Accession Number
1996.25.1
Brief Description
One white and red waterline model of the Antarctic cruise ship, the Lindblad Explorer, c1980s.
Production Date
1980s
Associated Person
Associated Person Notes
Owner of the Lindblad Explorer
Background
The ship, Lindblad Explorer, was the first ship designed for Antarctic Cruising and the first ship to sink there. Of 2398 tons, she was built in Finland in 1969 and during her service notched up several firsts including the first navigation of the Northwest Passage in the Artic. Led by the owner, Lars Eric Lindbald, tourist expeditions were taken to China, up the Amazon, to the Arctic as well as Antarctic. Known through the world as the ‘Little Red Ship’ the vessel’s name changed with the ownership and after 1985 she became the Society Explorer until 1992 and later as the Explorer. As such, she sank off the Antarctic Peninsula after being holed by hard ice.

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