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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Azores


Date - 2015-04-02

Operator - Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV)
Type - Cruise Ship
Name - Azores
Year - 1948
Flag - Portuguese 
IMO - 5383304
Status -Active
Tonnage (GT) - 16144GT
Deadweight tonnage (Dwt) - 2020t
Length - 160m
Beam - 21m
Draught - 7.6m
Propulsion -  2 × Wärtsilä 16V32 10,700 kW (14,300 hp) (combined)
Speed -  19 knots
Capacity - 556 passengers
Crew - ?

What a classic!! MV Azores entring in the harbor on a lovely morning. This beauty has and amazing 67 years of age. A life full of storys, in special one very tragic one, when sailing under Swedish flag as SS Stockholm rammed the italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria. Here's is a small text from wikipedia explaining the incident

 "On the night of July 25, 1956, at 11:10 PM, in heavy fog in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nantucket, the Stockholm and the Andrea Doria of the Italian Line collided in what was to become one of history's most notorious maritime disasters.

Although most passengers and crew survived the collision, the larger Andrea Doria luxury liner capsized and sank the following morning. Owing to the collision, 50% of the Andrea Doria's lifeboats were unusable. However, a number of ships responded and provided assistance, which averted a massive loss of life.

Five crewmembers on the Stockholm were killed instantly and several more were trapped in the wrecked bow. Despite its having sunk about three feet (0.9 m), the crippled Stockholm helped in the rescue and ended up carrying 327 passengers and 245 crewmembers from the Andrea Doria, in addition to her own passengers and crew. After Andrea Doria sank, Stockholm sailed to New York City under her own power and arrived on July 27. The crushed bow portion was repaired at a cost of US$1 million three months later."

This vessel was built in 1948 in Sweden and by that time was the largest vessel built in that country. After all this years she suffered some modernizations that changed that beautiful and sexy look that she had. although she still a precious beauty!!