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TAUCHER O.WULF 3 tows CAP SAN DIEGO in front of Cuxhaven

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MV CAP SAN DIEGO is the world's largest seaworthy museum cargo ship.

Notable for its elegant silhouette, it was the last of a series of six ships known as the white swans of the south atlantic, and marked the apex of German-built bulk carriers before the advent of the container ship and the decline of Germany's heavy industry.



The Cap San Diego was built and launched by Deutsche Werft in 1961 for Hamburg Süd as the last of a series of six ships. The 159 m, 10000 dwt ship ran a regular schedule between Germany and South America, completing 120 round trips until 1981. After being sold and running under different names and flags of convenience as a tramp trader, the run-down ship was scheduled for scrapping in 1986, when it was bought by the city of Hamburg.


Museum Ship

The ship was restored mainly by the labour of enthusiasts and laid-off dock workers, and is kept operational to date. Most of the time, the Cap San Diego is moored at the port of Hamburg, where visitors can access virtually all areas of the ship from the bridge to the engine. One of the cargo holds hosts temporary exhibitions. Passenger cabins can be booked for overnight stays. Several times a year, the ship leaves the harbour for trips on its own power, mostly on the river Elbe or to Cuxhaven. In 2001, the ship was awarded the Maritime Heritage Award by the World Ship Trust, and in 2003 it was declared a protected item of cultural heritage by German law.



Type: General Cargo Ship

Flag: Germany

Port of Registry: Hamburg

Owner: Stiftung Hamburger Admiralität, Hamburg

Manager: M/S "CAO SAN DIEGO" Betreibergesellschaft mbH, Hamburg

Year built: 1962

Built by: Deutsche Werft AG,Hamburg

Length: 159.40m

Beam: 21.47m

Draft: 6.50m (8.46m max.)

Gross tonnage: 9.998 tons

Net tonnage: 5.728 tons

Deadweight: 10.017 tons

Engine type: MAN K 9 Z 78/140 D two-stroke 9 cylinder diesel

Engine power: 8.569 kW

Speed: 20.3 knots

Callsign: DNAI

MMSI: 211855000

IMO: 5060794



Type: Tug

Flag: Germany

Port of registry: Cuxhaven

Owner: Otto Wulf,Cuxhaven,Germany

Year built: 1993

Built by: Mützelfeldt Werft Cuxhaven

Length: 23.80 m

Beam: 8.40 m

Draft: 4.10m max.

Gross tonnage: 170,05 tons

Main Engines: 2 x Deutz SBV 6 M 536 each 800 hp

Auxiliaries: 1 diesel generator set 75 kW, 85 kVA, 380/220 V

1 diesel generator set 25 kW, 30 kVA, 380/220 V, 1 generator 24 V

Propulsion: 2 Voith-Schneider size 24/150

Bunker: 42530 litre diesel

Bollard pull: 20 tons

Callsign: DDTC

IMO: 5419244

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Taken on June 22, 2012