In the aftermath of SOLAS 2010, classic passenger ships have gone from endangered to practically extinct. Alang is still claiming what it can of the few that remain, including what is the probably the most important surviving ocean liner in the world (aside from the preserved QUEEN MARY in Long Beach and ROTTERDAM in Rotterdam).
confirm that the 1952-built MS PHILIPPINES (ex AUGUSTUS) has left under tow for
Alang. The ship was reportedly stripped of fittings and furnishings prior to
departing her India Manila moorings and is in an
undisclosed location awaiting the arrival of a second tug for the 4,000
nautical mile journey to the breaker’s beach. The former AUGUSTUS, which was
sold to her last owners in 1975, was berthed at the Manila Hotel and used as an
occasional venue for weddings and parties between 1999 and 2011 but the venture
was not a success and the historic ship was finally sold for scrapping earlier
From above the saucer: MV DISCOVERY SUN outbound from
Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2008.
Discovery Cruise Line’s DISCOVERY SUN (ex FREEPORT, FREEPORT I, CARIBE, SVEA STAR, CARIBE BREMEN, SCANDINAVIAN SUN, BALANGA QUEEN) was one of Miami’s pioneering “modern” cruise ships when she entered service as Bahama Cruise Line’s FREEPORT in 1968. Her futuristic, saucer-topped funnel was a trademark of designer Knud Hansen and used on a series of cruise ships and ferries that followed, including the 1974-built ODESSA (ex COPENHAGEN — scrapped at Alang in 2006/7).
The ship wrapped up her final
to Freeport day cruise on September 6 and has
since sailed off to
before embarking upon what will be a very long, eastbound journey. The
mechanically-troubled, worn vessel’s next reported destination is Freeport Recife, which indicates she will be going via the Cape. She’s been sold to Dubai-based buyers but her ultimate
destination is most likely the . beach
The recently-sold, still very rakish Canadian ferries JOSEPH AND CLARA SMALLWOOD (1989) and CARIBOU (1987) are also reportedly en route to Alang, having already transited
. Both ships are due
at Suez on
October 5 (unless they stop at Alang first). Bombay
Source: Maritime Matters. By Peter Knego. 28 September 2011