panamanian SS Seabreeze I (+2000)
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nationality panamanian
purpose transport
type passenger ship (ex-passenger/cargo ship)
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1958
weight (tons) 20416  grt
dimensions 184.7 x 24 x -- m
material steel
engine 2 x De Laval steam turbines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 28600  n.h.p.
speed 21  knots
yard no. 1516
IMO/Off. no. 5113230
about the loss
cause lost water leakage (flooding)
other reasons foundered
date lost 17/12/2000  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
about people
G. Ansaldo & Co., Sestri Ponente (Genoa)
last owner
[1]Premier Cruise Line, Cape Canaveral
SS Seabreeze I (+2000)
period 1997 ~ 2000
IMO/Off. no.: 5113230
prev. owners
[2]Premier Cruise Line, Cape Canaveral
SS Seabreeze I
period 1997 ~ 2000
[3]Dolphin Cruise Lines., Miami
SS Starship Royale
period 1989 ~ 1997
IMO/Off. no.: 5113230
[4]Costa Line (Costa Crociere S.P.A), Genoa
SS Frederic C.
period 1958 ~ 1983
IMO/Off. no.: 5113230
no. of crew 34
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last update 27/01/2014
Allen Tony28/01/2012
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Federici Paolo04/11/2012this was the vessel where I was employed in 1975 ... when she was still named FEDERICO C I have dedicated a book to her (which can be downloaded freely from my web page) link It's in italian ... Enjoy it Paolo
Allen Tony28/01/2012The 610-foot Panamanian-flagged cruise ship MV Seabreeze I of 21, 010 grt, with a crew of 34, but no passengers, sank off the coast of Virginia on December 17th 2000 after its engine room flooded. The ship's captain had radioed a distress call saying he was down to one engine & taking on water. Winds were gusting to 60 mph at the time & the Atlantic waves were hitting 30 feet. Two helicopters rescued the crew from the Sea Breeze I shortly before the vessel sank.
Pablobini08/12/2010In December 2000, it sank off the coast of North Carolina / Virginia . when the ship's boiler allegedly broke off and damaged the ship. The investigation into the sinking of the Seabreeze I caused international concern, based upon numerous suspicious incidents, including the fact that the ship was likely to fetch only between $5 and $6 million for scrap , but had a $20 million insurance policyon it.

The cruise ship sank in international waters flying the Panamanian flag, making Panama responsible for the investigation of the sinking of the boat. The ship's captain told U.S. Coast Guard rescuers that his boat was in imminent danger of sinking as a result of its engine room being flooded in high winds and 25-foot seas. At the time, the Coast Guard rescuers believed that it was highly u nlikely for a ship that large to sink that quickly, and were astonished when the Greek captain demanded that he be exfiltrated from his boat, rather than stay aboard it and try to shepherd it to shore and recovery. Subsequently, all 34 crewmembers were rescued; there were no passengers onboard. At the time of the sinking, Steven Cotton of the International Transport Workers' Federation in London stated that he wished that the ship, which went down 225 nautical miles (417 km) off the Virginia coast, had gone down 25 nautical miles (46 km) closer to the coast because that would have put the case in the hands of American investigators.

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About Builders
 G. Ansaldo & Co., Sestri Ponente (Genoa)
Ansaldo was one of Italy's oldest and most important engineering companies, existing for 140 years from 1853 to 1993, with the main shipyard in Genoa (Sestri Ponente)

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