Name history: Alexandr Pushkin, Marco Polo
Built 1965, VEB Mathias-Thesen-Werft Wismar, East Germany
Tonnage 22 080 GT
Length 176,28 m
Width 23,55 m
Draught 8,17 m
848 passengers (lower berths)
2 Sulzer-Cegielski diesels, combined 15 447 kW
1 bow thruster
Speed 16,5 knots
For a history of the Marco Polo, see the first entry on her. For an account on how the ship's exterior has been altered during her career, see the second entry on her.
As noted above, the Marco Polo was this summer's last cruise visitor to Helsinki (but not the year's last visitor - Fred. Olsen's Black Watch will be calling in late November as the first ship of the short winter cruise season). She called at the South Harbour and, as seems to be standard for CMV, she departed already at 14:30. The weather did not exactly cooperate, the sky being cloudy, but I (and my friend Olli Tuominen) went there never the less to document the end of the cruise season. Of course, as it happens we had both also documented the beginning of the cruise season.
Anyway, yes. The photographs below show the Marco Polo departing from Helsinki's Eteläsatama on 1 October 2012, photographed from Kustaanmiekka. Click on the images to see in larger size.
|As is probably evident from the images, I did fiddle quite a lot with the saturation levels to bring out the colours of Autumn foliage.|
|Classic-looking ship, even if she doesn't really stand out from the background, the sky being about the same shade as the superstructure.|
|Of course, I could have strated the ship separately from the background - although I suspect that to get the trees to stand out properly I would have needed to treat the sky separately as well.|