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 accommodation vessel.

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…….

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    Birger Jarl

    Birger Jarl was built in Sweden in 1953 for Redieri AB Svea. In 1973 she was sold to Jakob Lines, was renamed SS Bore Nord and converted into a ferry, sailing between Stockholm, Helsinki and Turku. In 1978 she was bought back by the Ånedin Line (named after the British TV..
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    MS Bore is a museum and hotel ship docked permanently in Turku, Finland. She was originally built in 1960 by Oskarshamn shipyard in Sweden as the ferry SS Bore for Steamship Company Bore from Finland. She was the first ferry sailing between between Finland and Sweden where cars..
  • 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..
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    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.  
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    Diamond Princess/ Hakon Jarl

    Built 1952 for the coastal express service along the Norwegian coast, the Hurtigruten as Hakon Jarl  Sold in 1982 to become a hotel and restaurant vessel in the port of Oslo. Later hotel/ party centre in Antwerp, Belgium, but as the docks were being redeveloped she had to be..
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    Great Britain

    SS Great Britain was by far the largest deep sea vessel afloat when she was launched, and she was the first steel ship fitted with propellors and the first propellor driven ship to cross the North Atlantic in 1845. After a couple of years she changed owners and was employed for..
  • hikawa

    Hikawa Maru

    Hikawa Maru is a Japanese passenger liner built by the Yokohama Dock Company forNippon Ysen Kaisha Line (NYK Line). She  sailed on the Pacific route beteen Yokohama, Seattle and Vancouver. During WII she served as a hospital ship and as one of two Japanese ships to survive the..
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    Kronprinzessin Martha

    MS Kronprinsesse Martha, was ordered in 1928 and built by the International Shipbuilding and Engineering Co in Danzig and delivered in 1929. She was named after the Swedish crown princess Martha who had married the Norwegian prince Olav V. In 1939 she runs aground and lists to..
  • malardr


    The history of the Malardrottningen starts in 1924 when she was built for Mr. Billings from New York. He named her Vanadis. At the time she was the world’s largest diesel-powered yacht.He later sold her to Woolworth-millionaire Frank W. Hutton who gave the vessel as a birthday..
  • ssNomadic


    Originally built alongside the mighty RMS Titanic in Belfast in 1911, the SS Nomadic was just like the ss Titanic designed by Thomas Andrews and built using the same design and similar luxurious finishes as the Titanic . She is exactly one quarter of the size of Titanic, and..
  • rochdale


    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 remained until 2009. After a period of lay up she was sent to the scrappers in..
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    Rotterdam V

    The ss Rotterdam V sailed almost her entire career for the Holland America Line at first as a transatlantic liner but later as a full-time cruise ship. She was sold to Premier Cruises in 1997 and renamed Rembrandt. In 2000 Premier went bankrupt and she was laid up in the..
  • rygerfjord


    Built in 1950 in Norway as Kvinherad for Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampsskipselskab. Reengined in 1961 and renamed in 1965 to Brand VII. Sold to Brand Shipping and later to Aanen Nilsen Shipping and Rodne and Sons who renamed her Rygerfjord. In 1995 she ended her sailing days and..
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    Seaworld/ 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..
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    Sunborn London

    Moored at Royal Victoria Dock, London, Sunborn London is a replica of a 4-star deluxe yacht in use as a floating hotel,. She has 138 spacious guest rooms over 5 decks including several suites, along with an beautifully appointed reception area, bar and lounge, fine-dining..
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    United States

    SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines.She was designed by American naval architect William Francis Gibbs to capture the trans-atlantic speed record. She is the largest ocean liner constructed in the US and the fastest ocean liner to..
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    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..