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Hans Utkilen of Bergen's 1949 S.P.Austin, Sunderland, built HAMEN, which was given a diesel engine in 1963 and was withdrawn from service in 1984, is seen passing Portishead fifty years ago today, on 1st April 1969 inbound for Bristol's City Docks.


Later: 1996: Alvar Olsson, Hälle, Sweden; 2004:acquired by Norway for preservation; 2011: sank at Halden; 2012: towed to Hirtshals; 2018: arrived at Bredalsholmen Shipyard and Preservation Centre, Kristiansand
· Date: Mon, 1 April 19 · Views: 245
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Keywords: HAMEN
Location photo was taken: Portishead
Date photo was taken: 1.4.69
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Registered: August 2005
Location: Santa Pola Spain
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Mon, 1 April 19 11:16


IMO 5404794.
Ship Type : General Cargo Ship.
Dim : Loa / Lpp x Beam - 73.84 / 73.8 x 11.16 mtr.
Built in 1948 by S. P. Austin & Son Ltd Wear Dock Sunderland United Kingdom as " POMPEY POWER " for The Lord Mayor Aldermen and Citizens of the City of Portsmouth, England.

Tonnage : brt / nrt / tdw - 1.354 / --- / 1.264.
Maschinery : Steam Reciprocating Triple Exp.Engine ( 15,5”–25,0”–44,0”,Stroke: 33,0” ) - ihp
Main Boiler : 2 x Steam boilers 3 Furnaces Total Heatingarea 2.696 ft².Workpressure 220 psi.
Marine Engineering Co. Ltd, Sunderland, England.

1948 Built as Launched 21/06.
1949 Delivered in January.
The ship entered the collier-fleet carrying coal from North of England to the coal-fired power-plants in Portsmouth, England.Just after the first delivery of coal to Portsmouth, the electricity industry was nationalised and the ships taken over by The British Electricity Authority Stephenson Clarke Ltd),Portsmouth.
1954 Taken over by Central Electricity Authority, Portsmouth.Same manager.
1958 Taken over by Central Electricity Generating Board, same manager.
1960 The oil-fired Marchwood Power Station near Southampton, England opened. The need for coal was reduced.Subsequently POMPEY POWER was sold to Rederi-A/S Orion (Tandberg & Møinichen), Drammen Norway,renamed " TANDIK ".
1962 Sold for NOK 650.000 to Hans Utkilen, Bergen.
Converted to motorship and upgraded at Stavanger and Rubbestadneset Norway. New engine: Wichmann type 9ACAT, 2CY/SA,9-cylinder, cyl. dim.: 280 x 420 mm. 1.200 BHP. Built by Wichmann Motorfabrikk A/S, Rubbestadneset.
1963 Trials in June. Renamed " HAMEN ".
Re-measured: grt / nrt / tdw - 1.364 / 649 / 1.780.
1986 Laid up north of Bergen.
1996 Sold to Lupin Shipping Ltd (Alvar Olsson, Varberg,Sweden), Kingstown, St Vincent & the Grenadines. Towed to Iddefjorden near Strömstad, Sweden. And HAMEN was nearly forgotten for years.
2004 Taken over by Stiftelsen M/S ”Hamen” ex. D/S ”Tandik”.The foundation is established to secure and preserve HAMEN as a stationary historic vessel and museum. The foundation bought the ship in 2004, and it is now temporarily secured. We have received economic and political support from different sources, for instance from the Norwegian Council for Cultural Heritage, a private trust, from the Norwegian Parliament, and from some private companies. The ship is still laid up in Sweden. At present, the working conditions are very, very
difficult. HAMEN should definitely be docked as soon as possible, to secure the underwater hull. The decks and the roofs of the deckhouses are leaking and in poor conditions.However, under the present economic conditions, it is not possible for the foundation to tow the ship to a yard for docking. We are in urgent need of money, and the situation for
HAMEN may be critical and impossible for the foundation to handle within a short time. We are therefore in need of any kind of help, as economical, practical, political and moral, to save the ship from this present situation. It is still possible to secure and preserve HAMEN if the recourses are available, but there is not much time to do it!
2012 Towed in December to Hirtshals, Denmark.
2013 Dry-docked in January. Hull and superstructure surveyed and partly repaired. Further upgrading planned.
2018 Arrived at Bredalsholmen Shipyard and Preservation Centre Kristiansand Norway.

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Registered: April 2006
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Fri, 5 April 19 18:24

I was on the Gosport when we passed her entering an East Coast Port,our 3rd/E told the C/E that he recognized her as an old"Pompey".When asked how he knew, as he walked away he replied "By the angle of her ensign staff!"
There's no answer to that!

I'll never forget old ""wots-his-name"!!!
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