MV Liemba

The MV Liemba, formerly the Graf von Götzen, is a passenger cargo ferry that runs along the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The ship was built in 1913 in Germany, and was one of three vessels operated by the Germans to control Lake Tanganyika during the early part of World War I. It was scuttled by its captain on 26 July 1916 off the mouth of the Malagarasi river, during the German retreat from the town of Kigoma. In 1924 the ship was salvaged by a British Royal Navy salvage team and recommissioned in 1927 as the Liemba. The vessel is now owned by the Tanzania Railways Corporation and runs between the ports of Bujumbura, Burundi, Kigoma, Tanzania and Mpulungu, Zambia with numerous stops to pick up and set down passengers in between.

  • José González Spaudo 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called AQUELLOS MAGNÍFICOS NAVIOS, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Sindee kawasylva 4y

    I FEEL AS IF IT CAN BE REFUFBISED IT SHOULD BE DONE, IT IS A PART OF "HISTORY"!!!
  • alalgar 4y

    I was in that boat in 1997 during the flee of refugees from Uvira to Kigoma....
  • M G Visram 4y

    Very nostalgic and touching. I sailed in similar sister ships on Lake Victoria (not very far from Lake Tanganyika) in 1950s. These Ships, 'Rusinga' and 'Usoga,' together with Liembe were operated by then British Administered East African Railways and Harbours. They should never be allowed to become extinct. Part of our history.

    M G Visram
  • Kokinoskaros 4y

    Fix it up you cheap saurkrauters.....and you britts, return the Parthenon marbles....you thieves.

    FOR HISTORY‘S SAKE.
  • grumble53 4y

    @ Kokinoskaros...... you didn't want them when we took them, so why do you want them back now? Until recently Greece wasn't bothered about the Parthenon and has allowed the thing to fall into disrepair for centuries.
  • Tudor Barlow 4y

    Just read the story of this ship on the BBC News website with a link to this picture. Good for Flickr again!
  • kmalivuk 4y

    The German government could well afford to finance the preservation of this important piece of World history, and spread good will at the same time. Is there a formal way to petition them to encourage this preservation?
  • Gerva1s 4y

    M G Visram MG Visram - my father worked for EAR&H and was captain of the Liemba in 1961-1962 and of the Usoga later in the 60's/70's. He was also served as captain of the Nyanza and Uhuru also on lake Victoria,
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