Heavy-duty general cargo ship Saar. This magnificent yard model is part of a larger permanent loan of objects from the Hamburg shipping company Friedrich A. Detjen.
This magnificent yard model is part of a larger permanent loan of objects from the Hamburg shipping company Friedrich A. Detjen, which the museum received from Mareike Janssen in 2019. It was built on a scale of 1:100 in the Christel Stührmann workshop in Hamburg and depicts the heavy-duty general cargo ship „Saar“ from 1969.
The „Saar“ was built at the Lübeck shipyard of Flender Werke AG. She and her sister ship „Oder“ were equipped with a special heavy-duty crane system patented by the shipyard. She was 142.45 m long, 21 m wide and had a maximum draught of 9.43 m. Her maximum load capacity was 13,858 tons and her 8-cylinder four-stroke diesel engine, built by MAN AG in Hamburg, brought her to a top speed of 19 knots.
The Detjen company managed the ship until 1973, when a company named after the ship (MS Saar) was founded to manage it. In 1977, the ship was sold to Maritime Co. Overseas Inc. based in Liberia. The ship was then renamed „Antipolo“. In 1980, the „Antipolo“ became the property of the Maritime Co. of the Philippines Inc. based in Panama. Our data does not indicate the reason, but the „Antipolo“ was chained in Glasgow in 1984. The authorities can detain a ship in a port in this way if there is suspicion that it is related to a crime or business irregularity. In this case, the problem appears to have been financial, as the ship was auctioned off in October of that year. The buyer was the company Eduard Pommer, also based in Panamá. The ship was renamed „Elke P.“ and taken to Antwerp for repairs. In 1985, the ship was resold three times in less than a year. In 1986, the ship was sent to Shanghai for scrapping. Her last name after an eventful career was „N. Star“.
The 1:100 scale model is on display on deck 9 of the museum.