Sunday, March 25, 2018


25 March 2018: An item featured in many news media this past week offered the story of the Silver Sea liner, Silver Spirit, being cut in half and extended with a 49' section to make it larger. Many of the stories referred to this process as "revolutionary" and "never done on this scale before." From the FoxNews article: 
"The transformation is currently underway at Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo. This type of lengthening has never before been employed for the extension of a luxury cruise ship, according to the cruise line."

Not so. About two years ago, the Blohm & Voss shipyard accomplished the same feat on the steamer Braemar..... 

 MS Breamar

Below is a time lapse video of how it was done. It is really excellent if you can stand the trance-inducing music accompanying the film; if not, turn off your sound! 
Click here for the video: 

Braemar refit

As a matter of interest, her sistership was extended in 2008! 

Gotta cut it short today, busy moving. 

Until next time,
                            Fair Winds,
                                     Old Salt

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