Also for sale are the Vanga (ex-Basto III) and the little Borik, latterly second ship to the Kijevo at Biograd. There remain several other Jadrolinija ships laid up in various ports around the country and Hans de Graaf continues to do a public service with his photographs of several of the many and varied ships of the White Fleet, a few more having been uploaded in recent weeks here.
Meanwhile Fleet File Rotterdam has a fairly thorough section on Jadrolinija, correct up to a couple of years ago.
The fleet as listed however was a fascinating collection and pictures of and on board all are shown on the site. With links to the images, the four fast ferries were:
FergÃ¼n Express (ex-Storesund of Norwegian Haugesund A/S, 1974)
FergÃ¼n Express III (built as the Venture 84 in 1982, from 1983 to 1998 she was Emeraude’s Trident/Trident III)
Emeraude Express (built for Emeraude in 1986 she survives without change of name).
Prince of Girne (ex-Gimle Bay, 1981, primarily used in Yugoslavia/Croatia as the PoreÄ I until sale to FergÃ¼n in 1994.)
The conventional ferries are more interesting still:
Canbulat Pasha. Purpose built, 1997.
Girne. The ex-Saltholm (1967) of Svenska Rederi Ab Ã–resund’s Limhamn – DragÃ¶r route until 1979, then the Gozo Channel company’s Mgarr until sale to FergÃ¼n in 1996. Scrapped 2007.
Fatih. An astonishing survivor, originally being the Mersey pilot vessel Arnet Robinson (1958), passing to FergÃ¼n in 1988 where she was converted to a small car ferry. Compare this picture of her in her original guise with this image after conversion. Another picture of her as Fatih reveals the tall funnel remains unobstructed.
GÃ¼niz. Built as the KraakerÃ¸ in Norway in 1964 she had an itinerant early career before settling down as Rederi AB Gotland’s Polhelm between 1964 and 1972. Later one of Tourship’s first vessels, the Corsica Ferry until sale in 1976 to Jadrolinija as the Lastovo I. She remained, with a couple of name changes, with Jadrolinija until 1996 and has sailed in Turkish waters ever since, latterly for FergÃ¼n although she was sold in early 2009 to operate between Turkey and Russia.
Dominik also has recent images on board Agoudimos’ Ionian Sky. She is essentially unchanged since her Strintzis rebuild as the Ionian Victory in 1998.
For anyone wondering just what influence it was the epoch-making Vortigern had on the QE2, some superb images of the latter ship, as built, can be found here.
(link from LandgÃ¥ngen)
The quote from one of the Tallink directors, “our level of drunkenness was normal for a cruise of this kind” was memorable, but the signature indiscretion of that fateful cruise was the attempt to “grill” some fish from the SmÃ¶rgÃ¥sbord in the toasters, conventionally used for bread. On my most recent trip on the ‘Symphony’ I made sure to have my picture taken next to one of the toasters; however, I wish I had known that there were even better permanent reminders of the event. Now: how does one get onto Tallink’s Christmas card list?