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Brahe (ex-USS PCE-830) sold to become museum ship

13ea5eb7-0308-4c2c-9580-605698b549f7Originally built in 1943 as US patrol craft escort/submarine chaser PCE-830 by Pullman-Standard in Chicago, she was transferred the following year to the Royal Navy and renamed HMS Kilchrenan. After war service, in 1946 she was briefly returned to the US navy, as USS Kilchrenan before being sold in 1947 to HSD in Bergen, Norway. She was rebuilt for use as a local freight and coastal passenger ship and renamed Sunnhordland.

1399682_1441301606093098_1280000435_o-1In 1973 she was laid up and then sold the following year to Oy Fager Lines of Helsinki and renamed Kristina Brahe, later abbreviated to Brahe, sailing on the Finnish lakes. She changed hands several more times over the following years, until in November 2016 she was sold to become a museum ship in Leirvik in Norway, between Stavanger and Bergen. She is to be renamed Sunnhordland.

The local enthusiasts are planning to remove cabins that had been built on the car deck, and restore much of the interiors. Once complete, they plan to offer mystery tours and historical cruises.

 

Hamburg-Süd sold to Maersk

Santa Teresa in RotterdamIt was announced on 1st December 2016 that the Danish company Maersk, said to be the world’s largest shipping company, is to buy Hamburg-Süd.

cap-polonio-3Once one of the premier companies on the route from Europe to South America, Hamburg-Süd was founded in 1871 by a combination of German and British entrepreneurs. It was well-known in the first half of the 20th century for operating such liners as Cap Arcona, Cap Trafalgar, Cap Polonio and Cap Norte.

Cap Trafalgar, whose maiden voyage was in March 1914, was conspicuous for the battle fought with Cunard’s Carmania in August 1914, when both had been converted to armed merchant cruisers.

Cap Arcona was bombed and destroyed in May 1945 when she was carrying several thousand evacuees and inmates from some of the concentration camps. At least 5,000 people were killed in the sinking, making it one of the worst maritime disasters in history.

In more recent years the company became part of the Oetker Group. Maersk stated that the company would keep its brand name, and would remain based in Hamburg.


maersk-containershipsIn a later statement, on 13th December, Maersk confirmed that the acquisition and operation of Hamburg-Süd would hopefully replace around 60% of the revenue that will be lost when Moller-Maersk separates off its Energy Division, to leave itself free to concentrate on transport and logistics. Last year the Energy Division added $9.8 billion to the conglomerate’s revenue: it is anticipated that Hamburg-Süd will generate some $6 billion.

Purser’s Locker celebrates Queen Mary

queen-mary-maiden-itemsOne of the best sources for ocean liner memorabilia and artefacts is The Purser’s Locker, owned by collector and dealer Jonathan Quayle. As well as a beautiful website detailing the many items he has for sale, he also features an occasional blog with fascinating items of information. The latest covers original items from Queen Mary‘s maiden voyage in 1936.

With Jonathan’s permission, here is a snippet from that blog – we highly recommend you head over to purserslocker.co.uk and read the full article.

“May 1936, Cunard White Star finally introduced the world to its new ship of state, RMS Queen Mary. It was the event of the year, anyone who was anyone wanted to be onboard that first voyage, from all walks of life, up and down the country.

A myriad of souvenirs were produced. Hundreds of companies celebrated the event by producing countless articles. All of those articles that survive today are highly prized and valuable, but perhaps the best of these are the items that Cunard White Star produced or commissioned themselves to be sold or given out on the day. The list of ‘official’ souvenirs was endless. Some of the more memorable items to find might be a set of 6 solid silver spoons produced by a Southampton jeweller or why not get an ash tray issued by the company who manufactured her four propellers, modelled as one of those props, the blades even turn!”

To read the full article, head to pursers locker.co.uk

 

Russian cargo ship goes aground off Istanbul

645x450-russian-vessel-runs-ashore-in-istanbul-due-to-southwesterly-winds-crew-waiting-to-be-evacuated-1480706534925Reuters reported on 2nd December 2016 that heavy winds had forced a Russian cargo ship to run aground off the coast of Istanbul. Footage released at the time showed crew getting into lifeboats although there were no reports of any injuries. No further news was released on damage suffered or eventual fate of the vessel.

New cruise line for
St Lawrence river

jacques-cartier-rebuildA new cruise company, Croisières M/S Jacques Cartier, Inc., is being established shortly to operate a service on the St Lawrence river by the summer of 2018. They have purchased the Jacques Cartier, which has been operating on the St Lawrence as a tour boat for the last 40 years. The owners plan to offer “active cruises” which will include kayaking, geocaching and zodiac excursions.

5808-04-93h-e0c-jacques-cartier-1Built in 1924 at Lauzon, this little vessel has had a chequered career and many rebuilds since, including new engines in 1955 and a complete rebuild in 1975. She had been retired in 2012, but is now undergoing a complete rebuild and refit to carry 66 passengers. It will include an observation room, a spa, a sauna and the zodiacs for local excursions.

Ex-US presidential yacht Sequoia sold

3a6acd2500000578-0-image-a-2_1479247845903A former presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia, was used by US presidents from Herbert Hoover to Jimmy Carter for entertaining diplomats or just getting away from the stress of Washington. It has now been sold for nothing. Zero. Nil dollars!

3a6acd0800000578-0-image-a-4_1479247867664Jimmy Carter sold the yacht in 1977 at an auction, for $286,000. It was then moored at a marina in Washington, DC, and used for four-hour charter tours along the Potomac River. It has changed owners several times since, but in recent years the wooden yacht has been quietly rotting away at a shipyard in Deltaville, Virginia, steadily deteriorating.

In 2012 the Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group entered into a $7.5 million loan agreement to purchase the yacht and pay for its restoration and initial running costs. After a series of legal fights and counter-arguments, a Delaware judge ruled on 15th November 2016 that FE Partners, an investment group can exercise an option to acquire the Sequoia at an adjusted option price of zero.

Plans are already in place to restore the yacht to its former glory.

New polar expedition cruise ship

polar-cruiser-696x464It was reported in November 2016 that the Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit was to build a new polar expedition vessel for Oceanwide Expeditions. The provisional name has been announced as Hondius.

The vessel will be built to LR PC6 standards and is designed to carry 196 passengers in luxury cabins and suites. It will be 108 metres long, with two engines delivering 4,200kW and a cruising speed of 15 knots. Delivery is expected in 2019.

Viking Line order new cruise ship

viking-ferryViking Line Abp (Finnish Ferries, not the riverboats) have ordered a large new cruise ferry from China. They signed a letter of intent with Xiamen Shipbuilding on 23rd November 2016, for delivery in the Spring of 2020. The final agreement is expected to be signed in Spring 2017, and will include an option for a second vessel.

The vessel will be 218 metres long, with 63,000grt. It will operate on the Turku, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden route, via the Åland Islands, and will carry 2,800 passengers. The intention is for the vessel to run on LNG (liquefied natural gas), and it will be designed to have maximum energy-efficiency with minimal impact on the environment.

Rumour has it that the Chinese yard will receive just enough money to cover material costs. Labour costs and overhead will not be covered, let alone provide a profit, so the yard will lose money from day one. Xiamen Shipbuilding is  state-owned, and China  is able to offer export credits with extremely long maturities and very low interest rates. Chinese financing instutions are also buying market share with very competitive ship financing.

Celebrity Edge

celebrity-edge-steelOn 21st November 2016 STX France cut the first pieces of steel for Celebrity’s new build, planned for delivery in 2018, and to be called Celebrity Edge. This will be the first of four vessels in this class. Each is 117,000 tons and will carry 2,900 passengers.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity’s President and CEO, announced: “We will reveal more details soon and travellers and trade partners will not be disappointed – this ship will be amazing”.

The company is expecting delivery in Autumn 2018, with the second vessel in the class to be delivered in Spring 2020.

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3rd February 1943 – The Four Chaplains
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18th January 1908 – Suevic returns to service
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17th January 1923 – Olympic’s captain rushed to hospital
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16th January 1903 – Ionic’s maiden voyage
Ionic (II) was built by Harland and Wolff (yard number 346) in December 1902 for the joint White Star/Shaw, Savill
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16th January 1942 – Llangibby Castle torpedoed
Llangibby Castle was built in 1929 for Union Castle by Harland & Wolff at Govan. A motorship, she was 485
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Olympic to be scrapped as White Star purge continues
Cunard-White Star formally announced on 25th January 1935 that Olympic was to be withdrawn from regular trans-Atlantic service and would
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14th January 1915 – Highland Brae sunk
On 29th July 1914, Kronprinz Wilhelm arrived in New York and proceeded to refuel and reprovision as usual. Two days
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14th January 1899 –Oceanic launched
On 14th January 1899 Oceanic (yard number 317) was launched at Harland & Wolff,. She was designed as a twin-propeller,
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13th January and fires on Normandie
13th January was twice a significant date in Normandie’s history, both connected with fire. The first was in 1935: there
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13th January 1915 –HMS Viknor lost at sea
On 13th January 1915, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Viknor disappeared off the Irish coast, with no distress messages ever heard.
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12th January 1917 – Olympic refit at Belfast
Olympic arrived at Belfast on 12th January 1917 for a three months’ refit, which included fitting six 6-in guns, with
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12th January 1894 – Cevic’s maiden voyage
On 12th January 1894, White Star’s Cevic sailed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York. She had been
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11th January 1917 – HMS Ben-My-Chree sunk
Ben-My-Chree (Manx language meaning "Girl of my Heart") was a packet turbine steamer between Liverpool and Douglas on the Isle
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10th January 1883 – White Star’s Ionic launched
In 1881 two new ships were ordered from Harland & Wolff: these were to be Ionic and Doric, designed and built
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7th January 1873: Gaelic handed over to White Star
Initially ordered by Bibby Line, White Star's Gaelic was purchased while on the stocks. Launched on 21st September 1872, she was
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7th January 1837: Thomas H. Ismay born
Thomas H. Ismay was born on 7th January 1837 at Maryport in Cum­­ber­land, where his father, Joseph, was a successful
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6th January – wartime shipping losses
1917: Beaufront. Built 1915 by Dobson, Newcastle. Owner J Ridley & Son, 1,720 tons. En route from Bilbao to Tees
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5th January – wartime shipping losses
1917: Allie. Built in 1899 by Harkess, Middlesborough. Owned by Stone & Rolfe, 1,139grt. She was en route from Swansea to
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White Star’s Delphic (I) launched 5th January 1897
White Star's Delphic was launched at Harland & Wolff, Belfast on 5th January 1897. She was jointly owned by White
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4th January – wartime shipping losses
1916: Coquet. Owned by Mercantile Shipping. Built in 1904 by Raylton Dixon, she was 4,396grt, 360 feet. Captured by German
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3rd January – wartime shipping losses
1918: Gartland. Built in 1892 by Redheads of South Shields for Whimster & Co. Garland was a defensively armed steamer of
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White Star’s Belgic (II) enters service 3rd January 1885
Belgic (Yard No 171) was launched at Harland & Wolff on 3rd January 1885, for the joint White Star/Occidental &
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Shipping losses on 2nd January 1941
A number of vessels were lost on 2nd January 1941, in what was one of the darkest years for merchant
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STX France – Fincantieri currently only bidder
STX France, based at St Nazaire in France, specialises in building large cruise ships. It is part of the troubled
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1st January 1942 Normandie transferred to US Registry
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on 22nd December 1941 Normandie was transferred to the US Navy Department, under the name of
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Cunard’s Ivernia torpedoed and lost 1st January 1917
Cunard's Ivernia was built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson at Newcastle. She was launched on 21st September 1899, and
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31st December 1949: White Star name disappears
After 31st December 1949 the name “White Star” disappeared from use. The two surviving White Star ships, Britannic and Georgic,
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Search for lost QM2 passenger called off
The US Coast Guard has officially called off the search for a 74-year-ol,d woman who went missing from Cunard's Queen
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28 December 1893: Gothic sails on maiden voyage
Built by Harland and Wolff at Belfast and launched on 28th June 1893, Gothic was jointly operated by White Star
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28 December 1914 White Star in Australian convoy
On 28th December 1914 the convoy for the Second Detachment of Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces assembled at
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Cargo ship wrecked after grounding in Greece
A general cargo ship, Cabrera, ran aground on the Greek island of Andros last Saturday, in heavy weather. The ship partially
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Port Everglades to deepen and widen access channels
Federal authorisation has been granted for the US Army Corps of Engineers to improve access to Port Everglades. The navigation
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27th December 1930 – Queen Mary’s keel is laid
By the late 1920s the directors of Cunard realised that their current fleet was becoming dated, and that marine engineering
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White Star’s Oceanic I sets new Pacific record
On 26th December 1876, White Star's Oceanic I, under Captain Parsell, arrived at San Francisco. She had sailed from Yokohama
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Fathom’s Adonia adds six more Cuba cruises
Despite recent reports that Fathom, a subsidiary of Carnival, was to drop Cuba from its itineraries, the company has just
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Calgaric arrives at scrappers 25 December 1934
Originally laid down in 1914 at Harland & Wolff as Orca, for Pacific Steam, she was eventually launched in April 1917
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MSC Cruises order two new ships from STX France
MSC Cruises confirmed just before Christmas that they have finalised contracts with STX France for two new cruise ships. They
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White Star’s Britannic gains second Atlantic record
White Star's Britannic, Captain Thompson, gained the westbound record for crossing the Atlantic on 24th December 1876. She crossed from
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Containers lost at sea – and typical result
Recently Hapag-Lloyd's container ship Bremen Express was forced to stop while eastbound in the Atlantic for undisclosed emergency repairs. While
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MSC set to take over Hanjin’s Long Beach terminal
The Seoul Central District Court has announced that Hanjin, South Korea's largest shipping line, has recently signed a provisional contract with
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Deteriorating scrap values for containerships
It has been reported by shipbroker Braemar that over 200 containerships have been scrapped so far this year, as overcapacity
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Troubles for Maersk continue to deteriorate
Following Moller-Maersk’s recent credit rating being downgraded by Moody from BAA1 to BAA2, with a negative outlook, and by Standard & Poor
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More cruise lines get approval from Cuba
In early December two more cruise lines announced that they had received permission from the Cuban authorities to include cruises
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Large floating drydock arrives at San Diego
The largest floating drydock in California recently arrived at the San Diego shipyard of BAE Systems. It is 950 feet
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Carnival reports strong Q4 for 2016
Carnival Corporation reported on 20th December that the fourth quarter income for 2016 had increased from $270 million to $609
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Maersk announces new strategy to split business
The CEO of Moller-Maersk, Soren Skou, announced on 12th December that the new strategy for the company would be to
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Cruise Association “industry is seeing steady growth”
In their 2017 report into the state of the industry, Cruise Lines International Association claimed a steady increase in interest
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Panama Canal announces series of milestones
On 19th October the Panama Canal Authority announced that opening of the new neopanamax locks had helped it to record
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Rickmers misses interest payment and scraps ship
On 15th November Reuters reported that Singapore-based Rickmers Maritime, which operates a fleet of 16 container ships, had been unable
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A New York harbour pilot’s all-weather job
CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO HOME PAGE For over 300 years members of the Sandy Hook Pilots Association have been helping ships' captains
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P&O ferry crew fail random drug tests
In a report released on 13th December, it was confirmed that over 10% of the crew aboard the P&O Ferries
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Bulk carrier abandoned off Cape Town
A bulk carrier, mv Antaios, was abandoned by the crew in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of South Africa,
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$40 million dumping fine for Princess Cruises
After pleading guilty to illegally dumping oil at sea, and then trying to cover it up, Carnival's Princess Cruises was
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Brahe (ex-USS PCE-830) sold to become museum ship
Originally built in 1943 as US patrol craft escort/submarine chaser PCE-830 by Pullman-Standard in Chicago, she was transferred the following
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Hamburg-Süd sold to Maersk
It was announced on 1st December 2016 that the Danish company Maersk, said to be the world's largest shipping company,
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Purser’s Locker celebrates Queen Mary
One of the best sources for ocean liner memorabilia and artefacts is The Purser's Locker, owned by collector and dealer
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Russian cargo ship goes aground off Istanbul
Reuters reported on 2nd December 2016 that heavy winds had forced a Russian cargo ship to run aground off the
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New cruise line for St Lawrence river
A new cruise company, Croisières M/S Jacques Cartier, Inc., is being established shortly to operate a service on the St
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Ex-US presidential yacht Sequoia sold
A former presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia, was used by US presidents from Herbert Hoover to Jimmy Carter for entertaining
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New polar expedition cruise ship
It was reported in November 2016 that the Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit was to build a new polar expedition vessel for
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Viking Line order new cruise ship
Viking Line Abp (Finnish Ferries, not the riverboats) have ordered a large new cruise ferry from China. They signed a
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Celebrity Edge
On 21st November 2016 STX France cut the first pieces of steel for Celebrity's new build, planned for delivery in
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