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NAME

MV. GRIPSHOLM II (NAVARINO) (REGENT SEA) (SEA)

CLASS

CRUISE LINER

LAUNCHED

APRIL 8th 1956

BUILT

ANSALDO SHIPYARDS / GENOA / ITALY

WEIGHT

23,191 TONS

LENGTH

631 FEET

WIDTH

82 FEET

SPEED

18 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES - TWO PROPELLERS


The Swedish America Line sold their aging liner Kungsholm II in 1948. Her replacement, the 21,000-ton Kungsholm III entered service in 1953. Their 17,993-ton liner Gripsholm that entered service in 1925 was sold in 1954. The Swedish America Line then ordered a running mate for their cruise liner Kungsholm III. This new ship designed to be operated between cruising and the Atlantic run became the second Gripsholm.  Her maiden voyage from Gothenburg - New York began May 14th 1957. The third Kungsholm was sold in 1964 and replaced by the fourth Kungsholm in 1966. By the early 1970s, most Trans Atlantic liners were running at a loss due to the ever-expanding aircraft industry. This forced the Swedish America Line to sell off their two remaining liners in 1975.

Gripsholm

Gripsholm was bought by the Karageorgis Line to be operated on Mediterranean cruises under the name Navarino. During one of these cruises in 1981, her hull was damaged after running aground at Patmos/Greece. Navarino’s repairs were nearing completion when a fire broke out in her passenger compartments causing serious damage. Four years later, Regency Cruises bought the fire-damaged ship, carried out repairs, and began operating her under the name Regent Sea. The bankruptcy of Regency Cruises in 1995 saw Regent Sea berthed at Freeport/Bahamas. The American Cruise Line bought Regent Sea at auction in 1997 with the intentions of having her converted to a casino ship. This venture soon failed as the American Cruise Line ran out of funds. Now named Sea, they berthed the uncompleted ship at Tampa. Sea was sold to an Indian ship breaker in 2001 and set out on tow from Tampa bound for India. While rounding the Cape of Good Hope July 12th, she was caught up in a storm and sank after taking on water.

Navarino

Regent Sea

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