Greek Ship

کشتی یونانی

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Updated: Monday 26th January 2015

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Empire Trumpet (1943-1946) Naturalist (1946-1959) Persian Cyrus (1959-1965) Hamadan (1965-1966) Koula F (1966) (Wikipedia) - Greek Ship Career General characteristics
Khoula F, the "Greek Ship", on Kish Island
  • Empire Trumpet (1943–1946)
  • Naturalist (1946–1959)
  • Persian Cyrus (1959–1965)
  • Hamadan (1965–1966)
  • Koula F (1966)
  • Ministry of War Transport, London (1943–1946)
  • Charente Steamship Co. Ltd., Liverpool (1946–1959)
  • Iranian Lloyd, London (1959–1965)
  • Iranian Shipping Lines SA, Khorramshahr (1965–1966)
  • P. Frangoulis & A.I Cliafas, Piraeus (1966)

T&J Harrison (1943–1959)

B Ashworth (Overseas) Ltd (1959–65)
Port of registry: Greenock
Builder: William Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow
Yard number: 458
Launched: 9 March 1943
Completed: April 1943
In service: 1943
Out of service: 1966

(as Empire Trumpet) UK official number 168995 signal code BFGT

Nickname: "The Greek Ship"
Fate: beached 25 July 1966
Status: wreck
Type: cargo ship
Tonnage: 7,059 GRT

6,601 tonnage under deck

4,805 NRT
Length: 432.7 ft (131.9 m)
Beam: 56.2 ft (17.1 m)
Draught: 34.2 ft (10.4 m)
Installed power: 510 NHP
Propulsion: 3-cylinder triple-expansion steam engine
Sensors and processing systems: direction finding echo sounding

The Greek Ship (Persian: کشتی یونانی‎) is the nickname of a cargo steamship, Khoula F, that has been beached on the southwest coast of Kish Island, Iran, since 1966. She was built in Britain by William Hamilton and Company in Port Glasgow, Scotland, who launched her on 9 March 1943 as Empire Trumpet and completed her in April 1943. From 1946 to 1966 she passed through a series of British and Iranian owners and various changes of name. Her final owners were Greek, and it is from them that she derives her nickname.

  • 1 Propulsion
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Wreck
  • 4 Tourist attraction
  • 5 References


Empire Trumpet had nine corrugated furnaces with a combined grate area of 165 square feet (15 m2) that heated three 220 lbf/in2 single-ended boilers with a combined heating surface of 7,248 square feet (673 m2). The boilers raised steam for her triple-expansion engine, which had cylinders of 24.5 inches (62 cm), 39 inches (99 cm) and 72 inches (180 cm) bore by 48 inches (120 cm) stroke and was rated at 510 NHP. The engine was built by David Rowan & Co Ltd of Glasgow.

CareerKhoula F, the "Greek Ship", on Kish Island

Empire Trumpet ''​s first owner was the British Ministry of War Transport, which placed her under the management of Larrinaga Steam Ship Co from 1943 and then T&J Harrison Co from 1945. She was chartered to the South African Government from 1943 to 1946. In 1946 Charente Steam Ship Co bought her, renamed her Naturalist and continued the management arrangement with T&J Harrison.

In 1959, Iranian Lloyd & Co Ltd of Khorramshahr bought her and renamed her Persian Cyrus. Iranian Lloyd placed Perisan Cyrus under the management of B Ashworth and Co. (Overseas) Ltd of London. In 1965 Iranian Shipping Lines SA of Khorramshahr bought her and renamed her Hamadan. In 1966 P.J. Frangoulis and A.I. Cliafas of Greece bought the ship and renamed her Koula F.

WreckApproximate position of Kish Island and Koula F ''​s wreck in the Persian Gulf.

On 25 July 1966, Koula F ran aground on the south-western coast of Kish in the Persian Gulf at position 26°31′34.13″N 53°54′29.11″E / 26.5261472°N 53.9080861°E / 26.5261472; 53.9080861Coordinates: 26°31′34.13″N 53°54′29.11″E / 26.5261472°N 53.9080861°E / 26.5261472; 53.9080861. The Dutch salvage tug Orinoco tried to refloat her but was unsuccessful. Her insurers declared Khoula F a total loss and she has remained beached ever since. Her condition has deteriorated and her stern has started to break up.

Tourist attraction

In kish Island, the ship attracts tourists who come to view her at sunset.

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