Mneme

Date of launch1903
Place of launchPort Glasgow
Type4-masted steel barque
GRT2423
NRT2266
DWT4050
Length94.7 m (310.6 ft)
Beam13.2 m (43.3 ft)
Draft7.5 m (24.5 ft)

Later names: Pommern (1907)

  • 1903
    Built of steel by J. Reid & Co., Port Glasgow for B. Wencke Söhne, Hamburg. She was rigged as a four-masted barque carrying double topgallant sails but no royals. She had three sister ships, Octavia, Schürbek and Colonial Empire.

  • January 1906
    Sold to the shipping company ``Rehderei Act. Ges. von 1896'' after the death of shipowner F. Wencke.

  • 26 November 1906
    Sold to Reederei F. Laeisz, Hamburg, renamed the Pommern and put on the South American nitrate trade.

  • 26 January 1911
    In collision with the four-masted barque Engelhorn in the North Sea. Both ships were damaged in both hull and rigging and Pommern was towed to Hamburg and repaired.

  • 1918
    Handed over as war compensation to the Greek government.

  • 1923
    Bought by Gustaf Erikson, Mariehamn and put on the Australian wheat trade.

  • 28 August 1939
    Arrived at Mariehamn, where she was laid up during the war together with the Viking and the Passat.

  • 10 July 1944
    Towed to Stockholm to serve as grain storage.

  • 1945
    Towed back to Mariehamn, but unlike the Passat and the Viking, the Pommern was not sent to sea again, because of necessary repairs that would have been too costly to carry out.

  • 1952
    Donated to the Town of Mariehamn to be preserved as a museum ship, where she can still be seen and visited. The Pommern is the only cargo-carrying four-masted barque that has been preserved in its original condition.


Pictures:
The Pommern
The Pommern
The Pommern as museum ship in Mariehamn.


References:
  • http://www.pommern.aland.fi/ (External link.)
  • Björn O. Svensson: Pommern, ISBN 951-52-0917-X, published by Söderström & Co Förlags AB 1984
  • Sten Lille, Lars Grönstrand: Suomen valtameripurjehtijat, ISBN 951-9064-31-1, published by Etelä-Suomen Kustannus Oy 1979
  • Alex A. Hurst: Hur all världens råtacklade fyr- och femmastade skepp slutade sin levnad, Longitude - tidskrift från de sju haven 23 pp. 76 - 93, ISSN 0024-6328, published by Carlstedt Förlag AB, Stockholm 1987
  • Alex A. Hurst: En lista på all världens 4- och 5-mastade råtacklade skepp, Longitude - tidskrift från de sju haven 22 pp. 7 - 31, ISSN 0024-6328, published by Carlstedt Förlag AB, Stockholm 1986

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