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Black Watch Calls at Cóbh

Photographs © John H. Luxton 2004

BLACK WATCH arrived at the Cork harbour anchorage off Cóbh around 12:00 on Tuesday July 27. Passengers were brought ashore by the ship's boats to Kennedy Pier as the Cruise Terminal berth was occupied by Oceania Cruises' INSIGNIA. Before the INSIGNIA had cleared for the terminal at 18:00 BLACK WATCH moved off from the anchorage and was proceeding to the terminal. However, one of her passenger tenders had gone to Kennedy Pier to pick up some crew and other items. This "excursion"  appeared to take some time and she approached the terminal very slowly, only berthing once the passenger tender had been retrieved. BLACK WATCH was assisted by tugs TURBOT BANK [bow] and SALEEN [stern]. She was fully secured around 19:00. Departure from Cóbh was on schedule at 23:30. She passed the Commodore Hotel ten minutes later. 
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Constructed in 1972 at the Wartsila shipyard in Finland as ROYAL VIKING STAR. She subsequently carried the names STAR ODYSSEY and WESTWARD before joining Fred. Olsen Lines in November 1996.

IMO number:7108930Name of ship:BLACK WATCH
Call Sign:C6RS5Gross tonnage:28670
Type of ship:Passenger (Cruise) ShipYear of build:1972
Flag:BahamasStatus of ship:In Service
Registered owner:OLSEN SHIPPINGAddress:1, Langkaia, Oslo NORWAY
Ship manager:RED BANDAddress:1, Langkaia, Oslo NORWAY


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