Flora (Schiff) - Flora (Schiff)
The Flora was an aid ship used by the German Red Cross in the early 1980s .
History of the ship
The ship was built in 1966 for the shipping company DG “Neptun” by the shipbuilding company Unterweser AG in Bremerhaven as Flora . The launching of the ship took place on June 16 1966th  in 1974 it went under a merger to the Sloman Neptun Schiffahrts in Bremen. In 1979 the Flora was acquired by the German Red Cross for 5.7 million German marks and rebuilt in the Sieghold shipyard in Bremerhaven.  It has been used as an auxiliary ship to the 1984th
In 1985 the ship was sold to Prakla-Seismos and used as a shallow water measuring ship. In 1987 the ship was rebuilt again and sold to Damacar Shipping, Curaçao .  In 1990 it was finally dismantled to a cargo ship , and then sold to Seismic Shipping, Panama a year later . The ship was now in Flora I renamed.
In 1995 the ship to Singapore was sold to Panfoong Shipping and renamed Sun Flora . Since 2001 the ship has been called Hati Baik . In 2006, the ship, now flying the flag of Mongolia, was sold to Bangladesh for scrapping at a price of 208,000 US dollars  . 
Equipment as an auxiliary ship of the DRK
The ship was equipped for the transport of relief supplies and had an on- board hospital with an operating room for medical help on site , in which sisters from the DRK sororities were also deployed. The on-board hospital was mainly used for outpatient treatment, but inpatient treatment was also possible.
In order to be able to bring relief supplies ashore without an existing infrastructure, the ship had a motorized landing pontoon ( Florinchen ), which could be loaded with the help of the three ship cranes . The pontoon was carried on the front hatch cover.
Another focus was the drinking water supply. Drinking water could be pumped ashore using a 200 meter long hose line. The fresh water tanks had a capacity of 400,000 liters.  If this was not sufficient, the process water from the ballast tanks could be brought to drinking water quality with a water filter system.
Operations as an auxiliary ship
The Flora was put into service on September 1, 1979 as an auxiliary ship by the German Red Cross. The first mission took the ship to Indonesia , where from October on the Anambas Islands as well as the Galang and Bintam islands refugee camps were built by the DRK employees and existing camps were improved and expanded. Flora
had loaded rice , 150 tons of milk powder , 50 tons of canned meat and five tons of sugar . In addition, 2,000 tents , nine prefabricated houses and 210 hospital beds were provided. Two trucks, two all-terrain vehicles
Ambulance , a field cooker and two trailers with emergency power generators completed the logistical equipment. 
Further missions took the ship to Angola in the early 1980s , where food, trucks, used clothing and medicines were made available to combat the emergency situation after years of drought . During this mission, the ship was called to Madagascar in February 1982 to help flood victims .
In 1982 the ship was also used in Lebanon to supply the population with relief supplies. It was hit by a rocket in the port of Jounieh on July 27, 1982  , and for the first time in the history of the DRK after the Second World War, a helper was killed.
In January 1984 the ship drove the last mission for the DRK. A ship as a deployment platform had proven to be too inflexible and the decision was made to use more variable transport systems such as airplanes to bring relief supplies and personnel to deployment sites. 
- Helgoland (ship, 1963) , a former aid ship of the DRK
- Ernst Dünnbier, Uwe Wittwer: Motor ship FLORA - "auxiliary cruiser" of humanity . In: Köhler's fleet calendar 1981 . Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft, Herford 1980, ISBN 3-7822-0228-7 , p. 104–106.
- Photos of Flora and Hati Baik , Peter Nennstiel, contemporary witness of the post-war period ( Memento from January 25, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
- Datasheet of Flora , PRAKLA-SEISMOS
- Crew member's report
- Newsletter 77, World Ship Society Rotterdam, September 8, 2001 ( Memento of the original from October 8, 2006 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF file; 672 kB)
- Vietnam ship against hunger and thirst, Nordsee-Zeitung, August 18, 2004 ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Office of Maritime Consultant Co., ship sale report, July 20, 2006 ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Information bulletin on ship demolition #5, September 2006 (PDF-Datei; 862 kB)
- Uni Magdeburg, Chronicle July 1982
- Archive DRK Besigheim (PDF file; 564 kB)
- DRK aid ship Flora: International deployments ( Memento of the original from June 18, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.