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Former St Ola III

The ex St. Ola(III) Cecilia after she left in 1992 although she didnt keep this name long as in 1993 she was renamed Odigitria. She is currentley owned by the Chinese government.

IMO number 7340954
Picture added on 03 May 2010 at 19:00
If she was still on the Pentland Firth route, then people would have something to complain about.
Added by Alastair on 08 May 2010
I don't remember too many complaints, she served us well. As far as I remember she only missed one day and for a vessel of that size compared to the Hamnavoe is pretty damned good. People didn't seem to complain so much in those days and most will have fond memories of St. Ola.
Added by David on 11 May 2010
Why that? It certainly wouldnt be looks as the current fleet aren't exactly gorgeous
Added by Nicky Moar on 11 May 2010
She was the 'roly-poly Ola' famed in song and story, but I agree with David. She had her vicissitudes, what with sponsons being added to save her from non-existent collisions and then an anti-roll tank to help re-stabilise her, but she was OK by me, a mere passenger.
Added by Ian Hourston on 14 May 2010
I lived in Orkney from 1976 to 1981 I think she was a great ship.
I now live in Kent and she would do well on the channel routes!
Added by Russell Overton on 04 November 2011
I served on her as Purser between 1981 and 1983 between April and September each year. 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. She was an excellent ship and I only ever recall us missing 1 crossing (Stromness to Scrabster) due to bad weather.
Added by Billy McClung on 11 April 2020
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