After three scheduled departure times, CARNIVAL SPLENDOR finally leaves San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, January 21, in the early afternoon, (where she has been laid up since November 18, 2010), under her own power for dry-docking in San Francisco.
The Carnival cruise ship became unwittingly famous after a fire left the Mexico-bound vessel without power on November 8. The story became a media sensation as passengers, all of whom remained safe, were fed rations dropped by US Navy helicopter during a slow tow back to her homeport of San Diego.
CARNIVAL SPLENDOR departs San Diego for the completion of the electrical repair work and dry-docking in San Francisco. The work, which technically could have been done in San Diego were the 215 foot tall ship able to clear the 200-foot high span of the Coronado Bridge.
CARNIVAL SPLENDOR is operating under her own power with the accompaniment of two tugs ERNEST CAMPBELL and MILLENNIUM DAWN. By 3:30pm Jan 21, the vessels were some 15 miles from the port of San Diego proceeding very slowly. It is anticipated the journey will take two days to reach San Francisco and that the ship will be back in service on February 20.
The MV CARNIVAL SPLENDOR on her maiden arrival at Long Beach, California. Photo (c) Shawn Dake, March 19, 2009.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.