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WASHINGTON EXPRESS

New York during the last war. The text as as completely without information as those who wrote it in London could mansage, but the gist of it is that the Norwegians were doing a grat job.

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Well, she is a reefer... a hull profile not unlike some of the Danish Lauritzen ships built just before the war such as this one https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/26900/title/rio-san-juan-/cat/510

That should shorten the list..

Edit.. the cranes in front of the bridge / aft end of #3 hatch are 'unusual'
 

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Washington Express or a sister...

https://skipshistorie.net/Moss/MOS592Biornstad/MOS59219330100000WASHINGTONEXPRESS.htm

but the fleet list only lists a single ship.... a sister may have been built for other owners maybe...

https://www.norskeskip.no/BBiornstadfleet.htm
 

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Quite a lot of Norwegian ships were built at Götaverken, I have never seen any perfect twins, so I strongly believe you have found her. Thanks again.
 

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IMO 5607458 , Dead.
Ship Type : Refrigerated Cargo Ship.
Dim : Loa / Lpp x Beam - 352.0’ / 338,4’ x 47.2’.
2 x Drammens Jern compressors. Coolant CO2. Indirect expansion. Capacity 108,000 kcal / hour and + 0.5 ° C in cargo space.
Possibly the first Norwegian refrigerator ship.

Built in 1933 as " WASHINGTON EXPRESS " by AB Götaverken Mekaniska Verkstad Gothenburg Sweden for Skibs-A/S Seattle, (Biørn Biørnstad Rederi & Co A/S Oslo as manager) Oslo Norway.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 3.643 / 2.165 / 3.160.
Main Engine : Burmeister & Wain 4SA 8-Cyl 550/1000-8 (550 x 1.000 mm) 2 x 2.100 bhp.Built by Gøtaverken AB Gothenburg Sweden / 15.7 Knop.


1940 Due to WWII New manager Norwegian Nortraship London/New York.
1945 Returned to Owner.

1953 Owners company moved to Moss and the ship registered there.
1956 Sold to P/R m/s Augustenburg (Harald Schuldt Hamburg) Hamburg Germany,renamed " AUGUSTENBURG ".

1962 Collided 18/04 with Danish M/S COLORADO and sank in the English Channel in position 50.16N-00.54W while on a voyage from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Hamburg with apples.



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