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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    I spent 2 1/2 hr. on board "Orient Explorer" today and took abt. 100 pictures.

    Lots of details of old and new items. She is still being prepared for service as a Dive Boat. Not going anywhere before everything is as "spik and span" as can be on such an old vessel.

    Will post as soon as possible, but I have to complet reports about two 18 and 20,000 Bhp AHTS first. (What a contrast!)

    Be patient Paul et al.
    Wow! 100 photos! Looks like this will remain top of the thread charts for a while yet! I'll be patient - promise! Seems like the current owners were very hospitable, then. Where is she currently moored?

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      Originally posted by Paul Cobb View Post
      Wow! 100 photos! Looks like this will remain top of the thread charts for a while yet! I'll be patient - promise! Seems like the current owners were very hospitable, then. Where is she currently moored?
      She is still at her "normal" anchorage outside Sutera Harbour Marina and Resort, just a few minutes drive from the Airport in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia.

      A small teaser.

      First view of her from the Marina:


      A little detail that will please the locals in Sogn og Fjordane:

      I know some are visiting this site. Hope they will come in and contribute to this thread. We still have very little from her 32 years as a ferry in Norway.

      Detail from the interior. Even the signs are still in "Sognamaaul":

      More to come once I have the time, but I still have some hefty reports to write. To be completed before this week end.
      Last edited by ombugge; April 29th, 2010, 16:29.

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        You little tease, you, Ombugge!

        Thanks for those - will eagerly await more. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated and I'm sure it will regenerate the interest in this thread.

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          Detail from the interior. Even the signs are still in "Sognamaaul":
          I haven't posted too many comments in this thread, but I can assure you..., all is read and every picture is seen, and a very interesting thread it is.

          I belive we have to explain to our non-norwegian members (and even some norwegians for that matter) what "BYTTESKÅP" means.
          BYTTE: county of Sogn language for Bucket
          SKÅP: Locker, Closet, Cabinet

          Then you see that a BYTTESKÅP is a place they keep their buckets

          NAUDUTGANG (in the image in post #217) means 'Emergency exit'..., by the way

          Thank you for all the interesting photos!!!
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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            Thanks for taking the time to translate from Sognamaaul to understandable English. I was just going to wait to find out how Google translator would handle this word, if anybody tried.

            I will post some more pics soon, many with details like that.

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              Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
              ....Then you see that a BYTTESKÅP is a place they keep their buckets........
              Even I didn't get that one: either I don't know 'sogemål' too well, my Norwegian is too bad or I was thinking something totally different...

              I was thinking along the way of "bytte" (change) and "skåp" (locker): translating it in my head as changing locker...
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                You see, my mother-in-law is from Fjærland far into the Sognefjorden, so I've picked up one or two words....
                "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                  Or, might 'Bucket Room' also be the 'Little Boys' Room' consisting of a non-plumbed in bucket, intended for disposal overboard!!!!!!!???

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                    Orient Explorer at KK Anchorage, 20. April, 2010

                    Originally posted by Paul Cobb View Post
                    Or, might 'Bucket Room' also be the 'Little Boys' Room' consisting of a non-plumbed in bucket, intended for disposal overboard!!!!!!!???
                    Interesting thought, but I think not!!

                    Here is first installment from my recent visit on board. External views first:


                    We circled the vessel in a bucking boat so not all pics are in perfect focus.











                    Someone with more skill and time may be able to make a nice panorama out of the last two??




                    Change of name , but here earlier name is still very prominently visible.

                    View of Stbd. side. She is still in good shape, apparently:


                    Much more to follow, exterior and interior, incl. machinery.
                    Last edited by ombugge; April 29th, 2010, 16:38.

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                      Wonderful images.... absolutely fantastic to see her in such a striking view.

                      She looks stunning despite her age...

                      BTW: I tried stitching the two images together, it didn't turn out good, I'm sorry.
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                        Some more pics from the Orient Explorer, shot at Kota Kinabalu 20. April, 2010
                        A few more externals first.

                        Let's start from the very bow:

                        No, the ship's bell does not appear to be original. (No name engraved)

                        View from the bridge deck:


                        The Capstan is original and still working:


                        It is driven from below by an D/C electric motorNot in pics)


                        The Anchor chains are secured by an old fashion Pelican Hook:


                        View of the Forc'sle from the bow:


                        View of the Bridge from the Bow:

                        The front is covered by Copper Plates, which has been polished.

                        The Fore Deck is wood, varnished to a high gloss:

                        The Cargo Hatch is still in place.

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                          Upper part of the Bridge is made from wood:

                          Appeared to be original from conversion in 1949

                          Spot Light on the Monkey Island is Brass, and polished:


                          View along Stbd. side towards the Bridge Wing:


                          Port Life Boat was ashore for refurbishment:


                          But Stbd. Life Boat was in place in it's davits:

                          Life Boats are not original.

                          The Boat Deck was also very well maintained and varnished:


                          Steps up to Boat Deck and doors down to the Accommodations:


                          And here is proof positive of where she was converted:


                          Which is confirmed by the wear lists on the steps:


                          That will have to do for now. Much more to follow, incl. machinery.

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                            Wonderful. This ship is becoming a weel known friend to me, as i see so many marvellous details.
                            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                              Thank you so much, Ombugge, for taking and showing us these.

                              You have single handedly resurrected the thread. Long may this old lady of the waves keep sailing on!

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                                ombugge: you are a great STAR for bringing these to all of us! Thank you so much for all the detail shots so far! The ship looks absolutely beautiful, a true classical liner of the best sort.

                                I can't help but thinking (and dreaming) how incredibly cool it would be to see this vessel do exclusive cruises along the Norwegian Coast in the summer season. I would for one love to be a navigator (a Captain) of such a journey and have all the CVF members as guests on board... Imagine this beautiful veteran sailing in to Geiranger a beautiful summers day under blue skies!


                                PS: Looks like some of the images in one of the above posts has been moved (referring to post number 249)?
                                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                                Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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