Carinthia (1956)

RMS Carinthia was an ocean liner built in 1956 as one of the four Saxonia class ships. She sailed for Cunard Line from her completion until 1968 when she was sold to for Sitmar Line, rebuilt into a full-time cruise ship and renamed SS Fairsea. She sailed with Sitmar until 1988, when Sitmar was sold to P&O. She was renamed SS Fair Princess and sailed for Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises until 2000. She was then sold to China Sea Cruises and renamed SS China Sea Discovery. In 2005 or 2006 she was scrapped in Alang, India.
Near the end of 1951 Cunard Line designed new ships for the Liverpool-Montreal route. Cunard originally decided to build just two ships but later on two more were ordered. These ships were largest ships to be operated to Canada at the time. The ships were be built in Clydebank and they were designed for luxury and speed including carrying passengers and cargo up the St Lawrence River.

RMS Carinthia started on her maiden voyage on 27 June 1956 with 890 passengers and crew onboard. She arrived in Montreal for the first time on 27 June 1956. After that she made four more voyages she was so successful with RMS Saxonia that other ships that operate on that route were all scrapped leaving the four ships the only ships that go to Montreal. During 1960 the Carinthia suffered a fire in one of her cabins. In 1961 the ship workers went on strike and the ship did not operate for two weeks. Also during 1961 she collided with the SS Tadoussac. In 1962 her propellers failed during a voyage. During 1964 another strike happened. Carinthia was still operated from Liverpool to Montreal well into 1965.

Cunard Line decided start operating the Carinthia as a cruise ship during the winter months. She was used on 10 day cruises from New York to Bermuda. During 1968 she was sold to Sitmar Line and renamed SS Fairsea and used for cruises on the United States West Coast. Following the sale of Sitmar Line to P&O in 1988 she was transferred to Princess Cruises used her for cruising on the Pacific Ocean as the Fair Princess.

In 1996 she was transferred to the fleet of P&O Cruises for cruising out of Sydney, Australia, retaining the name Fair Princess.
In 2000 she was sold to China Sea Cruises and renamed China Sea Discovery. She operated as a casino cruise ship but was unsuccessful. During 2001 she operated in Taiwan. Finally after many unsuccessful voyages she was decided to be scrapped in Alang, India. While under scrapping, a fire broke out in the engine room, injuring nine people. In the end, the ship was scrapped in either late 2005 or early 2006.
Quick Glance

Name: SS Carinthia
Owner: Cunard
Route: Liverpool-Montreal
Builder: John Brown & Co., Glasgow
Launched: 14 December 1955
Maiden voyage:
Fate: Scrapped in 2005/2006
General characteristics
Type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 21, 947 gr tons
Length: 570 ft
Width 80.3 feet
Propulsion Steam Turbines | Double Reduction / Twin Screws
Speed: 21 Knots
Capacity: –  154 First Class
– 714 Tourist Class

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