|Photographer:||Aleksi Lindström [View profile]||Title:||EXPRESS SAMINA||Added:||Dec 20, 2005|
|Location:||Drapetsona Bay, Piraeus, Greece|
|Drapetsona repair quay, Piraeus on July 16, 2000. IMO 6613548. Ex-CORSE 1966, GOLDEN VERGINA 1979-2000.
Length: 115 m
Beam: 18,1 m
Built: 1966 Alstom Leroux Yard, St Nazaire, France
Operator: Hellas Ferries, Piraeus
Speed: 17,5 kn
Sister ship: EXPRESS NAIAS
She was built for C.G.T. / French Line, Marseille for Nice - Corsica and Marseille - Algeria routes. In 1969 she was transferred to Compagnie Générale Transméditerranéenne, Marseille and in 1976 to Société Nationale Maritime Corse-Méditerranée (SNCM), Marseille for the same run. In October 1980 she was laid up in Marseille and in November 1981 was sold to Universal River Inc., Piraeus for Brindisi - Piraeus - Haifa service. In 1984 she was laid up in Eleusis Bay and in 1988 was sold to Agapitos Brothers, Piraeus for Piraeus - Paros - Ikaria - Samos line. In November 1999 sold to Minoan Flying Dolphins, Piraeus for Hellas Ferries' service.
On September 26, 2000 she ran onto a reef 2 km of the island of Paros and sank. 82 people lost their lives in the disaster.