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Boulogne & The Canterbury

Visits to Boulogne-sur-Mer are always slightly haunting for me. This port town, which was massively damaged in the Second World War, rebuilt itself into the Channel port in the 1950s…

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Up close: Seafrance Cezanne

Built 1980 as Ariadne for Rederi AB Nordo as a deep-sea ro-ro. Converted to passenger ferry in 1989/90 and renamed Fiesta for Sealink SNAT Calais-Dover services. Renamed Seafrance Cezanne 1996….

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Up close: Seafrance Renoir

Built 1981 as Côte d’Azur for Sealink SNCF Calais-Dover services. Renamed Seafrance Renoir 1996. Retired and laid up since April 2009. Photographed 25 October 2009, Dunkerque, France.

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More on the Senlac

Nigel Best has come to the rescue to complete our update of the current status of the ‘H Boats’ with recent images, from owners European Seaways, of the Senlac, now…

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Hengist, Horsa & Senlac, Summer 2009

Although Ventouris Sea Lines’ unprepossessing website gives little away, the Agios Georgios (ex-Hengist) remains the key conventional ship on operations from Piraeus to the Western Cyclades. New competition has emerged…

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The Dubrovnik (ex-Connacht, Duchesse Anne)

Since the sale of the Ivan Zajc earlier in the year, the Dubrovnik (ex-Duchesse Anne, Connacht) of Croatia’s state ferry company Jadrolinija is now rostered to sail on Split-Ancona sailings…

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Farewell Doric Ferry, Kapetan Alexandros

Quietly, the Kapetan Alexandros A ex-Doric Ferry, last of the ships of the Atlantic Steam Navigation Company, left her lay up in Keratsini under tow of the tug Christos XIV…

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A visit to the Masarrah (ex-St Columba, Stena Hibernia, Express Aphrodite)

Completed in 1977, the St Columba/Stena Hibernia became something of a legend on Irish Sea services through the 1980s and into the 1990s. Finally ousted by the arrival of the…

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Building the ‘D’ Class – Part Two

In the first part of our look at the construction of the Maersk ‘D’ class, we reviewed the three vessels at various stages as they grew from the bottom up…

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Building the ‘D’ Class – Part One

There have been some significant new ships for Cross-Channel operators in the past decade, most notably the Seafrance Rodin and Berlioz on the short sea and the Mont St Michel…

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