07 November 2011

Silja Europa in Turku, 9 August 2011

Silja Europa

IMO 8919805
Built 1993, Meyer Werft, Germany
Tonnage 59 912 GT
Length 201,78 m
Width 32,60 m
Draught 6,80 m
Ice class 1 A Super
3 123 passengers
3 696 berths
350 cars
932 lane metres
4 MAN diesels, combined 31 800 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
1 stern thruster
Speed 22 knots

For the history of the Silja Europa, see here. The photographs below show the ship at and departing from Turku on the evening of 9 August 2011. Photographed from the bird-watching quay in Ruissalo. Click on the individual images to see them in larger size.

It seemed like I would have really great lighting for the ship's departure, but this was not to be, thanks to the very impressive clouds you see in the background. And the forests at Ruissalo which in part also obscured the low sun.
Treating the rest of these images was very difficult, as they were a lot darker than what you see here and brightening them tended to destroy the impressive lit cloud-formations. I'm not really satisfied with the results, but it's the best I could come up with.
Come to think of it, with Blogger's new photo-displaying thingy there's very little point in writing captions - if you use the viewer-thing, you probably aren't reading the captions anyway.
Notice the Turku castle on the left.
You probably can't see it that well even in the bigger size, but next to the "official seacarrier of the Moomin" -logo near the bow there's also a "Turku European Capital of Culture 2011" -logo. Tallink Silja Line is/was the official seacarrier of that too.
I admit the place was rather fantastic, especially on a warm summer evening like that.
What I said above.
She's big, isn't she?

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