At one time the Soviet-owned BLASCO fleet was among the largest passenger shipping lines in the world. It's roster included the old Cunard twins SAXONIA/CARMANIA and IVERNIA/FRANCONIA as LEONID SOBINOV and FEDOR SHALYAPIN as well as the "poet" IVAN FRANKO class, the MAXIM GORKIY (ex HAMBURG) and ODESSA (ex COPENHAGEN)
The little 1973-built ODESSA was a very handsome ship with Knud E. Hansen's signature "saucer-topped" funnel. She spent a good deal of time in U.S.-based and later German-based cruise service. Laid up at Naples in the late 1990s, she was finally released and a large refit was undertaken but not completed before her owners mysteriously gave up and sold her for scrap.
She arrived at Alang as SYDNEY in 2006. There was a limited amount of this handsome BLASCO crockery on board.
White China by Steelite Division of Royal Doulton
Stylized Ship and Globe Logo
Plates and Saucers
TWO SIZES OF PLATES
10 inches: $12.5 each.
6.5 inches: $7.50 each.
6 inches wide: $5 each.
Black Sea Shipping Company (BLASCO) Assorted Tableware.