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I am interested to see if anyone has any photos of the interiors or any not usually circulated photos of either of these sisters. There seems to be very little around concerning these ships. I know the Adventurer has found success through a long career now as Coral for Louis Cruises. There seems only basic information on the undignified end of the Ambassador.
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Some 35 years ago I was told that on the Cunard Ambassador a fuel leakage
started a fire in the engine room. They tried to extinguish the fire with small equipment but in no time the engine room was on fire and the ship was lost.
The same thing occured some time later on the sister ship (the Adventurer?)
Howerer they managed to close the engine room, shut off the ventilation and put carbon dioxide in it.
This story was told us to make clear that a fire on board a ship gets out of hand before you know.

Is this true and in what year did this happen?

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On 12 September 1974 Cunard Ambassador suffered an engine room fire which spread to several decks. She was on a voyage from Port Everglades to New Orleans without passengers. Declared a constructive total loss. The hull was sold and she was converted into a sheep carrier.
Cunard Adventurer was sold to Kloster in 1977 and became "Sunward II". Sold to Epirotiki in 1991 and became "Triton".

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The hulk of Cunard Ambassador was bought in 1975 by C Clausen D/S A/S of Copenhagen. She was towed to Landskrona to be rebuilt as a livestock carrier and moved Hamburg for completion. She was renamed Linda Clausen and entered service in 1976.
In 1980 she was sold to Lembu Shipping Corp as their Procyon and resold in 1983 to Qatar Transport & Marine Services and renamed as Raslan. On 3 July 1983 Raslan suffered a fire in the engine room control room while on a voyage from Jeddah to Singapore. She made it to Singapore on 17 July and was laid up before being scrapped at Kaohsiung the following year.

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Stuart said:
Hmmm! Not the best photo I have ever taken, but it is an uncirculated photo of the Cunard Adventurer, at least that is what it says on the back! Taken in 1977.

Rgds
Sorry Stuart but the ship in your photo is either Cunard Countess, or Cunard Princess. The "A" class were smaller with a very tall, bolt-upright funnel. Real ugly-ducklings in my view.

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I may be able to help here

Both my wife and I sailed on these two ships. As a consequence, we have a mountain of pics - especially of the Adventurer. My wife was on board the Ambassador when she caught fire off the Florida Keys (Laurence Portet was the Old Man at the time. We were both on board the Adventurer when she piled into the side of the Carla C in San Juan one Saturday morning - I think there's a message here - haha!

Have only just joined this site and will post a bunch of pix soon.

Alan & Pam Marsden
 

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I remember an ex Cunard cruise ship arriving at Jeddah and being startled to see sheep looking out of the accommodation windows. I almost gave up the drink!

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That would have been the "Ambaaaaaaaasador" full of sheep. Not much different to when it was cruising in the Caribbean......

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Cunarder said:
That would have been the "Ambaaaaaaaasador" full of sheep. Not much different to when it was cruising in the Caribbean......

Alan Marsden
Hi Alan, I've just sent you a PM.

By the way, how many sheep can you fit in a bubble car?

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1. Cunard Adventurer in Glacier Bay, Alaska, circa 1977. She sports the latter-day Cunard funnel colours as opposed to the original black/white configuration. 2. Another view with 1st Officer Ron Warwick at the helm of the crew lifeboat (scooping up icebergs for ice carvings at that night's dinner). 3. At anchor in Grenada circa '76 - note the original funnel colours.
 

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Stuart said:
Hmmm! Not the best photo I have ever taken, but it is an uncirculated photo of the Cunard Adventurer, at least that is what it says on the back! Taken in 1977.

Rgds
i believe that ship in the picture is either the cunard countess or princess. not the adventurer. i was an engineer on the countess in the '70s.
 

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i believe that ship in the picture is either the cunard countess or princess. not the adventurer. i was an engineer on the countess in the '70s.
Not so. It is Cunard Adventurer. The Countess and Princess had funnels that sloped backwards. The funnels of Adenturer and Ambassador were upright, as in the photos, but Ambassador was long gone before Cunard reintroduced their traditional funnel livery in 1976. BTW, they only extended the traditional funnel livery to QE2 in her 1982 post-Falklands refit, at which time they also introduced her short-lived "pearl grey" hull.
 

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At one time in my career with Brocks when I had indicted I may leave the company ( because I was being moved from ship to ship with Pielstick Problems and getting fed up with getting ships in poor nick ; bringing them up to speed and then being transfered to another in less than good shape ) I was offered a transfer to Cunard on the " Passenger Ships " under discussion in this thread .
I had however had a third engineer on Mahsud or Maihar who had sailed with them and said they were a disgrace in the engine room with lots of fuel leaks and oil in the bilges and no time given to correct the problems due to sailing and shedule constraints .
I declined the job as I would have probably been fired as I know I would have " rocked the boat ' to try and correct the problem . ( I must admit though that the lure to the social life was very strong )
Instead I was moved from the Moss Tanker fleet back to Maihar and Mahsud which suited me fine as they were great ships with great crews to serve on .

I was therefore not suprised when I learned of the fires they experienced .

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Not so. It is Cunard Adventurer. The Countess and Princess had funnels that sloped backwards. The funnels of Adenturer and Ambassador were upright, as in the photos, but Ambassador was long gone before Cunard reintroduced their traditional funnel livery in 1976. BTW, they only extended the traditional funnel livery to QE2 in her 1982 post-Falklands refit, at which time they also introduced her short-lived "pearl grey" hull.
Oops! The photo in the post by Stuart is indeed one of the Countess/Princess twins. The photos in Cunarder's post are of Adventurer. My mistake.
 
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