Ex Ocean Glory I, Aegean Spirit, Symphony, Enrico Costa, Enrico C, T/S Provence.
Steel twin screw turbine/motor vessel built in 1951 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle (Yard No 1874) as a Passenger ship.
- 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.
© Fotoflite (Saxonsea)
March 26th 1955: Returned to service Marseille – Buenos Aires.
Nigel Thornton Collection
April 12th 1961: Chartered to Costa Armatori, Genoa, Italy. Services Genoa – Buenos Aires.
© 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 (01/10/1982)
© 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 (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 (Naples, 28/10/1995)
© Carlo Martinelli (Port Said, 20/10/1999)
April 2000: Sold to Golden Sun Cruises, Piraeus, Greece and renamed AEGEAN SPIRIT .
© 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 (Both)
© 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
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