(Hurriyet Newspaper, 7 August 2013)
Ship and crew in their heyday.
The 'Pacific Princess' cruise ship used as the setting for
'The Love Boat' TV show that gained world-wide fame
in the 1980's, was brought to the Ship Recycling Facility
in Izmir's Aliaga district yesterday to be stripped.
The ship was built in Germany in the 1960's and used
for the TV show from 1977 to 1987. Some 171 meters
in length and 24 meters wide, the long-serving vessel
saw duty primarily in the Mediterranean Sea. Recently,
the Pacific Princess was offered at auction for 4 million
Euros but when no buyer came forth the ship was sold
to the Turkish firm Izmir Recycling Company for 2.5
The Pacific Princess left the shipyard at Genoa- San
Giorgio Port in Italy ten days ago, guided by tugboats,
and was expected at Aliaga on Sunday. However, a
storm delayed the ship's arrival for two days and it
sustained damage along the way. When the Pacific
Princess began to take on water, three tugboats owned
by TUPRAS (oil firm) pulled it in front of the Izmir
Ship Recycling Facility and grounded it.
Razor blades in its future now.