Things seen – October 2012

We start once again in Newhaven and a pair of remarkable films from the SNCF archive showcasing the Villandry and Valencay:Chateaux sur mer and Car Ferry des années 70 Newhaven…

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To Sendai on the Kitakami

. . . This mid-April journey begins in the port city of Tomakomai on Hokkaido, in the distant north of Japan; farther south the country had just been battered by…

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Blast from the past: Sealink’s Hengist & Horsa

29 April 2012 marks 40 years to the day since the launch of Sealink’s Hengist and Horsa, the purpose-built ferries delivered in the summer of 1972 by the naval shipyard…

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Boat Train to Elba

. . . The Freccia dell’Elba (the ‘Elba Arrow’) leaves the Stazione di Santa Maria Novella in Florence every morning at 0535. The departure point is a railway masterpiece that…

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Picture of the week: Nordlandia

The Nordlandia (ex-Olau Hollandia) at Helsinki, January 2008

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Farewell Svealand, Stena Seatrader, Seatrade

. . . A couple of weeks ago Ventouris Ferries’ Seatrade departed for scrapping, under the name Sea Project. The ship, originally delivered in 1973, had operated for the Greek…

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That Was The Year That Was – 2011

If, as I do, you attribute to passenger ferries some of the characteristics of human beings, the cycle of life can be unsettling and, occasionally, brutal. How did those jumbo…

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