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    18 days ago
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    Latest acquisition !!
    A restoration and upgrade project. Approximately 40 year old plastic model of Oceanic. A German built and for many years operated Ocean Going Tug build 1969
    Much to do as it needs a full mechanical refit, having just two 2mm shafts plus motors and a rudder but no other gear at all.
    On the cosmetic side the superstructure needs some serious work as it has transfers for much of the detail, like windows, portholes, doors and vents. Strangely she has no handrails or companionways between decks, plus many other bits.
    Have started a list of parts required to send off to Santa to see what may come at Christmas.


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    18 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice project.
    What size / scale is she?
    She now seems to be Turkish owned,
    https://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/tugs,-towing-and-sal...
    renamed Orka Sultan and currently in Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta.
    https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:75...

    Have fun with her πŸ‘
    Cheers, Doug 😎
    https://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/tugs,-towing-and-salvage/oceanic-the-grand-old-lady-is-sold
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    18 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    His Doug

    Thanks for your comments

    Your research matches mine. One bit of info suggested that she will be used to tow floating "Power Stations" to locations around Turkish coasts and then be converted into a Super Yacht for the owner.
    As to the models scale, that is an interesting challenge. The real ship is 87 metres and the model is 40 inches which is approx 0.7 of an inch over a metre. So that is a odd ball one!!
    Attached is a photo of what I think may be the original kit ???

    I shall have fun with her restoration and later on the water

    Cheers Ian

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    18 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ian,
    That sounds like HO scale, 1:87, to me.
    Re Floating power stations; that was her first use in Turkey, she was then called Osman 'something' I believe. Guess she got her new name of Orka Sultan when she was converted to a yacht.
    Conversion must have been done, otherwise - what's she up to in Grand Harbour Valletta? They don't need floating power stations!πŸ˜‰
    Happy renovating and converting. I can appreciate some of the challenges you will face along the way. Mucho head scratching!πŸ€•
    Cheers, Doug 😎
    PS Seems she's underway and now in the Mamara Sea south-east of Istanbul.
    https://www.myshiptracking.com/?mmsi=636016116
    There also seems to be another, much bigger, ship of the same name belonging to the same company which IS equipped as a floating power station!?
    https://www.myshiptracking.com/?mmsi=636016116
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    18 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Wasn't there a Turkish floating power station the subject of a TV programme a little while ago. "Mighty Ships" or something like that. Bells are ringing!

    Nerys
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    18 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Yes Nerys, seem to remember seeing that a few months ago as well.πŸ‘

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    PS G'night all πŸ˜΄πŸ’€
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    17 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Evidently there is an episode of Mighty Ships coming soon, which I think may be a repeat of the one I was half remembering It is about a Turkish ship called the Yasin Bey which is described as a ship/powerplant and she is featured going to Indonesia where her power plant services are urgently required. Obviously not the Oceanic but of relevant interest.

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    17 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi All

    Ah I to remember the programme featuring Indonesia Floating Power Stations on Mighty Ships. Am on dodgy ground here as I am using my memory, I seem to remember it was a refitted tanker or bulk carrier refitted with a number of Wartsila Diesel Gen sets and a Sub Station. All towed by tugs and anchored close in shore.
    As has been said, not by Oceanic in this case.

    Doug agree with the HO scale. That would also fit as I think it was built from a German Kit
    More onto refit to follow in a Refit Blog.
    Just a taste for a starter.
    Have just done a test tank float out, as she is a bare boat with only two motors on board. Definitely unstable with no ballast, five cans of beans later and she is something like in trim. That gives me approx 2Kg of gear/batteries to play with.
    Now drawing up a Bill of Quantities for the refit.

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    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ian,
    Seems there is a whole bunch of these power ships.
    Some still in Indonesia, some anchored off the Ghana coast and Lord knows where elseπŸ™„ Mostly converted bulk carriers as yousay.
    What puzzles me is why they need tugs! They were built with their own propulsion!?

    Whatever, bon chance with your refit, looking forward to the BlogπŸ‘
    With ca 2kg payload (less weight of superstructure etc?) you have plenty of 'freeboard' to fit the goodiesπŸ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug 😎

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    17 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Would suggest they take the engines out to make more room for generating equipment. Presume, when they are taken somewhere they are expected to provide power for a whole town, or much of one and I expect every bit of generating capacity is required.

    Nerys
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    16 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Doug

    Trawling around as you do and found this article on converted tugs. This is a sister ship of Oceanic that has been converted. It reads as if this was converted in Valetta, Malta. That may answer your question as to what Oceanic is doing in Malta.
    Any how that is just an interesting diversion as the model will be rebuilt as a tug not a super yacht much more fun.

    Ian
    https://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/the-register/top-20-explorer-yachts--25047/frame-14
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    16 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Doug

    Me again, just another interesting aside, the link has details of Artic P voyage to the Antarctic Peninsular going as far as 67 . 50 south
    Took the wife there for our Silver Wedding trip, we got to 68.17 south, Red Rock Ridge. Picture included, plus how you get ashore too. Awesome place, it was a bright sunny day with no swell at all. Around minus 5C with no wind. So beautiful to stand on the snow covered rocks and listen to the silence!! Have never been anywhere like it, and probably never will again!

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    https://www.boatinternational.com/luxury-yacht-life/owners-experiences/superyacht-arctic-s-owner-on-planning-the-perfect-voyage-to-antarctica--1673
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    16 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Can't really see a tug converted into a super yacht, Take all the superstructure off and you still have the unmistakeable hull of a tug. Are there any photos extant?

    Nerys
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    16 days ago by jbkiwi ( Captain)
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    Hi Nerys, we had the superyacht / tug Itasca here in Auckland about 10yrs ago getting a full repaint, while tied up at a wharf downtown. She was covered in white shrink wrap and the painters worked under it. They did a beautiful job on her. The Arctic P was also here on a visit last year and is an absolutely massive and impressive sight! with superyacht quality paint finish also. Hate to think of the running costs! She is the epitome of power and bristling with every comms device known to man. You Tube of Itasca. I'll put the one of Arctic P in Auckland separately
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    16 days ago by jbkiwi ( Captain)
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    Hi Nerys, here is Arctic P in Auckland (owned by James Packer, Aussie billionaire, -son of Kerry Packer,- media mogul and -Mariah Careys' current BF), Not extravagant at all ??!!!😁
    Just here on a quick run across the ditch!
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    16 days ago by jbkiwi ( Captain)
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    And for those who love lots of power, how about Eco/Katana/Enigma which was also in Auckland about 12 or so yrs ago -ex one of Larry Allisons -(Oracle) toys, quite old but an amazing boat) Crew were busy every day, polishing all the huge chromed winches etc while tied up, I think he was here for the Americas Cup races. Very unusual, beautiful and destroyer like boat ,-one of a kind! Watched it turn in its own length using its waterjet propulsion and thrusters, when it left the wharf for the US (almost silent,- very impressive sight!). Was for sale for 120M+ and cost around 1.5M/yr to maintain! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_2xOkR78ps
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    16 days ago by redpmg ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    "ex one of Larry Allisons -(Oracle) toys"

    Orrible JB - a giant plastic bottle - would suit Oracle however - one of the most useless systems I have ever worked with - very expensive and could not do the work done by a system costing perhaps 5% of the price - totally overated

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    16 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Thank you jb for posting those pictures of the superyacht tugs. I stand corrected. They are impressive and no doubt maintained in true superyacht manner. Having seen those pictures, I've come to the conclusion, as a traditionalist, that I'd rather see something like that than some of the 'bΓΊilt as' yachts that one sees adorning the fashionable marinas. I remember a few years ago, I was in Sete, in France, drove down a hill towards the harbour and saw several large superyachts, or what I thought was at a distance, on getting nearer, I realised they were all the same and were extremely smart fishing trawlers.

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    16 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Jb,
    I think a lot more ships should be repurposed instead of being scraped.

    Martin555.
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    16 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin

    Absolutely, agree completely. Reuse comes way before the cutters torches!

    Ian

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    16 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Nerys
    Just re reading the thread, which is a tad off course from a model tug, but what the heck.
    it would seem Superyacht is inaccurate, it looks like a sub set by the name Expedition Yacht is nearer the mark, especially given where they sail to. Antarctic Peninsular, transit of the Northwest Passage, destinations that one would nor expect from the shiny things in Monaco. Done the Antarctic, cannot afford to repeat so running on memories.
    They Expedition Yachts do look like tugs, that is what they were, but they are strong well found vessels that deserve further use, not the cutters torch to end as bean cans.

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    16 days ago by jbkiwi ( Captain)
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    How many people knew that Arthur Lowe (dads army etc) owned this beautiful yacht (Amazon), not a tug but worth a mention, re - saving old boats. This pic was 2009 (Mystic Seaport museum Conn USA), and in the UK (National Historic Ships))
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    15 days ago by jbkiwi ( Captain)
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    How about this great looking old tug (ex RN) at Terra Del Fuego Info on bottom of pic. More history info here https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?178759
    JB
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    15 days ago by redpmg ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    "How many people knew that Arthur Lowe (dads army etc) owned this beautiful yacht (Amazon)"
    Thats more like it JB - classic lines - as you say a beautiful boat - wonder how he afforded it ?

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    15 days ago by redpmg ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    "How about this great looking old tug"
    Looks like it might have been an Apache (indian Tribes) class tug ?
    Classic again - interesting history.

    Have a book on Royal Navy tugs - but the one taken over by the Canadians and renamed Foundation Franklin is seemingly not listed at all. Although in her history author Farley Mowat clearly states that her original RN name (which escapes me at this moment ) was found on the builders plaque - which also gave the date of her build - no tugs of that class were listed in that year.........Strange
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    15 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I remember this cropping up on a documentary years ago, fine vessel.
    Another famous actor owned a "Repurposed" ship, John Wayne, Wild Goose an ex WW2 Minesweeper that good old Google tells me is still in service as a Dinner Cruise Boat out of Newport CA.

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    7 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Talking of repurposing, wasn't one of the early Townsend Thoresen Dover/Calais ferries a converted RN corvette. I seem to remember pictures of my parent's car being craned on board, must have been early 50's. As has been said in several,posts, restoration and conversion are better than the cutter's torch.

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    7 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Red,
    Re "Foundation Franklin"
    Tush tush; poor research by that author!πŸ™„
    Apparently FF was built as HMS Frisky in 1918.
    Scrapped in 1949 after being damaged in a hurricane the year before.
    Cheers, Doug 😎

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    6 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Nerys

    Take a look at the attached link that good old Google has thrown up.
    Looks like the first two ships Townsend used are repurposed RN vessels!
    Ian
    http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/Townsend.html#anchor440796
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    5 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Lovely collection of cards. Only one comment, what a difference to the cross channel ferries of today.

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    5 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Yes indeed they are different.
    Last one I went on weighed in at around 20,000 tonnes
    SS Forde was less than 1000 Tonnes?? And initially not a Ro Ro either! How times have changed.
    Added a more detailed link I found!
    Ian
    http://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk/ss-forde/
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    2 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    They were all good looking traditional ships. I don't know when Ro-Ro came in but I do know that a lot of these ferries would have loaded and unloaded the cars with a crane. I remember the family Standard eight being craned on to a ferry at Tilbury. Early Fifties?

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    2 days ago by ikseno99 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Nerys

    On the late watch this evening

    Looks like Ro Ro is a tad older than we realise! Like 1851 and with trains and not road transport.
    Attached is a link to an IMO page, a little heavy and tragic reading as it covers some sad history, which I remember! Also a Wikipedia page which is very similar
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roll-on/roll-off
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roll-on/roll-off
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