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Blenheim

British passenger ferry Blenheim at Tenerife on 15th Jan., 1972. Built 1970 at Clydebank by Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd.

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Thanks for the photo trenor. ! was on the Blenheim in1970/71 and did ten two week cruises to Canary Islands. A lovely job.
 

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IMO 7008001 , Flag United Kindom.
Ship Type : RORO Ferry / Cruise Ship.
Dim : Loa / Lpp x Beam - 149.4 / 136.9 x 20.0 mtr.
Build in 1970 by Upper Clyde Shipbuilding Ltd Clydebank UK as " BLENHEIM " for Fred Olsen Ltd ( Fred Olsen A/S Oslo Norway as manager ) Newcastle UK.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 10.419 / 5.540 / 3.721.
Main Engine : Crosseley Pielstick 18PC2V-400 - 2 x 9.130 bhp.

1981 Sold to Scandinavian World Cruises (DFDS Copenhagen Denmark as manager) Nassau Bahamas,renamed " SCANDINVIAN SEA ".
1981 Rebuild by Blohm & Voss Hamburg Germany.
1984 "Constructive Total Loos " due to fire.
1984 Wrack sold to Sea Protector Maritime Inc ( A.Lalakis SA Piraeus Greece ) Piraeus Greece for rebuilding.
1984 Sold to Pan Ocean Navigation Inc Panama City Panama,renamed " VENUS VENTURE ".
1985 Rebuild by Union Naval de Lavante SA Valencia Spain.
1986 Sold to Bajamar Shipping Ltd Panama City Panama,renamed " DISCOVERY I ".
1992 Sold to Discovery Cruise Line Partnership Inc Panama City Panama.
1996 Engine room fire outside Freeport Bahamas.829 passenger onboard,all evacuated.
1996 After inspection declered "Constructiv Total Loos ".
1996 Sold to breakers.
1997 BU Alang India.




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At period of photo her regular run was London - Funchal - Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Las Palmas (September to May) with accommodation for 580 cabin passengers. She had extensive refrigerated cargo space and on return sailings carried large volumes of fruit. In summer she operated Kristiansand to Amsterdam or Harwich as a passenger/vehicle ferry (1100 pass/300 cars). Capable of 23 knots.
 

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