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Photographer:Michael Wirth [View profile]Title:DagoAdded:Jul 06, 2019
Location:Kiel Canal, Germany
Photo Category: General cargo ships built before 1940 (Under 3000gt)
Steamer "Dagø" passing Hochdonn ferry station and high bridge, overtaken most likely by "Hilde".

Dagø was built 1917 as ELMPARK, 1919 BRODSWORTH - 1929 DAGO - 1940 DAGO II - 1946 DAGO - 1957 MASCOT, broken Up 21/06/1960 Hong Kong.

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Picture taken by Karl August Wirth sometime between 1949 and 1954, scanned slide. Copyright Michael Wirth.

Identification thanks to Arne Jürgens and miraflores!

A small part of the stern is missing, so the admins may decide whether they want to keep the picture or not.
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Michael Wirth on Jul 07, 2019 20:10 (15 days ago)
Hello Emmanuel,

the name refers to an island that (even as the ship was named) a long time ago belonged to Denmark and Sweden:

And especially in Denmark the people have absolutely no sense of humor when it comes to land and territory.

They won't let you buy a piece of land or a house and even prohibit hoisting another flag than their Dannebrog.

That was the case a few years ago but I think things haven't changed. Correct me when I'm wrong!

So the name is no surprise and I would not be suprised if was still in use today every now and then.

Best regards,


P.S. I really like Denmark and it's people and always had a great time there - only to avoid any misunderstandings!
Emmanuel.L on Jul 07, 2019 19:22 (15 days ago)
Nowadays I think it would have been politically incorrect to use that name. But those were other times.
Michael Wirth on Jul 07, 2019 10:44 (15 days ago)
Hello Arne, hello miraflores,

thank you very much for the quick identification of ships and location!

Another slide in the wrong box ... perhaps thats why I didn't recognise the steel structure as the Hochdonn high bridge.

This changes the photographer and the date to sometime between 1949 and 1954 - most likely 1949/50.

Best regards,

miraflores on Jul 07, 2019 08:24 (15 days ago)
And the small boat in the foreground looks like the service boat of the electricians, name was HILDE
Arne Jürgens on Jul 07, 2019 02:58 (16 days ago)
Hello Michael,
some info about the vessel:

I'm sure the location the pic was taken is the Kiel canal ferry station Hochdonn.

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