Grand comes from the French word; Grandeur and can stand for so much, personally I relate the word with people, grand people – a bit difficult for me to use for this challenge, because I haven’t met all the people I think is Grand yet.
So the only thing came to my mind to illustrate Grand is my old working responsibility, Stena Voyager. One of the 3 biggest and fastest high speed sea services in the world with an in-service speed of 40 knots (75 km/h) and big as the old London Wembley Stadium. A grandness that cost £69/$113/€82/733SEK millions to make come true.
I know, I can be such sad and boring person at times and also I have used Voyager already for the subject; Masterpiece. For me Grand and Masterpiece goes hand in hand here.
For over 10 years this grand craft was my passion and headach. Also because it was so Grand to work with this grandness and the people I worked with through the years on two HSS’s in UK are so GRAND too!
Name: Stena Voyager
Owner: Stena Recycling
Port of registry: London
Route: Belfast–Stranraer (GB)
Builder: Finnyards, Finland
Laid down: May 1995
Launched: February 1996
Completed: June 1996
In service: June 1996–2011
Status: Sold for scrap
Class & type: HSS 1500
Tonnage: 19,638 GT
Length: 126.6 m (415 ft 4 in)
Beam: 40.0 m (131 ft 3 in)
Draught: 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
Installed power: 2 × General Electric LM2500
2 × General Electric LM1600
Propulsion: Combined gas and gas (COGAG)
Four Kamewa Type S waterjets
Capacity: 1,500 passengers
800 car-lane metres (info; http://en.wikipedia.org)
In April this year HE came to Landskrona, Sweden to be 100% recycled, just like me – the grand times for a grand product is over; a fallen Grandeur!
My photos are taken from my last visit aboard – 23th of May 2013.
“Illusions of grandeur are not the same
as visions of greatness”.
Edwin Louis Cole
Why not enter the challenge your self or check out more Grand-ness; Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand