TSS Stefan Batory

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TSS Stefan Batory
Flag of the Netherlands.svgNetherlands
Name: 1951—1968: TSS Maasdam IV
Owner: Holland America Lines
Port of registry: Netherlands
Ordered: 1950
Builder: Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam
Yard number: 733
Laid down: 19 December 1950
Launched: 5 April 1952 by Mrs. Adriaan Gips
Maiden voyage: 11 August 1952 RotterdamSouthamptonLe HavreMontrealNew York City
In service: 1952—1966
Identification: 5216147
Flag of Germany.svgGermany
Name: 1951—1968: TSS Maasdam IV
Operator: Europa-Kanada Linie subsidiary of Holland America Lines
Port of registry: 1966—1968: Bremen, Germany
In service: 1966—1968
Flag of Poland.svgPoland
Name: 1968—1990: TSS Stefan Batory
Port of registry: Gdynia, Poland
Route: 1968—1988: GdyniaMontreal
In service: 1968—1990
Flag of Sweden.svgSweden
Name: 1990—2000 TSS Stefan
Owner: Stena AB
In service: 1990—1992 as accommodation for asylum seekers in Gothenburg, Sweden
Out of service: 1992—2000
Fate: Scrapped Aliağa, Turkey 2000
General characteristics
Type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 15015 GRT
Length: 153.4 m (503 ft)
Beam: 21.1 m (69 ft)
Draught: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Decks: 10
Installed power: 6256 kW
Speed: 17 knots
  • 783
  • First class: 39
  • Tourist class: 734
Crew: 336
Stefan Batory's orchestra.

The TS/S Stefan Batory was an ocean liner built in the Netherlands in 1952, as the fourth HA liner to serve under the name of SS Maasdam, initially used to service the Dutch East Indies by the Holland America Line. The ship was originally planned as ordinary freighter under the name of "Diemerdyk".

She was bought from the Netherlands in June 1968 and began service as a Polish ocean liner on 11 April 1969 as a replacement for the then obsolete, but legendary MS Batory, both named after a king of Poland Stefan Batory (1533–1586).

After she was refitted and renamed at Gdansk, she became the flagship of the Polish Ocean Lines (1969–1988) and mainly sailed from Gdynia–Copenhagen–Rotterdam–London–Montreal–Southampton–Rotterdam–Copenhagen–Gdynia. According to the contemporary press, on her first arrival in Rotterdam as the "Stefan Batory" in 1969, the former owners of her expressed their interest in buying her back from Polish owners for service under the former flag.

During her long service, the "Stefan Batory" has at least twice appeared in film, significantly remembered, as "part of the set" in "Kochaj albo rzuć" (Love or Leave). The motion picture team simply filmed the ship, festively leaving Gdynia, and a part of her original, regular voyage.

She remained in service until 1988. Festively sent off by the people, and rather roughly by Neptune,[clarification needed] she was sold to third hands and finally scrapped in Aliağa, Turkey, commencing in May 2000.[1]

Technical data

  • 10 decks
  • Tonnage — 15,024 BRT
  • Length — 153.4 m (503 ft).
  • Width — 21.0 m (69 ft).
  • Height — 21.0 m (69 ft).
  • Speed — 17 knots
  • Passengers — 39 1st class; 734 tourist class.
  • Crew — 336.
  • Engines — steam turbines.
  • Stabilizers to reduce heeling


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