Wednesday 31 October 2012


Posted by Picasam.v. "Isgard".
ex Britmari '79, ex Beluna '61.
Owner Bror Husells Rederier, Mariehamn, Finland.
Flag Finland.
Built 1955 by Kalmar Varv A/B, Kalmar, Sweden.
Grt. 499, nrt. 351, dwt. 1.212, l.o.a. 65.23 mt., breadth 9.50 mt.
Engine type Motor, Kloeckner Humboldt Deutz, 500 bhp., speed 10.5 kn.
Vessel type Cargo.


m.v. "Ferdinand de Lesseps".
Owner Messageries Maritimes, Marseile, France.
Flag France.
 Built 1952 by Chantiers de la Gironde, Bordeaux, France.
Grt. 10.881, l.o.a. 150.09 mt., breadth 19.01 mt.
Engine type Motor, Burmaister & Wain, 12.204 bhp. Speed 18.5 knots.
Vessel type Passenger/Cargo.


Posted by Picasam.v. "Fenghang".
Owner Shanghai Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
Flag People's Republic of China.
Built 1978 by Hudong Shipbuilding, Shanghai, People's Republic of China.
Grt. 10.273, nrt. 5.864, dwt. 15.000, l.o.a. 161.30 mt., beam 20.42 mt.
Engine type Motor, Hudong-Shanghai Diesel Engine Works, 9.000 bhp., speed 16 knots.
Vessel type Cargo.


Posted by Picasas.s. "Argonaut".
Owner Farrel Lines Inc., New York, N.Y., United States. (United States Trust Co. of New York,
Flag United States.
Built 1979 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, United States.
Grt. 17.902, nrt. 12.871, dwt. 16.401, l.o.a. 185.93 mt., beam 23.83 mt.
Engine type 2 Steam Turbines, General Electric Co., 17.500 shp. speed 20 knots.
Vessel type Container.


Posted by Picasam.v. "Aquamarine".
owner Faros Shipping Co. Ltd., London, United Kingdom.
Flag Greece.
Built 1972 by Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries, Tokyo, Japan.
Grt. 9.856, dwt. 15.175, l.o.a. 143.03 mt, beam 19.84 mt.
Engine type Motor, Pielstick-I.H.I., 5.130 bhp., speed 13.5 knots.
Vessel type Cargo.

Sunday 28 October 2012


s.s. "Maasdam".
Owner Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (Holland Amerika Lijn),
Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Flag the Netherlands.
Built by N.V. Dok- en Werfmaatschappij Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam, the Netherlands.
Grt. 15.024, nrt. 8.976, dwt. 7.057, l.o.a. 152.00 mt., beam 21.10 mt.
Together with her twin sister, the ss. "Ryndam", the "Maasdam" was originally planned  as a passenger- cargo vessel. The "Ryndam"  would be named "Dinteldyk" and the "Maasdam" was going to be the s.s."Diemerdyk.
Before the building started the management of the Holland Amerika Lijn decided to order the vessel as a
passenger liner.
The engines remained as planned, 2 cross compound General Electric steam turbines, which were built in 1945. They developed 8.500 shp double-reduction geared to a single screw. Service speed was slow compared with other cross-atlantic steamers, just 16.5 knots. The crossing from the United Kingdom to the U.S. east coast took eight days. The daily fuel consumption however was just 53 tons, making the twins
exceptionally economic to operate.
Both the "Rijndam" and the "Maasdam" revolutionised passenger shipping on the Atlantic. Up to that time most ships were divided into three classes. First class having the lion's share of the accomodation and Tourist class being the least favoured. The "Maasdam" and the "Rijndam" were virtually all Tourist class with only a token 39 passengers carried in a small and exclusive First class section.
They were to prove very succesful and became highly popular, sharing the ocean with some of the greatest
glamour stars in marine history. Together with the "Ile de France", the "America", "United States", the two "Queens" of the Cunard, the Holland Amerika's own "Nieuw Amsterdam" the twins were among the galaxy
of ships binding the Old and the New World, but it was with the scream of the jet engine that all that suddenly shuddered to a halt and one by one these wonderful ships were withdrawn from service and either
converted for cruising or sent to the breakers, never to be replaced.
The "Maasdam" and the "Rijndam" developed a "Friendly Ship" reputation, making them appealing to students, tourists, emigrants and cultural groups. First class attracted the elite, , who enjoyed sitting high above the Tourist class, in their Penthouse accomodations. We could call this the "snob effect".
The s.s. "Maasdam" made her maiden voyage on August 11, 1952 from Rotterdam via Montreal to New York.
On October 2, 1954, while leaving the Port of New York, she collided with the French m.v. "Tofevo" and was forced to return to that port to have repairs carried out. She left again New York on the 25th of October 1954 to continue her voyage to Rotterdam.
In 1955 she was the first HAL vessel  with Denny Brown stabilizer fins. Both the twins were designed with
a freighter hull which meant that in a little , or rough weather the would pitch and roll, causing some discomfort to passengers with less then sea-legs.
In September 1968 the "Maasdam" was sold to the Polish Polskie Linie Oceaniczne and renamed
"Stefan Batory".
On March 24, 2000, as the "Stefan" the "Maasdam" arrived behind a tug boat in Aliaga, Turkey, to be
broken up.

Tuesday 9 October 2012


Posted by Picasam.v. "Luigi d'Amico".
ex Orient Mariner '69
Owner d'Amico Societa di Navigazione per Azioni (Societa Internazionale di Navigazione S.p.A.),
Palermo, Italy.
Flag Italy.
Built 1964 by Soc. Espanola de Const. Navales, Bilbao, Spain.
Grt. 9.543, nrt. 5.674, dwt. 13.277, l.o.a. 156.85 mt., beam 19.74 mt.
Engine type Motor, Sulzer-Soc. Espanola de Const. Navales, 9.600 bhp., speed 16 knots.
Vessel type Cargo.


Posted by Picasam.v. "Pristina".
Owner Slobodna Plovidba, Split, Yugoslavia.
Flag Yugoslavia.
Built 1980 by Kherson Shipyard, Kherson, U.S.S.R.
Grt. 11.980, nrt. 6.128, dwt. 14.950, l.o.a. 162.34 mt., breadth 22.26 mt.
Engine type Motor, Burmaister & Wain-Bryansk Engine Works, 10.600 bhp.
Speed 18 kn.
Vessel type Cargo.


Posted by Picasam.v. "Manistee".
Owner Elders & Fyffes Ltd., London, United Kingdom.
Flag United Kingdom.
 Built 1972 by Kaeasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Kobe, Japan.
Grt. 6.513, nrt. 2.836, dwt. 6.127, l.o.a. 144.51 mt., beam 20.45 mt.
Engine type Motor, MAN-Kawasaki H.I. Ltd., 12.600 bhp.
Speed 20.5 kn.
Vessel type Reefer


Posted by Picasam.v. "Marbella".
ex Mare Sereno '81.
Owner Grain Maritime Ltd., Monrovia, Liberia.
Flag Liberia.
Built 1966 by Ansaldo S.p.A., Genoa, Italy.
Grt. 15.771, nrt. 9.268, dwt. 23.724, l.o.a. 190.48 mt., breadth 22.86 mt.
Engine type Motor, S.A. Fiat Societa Grandi Motori, 11.200 bhp., speed 14 kn.
Vessel type Bulk.


Posted by Picasas.s. "Patricia".
Owner HAPAG (Hamburg Amerika Linie), Hamburg, Germany.
Flag Germany
Built 1899 by Vulcan Werft AG, Stettin, Germany.
Grt. 13.023, l.o.a. 178.33 mt., beam 18.87 mt.
Engine type Steam, 5.460 ihp.
Speed 18 knots.
Vessel type Passenger