When ships had "lines"

I can remember when ships like this existed:



Pilots boarding her would be no longer in danger of cardiac arrest because of the short climb to the bridge.

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Good for you.

Maybe not so nice lines, but at least with a bit more climbing stairs for the Pilot (Unless she had elevator to the bridge)
This one used to trade from US to the Caribbean islands in the late 1970/early 1980s:


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This one, Blt. in Sweden1953 does have nice lines and is instantly recognizable as belonging to Wilhemsen Lines

I was OS on this one in 1962 on two trips on the Express services Europe - Far East

She spent 23 year in Bashra, Iraq after being caught up in the Iran-Iraq War and subsequent wars:

PS> I was on two other WW ships of the same double midship type from 1960-62


That ship is an “UGO” much like this one, but a Chief Mate I know made it into a funny T-Shirt!


Somewhat bigger, but yes, built at the same yard around the same time:

This one has lines:

Built 1956 and still going strong. Now protected as a veteran ship.
Usually cruising in Svalbard during summer season, but this year is lost due to the pandemic.


Some modern fishing vessels still got lines:

British (N.I.) Pelagic Trawler/Seiner Voyager, built in Denmark 2017.

Voyager N905 20/09/2018

The 87meter Kilkeel registered Voyager leaving Lerwick harbour passing the Bressay lighthouse (Kirkabister) in gale force southerly winds heading outbound to the herring grounds after discharging a catch of herring to the Shetland Pelagia factory 20/09/2018

The new pelagic purse seiner trawler Voyager delivered last October(2017). The vessel was designed by SALT ship design from Norway and built by Karstensens Skibsvaerft A/S of Denmark.

Length overall:​ 86,40 m
Length between pp: 77,00 m
Breadth moulded:17,80 m
Depth main deck: 7,30 m
Depth shelter deck: 10,30 m
Tonnage: approx. 4150GT
CLASS: DnV-GL + | A | ICE - C Fishing Vessel
​MAIN ENGINE: MAN Diesel & Turbo, 12V32/44 CR 7.200 kW
​AUXILIARY ENGINES: 2 x 940 kWe, 1 x 250 kWe
THRUSTERS: 2 x 1.400 kW
​SPEED:18KTS. Service: 15KTS
RSW tanks: Approx 3.200 m3
Fuel oil: Approx 590 m3
Fresh water: Approx 100 m3
DESIGN: SALT Ship Design
​OWNERS:​ Arnold & Robert McCullough, Voyager Fishing Company Ltd.
​HOMEPORT: Kilkeel, Northern Ireland
​DELIVERED: 1st of October 2017

A humble entry for the American’s


Yes that is what I call nice lines.
Lot of cabins for crew (and pax?) looking at the rows of portholes.

Here is a German ship with somewhat same lines, Cape San Diego:

Obviously not nuclear powered, looking at the smoke from Port funnel.

She is now a museum ship, semi-permanently moored in Hamburg, But making occasional trips to maritime events in Germany and around in Northern Europe.

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Another nice cargo ship (tween decker) from the 1960s:
On charter to Djakarta Lloyd on their world around service. Became the Djatibarang:

PS> I was 1st Officer on another ship on Djakarta Lloyd charter in the same trade, the Slethav, in 1967:

She was the first of several Norwegian ships on DL purchase-hire to change to Indonesian flag,( in 1967). She became the Djatibaru:

Another Djakarta Lloyd chartered ship at that time was this one:

She became the Djatiluhur:

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That’s a beauty. Built around the time I became more interested in hanging around the docks and dreaming of shipping out than going to school. If clipper ships were the ultimate achievement attained in the sailing ship era, this ship represents the ultimate design in the age of steam powered stick ships although diesel powered…

What about this one?:
Got lines, but looks a bit “messy” above main deck

Cap San Diego is a Diesel ship:

Yes, an early one during a period when diesel gradually replaced steam but she had the classic lines of a passenger carrying tramp steamer.

Built for Hamburg Sud for the LINER SERVICE from NW Europe to South America. (Later tramping under Spanish and FOC flags)

She looks like the inspiration for the Savannah.

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Glad to see someone mentioned the NS Savannah. As a kid I thought it was quite beautiful. Later in my early 30’s I saw it at Ft Sumpter/Patriots Point museum. It hasn’t gotten a great review it seems as it was seen as an “all things to all people design”. (kind of a showcase of things the USA could do with ship building at the time)

Today, ships like the Bao May have the lines. A fleet of these freighters…large as three football fields…are owned by Senator Mitch McConnell’s wife’s (our Transportation Secretary) family in China. So large they cannot get thru the Suez or Panama Canal Just imagine how much cheap coal they can haul to China from South America while Kentucky Miners sit on their hands believing Mitch is trying to get them back to work cause Obama has them laid off. Muchas Gracias Senior Mitch !!! :laughing:

A photo of N.Z Waitangi ex. Britannic