Achenar was a small, single hold, general cargo ship build in the 1960's. And after a moderately good carrier she has been hopping flag states for the last three decades. To keep ahead of a thorough inspection that would take her out of service.

The Achenar stayed so long in service, because for its size compared to her own weight, it could move a lot of cargo. Although she wasn't the fastest ship around, she was still capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean and did so regularly.

The name Achenar comes from a star in the Eridanus constellation, which is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. But due to a spelling error the r was dropped from Achernar.

Unfortunatly the Achenar was lost in a fire that resulted in her burning down to the waterline and sinking. Two of the four crew members were rescued by the pleasure yacht Narwhal. The other two were never found. The wreck of the Achenar lays too deep to raise her. Or to even send divers to inspect and/or recover her cargo. The insurance company deemed that un-economical.

Sunk after fire onboard
Creation Date
Current location
There were once many similar ships
15 m / 49 feet
80 m / 262 feet
2000 mt / 1968 Long ton (fully loaded)
8 knots
Complement / Crew
Cargo & Passenger Capacity
1400 mt / 1378 Long ton

Cover image: by Johannes Plenio


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