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Carinthia and Sylvania sold to Sitmar Line

Also on this page - Older Sisters go Russian


The much loved Sitmar Flag

Carinthia and Sylvania were sold to “Fairland Shipping Corp,” of Monrovia, company that became well known as Sitmar Line, or Societa Italiana Transporti MARritimi and renamed them, Fairland and Fairwind respectively. It was intended to place them on the Australia, New Zealand migrant run. However, due to the Greek shipping company, Chandris Lines having won the migrant contract from the Australian Government, both ships were laid up years in Southampton until 1970.

Fairland (left) and Fairwind (right) laid up for rebuilding. We can clearly see that prior departing Britain both sips had

been renamed and reregistered by Sitmar Lines as well as having a temporary V placed on their funnels


Here we see the RMS Carinthia, renamed Fairland, she would eventually become the much loved Fair Princess,

before being sold as a failed Asian Casino ship. However, she was the last of the four sisters to be broken up!


Having come out of dry-dock and ready for duties, the just renamed and splendid looking TSS Sitmar Fairwind departs San Francisco in May, 1988.

She is showing off her brand new Sitmar Cruises livery, however, just just four months later everything would change,

as she and her sister become part of the Princess fleet, and she was renamed the Fair Princess and thus she received a new livery

Photograph was obtained from Sitmar Cruises Australia – from the author’s private collection

Older sisters go Russian


Above and below: Here we see both the Franconia and the Carmania in lay up and on the market, just before being sold to the Russians


The laid up Carmania and Franconia were sold to Nikreis Maritime Group, acting for the Soviet State (& Black Sea) Shipping Co in 1973. They became the popular budget cruise ships, Leonid Sobinov and the much loved Fedor Shalyapin respectively. The author’s Company, Atlantic & Pacific International / Shaw Savill Holidays chartered the Fedor, and operated cruises out of Sydney and Auckland, marketing the cruise venture as “Celebrity Club Cruises” Each cruise featured the very best Australian Artists, who mingled with passengers, also being the featured acts on Show nights. Two fine names, who cruised with the author, was the brilliant Jimmy Hannan, and the incomparable, Stuart Wagstaff.

Both ships cruised extensively for many years. Sadly, the proud Leonid Sobinov was scrapped in 1999, whereas the Fedor is still afloat, but currently laid up in ll’ichyovsk, she may be scrapped at anytime soon. This will be sad end for many, who love “Ships that are real ships!”

TSS Fedor Shalyapin under charter to Shaw Savill Holidays and operated by the author under the banner of …

Celebrity Club Cruises in 1975 & 1976 Read the author’s TSS Fedor Shalyapin Story

Photograph by the author


Fedor Shalyapin in 1999, laid up in the Ukrainian port of llichyovsk
Photograph - Nikolay Prikhodko / Patrick Wetter 



Please Note - Each page has a link to the next chapter

Page 1Foreword – Construction – NEW - RMS Carinthia’s Inaugural Brochure

Page 2 – Sitmar buys Carinthia and Ivernia – Sisters go Russian

Page 3 - Fairwind / Fairsea – Sitmar sold to P&O Princess Cruises

Page 4 – The Fairstar the Australian connection

Page 5 – Fair Princess becomes an Aussie

Page 6 Passenger list images

Page 7 Albatros ex Dawn Princess / Fairwind / Sylvania / Ivernia

Saxonia – Passenger list images

Fair Princess Photo Album – Exteriors

Fair Princess Photo Album - Interiors

Fedor Shalyapin - ex Franconia / Ivernia

China Sea Discoveryex Fair Princess / Fairsea / Fairland / Carinthia

China Sea Discovery Photo Album

China Sea Discovery Saga 



All photographs are by the author, or from the author's private collection, unless mentioned otherwise ~ Fairsea in Juneau Alaska - Luca Ferrerio ~ Fair Princess (Princess Cruises) - Marvin Jensen ~ Pacific Sky – Marion Carter ~ China Sea Discovery - Kiwi Marine Consultants Ltd, Hong Kong ~ Photographer of Fedor Shalyapin laid up, and other ‘*unknown’ photographers, please see photo notes below.


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