© Ken LarwoodMV Potomac, Cargo from the Past

MV Baltic Melody

Ex Swan Ocean, Swan Lake, Isla Payana, Potomac

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Newhaven 21/02/1984)

Steel screw motor vessel built in 1980 by Boelwerf Vlaanderen Temse, Belgium (Yard No 1498) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 151.26 m (overall) 140.01m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.65m
  • Depth: 13.21m
  • Draught: 8.727m
  • Tonnage:  7037 gross/3559 net/9852 deadweight
  • Engines: 2SA 8-cylinder MAN Diesel
  • Power: 12151kW/16520HP
  • Speed:  22 knots
  • Capacity: 13,450, 114 TEU , 4 holds capable of carrying at minus 25deg C, side doors port and starboard
  • Call Sign: ONBC, LAJL4, ELWJ4
  • IMO Number: 7710915 
  • Official Number: 01024 (LR 1992-93)
  • Port of Registry: Antwerp/Belgium, Oslo/Norway, Monrovia/Liberia
  • Sister-Ships: Pocantico, Pocahontas


All three sisters were built with government shipbuilding finance and all three saw extensive service with United Brands.

1980: Completed. Delivered as POTOMAC to F.H. Ahlers, Belgium (joint venture with German F. Laeisz GmbH) as part of 3 vessel series.

1984: Renamed ISLA PAYANA.

1986: Renamed POTOMAC.

Courtesy fo Chris Howel

Courtesy fo Chris Howell (Gothenburg 17/05/1988)

During the years 1990-93 the vessels were bare-boat chartered to Turbana trading with bananas from South America to US East Coast.

© Bengt-Rune Inberg

© Bengt-Rune Inberg (October 1992)

1993: Renamed SWAN LAKE. Operated by Cool Carriers. Participating first in the Leonia Pool and then the Arctic Pool.

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (Dover 1994)

1998: Renamed SWAN OCEAN. Registered Owner/Manager; Swan Reefer.

September 2nd 2003: Sold to Aquaships SIA, Latvia. Renamed BALTIC MELODY.


© Marc Piché

© Gena Anfimov  © Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov

2012: Sold to Izmir Geri Donusum AS, Turkey for demolition.

June 25th 2012: Beached and broken up in Aliaga, Turkey

© Petros Psarras  © Petros Psarras

© Petros Psarras

© Petros Psarras

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Gena Anfimov, Chris Howell, Bengt-Rune Inberg, Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood, Marc Piché and Petros Psarras for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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