25 February 2011

Princess of Scandinavia, 6 October 2006

Princess of Scandinavia

IMO 7361324
Name history: Tor Scandinavia, Princess of Scandinavia, Moby Otta
Built 1976, Lübecker Flender-Werke, West Germany
Tonnage 22 528 GT
Length 184,55 m
Width 26,40 m
Draugth 6,20 m
1 507 passengers
1 617 berths
420 cars
910 lanemetres
4 Pielstick diesels, combined 33 540 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 27 knots

Following a trip to the archives, I present the long-promised photographs of DFDS Seaways' Princess of Scandinavia, sailing today as Moby Lines' Moby Otta (see that entry also for the history of the ship). In terms of her exterior appearance the second Tor sisters (the Princess of Scandinavia and her sister) had long been some of my favourite ships, with long, sleek streamlined looks and large, powerful funnels. Even with added side sponsons that would have destroyed the looks of most ships this pair looked very smart. Further delightful details include an outdoors sundeck, certainly a novelty on a North Sea ferry.

On hearing the news that DFDS Seaways would be closing down the Gothenburg-Newcastle in late 2006, me and three of my friends decided to travel to Gothenburg and take a trip with the ship before she would be sold to Moby Lines. There photographs, unsurpsingly, are from that trip. I will probably be posting some interior photographs from the same trip later on.

Princess of Scandinavia at Gothenburg on 6 October 2006. Please note that these pictures date from the time when I did not yet have a digital SLR camera and as such the image quality is less good than on most other photos I have posted here. Click on the individual images to view full size.

It looks like a brochure image from the Caribbean, but it's in fact a view from the Göta Ävlbron in Gothenburg. Notice how beautifully the raked "support beam" in the aft continues the in the curve of the funnel.
Another view in Gothenburg harbour. Outside she's showing a few small rust stains but inside she was in an immaculate condition.

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