Year of Construction: 1957 by Ansalo soc per Azioni Genova Italy
Length: 192,41 m
Width: 24,95 m
I In service at S.A.L 1957 04
New names: M/S Navarino 1975 - 1983 M/S
Samantha 1983 -1985 M/S Regent
Sea 1985 - 1997 M/S Sea 1997->
The Gripsholm was sold under the name of M/S Sea for demolition in 2001.
She was made ready for towage in Tampa / Florida and was towed towards the Cape
of Good Hope for final destination Alang in India. During her towage-voyage the tugboat
faced engine problems forcing the tug to proceed to dakar for taking engine spares.
During the stay at anchorage the Gripsholm was entered and canibalized by pirates.
Local police and army did not interfered, also being requested for help.
After continuing her voyage, the vessel suffered water ingress during a storm south
of the South African coast. The local authorities in South Africa strongly rejected
to give permission for entering a port of refuge, but ordered the tugboat to sail
into the open sea instead. A few days later the increasing list of the Gripsholm
resulted in her final sinking south of the African Continent.
If you like to purchase the original shipsbell as shown on the foto, we suggest
you send an offer to the contact.