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Italian passenger ship 'Achille Lauro' (1)
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No: 22637   Contributor: David T. Jackson   Year: 1966   Manufacturer: Koninklijke Schelde, Vlissingen, Netherlands   Country: Australia
Italian passenger ship 'Achille Lauro' (1)

Naples-registered passenger ship "Achille Lauro" (23,629 tons gross, built by N.V. Koninklijke Maatschappij "De Schelde", Vlissingen, the Netherlands), owned by Achille Lauro fu G. & Co. (Flotta Lauro Lines) arriving at Fremantle. Western Australia, in July 1966. Her keel was laid in 1939 but construction was delayed by the War & she was not completed until 1947, as the "Willem Ruys" for Koninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd NV. She was bought by Lauro in 1965 & extensively refitted & remodelled at Palermo. In 1972 she was converted to a cruise ship at Genoa & in October 1985 she was hijacked in the Mediterranean by 4 members of the Palestine Liberation Front & 1 passenger was murdered. In 1987 her owners were restyled StarLauro after Lauro's takeover by Mediterranean Shipping Co. On November 30 1994 she caught fire off Somalia & sank on 2nd December; 3 passengers died.

See also picture #22638
Picture added on 28 August 2013 at 09:38
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Seems to be not a happy ship

Added by Dave Forbes on 29 August 2013.
Yes, very unfortunate inasmuch the same fate befell her running mate Angelina Lauro.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 30 August 2013.
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Koninklijke Schelde, Vlissingen, Netherlands

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