This is the ship, SS Sylvania, that I came to America on in 1962.

She has gone though many changes over the years but, sad to say, She met her end in 2004. This is a view of Her in various changes that She made.

 

Wikipedia story here. RMS_SYLVANIA

 


built by John Brown Clydebank,
Yard No 700
Engines by shipbuilder


Last Name: GENOA
Previous Names: ALBATROS/ DAWN PRINCESS/ SITMAR FAIRWIND/ FAIRWIND
Propulsion: 4 Steam turbines dr geared to 2 sc shafts24500shp 20 knots
Launched: Thursday, 22 November 1956
Built: 1957
Ship Type: Passenger Vessel
Ship's Role: Canada service for Cunard Line.Latterly cruising
Tonnage: 21989
Length: 608 feet 3
Breadth: 80 feet 4
Draught: 28 feet 6
Owner History:
Phoenix Seereisen (ex Cunard liner)
Status: Scrapped - 10/01/2004
Web site: http://www.portofcork.ie/web_images/archive/sylvania.jpg
Remarks: Renamed Fairwind in 1968. Current grt is 24803. Originally owned by Cunard. Latterly owned by German cruise company cruising the Med with ocassional world cruises.
Scrapped at Alang, India.Arr.6th January 2004 and beached 10th.


Sylvania (1957)

 

Status

Broken up

IMO number

5347245

Type

Passenger liner, later cruise ship

Propulsion

Steam turbine ship

 

 

Built

1957, John Brown & Co., Clydebank, Scotland, # 700

GRT

1957: 21,989
1965: 20,017
1971: 21,985
1990: 24,803 (new IMO rules)

Length

185.40 m

Beam

24.49 m

Draught

8.90 m

Max Psgr Capy

1957: 925 (125 1st class, 800 tourist class)
19xx: 878
19xx: 906

Berth Capy

19xx: 878
19xx: 906

No. of Cabins

 

 

 

History

1956-11-22: Launched.
1957-06: Delivered to Cunard Steamship Co., Liverpool, England.
1957-06-05: Maiden voyage, from Greenock to Montreal.
1957-06-26: Entered regular service on the Liverpool - Montreal route. In winter, served on the Liverpool - New York route.
1961: Moved to the Liverpool/Cobh-New York route year-round to replace Britannic.
1965: Rebuilt for cruising.
1965-02-10: Entered service as a cruise ship.
1966-11-24: Made the final Cunard Liverpool-New York sailing, ending a 126 year-old service.
1967-10-20: Made the final Cunard Southampton-Canada sailing.
1967-11-30: Made the final Cunard Liverpool-Halifax-New York sailing.
1968-02-02: Sold to Sitmar Line, Monrovia, Liberia for Southampton-Australia emigrant service; renamed Fairwind and laid up in Southampton.
1970-01-14: Arrived at the Arsenale Triestino San Marco shipyard in Trieste, Italy for rebuild. This rebuild altered the forward superstructure significantly.
1972-01: Left the shipyard and sailed her maiden cruise for Sitmar.
1988: Renamed Sitmar Fairwind.
1988-09-01: Acquired by P&O Lines, Monrovia, Liberia when P&O Princess purchased Sitmar.
1988-09-09: Renamed Dawn Princess.
1993: Sold to Happy Days Shipping [V-Ships], Nassau, Bahamas; renamed Albatros.
1993-04-27: Chartered to Phoenix Reisen, initially for 5 years.
1993-08-18: First cruise to Nordkapp.
1995-05-22: During a Red Sea cruise, an engine room fire broke out. The passengers went ashore in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Sailed (towed?) to Livorno for temporary repairs.
1995-07-26: Arrived at Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven, Germany for repairs.
1995-07-30: Returned to service.
1997-05-09: On a cruise around England, ran aground on Bartholomew's Ledge leaving St. Mary's Roads in the Scilly islands. The ship returned safely to St. Mary's Roads.
1997-06-26: Arrived at A & P shipyard in Southampton for repair.
1997-07: Returned to service.
2003-12: After discovery of a major mechanical problem during maintenance at Genoa, Italy, Albatros was sold to the breakers.
2003-12: Renamed Genoa for her final voyage.
2004-01-10: Beached at Alang, India after arriving on Jan. 6.

 

 

Sister Ships

Saxonia, Ivernia, Carinthia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Launched in 1956, Sylvania made her maiden voyage on 5 June 1957, from Greenock to Montreal. She  then maintained a weekly service to Canada from Liverpool until 1961. Sylvania then moved to the Liverpool-New York service. She later earned the distinction of making Cunard Line's final regularly scheduled sailings both on that service (24 November 1966) and on the Southampton-Canada service (20 October 1967), as well as the final Cunard passenger sailing from Liverpool to North America (Halifax and New York) on 30 November 1967. (This voyage was also Sylvania's last Atlantic crossing for Cunard.) Sylvania was then used only for cruising until Cunard sold her to Sitmar in 1968 and she was renamed Fairwind. Since then she has sailed for several different owners. Currently,  under the name Albatros, she sails for Phoenix Seereisen.


 

 

 

Sylvania - Fairwind - Sitmar Fairwind - Dawn Princess - Albatros

 

 

This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of the Cunard liner Sylvania, which had a long subsequent career with Sitmar Line and Princess Cruises. She was one of four sisterships built by Cunard between 1954-57:- Saxonia - Ivernia - Carinthia - Sylvania

 

Sylvania was built for Cunard Line in 1957, for secondary North Atlantic services. Sylvania was sold to Sitmar Line and became their Fairwind in 1968 after rebuilding. She was briefly renamed Sitmar Fairwind in 1988, before becoming the Dawn Princess when Princess Cruises acquired Sitmar. Princess sold her back to the Vlasov Group V-Ships (ie: the previous owners of Sitmar) in 1993, and Phoenix operated her under charter as Albatros (1) until 2004, when she was sold for scrap. She was replaced by Albatros (2) originally the Royal Viking Sea.

 

 

Ship Names on this Page:-

Sylvania - Cunard Line: 1956-68

Fairwind - Sitmar: 1968-88

Sitmar Fairwind - Sitmar: 1988

Dawn Princess - Princess Cruises: 1988-93

Albatros (1) - Phoenix Reisen (Chartered): 1993-2004

 

Associated Pages:-

Cunard Line

P&O Princess Cruises - Page 1

P&O Princess Cruises - Page 2

Sitmar Line

Ferry Postcards

Cruise Ship Postcards

Ocean Liner Postcards

Simplon Postcards Home Page

 

 

 

 

Sylvania

(Cunard Line: 1956-68)

 

21900 tons, 608ft long, 860 passengers

 

1: Rotterdam-Southampton-Le Havre-Quebec-Montreal service

2: Liverpool-Greenock-Quebec-Montreal service, also cruises

 

 

 

A Cunard Line official card of Sylvania.

 

A Cunard Line official card of Sylvania.

(serial numbers B.1648 & B.2280 available on this card)

 

Photo Precision postcard 11436 of Sylvania at Liverpool.

 

Valentine's postcard R.P.152 of Sylvania.

 

Dennis Productions postcard L0710 of Sylvania at Liverpool.

 

Dennis Productions postcard L0710 of Sylvania at Liverpool.

Colour variation on the card above.

 

In later years Sylvania was used primarily for cruising, although she did not receive the major conversions to cruising of sisters Carmania and Franconia. From 22 February 1967 until 10 May, British Hovercraft Corporation 024 was chartered to the Cunard Line. She was carried on the deck of the Sylvania and supplemented the cruise by running trips from the ship to Athens, Beirut, Istanbul, Tripoli and Lisbon. The experiment was not repeated. A more complete history of this hovercraft will be added later.

Scan: www.hovercraft-museum.org

 

Harold Jordan postcard S.A.10 of Sylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairwind - Sitmar Fairwind

(Sitmar Line: 1971-88)

 

 

Fairwind and Fairland at Southampton before conversion.

Publisher: J.Arthur Dixon L1/8860/Hants.

 

Fairwind and Fairland at Southampton.

Enlarged imege from the card above.

 

Fairwind and Fairland at Southampton.

Publisher: J.Arthur Dixon PHA/21473/Hants.

 

Sitmar Cruises official postcard of Fairwind.

 

Chantry Classics postcard CC/S96 of Fairwind.

Photo: Frank Kalinowsky.

 

Commercial postcard of either Fairsea. or Fairwind at Cabo San Lucas (Mexico).

Photo: F.Aramburo.

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn Princess

(Princess Cruises: 1988-93)

 

 

Sitmar's Fairwind and Fairsea became the Dawn Princess and Fair Princess within the Princess Cruises fleet. Both ships were eventually displaced by new tonnage, and Dawn Princess was subsequently sold back to the Vlasov Group (owners of Sitmar) and has since operated as Albatros. Fair Princess was moved to serve the Australian market, replacing the Fairstar which was scrapped in 1997. She was in turn replaced by Sky Princess, ex-Fairsky.

 

 

Princess Cruises oversized official postcard of Dawn Princess.

 

Princess Cruises official postcard of Dawn Princess.

 

Princess Cruises official postcard of Dawn Princess.

 

Chantry Classics postcard CC/S61 of Dawn Princess.

Photo: Clive Harvey

 

 

 

 

 

Albatros (1)

(Phoenix Reisen: 1993-2004)

 

 

Albatros (1) was originally built as the Cunard Line Sylvania in 1957. She was sold to Sitmar and became their Fairwind in 1968 after rebuilding. She was briefly renamed Sitmar Fairwind in 1988, before becoming the Dawn Princess when Princess Cruises acquired Sitmar. Princess sold her back to the Vlasov Group V-Ships (ie: the previous owners of Sitmar) in 1993, and Phoenix operated her under charter as Albatros (1) until 2004, when she was sold for scrap. She was replaced by Albatros (2) originally the Royal Viking Sea.

 

 

Official Phoenix Reisen postcards of Albatros are shown below.

The one below is published by 7 Seas Postcards, serial Nr.6 (Photo: Uli Deiss).

 

Official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Albatros.

 

Official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Albatros.

Photo: D.Hasenpusch.

 

Official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Albatros.

 

Official Phoenix Reisen postcard of Albatros.

 

 

This card was published by Bernd Broux and shows Albatros on the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal (Kiel Canal).

 

Simplon Postcards issue sc2137, issued December 1998, of Albatros on the North See Canal to Amsterdam.

Photo: Wil Moojen.

 

Ramsey Postcards issue 107, of Albatros.

Photo: Philip Cone.

 

World Ships issue Nr.01, of Albatros.

Photo: D.Hasenpusch.

 

Postcard of Albatros at New York.

Publisher: Alfred Mainzer 1715.

 

The postcard above reissued as a World Trade Centre commemorative.

Publiseher: City Merchandise CM-0234-01.

 

 

 

 

Photograph of Albatros, Dover Cruise Terminal, 14th December 1997.

Photo: Jenny Williamson.

 

Photograph of Albatros, Cherbourg, 15th December 1997.

Photo: Jenny Williamson.

 

Photograph of Albatros, Cherbourg, 15th December 1997.

Photo: Jenny Williamson.

 

Photograph of Albatros, Cherbourg, 15th December 1997.

Photo: Jenny Williamson.

 

Photograph of Albatros, Zeebrugge, 16th December 1997.

Photo: Jenny Williamson.

 

Photograph of Albatros, Amsterdam, 17th December 1997.

Photo: Jenny Williamson.

 

 

 

 

Photograph of Albatros, departing Dunedin, February 2001.

Photo: Michael Kenyon.

 

Photograph of Albatros, departing Dunedin, February 2001.

Photo: Michael Kenyon.

 

Photograph of Albatros, arriving Wellington, February 2001.

Photo: Michael Kenyon.

 

Photograph of Albatros, arriving Wellington, February 2001.

Photo: Michael Kenyon.

 

Photograph of Albatros and Legend of the Seas in Wellington, February 2001.

Photo: Michael Kenyon.

 

Photograph of Albatros, depating Napier, February 2001.

Photo: Michael Kenyon.

 

Photograph of Albatros, depating Napier, February 2001.

Photo: Michael Kenyon.

 

 

 

 

 

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The End of the Albatros (ex Sylvania).a sad end.

Video here: Shipyard in India

 

 

 

The GENOA (ex SYLVANIA, ALBATROS, etc.) lay stranded on the beach off the tanker's starboard side. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2004.