MV KRISTINA REGINA departing Istanbul. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2009.
Kristina Cruises has announced today that its 1960-built MV KRISTINA REGINA (ex BORE) may be sold to a newly-formed Turku-based company, Oy S/S Borea Ab for use as a floating hotel and museum. The handsome twin funneled, 4,295 gt liner, which was originally steam powered, will be forced out of service this autumn due to strict new SOLAS regulations. According to Kalle Id, “a local newspaper in Turku, Finland reported today that the company, which was founded by Johnny Sid (who was also involved in the rescue attempt of the FINNJET) and hopes to moor the ship on the River Aura near the city center. Thus far, the city has not approved the plan but tentative interest has been shown.” Special thanks to Kalle Id.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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