Elder Dempster Line



Builders: Vickers- Armstrong
Length: 143,6 m
(slightly less than her sister ship the 'Apapa ' - due to a shortage of steel at the time of her building)
Beam: 20,2 m
GRT: 11,599 t
Built: 1947
Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness, England
Entered service September 1947
Operator: Elder Dempster Lines, Liverpool
Speed: 15,5 kn
Passengers: 283
Sister ship: Apapa (3)
She was built for Liverpool - Apapa (in Nigeria) service.
On 11-13-1967 she arrived at Cartagena, Spain for demolition.

She operated on the Liverpool Express Service taking 13 days between Liverpool and Lagos stopping at Las Palmas, Bathurst, Freetown, Monrovia, Tema (southbound) Takoradi (northbound). She entered service in October 1947

Sister ship to the Apapa her staterooms, public rooms and layout were similar - neat classical lines combined with roomy cabins, spacious public rooms and all the facilties for turning a voyage into a holiday.

It was luxurious and elegant. One can easily imagine passengers relaxing on deck, enjoy a nice meal and a round of poker ( with friends. It was built for the enjoyment and pleasure for the passengers who could afford a ticket. Such glamour did not come cheap.

She was slightly shorter than the Apapa due to the shortage of steel caused by the second world war - at the end of which she was commissioned.

The the first classpassenger accommodation consisted of single and two berth cabins, with either showers of private baths, a pair of suites with private sitting room and bathroom and six third class four berth cabins.

There were facilties to carry cars.

The top deck incuded a first class sports deck with swimming pool. The promenade deck had a lounge, smoke room, card room, library, hairdressing salons, shop, bar, nursery and hospital units.

See the deck plan of the ship by clicking here.....

Air conditioning was added in 1961.

The main propulsion machinery for both the Apapa and the Accra were two four-cylinder Vickers Doxford oil engines.

The hull was white with a yellow line and green boot-topping. The funnel was yellow.

I never sailed on the Accra but undestand that her fittings were good and she was a comfortable vessel.

I have just seen your web site for Elder Dempster line and I can add some information on the fate of the MV Accra. I was a junior engineer on it's last two voyages to West Africa, and crewed it to Cartagena where it was scraped. I have attached two photos of the ship as we left it (shown above). It may look as if it is moored against a quay, but it was actually beached - we simply ran both engines at full power until the ship was close to the beach, then stopped them and the ship rode up the sand very smoothly. I have also attached a photo taken at the final party just before we arrived at Liverpool (also above).
Best Regards, Jim Culkin

Accra and Apapa in dock

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