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History Hamburg-Denmark Trader 
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Post History Hamburg-Denmark Trader
A unique form of coastal trade was performed by the so called Hamburg Traders.The ships sailing in this trade were a mixture of old coasters and dutch river barges. All of them were sailing illegally through the German Bight with mostly destination Hamburg but the ships were also spotted on the Kiel Canal and Baltic as far as Finland.
Around 1972-73 the ships were officially classified through the dutch shipping Inspection, although some of the ships were also flying the Panamanian or Belgium flag.
After the (re)opening of the Elbe Seiten Canal, around 1978, which allowed riverbarges to sail through the canals directly to Hamburg the Hamburg traders had to find other cargo which was found in and around Denmark.
The classification of the ships was changed and the name of the ships became Denmark traders.
There is much more to tell about this type of ships and their captains and this topic is opened to create a kind of data base on the internet so this type of sea river shipping will not be forgotten
Any contribution to this topic will be very much appreciated but will be limited to this type of ship only.

If you have specific details about a ship, please send me a message , so I can add this info to the first picture in the topic.

13 Sep 2010, 22:33
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