Sammi Herald

Sammi Herald at Astoria

Sammi Herald at Astoria, Oregon

The Ship:

  • IMO: 7507150
  • Length: 170.5 meters
  • Beam: 22.9 meters
  • Tonnage: 14,030 GT
  • Year of Build: 1978
  • Builder: Imai Shipbuilding, Kochi, Japan
  • Name History: Pacific Trader (1978-81), Rimba Cengal (1978)

The Story:

When I took the above photo of this presentable and well-kept bulk freighter anchored at Astoria, Oregon in June of 2008, I didn’t really think twice about her.

However, after reading some discussion over at Ships Nostalgia, a quite useful site for anyone with an interest in old ships, I found out that when I saw her, theis old girl was likely one of the oldest oceangoing bulk freighters sailing, with a good 30 years under her belt. Most only make it to two decades of service.

Therefore,, it saddened me to do a little research and discover her sale in 2009 to China at $205 a ton for scrap…

However, instead of weep for her, I’d rather celebrate her long, and evidently well cared for life, and may her memory live on, at least in a few hearts.


About Fairlane
Photographer, historian, nerd, engineer, thirty-something - Those are a few of the words that describe me. Though I have varied interests, one of my passions in maritime history, which I enjoy sharing. If you want to find out what I can tell, please follow my blog.

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