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Registry #1 Norway 13021 Registry #2 Bahamas Registry Registry #3
Name 1 1969 Lindblad Explorer Name 5
Name 2 1985 Society Explorer Name 6
Name 3 1992 Explorer (II) Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
Year Built 1969 Place Helsinki Area Country Finland
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 250' × 46' × 15'
Builder Nystad Varv Shipyard Measurement (metric) 72.9m x 14m x 8m
Hull Steel Displacement
Gross Tonnage Type 1 Passenger Vessel
Registered Tonnage Type 2
Engine 3,800hp diesel engine Engine Manufacture
Repower Propulsion Screw
Rebuilds Call Sign
Pendant  # Masters Captain Hasse Nilsson (1984); Captain Heinz Aye (1988)
In 1969 she was owned by K/S A/S Explorer, Norway. In 1972 she was owned by the United cRuising Co. Ltd. (Svenska Amerika Linien), Bahamas. In 1980 she was owned by Lindblad Swire Cruises Ltd., Panama. In 1982 she was owned by Salenia AB, Stockholm Sweden. In 1983 she was owned by Ferry Services, Curacoa N.A. In 1985 she was owned by Vienna International Sh Corp. (Discover Reederi).
Fate Registry closed Date
Named Features
Significance of Name
She was built specifically for "expedition cruising," to take small groups of adventurous travelers to remote or inaccessible places. In 1984 under command of Hasse Nilsson, Master, the Bahamian-registered passenger cruise vessel transited on an East to West Transit of the Northwest Passage. This represented the first transit by a passenger vessel. She was renamed as the Society Explorer, as a Bahamian-registered passenger cruise ship. In 1988 under her master, Heinz Aye, she made a West to East Transit of the Northwest Passage. She was afloat in 2004.
MacFarlane, J.M. (1992) Northwest Passage Challengers. In Resolution. Spring Issue. Maritime Museum of British Columbia;;
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