interested in the History of Fred. Olsen Lines
look no further than Anthony Cooke's "The Fred. Olsen Line and
its Passenger Ships"
(Dec2007). A comprehensive history, well
illustrated, of the many passenger vessels,
cruise ships along with the ferries &
cargo liners, owned by the company since 1848.
Pictures of many of these ships adorn the
bulkheads of Balmoral, more specifically in
the Morning Light Pub [named after Olsen's
largest sailing vessel] & Card Room.
Figureheads/Gallionsfigurer have a chapter to
themselves. Practically every Olsen ship from
BAYARD 1936 to BLENHEIM 1970 had a bronze
figurehead or bow decoration; many of which
were removed & saved from the ships when
sold on or scrapped, with one even salvaged
from a wreck. Some of these are displayed
aboard the current cruise ships, Black Prince,
Black Watch, Boudicca, Braemar & Balmoral,
others are in Scotland, England, Norway &
on La Gomera.