SS Mona's Queen (1946)
Mona's Queen on 31 August 1961 at Douglas
1946: Mona’s Queen
|Port of registry:||Douglas, Isle of Man|
1946-1962: Isle of Man1963-mid '70s: Mediterranean cruises
|Maiden voyage:||26 June 1946|
|Out of service:||1962|
|Identification:||IMO: 165283 Code Letters G M J R
|Fate:||1962: converted to small cruise ship|
|Class and type:||King Orry-class Passenger Ship|
|Type:||Passenger Steamer (converted to small cruise ship).|
|Length:||325 feet (99 m)|
|Beam:||47 feet (14 m)|
|Draught:||18 feet (5.5 m)|
|Decks:||5 passenger decks|
|Installed power:||Steam Turbine 8,500 i.h.p.|
|Capacity:||2163 as Mona’s Queen
340 as Fiesta
TSS (RMS) Mona’s Queen (IV) was a passenger vessel operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company from 1946 to 1962. Sold to the Chandris group in 1962, she was adapted for cruising and operated as Carina and, from 1964 Fiesta until scrapped in Greece in 1981.
Mona’s Queen was built by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead at a cost of £411,241 (£14,883,705 as of 2015). She was the second of six vessels - the six sisters - ordered by the Company between 1946 and 1955. She was the fourth vessel to be named as such in the Company's history. Her maiden voyage was on 26 June 1946 from Douglas to Liverpool.
During a major refit in 1954 she was fitted with radar.
She had an original tonnage of 2,485 GRT; length 325'; beam 47'; depth 18'; speed 21 knots; i.h.p. 8,500.
Mona’s Queen mainly operated between Liverpool or Fleetwood to Douglas, giving reliable service for 16 years until her register was closed on 22 October 1962. Her end came quickly as the Fleetwood berth was declared unsafe and no reconstruction was in sight. Mona's Queen made the company's final sailing from Fleetwood on 11 September 1961 with 1193 passengers on board.
With the introduction of the Company's new car ferry Manx Maid scheduled for 1962, coupled with the closing of the Port of Fleetwood, the decision was taken by the Steam Packet Board to dispose of one of the passenger steamers. Whilst the slightly older King Orry may of been the obvious vessel to be disposed of, she had been fitted out for winter service, and so the decision was taken that the Mona's Queen would be put up for sale as a consequence, reducing the number of passenger steamers from 8 to 7.
Made redundant, she was laid up at Barrow-in-Furness until sold in October 1962 to the Chandris group of companies leaving Barrow on 14 November, to start a new life as a cruise ship with the Chandris Line. After purchase, she was renamed four times. For the voyage to Greece she was renamed the Barrow Queen, then in turn Carissima, Carina and finally, Fiesta.
She was adapted for cruising and operated as Carina in 1963, carrying 220 passengers and 60 cars. Also during 1963, Carina operated the 19-hour route between Piraeus and Brindisi through the Corinth Canal.
She was rebuilt again at the end of the 1964 season as a full cruise ship, emerging as Fiesta carrying 378 passengers. As part of her 1964 programme, Fiesta cruised from Nice to Bastia, Palermo, Tunis, Palma, Majorca and Port-Vendres.
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