Author Archives: Jim the Geordie

North Ocean 102

Cable vessel passing dredger UKD Marlin

Barge to Smulder's

First two fitments for new batch of wind turbine jackets, inbound to Smulder’s Yard on barge Roropontoon 5 with tug Sea Bronco.

Astoria has led an interesting life.

Berthed in the Tyne as she could not get to her original port of Hull – 25th October 2019

Launched 9 September 1946, as the Stockholm. She has sailed under the names Völkerfreundschaft, Volker, Fridtjof Nansen, Italia I, Italia Prima, Valtur Prima and Caribe, before beginning service as the Athena. In 2008 she was surrounded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. In 2013, she was renamed Azores and in 2016 Astoria
As Stockholm she was best known for colliding with the Andrea Doria in 1956,
  resulting in the sinking of the latter ship with the loss of 46 lives
(Wikipedia)