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The M/S Diana
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The new combined passenger and freight boat, the M/S Diana was delivered to the Gota Canal Steamship Company on March 15, 1931.
Built at the Finnboda Shipyard in Stockholm, she had been ordered in anticipation of a wave of Swedish-American guests during the Tercentenary Celebration and was built to travel the Gota Canal in scheduled traffic between Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Named after the goddess of the hunt and chastity, she was Sweden's last steamship in regular canal service. It was not until 1969 that the steam engine was replaced by a diesel one and in 1975, the boat received its current profile.
In 1987 efforts to pump her dry failed and the boat sank at the quay in Trollhattan, was condemned and then returned to the Steamship Company. It was decided to totally renovate her, to reduce the number of cabins and outfit other areas of the boat for meetings of various types. One result was that the dining-room and the lounge were made into one large room.
The cabins are charming, but small! With the exception of the cabins on the main deck (cat. C) on board the M/S Diana (and some special cabins on the other two ships ), the cabins are fitted with bunk beds and are about the size of a small sleeping compartment on a train. All cabins are above the waterline with a porthole (main deck) or a window. The cabins have a washbasin with hot and cold water. None of the cabins have private facilities. However, showers are provided on all decks (except shelter deck on M/S Diana), as well as toilets. The ships use 220 V electricity, with outlets in all cabins.
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