MV Frances Barkley - photo & discussion thread Sept 17, 2018 12:49:12 GMT -8 via mobile Low Light Mike likes this
Post by jromkes on Sept 17, 2018 12:49:12 GMT -8
Yes, that's her, former sjernarøy, la Vida, smal Agt II, and now Noorderkroon(Northern Crown). She was already heavily modified in Norway, to be used as a casino/party ship. Once brought to the Netherlands she was again modified to serve as a training ship for youthful delinquents. The project was too expensive and got shut down after 3 years. But not before modernization of the interior and electronics, at a cost of about a million euros. She then was layed up till 2014, when the seacadetcorps bought her to serve once again as a training ship. It took a period of 5 weeks on the hard, and a long time before and after that to get her back to a good condition, but she serves well, every Saturday as a home base, and we take her out for trips as much as we can. It's a wonderful and easy ship (although not to manouvre!) And the main engine is a piece of art, which will get some serious maintanance this winter.
Although the ship is less original then Frances Barkley a lot of it is very recognizable. The engine room is a duplicate (no problems starting that up in the dark) and so are the steering wheel stand and the machine telegraph stand (although they are in a different position in our wheelhouse) the 'salong' and 'nedgang' signs where on our doors as well before maintenance, should be somewhere on board to be placed back though( while sanding last year we found some old painted signs above the door to the lower passenger lounge showing 'salong' ' livbät' ( lifeboat) and 'wc'). The 6 portholes in the middle are indeed for 3 rooms on each side with a single bed, I might have pictures of them and will look them up if anyone's interested(but already in a derelict state when we bought the ship). It's very nice to see pictures of a ship which is so recognizable on the other side of the planet, and I hope to visit for a trip next year.