Monday, November 12, 2007

MS Ciandra / MS Colonia

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Research indicates that the ship is one of two German freight and passenger ships. The MS Ciandra was built in 1952 and scrapped in 1977 while her sister ship, the MS Colonia, was built in 1953 and scrapped in 1986.


Blogger Jazz said...

Wow! I have been searching for years for any information regarding the MS CIANDRA. My name is Ciandra Lois Cooke (nee Bonnell) and I was named after the MS CIANDRA in 1958. My grandfather, Capt. Sebastiano Sisty, piloted the MS CIANDRA from the Welland Canal through the Great Lakes to Michigan in 1957. When he harboured her at the Toronto Harbour that year he asked my mother to come onboard to show her this fantastic half freight/half passenger vessel. The German owner was on board at the time and explained to my mother that he had named his two ships after his daughters "Ciandra" and "Colonia"...Ciandra being a name of ancient Roman heritage. My grandfather was so impressed with this ship that he asked my mother, should she give birth to a girl to name her "Ciandra"....and so the story goes! Thank you so very much for posting this site...what an honour. If you have any other information/photos that can be shared I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you for making my day!

August 18, 2008 2:48 PM  
Blogger Lutz Worch said...

Hi Ciandra,

a nice story!!
Have a look here:
My father should know your grandfather because my father was captain on the CIANDRA at that time.


January 18, 2013 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lutz,

My name is Tom Cooke - Ciandra's son. Myself, my brother, my mom and a good friend of I are sitting here in our kitchen talking about family names and so the MS Ciandra story came up. I was compelled to look up on the Internet what I could find, having recalled in the past that I found some information. I was pleasently suprised to see that the two of you have dialogued in the past. My brother even mentioned that the two of you had been in touch via Twitter. Alas, the Cookes are busy and sometimes forgetful!

We very much appreciate your response and information. My mom wants to get in touch with you, and so you should certainly send her another email to It's possible that her spam filter may have snagged your emails. I'd love to chat with you more about the ship as well. My email is

Thanks again, Lutz!

Tom Cooke

March 01, 2014 6:30 PM  

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