The Olsen Line was started in 1848 by Petter Olsen but grew rapidly under the control of Fredrik Olsen his son. Initially the company
provided services in the North Sea. Within 10 years it had purchased its first steam ship and moved to Oslo soon afterwards. Olsen acquired
a number of companies in the early 1900s including Ganger Rolf ,and Ostlandske Lloyd. With them came routes to Newcastle upon Tyne in the
UK and Antwerp in Belgium. Further services were started to South America and to Holland after another acquisition - this time of the
Norden Shipping Company. Olsen started services to the West coast of the US when the Panama Canal opened in 1915.
Olsen Line lost nearly half of its by then 44 ships during WW1 and the business had to be rebuilt. Further acquisitions followed with Thorensen
Line in 1921 - thereby adding new routes to the Med and the Canary Islands and Jelo Line with services to Germany. By 1929 Olsen Line had
invested in tankers and by 1933 the fleet was 60 strong.
WW2 provided a further setback for the company. Although most of the fleet escaped to England, Olsen had again lost nearly half of its
ships by the end of the war.
The company diversified into airlines in the 1960s including the Olsen airline itself and investments in other companies. Moving with
the times, Olsen invested in North Sea drilling rigs and Saga petroleum in the 1970s and renewable energy (wind farms) in the 1990s.
The Fred Olsen group is still very much in existence and has companies providing cargo services, cruises and various aspects of energy
production - both oil and renewables.
Change of name to Telanca and owner to Telanca Sg Co Ltd 1975, change of owner to Eurcoship Carriers Corp 1977, change of
name to Taipan Pride and owner to Taipan Sg Co Inc 1980, change of name to Rushdi and owner to Hadi Sg Lines
Ltd 1981. Taken to Gadani Beach 18 February 1984 for breaking by Amica Construction Works
Two Pielstick 4SA Oil engines each with 9 cylinders of bore 400mm and stroke 460mm
Crossley Premier Engineering Co. Ltd
Engine Builder Works
Engine Builder Country
Additional Construction Information
Keel laid down 28 November 1968
Fitted with two controllable pitch propellors
Fitted with stern and side doors for use as a RORO ferry
10 January 1970
1 September 1970
Crew and Capacity Information
Status and Service History Information
Service History Information
Change of name to Scandinavian Sea and owner to DFDS Seacruises (Bahamas) Ltd 1981, change of name to Venus Adventurer
and owner to Pan Ocean Nav Inc 1984, change of name to Discovery I and owner to Bajamar Sg Ltd 1986, change of owner to
Discovery Cruise Line Partnership 1993. Following a fire at Freeport, Bahamas on 9 May 1996 the vessel was taken to Alang on 1 September 1997
for breaking by Goyal Traders.