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STEFAN BATORY

STEFAN BATORY

Polish Ocean Lines' 1950-2 Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam, built passenger liner STEFAN BATORY, the former MAASDAM which had been launched as DIEMERDIJK, is seen passing Hoek van Holland inward for Rotterdam from Canada on 8th June 1970.

EX-MAASDAM-68

Later: 1989 STEFAN

Laid up at Chalkis from about

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STEFAN BATORY
11,693g. 5,637n. 7,170d. 153.42 x 21.09 x 8.764 metres.
Two steam turbines manufactured in 1945 by General Elactric Co., Erie, double reduction geared to screw shaft, 8,500shp. 16.5 kts.
19.12.1950: Keel laid as DIEMERDIJK by Dok en Werf Mij. Wilton-Fijenoord N.V., Schiedam (Yard No. 733).
5.4.1952: Launched.
7.1952: Completed as MAASDAM for Holland America Line N. V. Holland.
1968: Sold to Polish Ocean Lines, Poland, and renamed STEFAN BATORY.
1988: Sold to Erne Compania Maritima S. A., (Hellenic - Polish Shipping & Trading Enterprises Ltd., managers) Panama.
1989: Purchased by City Shipping International Inc., (Stena Rederi, managers) Bahamas, converted into an accommodation ship for refugees, renamed STEFAN, permanantly moored and connected to all municiple services at Gothenburg.
1991: Sold to Courage Maritime S.A., (Marship (Services) Inc., managers) Greece.
17.9.1991: Arrived at Piraeus and laid up.
1992: Tony Travel & Agency Ltd., appointed as managers.
12.1996: Damaged by stranding.
22.3.2000: Arrived at Aliaga for demolition by Kalkavanlar.
 

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At time of photo, usual itinerary: Gdynia, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Tilbury, Montreal. Homeward sailings called Southampton instead of Tilbury. The last Trans-Atlantic passenger liner?
 

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"The last Trans-Atlantic passenger liner?" In what way? Even STEFAN BATORY did cruises and the 'big black bus ' (QM2) is touted as a transatlantic liners.

As MAASDAM or STEFAN BATORY... both very handsome little vessels.
 

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A lovely ship in every respect. I sailed on her when she was in liner mode and also as a cruise ship (though she still felt like a liner).
I boarded her in Southampton in July 1976, we called at Hamburg and then through the Kiel Canal for Gdynia. Our return voyage several days later was from Gdynia to Rotterdam and disembarkation at Tilbury. The ship continued on her way across the Atlantic to Canada.

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For a ship that normally operated at 15 knots, she certainly appears to be speeding along quite nicely in this photo.
 

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" In what way? " It's a moot point; I suppose in that from 1988(?) she was the only ocean going passenger ship mainly in engaged operating a regular trans-Atlantic schedule for passenger transport. I'm not sure the cruise-monsters' leisure crossings/positioning voyages are quite the same.
 

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