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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Another Favorite - Holland America's Statendam - 1957

Another one of my favorites is Holland America's Statendam from 1957.

The Statendam IV was built in 1957 by Wilton Fijenoord N.V.. For Holland America she sailed on Transatlantic, Exotic, Caribbean, Bermuda and Nassau cruises.

The ship was average in size, measuring 624 feet in length, 81 feet wide, weighing 24,294 tons and carrying 881 passengers.

In 1982 She was bought by the Paquet group and renamed Rhapsody sailing to the Caribbean and Alaska.

She was sold to the Lelakis group in 1986 becoming part of the Regency Cruises fleet as the Regent Star. She sailed on Alaska, Caribbean, Panama Canal and New England Canada Cruises from New York. Once Regency Cruises went bankrupt, she remained in Piraeus laid up. Her engines were in poor operating condition and just prior to Regency's bankruptcy there was plans to bring her to Piraeus for re-engining. This was to never happen.

She remained in poor condition for many years.

At one point it was rumored that
EXA International/Cruiseshares planned to use the ship as part of their time share scheme as the Romance I but this never materialized. She was renamed Sea Harmony and remained laid up.

In bad shape the ship developed a noticeable list. On March 14, 2004 she left Piraeus under the name Harmony I on her way to scrappers in Alang, India.

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