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Photographer:Phil English [View profile]Title:Bay ClubAdded:May 09, 2005
Photo Category: Bulkers built 1961-1970
For a bulk carrier, this must rate as one of the most peculiar vessels I have ever seen, it's almost as though the superstructure is only half finished. Photographed at Europoort 1/5/83.

IMO Added 6705688 - Built as Sorrento - bu Santander 7-1985.
Vessel Identification
Name:Bay Club
Technical Data
Vessel type:Bulk Carrier
Gross tonnage:39,665 tons
Summer DWT:67,901 tons

Additional Information
Class society:Registro Italiano Navale
Build year:1967
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Phil English on Mar 02, 2011 13:07 (7 years ago)
Ah.. I'm just catching up with all the comments. Thanks guys. I recollect now that she was a casualty but because I didn't write it on the back of my photo, I forgot. That would explain the missing lifeboat and, probably, the portable generator unit.
Guest on Mar 02, 2011 10:51 (7 years ago)
I should have looked before I posted my last commen!. You have solved part of my mystery, Alan.
Guest on Mar 02, 2011 10:49 (7 years ago)
I photographed this one just over a year later, in June 1984, as it was laid-up near Naantali, Finland. It has always been a bit of a mystery ship to me. I had (and still have) a May 1984 edition of Lloyd's Shipping Index but BAY CLUB is not in it. I never did find out who the operator was or exactly how it came to be laid up in Naantali after becoming a CTL. Both lifeboats are missing in my photo (which I will upload shortly) but I can't see if that semi-trailer gen-set is still on the after deck.
Allan RO on Mar 02, 2011 09:36 (7 years ago)
HI all

According to my records, she suffered an engine room fire, 10:04:1983, posn : 47.54N, 28.57W, voy : New Orleans > Antwerp. She was abandoned by her crew, and the vessel towed to Rotterdam. She was then sold to Teollisuudeen Romu and chartered to the Finnish Govt. as a grain store, being towed to Naantali, FIN, where she arrived 27:08:1983.

She was then sold to breakers in Santander, where she arrived 3 July 1985.

I have a pic of her taken in Turku in August 1983.

hope this helps,

Mats on Mar 02, 2011 08:52 (7 years ago)
Sea-Web says she became a "Total Loss, in Casualty" in April 1983, so I assume she may perhaps have had an engine room fire. Sea-Web has a FotoFlite picture of her from starboard, with two tugs assisting. The starboard lifeboat was also missing in that picture. She did have a bride, it is just hidden behind the bix box superstructure in the above picture. She was 67,901 dwt.
IACSman on Mar 02, 2011 08:40 (7 years ago)
It looks like the lifeboat port side is "missing", photo taken during drill? And is that a "portable" generator set on her aft mooring station?(It looks like a container?) True, veeery strange design :-)
César Solar Fernández on Mar 02, 2011 01:43 (7 years ago)
soon I´ll upload a photo of this ship when she was entering in sanntander´s scrapyard
César Solar Fernández on Mar 02, 2011 01:34 (7 years ago)
sha was scrapped in santander (spain) and, really, she was a very, very strange ship
John Jones on May 09, 2005 22:00 (13 years ago)
It's not a thing of beauty Phil, that's for sure :-o
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