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Western Queen - IMO 6501783

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Photographer:
Jacob Blondahl [ View profile ]
Photo Category:
Wrecks & Relics
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Jun 23, 2007
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Western Queen beached in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands Sep-Oct 1998. According to locals she was left unmanned at anchor during a cyclone and dragged her anchor grounding herself near Honiara. Apparently attempts to free her failed and she was left as is. At the time I walked through her she had been completely stripped of everything right down to light switches and wiring. Exterior wise though despite her grounding she still looked in better cond. than most of the vessels still in service there. Less rusty, anyhow! Check out this excellent site about her life by a former crew member: http://www.queenoftheisles.com

Built: Bristol, England Nov. 1964
Ex:Queen of the Isles, Olovaha, Gulf Explorer, Queen of the Isles II, Island Princess, Western Queen.

Wrecked: Honiara 1997

Interesting notes: The rusty wreckage in the foreground is leftover from something which ran aground in WWII... but I don't remember what. Years of erosion wore it down to what you see in this photo, circa 1998. More interestingly th small ferry Ramos III is now or at least was beached there as well. I find it fascinating so many ships beached in the same spot. View the photos of the Ramos III grounding at the above listed website.

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Current name:
WESTERN QUEEN

Former name(s):

 -  Island Princess (Until 1994 Sep)

 -  Queen Of The Isles (Until 1994 Jan)

Status:
Dead
Build year:
1965
Vessel Type:
Passenger/cargo Ship
Gross tonnage:
529 tons

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Judging by google maps/earth, she's still there. Poor thing must look terrible by now.

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