SAPPHIRE PRINCESS Versus The Whale, Round Two

SAPPHIRE PRINCESS at Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2009.

Princess Cruises’ 116,000 gt, 2004-built MV SAPPHIRE PRINCESS had a second encounter with a whale, this time a 43 foot adult female humpback, between Juneau and Ketchikan at approximately 6:00 AM Wednesday, July 28. The 2,670 passenger ship had to stop south of Douglas Island so the carcass could be removed from the bulbous bow on Wednesday afternoon. SAPPHIRE PRINCESS had a similar incident on July 25, 2009 when it struck a dead fin whale that had to be removed from the ship’s bow in Vancouver, B.C.

Peter Knego’s Sea Treks Blog: SAPPHIRE And Ice: Southbound Alaska On The SAPPHIRE PRINCESS

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

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 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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