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Built under yard no 101 by Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg Denmark for Ocean and managed by J. Lauritzen A/S Esbjerg, Denmark.
08 May 1957 launched under the name THALA DAN.
Tonnage 2.000 gross, 1.033 net, 2.130 dwt., dim. 246.6 x 45.0 x 24.0ft., bpp. 215.0.
One 7 cyl. 2 S.C.SA diesel engine, type B&W 735-VBF-62, 1.970 bhp., speed 12 knots. One controllable pitch-propeller. The engine was manufactured by Burmeister & Waine Maskin- og Skibsbuggeri of Copenhagen. Bunker capacity 400 tons. Consumption 8 tons a day.
Fitted out with a crow-nest, and from the crow-nest the vessel was maneuverable when sailing in ice.
Accommodation for 36 passengers.
Built as a polar/research/supply vessel, specially strengthened for Arctic and Antarctic service. She was fitted out with an icebreaker stern, ice fins and ice cutter. ( Ice fins protect the propeller and rudder whilst moving ahead, and a ice cutter or ice knife gives the same protection when working astern.) Carried two DUKW amphibious vehicles and a Beaver aircraft. ( I think later replaced by an helicopter.)
Three hold, with a capacity of 1800 cubic meter, also a reefer compartment for the storage of 139 cubic meter frozen food and 40 cubic meter chilled food.
Nine derricks with a lifting capacity between 2 and 30 tons.
09 Oct. 1957, delivered to owners.
13 Oct. 1957 sailed for her maiden voyage from the shipyard to the Antarctic via Australia on time charter for the National Antarctic Research Expedition.
07 December 1957 she sailed from Australia for her first voyage to Macquarie Island about 1000 miles south of Tasmania. She was during the Antarctic summer season chartered by the Australian Anare Shipping, for supplying the Antarctic bases at Casey, Mawson and the summer bases at Commonwealth Bay.
During the Northerly summer seasons she was mostly used in the trade to Greenland.
In the 1959 season on 16 January 1959 she struck a rock off Davis and got holed, oil was flowing out. Temporary repairs were carried out at Davis station, before she returned to Australia for repairs. The submerged rock, which she struck, is now called the Thala Rock, and the rock is in a position of about 68 33S 77 52E.
Later also chartered by the French and used for the supply of there basis at Dumont D’Urville and the French Antarctic possessions. (I could not find out of she was chartered together with the Australian, or that she was only that voyages chartered by the French.)
From May 1975 until August 1975 rebuilt and modernized by the Frederikshavn Værft A/S Frederikshavn, Denmark.
Her passenger accommodation increased to 54. Crew 30.
Her open bridge wings enclosed. Cargo lifting gear increased, and fitted out with a powerful radio station to reach the Northerly radio stations from the Antarctic. A helicopter deck was fitted on the stern.
18 Feb. 1975 transferred to J.Lauritzen A/S.
22 Sept. 1982 sold to the Brazilian Government (Ministerio de Marinhal), Brasilia, Brazil and converted by the Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg into a surveying vessel for the Brazilian Navy.
Renamed in BARAO DE TEFFE. (H42)
Crew 75. and used as a lighthouse tender, logistics ship.
Displacement 5.500 tons full load.
During the summer of 1982/83 she made two voyages to the Antarctic.
2007 Sold by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Brazilian shipbreakers at Rio Janeiro and delivered October 2007to breakers.
Australian Antarctic Territory 1979 5c sg39, scottL38. 2003 $1 sg?, scott?
Brazil 1983 150cr sg2003, scott? As BARAO DE TEFFE.
Sources: http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/americas/brazil.htm http://www-old.aad.gov.au/goingsouth/Ex ... _thala.asp
J Lauritzen 1884 – 1984 by Søren Thorsøe. Log Book Vol 32 page 130.