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EHRENFELS / ST.GEORG / ENTERPRISE 1882  The first EHRENFELS (the company owned six ships with this name at different times), was a 2,315 gross ton ship, length 303.6ft x beam 35.8ft,single screw and rigged for sail. Built by Wigham Richardson & Co,Newcastle-on-Tyne, she was launched in March 1882 for the Hansa Line of Bremen. In 1892 she was lengthened by AG Weser, Bremen to 322.8ft, 2,593 gross tons. Sold to ampsch.Act.Ges. Albis, Hamburg in 1898, she was renamed ST.GEORG. In 1900 she was sold to Heinrich Diederichsen, Kiel and in July 1901 was resold to the Matson Navigation Co (USA) and renamed ENTERPRISE. Laid up at Antioch, Calif. in 1926, she eventually left San Francisco on 21st Apr.1937 for Osaka for breaking up. Put back to S.F.with engine trouble and finally left for Osaka, Japan on 24th April. 31st May 1937 arrived Osaka for scrapping.  [Deutsche Dampschifffahrts-Gesellschaft  "HANSA" by Leonard Grey, World Ship Society 1967]
  In   1901   (Captain   William)   Matson   realized   his   dream   of   owning   a   steamer   by   purchasing   the   2,675   (sic) ton,   coal   fired   ST.   GEORGE   (built   in   England   in   1882   as   the   EHRENFELS)   and   renaming   her   the ENTERPRISE.   He   did   not   spell   out   his   reasons   for   converting   her   to   the   Pacific's   first   oil-burning   steamer, but   he   did   so   after   talking   with   Captain   John   Barneson,   a   Scottish   clipper   ship   captain   and   natural proselytist.   Barneson   had   sailed   the   South   Pacific   and   had   come   ashore   to   drool   over   the   California supplies   of   fuel   oil   that   had   been   known   since   Indians   used   the   crude   in   basketry.   The   state   production   in 1900    was    about    9,000    barrels    a    year.   As    skipper    of    the    transport   ARIZONA    and    superintendent    of transports   for   the   U.S.   government   at   San   Francisco   during   the   Spanish-American War,   Barneson   had   tried unsuccessfully   to   convince   both   the   U.S.   Navy   and   civilian   shipowners   of   the   advantages   of   oil   for   fuel   at sea.   His   theory:   'Three   and   a   half   barrels   of   petroleum   can   do   the   work   of   one   ton   of   coal. You   can   buy   oil from   thirty   to   sixty   cents   a   barrel   while   coal   costs   an   average   off   seven   dollars   a   ton.   It   is   high   time   to make   a   change.'   Matson   agreed.   Fuel   tanks   and   oil   burners   under   the   boilers   were   simple   to   install   and created    invaluable    advantages    in    deadweight,    space,    cleanliness,    and    reduced    manpower    needs.    The ENTERPRISE,   used   on   a   Panama-California   run   before   joining   the   Hilo   bound   fleet,   trailed   oil   fumes instead   of   coal   smoke;   and   a   new   age   in   Pacific   shipping   had   begun.   Official   recognition   of   the   revolution, however,   was   slow   to   come. The   ENTERPRISE   had   to   make   three   trips   to   the   islands   before   Matson   could obtain   a   change   in   government   requirements   that   every   steamship   must   have   a   crew   of   coal   passers. During those trips the coal passers rode but had no coal to pass." Cargoes - Matson's First Century in the Pacific, William L. Worden, Univ. ( Press of Hawaii, 1981)
Henri William Bissen born Sept 18 in 1856 Brachtenbach ? (Lux) died April 22 1911 ( Honolulu) 1 Married  Kaeha Pa’akaula Lilia Kids -  Henry - Bertha Virginia - Joseph - Lucy 2 Married Luaehu Victoriy Kaleialoha July 31 1897 Kids - William John -  Thomas Francis - John Jack - Anne Marie          John Louis  -    Matha Kim
GERMANS ( and Luxemburgers ) IN HAWAII Source:   Hörmann, Bernard Lothar. Germans in Hawaii. [Honolulu] : German Benevolent Society, c1989   "The Germans who came to Hawaii were nearly all from Northern Germany."   The Northern Germans were known for such characteristics as being Protestant, restrained, intellectual and a wage earner.   Southern Germans were known for such characteristics as being Catholic, enthusiastic, emotional and peasants.   "Probably less than a hundred altogether came from Southern Germany."   This was mainly because Northwestern Germany has the largest seaports.   "A number of the laborers who came to Hawaii had worked in the fertilizer and cigar factories in Nienburg, Verden, and other Hanoverian cities.   Nienburg, almost as much as Bremen, should be considered the headquarters of the movement to Hawaii... A large number of Germans in Hawaii claim it or some village in its immediate vicinity as their home."
Henri William Bissen came on a Steamboat ( Ehrenfels ) to Maui . Records shows that a “Henri Bissen” was on the Ship “FRANCE” from Bremerhafen via Liverpool  to New York where he arrived in June 13 1871 , at the age of 15 , than he arrived in Maui on the “Ehrenfels” . He use to work for the Water  Company of Maui , than he moved to Honolulu . He was for many years a Resident of Wailujku having been employed on the Kahulu Railway as a Motorman . He was by trade an engine driver and been so employed by the Contractors Chamber on the YMCA Building. On April. 22 1911 at 8 o’clock in the morning , he fell to the ground and passed the way in the Patrol Wagon   ( born 1856 an Death 1911 at 65 years ) 
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