SS Ocean Explorer I, built as the great SS General W. P. Richardson 

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SS Ocean Explorer I

Ex: Sapphire Seas, Emerald Seas, Atlantis, President Roosevelt, Leilani, LaGuardia, General W. P. Richardson


SS Emerald Seas Photo Album


Above we see the Ocean Explorer as the Eastern Steamship Lines SS Emerald Seas

Thereafter, she had been mostly laid up, but she was retained in pristine condition. However, in April 2004 Ocean Explorer I was sold to Indian breakers and soon she headed for the breakers beach and was duly broken up. Obviously, being an old steam ship with a rather deep draught, she became uneconomical for the modern cruise industry therefore her decline. It was a sad loss indeed, but she did have a good run and many people had a wonderful time on her and countless memories will remain of this rather special ands unique ship!

All images (except those marked) are from a 1977 brochure. Emerald Seas operated cruises from Miami to the Bahamas for twenty years. The Brochure is from the author’s private collection.

Obviously she has undergone a number of refits since the images seen below for today, she is a modern perfectly kept ship, one we would like to see cruising for some time yet! However, being a steam ship may make this more difficult.


 Showtime in the Mayfair Ballroom


 Mayfair Ballroom


Mayfair Lounge Bar 


 Aquarius Club Bar


 Dining Room


Her magnificent aft decks with the Terrace forward of the Pool


 The Terrace


Outside Twin


 Outside Twin


 Inside Single/Two Berth


The Brochure

From the author’s private collection


 Emerald Seas Glass

From the author’s private collection

We have been unable to locate any interior photographs of the Emerald Seas in her later years. If you are able to help me, it would be much appreciated!

Additional Photographs

I received an email from a Carole Revetti; “I came across your website and noticed you were looking for pictures of the Emerald Seas. Our high school used to go on this ship for our senior cruises.” (Edited).

Below are several photographs of the Emerald seas from those days. Thank you Carole!

 Emerald Seas at anchor

Provided by Carole Revetti


A fine bow shot

Provided by Carole Revetti



Above and Below: an excellent study of her radar mast, funnels and lifeboats. All look in superb condition!

Provided by Carole Revetti 



1980 Postcard of the SS Emerald Seas


 This fine postcard was provided by Mr. Harold Garwood of Jeffersonville, IN. USA who with his family cruised on her in 1980


The back of the postcard provided by Mr. Harold Garwood - USA


From the author’s private collection


“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”



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