With tugs fore and aft MS Deutschland passes Penarth en route for Cardiff

The 22,400 ton compact cruise ship MS Deutschland passed Penarth sea front at mid-day today – on her way to dock for a short time in Cardiff

The ship was launched in 1998 but is decorated in the style of the 1920s . She can carry up to 513 passengers along with a crew of 260 a gross tonnage of 22,400 and has seven passenger accessible decks.

A belch of smoke from her funnel as Deutschland goes astern to “put the brakes on”

MS Deutschland  is the star of a German TV series called Das Traumschiff (“The Dream Ship”), which has been filmed aboard her for 15 years.

During the 2012 London Olympics in London, the German Olympic Committee used the MS Deutschland as floating piece of the fatherland and a hospitality ship.

“Full Astern Trueman!!”. Black smoke pours from the tug Trueman as she strains every sinew against the Westerly wind to pull the stern of the big liner straight, so that she can enter Cardiff Docks. It’s a tight fit. The lock is 27 metres wide. The liner is 24 metres wide (Photo John Clark)

In 15 January 2012, the ship went aground  in the Beagle Channel at the tip of South America. No one was injured and the ship was able to continue its journey after an investigation by the Federal Bureau for Maritime Casualty Investigation.

Barring accidents, MS Deutschland is due to sail  from Cardiff tonight on the late night  tide.

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