MV Koning Albert
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Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken in 1947 (Yard No. 726) for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend service.
- Length on deck: 113.52m (372.6 ft)(overall)/108.6m (356.2 ft) (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of hull: 14.97m (49.1 ft)(extreme)
- Depth: 7.43m (24.4 ft) (moulded)
- Draught: 3.81m (12.5 ft)(maximum)
- Tonnage: 3,360.3,701 gross/1,671/1,788.2,342 net/464 deadweight
- Engines: Two 12-cylinder Cockerill/Sulzer single acting two-stroke diesels each
- Power: 8,500 hp/17000 bhp
- Speed: 22 knots service, 24 knots (max), 25.5 knots (trial)
- Capacity: 1600 passengers
- Call Sign: ORAK (@ 1974)
- ID Number: 5192937
- Registry: Ostend
- Sister ships: Prince Philippe I
July 11th 1947: Launched
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December 1947: Delivered to Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Ostend, Belgium
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Roy Thornton Collection
December 11th 1947: Maiden voyage to Dover, then commenced service between Ostend – Dover
Bernt Anderson Collection
June 16th 1964: Collided with the Norwegian tanker PROMETHEUS about half way to Ostend. Escorted back to Dover. Suffered severe bow damage.
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October 7th 1973: Laid up in reserve.
December 1976: Laid up.
April 24th 1977: Sold to Van Heyghen Freres, Ghent, Belgium.
May 23rd 1977: Arrived in Ghent.
June 5th 1978: Scrapping commenced.
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