My Ship Art(?)

Ellerman's 'City of Durban'

Blue Funnel Line's MV Lycaon passing through the Giudecca Canal, Venice

The Reichenfels, one of 9 sister-ships (among them the German Commerce Raider Atlantis (ex-Goldenfels)) was built in 1936. From 1936 to 1939 under the pseudo-name Ruth she transported supplies to German troops fighting in the Spanish civil war. From May until November 1940, she operated as a supply ship for German submarines operating in the Mediterranian. From Nov. 1940 onwards she transported Afrika Korps troops and supples from Italy to North Africa. In June 1942 she was sunk off the coast of Tunesia by a British RAF air attack.

German Sperrbrecher/Versorger (Blockade Runner/Supply Ship) TANNENFELS

German Raider PINGUIN

Hilfskreuzer HSK 5 (Aux. Cruiser) PINGUIN, in terms of either tonnage sank or captured, she was the most successful of all of the German Hilfskreuzer. In June 1940, she broke out through the Denmark Strait disguised as the neutral Russian ship PETSCHURA whereafter she immediately changed her identity to mimic the neutral Greekship KASSOS. At the end of August she changed her disguise to that of the Norwegian Wilhelmsen's TRAFALGAR. On 28.Nov. she again changed her identity by painting her hull and most of the superstructure black. On 18.Feb.1941 she disguised herself as the neutral Norwegian ship TAMERLANE of the Wilhelmsen Line. On the 8.May she was spotted by one of British cruiser HMS CORNWALL's Walrus seaplanes. After radio contact with Cornwall, its second Walrus was launched. On arrival at the scene, the original Walrus returned to its cruiser while the other shadowed the "Tamerlane", guiding the cruiser towards her position. When the Cornwall came within range, suspicious of Tamerlane's true identity, it sent a warning shot across its bow whereupon the PINGUIN struck its Reichskriegsflagge (battle-flag). As part of her armament, the Pinguin carried sea mines which had not yet been laid. One of an opening salvo's four shells from the Cornwall penetrated the Pinguin's hull and detonated amongst the mines. The Pinguin was blown sky high - from a total of 640 souls aboard (crew and prisoners taken from ships they had sunk), only 61 crew and 24 prisoners survived.


German Raider - Hilfskreuzer  HSK 8 (Aux. Cruiser) KORMORAN, in the guise of the neutral Dutch freighter STRAAT MALAKKA. Her ARADO scout floatplane, previously set in the water by the ship's derricks, has lifted off to investigate the ship on the horizon.  It was in her guise as the Straat Malakka that she had the fatal meeting with HMAS Sydney - fatal for both ships as they both went down.

German Raider - Hilfskreuzer HSK 2 (Aux. Cruiser) ATLANTIS, in the guise of the neutral Norweigian freighter  KNUTE NELSON.

  Burns & Laird                        M.V. Royal Scotsman                 River Clyde, Scotland, 1937

Operation Torch 1942 - Corvette HMS Spey, HMS Queen Emma and HMS Royal Scotsman underway in Convoy KMF1 when attacked by Luftwaffe-Kampfgeschwader II/KG26 (based in Sardinia) 30 miles from Cape Palos, Spain

Burns & Laird     M.V . Lairds Loch   Outward bound on the evening route from Glasgow to Londonderry. The ilse of Ailsa Craig -"Paddy's Milestone" -  lies astern.

Burns & Laird                       M.V. Lairds Loch                   On the Clyde Estuary in summer

Bank Line, Andrew Weir                M.V. Cloverbank                   Tanga, Tanzania

Bank Line, Andrew Weir       M.V. Weybank          passing the Esplanade Moorings, Calcutta

Bank Line, Andrew Weir                  M.V. Weybank                   Land ahead after the storm

Bank Line, Andrew Weir                  M.V. Cedarbank              Monsoon, Bay of Bengal

Bank Line, Andrew Weir          M.V. Ernebank         Hooghly River, pilotage to Calcutta

Lowland Tanker Co., BTC, BP                M.V. Border Regiment                              Suez Canal

Lowland Tanker Co., BTC,BP

M.V. Border Chieftain  -  underway in the Bay of Biscay  -    "Suez for orders"

Horn Linie, Hamburg                   M.S. Hornsee               Carribean Sea, bound for Trinidad

P&O                                           S.S. Carthage                                Aden, 1956

P.&O.                                                S.S. Khyber                              Suez Canal, 1927

   P.&O.                        S.S. Khiva         entering Colombo Harbour, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), 1927

Blue Funnel Line                                  M.V.  Cyclops                                             Hong Kong


Blue Funnel Line                        M.V. Adrastus       Keppel Harbour roads, Singapore

M.S. Wallenfels  - N.W. coast of Scotland

M.S. Berlin  - departing Warnemuende/Rostock WarneWarnemunde

M.S. Dresden - "Rolling Home" approaching Warnemuende/Rostock

Blue Funnel Line     M.V.  Bellerophon     Port of London

Ellerman Line                      M.V. City Of Birmingham                   Beira, Mozambique

Clan Line Steamers Ltd.         M.V. King Alexander          (originally King Line vessel)

Ellerman Line                                 M.V. City Of Oxford              Arriving at Bonny, Nigeria

United Fruit Corp.                           S.S. Calamares                   Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Blue Star Line                              M.V. Canberra Star