This historic Pullman built in 1943 for the US Navy by the Pullman Car Company is constructed of reinforced steel. PCE-833
Laid down 1943 February 26; as PCE-833 by the Pullman Standard Car Co., Chicago, IL.
Launched 1943 August
Transferred 1943 OctoberTo Great Britain and commissioned HMS Kilham (Z 07); Reclassified BEC-7
Returned 1946 to U.S. custody in December; Struck from the Navy Register in 1947
Sold 1949 to S/A Investment (FylkesbaataneSogne og Fjordane, Mgrs.) of Bergen, Norway.
Converted 1950 renamed M/S Sognefjord passenger ship
Sold 1958 to FylkesbataaneSogne og Fjordane of Bergen; Operated on the Norwegian west coast until 1982
Sold 1982 to Filmeffekt A/S of Oslo,Norway and renamed Orion;
Sold 1984 to K/S Orion Film A/S of Bergen and laid up
Sold 1987 to Matkat OY of Helsingfors, Finland
Sold 1991 to Orion Risteilyt O/Y of Hamina, Finland and renamed Orion II;
Sold 1996 to Jaako Mathias Eriksson of Honduras
Sold 1997 renamed ORIENT EXPLORER
40 Beds + Crew quarters for 7 and Captains quarters.
Currently there is a crew of 7 and the Captain.
Fuel Consumption: Both Engines and one generator is 250 liters per hour at 10 knots
Needs repairs that can be done for $350,000 if done locally in Malaysia
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