There comes a time when passenger ships reach the end of their economic life.
Most vessels end up at the breakers yard. Some of them however, escape the
breakers torch and embark on a new career in a static role. They are used as a
museum, hotel or
I visited several of these ships, and on these pages, their story is
told in short and you will be able to visit them in their current role.......
Click on the ship's
picture and you will be taken to the ship's page!
Former Soviet cruise ship
Aywasowski, built 1977. Later sailed as Carina and Primexpress Island. Since
September 2004 in use as student accommodation vessel in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands where she will remain at least until 2009.
||Cap San Diego
Freighter with passenger accommodation, built 1962
for Hamburg-Sud. Spent most of it's seagoing years on the run to South
America. Presently museum ship in Hamburg.
Built 1952 for the coastal express service along
the Norwegian coast, the Hurtigrute. Sold in 1982 to become a hotel and
restaurant vessel in the port of Oslo. Today hotel/ party centre in
||Royal Yacht Britannia
Former Royal Yacht from 1953 until 1997. She made Queen Elizabeth
II the world's most travelled monarch. Her
last offical voyage was in 1997 when Hong Kong, since 1841 a British
colony, was handed back to the people of Hong Kong. After retirement from active service she she has
opened as a maritime museum in Leith, Scotland.
||Viera y Clavijo
This small passenger ship has not, like the other
ships mentioned on this page, escaped the breakers torch, and although
she survived for only 3 years in her static role as a museum ship in the
province of Zeeland, The Netherlands, this small vessel survived such a
long time in active service as a passenger liner between the Canary Islands
which she started in the same year as the Titanic, 1912 (!), that she is
worth it to be mentioned here.
||Sea World- Minghua
Former passenger liner Ancerville built 1962 for
Cie de Navigation Paquet sailing on the Africa run Marseilles- Dakar.
Changed hands in 1970 to Nouvelles Cie de Paquebots from Marseilles.
Sold again after three years of service to People's Republic of China
and placed in cruise service mainly on charter to Australian travel
operator Burns Philip and sailing in Far Eastern and Australian waters.
In 1983 she was retired from active service and rebuilt as an hotel and
leisure centre in Shenzhen, China. As the area was further
developed, the ship became completely land-locked. She has been closed
due to a fire for several years but has been restored and is open agian
to the public.
||ss Great Britain