The former Royal Caribbean cruise ship NORDIC PRINCE continues her date with destiny, passing through Singapore on her way to an Indian scrapyard.
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PACIFIC approaches… Photo and copyright Piet Sinke 2015.
Since grounding in the Southern Philippines where she ran out of fuel on her delivery voyage from Guaymas, Mexico to Alang, India, the PACIFIC (ex NORDIC PRINCE, CAROUSEL, AQUAMARINE, ARIELLE, OCEAN STAR PACIFIC), also reportedly named VICTORY PACIFIC, has resumed her final journey.
Zooming in on PACIFIC’s funnel with a 600 ml lens. Photo and copyright Piet Sinke 2015.
The ship was eventually freed from the reef (and the grasp of creditors), managing to get refueled, plodding onwards with her crew of Indian nationals. Today, she was captured in a series of outstanding photos by Piet Sinke, who publishes the invaluable industry resource Shipping News Clippings, as she passed Singapore at a speed of approximately 4.5 knots.
Passage of the PACIFIC. Photo and copyright Piet Sinke 2015.
Despite streaks of rust and fading paint, the onetime pioneering cruise ship that helped establish the Royal Caribbean empire, looked stately and sleek. Unless she grounds again, it is just a matter of weeks before she will find herself dragged onto the beach in India’s Gujarat Province for recycling.
With very special thanks to Piet Sinke…
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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