Posts Tagged ‘Ship’

MV St. Faith and MV St. Helen

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

MV St Faith (Left) and MV St Helen (Right)

MV St. Faith is a St-Class ferry operated by Wightlink. She is 77 meters long and 17 meters wide. Like all of the other St-Class ferries, she operates on the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route.  MV St. Faith can carry 772 passengers, 142 cars and 12 lorries/coaches. She is the second youngest of the St-Class ferries, after St. Clare.

On 28th May 2010, St. Faith rammed the side of the dock in Portsmouth. This injured two passengers and breached the lower hull. Luckily, the ship didn’t sink, and the passengers got better quickly. On 30th May 2014, a lovely bunch of children from Cricklade went to the Isle of Wight on St. Faith.

MV St Helen is also a St-Class ferry, also operated by Wightlink. She is 75 meters long and 17 meters wide, making her almost identical to St. Faith. She also operates on the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route. She can accommodate 769 passengers, 142 cars and 11 lorries/ coaches.

    She was the largest Isle of Wight ferry until St. Clare entered service in 2001. On 4th July 2014 a wonderful group of children went home to Cricklade onboard St. Helen.

The Tragedy of R.M.S Titanic

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Today, you will hear of a legend. A disaster that would change the world forever.

It starts in 1903. Two large ships, named Lusitania and Mauretania were ordered by Cunard Line. They were to be the biggest liners ever made. Cunard Line’s biggest rival, White Star Line, decided to combat this by making three ships that were even larger. Henceforth, Olympic, Titanic and Britannic were ordered. Olympic and Titanic were laid down in  Belfast in 1907.

Later in 1911, Olympic and Titanic were finished. Each ship had 16 compartments in the lower decks. If the four front compartments were flooded, the ship could stay afloat. What could puncture more than 4 compartments, anyway?

On Wednesday 10th April 1912, Titanic departed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. On board were 2,200 souls. 4 days later, on 14th April, there were the calmest seas in months. At 11:39 at night, Fred Fleet spotted an iceberg in the distance. He immediately told the Captain, and he attempted to turn the ship to the left. Unfortunately, Titanic couldn’t do it. The iceberg created six small gashes along the right side of the hull. Five compartments were breached.

At midnight, the order to launch the  lifeboats was given. Officers only let women and children into the lifeboats.  At first, nobody thought anything was wrong, so they only put minimal people in the lifeboats. This process continued until 02:00 when all of the lifeboats were launched. Over 1500 people were still aboard the sinking vessel.

At 02:17, Titanic‘s stern (Rear end) lifted up into the air and broke away. All of the lucky people in the lifeboats hoped that the stern would stay afloat. But it was just a cruel fate. The stern keeled over and sank at 02:20. The Atlantic was silent. The ‘Unsinkable’ had sunk. Luckily, Titanic had made distress calls, and a small ship named Carpathia was on her way. She arrived at 04:30 and picked up 705 souls. 1500 people had perished.

And that is the legend of Titanic,the most famous maritime disaster in history.

The Rivals: RMS Aquitania vs RMS Majestic

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

RMS Majestic was 291 meters long and 31 meters wide. She was operated by White Star Line ever since the end of World War 1. From 1914 until 1935 she was the largest ship in the world. Like most liners, she was on the Southampton – New York route. Majestic was popular for her large dining room and her swimming pool, which was located on the lower decks.

RMS Aquitania was 274 meters long and 30 meters wide. She was operated by Cunard Line ever since she was built in 1914. Aquitania was considered to be one of  the most beautiful ships ever built. Aquitania was on the Southampton – New York route during most of her lifetime. At the time, Aquitania was the only ocean liner to have an open-air swimming pool.

The ship at the top is Majestic, the one at the bottom is Aquitania. Which one will you choose for your Atlantic Crossing?

The WOW Ship – Allure of the Seas

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


Allure of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises. At 362 meters long and 47 meters wide, she is the biggest cruise ship ever made. Only just though, as she is only 5 centimeters longer than her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas.

She was laid down next to her sister ship (Oasis of the Seas) at the STX Europe shipyard in Turku, Finland. This is similar to when the Olympic and Titanic were laid down next to each other as sister ships in 1912. She left the yard two years later in 2010. Like her sister, Allure of the Seas passed through the Solent to anchor at Portsmouth so she could drop off shipbuilders. She is the largest ship ever to visit the Solent.

She arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 11th November 2010 where she was greeted by thousands of spectators who had been waiting to see the ship for a long time. Allure is very popular with passengers quite simply because of her size.

Allure of the Seas has only visited the Caribbean and the US during her four-year lifetime, but this is soon to change, as she will visit the Mediterranean and Southampton in 2015.

MS Aurora

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The MS Aurora is a cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises. She is 270 meters long and 32 meters wide. After the completion of Oriana in 1995, P&O decided to make a similar running mate to eventually replace the aging SS Canberra. In 1998, her keel was laid down at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany. Later in April 2000, Aurora was finished and christened by HRH Princess Anne.

In March 2001, Aurora was on her first world cruise when she received a distress signal from a ship called the Pamela Dream. When the Aurora arrived at the site of the sinking she lowered a lifeboat for three survivors. Later that year, Aurora was docked in New York on September 11th when the Twin Towers were hit. Luckily, Aurora was docked far enough away from the accident so she wasn’t damaged.

In 2005, Aurora was scheduled to start a world cruise, but whilst in the English Channel bound for Madeira, Aurora’s propellers malfunctioned, and she had to head back to Southampton. When docked in Southampton, passengers were able to enjoy the ship for 2 days, whilst getting a full refund. (Which could be up to £40,000!) After this, people started calling it ‘The biggest Isle of Wight ferry’ and ‘The World Booze Cruise’ as P&O offered free drinks and a 50% discount on the 2007 world cruise.

In 2011, Aurora had a minor refit and was made a family friendly ship along with Ventura, Azura and Oceana. This group will be joined by a new ship called Britannia in 2015. Today, Aurora offers breaks to Guernsey, Northern Europe cruises and a wide variety of Australia & New Zeland cruises.     

MS Oceana

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MS Oceana is a cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises. She is 261 meters long and 32 meters wide. Thats over 5 Olympic – sized swimming pools! The Oceana was originally built in 2000 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy as Ocean Princess for Princess Cruises. She was christened by Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Niel and she entered service on 16th February 2000. During this winter/spring season, she was positioned in the Caribbean, whilst in the summer/autumn season, she would cruise in Alaska.

In 2002, Ocean Princess was swapped with P&O’s Adonia, and the Ocean Princess became Oceana and Adonia became Sea Princess. She was renamed in Southampton by HRH Princess Anne in 2003.

Oceana has the nickname ‘The Warm Ship’ because she sails to Scandinavia and Northern Europe during the summer and the Caribbean and Mediterranean during winter. In 2008, Oceana had a large refit which improved her restaurants and gave the menus a french taste inspired by Marco Pierre White.

In January 2012, Oceana had another refit, which refurbished her staterooms and made her a family friendly ship along with Azura, Aurora and Ventura. This group will be joined by Britannia in 2015.         

MS Oriana

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The MS Oriana is a cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises. She is 260 meters long and 32 meters wide. In 1993, P&O had designed a new cruise ship for service and being a British company, they wanted to build her in the Uk. Unfortunately, there weren’t any British shipyards capable of building a ship of Oriana’s size, so they were forced to look overseas. In 1994, workmon the Oriana began in the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

In 1995, the Oriana was finished and was christened by Queen Elizabeth II in Southampton. She was named Oriana as a tribute to the original SS Oriana that was sold in 1986. After two years of service, Oriana‘s call sign was changed to that of the SS Oriana: GVSN. 

In 2000, P&O merged with sister line, Princess Cruises, forming P&O Princess Cruises. Then, two years later, the company was bought by Carnival Corporation, which de-merged P&O Princess Cruises into ‘sub’ companies. However, during these changes, Oriana stayed with her original owner; P&O Cruises.

In 2006, Oriana was re-registered in Hamilton ,Bermuda, so weddings could be hosted on board, which is surprisingly very popular on cruise ships. Unfortunately, her call sign had to be changed to ZCDU9 as a result of this. After a refit in November 2011, Oriana was made an adult only ship along with Adonia and Arcadia. In 2015, Oriana will join Adonia as a discovery ship, meaning that they will visit smaller ports.

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