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Old 12th January 2007, 23:03
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The oldest ship still in service

The lifespan of todays ships appears to be about 20 years maximum. I personally have served on vessels almost twice that age. Does anyone know of any "Old timers", still running?
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Old 12th January 2007, 23:20
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There are many preserved vessels of course.
But for a merchant ship still in regular revenue service, we have on the NZ coast a cement carrier named WESTPORT which is 31 this year. It's a while since I last saw her, but generally she seems to be in pretty good condition.
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Old 12th January 2007, 23:40
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merchant vessel kathryn spirit will be 40 in 2007. she`s used to be menominee.
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Old 12th January 2007, 23:58
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The lifespan of todays ships appears to be about 20 years maximum. I personally have served on vessels almost twice that age. Does anyone know of any "Old timers", still running?
Yes the Egerland was built in 1939 and lasted until 1980 something.
The Marika was built in 1947 and scrapped in 1986
Actually I do know a few older ones yet, would have to dig them out first...

But the Winner is: Ta Ta !!!

The MS Sydfart (southdrive) from Sweden, she is 128 years old and still in commercial service today !!! A coaster of course

Link with pictures : http://www.windpowerphotos.com/wpw-w/sidor/ysend152.htm


A very pretty little ship
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Old 13th January 2007, 02:32
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It seems to me the Great Lakes fleet has a lot of old ships still working.
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Old 13th January 2007, 04:02
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The "Empress Of Britain" blt. 1950, has been in continuuous service under
various names and flags and currently as the "TOPAZ" and must hold some kind of record for actual sea miles logged. 57 years and still going! Snowy.
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It seems to me the Great Lakes fleet has a lot of old ships still working.
There's a few McKeil Towing tugs operating in the Great Lakes that are over a 100 years old. Seems fresh water is far more kindly on steel.
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Old 13th January 2007, 08:27
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Sydfart

Ruud has kindly provided with an excellent image and comments here:

https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galler...art/what/title
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Old 13th January 2007, 09:06
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Ninetysix years old, still coal fired and still in its original location - New Zealand's most photographed vessel, TSS 'Earnslaw' on Lake Wakatipu.
Keel laid 4/6/11 in Dunedin, and hull built. Hull dismantled and railed to Kingston, at south end of lake. Hull re-assembled, engines fitted. Vessel launched, fitted out as a passenger/cargo ship, and commissioned 18/10/12. After a couple of owners, she is still in service today, although now as a passenger only vessel. Full story and some good pictures on http://www.nzmaritime.co.nz/earnslaw.htm

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Old 13th January 2007, 09:13
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Don't forget the venerable Doulos, she was also built yonks ago.... 1914 if I remember correctly, she is still afloat believe it or not.
http://www.mvdoulos.org
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Im not sure what the oldest passenger boat still in service is but the oldest still operating on the River Thames is the MV Henley ,She is 111 years old! (1896) and looks great

http://coppermine.galacnet.com/river...78a9b54f_o.jpg
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Old 13th January 2007, 12:01
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It seems to me the Great Lakes fleet has a lot of old ships still working.
Freshwater helps, also the economics in the great lakes are slightly different.
Where many sea going ships (coasters or otherwise) were scrapped due to changed economics. shipe like the A. Ford. S.T. Crapo and others are still going.
The Alpena (2) was built in 1942 and rebuilt as a selfunloader/cement carrier in 1990 and is in service now

Alpena (1) was built in 1909 and lasted 65 years

link: http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/alpena.htm
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Old 13th January 2007, 12:12
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Ruud has kindly provided with an excellent image and comments here:

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Cool Beans

Of course she is busy in my coaster version of the game "Ports of Call" making money.

As is : MS Unterelbe year 1939, now 68 years old and going strong in Finland.
link: http://www.unterelbe.com/

She was like the Egerland (which was later enlarged) a member of the large class of River-Sea vessels.
A few pictures of the Egerland and her history are here: http://mysite.verizon.net/ress3y0n/id5.html

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Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine, 1899, built elsewhere and transported in bits.
Loch Katrine is a reservoir for Glasgow and landlocked.
Steam up and downer, coal fired boilers a magnificent vessel and a full Passenger Certificate.

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Oldest vessel afloat is / was the HMS Unicorn ( HMS Cressey ) @ Dundee .Hardly in service but used for Sea Cadet parades etc.
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Old 13th January 2007, 17:25
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Of course, there are a few ships around owned by preservation trusts and the like - "Shieldhall", for instance. 51 years old and still in pretty good nick.
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Old 13th January 2007, 18:14
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Of course, there are a few ships around owned by preservation trusts and the like - "Shieldhall", for instance. 51 years old and still in pretty good nick.
And the coasters: Kustvaarder "Anda" (dutch), Iris Jorg, Greundiek, Jan-Dirk (all german) and at least 2 Vic's (uk) and 1 Vic under a new name (norway)
she was still beiing used commercially last I knew, all the others are functional but museum ships.
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Old 13th January 2007, 18:31
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Donnington class of Stephenson-Clarkes. All aproaching 30years old & still trading. Quite a few 70's built SD14's still to be found tading around the South China Sea / Far East. Cruise ship Monteray must be in Her 50's?
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Old 13th January 2007, 18:43
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The oldest ocean going cruise ship is Sea Cloud, built by Krupp's in 1931. Sail and diesel powered. Operates in the Caribbean in the winter and the Mediterranean in the summer.

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hi Doug
We had a vessel in Glasgow called the Shieldhall which carried sludge as it was poshly called. In engineering we called it "S--t". This vessel was scrapped approx. 2000 due to European Rules. Your Shieldhall may be its predecessor I am not sure.

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Old 13th January 2007, 21:03
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We had a vessel in Glasgow called the Shieldhall which carried sludge as it was poshly called. In engineering we called it "S--t". This vessel was scrapped approx. 2000 due to European Rules. Your Shieldhall may be its predecessor I am not sure.

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OLDEST MERCHANT SHIP, built 1866, and still in service is the Swedish passenger ship "ENK÷PING" (former steamer) often between Stockholm and Uppsala until some (recent) years ago. She was before a coal-burner but has nowadays as I remember a diesel due to the heavy costs for the coal or oil to the turbines.
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Old 14th January 2007, 06:42
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South Steyne, former Sydney to Manly Ferry. built 1934, in Leith. largest steam Ferry still in running order. Now a floating restaurant in Darling Harbour. Worked on her from 94 to 2005
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Cool Oldest ships in service

Here is another one for the list. She works on Lake Vattern in Sweden.
Motala Express -
Built 1895 by FG Sandwalls Mekaniska Verkstad Munksjon Sweden.
L 35.67M
B - 6.63m
Draught - 3m
249Gt
Speed 14 knots - three cylinder triple expansion.
Known locally as "Vatterns Fauge" - The prisoner of the Lake Vattern, as she is 4m longer than the locks in the canal leading out of the lake.
Picture attached.

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Old 14th January 2007, 14:19
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Isn't there an old steamer in Norway? Sleipnir?
Can't remember if she is still hauling passengers commercially or run by a museum club...
If I could just find the info again ...
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