They must be chipping rust. Although I cannot observe any tool, theses odd acrobatic contortions must mean they are trying to get at hard to reach surfaces with the chipping hammer. Picture taken aboard Erikson owned Passat
Like the PAMIR the ship was condemned to be broken up at Antwerp in 1951. However, both were 'salvaged' by the German company Schliewen in May 1951 and converted to training ships for the German mercantile marine. They passed Flushing with destination Hamburg on 6th June 1951.
The Norwegian motor tanker Storstad seen here after being converted into the German auxiliary mineship Passat in October 1940.
The Storstad (8998 grt / 5217 nrt) was launched on 21 Oct 1925 by Blythswood Shipbuilding Co., Scotstoun for A. F. Klaveness & Co., Oslo. She was powered by two 6-cyl.
Passat and Parma in Hamburg in 1931. The Parma on the right was built as Arrow by Rodger, Pt. Glasgow in 1902 for Anglo Am. Oil Co. of 2971tons. In 1912 she went to F. Laeisz of Hamburg and was named Parma. In 1931 she went to the Australian sea writer Alan Villiers in company with the Åland captain
Passat with but little cargo and no wind whatever: time to take a photograph; the empty boat falls can be seen right aft. Built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg for F. Laeisz in 1911. 1919 interned in Iquique, 1919 handed to the French, 1922 bought back by Laeisz, 1932 to Erikson of Mariehamn. 1951 to b
The Passat, several pictures of her here already. Worth a visit if you're in the north of Germany. If you are going from Sweden to Germany, pick a ferry that lands there. No running rigging on her, and a bit of the standing missing as well, but still impressive. German efficiency in a sailer. Stein