Thursday, June 2, 2016

White ships - FS Monge and Pacific Princess

 It was a day for white ships in Halifax.

This morning's departure was FS Monge, the French navy's missile range instrumentation ship, which sailed for St.John's.

 When it was here last, I gave all the details and a little flashback to satellite tracking ships of the past.

Shipfax October 7, 2015

This time I was able to see the ship from a different angle, and to spot the  Alouette III helicopter 242

To add to the flashback from the previous post, here is the Soviet Akademik Sergei Korolev:

See the Wikipedia post on the ship's namesake:

The arrival was Pacific Princess. It berthed bow north at pier 22, and on departure backed out into the number one anchorage and turned to sea.

 Built as R Three in 1999 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire for Renaissance Cruise Lines, it was acquired by Princess Cruise Lines Ltd in 2002 and renamed Pacific Princess. I measures 30,277 grt, and is a relatively small ships, with a passenger capacity of 688 (lower berths) or 826 (all berths) and a crew of only 373.Princess Cruise Lines however only markets for 680 passengers.
Its next port of call is to be Reykjavik.

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