HRR26 KRONPRINSESSE MÄRTHA


 

Kronprinsesse Märtha

 

Built by International Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Danzig, for Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab, delivered July in 1929. Shipyard number, 60.

 

898 gross, 517 nett tonnes. Registered length 176.8 feet, beam 31.2 feet, depth 19.9 feet. 145 HP, 900 IHP Lenz double-compound engine, 13 knots.

 

Designed for Bergen to Oslo kystrute, but also served on Stavanger to Bergen Nattrute.

 

On 19 December 1939 ran aground near Bru, north of Stavanger, and sank. Raised, repaired.

 

Renamed Ryfylke between 1942 and May 1945, on orders of the occupying forces.

 

Attacked by Allied aircraft on 23 March 1944 off Lista. One bomb exploded close to her hull, springing rivets in several plates. Beached before she sank. Refloated, repaired.

 

In 1948 fitted with new 1,200 BHP 16-cylinder 2T EV DM General Motors diesel (from 1943). 904 gross, 489 deadweight tonnes.

 

Relief ship on Hurtigrute for Sanct Svithun, and possibly also for a short while for Kong Olav. Otherwise served on kystrute and Nattrute.

 

On 26 June 1956 ran aground on Grønholmskjær, east of Risør, reflated and then sank. Raised, towed to Pusnes M/V, superstructure rebuilt, new bow fitted. Towed to Stavanger for interior refit at Stavangerske’s own shipyard. 996 gross, 597 nett tonnes. Registered length 182.2 feet.

 

Spent her final years on Nattrute after passenger service between Bergen and Oslo was withdrawn.

 

Sold in October 1974 to Nika Invest of Sandefjord, renamed Koster and used as accommodation ship. Sold in March 1979 to Sport Rover Shipping Corporation, renamed Sport Rover, and rebuilt to serve as a mother ship for diving operations. In the 1990s renamed Emerald Sea, spent some time laid up in River Fal, between Truro and Falmouth, and in 2000 was towed to Stockholm for conversion into a floating restaurant.