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RIO SAN JUAN

RIO SAN JUAN

The 1936 Nakskov built RIO SAN JUAN of Empresa Lineas Maritimas Argentinas is seen passing Hoek van Holland, inbound for Rotterdam on 13th May 1971, at the end of a voyage from Bahia Blanca via Recife.

EX-AMERICAN REEFER-42

hulked 12.12.78 - scrapped Buenos Aires 7.91

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What I have found...

Built for Lauritzen..

Upon invasion of Denmark found herself in St Thomas (?)
Sold to Flota Mercante del Estado at the end of '41 with a 'buy back' clause...

Presumably this was to allow her to keep trading as a neutral ship..

Mas aqui..

http://www.faergejournalen.dk/handelsskibe/lauritzen/american_reefer_1936.html


'1938: Transferred to the shipping company Ocean A / S, Copenhagen 12/2.
1940: Arrived 12/4 to St. Thomas, awaiting the situation. Later sailed to Buenos Aires for laying (up?).
1940: Home port changed to Copenhagen from 4/9.
1941: Contract signed in Buenos Aires 29/12 regarding sale to Commision Administradora de la Flota Mercante del Estado. Sold with buy-back clause to J. Lauritzen after the war.
1942: Taken over by the new owners 13/3. Renamed "Rio San Juan".
1961: Transferred to Empresa Lineas Maritimas Argentinas S.A., Buenos Aires.'
 

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I have just found my copy of Lauritzen 1884-1984... published by the WSS
Quite a few Lauritzen ships ended up under South American control.
As well as this ship the Argentines also bought the Indian Reefer and Brazilian Reefer... all with the 'buy back' clause and only to be 'employed on domestic trade between South American republics'.

The only one they bought back was 'Indian Reefer' ... then in 1965 they sold her and she become 'Roland von Hamburg' running daytrippers from Bremen to Heligoland....

Why not the other two? Dunno ... surplus to requirements? ... RG offered more money so they could keep them.... ?? Condition was such that they lost interest?
'Egyptian Reefer' - after three years in Brazilian ownership - limped home at 7 knots and then spent 12 months being overhauled before returning to service....
 

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