MS Gripsholm (1957)
MS Gripsholm was a combined ocean liner/cruise ship, built in 1957 by Ansaldo Shipyard, Genoa, Italy for the Swedish American Line for use in transatlantic traffic from Gothenburg to New York as well as long-distance cruising.
The Gripsholm in Stockholm, photographed in 1958 by Gustaf W. Cronquist.
|Route:||Gothenburg – New York City|
|Christened:||by Princess Margarethe |
|Maiden voyage:||14 May 1957 |
|In service:||2 April 1957|
|Fate:||Sunk, 12 July 2001|
|Length:||192.41 m (631.3 ft)|
|Beam:||24.95 m (81.9 ft)|
|Draft:||8.49 m (27.9 ft)|
|Installed power:||12,085 kW (16,206 hp)|
|Propulsion:||2 Gotaverken 9-cyl diesels|
|Speed:||18 kn (33 km/h)|
In 1971 she was laid up for 3 months in Göteborg, being converted into a pure cruise ship, thus ending her Transatlantic career.
After some repair difficulties, in 1984 the vessel became the first ship of the newly formed Regency Cruises, and was named MS Regent Sea. In 1995, Regency went bankrupt, and Regent Sea was auctioned off to United States American Cruise Line, who started on a conversion to a casino ship, but which was never completed due to bankruptcy of the new owner.
In early 2001 the ship was sold for scrap and began a journey under tow to breakers in India. A Swedish plan to turn her into a floating hotel in Stockholm ran into resistance from residents, and in the meantime (June) the ship was looted by pirates while at Dakar. On 12 July of the same year, the hulk sank in heavy seas off Algoa Bay in South Africa.