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Astor’s future secured PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:00

Astor is now owned within the CMV group.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ parent company, the Greek Global Maritime Group, has acquired the 1996-built cruise ship Astor from her bankrupt owners. The ship was operating for CMV during 2014 after that company took over Germany’s Transocean Cruises, together with the ship. Astor is currently undertaking a season of cruises from Australia and will return to Europe in the spring.

CMV seems to becoming something of a force in ex-UK cruising, and now has a fleet of four ships, although Astor still spends some time sailing for German passengers. The latest addition to the fleet, Magellan, previously Iberocruceros’ Grand Holiday, will begin sailing for the company in March.


March's mystery ship PDF Print E-mail

march mystery ship

This month’s mystery ship is a mystery scene as well. Details of the ships pictured are sought, as well as the location of the photograph, which is not known. The small cargo vessel alongside is named Crania, so can you help with further details of her?  Which company was she operated by? When and where was she built? On what routes did she operate, and what was her fate? Can you also identify the tug towing the ship from which the photo was taken? Or, better still, the ship itself, or even the small container ship just visible further up the quay?

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the burning SS Normandie PDF Print E-mail


Watch never before seen footage of the burning SS Normandie in New York Harbor.  The SS Normandie, a French-built ocean liner, began service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship in operation.  The Normandie is still considered to be the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, US authorities seized the Normandie while it was at port in New York, renaming it the USS Lafayette. The plan was to convert the Normandie to a troopship; however it caught fire in 1942 and capsized.  The engineer of the ship appeared to recommend a process to the save the ship, but he was barred from scene by the police. Restoration of the Normandie was considered to be too costly. This video tells the story of the Normandie, including pictures of both its exterior and interior during the time that it was a passenger ship, as well as video of the fire.  The original footage was shot by Frank Hardart, an executive at the Horn and Hardart company, from a nearby rooftop.



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