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MV Ocean Glory I (Ex TS Provence 1951) – Cruise from the Past

IMO Number: 5286128

MV Classica

Ex Ocean Glory I, Aegean Spirit, Symphony, Enrico Costa, Enrico C, T/S Provence.

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Steel twin screw turbine/motor vessel built in 1951 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle (Yard No 1874) as a Passenger ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 176.49 m (overall) 164.90 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 22.31 m
  • Depth: 12.96 m
  • Draught: 7.524 m
  • Tonnage: 16495 -16729 gross/9564 – 9517 net/5802 t deadweight
  • Engines: 6 S Turbo Parsons turbines/2 Vee OIL 4SA Wartsila diesels
  • Power: 11033 – 11842 kW/15000 – 16099 sHP
  • Speed: 18.5 knots
  • Capacity: 832 – 1198 – 742 – 845 passengers
  • Call Sign: ICEI , H91H
  • IMO Number: 5286128
  • Official Number: 1091
  • Port of Registry: Marseille/France 🇫🇷, Napoli/Italy 🇮🇹, Genoa/Italy 🇮🇹, Palermo/Italy 🇮🇹, Napoli/Italy 🇮🇹, Panama 🇵🇦


August 15th 1950: Launched.

February 23rd 1951: Trials.

February 1951: Delivered to GTM, Marseille, France.

March 30th 1951: Maiden voyage Marseille – Buenos Aires.

February 18th 1954: Collided with the Liberian registered tanker SAXONSEA on the River Plate. Severely damaged. Temporarily repaired in Buenos Aires then permanent repairs in Marseille.

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© Fotoflite (Saxonsea) 

March 26th 1955: Returned to service Marseille – Buenos Aires.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

April 12th 1961: Chartered to Costa Armatori, Genoa, Italy. Services Genoa – Buenos Aires.

© Peter Longhurst

© Peter Longhurst

1965: Sold to Costa Armatori, Genoa, Italy. Renamed ENRICO C  and rebuilt in Genoa.

May 1966: Returned to service.

August 3rd 1966: Cruising.

1972: Cruising only, mainly in the Mediterranean.

1979: Rebuilt at Mariotti, Genoa to cruise ship.

© Wolfgang Fricke © Wolfgang Fricke

© Wolfgang Fricke (01/10/1982)

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (April 1985)

1987: Registered to Costa Crociere, Naples, Italy and renamed ENRICO COSTA .

November 22nd 1989 – 1990: Re-engined and general refit at Fincantieri, Genoa, Italy.

September 1992: Ran aground on a reef near Katakolon. All 579 passengers on board were evacuated.

© Tony Garner © Ken Smith

© Tony Garner (Bergen, 02/06/1993)(Left) © Ken Smith (Tilbury, 02/07/1993)(Right)

December 1994: Sold to Starlauro, Naples, Italy and renamed SYMPHONY .

October 1st 1995: Sold to Mediterranean Shipping Co., Naples, Italy.

© Carlo Martinelli

© Carlo Martinelli (Naples, 28/10/1995)

© Carlo Martinelli © Carlo Martinelli

© Carlo Martinelli (Port Said, 20/10/1999)

April 2000: Sold to Golden Sun Cruises, Piraeus, Greece and renamed AEGEAN SPIRIT .

© Gordon Dalzell  © Pieter Inpyn

© Gordon Dalzell (Kusadasi, August 2000)(Left) © Pieter Inpyn (Piraeus, 01/05/2000)Right)

June 7th 2001: Chartered to Festive Holidays and renamed OCEAN GLORY I . 

July 2nd 2001: On first arrival at Dover and bound for the Norwegian Fjords, all passengers had to disembark as the MCA (Marine & Coastguard Agency) arrested the ship. Around 600 British tourists were asked to disembark after an inspection discovered 32 serious faults with the vessel.

© Ken Larwood © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Both)
© Ted Ingham
© Ted Ingham

July 11th 2001: Charter completed.

August 2001: Allowed to leave Dover.

September 2001: Sold to Carpentai Holdings Corp, Panama and renamed CLASSICA .

October 30th 2001: Arrived at Alang, India for scrapping.

November 4th 2001: Beached.

Edmund Ziegler Collection

Edmund Ziegler Collection

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: Fotoflite, Brian Fisher, Wolfgang Fricke, Tony Garner, Ted Ingham, Pieter Inpyn, Ken Larwood, Peter Longhurst, Carlo Martinelli and Ken Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.

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