Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Built: Nakskov Skibsvaerft A/S, Nakskov, Denmark  in 1922, gross tonnage: 6,385; deadweight tons: 9900; Length: 422 ft. 4 inch.;Breath 54.0 ft.; Draught: 28 ft. 1 inch.; Knots: 10.5.
Det Forenede: [DFDS is a Danish Shipping Company. It is one of the world's largest ferry operators. The company's name is an abbreviation of Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab (literally The United Steamship Company).  

The Arizona powered by two B&W 6-cylinder oil engines of 2,100 bhp, was one of several vessels owned by this company and named after US states.  She was involved in the company’s regular service between Scandinavia and the east coast of Canada and USA and US Gulf ports.  In April 1940 she was laid up at Vitoria, Brazil, and two years later taken over by the Brazilian government.  From 1942 to August 1945 she was under the Brazilian flag as Gavealoide.  She was returned to Denmark in 1945 and as Arizona continued in service until she was laid up at Esbjerg in March 1958.  About one year later she was sold to a Netherlands company and renamed Ari for a single voyage to Japan with delivery to breakers at Asaka.

Author: Bud Shortridge