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  • Ilmatar Ferry Postcards - Viking Princess Cruise Ship Postcards
    was the first motor passenger ship for the Finland Steamship Co She was delivered from Wärtsila of Helsinki in 1964 and was the largest passenger ship they had built up to that time Ilmatar operated on routes from Stockholm to Turku or Helsinki Ilmatar was initially powered by a single 4500bhp Sulzer designed engine giving a leisurely speed of 16 5 knots through a single screw She was 5171grt and 108m long Her passenger facilities consisted of 110 berths in first class 222 in second and up to 1068 unberthed Ilmatar could carry 50 cars through side doors The progress in car fery design was such that an order was placed for a much larger ship the Finlandia even before Ilmatar was delivered She was used for occasional cruising from the time she was built Official Finland SS Co postcard of Ilmatar as built Official Finland SS Co postcard of Ilmatar as built Official Finland SS Co postcard of Ilmatar as built Official Finland SS Co postcard of Ilmatar as built Finland SS became part of the Silja Line consortium and Ilmatar is shown here with their hull logo Official Finland SS Co postcard of Ilmatar as built Postcard of Ilmatar as built with large hull logo In 1973 Ilmatar was rebuilt in Hamburg increasing in size to 7355grt and 128m long Two additional Nohab wing diesels were added each with their own screw increasing speed to 19 knots through three propellors She was then used on the Helsinki Trävemünde route which was jointly run with Finnlines The rebuild also improved facilities for use on cruises in the Baltic Mediterranean Atlantic Islands and along the Norwegian coast She now had berths for 450 passengers but car capacity was unchanged In 1975 Finland SS withdrew from the joint Trävemünde service but Ilmatar remained on the route for that summer on charter to Finnlines She was then used mainly on cruising and received another refit in early 1979 to further improve facilities including swimming pool casino gym and a cinema One presumes she was not a great succes since she was sold to Vesteraalens SS Co in October 1980 Official Finland SS Co postcard of Ilmatar as rebuilt She lost the Silja Line logo when moved to cruising Official Finland SS Co postcard of Ilmatar as rebuilt Postcard of Ilmatar as rebuilt Photographic postcard of Ilmatar as rebuilt Ilmatar Vesteraalens SS Co 1980 84 In early 1979 Finland SS Co had Ilmatar refitted as a Mediterranean cruise ship by her builders Wärtsila In October 1980 she was sold to Vesteraalens Steamship Co of Norway and continued cruising under the Norwegian Cruises banner without change of name She later received Vesteraalens funnel colours This was also not successful the winter 1982 programme was cancelled and Ilmatar was laid up in Toulon and offered for sail She was reportedly renamed Viking Prince at this time but remained in lay up for two years Official Vesteraalens Norwegian Cruises postcard of Ilmatar still in Finland SS

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  • Peter Deilmann Berlin - Princess Mahsuri - Orange Melody - Spirit of Adventure
    was owned by a consortium of German investors and Deilmann only had a minority share Whilst awaiting delivery he also bought the Regina Maris Berlin was chartered for far eastern service as the Princess Mahsuri between 1982 1985 Berlin was lengthened by 20m in 1986 Her charter to Deilmann was terminated in 2004 and Berlin was laid up Following a short charter to a Russian operator as Orange Melody she was sold to Saga Cruises to replace Saga Pearl It was thought that she would be named Saga Opal but she entered seavice as Spirit of Adventure Official Deilmann card of Berlin before lengthening Official Deilmann card of Berlin before lengthening Official Deilmann card of Berlin after lengthening by 20m in 1986 Official Deilmann card of Berlin after lengthening by 20m in 1986 Berlin was used in for a German TV series called Das Traumschiff a German version of the Love Boat Postcard of Berlin at Sognefjord Norway Click to open larger image in new window Photograph of Berlin in the North Sea Canal Photo Wil Moojen 7th May 1995 Princess Mahsuri Blue Funnel Cruises charter 1982 1985 I am seeking a scan of the official postcard of Princess Mahsuri If you can help please email simplon simplon co uk Princess Mahsuri at Hobart Photo Richard Francis wildeel com photoships html Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody Metropolis Tur charter 2005 Orange Melody at Dubrovnik Photo Ivo Batricevic Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody at Dubrovnik Photo Ivo Batricevic Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody at Dubrovnik Photo Ivo Batricevic Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody at Dubrovnik in 2005 Photo Neven Jerkovic Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody at Dubrovnik in 2005 Photo Neven Jerkovic Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody at Dubrovnik in 2005 Photo Neven Jerkovic Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody at Dubrovnik in 2005 Photo Neven Jerkovic Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody at Dubrovnik in 2005 Photo Neven Jerkovic Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody at Dubrovnik in 2005 Photo Neven Jerkovic Click to open larger image in new window Orange Melody at Dubrovnik in 2005 Photo Neven Jerkovic Click to open larger image in new window Spirit of Adventure Spirit of Adventure Cruises 2005 Spirit of Adventure was originally the Berlin of Peter Deilmann In 1979 Peter Deilmann ordered his first new cruise ship the Berlin She was owned by a consortium of German investors and Deilmann only had a minority share Whilst awaiting delivery he also bought the Regina Maris Berlin was chartered for far eastern service as the Princess Mahsuri between 1982 1985 Berlin was lengthened by 20m in 1986 Her charter to Deilmann was terminated in 2004 and Berlin was laid up Following a short charter to a Russian operator as Orange Melody she

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  • Bornholm (2) of 1930 - Ferry Photographs - Ferry Postcards
    Maris in Lübeck Linie colours Postcard of Regina Maris in Lübeck Linie colours Postcard of Regina Maris at Hamburg with Kungsholm Photographic postcard of Regina Maris Regina Maris Peter Deilmann 1980 1983 In 1979 Deilmann ordered his first new cruise ship the Berlin Whilst awaiting delivery he also bought the Regina Maris Regina Maris was sold to Kuwait in 1982 for conversion into a large private yacht She had been

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  • Öresundsbolaget Ferry Postcards
    in Greece with Constantinos G Ventouris She was rbriefly renamed Mastrogiorgios but entered service between Heraklion Thira the following year as the Agois Georgios In 1985 she began to serve Igoumenitsa Bari Agois Georgios was sold to Kimolos Navigation in 1988 but sank the following year Official Dampskibsselskabet Øresund art postcard of Absalon Painting by Helge Rasmussen AB Grafisk Konst postcard 5 10 of Gripen and Absalon left in Malmö Pressbyrån postcard of Absalon Grako postcard 5 83 of Absalon entering Malmö Photo Anders Redin Postcard of Agios Georgios Gripen 1956 1976 Gripen built in 1956 by Aalborgs Vaerft A S Ålborg Denmark for Svenska Rederi AB Öresund She served between Copenhagen Malmö until 1976 when she was sold for further service in with Peter Deilmann In 1984 she was sold to Rederi Ab Gripen Malmö as the Gripen av Malmö returning to her original Copenhagen Malmö route In 1987 she was sold to Tropical Cruises SA Panama Official Svenska Rederi AB Öresund postcard of Gripen Official Svenska Rederi AB Öresund postcard of Gripen Published by Carl Stenders serial number 43 920 2 Photo Ulf Cronberg A Duncan photographic of Gripen Grako postcard 5 61 of Gripen entering Malmö plus enlarged image of ships Photo Giovanni Trimoti AB Grafisk Konst postcard 5 10 of Gripen and Absalon left in Malmö An official Deilmann postcard as Nordschau Scan supplied by Michael Kenyon Limhamn 1960 1969 Limhamn was built in 1960 by A S Bergen Mekaniske Verksted Bergen Norway for Rederi Ab Öresund Malmö She was used on the Limhamn Dragør route until 1969 when she was sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Slaven In 1992 she was renamed Zazizan She was scrapped in 2005 Postcard of Swedish ferry Limhamn later Slaven and Zavizan Scan Fakta om Fartyg Click to open larger image in new window Postcard of Swedish ferry Limhamn later Slaven and Zavizan Scan Fakta om Fartyg Click to open larger image in new window Jadrolinija ferry Slaven Photo Rickard Sahlsten Scan Fakta om Fartyg Jadrolinija ferry Zavizan Scan Ivo Batricevic Click to open larger image in new window Jadrolinija ferry Zavizan Photo Jan Vinter Christensen Scan Fakta om Fartyg Click to open larger image in new window Jadrolinija ferry Zavizan Photo Jan Vinter Christensen Scan Fakta om Fartyg Click to open larger image in new window Dragør 1960 1969 Dragør was built in 1960 by A S Bergen Mekaniske Verksted Bergen Norway for Svenska Rederi Ab Öresund Malmö She was used on the Limhamn Dragør route until 1969 when she was sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Loda In 1992 she was renamed Slaven Postcard of Dragør Öresund 1960 1980 Öresund was built in 1960 by Ålborgs Vaerft A S Ålborg Denmark for Rederi AB Svenska Öresund Malmö She served on the route Malmö Copenhagen until 1980 when she was sold to Ångfartygs Ab Saltsjön Mälaren Stockholm and renamed Lindblad Polaris After a lengthy conversion into a cruise ship Lindblad Polaris entered service on expedition cruises in 1982 In 1986 she

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  • Blenheim (Fred Olsen) Ship Postcards
    cruises from Florida She was withdrawn in 1996 after a fire Ship Names on this Page Blenheim 3 Fred Olsen Line 1970 81 Sandinavian Sea Scandinavian World Cruises 1981 85 Venus Venture 1985 86 Discovery I Discovery Cruises 1986 96 Associated Pages DFDS Discovery Cruises Fred Olsen Cruises 1986 onwards Fred Olsen North Sea Services Lineas Fred Olsen Scandinavian World Cruises SeaEscape Cruises Ferry Postcards Cruise Ship Postcards Ocean Liner Postcard Simplon Postcards Home Page Blenhiem 3 Fred Olsen Line 1970 81 Blenheim 3 was built in 1970 by Upper Clyde Shipsbuilder Ltd Clydebank as a larger version of Black Prince 2 and Black Watch 2 Registered owners were Fred Olsen Ltd London and she had a British crew Between September and May Blenheim 3 cruised to the Canary Islands on a route London Funchal Santa Cruz de Tenerife Las Palmas whilst during the summer months May September she ran ferry crossings from Kristiansand to Amsterdam or Harwich In 1981 Blenheim 3 was sold to Scandinavian World Cruises Nassau Bahamas controlled by DFDS and renamed Sandinavian Sea She operated short cruises to Freeport from Port Canaveral and Jacksonville Registered ownership changed a number of times and in 1985 she was renamed Venus Venture In 1986 she was sold to Discovery Cruises and renamed Discovery I Official Fred Olsen postcard of Blenheim Official Fred Olsen postcard 081 62 of Blenheim Photograph Giovanni Trimboli Francisco Ribeiro postcard MD329 of Blenheim at Funchal Madeira Scandinavian Sea Scandinavian World Cruises 1981 85 In 1981 Blenheim 3 was sold to Scandinavian World Cruises Nassau Bahamas controlled by DFDS and renamed Scandinavian Se a She operated short cruises to Freeport from Port Canaveral and Jacksonville Registered ownership changed a number of times and in 1985 she was renamed Venus Venture In 1986 she was sold to

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  • Union-Castle Liner Transvaal Castle of 1962, later Festivale and Island Breeze.
    Page IslandBreeze Dolphin Cruise Lines IslandBreeze Thomson Cruises Charter IslandBreeze Premier Cruises Big Red Boat III Premier Cruises Transvaal Castle Pages Transvaal Castle Page 1 Union Castle Safmarine Transvaal Castle Page 2 Carnival Cruise Lines Transvaal Castle Page 3 Dolphin Thomson Premier Cruises this page Transvaal Castle Page 4 Island Breeze Interior Photographs Transvaal Castle Page 5 Festivale Interior Photographs Associated Pages Union Castle Line Dolphin Cruise Line Premier Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line Cruise Ship Postcards Ocean Liner Postcards Simplon Postcards Home Page References UNION CASTLE LINE A Fleet History by Peter Newall Published by Carmania Press in 1999 This is the definitive history of the Union Castle Line Available from Mainmast Books IslandBreeze Dolphin Cruise Lines Dolphin Cruise Lines official card of IslandBreeze s n DPCD3 01 97 30M APPi Dolphin Cruise Lines official card of IslandBreeze enlarged detail from the above card s n DPCD3 01 97 30M APPi Kevin Jenkins card of IslandBreeze in Gatun Locks Panama Canal s n 0033 Simplon Postcards sc2101 released June 1997 of IslandBreeze Photographed arriving New York June 2nd 1996 by Richard Weiss CT Postcards No 092 of IslandBreeze Photographed leaving New York May 31st 1996 by Richard Weiss Blue Line postcard COZ003 of IslandBreeze at Cozumel Enlarged image from the Blue Line postcard above of IslandBreeze at Cozumel IslandBreeze Thomson Cruises Charter Thomson Cruises official card of IslandBreeze using a retouched version of the Dolphin card A more convincing Thomson Cruises official card of IslandBreeze although I believe she actually spent most of her charter in plain white IslandBreeze Big Red Boat III Premier Cruises Premier Cruises official card of IslandBreeze another poorly retouched card Premier Cruises official card of IslandBreeze IslandBreeze was later renamed Big Red Boat III On 4th June 2003 Big Red Boat III sailing as

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  • Epirotiki Line Ship Postcards - Page 2: 1975-1996
    by Dubigeon Normandie SA Nantes She was one of three sisters built for Silja Line services and was owned by Silja Line consortium member Rederi AB Svea The other sisters were delivered as the Wellamo of Finska Ångfartygs Ab and the Bore Star of Bore Line Svea Corona entered service in 1975 between Stockholm and Helsinki moving to the Stockholm Mariehamn Åbo Turku route in 1980 In 1981 ownership passed to Johnson Line AB In 1984 Svea Corona was sold to Sundancer Corporation and renamed Sundancer for use as a cruise ship However on her third cruise on the US Canadian west coast Sundancer was declared a TCL total constructive loss after hitting a submerged object on 30th June 1984 She was driven ashore by the captain and was later sold to Greek owners for rebuilding reappearing as the Pegasus of Cosmos Cruises In 1987 Pegasus 2 was acquired by Epirotiki Lines retaining her name On 2nd June 1991 there was a fire on board whilst in Venice Pegasus 2 sank to the harbour bottom and was declared a TCL for the second time In 1994 the remains were sold to Strintzis Lines and given the name Ionian Express Following rebuilding the intention was that she would be used on the Swansea Cork Ferries service This was not to be since on 20th November 1994 another fire broke out and the ship was declared a TCL for the third time She was broken up in Turkey in 1995 A complete postcard history of this ship is available on this link Epirotiki company postcard of Pegasus Chantry Classics postcard CC S56 of Pegasus Commercial postcard of Pegasus at Antigua Enlarged image of the ship from the commercial postcard of Pegasus at Antigua above Odysseus 2 Epirotiki 1988 1997 In 1961 Soc Espanola de Construccion Naval Bilbao constructed two coastal passenger ships for the Brazilian shipping Company Cia Nacional of Nav Costeira These two ships were named Princesa Isabel and Princesa Leopoldina The 9 696 GRT Princesa Isabel was launched on January 18th 1961 and was delivered to her owners in August 1962 During speed trials she attained 17 5 knots Her accommodation consisted of First Class 200 passengers 29 double and 46 three berth cabins Tourist Class 250 passengers mostly four berth cabins Due to poor loadings Princesa Isabel was laid up in Rio de Janeiro in early 1968 and placed on the market During this time machinery parts were removed being used on her sister P rincesa Leopoldina After an 18 month lay up Dominion Far East Line purchased her in 1969 She was towed from Rio de Janeiro to the River Clyde were she received a seven month refit Upon completion her passenger capacity had reduced to 375 She departed the Clyde under a British flag renamed Marco Polo and was delivered to Melbourne Australia in June 1970 Upon arrival she commenced her cruise programme of the South Pacific and Asia After an eight years service Dominion Line announced the sale of the Marco Polo in May 1978 Marco Polo had been purchased by a Greek owned Hong Kong Company known as Aquamarine International On her final Asian cruise Marco Polo was caught in the grip of a typhoon and suffered a battering for five days resulting in a number of injuries amongst her 192 passengers After an extensive refit in Greece which included her forward superstructure extended she was renamed Aquamarine for a series of 14 day Asian cruises out of Hong Kong Her new cruise schedule competed directly with her sister ship Coral Princess ex Princesa Leopoldina which had been obtained by the Hong Kong based Swire Group China Navigation in 1970 However Aquamarine s loadings were poor and she was laid up in Hong Kong after her first season On April 27 1980 she was arrested and bought by the Commercial Bank of Greece at auction She moved to Piraeus in 1981 where she was laid up until 1988 when she was sold to the Epirotiki and renamed Odysseus 2 She entered service after a further refit when her aft superstructure was extended toward the stern Odysseus 2 passed to Royal Olympic Cruises in 1997 continuing to work on similar cruises Odysseus returned to her home continent in the winter of 1997 98 when chartered to cruise out of Buenos Aires In the spring of 2000 it was announced that she would be long term chartered to Legend Cruises for a series of 3 and 4 day cruises as the Joywave from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic There was a purchase option after three years The deal fell through before cruises started and Odysseus returned to work on 7 day cruises from Heraklion through that summer Royal Olympic Cruises was renamed Royal Olympia Cruises in 2003 Following the collapse of Royal Olympia Odysseus reportedly passed to Hansa Kreuzfahten who in 2005 owned three small cruise ships which are chartered out to travel agencies She may have been renamed Odysseys Later reports indicated that she was running gambling cruises from Hong Kong or Taiwan Complete history of Odysseus 2 Epirotiki official postcard of Odysseus 2 Epirotiki official postcard of Odysseus 2 Chantry Classics postcard of Odysseus 2 Triton Epirotiki Lines 1991 1997 Triton was delivered as the 1971 Cunard Line cruise ship Cunard Adventurer sold to Norwegian Caribbean Line NCL in 1977 becoming the Sunward II Following the success of Norwegian Caribbean s Starward and Skyward a second pair of NCL sisters were ordered from Italian builders to be named Southward and Seaward The cost of the second ship increased following the nationalisation of the builders and the order was cancelled She eventually appeared as P O s Spirit of London Norwegian Caribbean waited until 1977 before acquiring more tonnage when they bought Cunard Line s Cunard Adventurer which was renamed Sunward II Sunward I had been their pioneer cruise ship originally built in 1966 for a UK Spain Portugal service which was sold in 1972

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  • Apollon - Minoan Prince Cruise Ship Postcards
    following year to Golden Prince Greece and renamed as Golden Prince Links to Ship Names on this Page Wakashio Maru Kansai Kisen 1973 79 Sunflower 7 Kansai Kisen 1979 92 Apollon Epirotiki Line 1992 95 Minoan Prince Minoan Line 1995 2002 Golden Prince Golden Prince 2002 Links to Associated Pages Epirotiki Line Minoan Lines Royal Olympic Cruises Ferry Postcards Cruise Ship Postcards Ocean Liner Postcards Simplon Postcards Home Page Searcg This Website powered by FreeFind Wakashio Maru Kansai Kisen 1973 79 Wakashio Maru was bult by Kansai Zosen in 1973 She was renamed as Sunflower 7 1979 In 1992 she was sold for rebuilding as a cruise ship entering service with Epirotiki Lines as Apollon Postcard of Wakashio Maru Scan Ken Murayama Sunflower 7 Kansai Kisen 1979 92 Wakashio Maru was bult by Kansai Zosen in 1973 She was renamed as Sunflower 7 1979 In 1992 she was sold for rebuilding as a cruise ship entering service with Epirotiki Lines as Apollon Official Kansai Kisen postcard of Sunflower 7 Apollon Epirotiki Line 1992 95 In 1992 Sunflower 7 was sold for rebuilding as a cruise ship entering service with Epirotiki Lines as Apollon Her rebuilding was intended to allow 3 or 4 day cruises but she was put into service on short 1 day cruises from Crete to Santorini In 1995 she passed to Minoan Lines as Minoan Prince remaining on the same route Official Epirotiki postcard of Apollon Scan supplied by J F Metello Adam postcard K1724 of Apollon at Santrorini Enlargement from postcard K1724 above at Santrorini Haitalis postcard H211 of Apollon at Santrorini Enlargement from postcard H211 above at Santrorini I Mathoulaxis postcard S167 of Apollon at Santrorini Minoan Prince Minoan Line 1995 2002 In 1995 Apollon passed to Minoan Lines as Minoan Prince remaining on the

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