52.5 Inches Long By 34.5 Inches Tall
Beautifully Detailed Plans
$275 Each Plus Shipping and Handling
These beautifully detailed and accurate plans were printed on a charcoal gray background and framed in oak and glass. It would appear that one was placed on each of the ship's passenger decks, fore and aft. Please see individual photos and descriptions for details. Two of these plans are missing the glass in the frame. However, due to the weight of these plans (approximately 40 pounds), this would most likely make up for itself in shipping costs. Shipping outside of the U.S. will require DHL or a freight carrier. Freight arrangements must be made by the customer.
ASSEDO (ODESSA spelled backwards) was built by Mathias Thesen Werft of East Germany as the SHOTA RUSTAVELI in 1968 as the fourth in a wonderful series of Soviet passenger liners called the IVAN FRANKO or "poet" class. The other four sisters were IVAN FRANKO (1964 -- scrapped at Alang in 1997), ALEXANDR PUSHKIN (1965 -- still sailing as Cruise and Maritime Voyages' vastly rebuilt MARCO POLO), TARAS SHEVCHENKO (1967 -- scrapped in Bangladesh in 2005) and MIKHAIL LERMONTOV (1972 -- sank off New Zealand in 1986). These ships had magically sleek lines with pronounced ice-strengthened bows, rounded superstructures, and tapered afterdecks. From the same era as NAL's glorious SAGAFJORD, their profiles (as built) were quite similar to the Norwegian beauty, if a bit more severe.
Quite sadly, although the ship was enjoying a renaissance in European cruising as the ASSEDO from 2000 onwards, scrap prices were too tantalizing for her owners to ignore and the still very trim vessel sailed off to Alang under a cloud of secrecy in late 2003. Her heavy hull plating was surely well received.