WITH REFERENCE TO the very interesting article by Anthony Cooke, regarding Fred. Olsen’s beautiful Braemar, in Sea Breezes March 2019 edition.
The final disposal details of this vessel given are incorrect. The article states that, as Philippine Tourist 1, she was withdrawn from service as a floating casino at Cebu, the Philippines, in 1979, then idle in Manila in 1980 and scrapped locally. However, contrary to this, I photographed her still berthed at Cebu in June 1981. Also note that the ship actually carried the name-prefix ‘The’ as part of her registered name, so was actually named The Philippine Tourist and then The Philippine Tourist - 1 (with hyphen).
In June 1981, I did a cruise from Singapore on Fairstar to south east Asian ports ending in Darwin. During this cruise, we visited Cebu in the southern Philippines and had to anchor off and tender ashore due to lack of a large enough berth for Fairstar. There berthed, immediately adjacent to the passenger landing jetty, was The Philippine Tourist - 1 tucked into the corner of a wharf near the pilot boat stage. Attached, are two photos which I took of her at that time dated 17 June 1981 and, as can be seen, she was still in relatively good condition.
Lloyds Register seem to have deleted the vessel circa 1979 when the entry ‘Converted to Casino Ship’ was made, similarly Miramar Register only has her as ‘Deleted 1978’ so I cannot offer any further details about her actual final disposal, but it was, obviously, several years later than the article states. Also, visible in the closer bow on view, is the painted over space where I presume her Fred. Olsen bow badge would have once been.