MV Cunard Ambassador

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Cunard Ambassador
Name: Cunard Ambassador
Owner: Cunard Line
Route: New York to Bermuda
San Juan to other Caribbean ports
Vancouver to Alaska
Builder: Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij
Yard number: 666
Launched: 16 March 1972
Completed: October 1972
Fate: Sold to C. Clausen after an onboard fire 12 September 1974 and converted to a livestock carrier.
Name: Linda Clausen
Owner: C. Clausen D/S A/S, København
Acquired: 1975
Refit: Converted to a livestock carrier in 1975
Fate: Sold to Lembu Shipping Corporation of Panama
Name: Procyon
Owner: Lembu Shipping Corporation of Panama
Acquired: 1980
Fate: Sold to Qatar Transport & Marine Services of Doha
Name: Raslan
Owner: Qatar Transport & Marine Services of Doha
Acquired: 1983
Fate: Sold for scrap after a fire on 3 July 1983. Arrived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scapping on 7 September 1984.
General characteristics
Class and type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 14,155 gross tons
Length: 484 feet (148 m) long
Beam: 71 feet (22 m)
Decks: 7
Installed power: Diesel powered engines
Propulsion: Two propellers
Speed: 20.5 knots (38.0 km/h)
Capacity: 806 all-one-class passengers

MV Cunard Ambassador was a cruise ship intended for the use of a company by the name of Overseas National Airways which was a charter airline. Along with this ship, Overseas National Airways planned seven other ships as well. At the same time, the well known Cunard Line saw the cruise market as a positive investment in the early 1960’s. How they were planning for this however was very difficult. Because of the mass popularity with cheaper and faster airplanes, this spelled the doom for transatlantic ships which was the only way of transportation over water for years. Now these services were gone and Cunard had to enter the cruise market, or face financial bankruptcy, like many other passenger lines had done before.


Built by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1972. 14,155 gross tons; 484 feet (148 m) long; 71 feet (22 m) wide. Diesel powered engines turning two propellers. Service speed 20.5 knots (38.0 km/h). 806 all-one-class passengers.

Ship history

A new ship for a new era

Because of the vast amount of money being put into this project with so many ships, Overseas National Airways soon ran into financial troubles, and had to abort their project. Cunard saw the opportunity and quickly took over the project. The eight cruise ships were soon reduced to only two. Cunard christened the two new ships the Cunard Adventurer of 1971 and Cunard Ambassador of 1972. Cunard Ambassador along with her twin sister, didn’t last for very long.

Both ships were intended for seven-day cruises. Some of these cruises included New York to Bermuda, San Juan to other Caribbean ports, and Vancouver to Alaska during the summer seasons.

Disaster 1

The Cunard Ambassador, along with the Cunard Adventurer, were actually less successful than intended. Unlike the Cunard Adventurer, which was shortly sold to become the Sunward II and later the Triton, the Cunard Ambassador was pulled out of Cunard service on September 12, 1974 after a fire on a positioning trip. There were no passengers on this trip, and had no fatalities involving the crew. After being towed to Key West, she was declared a total loss.

Although the Cunard line declared her a total loss, the Danish didn’t think so. She was purchased as a gutted hull, and was refitted to become the Danish sheep carrier, Linda Clausen later the same year. After serving as the Linda Clausen for about six years, she was transferred again. In 1980, the Linda Clausen became the Procyn, and then in 1983, she became the Raslan.

Disaster 2

In 1983, only a year after being rechristened Raslan, she suffered another devastating fire. This time, it happened in the Indian Ocean and the former Cunard Ambassador was beyond economic repair. After only thirteen years of service, two of which were with Cunard, she was sold to Taiwanese ship breakers and was later scrapped.


Shortly after the selling of the Cunard Adventurer and the burning of the Cunard Ambassador, Cunard planned two new ships, the Cunard Countess and the Cunard Conquest, later changed to Cunard Princess. Incorporated in these new designs were many features of those on the previous “failures” of the Adventurer and Ambassador. A similar sleek profile, a similar sleek angular funnel, and the same white hull were incorporated into the design.


  • “Picture History of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth”, William H. Miller Jr., Dover Publications Inc., 2004
  • “Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 – 1990”, Frank O. Braynard and William H. Miller Jr., Dover Publications Inc., 1990
  • “Doomed Ships; Great Ocean Liner Disasters”, William H. Miller Jr., Dover Publications Inc., 2006

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