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Photographs on these pages are from the authors private collection, unless otherwise stated
Armatori SpA (Linea C)
Armatori SpA (Linea C)
SS Eugenio C seen during her construction
From the Paolo Baldazzi collection
This fine liner was launched on November 21
1964 and was delivered to Linea C on August 22, 1966 and duly
departed for her maiden Trans-Atlantic voyage from
An early Linea Lines post card of SS Eugenio C
713ft 217.39 Meters.
Length: 713ft 217.39 Meters.
Breadth: 96.1ft 29.39 Meters.
Draught: 28.3ft 8.63 Meters.
Gross Registered Tonnage: 32.753 Tons.
Main Engines: De Laval Twin Cross compounded turbines in two cylinders 55,000 SHP.
Boilers: 3 Babcock and Wilcox selectable superheat boilers of integral furnace design.
Speed: 27 knots / 28.4 maximum.
Passengers: 178 First 356 Cabin 1,102 Tourist.
Two sets of stabilizers / Fully air-conditioned.
In 1984 SS Eugenio C was renamed EugenioCosta
It was decided in 1984 to rename Eugenio C and give her an extensive conversion. She was renamed EugenioCosta. In 1994 it was planned to transfer her to American Family Cruises (part of the Costa Group) and rename her American Adventure, however, this venture was never realised. EugenioCosta completed her last cruise in November 1996.
The elegant lines of the well built SS Eugenio, but she is seen here with the livery when she was named the EugenioCosta
EugenioCosta was sold to the Bremen Vulkan
shipyard in part exchange for the Costa Victoria. The British
company, Lowline Shipping acquired her in 1998, and chartered her
to Direct Cruises, who operated budget cruises, which were
marketed through telephone sales to the
Big Red Boat II
SS Big Red Boat II
It was hard to miss the SS The Big Red Boat II with her bright red hull
Photographed by Bill Donall
Sadly, The Big Red Boat II did not have a long
cruising life with Premier Cruises as the company also went into
liquidation in September 2000. Still owned by Cammell Laird, Big
Red Boat II was placed on a short based charter to the
The Big Red Boat II was placed on the market along with all other ships of her fleet. Although her interiors were in excellent shape it was her mechanical reputation that remained the biggest drawback for finding new owners, as she required major repairs to her boilers. The Big Red Boat II was sold to Argo Ship Management in 2003, who sadly allowed her condition to deteriorate. However, she continued on the market, but it became obvious that cruise companies were not willing to take a gamble on this once fine liner. In addition being a steam ship means that operational costs would be considerable compared to a motor ship, this being another reason why she languished in Freeport for five long lonely years.
Big Red bunkering in the
Photo © 2005 www.shipinfo.org.uk
Not being able to find a buyer - be it for
active duties or even as a hotel, for which she would have been
perfect, in 2005 this magnificent ship was sold to Indian
breakers. She departed
This once great liner is coming to the end of her life, a sad sight indeed!
Photograph by & © Kaushal Trivedi
SS Big Red She arrived in Alang on Sunday June
5, 2000 and was beached on the 7th.the day after the arrival of
the Margarita L, ex
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