28 August 2012

Amorella off Kobba Klintar, 24 June 2012


IMO 8601915
Built 1988, Brodogradiliste Split, Yugoslavia
Tonnage 35 384 GT
Length 169,40 m
Width 27,60 m
Draught 6,35 m
2 480 passengers
2 046 berths
350 cars
900 lane metres
4 Wärtsilä-Pielstick diesels, combined 23 760 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 21,5 knots

We are nearing the end of the Kobba Klintar series - though it's not over just yet. Today's entry is one of the most ignored ships in this blog: Viking Line's Turku-Stockholm ferry Amorella, which was (until now) the only ship in the current Viking Line fleet to be featured in just a single entry. There is a very good reason for this, as the ship sails in the morning departure from Turku and I'm definately not a morning person. ;) Well, that and the fact she's a bit challenging to photograph from the Helsinki-Stockholm ferries too. In any case, the lack of Amorella is now being corrected with this entry. For a short account of the Amorella's (uneventful) history, see the first entry on her.

The photographs below show the Amorella departing Mariehamn for Stockholm in the afternoon of 24. June 2012, photographed from Kobba Klintar. Click on the images to see in larger size.

Coming out of Mariehamn, the Amorella leads and Isabella follows. Notice also how faded the funnel of the Isabella looks compared to her sister; clearly maintainance is not a top priority for a ship soon to be sold.
The Split Sisters have very impressive bow waves (slightly reminescent of the Finnjet, albeit in smaller scale). Compare, if you will, with the Galaxy photos taken on the same day in the same location.
Presumably the exterior design of these ships was largely the work of the Split shipyard, as there is an almost completely dissimilar suggestion for the same ship by Wärtsilä in Viking Line's 50th anniversary book (which is great and well worth a read). The then-Yugoslavs did an awesome job, tror jag.
*insert stereotypical caption about Finnish granite here*
That lighthouse again, now competing for the position of the photogenic add-on with a sailing boat.
Stockholm awaits (the passengers, at least. For me, what awaited was the Isabella that was soon passing Kobba Klintar behind my back).

Next time: Isabella.


  1. just wonderful Kalle. Want to go there as well!

    1. Definately recommended as a photo spot! The only hurdle is the price - the boat from Korrvik costs 20 € / person for a return trip. The old pilot station is also a fairly interesting museum you can visit for free. Now if someone who own their own boat could take one there that would be very handy - presumably that would also make evening photography possible.