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Empire Cony

EMPIRE CONY

Built by Stettiner Oderwerke, AG, Stettin-Grabow and completed for owners Ernst Russ, Hamburg during December 1921 as Wilhelm Russ.
She was a 997 ton triple expansion steam merchant with a 9 knot service speed.
In 1945 she was seized by the Allies at Eckernforde and handed over to the MOWT. They renamed her Empire Cony but then sold her to Storeship Transport Co., London in 1947 where she was renamed Elsie Beth.
In 1950, five years after being removed from the ownership of Ernst Russ, she was purchased by them and taken back into the fold. They renamed her Wilhelm Russ again and she is shown as such in this photograph. I have no idea whether this photograph was taken during the first period of ownership or the last.
She was broken up at Hamburg during the third quarter of 1958.

Photograph belongs to Stuart Smith
Copyright A. Duncan, East Cowes, I.O.W.

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From the flagg I would suggest the time after 1949. It seems to be "black-red-gold", the merchant marine flagg of the then new Federal German Republic. This flagg had also been national flagg of germany between 1919 and 1933 (Weimarer Republik), but the merchant marine flagg was kept "black-white-red" with a small "black-red-gold" inlay in the upper left corner during that time. And from 1933 to 1945 all merchant ships had to use the swastika flagg of the "Third Reich".
 

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Thankyou Stuart and thankyou sdm 1964 for the information.
As it is a Duncan photo it may be in the Thames as he lived here at Gravesend for most of his life.
Also many of those type of ship came to Surrey Docks with timber and then rigged uprights and
chicken wire as in photo,and loaded a return cargo of coke at Beckton Gas works North Woolwich
Regards,
Stan
 

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A small correction, sdm.
The Swastika was in use since 1935, from 1933 to 1935 the German merchant marine used "black-wide-red".
 

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Stan , reckon she's just approaching Beckton Gas works as that looks like Belmarsh on the south bank ....before the built the 'Slammer'. As you say, probably shifted down river fron the Surrey Docks after discharging timber from the Baltic.
 

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kgvm, you are absolutely correct. For the period 1933 to 1935 the Nazi government first reverted to the old merchant marine flag of the time before 1919, eleminating the small sign of the short democratic time...
Greetings
sdm
 

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