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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
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CS Elveshorn / Poolster (1) / Ingenieur-en-Chef Hanff
by Bill Glover


Built as Elveshorn in 1937 by Kremer and Son, Elmshorn.

Length 117.9 ft.  Breadth 22.2 ft.  Depth 7.6 ft.  Gross tonnage 199

CS Elveshorn

Built as a coaster for Elmshorner Dampfscheppschiffarts AG. Chartered by Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke on a number of occasions. Taken over by the German Navy in 1941 and used for cable work.Fitted with two cable tanks and a  combined paying out-picking up machine manufactured by Hans Seebeck of Bremerhaven which was designed as a self contained unit for easy removal.

On 19 January 1946 the vessel was handed over to the Netherlands PTT, renamed CS Poolster (1), and used as a repair vessel. Handed over to the French PTT in June 1949 and renamed Ingenieur-en-Chef Hanff.

CS Ingenieur-en-Chef Hanff

Sold for commercial trading to Emeraude Industrielle et Maritimes in 1954, retaining its name. In 1963 sold to Emeraude Maritimes SA., Brest. 1964 saw a new owner and a new name, La Majungaise, owned and operated by Societé de Transportes Maritimes de Majunga (Madagascar). Reverted to Ingenieur-en-Chef Hanff in 1966 and then in 1969 reverted back to La Majungaise. Purchased by Armement Maritimes Lewis in 1976. Foundered in 2009.

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