One of the few bookships around the world was the LOGOS II. She was built at Union Naval Levante SA at Valencia Spain in 1968 as ANTONIO LAZARO for Compañía Trasmediterránea. The ship was designed to operate a ferry service to Morocco, carrying 400 berthed and 200 deck class passengers. She also had a cargo hold forward and side doors for the loading of vehicles. She later sailed between Spain and Spanish territories in North Africa.
On 21st October 1988 she was purchased by Educational Book Exhibits Ltd., a non profit, charitable organisation registered in the UK and renamed her as LOGOS II and was operated on behalf of EBE by GBA Ships, a second private, non profit, charitable organisation registered in Germany.
Extensive renovations and upgrades were carried out to prepare the ship for future service. LOGOS II welcomed more than 10 million visitors on board with stops in 350 ports of call in 81 countries. The ship was sold on October 2008, and the work is carried on by her replacement since February 19, 2009 by a replacement vessel LOGOS HOPE.
She visited Malta twice – From Tuesday 2nd January 2001 to Monday 22nd January 2001 and fro Tuesday 27th February to Saturday 31st March 2007.
Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos – www.maltashipphotos.com
Published – Monday 27th January 2020