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Photographer:BRIAN FISHER [View profile]Title:BHANURANGEAdded:Aug 02, 2007
Location:Bangkok, Thailand
Photo Category: Ancient Motor Vessels
I took this picture many years ago on the Chao Praya River in Bangkok when the vessel was layed up. I have never been able to identify much about it and if anyone can shed any light I would be interested to know.

[IMO added; moved from steam to motor. 2 B&W diesles from new - DA 4/8/2016]
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Technical Data
Vessel type:Passengers Ship
Gross tonnage:685 tons
Summer DWT:539 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1927
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Bjørn Knudsen on Nov 13, 2012 18:53 (3 years ago)
Bhanurangsi - IMO 5043825
Peter_LT on Nov 13, 2012 17:06 (3 years ago)
I have more information on this vessel. On Sunday march 17th 1963, Bhanurangsi was shore tender for the RMS Caronia, meeting the ship at the Bangkok Bar Lighthouse anchorage after 3am, departing from the ship at 6am. The journey into Bangkok would take 4 hours. Considering that there were over 500 passengers and over 600 crew, I imagine that it must have been quite a squeeze, even if only half of them travelled ashore!

The return journey would leave Bangkok at 6.30pm with a late buffet being served in both restaurants on their arrival. Apparently a bar and cold buffet was available on board the Bhanurangsi, though the daily programme warns against eating uncooked food and unbottled drinking water.

Anders Riis on Feb 25, 2005 23:17 (11 years ago)
The ship on your pix, Bhanurangsi, was built in Nakskov, Denmark, 1927, for Siam Steam Navigation Co., Bangkok, a daughter company of the danish EAC, East Asiatic Company.

The design brought me on the track, it resembles the classic EAC design with three or four masts and no regular funnel, the first of these being the famous M/S Selandia of 1912.

The M/S Bhanurangsi was employed in the SSN routes in the Gulf of Siam, together with S/S Nibba and S/S Malini.

Data: 20 passengers (16 I.class/4 II.class). 530 tdw, 685 grt, 410 nrt. 2 x 6-cyl 4-stroke B&W diesels 900 hp, twin screw, 11 kn.

After WW2, this ship served a short time as lightship at the mouth of Menam River.

Anders Riis
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