Ex Beyrouth, Rhodos
Rhodos – © DFDS
Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1948 by Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri, Helsingør, Denmark (Yard No 285) as a General Cargo vessel.
- Length: 100.97 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
Depth: 8.08 m
Draught: 5.589 m
Tonnage: 1852 gross/1237 net/2655t deadweight
Engines: Oil 2SA 8-cylinder B & W 8-50VF-90 diesel
Power: 2387 kW/3200 bHP
Speed: 16 knots (Max)
Capacity: 12 passengers/G-4.692/B-4.358/Ins-893
Call Sign: OYIM, ODLU
IMO Number: 5293949
- Official Number: B1991
Port of Registry: Copenhagen/Denmark, Beirut/Lebanon
Sister Ships: Lemnos, Melos, Samos
November 27th 1946: Keel laid.
August 19th 1947: Launched.
September 14th 1948: Completed and trials.
September 21st 1948: Delivered to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark as RHODOS.
Rhodos – © DFDS
September 21st 1948: Sailed from Copenhagen (via Aalborg) to Antwerp.
1948 – 1967: Services mainly between Copenhagen – Antwerp – Western Mediterranean/Levant
1958: First DFDS ship in service for Nordana Line.
1965: Sailed Copenhagen – North America.
1967: Sailed Copenhagen – South America.
May 12th 1967 – December 3rd 1967: Laid up in Copenhagen.
December 1967: Resumed service.
February 20th 1968: Laid up in Copenhagen.
March 20th 1968: Sold to Associated Levant Lines, renamed BEYROUTH. However, the name was immediately changed to BEKAA. Manager; T Gargour et Fils, Beirut, Lebanon.
Bekaa – © Malcolm Cranfield (Maassluis 09071968)
Bekaa – © Bob Scott (Rotterdam 11/07/1968)
Bekaa – © Peter Longhurst (Shoreham 1977)
Bekaa – © Gordon Wise (Dover)
October 9th 1977: Arrived in Vigo from Beirut
November 22nd 1977: Arrived at San Esteban de Pravia for scrapping.
1978: Scrapped at Aviles Desquaces SA
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Malcolm Cranfield, Peter Longhurst, Bob Scott and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)