MS Victoria renamed Princesa Victoria at Kumar Steel Alang Breakers Yard India Victoria I

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---ms Victoria I---

ex Princesa Victoria, The Victoria, Victoria, Dunnottar Castle


Victoria I beached (on the rocks) at the Kumar Steel recycling yard, number 115

© 2004 Kumar Steel


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Please Note: Photographs of Princesa Victoria at Alang were taken and provided to me by Mr. Rajesh Shah. All images on this page are © Copyright. Except for one at the bottom of the page, which was taken and provided by Mr. Stephan Giesen.

The following is a report by Mr. Rajesh Shah of Kumar Steel, dated August 31.

Victoria 1 was beached on 2 August 2004 at the evening tide some 2,800 feet from the shore at the Kumar Steel recycling yard, number 115 at Sosiya India. The crew arrived ashore at 2.00 am (3 August), having to walk on the muddy beach as life boats were not in working order. The ship was finally secured by rope by 04.00 am. On the 3rd and 4th of August the vessel was pulled 350ft (closer) in front of the yard. On 17th it came about 1100ft (closer) and on 18th and 19th about 600ft (closer). On the 29th about another 300ft closer, then the next day yet another 125ft closer, and all this with 5 mooring winches with full load!

The wood on deck has been removed almost 50%, and the carpets of all decks have been removed and collected in the disco room near the swimming pool. Beds & pillows have also been collected from Sapphire/Coral/Jade deck and also kept in the disco room. The ship is now on rock and will be pulled for the last time today (31 August) with the tide.

Having spent almost one year in an attempt to find a new owner for this historic ship, it is obvious that this page is a sad one for all who admire classic liners. She was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast - Yard no: 959, in 1936-36 as the RMS Dunnottar Castle for the London (Tilbury) to Cape Town service for Union Castle Line. She was launched on January 25, 1936, and was completed in June that year. She departed on her maiden voyage to Cape Town in July. Upon her return to the UK, she commenced her regular service from Tilbury (London) round Africa.

In 1958, Dunnottar Castle was sold to Incres SS Co, Monrovia, and was renamed MS Victoria. She was rebuilt at the Schiedam ship-building yards in (Rotterdam) the Netherlands, were she received one of the most elaborate reconstruction. New engine were installed and she was fitted with a fine raked bow. Upon completion in 1960, she became an all first class luxury cruise ship and headed across the Atlantic to New York where she was mostly based. She served Incres Lines well until 1975, when she was sold to Chandris Cruises. She was again sold in 1993 to Louis Cruise lines and remained in service for another ten years. Late in 2003 she was sold and sailed under the name of Victoria I to for India, where she was beached at the Kumar Steel Yards to be broken up.

This page contains a series of sad photographs of her on the beach, as well as the bridge, engine room and furnishings stacked in the Ballroom/Nightclub ready to be removed from the ship. I have not added many comments, only were it is required, for the sad story seems to tell itself!

Victoria I seen Beached





Views on Deck


Pearl Deck – Port looking forward

As we look at the above photo, apart of the ship resting on the beach, I feel that this was the most depressing of all photographs, seeing her once perfectly beautifully maintained teak planking ripped up and rotting. This deck and its teak planking was once perfection!

The Bridge







































































































Engine Room







Furnishings and fittings in the process of being removed


The Baby Grand in the Riviera Ballroom waits to be taken off the ship and sold


Bedding and barstools are stacked and placed in the El Patio Lounge


Ceilings and curtains are removed from the El Patio Lounge



Above: All carpets in good condition are removed to be sold



The Death of an ex Liner and a Luxury Cruise Ship


Here we see the ex MV Princesa Victoria, MV The Victoria, MS Victoria & RMS Dunnottar Castle

being so close to her end, it is such a tragic sight for she was an amazing 68 year old ship!

This tragic Photograph was taken by and is © Copyright 2005 Stephan Giesen


Memories of What the Luxurious ms Victoria Was!


I will always remember her as the sublimely elegant & luxurious Incres Lines’ MS Victoria

From the Author’s private collection


The Ship with 68 Years at Sea – INDEX

Union Castle Line:         One of the great Shipping Lines of the past!

Page One                     RMS Dunnottar 1936 to 1958, also her identical sister the Dunvegan Castle.

Incres Lines:                  One of the finest luxury cruise companies in history!

Page Two                    MS Victoria 1958 to 1975.

Page Three                  Brochure Page 1.

Page Four                    Brochure Page 2.

Page Five                     Brochure Page 3.

Page Six                      Brochure Page 4.

Page Seven                 Deck Plan and Menus.

Chandris Cruises:           An excellent budget cruise line.

Page Eight                  MV The Victoria 1975 to 1993.

Page Nine                    Deck Plan and Menus.

Louis Cruise Line:          Maltese Company a good basic cruise operation.

Page Ten                     MV Princesa Victoria 1993 to 2004.

Page Eleven                 Photographs by Stephen William Storey.

Page Twelve               Deck plan.

Page Thirteen             MV Victoria I - 2004 - Sad scenes of her beached and being scrapped.



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