Real 'Love Boat' Heads to Scrap Yard

Ship from TV show being recycled for parts
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2013 1:04 PM CDT

A bit of TV history is now in the scrap heap, literally. The cruise ship used in the Love Boat took its last voyage to a Turkish scrapyard to be dismantled for metal and parts, reports Reuters. The 42-year-old Pacific Princess was a star of sorts in the ABC show, which ran from 1977 to 1986. The final journey from Italy wasn't smooth: The ship ran into a storm, took on water, and needed help from tugboats to reach port, all without Captain Stubing. In its day, the Pacific Princess could carry 600 passengers, pretty low compared to the behemoths sailing today that generally carry about 2,000, notes USA Today. (More The Love Boat stories.)

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