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    ex-USS PCE833, ex-HMS Kilham, ex-Sognefjord, ex-Orion, ex-Orion II, ex-Corona, Orient Explorer /+ sisters

    Here is a few pics of an old ferry which many will know and have travelled on, especially those from around Sognefjorden.
    If I remember right she was originally built as a Mine Layer for the US Navy and given to Norway after the war. Converted to ferry and put into the Bergen-Sogn route for many years.

    I noticed her sitting at anchor in the bay outside Kuah, Langkawi during a visit there in 2004. Too far away to be sure but, when she went alongside at American Boats I jumped in my car to confirm that I was right.







    She was doing Dive Cruises out of Langkawi at that time. I don't know if she is still around, but the Dutch Owner was very proud of his ship and her origin.
    Last edited by ombugge; May 10th, 2009, 05:14. Reason: Re-instating moved pics

    #2
    Thank you so very very very much for adding those photos: those were incredibly interesting to see.

    Love the details and the fact that there are still so many traces of her past visible several places.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      #3
      There are some stories also on our old board concerning this vessel, not much, but just a bit to read: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/...ght=sognefjord
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        #4
        She is still around

        I eventually got around to look at the postings in the old forum and the interest that was there at the time.
        I immediately realized that the Orient Explorer mentioned as owned by Agensea Pte.Ltd. in S'pore was a diversion as I know that company and it's Owner and would have known if he had bought her.
        I started a search on Sea Web and found that that vessel was the ex Lady Guy, (IMO No. 7391989) built for P&O in NSW in 1974 and now the Setia Cekal, operated as a Dive Support Vessel by Alam Marine, Malaysia.
        Further search revealed that the Orient Explorer (IMO No. 5333141) was listed as In Commission, but sold to unknown undisclosed interests in 1997.
        I then searched for any dive company offering trips on the vessel and came up with this link:
        http://www.sensiborneo.com/accommoda...ard/index.html
        This clearly indicated that the vessel was still alive, at least in 2008.
        Thereafter, I sent an E-mail to the dive company to confirm her status and here is the answer just in:

        Hello!
        Thank you so much for your mail, it's always great to meet people who are as fascinated with Orient Explorer as we are!
        I can confirm that she is still in service, based now in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. She has been based here for 2 years now and we are just finishing up some minor repairs and then we will be using her as a dive-liveabord vessel here in Sabah. If you dont mind - could you please forward your photos to us?

        Hope to be in touch soon, and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to throw them my way!!

        Kindest Regards,
        --
        Tracy Kalvin
        Assistant Director of Sales & Marketing
        Sensi Borneo SDN BHD
        tracy@sensiborneo.com
        Mobile: +6012 821 2014
        www.sensiborneo.com

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          #5
          Absolutely wonderful to learn she is still going strong!

          It's almost thrilling!

          Thank you for the good detective work, now I'll go and read more on that website.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            #6
            Strongly recommend those interested to have a look at the link two posts ago:

            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              #7
              Good to see her in such a good condition and with a bright look into the future:

              http://www.sensiborneo.com/index.php...d=5&Itemid=119
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                #8
                Invitation to visit

                Latest mail from Tracy, Sensi Borneo FYI:

                Hello Captain,
                Thank you for the link to the forum. Very interesting, exciting and much appreciated. I see that you are based in Singapore, if you are ever in Kota Kinabalu, please contact us - you are more than welcome to come on board, do some fishing and relaxing and really get a good look at the old girl!
                I will try to get some pictures together for you. We have done extensive refurbishment and the engine room is truely stunning.
                I do hope to meet you one day.

                Sincerely,
                Tracy Kalvin.

                I think that invitation goes to anybody else with an interest in this old lady, at least as paying Pax.

                I invited her to post pics directly on this forum. If not I will post when pics received.

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                  #9
                  Most appreciated... I'm eager to learn more of the interior, and the engine room.

                  I don't do a lot of diving, but if I ever go back to Thailand, I now have a strong wish and reason to visit this ship for a few days. It's on my list of things to do.

                  I notice she still carries the Norwegian company flag at the bow... that is an absolutely great connection to her previous life. This is indeed a unique vessel with lots of history.

                  I'll see if I can dig up some images from her time in Norwegian service as well, via museums and the web. Hopefully, I might be successful.
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                    I'll see if I can dig up some images from her time in Norwegian service as well, via museums and the web. Hopefully, I might be successful.
                    Naturally, there are some images beyond this link, of her previous life:

                    http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/pce_833_1943.htm
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                      #11
                      Not that I want to steel the thread or go OT for that matter, but we also had a similar vessel in service with the MRF (ferry company in the county of Møre and Romsdal) in the 60's.
                      She was placed wherever needed and also sailed in Kristiansund some times.
                      You can, although she's a bit smaller than "Sognefjord" , see the similarities in "Valldal" which originally was built as USS YMS 167.
                      And note the bus on the first photo in the link...

                      http://www.fjordfaehren.de/no_f2/valldal1948.htm
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                        #12
                        Looks very similar, though a bit smaller yes. And the bridge is placed just a bit further back. Same design, no doubt...

                        And the buss? Guess they were not full as long as the wheels could fit on deck..
                        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                          #13
                          From Sterkoder's link, I also found some info/ pictures of Sognefjord:

                          http://www.fjordfaehren.de/no_f2/pce833_1943.htm
                          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                            #14
                            Valldal

                            Yes, I was aware of the Valldal and that these two vessels were similar.
                            I think there was at least one more of this type, in Rogaland or Hordaland?
                            Maybe somebody with a long memory can enlighten us?

                            I was very familiar with the Valldal and have travelled on her many times in my youth. For some reason she was always painted gray, although MRF's hull colour was black.

                            She was used as the first "Tourist Ferry" in Geirangerfjord, I believe?
                            Sad to see that she sunk in/off Scottland in 1975.

                            Don't worry about "taking over" the thread by posting additional info. I thought that was what these forums were for?

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                              #15
                              Don't worry about "taking over" the thread by posting additional info. I thought that was what these forums were for?
                              Totally agree...!!!!
                              It might some times go over into "OT" (Off Topic), but that is in my mind just a natural development of a thread...
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