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2019 in images

Spirit of Britain at Calais

Spirit of Britain at Calais

A selection of favourite images from 2019.

Stena Superfast X, Dublin.

Stena Superfast X, Dublin.

W. B. Yeats, Dublin.

W. B. Yeats, Dublin.

European Seaway, Calais.

European Seaway, Calais.

The abandoned Gare Maritime, Boulogne.

The abandoned Gare Maritime, Boulogne.

Finntrader.

Finntrader.

Cracovia, Swinoujscie.

Cracovia, Swinoujscie.

Stena Adventurer & Ulysses.

Stena Adventurer & Ulysses.

W. B. Yeats leaving Dublin.

W. B. Yeats leaving Dublin.

Stena Horizon & Costa Magica, Cherbourg.

Stena Horizon & Costa Magica, Cherbourg.

Mont St Michel, Ouistreham.

Mont St Michel, Ouistreham.

Mont St Michel.

Mont St Michel.

Bretagne leaving Portsmouth.

Bretagne leaving Portsmouth.

Sunflower Pearl, Oita.

Sunflower Pearl, Oita.

Ehime near Kuroshima.

Ehime near Kuroshima.

Akebono Maru at Yawatahama.

Akebono Maru at Yawatahama.

Rocket 2 at Yakushima.

Rocket 2 at Yakushima.

Ferry Yakushima 2 at Yakushima.

Ferry Yakushima 2 at Yakushima.

Princess Wakasa at Kagoshima.

Princess Wakasa at Kagoshima.

Sunflower Satsuma at Shibushi.

Sunflower Satsuma at Shibushi.

New Olympia at Okayama New Port.

New Olympia at Okayama New Port.

Orange Ehime, sailing between Osaka and Toyo.

Orange Ehime, sailing between Osaka and Toyo.

Nanashima arriving at Takahama.

Nanashima arriving at Takahama.

Heguri at Yanai.

Heguri at Yanai.

Kitakami.

Kitakami.

Kitakami at Sendai-Shiogama port.

Kitakami at Sendai-Shiogama port.

Tsubasa at Niigata.

Tsubasa at Niigata.

Lavender, sailing between Niigata and Otaru.

Lavender, sailing between Niigata and Otaru.

Benito Buono at Pozzuoli.

Benito Buono at Pozzuoli.

Medmar Giulia (ex-St Ola, Svea Scarlett).

Medmar Giulia (ex-St Ola, Svea Scarlett).

Super Fast Baleares leaving Palermo.

Super Fast Baleares leaving Palermo.

GNV Cristal (ex-Pride of Le Havre, Olau Hollandia) at Palermo.

GNV Cristal (ex-Pride of Le Havre, Olau Hollandia) at Palermo.

Cruise Olbia (ex-Superfast VI) arriving at Olbia.

Cruise Olbia (ex-Superfast VI) arriving at Olbia.

Moby Zaza (ex-Julia, Christian IV, Olau Britannia) departing Genoa.

Moby Zaza (ex-Julia, Christian IV, Olau Britannia) departing Genoa.

Acciarello at Piombino.

Acciarello at Piombino.

Moby Niki (ex-Corsica Serena Seconda, Europafarjan III) berthing at Piombino.

Moby Niki (ex-Corsica Serena Seconda, Europafarjan III) berthing at Piombino.

St Clare & Victoria of Wight, Portsmouth.

St Clare & Victoria of Wight, Portsmouth.

Visborg arriving at Nynashamn.

Visborg arriving at Nynashamn.

Stena Britannica, Hoek van Holland.

Stena Britannica, Hoek van Holland.

Happy New Year

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Happy New Year & Welcome to 2009!

With special reference to the website this blog is supposed to support, I suppose I should mention that this is the 40th year since the Vortigern first hit the water. At some stage I might do a retrospective over how much has changed in those 40 years, but the volume of change is so immense it perhaps isn’t even worthwhile to compare the eras.

The launch of the Vortigern, March 5 1969 (courtesy Roy Thornton collection)

The launch of the Vortigern, March 5 1969 (courtesy Roy Thornton collection)

However one slice of optimism for the New Year which the Vortigern herself might relish is the return, in fully-fledged conventional form, of the Dover-Boulogne route the ship was built for. Allied to the revival in recent years of her ‘other’ route, Dover-Dunkerque, with ships which match the ‘V’ herself for their dilemma-ridden mix of earnest contemporary style and occasional inherent impracticality, and in some ways the good old days are back.

One thing that romantics like myself will miss however are the terminals on either side of La Manche: the Dover train ferry dock is gone; in fact the entire Western Docks is now devoid of ferry traffic – for the time being. Meanwhile the cosy Eastern Docks of 1969 is replaced by a thunderous lorry pit-stop and, by Summer, the Gares Maritime in both Boulogne as well as the old Dunkerque will have regressed into memory as ferry terminals.

Looking ahead rather than back for a moment, 2009 promises a host of new ferry adventures – the main website itself will relaunch, fully updated and with the largest collection of ferry deckplans on the internet as a new feature. And I hope to sail on more classic ferries – top of the list are the Apollon (ex-Senlac), Rigel (ex-Bore I) and Isla de Botafoc (ex-St Anselm). And, time permitting, three of my all-time favourites may be sailed on once again: the Ancona (ex-Svea/Hispania/Knossos), the Agios Georgios (ex-Hengist) and the Penelope A (ex-Horsa).

But one thing HHVFerry has always stood for is a simultaneous appreciation of the best of the new as well as the best of the old. Today’s top-end newcomers are tomorrow’s classics, so we hope to venture to sea this year on the new Armorique, the Mega Express Five and the Elyros, all of which give great hope for being models of contemporary style and modernity.

Just as the Vortigern herself was, forty years ago this year.

The Okeanis (ex-Free Enterprise (I))

The Okeanis (ex-Free Enterprise (I))

A last word on hopes for the New Year; my thoughts turn to those classic ferries which are still clinging on in the face of adversity: the Georgios Express (ex-Roi Baudouin), the Royal Iris and the Okeanis (ex-Free Enterprise) are all at death’s door. Three more different but more significant ex-UK ferries you couldn’t hope to find. Let’s hope each of them is still with us in 12 months time.

Matt

The Georgios Express (ex-Roi Baudouin) laid up at a scrapyard in Elefsis. Having evaded the scrappers in 2008, merely surviving 2009 is yet another challenge for perhaps the most beautiful of all of Dover's car ferries.

The Georgios Express (ex-Roi Baudouin) laid up at a scrapyard in Elefsis. Having evaded the scrappers in 2008, merely surviving 2009 is yet another challenge for perhaps the most beautiful of all of Dover's car ferries.

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