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Photo Details
Photographer:George.Schneider [View profile]Title:AURORAAdded:Apr 16, 2015
Captured:March 22, 2015IMO:5088227Hits:4,021
Location:Stockton, United States
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
The AURORA was originally WAPPEN VON HAMBURG, but was replaced by a newer vessel by that name and sold to Greek owners. She was picked up for the Alaska run in 1967 and has been on the U. S. West Coast ever since. Since being sold by Park West Childrens Fund, various groups have intended to re-use her for charity or business uses, most recently as an ocean liner museum, to be named AURORA.
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Pacific Star (Until 1972)
- Polar Star (Until 1970)
- Delos (Until 1967)
- Wappen Von Hamburg (Until 1960)
- Oceanic (Until 1955)
- Xanadu (period Unknown)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Accommodation Vessel
Gross tonnage:2,563 tons
Summer DWT:428 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1955
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (7)

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George.Schneider on Apr 26, 2015 23:38 (3 years ago)
My original description above contained some mistakes.
Here is what I believe has been her history since her last passenger sailing:
1978 XANADU Aleutian Islands Seafood Company (Pan) for use as a barracks barge at Dutch Harbor AK
1980 XANADU Pan-Aleutian Seafoods Corp and put under U.S. Flag (ON 620939)
198_ EXPEX Xanadu Cruise Ship Inc (US) for use as floating expo ship
1990 OCEANIC Project Hospital Ship Oceanic Inc (Tom Keegan), Los Angeles (US)
199_ FAITHFUL Park West Children’s Fund (US), for use as Missionary & Hospital Ship
199_ FAITHFUL Friendships (Same basic organization as PWCF). Under California State License as CF1143SE
(Various owners and legal difficulties after that)
2009 AURORA Christopher Willson (reportedly for use as an ocean liner museum)
Korkira on Apr 17, 2015 19:57 (3 years ago)
Amazing scenery, celebrate this success!

Frank Behrends on Apr 17, 2015 18:48 (3 years ago)
Great shot of this beautiful old lady , George :)
thanks for sharing.
Best Regards, Frank
PHa on Apr 17, 2015 17:43 (3 years ago)
Nice to see the old lady of Helgoland again. More details about the fate and the future of the ship here:

(To be copied into the browser).


Thanks to Peter Knego!

Regards Peter
Trygve Eriksen on Apr 17, 2015 17:15 (3 years ago)
I must have seen her as Wappen von Hamburg on special short cruise from Holmestrand in the Oslofjord, Norway, late in the 1950s or in 1960. At that time, it was a huge ship for me (as young boy).
SteKrueBe on Apr 17, 2015 15:36 (3 years ago)
Wouldn't have thought that the just oldest of the three "Wappen von Hamburg" survived until now.
Jens Boldt on Apr 17, 2015 13:09 (3 years ago)
Splendid photo of this beautiful ship, George! Thank you.

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