Veteran ships of the world

When in 1939 German Hapag ordered the small TOLIMA from Lindenau Shipyard in Memel (today Klaipeda), her fate was unimaginable as WW2 was soon to start. Following her launch in July 1940, completion was delayed. Still uncompleted she was towed westward in early 1945 but sank during an air raid at Swinemünde (today Swinoujscie). Polish salvors raised her in 1948 and renamed the hulk to MONTE CASSINO. In 1949/50 she was completed by Aarhus Flydedok and since then served as ELBLAG for Polska Zegluga Morska and Polskie Linie Oceaniczne. She is seen 50 years ago on May 17th 1971 leaving the Holtenau locks for Poland. With a cargo capacity of just 1699 tdw her days were counted and she arrived in March 1973 at Spanish breakers. Photo : Martin Lochte-Holtgreven (c)

That is a pretty ship!

It fell over in a railway slip a while back and did some damage, sad to see
Back working now I hear

RS Torungen built 1960.


Bouvet (ex. Magga Dan):

Otto Hahn"(Photography © by Karsten Petersen)
German nuclear powered ship, photographed in Bremerhaven, Germany in 1969.
Built in 1968 by Kieler Howaltswerke in Kiel for German flag. DWT.: 14428, - LOA.: 172 m, - Beam: 23,6 m, - Propulsion: Nuclear Power, - 15,5 knots.
Nuclear reactor removed in 1980. and converted to diesel propulsion, - 17 knots. Converted to container ship in 1983, - and to general cargo ship in 1998 (23180 tdw.) Renamed “OHV 40” in 1983, - then to “Trophy” in 1983, and “Norasia Susan” in 1983, - then “Norasia Helga” in 1985, - and “Carmen” in 1985, - then “Hua Khang He” in 1989, - “Anais” in 1998, - “Tal” in 1999, and then “Madre” in 1999. Finally scrapped in Alang 2009.


MS Lofoten is still sitting idle here in Ålesund, waiting to start her new career as a training ship this autumn:

But she MAY reappear on the coastal express for to complete the farewell roundtrip that was so “brutally interrupted” by the pandemic last year:

Pleasure steamer KINSWEAR CASTLE navigating the Dart River , Southwest England, May 27th from Totnes to Dartmouth. With a full cargo of happy staycationers The KINSWEAR CASTLE is the last steam driven paddle steamer Photo: Peter Taylor, Newton Ferrers.(c)

‘Kingswear Castle’ is last coal fired paddle steamer in the UK. The ‘Waverley’ is a UK paddle steamer but is oil fired. There are more coal, oil and wood fired paddle steamers elsewhere in the world I believe.

Yep, the Steamer Natchez is oil burning, but still running on the Mississippi River…


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Family and friends had a cruise on this for my fathers 75th, a few years back.

Another old tug. Not a job for the faint hearted, shovelling coal through the tropics.

“JAMES LYKES” in Diego Garcia 1996.

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Our coasters also stowed their derricks vertically. It was to be able to work over two railway lines on the wharf.

Said to be the SCHONEVELD:

But doesn’t look like other pictures of this vessel: (??)

A real veteran, Fredrikshald 1, blt 1890 and still in existence: (??)
As Halden 1:

As Sundbuen:

As Solvang III:

As Jotor:

Jotor with full load of polystyrene boxes on Byfjorden Bergen in July 1993.
Photo: Arne Sognnes

Jotor in full swing, September 2004, photo Ole Jakob Dingen

Final sail for Jotor as freighter. In Fredrikstad June 2006 as newly acquired restauration object Fredrikshald 1, Photo: Dag Bakka jr

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SHIELDALL departing from Southampton heading for Falmouth Photo Peter Hollands ©

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This one had a long and eventful history, much of it in the South Pacific:

As Capitain Cook, before becoming the Sami and finally An Thai:

I remember her arriving in Brisbane in 1968, just after being sold by Karlander. We met her in the river with Slidre. Our pilot got a message about a “black ship” coming up river. He replied; “I see a white ship only”.
PS> They had only had time to repaint one side in Singapore at takeover.

Under the French flag they had vin ordinaire (red & white) on tap in the saloon. Good luck with trying to speak with a mate from 12:00 until 14:00.