Astor (II)
There have been two Astors of different years during the 1980s looking the same it is understandably confusing.  The latter Astor (1987 and 1,000grt more at 20,159) was built for Safmarine's Durban-Southampton route but instead was built for worldwide cruising.  She was sold to Sovcomflot and managed by the Black Sea Shipping Company in 1988, renamed Fedor Dostoevskiy.  In 1995 she reverted back to Astor and was chartered by Transocean Tours along with her earlier sister, latterly Astoria and more recently Quest For Adventure and Saga Pearl II.  Astor was caught below leaving Southampton on the 28th January 1988
For photos of Astor as Fedor Dostoevskiy just a few months later, click here.  To see pictures of her in Plymouth click here or arriving in Zeebrugge here.  And for her sister Astoria visiting Southampton, click here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 28th January 1988 & 30th March 2006
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16th January 2013