Builder : Ateliers et Chantiers de France - Dunkerque
She made her maiden voyage from Le Havre to New York on July
She carried a total of 807 passengers
(341 in first class, 302 in cabin class and 164 in tourist class).
Overall length 599ft 6in
Breadth 80ft 3in
Speed 22 knots
On her maiden voyage
The Flandre was a well appointed ship - the cabins and public rooms in both First and Tourist class were probably the best on any ocean going vessel of here time. She was comfortable and had a friendly and opulant air about her.
I traveled on the Flandre from New York to Southampton in the late summer of 1959. We hit a tremendous storm, a few hours outside New York, which continued unabated, until we were off the coast of England. Ropes were hung everywhere to enable passengers to pull themselves along the corridors; the ship listed from side to side as the massive waves pounded her. The crew was terrific; looking after everyone on board with smiles that must have been very hard to keep up. Sitting in the lounge on one of the upper decks one would see sea on one side and air on the other - furniture was sliding around and one could not go on deck! Hardly anyone was seasick - this must have been due to the stewards persuading the passengers that they must eat - even in the midst of the storm!
Bon voyage telegrams were all part of the voyage!!
On July 23, 1952 the Flandre left Le Havre on her maiden voyage. During the crossing, the Flandre encountered some electronic problems, resulting in her being 22 hours late for New York. Temporary repairs had been carried out at sea, but as the Flandre came into New York, she broke down again when her generators failed her. The ship was unable to raise her anchors or even blast the whistle. In her celebration flags, she was towed to pier 88 awaiting a massive overhaul.
Not until the next year’s mid-April did the Flandre resume her North Atlantic service. By this time, the dockers at New York had nicknamed her ‘The Flounder’.
In 1968, the French Line faced severe financial troubles as the passengers on the North Atlantic reverted to the fast airliners; almost making the shipping lines obsolete.The Flandre was sold to the Costa Armatori Line of Genoa, Italy, and renamed Carla C.
In 1986, she was renamed Carla Costa.In 1992 she was transferred to the Greek Epirotiki Line, renamed Pallas Athena running mainly seven-day cruises from Athens to the Aegean isles and Turkey.
On March 23, 1994 the Pallas Athena was disembarking passengers at her Athens-dock when a fire started in an empty stateroom. All the passengers were off the ship when the fire suddenly developed badly and spread quickly. The superstructure of the ship collapsed and so did the funnel. After the fire had been put out, the Pallas Athena was towed to the outer areas of the harbour and declared a total loss.
On Christmas Day the
same year, the ex-Flandre arrived at the Aliaga ship-breaking company in Turkey
for demolition. Not until 1995 was the last of her hull lifted out of the water.
The end of a lovely vessel.