Thursday, December 20, 2007


Who am I?

Thanks to Tonylast for identifying the ship as the Hornum. The ship was built as the Luksefjell in 1930 for Olsen & Ugelstad and launched in Porsgrunn, Norway. In 1937 she was purchased by Zerssen, a German shipping concern and renamed the Holnis. The vessel was renamed in 1941 to the Hornum. The Hornum was scrapped in 1962. If you would like to see an old German postcard that featured Hornum, please click here.


Anonymous The Rock said...

I have no idea about this vessel (tanker?) without a little research, but there is that SAME building in the background that has appeared in other photos of the Mystery Ships. I wonder if that building is still there? Sombra, Ontario?

December 20, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Hi Rock,

Per notes left by the original photographer, the majority of the photos were taken in St. Clair, Michigan. According to an e-mail I received, we are looking at Courtright, Ontario. The small building with the chimney that appears in many of the photos is/was located on the property of the Cargill Salt facility.

December 20, 2007 4:37 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

thank you,ookpik, for the info on the building and its location. The more photos I see, the more I am curious a/k/a interested in the background of the photographer--name, professional or just a boat-buff, local resident, related to ookpik, still going strong, deceased etc etc.
But those are probably personal matters and perhaps are best left unanswered.
Back in the 20's there was a marine photographer named Pescha who took beautiful black and white photographs of passing freighters from his rowboat in, I believe, the St. Clair River. When you started this very interesting collection of freighter photographs, I thought of him ( I have some of Pescha's photos that were made into postcards), but I know the subject photograper is not Pescha.

December 20, 2007 5:00 PM  

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