SS ALFERDOSS 1992 courtesy of Peter Knego ©
The now renamed 'ALFERDOSS', Arabic for 'Paradise' was laid up in Pireaus and was eventually towed to the centre of the harbour area and anchored. Here she stayed for some 10yrs being neglected. It was said that the new owners were awaiting the price of scrap metal to climb as it was stated she would never turn her screws again.
Whilst at anchor she was slowly being stripped of her wooden decking, her lifeboats and other fittings were removed. During this time, one night, she burst a bilge pipe, which allowed water to flood her engine room and some of the crew quarters. The list became overnight, quite alarming so much so the very next day her starboard anchor was raised and her port anchor was hastily cut away. She was rapidly towed and beached to prevent sinking. ALFERDOSS was patched up and pumped dry and pushed back to her original spot and re-anchored. It is my understanding this happened on more than one occasion.
Peter Knego has given me a copy of his 14 page report he wrote for a shipping magazine called "Voyage" in which he details his one day aboard the 'ALFERDOSS' in October of 1992. It is quite sad to read, (you can read it from my reports link) in that; he explains his tour of the ship from top to bottom. The sheer neglect was saddening, the bridge doors for instance had been left open allowing the elements to damage the bridge area, as a final act Peter felt it only right to close them. His travels through the ship tell of crumbling decks beneath his feet, the indoor pool and gym area that was covered in oil and grime and the identity crisis of the ship.
She still had 'ITALIS' on the stub of the forward funnel, 'NOGA' on the stern and starboard bow but 'ALFERDOSS' on the port bow. A forklift remained on the stern area near the outdoor pool, after demolishing part of the ship, it to was left to suffer the same fate as the ship. Deck rails were so loose they would have collapsed had someone lent on them. Peter tells of tacky, inappropriate and unnecessary add ons or removal of decor, stripping her of her once grand appearance. Bird droppings caked and stained the entire ship. Read his fantastic report from my 'reports' button
SS ALFERDOSS 1992 - note missing lifeboats - courtesy of Peter Knego ©
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