Pearl Mist
IMO 9412701

Downbound in the St. Marys River, Aug. 23, 2014.
(Roger LeLievre)


This small cruise ship was ordered from Irving Shipyards, Halifax, Nova Scotia, by Pearl Seas Cruises in 2006 for $43.5 million as the first ship built for the cruise line.

The keel for Pearl Mist was laid down on July 23, 2007. Pearl Seas and Irving began a dispute in 2007, just five months after construction of the vessel began. The vessel was launched on March 14, 2008 and completed in June 2010. However, due to the dispute, Pearl Seas Cruises refused to accept the ship and Pearl Mist was laid up at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, to await the outcome of the legal process.

Years of legal battles ended after a United States Federal Appeals Court made a ruling in 2013 and a settlement was reached. Pearl Mist was accepted by Pearl Seas Cruises and towed to Baltimore, Md., in April 2013. The vessel was later taken in hand by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, Md., for fitting out. Pearl Mist made her maiden voyage in June 2014.

The vessel has a gross registered tonnage of 5,109 tons and a deadweight tonnage of 700 tons. The ship is 325 feet long overall with a beam of 55 feet. She can carry 210 passengers with a crew of 70 and flies the flag of the Marshall Islands. Her small size is described as a virtue, allowing the vessel to visit small ports that have to be skipped by larger ships.


Written by Roger LeLievre.



Ship Particulars
Length 325' 00" (99.05m)
Beam 52' 00" (15.84m)
Depth 15' 07" (4.75m)
Midsummer Draft 11' 05" (3.47m)
Capacity 210 passengers
Engine Power 3,567 bhp diesel

 


Downbound in the Welland Canal, Aug. 8, 2014.
(Barry Andersen)

Stern view.
(Barry Andersen)

Downbound in the St. Marys River, Aug. 23, 2014.
(Roger LeLievre)

Upbound near Point Edward, July 21, 2015.
(Marc Dease)

Downbound in the St. Marys River, Aug. 14, 2015.
(Roger LeLievre)

Taking on a pilot above the Blue Water Bridge, June 3, 2016.
(Marc Dease)

Upbound below the Blue Water Bridge, June 25, 2016.
(Lorraine Morrill)

Downbound at Mission Pt., July 1, 2018.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Entering Lock 3 in the Welland Canal, July 12, 2016.
(Barry Andersen)

Upbound after departing Wharf 16 in the Canal, July 14, 2016.
(Barry Andersen)

Tied up at Dieppe Park, Windsor. July 16, 2016.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Upbond at Port Huron with the pilot boat Huron Belle pacing along side, July 17, 2016.
(Don Detloff)

Bow view.
(Don Detloff)

Stern view.
(Don Detloff)

Docked at Mackinaw Island, Aug. 14, 2016.
(Roger LeLievre)

     

 

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