BRITANIS - Panama       Call sign - HPEN     IMO number - 5229223     Owner - Britanis Company Ltd., Panama

Location - Photographed while she was off Key West, Florida, U.S.A.     Photograph Date - 7 May 1990
Photographer - Rene Beauchamp - (Willem VanMaanen's collection)     Added to archive - 22 Feb 2003     Last updated - 24 Feb 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Keel laid -
  Launched -
  Delivered - January 1932

  (a) Monterey - U.S.A. (1956)
  (b) Matsonia - U.S.A. (1963)
  (c) Lurline - U.S.A. (1970)
  (d) Britanis - Panama (1998)
  (e) Belofin 1 - Panama

  Sank west of Cape Town South Africa on 21 October 2000 while under tow for scrapping

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Passenger / Cruise ship
  Gross tonnage - 24,346
  Net tonnage - 12,595
  Deadweight tonnage - 4,264
  L.O.A. - 192.49 meters (631'6")
  L.B.P. - 184.41 meters (605'0")
  Width overall - 24.19 meters (79'4")
  Width moulded - 24.08 meters (79'0")
  Draught - 8.61 meters (28'3")
  Depth - 13.57 meters (44'6")

CONSTRUCTION

  Yard name - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation
  Country - Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  Hull number - 1441
  Engine builder - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.
  Number of engines - 2
  Engine type - Steam turbines
  Horsepower - 25,000 shp (18,389 kW)
  Speed - 21.5 knots
  Bow/stern thuster hp - none

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Former owners, managers, accidents, conversions, cargoes, voyages, sightings or corrections etc - Viewer contributions

* Originally owned by Matson Lines, U.S.A. as Monterey, Matsonia and Lurline
* Owned by Celebrity Cruise Lines (Britanis Co. Ltd.) from 1970 until 1997
* October 1995 - She was laid up somewhere
* From 1997 until 1999 she was owned by Eastern Overseas Inc., U.S.A.
* Her last owner was Eastern Overseas Pakistan Ltd., Pakistan as Belofin 1
* During 2000 an effort was made by U.S. based interests to convert the old cruise ship into a floating hotel at San Francisco however these plans were never realised. By late that year she was sold for scrapping
* During September of 2000 she departed Miami, Florida, U.S.A. under tow of the Russian tug Iribis for scrapyard in the far east
* 21 October 2000 while the tow was approaching Cape Town, South Africa from the west Belofin 1 began taking on water and subsequently sank 50 miles west of Cape Town
* Her intended destination in the far east is not known

Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society

Additonal Information - Sylvia Masson - Quebec, Canada

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