Fi­nal voy­age of the world’s old­est pas­sen­ger ship

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

The world’s old­est ocean-go­ing pas­sen­ger ship is mak­ing its fi­nal visit to New Zealand.

Dou­los is the world’s old­est ac­tive ocean­go­ing pas­sen­ger ship and is listed in the Guin­ness Book of Records.

Built in 1914, it is only two years younger than the Ti­tanic.

Over the past 30 years the Dou­los has vis­ited more than 100 coun­tries with its fa­mous float­ing book­shop.

The ves­sel is a float­ing “United Na­tions” and home to 320 peo­ple from more than 50 coun­tries.

Most of the crew serve as full-time vol­un­teers in an ef­fort to bring knowl­edge, help and hope to the na­tions.

This is the last time the Dou­los will visit Auck­land be­cause she needs to be de­com­mis­sioned next year be­cause of new mar­itime reg­u­la­tions.

The Dou­los will be docked at Princes Wharf from next Wed­nes­day un­til June 30 and the book­shop will be open from 10am to 10pm Tues­days to Satur­days, from 2pm to 10pm Sun­days and Mon­days. En­trance is free.

Vis­i­tors will also be able to pay for a tour of the ship and at­tend con­fer­ences on board.

The Dou­los’ books are af­ford­able and cover a wide range of top­ics for all ages, in­clud­ing ref­er­ence, ed­u­ca­tional, cook­ing, sports, life tools, health, Chris­tian and chil­dren’s books.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Auck­land visit, in­clud­ing tour and con­fer­ence costs and book­shop times, go to los/Auck­land.asp.

Fi­nal visit: The Dou­los is in Auck­land un­til June 30.

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