 16th July 1936 for the Deutsche Ost-Afrika Linie and commenced her maiden voyage from Hamburg to South Africa via Southampton on 19th December. In 1939 she was requisitioned by the German Navy as an accommodation ship based at Hamburg. She was taken over by the British Government as a war prize in 1945 for use as a troopship. Renamed Empire Doon she was managed by the Orient Line for the Ministry of War Transport but it was soon ascertained that she had problems with her boilers and was laid up. She was reboilered in 1949, brought up to troopship standard and renamed Empire Orwell in recognition of Orient Line management retaining also the MOWT's 'Empire', the Troopship's 'River' and the Orient Line's 'O' nomenclature. In 1958 she was chartered to Pan-Islamic Steam Ship Co. of Karachi to carry pilgrims and at the end of the season was laid up in the Kyles of Bute. Alfred Holt & Co. purchased her in November of the same year for pilgrimage duties. It was Holt's intention to rename her Dardanus but she entered service as the Gunung Djati, the name of the leading Javanese Haji and an Islamic missionary. Operated by the Ocean Steam Ship Co. she was refitted by Barclay Curle at Glasgow who replaced the troopship accommodation with space for 2000 pilgrims and 106 first class passengers. On 7th March 1959 she sailed from Liverpool bound for Djarkarta where she joined the Tyndareus which was operating a similar service. After three seasons she was sold to the Indonesian Government in 1962 who continued to operate her for pilgrimages. In 1965 she was sold to P. T. Maskapai Pelajaran 'Sang Saka' of Djakarta without a change of name and transferred to Pan-Islamic Steam Ship Co. who continued the Mecca Pilgrimage service. She was converted to diesel in 1973 and refitted at Hong Kong in 1975. She returned to the Indonesian flag in 1980 as a naval accommodation ship and was renamed Kri Tanjung, Penant 971. By 1984 she was no longer operating as a seagoing vessel.

Source: http://www.red-duster.co.uk/BLUEFUN19.htm

R651400
15th December 2005, 03:54
Perhaps one of the best looking liners in the Blue Funnel fleet.

Sorry Paulo I don't think there will be many ex Blue Funnellers who agree with you.
In 1960 Gunung Djati was bought to take over from Blue Funnel's longstanding hadji carrier, 1920 built Tyndareus, because it was unlikely Tyndareus would pass another marine survey.
Had Tyndareus been up to the 1961 marine survey, Gunung Djati would never have made the Blue Funnel fleet.

Mac
15th December 2005, 09:12
Also known by some scouse shipmates as the "Jam Buttie" in the early 60's.

lurline
15th July 2009, 13:29
hi friends
have anyone a idea where i can found a good picture from the funnel with anker symbol???

MICHAEL SQUIRES
16th July 2009, 18:53
Is this picture any good to you

lurline
16th July 2009, 21:27
thanks micheal ,i search a picture with the anker on the funnel!
linerich have one here,but it is to far;-((

Petroc
30th July 2009, 22:31
thanks micheal ,i search a picture with the anker on the funnel!
linerich have one here,but it is to far;-((
I have one showing the anchor design on the funnel when she was under the Indonesian flag. I did not take it, but I'll post it in the gallery.
Petroc.