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MV AKDENIZ Double Decked!, Part Two

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Part Two of Peter Knego’s Double Decked! Feature aboard the still very elegant but endangered 1955-built Turkish liner AKDENIZ, now serving as a classroom and training ship at the Istanbul Teknik University in Tuzla, continues with a look at the ship’s lower decks: A Deck, B Deck, C Deck, D…

HASSAYAMPA, KAWISHIWI And PONCHATOULA, On The Way To Breakers

HASSAYAMPA, KAWISHIWI And PONCHATOULA, On The Way To Breakers

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HASSAYAMPA, KAWISHIWI And PONCHATOULA Historic Naval Ships To Be Scrapped By Shawn J. Dake They may not have been the most glamorous ships afloat but without them, the U.S. Navy would have been out of gas; or more correctly oil for fuel.  Now three more units have left the dwindling…

From The Great Lakes To The Baltic Sea: The BRAHE (ex-USS PCE 830, HMS KILCHRENAN) At 70

From The Great Lakes To The Baltic Sea: The BRAHE (ex-USS PCE 830, HMS KILCHRENAN) At 70

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From the Great Lakes to the Baltic Sea: the BRAHE (ex-USS PCE 830, HMS KILCHRENAN) at 70 by Kalle Id   On 14 May 2013, the small Finnish coastal cruise ship BRAHE begun her summer cruise season out of Helsinki. Built in Chicago as a patrol vessel in 1943, little…

USS OLYMPIA: Fifteen Minute Tour

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Peter Knego makes a quick visit to the critically endangered cruiser, the USS OLYMPIA, the oldest surviving steel-hulled warship in the U.S. and the only remaining ship to have served in the Spanish-American War. Friends of the Cruiser OLYMPIA Keep up to date with Peter Knego on Twitter by clicking…

Classic International Cruises Faces Uncertain Future

Classic International Cruises Faces Uncertain Future

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Classic International Cruises Faces Uncertain Future By Shawn J. Dake Classic International Cruises which counts five vintage passenger ships within it’s fleet, all built between 1948 and 1965, is navigating some seriously rough waters. Three of the five vessels have been arrested for debts, and future operations may be in…

GLACIER Recedes Into History

GLACIER Recedes Into History

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GLACIER Recedes Into History By  Shawn J. Dake One of the most significant ships in U.S. history has gone to the breakers. The USS GLACIER (AGB-4) was designed by William Francis Gibbs firm of Gibbs & Cox just a year after work was completed on the SS UNITED STATES. The…

S.S. LANE VICTORY On The Move

S.S. LANE VICTORY On The Move

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S.S. LANE VICTORY On The Move By Shawn J. Dake After two decades in residence at Berth 94 in Los Angeles Harbor, the World War II vintage steamship LANE VICTORY has moved to a new location within the port. On February 6, 2012, at 9:37am, with the aid of tugs,…

1904-built Great Lakes Steamer J.B. FORD

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The Great Lakes Steamship Society was founded in 2010 with the key goal of preserving the J.B. FORD, originally the 1904-vintage iron ore bulk carrier E.F. HOLMES commissioned for the Commonwealth Shipping Company. She was built by American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain, Ohio, measured 440 by 50 feet and was…

KALAKALA For Sale $1

KALAKALA For Sale $1

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Steve Rodrigues and a band of loyal volunteers are keeping KALAKALA afloat, but the Coast Guard wants him to move her, concerned that the rusting former ferry could sink in the Hylebos Waterway, Tacoma. Rodrigues bought KALAKALA in 2003 when she was berthed on Seattle’s Lake Union. After complaints that…

1907 SS KEEWATIN On The Move? Updated

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The SS KEEWATIN, the last Edwardian liner, has been a tourist attraction for the last 44-years at Douglas, Michigan on the east shore of the Kalamazoo River, a few miles from Lake Michigan.  Built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Scotland in 1907 KEEWATIN ran continuously for almost 60…

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