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Petchburi Bremen

The Petchburi Bremen

Written by Stephen Burton


Depth 22meters ;Suitable for air, nitrox, tecnical diving

Petchburi Bremen at Anchor. Click for Hires 740KByte Image

Petchburi Bremen Ship wreck foreward winch. Photo by Charlie Frost at Pattaya Dive Center Feb 2012

Petchburi Bremen Ship wreck forward winch. Photo by Charlie Frost at Pattaya Dive Center, Feb 2012

Steamship: PETCHBURI

Specifications and Historical Records

  • Built at:- Georg Seebeck AG shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany. Yard Number:- 173
  • Tonnage : 2191 gross tonnage Length : 88,5 m Breadth : 11,9 m Draught :7,3m
  • Engine : 3-times expansion-steam engine Power : 1150 Hp, Speed : 12,5 nm/h,  Crew : 34
  • 24.09.l901  : Launching under the name PETCHBURI for the company North German Lloyd in Bremen.
  • 28.10.1901 : Delivery to the North German Lloyd
  • August 1914 : At the beginning of World War I the PETCHBURI was interned in Bangkok.
  • 27.07.1917 : Confiscated by the Thais.
  • New name: KAEO SAMUD

27.12.1920 : On a voyage from Bangkok to Swatow with rice on board she ran ashore near Koh Sichang (actually Koh Khraam. Ed) in the Gulf of Siam and sank.

Local Details of Sinking

The vessel sank after a fire and explosion in the engine room

Wreck Dive details:

Porthole on the Bremen. march 2005diver on the Bremen. March 2005Solid Brass & copper Compass Binnacle still lying on the Bremen(one of two recovered). Needed a bit of air in the BCD to lift. Loads of Brass everywhere in this compartmentc- The Bridge?Brass compass binnacle on board after the dive prior to restoration. Very heavy. As big as a 14 inch TV set. Glass still in place after 80 yearsA similar brass compass binnacle on a Baltic sea wreckAgain, a similar brass compass binnacle with two oil lamps next to the wheel from a baltic sea wreck

This wreck is partially broken up and lies on the sandy bottom at 24m, in an area of very strong currents. The wreck should only be dived at ‘Slack Water’ and subject to plenty of Thai Naval activity. 3 Large eagle rays patrol the dive site and are often seen resting on the sands. Bow and stern sections of this wreck are now separated by a large sand dune. Sometimes, attempts to dive this wreck have lead to dive boats being ‘ushered off’ by Thai patrol boats, or the un-buoyed wreck just not being found. Avoid this wreck on spring tides or on days with many Thai Naval vessels patrolling.

GPS Location

 Current GPS WGS84 Position in Chong Khram Channel at E100’48.852″ N12’40.092″

Revised GPS Position February 2012

E 100*49’01.9″, N 12*39’58.4″

From Charlie Frost

Telephone (+66) 0871426915

Last dived by Charlie Frost from ‘Sirens of the Deep’ dive boat run by Pattaya Dive center

Sirens of the deep - Pattaya Dive Center boat

Bremen Pictures, info, GPS and historical research:- Steve Burton March 2005

Other German vessels seized by Thailand during WWI

  • CHIENGMAI           (1907) 1815grt -> DOEN SAMUD
  • DELI                (1900) 1394grt -> DEN SAMUD
  • KOHSICHANG          (1894) 2043grt -> SRI SAMUD
  • LANDRAT SCHEIFF     (1906) 1640GRT -> LAEN SAMUD
  • PATANI              (1907) 1819grt -> THONG SAMUD
  • PETCHABURI          (1901) 2191grt -> KAEO SAMUD
  • PITSANULOK          (1901) 2019grt -> PHAN SAMUD
  • SAMSEN              (1903) 1832grt -> DIN SAMUD
  • TRAUTENFELS         (1904) 4699grt -> YIAM SAMUD
  • BANG PAKONG         (1903) 455grt  -> HAN THALE  -> Thai Navy KUT
  • CHANTA BOON         (1908) 421grt  -> ????       -> private JAI JERNG KHA
  • MENAM               (1906) 464grt  -> THON THALE -> private TUNG ON
  • PATRIU              (1903) 455grt  -> LEU THALE  -> Thai Navy PHAI
  • TACHEEN             (1902) 400grt  -> CHEN THALE -> Thai Navy KRAM
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