Update: On 30 May, at approximately 19:00 hours in the Baltic Sea off Danzig, the GEORG BUCHNER foundered. AIS showed the tug AJAKS, which had been proceeding at a steady rate of 3 knots with the BUCHNER under tow, suddenly circling, then heading at a 9-to-10-knot speed to Gdansk, Poland. When the AJAX arrived, the BUCHNER was not in sight. It was later officially reported that the former CHARLESVILLE foundered in approximately 34 meters of water in the Souteastern Baltic in the position 54-55.8N 018-31.3E.
Original Post: Yet another distressing outcome for classic ship preservation efforts. Onetime preserved former Congo liner, East German training ship and stationary hotel now on her way to be cut up for scrap in Lithuania.
GEORG BUCHNER’s departure detailed in an article with accompanying video
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GEORG BUCHNER (ex CHARLESVILLE) was cut away from her stanchions at Rostock and towed off to a scrapyard in Lithuania yesterday as onlookers watched from the banks of the River Warnow. The 10,000 gt, 1951-built former Belgian combiliner was denied a reprieve for further preservation when efforts to bring her to Belgium as a static attraction and museum fell through.
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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