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EVENTS 2023 ~~ online & local venue  ~~ see EVENTS for details and to join.

Our 2023 events are "hybrid" ~ enjoy online or at our Dorset venue ~ see & hear about Victoria, Horizon, Vision of the Seas and many more ships - brought to you by our enthusiastic speakers. 

Talks & Meetings on Ocean Liners, Cargo Ships, Ferries, Mariner's Memoirs, Paddle Steamers, Cruise Ships, Naval History, Ship Design, Maritime Memories and much more ~ enjoyed by ships & shipping enthusiasts ~ a community with common interests 

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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for January 2023 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Arctic Sunrise ~ departing Poole - September 2022  

Our Images of the Month evoke the season of “GreenPeace & Goodwill” together with winter weather’s "Arctic Sunrise" on a New Year. The images captured by ~Ships~Dorset~ photographer Don Williams in September recall warm sunny days and the visit of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise to Poole. The ship was designed and built in 1975 as a Class 1A1 icebreaker at the Vaagen Verft yard in Kyrksæterøra, Norway and used in seal hunting. After a period being used by the French government, Greenpeace purchased the ship in 1995 when she took her first trip to the North Sea to document oil pollution from offshore installations at the beginning of her worldwide adventures for her current owners.

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for January 2023 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Arctic Sunrise ~ departing Poole - September 2022  

When Arctic Sunrise called at Poole she had recently returned from a joint operation between Greenpeace UK and Greenpeace Espana in the North Atlantic where the ship and the activists onboard had confiscated over 30 Km of longline from two Spanish longline fishing vessels. The ship is powered by a single MaK marine diesel engine generating 2,150hp via a single shaft and controllable pitch propeller, supported by two 400hp bow thrusters.

Key Dimensions for Artic Sunrise ... Gross Tonnage = 949 ... Length = 50m ... Beam = 12m … Speed = 13 knots … Crew = 16 ... registered in Amsterdam.  

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