IMO : 7340370
Build : 1975 by Russell, Hall and Co Ltd, Aberdeen in the UK , nr 9562 as Westra
I won’t go into details about what the Sea Shepherd organization is doing, I assume you all know and if not then look HERE or do a Google. I’m just here to give my humble opinion about Ugly Ships. And I think we got one here, one where the paintjob is gone baba-black sheep. I know it’s meant to look intimidating, to look grim, to make a statement, perhaps they even thought of her being “a black sheep” but to be honest: It looks bad, very bad.
The fact that she is built as a Fisheries Protection vessel for the Scottish Government isn’t even a bit ironical.
The other vessel in the fleet, The Farley Mowat (IMO : 5172602) has the same original paintjob.
And as you can see on the website, there have been more ships painted in this color.
Except two: The Yoska (IMO : ??) wearing coast-guard like colors and the Whales Forever (IMO : 7005229) which actually had a very nice paintjob.
Their funnel colors are in the same league: black & intimidating.
A reality-show is broadcasted on various channels about this little group of activists: I haven’t seen it myself yet but from what I understand from all kinds of media it seems to be a disorganized & unprofessional mess on board the ships.
Apparently the Steve Irwin is modified a bit here and there on the outside during a gentle meeting with a Japanese opponent. ;-D
And I found some more pictures of another ship of the organization: The Cleveland Amory.
She was detained in 1993 by the Canadians, sold in 1995 and her present fate is unknown.
The Steve Irwin is now showing new colors:
And I must say this looks much better than the hole-in-the-sun black she used to be! I personally like it!