27 September 2011

Ocean Countess in Helsinki, 11 July 2011

Ocean Countess

IMO 7358561
Previous names: Cunard Countess, Awani Dream II, Olympic Countess, Olympia Countess, Ocean Countess, Lili Marleen, Ruby
Built 1976, Burmeister & Wain Copenhagen, Denmark (hull), Navali Mechaniche Affini La Spezia, Italy (outfitting)
Tonnage 17 593 GT
Length 163,56 m
Width 22,80 m
Draugth 6,40 m
959 passengers
4 B&W diesels, combined 15 447 kW
2 propellers
1 bow thruster
Speed 21,5 knots

The Ocean Countess and her sister Mano Cruises' Golden Iris (ex-Cunard Conquest, Cunard Princess, Rhapsody) belong to the category "ships I like because I think they look great even though I have no idea what it's like to travel on them". Maybe I should go onboard one day and try one of them out.

Ocean Countess departing the decidedly un-sunny summer Helsinki on 11 July 2011, photographed passing through the Kustaanmiekka strait. Click on the image(s) to see them in larger size.

It was a dark and story day and the autofocus of my camera wasn't working... Well, actually it wasn't stormy, just overcast. But the autofocus really wasn't working.
They knew how to design ship's exteriors in the 1970s.
The Ocean Countess' fairly high smoke-generation and the direction of the wind conspired against me when it came to taking good photos from her from this direction.

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