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Identification Data

Bouwjaar: 1941
Classification Register: Lloyd's Register of Shipping (LR)
Categorie: Cargo vessel
Voorstuwing: Motor Vessel
Type: General Cargo
Standaard scheepstype: Empire Coaster
Type Dek: Flush deck
Masten: Two masts
Material Hull: Steel
Dekken: 1
Construction Data

Scheepsbouwer: J.S. Watson (Gainsborough) Ltd., Gainsborough, Great Britain
Werfnummer: 1521
Launch Date: 0000-09-08
Delivery Date: 1941-12-00
Technical Data

Engine Manufacturer: H. Widdop & Co. Ltd, Keighley, Great Britain
Motor Type: Motor, Oil, 2-stroke single-acting
Number of Cylinders: 6
Power: 200
Power Unit: BHP (APK, RPK)
Eng. additional info: Widdop Type (292x343)
Speed in knots: 8
Number of screws: 1
Gross Tonnage: 325.00 Gross tonnage
Net Tonnage: 145.00 Net tonnage
Deadweight: 342.00 tonnes deadweight (1000 kg)
Grain: 19200 Cubic Feet
Bale: 18200 Cubic Feet
Length 1: 41.76 Meters Length overall (Loa)
Length 2: 40.36 Meters Length between perpendiculars (Lbp)
Beam: 7.52 Meters Breadth, moulded
Depth: 3.81 Meters Depth, moulded
Draught: 2.64 Meters Registered
Configuration Changes

Datum 00-00-1956
Type: Propulsion/engine changed
Omschrijving: Nieuwe hoofmotor: 2tew 7 cil 350 PK Widdop Type (216x343), 9 Kn.

Datum 00-00-1965
Type: Shiptype/category changed
Omschrijving: Omgebouwd tot zandzuiger.

Ship History Data

Date/Name Ship 1941-12-00 EMPIRE RIVER
Manager: Channel Islands Shipping Company Ltd, Hull, Great Britain
Eigenaar: Ministry of (War) Transport, London, Great Britain
Homeport / Flag: London / Great Britain

Date/Name Ship 1943-04-12 OOSTERHAVEN
Manager: Ministerie van Scheepvaart & Visscherij, The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Eigenaar: Staat der Nederlanden, The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Homeport / Flag: The Hague / Netherlands
Callsign: PGNG

Date/Name Ship 1946-05-00 JEAN MARC
Manager: M.R. Couton, Marseille, France
Eigenaar: M.R. Couton, Marseille, France
Homeport / Flag: Marseille / France

Date/Name Ship 1946-11-00 JEAN-MARC RICHARD
Manager: André Richard, Marseille, France
Eigenaar: André Richard, Marseille, France
Homeport / Flag: Marseille / France
Callsign: TKLT

Date/Name Ship 1950-00-00 MARSHLEA
Manager: Hindlea Shipping Company Ltd, Cardiff, Great Britain
Eigenaar: Hindlea Shipping Company Ltd, Cardiff, Great Britain
Homeport / Flag: Cardiff / Great Britain
Callsign: MLGM

Date/Name Ship 1952-00-00 PETER LEIGH
Manager: F.A. Ashmead & Son Ltd., Bristol, Great Britain
Eigenaar: F.A. Ashmead & Son Ltd., Bristol, Great Britain
Homeport / Flag: Bristol / Great Britain
Callsign: MLGM

Ship Events Data

1944-00-00: Nam deel aan de operatie "Neptune" (Invasie van Normandië.)
1944-12-17: Isbjørn was in service on the coast of Gt. Britain. Took part as supply ship for the Normandie invasion in June-1944 (Operation Neptune), arriving Omaha on June 12, departing June 18. In December 1944 Isbjørn was at the Prince of Wales Dock, Swansea, undergoing extensive repairs and overhaul. She departed Swansea at 18:00 on December 14th with a cargo of about 650 tons Anthracite coal for Poole (Goole?) and joined a convoy the following morning. The next day a storm was encountered and at 00:30 on December 17th 1944 a heavy sea swept over her, causing her cargo to shift to port, and she immediately developed a list. The captain gave orders to heave to and to start filling the starboard No. 2 ballast tank, which seemed to stabilize the ship and decrease the list somewhat. However, the winds increased to hurricane force, and about 04:30 the electricity to the navigation lights and compass broke down, the paraffin oil lamps were lit, the compass being lit up by an electric torch. It now became more and more difficult to keep Isbjørn under control, and she suddenly started to move off course, with the wind and sea coming in from aft while she listed more and more to port (every effort had been made to keep the wind and sea on the port bow prior to this). They attempted to get the ship up against the wind again, but to no avail. With the situation now being critical, orders were given to stand by the lifeboat. The motorboat had already been lost when the forward davit gave way. An SOS signal was sent to a nearby ship by Aldis lamp, and a number of rockets were also sent up, but in the poor visibility it was believed their signals were not seen. Two heavy seas now washed over the after deck, and in a matter of seconds Isbjørn capsized and sank by the stern (the hatches were believed to have been broken in). Because of the list they had not been able to launch the lifeboat, but as the ship went down, the boat unhooked itself with 1 man in it who picked up another man from the water. Later, another 6 were picked up by this boat, including the captain, who had gotten his foot jammed and was pulled down with the suction, but had managed to get himself free and to the surface. The lifeboat was badly damaged and was full of water. 6 hours later they were spotted by the Dutch M/S OOSTERHAVEN (position 50 27N 03 00W, Captain H. A. A. Breent) and in spite of the bad weather managed to maneuver the ship close to the lifeboat and take the men on board. However, during this transfer, the steward fell overboard and disappeared. Upon being told there might be more survivors the Dutch vessel went to the place where Isbjørn had gone down and found 4 men on 2 rafts, but no more survivors could be found, so they left the scene.
1946-05-10: Het Vrije Volk 10-05-1946: Nederl. kustvaarders verkocht. De tijdens de oorlog gebouwde kustvaartuigen Noorderhaven, Westerhaven, Oosterhaven en Pampus, elk bruto 320 ton, zijn aan de Franse regering verkocht.
1950-09-28: Fairplay, 28th September 1950: The French single-deck m.v. JEAN MARC RICHARD (ex-JEAN MARC, ex-OOSTERHAVEN, ex-EMPIRE RIVER), 313 tons gross, 150 tons net, carrying about 350 tons deadweight on a draft of 8 ft. 10 3/4 in. , built by Messrs J.S. Watson, Gainsborough in 1941, S.S.No.1 in 1946, oil engines (aft) (6 cyl) 11½ in. by 13½ in. stroke, , by Messrs H. Widdop and Company Ltd., and owned by Mrs. Yvonne Richard, of Nimes, has been sold, through Messrs. Barry Rogliano Salles, of Paris and Marseilles, to British buyers.
1965-00-00: Verbouwd tot zandzuiger CARBO-CENTRE voor Carbo Centre S.A., St. Brieuc.
1998-00-00: Lloyd's laat de registratie vervallen omdat het nog bestaan van het schip twijfelachtig is.


Omschrijving: De Oosterhaven 1941 als Marshlea
Gemaakt door: Skyfotos Ltd.
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Omschrijving: Peter Leigh 1941 ex Marhlea ex Jean Marc Richard ex Jean Marc ex Oosterhaven ex Empire River in River Avon on 07-06-1963.
Gemaakt door: Perry, Ray
Onderwerp: Havenopname

Omschrijving: Peter Leigh 1941 ex Marhlea ex Jean Marc Richard ex Jean Marc ex Oosterhaven ex Empire River, laid up Bristol in 1965.
Gemaakt door: Perry, Ray
Onderwerp: Havenopname

Omschrijving: De Oosterhaven 1941 als Carbo Centre (zandschip SB 1401)
Gemaakt door: Unknown
Onderwerp: Havenopname