Astrid Bakke - Haugesund, Norway

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The 1954-built general cargo ship Astrid Bakke is seen in this photograph while she was underway early in her career. It is not known where the picture was taken.

Astrid Bakke was a one-ship order, placed by Knut Knutsen O.A.S. of Haugesund, Norway in 1952. She was built by Kieler Howaldtswerke A.G. at Kiel, Germany as yard number 969. Net tonnages were measured as being 9,703 GRT, 5,626 NRT with a deadweight of 9,940 tons. Her dimensions were: length over all: 152.04 meters, length between perpendiculars: 140.16 meters, beam: 19.33 meters, draught: 8.934 meters and height: 13.11 meters. Her cargo intake was: Grain: 19,033 m3, Bale: 17,287 m3 with 2,625 m3 reefer capacity. She was propelled by one MAN diesel engine, providing 9,100 BHP, sufficient for a 17.0 knots service speed.

She was delivered to D/S/ A/S Jeannette Skinner in February 1954 and was intended for world-wide trading. She was managed by Knut Knutsen. She mainly sailed on the Pacific in a liner service between U.S. and Canadian West Coast ports to Australia and New Zealand occasionally via the Far East. She sailed in Knutsen service until the spring of 1975, when she was sold as Seatrade to owner North Sea Transport Corporation Ltd., with unspecified managers. She was flying the Panamanian flag.

She was employed in tramping services between the Middle East and Far East. She traded only for a brief period as Seatrade then in December 1975 she was sold again. This time to owner Wyndham Shipping Ltd., also of Panama. Her manager was Gulfeast Ship Management Ltd. This Hong Kong-based company bought many vessels during the second half of the seventies which were nearly all operated in tramp shipping. She was renamed Tasman Express, still under the Panamanian flag.

As her name suggests, she was engaged in services from Australia and New Zealand to the Middle East, Eastern Africa and a few times to the Far East. Gulfeast kept her afloat until 22 December 1979, when she arrived at Kaohsiung for demolition.

It is beleived that she sailed through her entire career without major incident or grounding. No significant conversions were recorded and drydocking information is unknown.

Information courtesy Herbert Carmigchelt, Marine News & Lloyds Registers

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Posted: November 28, 2002       Last Revised: December 14, 2002
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