Wednesday, March 20, 2013

S.S. "MAXIM GORKIY" at Lisbon in 1989

The ship included in this "post" is another classic beauty and one of my favourites as well. Built in 1969 as the "HAMBURG" for German Atlantik Line, the first major passenger ship built in Germany since 1938, she was built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche in Hamburg, her life with the German operator was short-lived, she was sold to Black Sea Shipping Co in 1974 and renamed "MAXIM GORKIY". She was about 25.000 GRT and had a top speed of 23 knots, the ship could carry just under 800 passengers. In 1988 she was chartered to the German Cruise operator Phoenix Reisen on a long term basis, she was in fact sailing for this company until the very end of her career in 2008 when she was withdrawn. Various attempts failed to save the ship from the scrapyard, including taken her back to Hamburg and be used as an Hotel ship. Unfortunately she was sold to scrap in February of 2009 and ended her days later that year at Alang. "MAXIM GORKIY" is seen here in Lisbon in 1989 already on charter with Phoenix Reisen her Russian colours were kept until 2005, so she's seen here still with the Black Sea Shipping Co. livery.

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