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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

  • ombugge
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    Sognefjord hasn't made it back to Norway (YET???) but one of her sisters have:
    https://www.skipsrevyen.no/article/u...-sunnhordland/

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  • pakarang
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    Absolutely awesome images of the Sunnhordland, Tom!

    I especially loved the blue-hour bridge shot. It reminds me of those picture perfect shots of yacht-bridges seen in high quality magazines.

    Pretty amazing to see the ship being restored like this and in active duty.

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  • Tommi
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    Nice looking ride, and great pictures too!

  • Tom McNikon
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    On February 23, 2017 the Sunnhordland (PCE 830) came back to Bergen again for the first time after they got her back and she has been very active since


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr

    The engineer told me this piece is original since 1943


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr

    The active engine room


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr

    This is the second engine room that is now just an open space

    Sunnhordland by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


    Here is the rest in my flickr album, both interior and exterior

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommcn...57679793540540

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  • pakarang
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    Very nice!

    From what I can see, the engine room is really clean and looks very well maintained!

    What a beautiful gem this vessel is - certainly not many like her these days! I can clearly imagine her sailing on exclusive cruises somewhere. Great to see that, till this day, she still carries her former Norwegian company flag on the prow of the bow.

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  • Pinsvin
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    Today’s videos!!!!!
    https://youtu.be/cKn6dOWZgc0

    https://youtu.be/SGLJADPxdGY



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  • ombugge
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    Yes she is still there, if these GE images are to be believed:
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    Hope there is deep water so she can get away from the ring of empty Anchor Beer bottles after all these years on the same spot.

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  • Pinsvin
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    She is still in Sabah

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  • ombugge
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    That is good news. Please keep us updated on what you have found out and what more you find out in the future.
    Where is she now???

  • Pinsvin
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    Guys! Good news! She is still alive ! I found the owner!

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  • pakarang
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    OHHH.... I hope that the shipspotting information regarding her "death" doesn't mean she is "to-be-decomissioned".

    She was such a beautiful ship all the way till this day.

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  • ombugge
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    Sorry no other contacts than what he already have i.e. Sensi Borneo.
    According to Shipspotting the vessel is dead: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/...hp?lid=1869414

    PS> Here is the main business for the company. Maybe this link could be helpful??: https://sensiseeds.com/en/info/compa.../ben-dronkers/

    PPS> I cannot find her on Equasis either.
    Last edited by ombugge; October 1st, 2017, 21:37.

  • pakarang
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    Thank you for your interest, Sir Pinsvin!

    I personally have no information to share in regards to owners and/or ownership, but maybe some other members have some information?

    ombugge - I know you're no longer in Singapore, but perhaps you may have some contacts to share?

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  • Pinsvin
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    I’m interested in the purchase of this historic ship in order to use it as diving liveabord in Sabah or to move to Chuuk.
    i’m looking for the owners of Orient Explorer or people who was in charge of Orient Explorer in the past years.
    People from Sensi Borneo are not responding (apparently all email adresses are down) Tracy Kalvin is not responding.
    Could somebody help me to found people?
    Best Regards,
    Serge

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