Veteran liner will drop anchor at Bintan

Veteran liner will drop anchor at Bintan

She was launched two years after the Titantic and built to haul onions from Texas to New York City.

Now, one of the world's oldest passenger ships has found a rather unlikely new home - in Bintan. The 99-year-old Doulos Phos will become part of a $25 million hotel resort on the Indonesian island, instead of in Singapore.

Her owner, Mr Eric Saw, had spent the past 31/2 years searching for a suitable resting place for the 130m-long liner, which he bought for around $2 million in 2010.

The father of three approached about 10 government agencies and private developers in Singapore, only to have his proposals turned down.

Then, Bintan Resorts International, which manages popular tourist spots on the island's northern coast, agreed to help turn the vessel into a hotel - complete with 60 cabins, restaurants, a piano lounge, maritime museum and swimming pool.

Originally a steamship, the Doulos Phos - which means "servant light" in Greek - has served in World War I and II and travelled the globe as a floating library.

The part-wooden vessel is also believed to have hosted royalty, with visits over the years from guests including a Thai princess.

The ship was decommissioned after a new international maritime regulation barred vessels built with combustible materials from sailing.

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