Monday, August 27, 2012

the "LOVE BOAT" still going strong



M.V. "DISCOVERY" has been sailing for VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY since 2002, the ship was originally built as the ISLAND VENTURE in 1972 and became famous for the TV series "THE LOVE BOAT", today a classic, the ship is still going strong with a busy schedule for 2013, unfortunately her sister ship the "PACIFIC" is still facing a very uncertain future laid-up in Genoa, still defiant though. "DISCOVERY" is 20.186 GRT with capacity for 650 passengers and cruises at 18 knots. Photos above by Harald Oanes and Joao Abreu, bottom photo, one of her diesel engines, taken from the internet.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"GUGLIELMO MARCONI" sets off from Genoa today on a voyage around the World


            Winter Garden and first class lounge on board GUGLIELMO MARCONI
Italian liner "GUGLIELMO MARCONI" built in 1963 departs from Genoa today on a voyage around the World, we are travelling back in time to reproduce this epic adventure started today back in 1973, to follow this trip on daily basis, please visit my blog here

Thursday, August 23, 2012

SS "LURLINE" of 1933, a very handsome liner


 S.S. "LURLINE" was built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in Massachusetts in 1933 for Matson Navigation Company for their San Francisco to Honolulu service, this handsome liner set off on her maiden voyage on the 27.1.1933, she was a very similar ship to the pioneer on this route the S.S. "MALOLO", "LURLINE" was the last of a series of three sisters to be built for the company in the early 30's, the others being "MARIPOSA" later to become HOMERIC and the "MONTEREY" later the BRITANIS. "LURLINE" was steadily in service until 1941, on the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, 7.12.1941 she was on her back to San Francisco, when she reached home safely she was taken over for wartime duties. During her wartime duties until 1946 she sailed over 380.000 miles and carried nearly 200.000 troops and other personnel, she resumed commercial service in 1948 after a two year refit, the ship continued on the San Francisco to Honolulu route for another 15 years. In 1963 she was sold to Chandris and renamed "ELLINIS". In December of 1963 after another major refit in the UK she departed Greece for her new role as a migrant liner employed on the Australian route where there was no lack of passengers at the time, her sailing pattern was Southampton/Piraeus/Suez Canal/Australia and Auckland, she normally returned home via the Panama Canal, a round the world voyage in fact. In 1973 the Australian service came to an end and she was then used on full time cruising, in 1974 she developed major turbine problems, a replacement from the HOMERIC, at the time being scrapped, was fitted in Rotterdam which kept her going until 1980, she was withdrawn from service and left neglected in Greece, she finally went to Taiwan to the breakers in April of 1987. When built "LURLINE" was 18.021 GRT and cruised at 20 knots, she had capacity for 800 passengers, after the 1963 refit her capacity was increased to 1660. "LURLINE" was a remarkable beauty.


Monday, August 13, 2012

"GUGLIELMO MARCONI" Voyage around the World in 1973



In the early seventies with the decline in passenger numbers travelling on regular liner voyages, LLOYD TRIESTINO promoted their Australian regular services with the sister ships "GALILEO GALILEI" and "GUGLIELMO MARCONI" with return trips home via the Panama Canal and the Caribbean in order to try and attract more passengers, in 1973 they went a step further with the decision of sending both ships on around the world voyages, MARCONI did a couple of trips and the GALILEO just one. On my new blog about MARCONI, I am going to relive one of those trips with daily posts following the ships progress day by day back in 1973, the ship departs on the 25th of August from Genoa, in order to follow this epic sea adventure, please visit http://vmf-guglielmomarconi.blogspot.com. Photos above, GALILEO GALILEO cruising the Panama Canal, GUGLIELMO MARCONI ready to cross the canal and the ship at sea.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

cruise ship "AMADEA" at Lisbon



 "AMADEA" was built in 1991 by MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES at Nagasaki as the ASUKA, the ship was sold by their owners NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA in 2006 to AMADEA SHIPPING CO., she was renamed "AMADEA", since then the ship has been on charter by the German based company PHOENIX REISEN. "AMADEA" is 28.856 GRT, cruises at 20 knots and has capacity for 620 passengers. Photos above taken by Rui Agostinho in Lisbon, 30.5.2012, the OCEAN PRINCESS can also be seen on the top photo.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

"SOUTHERN CROSS" the ship that revolutionized building design




"SOUTHERN CROSS" was built in 1955 by HARLAND & WOLFF, when she came into service she was rather original, it was very unusual for a ship to have her engines aft. Her owners as a result of careful planning decided that a passenger only ship was needed as opposed to a passenger-cargo one, delays in cargo handling was not acceptable. She was operated by SHAW SAVILL & ALBION on a around the world service. "SOUTHERN CROSS" was a well proportioned ship with a streamlined bridge, the result was one of sleek elegant vessel. SHAW SAVILL used the ship from Southampton to Australia calling at Trinidad, Curacao, through the Panama Canal, Tahiti, Fiji, Wellington, Auckland and then Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, the return home was via Durban, Cape Town and Las Palmas. "SOUTHERN CROSS" was so successful that her owners decided to replace the DOMINION MONARCH with a new ship, very identical to the 1955 built ship, NORTHERN STAR came into service in 1962, both liners remained in operation throughout the 60's, however in 1968 both were employed on cruising as well from either Southampton and Sydney, SOUTHERN CROSS also made some cruises from Liverpool. In 1971 was announced that SOUTHERN CROSS would be withdrawn from service, inevitably the liner operations had to come to an end. Late 1971 she was laid-up at Southampton and during spring of the following year she was moved to Cornwall, she was considered to be too expensive to be converted to full-time cruising so she remained laid-up until 1973 when she was finally sold to Greek interests and renamed CALYPSO, the ship was in service for another 20 years cruising for ULYSSES LINE, WESTERN CRUISES, ADMIRAL CRUISES, DOLPHIN CRUISE LINE, PREMIER CRUISE LINE and finally IMPERIAL MAJESTY CRUISES, she was dismantled in 2003 as the OCEAN BREEZE. When built she was 20.204 GRT and cruised at 20 knots her capacity was for 1150 passengers in one class only, because she carried no cargo, there was plenty of room for passenger facilities which included two swimming-pools on board not very common for a ship of her size. "SOUTHERN CROSS" a classic that changed and influenced passenger ship building forever.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

"CABO SAN ROQUE" and "CABO SAN VICENTE", working and cruising ships






"CABO SAN ROQUE" and "CABO SAN VICENTE" were built by YBARRA in 1957 and 1959 respectively by SOCIEDADE ESPANOLA DE CONSTRUCIONES NAVAL at Bilbao in the Spanish Basque Country. Both ships were commissioned by YBARRA for their Europe to South America route, they were many times known as "working ships", they were tailored mainly for the transport of immigrants, budget tourists, students and even religious pilgrims, they lacked the speed of other larger liners and their accommodation was far from glamorous, the YBARRA sisters however, had very comfortable cabin class quarters and even the tourist class had  substantial improved sections compared to other earlier and similar vessels. With the decline of passengers on the regular service line, YBARRA sent their ships cruising as early as 1970, they had capacity for just over 750 passengers on both classes. I remember these ships quite well, went on board both several times in Lisbon and remember them being quite cosy and functional. My visits were mainly during their liner voyages, they used to sail from Genoa, Barcelona, Cadiz even Vigo across the South Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo and Buenos Aires, also remember them calling at Lisbon with just cruising passengers who had very favourable comments about their service and very good food. Both ships were a little over 14.000 GRT and cruised at 18 knots. Images included here, all from my personal collection and archive

New Blog "GUGLIELMO MARCONI" is here now

The new Blog about "GUGLIELMO MARCONI" has been launched today, a tribute to the largest Italian Liners ever to have sailed on the Australian migrant route http://vmf-guglielmomarconi.blogspot.com

Friday, August 3, 2012

the incomparable "EUGENIO C", part 2

      There is another post on this blog called "the incomparable EUGENIO C", dated 14th December 2011, this is why this is part 2, further episodes of this amazing ship to follow in the near future. After the number of passengers using the Italy/South America dropped dramatically in the late 70's, LINEA C like the majority of shipping line companies decided to employ their ships on cruising, so the "EUGENIO C" was of course no exception, she started cruising mainly after 1984 when she was renamed EUGENIO COSTA, she is seen here above in Lisbon in 1986, she was one of the most amazing passenger ships I have ever known, got fond memories of her, memories that will stay with me forever and makes me think how priviledged I was during those memorable years, years of decline for the liners, but still a lot of them remained for many more years.
                        Brochure promoting the ships cruises
                "EUGENIO COSTA" at Funchal, summer 1987
                   two other photos of "EUGENIO COSTA" at Lisbon, spring 1986