The original Mercy Ship

This is where our story began. The flagship of our fleet for nearly three decades, the 1953-built Italian cruise liner was originally called the Victoria. In 1978, it was inherited as the first Mercy Ship, and the 159-meter vessel was converted into a mobile hospital, housing three state-of-the-art operating rooms, a 40-bed hospital ward, a dental clinic, a laboratory, an X-ray unit, and three cargo holds.

Renamed the Anastasis, the ship sailed the high seas for 29 years, during which time an estimated 25,000 volunteer crewmembers served onboard. Never quite losing its Italian love heritage, over 250 couples met on its deck, and several weddings were held onboard, including one at sea.

The Anastasis Specifications
Fleet Dates
1978-2007
Length
159m
Registered
Malta
Breadth
20.7m
Crew Capacity
420
Gross Tonnage
11,701
Main Engine
(2) Fiat 7510, 8050 bhp each
Built
Trieste, Italy, 1953
Draft
7.2m
Operating Theaters
43
Fuel Capacity
1,490 cubic m
Aux Engine
(2) Wartsila 4R22/26, 540 kw each, (2) Daihatsu DL20, 600 kw each
Cruising Speed
14 knots
Fresh Water Capacity
1,050 cubic m