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TS St David (II) – Past and Present

TS St David (II), ex Hospital Carrier No. 27, St David (II) – Steel twin screw turbine vessel, built in 1932 by Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead (Yard No.982), for Great Western Railway (British Railways)

Nigel Thornton Collection

TS St Patrick (II) – Past and Present

TS St Patrick (II) – Steel twin screw turbine ship, built by Alexander Stephens, Linthouse Yard, Glasgow. (Yard No 525 ) for Fishguard & Rosslare Railways & Harbours Co, in 1929 as a passenger and mail vessel

© Henk Guddee

MV Algeciras Carrier – Cargo from the Past

MV Baltic Carrier, ex Algeciras Carrier, Zenit Carrier, Winter Sun – Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Götaverken Öresundsvarvet Ab, Landskrona (Yard No. 916) for Salénrederierna Ab/ Zenit Kylfinans Ab, Stockholm as Refrigerated Cargo Ship

© Simonwp

MV Celebrity Eclipse – Past and Present

MV Celebrity Eclipse – Steel twin Azipod ‘Solstice Class’ motor vessel built in 2010 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 677) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Celebrity Cruises.

© Nigel Thornton

MV Costa Allegra – Past and Present

MV Santa Cruise, ex Costa Allegra, Alexandra, Regent Moon, Annie Johnson – Steel twin screw motor vessel, originally built in 1969, as the container ship ANNIE JOHNSON by Oy Wartsila Ab. Abo, Finland (Yard No 1170) for Johnson Line Ab, Stockholm.

 Roy Thornton Collection

TS Brittany – Past and Present

TS Alandsfarjan, ex Brittany, HMS Brittany, Brittany – Steel twin screw steam turbine vessel built in 1933 by William Denny & Bros Ltd, Dumbarton, (Yard No 1261) as a passenger and cargo vessel for Southern Railways Co, London, England.

Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

I am marking my return to the website by detailing a multi trip journey that Paul Cloke and I undertook almost a year ago between Portsmouth and Le Havre, Cherbourg and Portsmouth and Portsmouth-Caen-Portsmouth. Travelling with Brittany Ferries this report describes the three principle elements of there current fleet operations from Portsmouth, économie, high speed and cruise ferry.

© Emmanuel L

MV Seabourn Ovation – Past and Present

MV Seabourn Ovation – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2018 by Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard, Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6258) as Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Seabourn Cruise Line

© Mike Griffiths

MV Wild Cormorant – Cargo from the Past

MV Marathon Reefer, ex Flamingo Reefer, Tuscan Star, Horncliff, Bassro Nordic, Silver Reefer, Attica Reefer, Wild Cormorant – Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Lubecker Flender Werke AG Yard Lubeck-Siems, West Germany (Yard No 602) as a Refrigerated cargo ship.

© Carsten Dettmer

GTS Brilliance of the Seas – Past and Present

GTS Brilliance of the Seas – Steel twin Azipod ‘Radiance Class’ gas turbine vessel built in 2002 by Meyer Werft GmbH & Co, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 656) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Royal Caribbean International (RCI)

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