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Postby shipstamps » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:25 pm

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The Oceanic name is very popular with shipowners for there are no less than five ships of the name in Lloyd's Register. The ship on the stamp is making her second philatelic appearance having previously been featured on the 5c. stamp of the Bahamas issued in 1967. She was built in 1965 for Home Lines Inc. and flies the Panamanian flag.. Gross tonnage is 27,644; 15,034 net; deadweight. 11,850 tons. Length overall is 782 ft. 3 in.; breadth 96 ft. 7 in.; draft 28 ft. 3 in. Four geared steam turbines, driving twin screws; speed 26 knots.
Bahamas SG299,677, Antigua SG1289ms, Barbuda SG1134ms, Gren of Grenada SG612,St Vincent SG388,
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Re: Oceanic

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri May 01, 2009 3:31 am

Built under yard No. 1876 as a cruise vessel by Cantieri Riunite dell’Adriatico, Monfalcone, Italy for the Home Lines Inc., Panama. Managed by Soc. De Gestion Evge S.A. Piraeus.
15 January 1963 launched under the name OCEANIC.
Tonnage 27.645 gross, 8.738 net, 11.850dwt., dim. 238.44 x 29.44 x 14.70m., draught 8.78m., length bpp. 213.22m.
Powered by two sets geared turbines, De Laval-Cantieri Riuniti dell’Adriaticos 53.367 hp, speed 26.5 knots, twin screws. Bunker capacity 6.030m³.
Passenger accommodation 230 first class, 1.370 tourist class, crew 560.
31 March 1965 delivered. Building cost 40 million dollar.

She was intended for the Cuxhaven to New York service but mostly used for cruising and making only occasional Atlantic crossings.
03 April 1965 she made her maiden voyage from Genoa to New York.
24 April 1965, first 7 day cruises from New York to the Bahamas. During the winter time she operated in extended cruises throughout the Caribbean.
1985 Registered under the ownership of Soc. De Gestion Evge SA, Piraeus.
The same year sold to Premier Cruise Lines, Nassau, for 20 million dollar, and after a refit of 10 million dollar renamed ROYAL OCEANIC later the same year STARSHIP OCEANIC. Miss Minnie Mouse performed the rechristening
Used for cruising from Port Canaveral for three and four night cruises to Nassau and Salt Cay. The cruise could be combined with a Walt Disney World vacation.
25 April 1986, first cruise from Port Canaveral
1989 Her tonnage is given by Lloyds as 19.500 gross, 9.839 net, 8.378 dwt.
Later was she mostly know under the name BIG RED BOAT I but officially she never carried that name.
When Premier Cruise Line got bankrupt in 2000 she was arrested and laid up in Freeport, Bahamas.
30 December 2000 sold to Pullmantur Cruises, Nassau, Bahamas. Renamed again in OCEANIC.
May 2001 used for cruises from Barcelona.
2009 gives: Bahamas flag, call sign C6IF7. IMO No. 5260679. Registered owner PULMANTUR, and managed by Seahawk Marine Project, both Hollywood, Fl. USA.
Tonnage 38.772 gross, 11.631 net.
2009 Sold to Japan Grace Co. Ltd, Valletta, Malta, not renamed.
2009 The same year owned by GP Cruises Inc, Valetta not renamed.
2009 Renamed by company in THE OCEANIC and under Panama registry.
17 June 2012 arrived Zhejiang, China were she was scrapped by Zhejiang Jintai Ship-Breaking Co.

Source: Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold Kludas. US Passenger Liners since 1945 by Milton H. Watson.
Bahamas 1967 5c sg 299. Grenadines of Grenada 1984 $4 sg 612. St Vincent 1974 20c sg 388.

Source: Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold Kludas. US Passenger Liners since 1945 by Milton H. Watson.
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