Tuesday, October 30, 2012

S.S. "ORIANA" of 1960

S.S. "ORIANA" was built in the UK by the prestigious VICKERS-ARMSTRONG at Barrow-in-Furness, the ship was to be the last liner of ORIENT STEAM NAVIGATION CO. "ORIANA" when built was 41.915 GRT with capacity for about 2000 passengers divided in two classes, first and tourist, she left from Southampton on her maiden voyage to Sydney in December of 1960. "ORIANA" was a very fast ship, during her sea trials she managed 30.64 knots, she held the famous "Golden Cockerel" trophy  for the fastest ship on the P & O fleet until 1986 when she eventually retired from a sea-going passenger liner, until the introduction of CANBERRA in 1961 "ORIANA" was the largest liner operating from the UK to Australia and New Zealand. In 1973 the ship was converted to a one class cruise ship, from 1981 to 1986 she was based at Sydney. "ORIANA" was preserved as an hotel after 1986 first in Japan and then in China, in 2004 she capsized after a huge storm and was sold for local scrappers in 2005.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

S.S. "UGANDA" of 1952, the "ship that refused to die"

              S.S. "UGANDA" at Helsinki in the late seventies

                S.S. "UGANDA" laid-up at the river Fal in 1985
S.S. "UGANDA" was built in 1952 for the BRITISH INDIA service, she was completed in July of 1952 by BARCLAY CURLE & CO. at Glasgow. "UGANDA" remained in regular service until 1967 when she was withdrawn and sent to Hamburg to HOWALDSTWERKE to be converted on an educational/cruise ship. After one year she sailed from Southampton on the 27.2.1968 carrying students and ordinary passengers, she sailed to the Mediterranean, her cruising programme remained until 1982 when the ship was called for war duties, she was converted into an hospital ship and sent to the Falklands, during the conflict she acted as a base for the International Red Cross. By July of 1982 her duties as an hospital ship were over, she became then a troop-ship returning home laden with Gurkhas and their equipment, alike CANBERRA and the QE2 she received a spectacular welcome. "UGANDA" was re-converted once more to Educational/Cruising ship, this time at North Shields by SMITHS. In 1983 P & O chartered the ship to the Government for a period as a Falklands troop-ship, her job this time was to transport personnel from Ascension Island to Port Stanley, this service lasted until 1985 when she returned home and laid-up at the river Fal, she had been neglected and was in a sorrow state. Despite a lot of attempts to save the ship, a UGANDA SOCIETY was formed but to no avail, she was sold for scrap, renamed TRITON for the delivery voyage, she arrived at Kaohsiung/Taiwan in July of 1986, during her anchorage outside the port a major typhoon hit the ship and drove her ashore where she capsized and was considered a total loss, she became known for the "ship that refused to die". When built in 1952 she was 14.430 GRT and was equipped with Parsons Turbines giving her a cruising speed of 20 knots. For all those of you interested on this charming ship click here and be amazed

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

London International Ship Show - Saturday 27th October 2012, Royal National Hotel, London

Taking Place this Saturday is London is the SHIP SHOW. Please click link below to see the talks programme scheduled for this event. Photo above, Portuguese liner "SANTA MARIA" at Funchal, collection Luis Miguel Correia.London International Ship Show - Saturday 27th October 2012, Royal National Hotel

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Is the end in sight for the QE2 ?

QE2 to be scrapped? (From Daily Echo):

Disturbing rumours are circulating in Dubai that the legendary "Queen Elizabeth 2", OUR QE2, could be scrapped, please click link above for further reading from the Southampton Daily Echo about this matter. Above photo acquired on board the ship in 1996 during a cruise.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

London International Ship Show - Saturday 27th October 2012, Royal National Hotel, London

The 2012 London International Ship Show organized by the OCEAN LINER SOCIETY is taking place on the 27.10.2012. For all the information, please click here. Not to be missed

THE CRUISE SHOW, next week end at the N.E.C. in Birmingham

For all the information on the CRUISE SHOW taking place at the N.E.C. in Birmingham next week end please click

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CANBERRA left to the breakers 15 years ago tonight

Exactly 15 years ago to this day, CANBERRA left her home port of Southampton for the breakers, one of the most iconic passenger ships of all time, one that we will cherish forever and will be present with all the ships enthusiasts on daily basis.

Monday, October 8, 2012

"SAGA RUBY" a classic beauty

                                   SAGA RUBY in Lisbon September 2012

                                        SAGA RUBY at Funchal last week
                                 Postcard of the brand new VISTAFJORD
                                 Caronia in Lisbon, summer 2000
                             VISTAFJORD sailing for CUNARD, summer of 1997
"SAGA RUBY" was built in the UK, yes in the UK, by Swan Hunter in 1973 as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship, she was the VISTAFJORD, the last flagship of the Norwegian America Line, she had a typical liner profile with the funnel midships and a streamlined hull, much of this still remains to this day making this ship a classic beauty, a delight to watch and photograph. VISTAFJORD remained in service with N.A.L. until 1983 when she was sold to CUNARD, she kept her original name until 1999 when CUNARD decided to rename the ship CARONIA, she had a loyal legion of fans during those years. In 2004 the ship was sold to SAGA CRUISES who renamed her "SAGA RUBY", she still is a unique ship, all of her 650 passengers chose this ship for an intimate atmosphere and a traditional liner ambiance in total contrast to the mega cruise ships of present days designed to carry 3000 people and more. "SAGA RUBY" is 24.492 GRT is propelled by Diesel engines and cruises at 20 knots.

It has been announced that "SAGA RUBY" will depart on her final cruise from Southampton on the 7.12.2013 on a 31 days round trip voyage to the Caribbean, after that an uncertain future for this amazing cruise ship. Credits to photos included as follows, from top to bottom, 1/2/3 copyright Rui Agostinho, 4 and 5, copyright Peter Goncalves.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Cruise ship "BRAEMAR"

"BRAEMAR" was built in 1993 for CROWN CRUISE LINE as the CROWN DYNASTY by UNION NAVALE DE LEVANTE in Valencia, she is 24.344 GRT, cruises at 17 knots and has capacity for 910 passengers. CROWN DYNASTY remained with C.C.L. until 1997, before being sold to present owners and operators, FRED OLSEN CRUISE LINES in 2001, the ship sailed for CUNARD, MAJESTY CRUISE LINE and NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE. "BRAEMAR" is seen above at the British Port of Dover, photos 6.10.2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


One of the few classic cruise ships still in service is seen arriving Lisbon last week end. The "OCEAN COUNTESS" was built in 1975 as the "CUNARD COUNTESS", the ship is owned by MAJESTIC INTERNATIONAL CRUISES of Greece and is operated by UK-based CRUISE and MARITIME VOYAGES. Photos taken, 30.9.2012. For other posts of this ship please click here