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MS Angelina Lauro
--The Tragic end of the ex MS Oranje--
Costa Lines “Angelina”
The Costa Lines “Angelina”seen in her last days
Please Note: All Photographs (except for postcards above and at bottom of page) of the burning ship were taken by Neil Whitmore, Maitre d'hotel on MV Sun Princess. They were taken between 4.30 & 11.30pm on March 30, 1979, and the final ones of the listing wreck one week later after the Sun Princess had returned to
On March 30, 1979, whilst on a cruise,
Angelina Lauro was berthed at
Fire has forged its way forward. Note activity still taking place on the gangplank
Although a number of attempts were made to tow her away from the wharf; but this failed, which was mostly due to the massive weight of the water that had been pumped into the ship, thus she ended up sitting on the shallow bottom, with a list to port. But thankfully there was no loss of life or any major casualties!
My dear friend, Neil Whitmore, the Maitre d'hotel on Sun Princess added the following in regard to the tragic story …
“Most of the ships in port that day
were on the final day of their seven day Caribbean cruise having commenced
Most of Angelina’s passengers had been
ashore in shorts and tops and had lost all their belongings in the fire thus
some of our passengers gave them items of clothing. Sun Princess took 400
of Angelina’s passengers and provided them with a substantial self-service
buffet dinner and a continental breakfast the next morning before they
The Angelina Lauro was declared to be a total
loss and she remained dockside for a long three months. Eventually a German
salvage company, Eckhardt & Company of
Photo Gallery of the Tragedy
Passengers and locals watch dockside
A proud ex Classic Dutch Liner nears her end
At 11.30pm, although
tragic, Angelina Lauro provides
One week later she has burned herself out and now this once magnificent looking ship is just a tragic sight
To look at her here, it is so hard to believe this fine liner has given so many people “A voyage of a lifetime!”
Note the oil slick protector that surrounds the ship
A dramatic photograph of the Angelina Lauro, whilst the Island Princess enters the port
The wreck of the Angelina Lauro had been sold
for scrap to Taiwanese ship breakers and thus she
departed under-tow on July 30. She successfully navigated the Panama Canal and
headed across the Pacific towards
However, on September 21, being mid Pacific, Angelina Lauro’s fire affected warped hull plates she began to take on water, which saw her slowly listing. Even though her list increased, she remained afloat for three days, but, by the evening of the 23rd.she was almost fully on her side. It was not until early the next morning of September 24, 1979 just before sunrise that the Angelina Lauro the ex 1939-built MS Oranje slowly slipped under beneath the waves and sank.
Considering that the Oranje departed on her
maiden voyage on September 4, 1939, it was twenty days after her fortieth year
milestone that she passed beneath the waves. Amazingly, her previous running
mate the MS Willem Ruys, that became the Achille Lauro, which became well known
for the terrorist attack in
Below at the INDEX go to Page Five
This fine ship gave 40 years of excellent service to both the Netherland line as MS Oranje, then Flotta Lauro Line as MS Angelina Lauro! To this day, past passengers email me with stories of their voyage on the Dutch liner or the Italian Liner and later a cruise ship. All had joyful memories and simply loved to talk about her features, experiences and not to forget the many love stories. No doubt, they, and all who sailed on her as a passenger or crew member, will always fondly remember her.
MS Oranje seen in the very early 1960s
The MS Angelina Lauro is
seen here arriving for the very last time to
Page One: The Oranje Story
Page Two: The Angelina Lauro Story
Page Three: Angelina Lauro Photo Page
Page Four: Angelina Lauro’s demise
Page Five: Angelina Lauro Deck Plan
Page Six: MS Orange – Passenger list of her very first voyage/cruise 4 Aug 1939
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