New Orient Princess - Panama

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The 1968-built, 1,051-dwt, 4,843-grt passenger ferry New Orient Princess is seen in this photograph while she was underway at Hong Kong on December 4, 1992 shortly after being renamed.

She was built in Riva, Italy by Cantieri Navali del Tirreno e Riuniti and she sailed originally as Kong Olav V. Through her career she sailed as Kong Olav V (84), New Gulangyu (84), Gu Lang Yu (88), Leader Prince (92) and finally New Orient Express. On August 25t, 1993 while she was on a gambling cruise off Hak Kok Tau, Hong Kong a fire broke out aboard and eventually spread and consumed much of the ship. She was subsequently anchored for firefighting operations then later beached on Junk Island to prevent sinking.

Once the situation aboard was stabilized it is likely that she was towed to Hong Kong where she was later offered for sale "as is". Finally during May of 1994 she was sold to Chinese shipbreakers and on May 12th, she departed Hong Kong under tow on her final voyage. She arrived at the breakers yard later that month where she was subsequently reduced to scrap. Photograph courtesy Willem VanMaanen's collection.

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