Veteran ships of the world

Veteran offshore vessel still in active service:


AHT MIRJANA K, In Greek waters, underway from Aliaga to Piraeus, 24-05-2022
Photo: Capt Johan Trommel - master Eastern Rock ©

She has got a long string of names behind her:

Vessel Name Registered Owner Year
ATLANTIC TERN Atlantic Towing Ltd 2013
ATLANTIC BIRCH II Atlantic Towing Ltd 2012
ATLANTIC BIRCH II Atlantic Towing Ltd 2012
THOR SUPPLIER P/f Thor 2005
REM SUPPORTER Remoy Standby A/S 1998
SUPPLIER II Hermes Sg Corp 1997
CANMAR SUPPLIER II Amoco Canada Resources Ltd 1990
CANMAR SUPPLIER II Dome Petroleum Ltd 1975

One more veteran ship that is still in service. Seen here as training ship Gann:


Gann I
Built in 1926 for C.K.G. Billinger and briefly owned by Barbra Hutton.
She is still in use as hotel and restaurant in Stockholm:

Once upon a time ships looked like this:


https://skipshistorie.net/Haugesund/HAU203KnutKnutsenOAS/Tekster/HAU20319610100000%20RAGNA%20BAKKE.htm

Seen here in Singapore as Storage ship Knut Provider:


She was used as a base and storage ship for oil & gas exploration of Irian Barat (now West Papua) Indonesia. (IIRC she was chartered by Cities Services)

Here is a small “Fjord Cruiser” that was built in 1949 and is still going strong;

She is now used to carry tourists from Ålesund into the most spectacular fjord in this part of Norway, Hjørundfjorden;

Her webpage:


HMCS ORIOLE is the sail training vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy based at CFB Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a sailing ketch, currently the oldest (built in 1921) commissioned vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy, and also the longest serving commissioned ship (since 1952). The vessel is 102 feet in length and has a beam of 19 feet. The HMCS ORIOLE is seen sailing in the St Clair River and is taking part in the Great Lakes Deployment 2022 which will see it visiting communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes this summer.
Photo: Bert Varady - Michigan, USA ©

Seen in Ålesund today:


She is used for sand and gravel transport around the Norwegian coast, mostly on the NW coast.
Built for Wilson Line in 1968 for their Norway- Rhine service:

Two for the prise of one:


A vintage duo seen at Kiel June 24th. Entering the fjord is Polish-flagged TANAIS, a 493 tdw coaster built in 1967 by M. Jansen as KARGIT BAGENKOP, on her way from Gdansk to Rotterdam. The museum buoy tender in the background is BUSSARD, an early product of famous Meyer shipyard at Papenburg delivered in 1905. She is the largest vessel of the Shipping Museum at Kiel, and is nicely kept operational with her traditional coal-fired steam engine.
Photo: Martin Lochte-Holtgreven ©

Tanais made it safely to R’dam:


Still going strong, build in 1967 TANAIS above spotted in bound for Rotterdam Waalhaven NZ RHB.
Photo: Anton de Krieger ©

A veteran tug for a change:


The veteran tug SANDSFOOT CASTLE, blt. 1965, still active. Seen here inbound for Rotterdam
Photo: Rik van Marle - Schippers Centrale Rotterdam ©

Another veteran that is still in active service, after several changes of purpose and conversions:


Botrans, blt. 1936 northbound in Karmsundet 09.July, 2022.

Started as a whaler, then SA Navy, fishing vessel, breakbulk coaster and last as Live Fish Carrier with delicing equipment installed (now removed):

https://www.sjohistorie.no/no/skip/382424/

A veteran local ferry that carried passengers (80) and goods between the island of Godøy, Alnes village and Ålesund town center from 1950-65:


When a car ferry took over:

PS> In 1989 an underseas tunnel from Godøy to Giske was completed and ferries were no longer needed there.

Seen in Ålesund yesterday. Restored fishing vessel Liarholm:

As fishing vesse

After restouration:

Restored fishing boat Nyborg:

Built in 1924 as a steam fishing vessel:
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Converted from steam to motor in 1950.

As Purse Seiner in the 1950s:


Used as combined fishing vessel util 1967

As coastal freighter (until 2008):
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https://www.sjohistorie.no/no/skip/837377

TS Empire State VI:

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“Storeggen”. (Replica of a 1850s offshore fishing boat);
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US Army tug from WWII return home:
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https://eu.news-journalonline.com/story/news/local/volusia/2022/07/12/deland-nonprofit-effort-bring-tugboat-home-nearly-complete/10029910002/

The traditional Veteran Boat Festival “Fjordstream” has been arranged in Bergen this cwekkend:

Among the participating vessels this year is the whale catcher DS Southern Actor:

She wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for a group of old whalers in Sandefjord who put in >80K hours of volonter work:

For the engineers on the forum:

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Another participating vessel this year is the Dutch Ocean tug Elbe:

And the Dutch Rescue vessel Dolphin:


https://static.vesselfinder.net/ship-photo/0-244070415-cb7820baa397efc04d4ceb75e2fa88ee/1?

Old ferry gets new lease on life:

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Veteran ships and boats in Haugesund recently:







Photo: Arild B.