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The Love Boat Makes Its Final Run To Turkish Scrap Heap

posted 9 Aug 2013, 05:43 by Mpelembe   [ updated 9 Aug 2013, 05:44 ]

The MS Pacific, a cruise ship made famous by its appearance in the popular U.S. 1970s television show "The Love Boat" has sailed its final voyage to a ship-breaking yard on Turkey's Aegean Sea coast.

 ALIAGATURKEY (AUGUST 6, 2013) (DHA) - Called the Pacific Princess when it was on the long-running comedy, the iconic 13,500-tonne, 171-m-long (561-foot-) vessel will be stripped for its metal and parts, said Ersin Ceviker of the Ship Recyclers' Association of Turkey.

Aaron Spelling's "The Love Boat," starring Gavin MacLeod as the ship's captain, ran on the U.S. television network ABC from 1977 to 1986. The show was set on board the Pacific Princess, which mainly sailed from California to the Mexican Riveria.

Each week passengers and crew members, caught under the Pacific Princess' romantic spell, engaged in love affairs or humorous encounters during the one-hour show.

Turkey's Izmir Ship Recycling Co. acquired the 42-year-old Pacific for 2.5 million euros ($3.3 million) after it was decided that renovation would have been too costly following several modifications and five years of being decommissioned.

The vintage cruise liner arrived from GenoaItaly, at the breakers in the seaside town of Aliaga in Turkey late on Tuesday (August 6) after a difficult trip in a violent storm, Ceviker said.

The Pacific began taking on water and could be seen listing as it limped into port, requiring the help of additional tugboats to make it to the ship-breakers yard.