Horizon Lines

Posted: 11 September, 2009 by SeaBart in ugly
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Dunno source, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Horizon Lines

Remember the above picture?? It was in this post about Strange Funnels. Kyle (who we have seen here before) did some investigating and found out that the ship is the Horizon Hawaii.

But he found himself getting more than he bargained for as he discovered more and more oddball ships in the fleet of Horizon Lines, please see below for more horizontal examples.

Horizon Enterprise has the same funnel design:

As has Horizon Navigator:

Horizon Pacific has a bit of absurd Sci-fi movie bridge on a stick:

Horizon trader is featuring the same:

Horizon Challenger‘s hull lines are a bit strange and she is equipped with the stolen stacks of a Mississippi River Sternwheeler:

To be repeated with the Horizon Crusader:

To complete it all: here is a pic of the front of the Horizon Challenger to show you the nice white cliffs of Dover underneath the bridge:

The Horizon Reliance has a “oops, we forgot something, let’s fix it quick & easy” stern feature:

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Or is a more consistent problem of not having enough material as her sister Horizon Spirit has the same handicap:

I have no idea how many vessels there are in Horizon Lines fleet and I have no intention to find out as the above is already enough for me. But if you can stand it: go look for more on the Interwebs!

Thank you Kyle for the information & investigation!

  1. Klaatu83 says:

    The Horizon Hawaii was built for Farrell Lines in the early ’70s for the U.S. – Australia trade route. The “king-post” stacks originally supported a cargo boom. In her day she was a very fast container ship (speed 24 knots) and had staterooms for 12 passengers.

    The Horizon Challenger was one U.S. Lines’ eight “Lancer” class container ships. They were built in 1968-69, and were the first purpose-built container ships. After a while the number of containers carried on deck was increased, so the bridge had to be raised in order for the crew to see over the cargo. As shown, she is not carrying nowhere near a full deck-load of containers.

    The Horizon Reliance was converted from a LASH (Lighter Aboard SHip) vessel, which was originally constructed to carry 60 x 40 foot barges. The barges were loaded and discharged over the stern by means of a huge gantry crane, which had a working load capacity of 480 tons. The crane was removed when the she was converted into a container ship, but the cantilevers sticking out from the stern were left in place.

  2. Victor M. says:

    Form follows function. If you believe that ships are nothing more than tools, how can they be ugly? Sorry SEABART, I just don’t agree with your basic tenents.

  3. Jeff says:

    If you want to see something really strange, look out for some of the remaining LASH ships operated by Matson. They can be seen around the Long Beach area. The gantry crane area was converted to a small RO-RO area for vehicles. Basically, everything aft of the stacks is a gigantic box.

    I work for Horizon. They have many strange ships, but all are good ships and certainly they have character.

  4. JeeDee says:

    Most people forget one important thing: Horizon & Matson are both US flag operated vessels and are able to load USA intercoastal cargo. This includes Hawaii.
    Due to the Jones act, you need to have USA build vessels. It is quite expensive to build container vessels in the USA – Horizon & Matson rather upgrade and repair their present fleet and keep them running long as possible then build new vessels (however Matson build 3 x 2900 teu vessels in the USA a few years back).

  5. Mike W. says:

    The Horizon ships used to be Sea-Land before Maersk took them over, I have sailed on Farrell line ships and some Sea-Land ships, alot of em have the same names just Horizon in front of their names instead of Sea-Land. If you look at the funnels they replaced the S with a stylized H. Alot of em were re-furbished in Bayonne NJ, there is one there now called the Horizon Discovery, when it’s gonna sail is anyones guess. This is what container ships looked like in the 70’s, rounded sterns. Oh another thing, the Jones act, does it really apply?, when I saw a Singapore registered Korean car carrier leave Port Newark NJ and dock in Jersey City NJ to pick up automobiles.

  6. Fairlane says:

    Mike: The Jones Act difference is that the vessel likely wasn’t picking cars up from port Newark, and then delivering them to Jersey City. That’s where Jones Act comes in, the commerce like what is done between the US west coast and Hawaii or the east coast and Puerto Rico, where a cargo is picked up in one American port, and offloaded in another.

  7. Stojan Glamocanin says:

    Looking at Horizon Reliance stern it appears she was build as LASH carrier. Stern sponsors are designed and build to support crane rails when crane lifting or lowering LASH barge in sea. Same comment goes for the Spirit.

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