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MS Ancerville

Career
Name: 1962-1973: Ancerville
1973-1983: Minghua
1983-Present: Shenzhen Sea World
Owner: 1962-1973: Paquet Cruises
1973-1983: People's Republic of China
1983-Present: China Merchants Real Estate Co.
Port of registry: 1962-1973: Marseilles,  France
1983-Present: Shenzhen,  China
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Launched: April 5, 1962
In service: September 5, 1962
Out of service: 1983
Status: Landlocked as tourist attraction
General characteristics
Tonnage: 14,225 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 551 feet
Beam: 72 feet
Propulsion: Burmeister & Wain Engines
Speed: 22.5 knots
Capacity: 756 passengers

The MV Ancerville is a 1962 built French passenger ship, now landlocked in the Shekou area of Shenzhen.

History

Ancerville was launched by Chantiers de l'Atlantique on April 5, 1962 by French president Charles de Gaulle, for service from Marseilles to Dakar, calling in Casablanca, Madeira, Alicante, Tangier the Canary Islands. [1] In 1970 her ownership was transferred from Compagnie de Navigation Paquet to Nouvelle Compagnie de Paquebots, but continued on her usual routes. [2] In July 1970, Ancerville rescued all passengers and crew of the burning and sinking liner Fulvia in the Canary Islands. [3]

In 1973, due to competition from airplane services, the Ancerville was sold to the People's Republic of China and renamed Minghua, meaning "Spirit of China". [4] Minghua operated from China to East Africa during her last decade of service. On August 17, 1983 she arrived in the Shekou district of Shenzhen to be refitted as the entertainment complex Sea World in the Sea World Plaza, with her new features including 253 hotel rooms, Chinese and Western restaurants, an English Bar, Bamboo Grove Bar, Music Dance Hall, swimming pool, health center, children's recreation center and the China Folk Customs Exhibition Center. Even though the ship was considered a building, she was not removed from the Lloyd's Register until 1991. Due to the construction of a large golf course beside Sea World the area around her berth was filled in with soil and she became landlocked. The ship closed in 1998 due to management problem after a fire. [5] Throughout her time being closed the exterior of Sea World was kept well maintained, but her interiors were badly neglected. In 2001 a major 70 million Yuan reconstruction of the ship began, see her reopen in 2004, complete with a four-star hotel, Brazilian barbecue restaurant, Western restaurant, a wine bar and cigar house, a coffee shop, boutique and movie theater. [6]

References

  1. ^ Paquet
  2. ^ Famous Liners Online
  3. ^ Olsofjord
  4. ^ Cruise line
  5. ^ Ocean Liners Portal
  6. ^ SS Minghua Lives On

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