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Alexander Pushkin moored in Gothenburg
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No: 3850   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 1979   Country: Sweden
Alexander Pushkin moored in Gothenburg

Built in East Germany in 1965, this Soviet ocean liner was purchased by Orient Lines in 1991. She was stripped down to the bare steel, and aside from the hull and engines nothing from the old Soviet era was saved. Under the skillful guidance of Danish naval architects Knud E. Hansen A/S and Greek interior designers AMK Interiors, she became the Marco Polo and transformed from a rusting Soviet-era relic into a practically new ship.
Picture added on 27 February 2008
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Ships Monthly June 2008 issue reports that the Marco Polo's owners, Orient Line, which had this as their only ship, have sold her to a Greek-based consortium for USD 30 million and she is to be chartered to Transocean Tours for the German market.
Her conversion from Aleksandr Pushkin to Marco Polo took place after being laid up in Singapore in 1990, and her inaugural voyage as Marco Polo started from Piraeus on 16 October 1993. She has a displacement of 22, 080 gt.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 09 June 2008.
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