HRR7 MERCUR


 

Mercur

 

Built as Kong Dag by Motala M/V, Göteborg, for Det Søndenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, delivered in May 1883.  Shipyard number, 188.

 

989 gross, 569 nett, 750 deadweight tonnes. Registered length 207.0 feet, beam 29.7 feet, depth 21.5 feet. 154 nom. HP, 1.040 IHP Motala two-cylinder compound engine, 11.5 knots.

 

Originally employed on Søndenfjeldske’s Oslo to Hamburg service. Sold to Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab in August 1889, renamed Mercur in November that year.

 

Grounded and sank on 23 October 1919 off Nord-Leksen in Trondheimsfjorden en route from Trondheim to Bergen. Raised, repaired and refitted at Mjellem & Karlsen, Bergen, and returned to service in 1922.

 

Used by Bergenske originally on Bergen to Newcastle service, subsequently on coastal kombinerte routes. Hurtigrute relief ship in the 1930s.

 

Withdrawn in January 1939, sold to Einar Cook of Bergen, stripped to become a barge, and sold to Kristiania-Portland Cementfabrikk, Oslo, renamed Else. Sold in 1951 to Johan Nilsen of Fredrikstad. In February 1952 sold to Belgian owner, possibly for further use as a river barge.