Hoverspeed

Hoverspeed was a ferry company that operated on the English Channel from 1981 until 2005. The company was formed in 1981 by the merger of the rival hovercraft operations of Seaspeed and Hoverlloyd. On the 16th February 1984 Hoverspeed was sold to its directors for a nominal sum following losses of £3.2 million.

In June 1986 Hoverspeed was sold to Sea Containers (the owners of Sealink British Ferries) for £5 million. In 1990, following a hostile takeover bid, Sea Containers sold Sealink British Ferries to Stena Line, Hoverspeed, Wightlink and a number of other assets were excluded from the deal.

In June 1991 Hoverspeed introduced the first Seacat services from Dover to Calais and Boulogne. October 1st 2000 saw the final hovercraft services from Dover, all services in future would be operated by Seacats and Superseacats.

After years of losses due to strong competition and the loss of Duty Free, Hoverspeed announced that they would cease operations on the Dover-Calais route, ending over 40 years of service. The last ferry service was on November 7, 2005.

HSC Superseacat Three – Past and Present

HSC Superseacat Three – Past and Present

HSC Speedrunner III, ex Superseacat Three - Aluminium MDV 1200 mono-hull high speed craft built in 1999 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italian S.p.A., Riva Trigoso , Italy (Yard No. 6003) for…
HSC Superseacat One – Past and Present

HSC Superseacat One – Past and Present

HSC Almudaina Dos, ex Superseacat One - Aluminium MDV 1200 mono-hull high speed craft built in 1997 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italian S.p.A., Riva Trigoso , Italy (Yard No. 5999 for…
HSC Superseacat Two – Past and Present

HSC Superseacat Two – Past and Present

HSC Hellenic Highspeed, ex Viking, Superseacat Two - Aluminium MDV 1200 mono-hull high speed craft built in 1997 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italian S.p.A., Riva Trigoso , Italy (Yard No. 6000)…
MV Picasso – Past and Present

MV Picasso – Past and Present

MV San Guillermo, ex Marino, Picasso, Poker, Beaverdale,Wuppertal, Canaima - Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1977 by  Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven, (Yard No 375) for J.A. Reinecke & Company,…
HSC Sure (GH- 9001/GH – 2031) – Past and Present

HSC Sure (GH- 9001/GH – 2031) – Past and Present

HSC Beasac III (GH -2031) ex Sure (GH- 9001) Nicolas Lévy Collection “Winchester Class” (SRN.6) Mk I Hovercraft built in 1966 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England…
HSC Sure (GH-2005), Past and Present

HSC Sure (GH-2005), Past and Present

HSC Sure (GH 2005) - “Mountbatten” (SRN4) Mk I Hovercraft built in 1969 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 003) for Hoverlloyd Ltd., Ramsgate,…
HSC Swift (GH 2004) – Past and Present

HSC Swift (GH 2004) – Past and Present

HSC Swift (GH 2004) - “Mountbatten” (SRN4) Mk I Hovercraft built in 1969 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 002) for Hoverlloyd Ltd, Ramsgate,…
HSC Prince of Wales (GH 2054) – Past and Present

HSC Prince of Wales (GH 2054) – Past and Present

HSC Prince of Wales (GH 2054) - “Mountbatten” (SRN4) Mk II Hovercraft built in 1977 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 006) for Hoverlloyd…
HSC The Princess Margaret (GH 2006) – Past and Present

HSC The Princess Margaret (GH 2006) – Past and Present

HSC The Princess Margaret (GH 2006) - “Mountbatten” (SRN 'Super' 4) Hovercraft built in 1968 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 001) for Seaspeed,…
HSC Seacat Diamant (Incat 041) – Past And Present

HSC Seacat Diamant (Incat 041) – Past And Present

HSC Jaume III, ex Seacat Diamant, Holyman Diamant - 81m 'Wave Piercer' aluminium catamaran built in 1997 by Incat, Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 041) for International Catamarans Pty. Ltd., Hobart,…
HSC Seacat Rapide (Incat 038) – Past and Present

HSC Seacat Rapide (Incat 038) – Past and Present

HSC Jaume II, ex Seacat Rapide, Condor 12 - 81m 'Wave Piercer' aluminium catamaran built in 1996 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia, Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 038) as a car…
HSC Seacat Scotland (Incat 028) – Past and Present

HSC Seacat Scotland (Incat 028) – Past and Present

HSC Naxos Jet, ex Cyclades Express, Al Huda I, Seacat Scotland, Q Ship Express, Seacat Scotland - Aluminium 74 Metre Wave Piercing Catamaran built in 1992 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd.,…
HSC Hoverspeed France (Incat 026) – Past and Present

HSC Hoverspeed France (Incat 026) – Past and Present

HSC Master Jet, ex Snaefell, Sea Express I, Seacat Isle of Man, Color Seacat Norge, Seacat Isle of Man, Seacat Boulogne, Sardegna Express, Hoverspeed France - Aluminium catamaran built in…
HSC Seacat Tasmania (Incat 023) – Past and Present

HSC Seacat Tasmania (Incat 023) – Past and Present

HSC Sea Speed Jet, ex Seacat France, Croazia Jet, Atlantic II, Seacat Calais, Seacat Tasmania, Emeraude France, Superfast Cat - Aluminium 74 Metre Wave Piercing Catamaran built in 1990 by Incat…
HSC Ingenieur Jean Bertin – Past and Present

HSC Ingenieur Jean Bertin – Past and Present

HSC Ingenieur Jean Bertin - SEDAM type N500 'Naviplane' Hovercraft built in 1977 by Sedam, Pauillac, France (Yard No 2) for SNCF, France
HSC Hoverspeed Great Britain (Incat 025) – Past and Present

HSC Hoverspeed Great Britain (Incat 025) – Past and Present

HSC High Speed Jet ex Cosmos Jet, Sea Runner, Speedrunner 1, Emeraude GB, Hoverspeed Great Britain, Christopher Columbus HSC High Speed Jet, ex Cosmos Jet, Sea Runner, Speedrunner 1, Emeraude…
HSC Hoverspeed Boulogne (Incat 027) – Past and Present

HSC Hoverspeed Boulogne (Incat 027) – Past and Present

HSC Atlantic Express, ex Golden Blaze, Pescara Jet, Zara Jet, Pescara Jet, Seacat Danmark, Seacatamaran Danmark, Hoverspeed Boulogne, Hoverspeed Belgium - Aluminium catamaran built in 1991 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia…
HSC The Princess Anne – Past and Present

HSC The Princess Anne – Past and Present

HSC The Princess Anne (GH 2007) - “Mountbatten” (SRN 'Super' 4) Hovercraft built in 1968 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 004) for Seaspeed,…
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