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- M/S "SAMOA -
 

- a typical cargo ship from the fifties -
 

 "The Work Horse of the Oceans"
 

Built by B&W for The East Asiatic Company of Copenhagen.
 
 
 
 

Impressions from trips with M/S "Samoa" in the period 1968 - 1969.
 
 
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
 Here's the bow , - note that the hull is not fully welded,- but partly riveted -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 

Here part one with pics from 1968:
 
 
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- in San Francisco -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- in Curacao -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

A picture of "SAMOA" photographed in Curacao - - - -
The beauty of a ship from the fifties is clearly seen here,- with the elegantly curved deck and the tall, raised bow,- and a very harmonious arrangement of accommodation, deck houses and masts - - -
Like a piece of art - - -
After the fifties,- we never experienced ships with this type of grace and beauty!
 
 

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M/S "Samoa"

This picture is not taken by me, but is a postcard which we could buy onboard.  It is most likely an official EAC photo - - -
 

                                            In service:   1953
                                            Length between pp:  138,99 m.
                                            Breadth:  19,05 m.
                                            Draught:  8,30 m.
                                            Dead weight:  10100 tons.
                                            Propulsion: B&W diesel engine, 8750 bhp.
                                            Speed:  16,8 knots
 
 


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"Samoa is the first ship in which I served as a civilian - - -
She was delivered to the East Asiatic Company,- Copenhagen-, in 1953, and represents a typical dry cargo ship from that era - - - -
She had the accommodation and engine room mid ships, and cargo holds forward and aft, and had very beautiful lines with a sharp, raised bow and nicely rounded stern - - -
For a sailor,- this is the ultimate ship-, and by far the best type of ship to serve on.
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
Finally at sea - crossing the North Sea, - Scotland at the horizon -
(Photography by karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- in the port of Rotterdam, - 1968 -, with sisters hip "Sargodga" seen behind -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- on the North Atlantic -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
Atlantic crossing -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- the dangers of the Caribbean -
"Samoa" in dry dock in Curacao after having hit a reef off St. Thomas in 1967 -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

This incident became sort of a tourist attraction to the people of Charlotte Amalie, and they flocked to the beach where "Samoa" stood on the reef.
Bartenders in St. Thomas at once used the opportunity, and made a new drink called "Samoa on the Rocks" - -
 
 



M/S "Samoa"
 In dry dock in Curacao -
 Take note of the beautiful hull lines, - you don't see them like that anymore -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- another view of the beautiful hull lines -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
Junior Engineer/Fitter cabin - my home on the "Samoa"
Take note of the fan in the ceiling, - this was just before air condition was introduced as normal standard -
The bunk is behind the red/white curtain to the left.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- here my good colleague John Ottesen enjoying himself in a similar cabin as mine -
- beer, cigarettes and it looks like Bob Dylan on the turntable, - "Blonde on Blonde" -, WoooW!
(Photography by karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- on the way to San Francisco ,- Pacific swell -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
 - approaching the "Golden Gate" -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- "Samoa's" razor sharp bow cutting waves -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- full deck cargo -
- the "boxes" on deck are not containers, but armored military vehicles for the Danish army -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- Electrician at work with the winches -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

"Samoa" was from a time when ships had direct current, and at sea the DC winches needed constant attention so that they could work around the clock without problems during port stays -
 
 



M/S "Samoa"
- and here he is himself , - the honorable Web master Karsten -, not even dreaming about work!
- about 38 years younger, - several kilos lighter, - but equally HAPPY!!!  :-)
(Photography obviously NOT by me but most likely by the Junior Waiter.)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- making the ship sea ready for the North Atlantic passage -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- in the North Atlantic -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- the North Atlantic once again -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


M/S "Samoa"
- the pantry that served the Junior Engineers/Fitters mess -
- mess boys at work -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

- "Samoa's" sisters -

The East Asiatic Company had several identical ships like "Samoa" with names starting with "S", - like "Sargodha", "Sibonga", "Siena", "Simba", "Sinaloa", "Songkhla" and "Sumbawa".
 



M/S "Sargodha"
- a "Samoa" sister ship during port maneuvers in Rotterdam, 1969 -




NOTE:
You can see much more stuff about "The Finest Shipping Company in the World", - the "East Asiatic Company" -,  at the address   www.snesejler.dk
Here you can find a unique collection of pictures, stories and memories from old EAC sailors, - like myself.
 
 

Click  HERE  for part two - "Samoa" trips in 1969 -
 

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