The end for Topaz

Jeff Taylor
2nd June 2008, 19:16
Sadly, it's been reported that the Topaz, ex-Queen Anna Maria, ex-Carnivale, ex-Empress of Britain will soon be setting sail for India for scrapping. The termination of the Peace Boat charter apparently sabotaged plans to preserve her in Britain.

Lksimcoe
2nd June 2008, 19:57
From what Maritime Matters has said, the deal to sell her to the scrappers fell through, so she is laid up in Singapore.

I don't think she;ll be preserved, but at least there's a bit of hope where there was none last week.

Jeff Taylor
2nd June 2008, 22:27
I'd love to say that, but it's a new release today. The original scrapping deal did fall through. This is apparently a new one, but let's hope.

PhilColebrook
12th June 2008, 16:35
I had a good look at her in Hong Kong in January and she is looking very tired. Certainly not a candidate for preserving. Most of her lovely interiors fell victim to Joe Farcus' gaudy, cheap Las Vegas interiors when she was with Carnival, and her plating is looking long past its best. She has done magnificent service. Time for the knackers yard and to put her out of her misery.

muldonaich
12th June 2008, 22:33
i would agree no ship can carry on for ever its sad to see them go but with no lives lost thats all one can ask for kev.

Jeff Taylor
16th June 2008, 22:02
If you hadn't picked this up elsewhere, a small tanker sliced off a decent hunk of Topaz's bow while she rode at anchor in Singapore over the weekend. It basically tore off the first few feet from her anchor level to the waterline. No further info is available.

lurline
21st September 2008, 19:45
(MAD) she is on the beach at alang
go to the site from finnjet(Cloud)

www.finnjetweb.com/alang/Outside/slides/P1060973.html (http://www.finnjetweb.com/alang/Outside/slides/P1060973.html)

Monket
24th January 2009, 00:15
I did a weeks cruise on her in 2002, she was tired and jaded but a happy ship,
probably because the cost was all inclusive.

viking
2nd February 2009, 21:57
sad end but she was a good ship

woodyj
30th April 2009, 22:32
this is proberbly the last of the liners that used to sail out of liverpool woodyj

lurline
1st May 2009, 15:20
peter knego have a new and sad picture on his site

Ian J. Huckin
2nd May 2009, 03:02
Desperate subject but does anyone have a good link to a site that really goes into depth about what it takes to demo a ship...from running it up the beach, through de-con to picking up the last nuts and bolts.....

Jeff Taylor
4th May 2009, 22:48
"D-Con"???? No such thing. That's why they all go to India to die! The poor buggers just go in with bare feet and cut them up.

shamrock
16th May 2009, 16:09
Desperate subject but does anyone have a good link to a site that really goes into depth about what it takes to demo a ship...from running it up the beach, through de-con to picking up the last nuts and bolts.....

This link shows you something of what goes on at Alang...and beaches like it...everything is done by hand or by winches. The ships are run up onto the beach as far as possible with their engines at full pelt, if they have no engines it is down to brute force and winching from the beach and tugs from behind...

http://www.demotix.com/news/alang-port-shipbreakers-india

Before each ship's demise is started, they hold a bow snipping ceremony - one of the images clearly shows a snipped bow. This signifies that breaking can begin and usually starts within 48 hours.

The Norway's bow snip was recently sold at auction in Paris...

http://www.javno.com/en-lifestyle/photo--dismembered-ocean-liner-up-for-auction_227600

lgrania02
22nd July 2009, 10:07
It was very sad to read about the demise of the old Empress of Britain, I sailed on her as 4th. Mate in 1956. She was a beautiful ship unlike the abortions that pass for liners these days.

lisarathbone
29th July 2010, 23:29
worked on her 1998 in casino. she was a loveable old wreck that got right under your skin.