Veteran ships of the world

Hestmanden was met by a couple of other veterans on arrival:
Brannsprøyta, blt 1952:

Bilfergen, blt 1921:

This image of KPM’s Steamship “Reael” anchored upstream at some Indonesian archipelago location, amidst the choking heat, mosquitoes, and crocodiles, which tells the complete story. No air-conditioning, only a fan with louvered cabin doors and large windows to assist with the ventilation

Another former KPM ship:

Instantly identifiable as an ex KPM inter-island trader, working cargo alongside the wharf, at Belawan after the demise of KPM.

Another ex KPM ship seen at Singapore Inner Roads small ships anchorage:
This one in.Kie Hock colours.

KPM’s routes in the Indonesian archipelago before WWII:(1939)

MS Tat Lee at Singapore Inner Roads:

Unable to find any reliable info on this vessel.

Another vessel that had the name Tat Lee at one time:

I thought she looked familiar.

Which one? Or both?
Do you know anything about the first one?

One more picture of Tat Lee, also from 1977:

But still no nearer to her origin, or any other info. same suggestions only: :

SS Badger. Coal fired ferry in scheduled service crossing Lake Michigan. Built for rail road car ferrying in 1953. Now carries passenger, auto, RVs and trucks including oversized loads. 2 x 3500hp Skinner Unaflow steam engines fed from 4 Foster Wheeler type D marine boilers.

The 1346 ton ferry SCILLONIAN (IMO 7527796) is the third passenger ferry of that name to connect the Scilly Isles to Penzance , three hours away on the Cornish mainland. The service has been running for nearly 100 years. She was built at Appledore in 1977:

Photo: Paul Endicott, Newton Ferrers ©

PS> That crane looks rather special. (Anybody know details??)

From a model of the ship

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Here is a story about a veteran ship which may have a happy ending (hopefully):

The huge cruise ship that's coming to life again after being docked on the Welsh coast for 40 years - Wales Online?

The first gas tanker in the world, blt 1944 as the Cap Diamond, converted 1947 and became Nathalie O. Warren:

Her History:
Delivered in February 1944 from Pusey Jones Corp., Wilmington, DE, USA to US War Shipping Administration, Wilmington, christened “CAPE DIAMOND” Transferred in 1946 to US Maritime Commission, Wilmington. Sold in 1947 to Warren Petroleum Corp., Wilmington, renamed; «NATALIE O. WARREN» Converted to LPG tanks by Pennsylvania Shipyards Inc., Beaumont, TX, USA. Installed cylindrical, vertical pressure tanks. Launched in November 1947 for Warren Maritime Corp. (manager American Republics Corp.), Wilmington. Petroleum Nav. Corp., Wilmington became managers in 1948. Sold in 1952 to Warren Petroleum Corp., Wilmington. Same managers. J. M. Cook Co., Wilmington became managers in 1954. Sold in September 1961 to A/S Butan (manager Øivind Lorentzen), Oslo, new name; “MUNDOGAS WEST”. Laid up on January 15, 1967 in Vigo, Spain. Sold for chopping Arrived 30/06 1967 in Santander, Spain for scrapping, which began in September at Recuperaciones Submarinas S.A.
Source: Sjøhistorisk database

Seen here as T/T «Mundogas West»:
Tonnage & dimensions:
Gross tonnage: 7,298
Net tonnage: 2,851
Dead weight: 5,303
Length: 412.3 ’
Width: 60.2’
Draft: 37, 8 ’
2 steam turbines (Allis-Chalmers) Driving one propeller shaft.
Machinery built by Allis-Clamers Mfg. Co. Milwaukee, WI, USA
Turbine Performance: 4400 Shp.

Her replacement:

Aside of impressive modern vessels shiplovers appreciate preserved examples of yesteryears shipping, mostly found in maritime museums. Scouting remote port areas however sometimes offers interesting surprises, such as RAMBLER ROSE spotted in Hamburg-Harburg. She started her career as the British steam trawler CHRIS as early as 1910 when delivered from Smith’s Dock Ltd, Middlesbrough. Following a period as RAMBLER ROSE she was sold to Norway, converted to a small general cargo ship, and renamed GRETA ANN. Further renamings were recorded before her trading career ended in 1993 and she came to Hamburg, returning her name to RAMBLER ROSE. For many years she has now served as a houseboat and presents a good livery, even following a fire in 2018. Her tall mast suggests that a conversion to a sailing yacht may have been intended but seemingly never fully materialized.
Photo: Martin Lochte-Holtgreven ©

More details about her background:

The 93 year old double ended car ferry KLAMATH successfully docked for hull repairs as part of conversion to a floating office space. The hull is all riveted steel. The propellers were removed during an earlier docking ~30 years ago. Photo : Frank van Hoorn ARGONAUTICS MARINE ENGINEERING, INC.(c)

There was a time when even cargo ships had lines:

Phs van Ommeren’s 1962 built WAARDRECHT passing Venice in 1965 , the WAARDRECHT had 2 sisters named WIELDRECHT (1963) and WOENSDRECHT (1964) the vessels were scrapped in 1985, 1991 & 1992
Photo via Peter Haasbroek (who sailed on the Waardrecht as Engineer in the past)

A veteran shipping company is no more:

Norwegian ex fishing vessel Hermes II (Blt.1917) seen in Tromsø.
Photo: Gijs Dijkdrenth (c)

Unknown veteran vessel bathed in Northern Lights:

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In 1941 Nakskov Skibsvaerft delivered the small rivited cable layer C.E. KRARUP as yard no. 103. About 20 years later the vessel was converted to the training ship NAVIGATOR for Danish naval officers before she was finally sold to private interests. While she kept her name further on her role changed to a yacht. With 80 years in service she was spotted Oct 29th in perfect exterior shape when passing Kiel on her way from Ijmuiden to her home port Copenhagen. Photo : Martin Lochte-Holtgreven (c)

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Norway used to have two Navigation training vessel that operated along the Norwegian coast, serving the various Maritime Schools:
MS Trøndelag:

She served the Maritime Schools from Ålesund and northward, mainly for Radar navigation training.
PS> She was also used for pre-sea training, based in Trondheim.

The other one was MS Sjøveien, which was purpose built for the task, served the rest of the coast, from Bergen to the Oslo fjord and later the entire coast, from the Swedish boarder in the south to the Russian boarder in the north:
She still exists, now as a Polar Exploration cruise vessel:

1912 Built as NORRØNA I at Akers mek. Verksted, Oslo for Norrøna Hvalfanger A/S (Peder Bogen), Sandefjord.

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