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George Behrend

The railway author George Behrend died in July. Behrend was one of my heroes, one of the greatest of transport authors, whose obsession with noting every small detail on his…

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The Great Ports: An evening in Olbia

Olbia, the primary port of Sardinia, features one of the greatest concentrations of large overnight ferries in Europe – alongside other Mediterranean megaports such as Piraeus, Genoa and, during rush…

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Moroccan Ferry Racing

The Contenders A crossing on a grey day out of Tangier Med provides a perfect opportunity for two vintage ferries to see who can be first beneath the shadow of…

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Pont l’Abbe / Moby Corse

In 2006 Brittany Ferries somewhat unexpectedly chartered the long-serving Duke of Scandinavia (ex-Dana Anglia) from DFDS with Brittany’s Val de Loire heading in the opposite direction. With minimal refurbishment, the…

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Maintaining Ancona

A whole day in port – time for the crew to take a breather and relax in advance of another packed sailing in the evening? Not so for the crew…

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Blog admin

Note that you can now follow this blog via Google Friend Connect by following the link on the bottom of the right-hand sidebar. Meanwhile, Bruce Peter’s new blog has been…

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Smokin’ in the Sun

The peak season for Southern Europe’s ferry fleets is in full swing with chartered, elderly and seasonal tonnage pressed into service alongside the regular ships to cope with the seasonal…

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Cool Hollandica conquers Stena Blandica

Despite being one of the world’s most successful ferry companies, the mundanity of Stena Line’s modern on board offering has always been puzzling, almost as if the company were determined…

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The Paddle Steamer Ryde

Some pictures of the pitiable remains of the paddle steamer Ryde seen at Binfield on 3 May 2010. Completed by Denny’s in Dumbarton in 1937, the ship operated between Portsmouth…

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Farewell Mette Mols, Balkanija, Istra

A few weeks ago, Jadrolinija’s Istra was sold for scrapping in Turkey. As the Mette Mols, Mols Linien’s very first ship, she was the lead vessel of what became a…

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