Photographer's Note

Back to Ships today.
An old photo today taken from my albums of years at sea. This is the MV Baie James docked in Saint John's Nfld on a foggy afternoon. She just came out of drydock.Her hull was just freshly painted. One funny detail. Note the tyre hanging on the starboard side(used as a fender). Well the guys at the Shipyard, did not even move it on deck. They left it there and simply painted over it ! We did not like their sense of humour at the time , I can tell you.

She was laid up for five years in Saint-Johns, when she was sold. She was not in good shape when we arrived on board. A lot of things were missing. The original wooden steering wheel on the bridge was even missing. I joined her over there as second officer. She was refitted and worked again for two years in the canadian actic before she was sold again.
Her previous name was the Percy M. Crosbie. She was working for some time in Canadian waters serving Newfoundland and Labrador ports and operated by Crosbie Lines.

She was not young a young lady. Her very first name was the Perla Dan.

The Perla Dan was constructed in Denmark by the J Lauritzen Lines as a sister ship to the Magga Dan & Thala Dan . She was equipped with very similar features and was used successfully for station resupply and large scale exploration.
Capable of travelling at 12 knots with up to 35 passengers, the Perla Dan was ice strengthened to an unusual extent. She was built to the demands of both Lloyds+ 100 A1 "Strengthened for Navigation in Ice", and Finnish Ice Class 1 A. Stem and shell plating were increased beyond normal. Like the Thala Dan, she was fitted with an ice knife, to protect the rudder when going astern. Three ice fins were arranged on each side of the hull to protect the propeller from ice damage. Her specifications were as follows:

Main engine Burmeister & Wain type 735-VBF-62. The engine was a direct reversible single-acting two-stroke, 7-cylinder diesel motor with turbo charge. Normal output of the engine was about 2060 horsepower at 300 revs per minute.
length 75.135 metres
breadth moulded 131.72 metres
draft fully loaded 6 metres
bunker capacity 450 tons
consumption 8 tons per day excluding refrigeration
range of action 16 000 miles
speed 12 knots
passenger capacity 35
The ship was specially equipped as a refrigerated ship with insulated holds to carry fruit, frozen meat and fish for long periods.

She did work in the Antarctic for years chartererd by the Australian Governement.
She even appeared on a few postage stamps.
Check it out!

Original 35mm print photo scanned and filtered. Kept the original colors. Uncropped.

I loved my time on board this ship.

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