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Posted by: Hellenic spirit (IP Logged)
Date: August 26, 2010 09:00PM

Wiedau was a nice German prewar ship taht was given to Greece as a German war reparation. I have written several articles on her in [] where I show also her schedules from 1946-1949 both as HERAKLEION (her first name as a Greek passenger ship) and as LACONIA (her second name).

Here is some information about her


Ηράκλειον [Wiedau, Empire Contract, Herakleion, Laconia, Manganese]

Note: This is not the same HERAKLEION as the one lost in 1966 near Falkonera. The latter can be found in[]

This HERAKLEION is an old German cargo/passenger ship that came to Greece after World War II and was active for about 18 months. She has been mentioned also in []

She was built in 1925 as WIEDAU by the Bugsier Line of Hamburg. 965 tons, 68 m long 10.8 m wide. Requisitioned by the British in 1945, she became EMPIRE CONTRACT. She was transferred to the Greek Government the same year and became HERAKLEION. In 1948 she was assigned to Lakoniki Steamship Navigation Co, and named LACONIA. With the same name she became a Hellenic Levant Line, ship in 1954 and a J. Alexatos ship in 1964. In 1965 she transferred to Sinai Manganese Co, Egypt, and named MANGANESE. What a name! "Deleted" in 1993.

IDNo: 5201453 Year: 1925
Name: WIEDAU Launch Date:
Type: Cargo ship Date of completion: 5.25
Flag: DEU Keel:
Tons: 964 Link:
DWT: Yard No: 605
Length overall: Ship Design:
LPP: 67.4 Country of build: DEU
Beam: 10.7 Builder: Norderwerft K&M
Material of build: Location of yard: Hamburg
Speed(kn): 1T-10
Disposal Data: deleted 1993
Her owners were
Name Tons Change Main Owner

WIEDAU 964 1925 Bugsier
EMPIRE CONTRACT 964 1945 British Govt
HERAKLEION 964 1945 Greek Govt
LACONIA 964 1948 I.Tsengas & Co
MANGANESE 964 1965 Sinai Manganese Co


Here are some schedules of HERAKLEION

Left: November 23, 1946 Right: December 14, 1946
Left: December 28, 1946 Right: March 1, 1947
Here are some more schedules of Herakleion

Left: December 28, 1946 Right: March 1, 1947

Subject Written By Posted
  WIEDAU Aris 05/11/2010 12:55PM
  Re: WIEDAU de domenico 05/11/2010 02:07PM
  Re: WIEDAU Aris 05/12/2010 01:29PM
  Re: WIEDAU de domenico 05/12/2010 02:49PM
  Re: WIEDAU Hellenic spirit 08/26/2010 09:00PM

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