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Scraps Of Shipping News

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 by

This has been yet another a painful year for vintage ship lovers.  Like giant magnets, various Asian scrapyards have been pulling the few remaining vintage ships out from their anchorages for recycling into re-bar.

THE EMERALD at Eleusis. Photo by Mike Masino, copyright Peter Knego 2010.

This week, Louis Cruises, after years of seeking a trading buyer, has sold the 1958-built THE EMERALD (ex SANTA ROSA, DIAMOND ISLAND, REGENT RAINBOW) for $5 million to an undisclosed scrap merchant.  It is expected that the ship will depart her Eleusis anchorage shortly.  Designed by William Francis Gibbs for Grace Line, she was not only the last American-built ocean liner but the last one to survive — aside from the dormant SS UNITED STATES, which has not moved under her own power since 1969.

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SS COCEANIC

SS OCEANIC at Vancouver. Photo copyright Peter Knego June 2009

Last weekend, after de-storing in Yokohama, Peaceboat’s SS THE OCEANIC (ex OCEANIC, STARSHIP OCEANIC) arrived at Zhoushan, China for scrapping.  She is the final remnant of Italy’s “Golden Age” of liners and cruise ships built at the famed Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriatico shipyard in Monfalcone in the early-to-mid 1960s.  The first ship with a magrodome-enclosed pool and one of the first to sport verandah cabins, THE OCEANIC has led a remarkable, relatively untarnished career until recently.  High fuel prices and the need for costly mechanical repairs finally did her in.  With the demise of THE EMERALD and THE OCEANIC, there is only one steam-powered cruise ship left, the laid up ATLANTIC STAR (ex FAIRSKY) of 1984.

PHILIPPINE, ex AUGUSTUS at Alang in mid-June 2012. Photo copyright www.midshipcentury.com 2012.

Meanwhile, three other former Italian beauties languish in varying stages of demolition at Alang, India.  60 years after her debut in 1952, the eviscerated remains of  PHILIPPINE (ex AUGUSTUS) are still being cut down in a slow process that began in January, several months after the ship’s arrival.

OCEAN MIST (ex SAN GIORGIO) at Alang in late April 2012. Photo copyright www.midshipcentury.com 2012.

ASPIRE (ex ITALIA) at Alang in late May 2012. Photo copyright www.midshipcentury.com 2012.

The much smaller OCEAN MIST (ex SAN GIORGIO), which arrived in March, is now mostly gone and the ship’s one-time fleetmate, ASPIRE (which sailed under the Ocean Cruises banner as the OCEAN PRINCESS while the OCEAN MIST was named OCEAN ISLANDER), arrived in late May. The 1967-built ASPIRE is also known for her career as Princess Cruises and Costa Cruises sleek ITALIA.

PACIFIC at Genoa. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.

Another ship that was sold for scrap earlier this year but which won a temporary reprieve when the Turkish buyer failed to complete payment, is the PACIFIC.  Built in 1971 as the SEA VENTURE but renowned for her career as Princess Cruises “Love Boat” PACIFIC PRINCESS, the ship is still at Genoa’s San Giorgio del Porto shipyard after a possible sale to new buyers took place last month.  PACIFIC was badly deteriorated but in the midst of a costly renovation when work stopped in 2008.  It is not known whether her new owners will refurbish her or sell her off to another scrapper. For more on the PACIFIC, click here to read about Peter Knego’s recent visit to the ship.

For updates on AUGUSTUS items rescued from Alang, please see the MidShipCentury Facebook page.

50 Responses to Scraps Of Shipping News

  1. PR

    June 23, 2012 at 4:17 am

    While such endings are, unfortunately, predictable, it is so sad to see iconic erstwhile “historic” ships go to their demise.

    Thanks for such excellent reporting — and the pictorials — which we know demand the proverbial “nerves of steel” to obtain. Thanks Peter and crew!

  2. Chris Thompson

    June 23, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Strange fate that the former Ocean Princess and Ocean Islander are ending their days together. I have happier memories of the two docked nose to nose in Barbados. Would like to see some momentos of her on the midship century site. Are you off over there soon Peter??

  3. Kenneth Eden

    June 23, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I count myself as very fortunate to have had the priviledge to sail in three of the above ships, two of them are marked for death, one hopefully to sail again.

  4. PR

    June 23, 2012 at 6:31 am

    As I was walking the dog, I further realized another irony. When I worked on the (Princess ITALIA – she was early in the charter period) the ITALIA was favorably considered as a mini-OCEANIC because of her beautiful lines and Italian-inspired interior spaces. (That was long before the conversion of the forward lounge into cabins — even though they did have floor to ceiling windows.) And now, although in different places, they are to meet the same end at the same time.

    This is truly so sad!

    RIP OCEANIC and (always & forever known as) ITALIA

  5. ally

    June 23, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Sad to see so many ships going….but we can’t save them all unfortunately. At least we can keep hold of our memories of these great ladies of the sea, and those that have gone before them, through photographs and personal experiences, so although they are physically gone forever, they will always remain in the people who sailed aboard them in their thoughts and minds.

  6. Bill Fox

    June 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

    How sad to see two of my favorite ships headed for scrapping. THE EMERALD was built here at Newport News in 1958 as SANTA ROSA. Her sister SANTA PAULA, also completed in 1958, was the last passenger ship built at NNS. Operating as a stationary hotel ship at Kuwait, she was attacked an destroyed during the Iraqi invasion in 1991. The beautiful OCEANIC dry docked here often in the 1970s and we became friends with her master, Capt. Glauco Stabon, of Genoa. Dinners aboard in his private dining room were like a trip to Italy. Like Capt. Stabon, these two ships will be greatly missed.

  7. John F. Pepper

    June 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Sad to see the Italia on the chopping block. Cruised her when I was a child. She came to Alaska, to Skagway, and was declared one of the favorite ships to visit that little hamlet. RIP Italia . . . a beauty of a ship.

  8. Peter Knego

    June 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the comments thus far. I really enjoy reading everyone’s thoughts and experiences with these last few beauties and hope there will be more. Chris, I won’t be getting anything from ASPIRE or OCEAN MIST since almost all of their original fittings were removed throughout the years. I do have a great deal of items from the beautiful AUGUSTUS and a few other recent Alang ships such as the almost equally beautiful AUSONIA and RENAISSANCE. Still sorting those things and previewing them on Facebook before they go up on the http://www.MidShipCentury.com site. All the best, Peter

  9. Mage Bailey

    June 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Peter, thanks for the updates. I absolutely hate the loss of such beauty and am so appreciative of all you do in the way of salvage.

  10. Kenneth Eden

    June 24, 2012 at 5:53 am

    When I sailed in the OCEAN PRINCESS, nee ITALIA, PRINCESS ITALIA, and OCEAN ISLANDER, under the colors of Ocean Cruises, the ships had minor cosmetic work done inside, mainly in the MDR, offering a 1980′s glitz, etched glass table station seperations, way too much brass tubing, shiny ceiling and smoked gold veined glass. Color choices in fabric were acid green shrill peuce and absolute dead on violent purple. The rest of the ships were nice, and classy, except for those damned ’80′s “lip backed” chairs.

    What set them apart was the crew, hard working, eager to please and kind, and the food complimented the wonderful labors the crew provided. There are some ships that have similar caring crew members, just “some” in the over 100 ships sailing today.

    Of course the PACIFIC PRINCESS had total classical elegance, with the top rate cuisine and Sitmar crew that was introduced on board, that is when the galley and MDR became Italian, excellent decision.

    What can I say about the SS OCEANIC to praise her more than has been said so many times? She was , is and will always be tops in my book, along with the SS FRANCE and the Royal Viking SEA STAR and SKY.
    Of course I sail today and have my new favorites

    I sailed in these ships, the SS OCEANIC at least 11 times (who could ever forget Mario the best deck steward ever, or Pietro, wine sommelier, and the many chefs and bar staff). These were very different cruise experiences than what is offered today. Comparing them is silly, there is no comparison.

    To have known these marvelous ships and sailed in them, is the reward. Maybe to see them redone, brought up to date and given a cheap look and feel sailing on low budget itineraries might give them a few more years, but thats all it would give.

  11. Jeff Taylor

    June 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I had heard that some group was recently (past year or so) refitting Ocean Mist for further African cruising. Also what about all the talk of someone buying Emerald for hotel ship service followed by US cruising? Anyone know what happened?

  12. Peter Knego

    June 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Unfortunately, neither venture, as is so often the case, worked out…

  13. Chris Thompson

    June 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Peter,
    just curious, what happens to the lifeboats and tenders from these ships?
    Are they too broken up, resulting in piles of fiberglass! or are they pressed into service as Indian fishing boats etc?

  14. Peter Knego

    June 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Aluminum and steel boats tend to get scrapped for their non-ferrous metal content but fiberglass boats are often resold in the local marketplace if in good enough condition.

  15. John Cant

    June 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    While working for Costa I had the opportunity to sail aboard the MS ITALIA from Ft Lauderdale to the Caribbean. A beautiful ship with a full Italian crew with excellent service and food. Sad to see the picture of her being scrapped. Many pleasant memories remain.

  16. Dirk Steffen

    June 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I think this is all even sadder since I had read recently (where it was…don’t remember) that EMERALD had been sold for Korean cruising followed by a stint as hotel ship…has that fallen through as well?! Even if she has been rebuilt she still sports some original details as can be seen in Peter’s great photos. So losing her means losing great American seagoing treasures. Shoot…

  17. Peter Knego

    June 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Dirk,

    It was announced she would be an accommodation ship in Korea, then head to South America for cruising service. Seems the ex-Nordic Prince may have been a more tempting alternative.

    All the best,

    Peter

  18. Colin Stewart

    June 26, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Heartbreaking to see these classic ships go for scrap – especially the SS Oceanic steaming under her own power to be broken up. The Oceanic these days is / was quite simply one of the best looking ships afloat. Modern cruise ships look like a hotel with a bow and a stern and apart from the Disney Class ships and QM2 most are pretty ugly to look at.

    The Oceanic should have been saved but unfortunately ship enthusiasts never have millions in the bank!

  19. Peter Kohler

    June 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Heartbreaking to see AUGUSTUS especially since she last so very long only to finally be lost. Sorry, but it galls me no end that we have no fewer than four IOWA class battleships preserved now and yet these equally historic and meaningful merchant ships are just forgotten. If it’s not about war (and especially WW2) it seeimingly doesn’t matter. The preserved warships in the USA alone constitute by tonnage something like the 6th largest navy in the world… ridiculous!

  20. Justin Higner

    June 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    The loss of the “Oceanic” and “Augustus” alone is proof enough that the world has lost perspective on it’s maritime past, along with the reality that the money is often not there for long-term preservation of most of these ships. The SS United States” is the most important artifact that we, as a nation, could posses that survives and is a marvel of achievement. This news above is a breaking point for me, though, and it’s become very hard to be interested as I always was in the maritime world with so much of the best of it gone forever. I’m only 29, but have been following stories like this since 1995 and building my own custom models on the side since then too, with designs influenced by the Golden Girls of the past seen above, and so to see this is painful, even more so for those who traveled aboard the real thing and remember real service, food, art, tasteful decoration, and maritime traditions held dear. The last of the Italian Line and Grace is soon to be gone–along with one of the world’s first modern cruise ships (Oceanic), yet so much of the modern industry owes everything to ships like them. I’m grateful that the ‘Nomadic’ is safe, as is the ‘Queen Mary’ and ‘Rotterdam’ and a few others. The former Kungsholm (1965) is a must as well, to be preserved in Sweden as much has the “Augustus” should have been in Italy.

  21. Dan

    June 27, 2012 at 4:59 am

    @Justin Higner

    I agree. It’s sad to see both The Augustus and The Oceanic go to the scrapyard instead of joining in the ranks of the SS Rotterdam and The MS Bore in Finland. The problems with the debt crisis that caused the global depression has a lot to do with the demise of the SS Maxim Gorkiy, MS Augustus, and the SS Oceanic. It’s too bad that the Augustus could not find a safe haven in Italy as it was the closest link that the world had to the Andrea Doria.

    We should be very lucky that the SS Rotterdam was saved because if the ship owners, Premier Cruises decided to sell her for scrap in 2002/2003, we wouldn’t be talking about the ship today. The same goes for the SS United States in the same year because it was almost sold to a ship breaker instead of NCL. I wished that the SS Oceanic was placed on the market in 2009 while it was under charter with Peaceboat.

    As for the MS Mona Lisa, that ship was very lucky to have found a temporary reprieve because she was almost sold for scrap as well.

    So many interesting vessels have been lost to the scrapyards over the years to the point where I no longer focus on cruise ships in general. The world can get together to bailout sovereign countries in debt. Yet, no one can find the money to buy and renovate some of history’s most important ships like the SS Oceanic and the MS Augustus.

  22. Gordon Stewart

    June 27, 2012 at 5:04 am

    It is disappointing that no effort has to my knowledge been made by an “enthusiast” group to save an ocean liner – and have her retained in service. For smaller excursion steamboats it is not infrequent for this to be done.

    Sure, it is on a bigger financial scale, but the “population” of big ship/liner enthusiasts dwarfs that of smaller ship enthusiasts (who are also divided into umpteen disparate groups)and prepared to pay more to indulge their interests as cruising holidays have shown. Working on a global scale it would not be beyond the realms of possibiity to buy and operate (even with subsidy if necessary) one such ship

    Oceanic would have been an ideal choice, but a shadow organisation should have been established a few years ago to step in at this point.

    For those of you wishing to see steamships survive and even prosper, click on my name to go to my website …. and take it from there !

  23. Kenneth Eden

    June 28, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Saving these old ships for future sailing use is pushing the envelope in most cases. The once futuristic ships of then Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, now refered to as Royal Caribbean International are true exceptions, they must have been well maintained, as they have travelled far and wide with new owners and with new names for decades.

    Not long ago, in ship years, the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 was fitted inside and out and retuned and fired up to give her”25″ more years of sailing life. In fact, possibly the two most extensively redone liners ever were the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 and SS NORWAY. Was having the QE2 sitting idle by the desert part of that plan? Not.

    One need only look at some of the lost, once proud tonnage. To list them all would take too much time. A few tht I dearly loved had extensive careers at sea, MERMOZ, THE VICTORIA, and others. They fit a time that was forgiving, when an old bottom could get a glamour make over, and was loved by her crew and passengers. Passengers were less demanding then.

    Today it is different. The cruise lines that bought or leased old tonnange in the 1980′s are gone, so are most of their ships, the SS OCEANIC a glowing exception, however fleetingly – pun intended.

    SOLAS, balconies, casinos, tiered show lounges, multiple, outrageous deck activites and amusement park themes are what prevail and appeal to many. For these attractions I am not a fan.

    To breathe new life into these old ships, would give them max 10 years more at best. Fuel and the lack of what most passengers want would prove financial disaster.

    I have read – very reliable sources – that Saga is looking to build its first new ship. Ocean Viking will unveil line drawings for its two new goodies between July and September, Regent a new one for them and we know Hapag Lloyd is building a stunning new EUROPA. There is still hope left for us that love a more traditional ship, or rather , a more traditional cruise experience.

    These new ships will hopfully deliver from their cruise lines stellar reputations.

    Having said that, I do sail Celebrity, and have booked the new ROYAL PRINCESS for 2013. I for one do not limit my options for ships. I just wish some of these old beauties could be saved.

  24. Phil C

    June 28, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Inevitable news, and very sad. I kick myself for not taking a cruise on the Oceanic when she was with Pulmantur. Work came first, unfortunately.

    Still, the world of cruising has never been better, nor prices more competitive. Reading Cruise Critic reviews one notes that the fact that a broader class of people now cruise brings out a touch of snobbery in those who cruised in an earlier age. Let’s not let nostalgia blind us to the ocean journeys that await.

    I hope one day many years hence I’ll be talking to a young ‘un mourning the loss of the QM2 and complaining about modern ships looking like apartment blocks.

  25. Justin Higner

    June 29, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Thanks Dan; money is the main thing–how we would, as humanity, be blessed with a number of historic artifacts today if money was not a major factor. Awareness too is an issue, but people have such short attention spans and little knowledge of the gravity of such ideas such as the preservation of the vehicles that some of their ancestors and friends traveled on. The overall scrapping is sad,has been for 30 years or more, but it also narrows it down to the lucky ships that can be saved, if only because now there are only a few left in the world that have not been melted down yet. All good things come to an end, but we should give the last few classic ships in this world a happier ending then the above pictures–real steel, wood, and glass to tell the next generations what shipbuilding was like, back when it was a craft and what it meant to slow down life for once on the oceans. The ‘SS United States’ is a national treasure, and is ready for a good home on the American east coast, for example.

  26. Peter Kohler

    June 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Well to be fair, if liner enthusiasts haven’t “saved” a ship, neither have the myriad veteran groups “saved” all of these redundant battleships. All of which were sold for a $1 or just given to them and often as not refitted and refurbished to an extent using taxpayer money. There’s nothing wrong with preserving examples of warships but I do find it unfortunate the balance is so skewed towards WW2 warships at the expense of everything else including USS OLYMPIA etc. In the end, they all fight for the same diminishing donated dollar and volunteer labour to keep viable… do we need to ensure USS TEXAS is repaired and restored as the very last WW1 active US warships or have IOWA sit in LA Harbor as yet another of her class preserved?

  27. Simon Smith

    June 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Does anybody know which demolition yard THE OCEANIC went to? Zhoushan is not one of the established yards like Jiangyin or Xinhui. The last AIS is close to anchorage off Zhoushan.

  28. Kenneth Eden

    June 30, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I wonder if say, anybody cared a fig about scrapping beloved ships 50, 75, 100, 150, 200plus years ago?

    Back then, they were truly the only way to cross, to borrow from John Maxtone-Graham, which, if you have not read his compelling and definitive book, “The Only Way the Cross”, followed by “Liners to the Sun”, if you truly love passenger ships, these a a must read.

    As I have noted in past postings, then Captain Warwick, in the early years of my affair with the QE2, when I askwed him what becomes of old retired ships, his reply “You are probably shaving with them now”. I was 19 then, and remember him and his kind historical chats over his tenure at sea during my crossings and cruises on ther QE2.

    By the by, another Carnival ship is getting a makeover, 1996′s DESTINY, will enjoy a new look and hopefully longer career.

    My hope does spring eternal.

  29. Jack Shaum

    June 30, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Peter Kohler is absolutely right in expressing amazement that warships can be saved right and left, but very few merchant vessels. Add to that sailing vessels. There seems to be a general feeling that they were the only kind of ships that played a role in the country’s history. Where would we have been without all the steamships that brought passengers and cargoes to and from these shores?

  30. Jeff Taylor

    June 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I don’t think it’s so surprising that so many warships are preserved as opposed to merchant vessels. Apart from the historical value, the “seller” (Navy) has no impetus to reclaim the scrap value of the vessel. In fact, by the time you factor in total decontamination from lead paint, oils, asbestos, etc, scrapping nets very little if anything. Preservation thus becomes a viable economic alternative given that the ongoing upkeep is somebody else’s concern!

  31. Carmelo Picornell

    July 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Sad news indeed. I did not sail on any of these ships however growing up in San Juan and commuting back and forth on the ferry boats gave me the great opportunity of admiring the lines of many a classic liner and yes, notice the occasional name change. Among my all time favorites was the Oceanic in her original livery; it was quite a sight. Great memories!

  32. alfredo

    July 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    The bad end of augustus-sangiorgio-italia.Fantastic ships traveled the sea with italian style on board.It’s doesn’t matter to say their days go to end

  33. Deborah D

    July 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve had the pleasure of sailing on both the REGENT RAINBOW & the OCEANIC. I’m going to miss both of these ships, they don’t build them like this anymore. :( :( Peter, are you going to try and get any items from both of the ships before they’re completely dismantled??

  34. Henk Teutscher

    July 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Had the pleasure to work on both the Ocean Islander and Ocean Princess as operations manager for the catering company,Apollo Ship Chandlers, for almost two years. I have many great times onboard and the crew was a hard working group that put out a great product.
    It was quite a change after starting my cruisecareer onboard the
    S.S.Norway. May they all rest in Peace and thank you for the memories

  35. Deborah D

    July 16, 2012 at 4:47 am

    There is one thing I forgot to mention, my late husband told me one of his relatives worked on the OCEANIC when she was with Home Lines, not sure what capacity the relative worked on the ship.

  36. Phil C

    July 19, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Goodbye, Saga Ruby. Off to the breakers next year. No more British-built liners. I do hope that Saga recognise the significance of the passing of this ship and conduct some tours of the old girl before she goes. Good chance to raise money for charity. Many of us who would be interested in seeing her or sailing on her are too young.

  37. Michael

    July 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Wow, i can’t believe the Oceanic is gone! At least she won’t see the beaches of India.

  38. Peter Knego

    July 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Curious why a Chinese backwater is any better? Unlikely anything will be saved from her there.

    All the best,

    Peter

  39. Dan

    July 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

    @Peter Knego: Do you know the name of the Chinese Shipbreaker who owns the SS Oceanic?

  40. Peter Knego

    July 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    No, sorry…

  41. Dan

    September 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I sailed in the beautiful Oceanic under Home Lines flag. She still is a nautical looker. Sadly another classic liner goes the way they all seemingly do…save for a very few.
    What is disconcerting: there will soon be very few real examples of vessels designed to look like, well…ships. Gone are the curved lines so critical to the naval architect’s eye. We see floating blockhouses, designed with minimal hull structure…and stubby little bows. Now I understand the contraints of “economy of scale”
    but we will be left with stuctures, building-like, that pose as a ship.
    Hey- does anyone really want to go to sea with 8000 souls aboard?

  42. Richard Hils

    September 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I worked as a musician on the Oceanic in 1983. It is a maritime-mechanical masterpiece. The original propellers were still on board in storage. They were the originals pitched for 28+ knots sailing speed, but the lower speed props were used instead for cruising. During a “dead head” from Florida to New York and we went through a bad storm that blew out some forward lounge windows. For a whole week we had a free stay in New York. That was some of the best memories of my contract. The ship had a scandalous nature about it. One time when docked in New York I slept late and didn’t go ashore till about 11 am. As I walked out to the gangplank and then into the pier structure there was absolutely nobody around. It was like the hospital scene in “The Godfather” where it was suspiciously deserted and it was a perfect moment for anything to either be brought aboard or brought ashore without any questions asked.
    I’ve enjoyed also working on Sitmar, Carnival, Holland America, Royal Cruise Line (SS Royal Odyssey- 1985).
    To the memorable SS Oceanic. “Oh, O-ce-an-ic Ship”

  43. Kenneth Eden

    September 25, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Richard Hils

    I know that I certainly have sailed with you on board the SS OCEANIC, sailing her 3,4 times a year for a decade as well as Holland America and the poor old SS ROYAL ODYSSEY.

    Are you aware that their is a Home Lines Reunion Club, which meets every other year in Brooklyn, for past passenegrs, crew and entertainers? I think the next one is set for next year. I only learned of this recently myself. Info is available on line.

    There are several, I use caution with the number, of former dining staff from Home Lines still at sea, many with MSC and with Cunard. Oh the stories we so share when we meet by chance at sea.

    Interesting you mention the deserted pier, I loved them that way. Ghosts of liners and passengers past rustled through the Hudson River docks, and I got to board many a ship with just a smile. Those were the days.

  44. Chris Starling

    October 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    An item on this site says the Oceanic de-stored in Yokohama before sailing to China to be scrapped. That may be true, but the last long stay in a Japanese port was in Kobe. I know this because I watched her for many days from my office window in the latter city. When she finally left, she made so much smoke that I thought she may be on fire. I later learned that was typical of that ship. After leaving Kobe, the Oceanic sailed slowly west south of Shikoku and on to China.

  45. Hernan Bustelo

    October 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Another coincidence is that the Atlantic, Oceanic and Emerald Seas are next to each other in an album I made online of my Cruise Ship and ferries patch collection: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wanderlost63/sets/72157631230393262/

  46. Mack Darr

    October 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I sailed on the SS Oceanic on 12/11-12/15 in 1995 for my honeymoon while it was owned by Premier cruise lines. We stayed in the penthouse suite on the left side of the ship. It was a elegant ship and we had a great time aboard it. I wish I could cruise on it again but now it will just have to be a memory…….RIP……

  47. martin riedijk

    October 19, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Goodday , anybody interested in bridgepics ? I sailed on Doulos , The Oceanic , QE2 , Marco Polo . Rgds

  48. Heavy

    November 20, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Emerald at Alang Ship-Breakers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6qwJ7AD8cw

  49. Kenneth Eden

    November 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Another sad moment to see an old gal going away.

    This small, by todays standards, ship was not unlike trend setters today, in her day she was a beauty from what I have seen in pictures. Sad, yet she had a long sailing tenure and delighted countless thousands, for sure.

    I caught a glimpse of her stack once while on a motorcoach at Pireaus while taking a STELLA SOLARIS cruise. I guess there is only so much that can be done to these old biddies.

    Heaty, the You Tube is facsinating to see. Thank you…..

  50. alan dumelow

    November 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    The sad demise of our maritime heritage and the year-on-year loss of our classic liners is vey upsetting. Soon, we shall have no classics to mourn. With “Ola Esmeralda” (“Black Watch”) up for sale for $2.75 mill., the Alang vultures are circling. And with the demise of Classic International Cruises, what chances have the ex Port Line 55-built combi’s “Danae” & “Daphne” got? Or the beautiful “Funchal”. Or, for that matter, the 1948 infamous “Stockholm” aka heavily rebuilt “Athena”?? Sas, sad, sad.

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