Putting the names AKDENIZ and Aliaga together in one sentence becomes a final reality as the famed, fully intact and once-cherished Turkish liner departed under tow this morning for dismantling at Turkey’s notorious scrap yard near Izmir. Aliaga has recently claimed the likes of the former Love Boat PACIFIC PRINCESS and is currently demolishing the PRINCESS DANAE (ex PORT MELBOURNE, DANAE, etc.)
Dr. Ata Bilgili, who has worked for so many years to keep the ship at her moorings to serve the needs of Istanbul Teknik University’s maritime facility was on hand to reluctantly document the ship’s departure.
Some items, including the mainmast, were removed before AKDENIZ was secured to the tug, her lines released and she began her final voyage via the Sea of Marmara into the Aegean.
When AKDENIZ arrives at Aliaga, the ship will be systematically destroyed at the government-owned yard and during the recycling process, her vintage fittings will likely vanish with her.
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."