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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Fred Olsen's Sisters are Sold To the Breakers on: July 27, 2020, 10:53:41 pm
Unlike the other ships that have recently been sold to breakers, both Black Watch and Boudicca are almost 50 years old. What ever way you look at it that is old for a cruise ship. They are both lovely and I have sailed on Black Watch three times and twice on board Boudicca. I am sad to see them go but present circumstances apart these ships would not have been around for very much longer.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Pullmantur cruise ships Monarch and Sovereign en route to be scrapped on: July 20, 2020, 09:23:33 pm
I expect that we will be seeing the entire fleet of ships operated by CMV heading off to the breakers too as the company has been declared bankrupt.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Pullmantur cruise ships Monarch and Sovereign en route to be scrapped on: July 15, 2020, 09:40:44 am
RCCL is one of the largest, and most successful cruise ship operations in the world. If they, with all of their experience, have come to the conclusion that (particularly in the present climate) these ships are no longer viable how do envisage operating these ships successfully? Assuming that is if you are able to raise sufficient funds to purchase the vessels in the first place.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Carnival ship sales on: July 12, 2020, 10:15:32 pm
I am left utterly amazed by your obvious lack of any real knowledge of ocean liner history. Your dismissive comment regarding the Homeric and the Nieuw Amsterdam is simply breathtaking. Yes, by the early 1970s those two ships were quite old and whilst their voyages to the breakers was perhaps to be expected (especially the Homeric because she was fire damaged). However, what you obviously are totally unaware of is the fact that a vast number of ships that had been built in the late 1940s or early mid 1950s or even the 1960s were sent off to be scrapped in the early 1970s, ships that were barely 20 years old and some not even that old. For example; Iberia, Northern Star, Giulio Cesare, Oronsay, Orcades, Orsova,  Ruahine, Vera Cruz, Santa Maria, Reina del Mar, Ocean Monarch, Nevasa, Chitral, Himalaya, Chusan, S.A. Oranje, Angola, Mocambique, Imperio, Patria, Accra, President Cleveland. Check them out and understand that what we are about to see is nothing more than what has gone before.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Carnival ship sales on: July 12, 2020, 02:02:40 pm
This will be like the 1970s after the oil crisis when there was a whole procession of famous, well-loved ships heading off to the breakers, in those days it was Taiwan. Back then there were a number of ships that were not even 20 years old that were heading for scrap. So this is really nothing new, at least not for those of us that have been around for a while.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ss PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT picture query on: June 15, 2020, 07:25:13 am
David, Thank you for confirming to me that she did actually call at Southampton. Oh the irony! Mr McCutcheon was for a time my publisher but let's just say that we did not part the best of friends...
Clive
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ss PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT picture query on: June 14, 2020, 10:16:23 am
Geoffrey, Thanks for 'sticking your neck out' by saying that you don't think that she called there. During her career the President Roosevelt made several cruises around the world as well as her regular trans-Pacific voyages, so called at a lot of ports. There aren't that many pictures of her out there on the Internet as far as I'm aware, which is a bit of a surprise really. Even so, I would have thought that had she made that call and was alongside the Landing Stage images of that event would have been out there. The itinerary for that cruise said London but I had wondered whether she actually docked in Southampton but the focus for passengers was London. A friend in Southampton says he has no knowledge of her calling at Southampton.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / ss PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT picture query on: June 13, 2020, 06:08:18 pm
I've recently written a lengthy article on the American President Lines ship President Roosevelt, and this is to be published in Sea Lines, the magazine of the Ocean Liner Society. On the 20th December 1969 the President Roosevelt departed San Francisco on a world cruise, towards the latter stages of this cruise she was scheduled to call at London, late February or early March 1970, an unusual stop for a world cruise. I have never seen a picture of her in The Thames or alongside the Tilbury Landing Stage. Was she there? Did anyone see her? Better still, does anyone have a picture of her there?
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Princess Cruises halts all operations for 60 days on: March 13, 2020, 04:44:35 pm
. now Fred. Olsen too. Resuming cruise operations on the 23rd May.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Orient Explorer - 5333141 beached by storm. on: September 16, 2019, 03:06:37 pm
Interesting pictures. I hope that this is not the end for this handsome vintage vessel?
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Motor yachts,so many now being posted. on: August 07, 2019, 08:48:23 pm
The motor yachts category is the one that I go to first each time I come to this site.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ajax 0 error with photo uploading on: June 19, 2019, 12:17:35 pm
Same for me, I get the pictures but none of the information below.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Database error: to many connections on: April 02, 2019, 12:41:14 pm
I had the same problem yesterday and today I cannot open the Category Quicklist, which is a problem that has been here before.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: February 19, 2019, 05:49:36 pm
Yes, I am. I use the Drop Down menu all the time - but not today. Quite simply, nothing drops down...!
There was a problem with it yesterday in that the menu would drop down but one had to click twice on the category one wanted to see before it would open. Today, not even that...
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: You Know Your A Shipspotter If... on: August 14, 2018, 09:23:58 am
My word, someone who has dared to say that they hate drone photos.
I know that we don't often agree but in this instance, yes me too.
Apart from that yes, I've spent ages travelling to see a ship and spent hours in the cold and the rain.
Spent hours waiting for a ship to sail because for some reason it's depature has been delayed.
I would never spend any time trying to convince anyone of the virtures of a container ship over a general cargo ship. Yes, like cars, they are machines yes yes there are pretty ones and handsome one and some down-right ugly ones. And yes I can feel very sorry whe some of them are sold off for scrap. I'm no longer a shipspotter as I do not travel to take photographs of ships any more - largely because the 'pretty ones' are all gone, however, I am a ship enthusiast.
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