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Kapetan Alexandros A (ex-Doric Ferry) – an update

Perhaps I spoke too soon with the comment in the previous post that it seemed the Kapetan Alexandros A was coming around to Brindisi for a further Summer! Agoudimos have…

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May Day in Denia

I spent twelve successive childhood Summers in Javea (Xàbia), on Spain’s Costa Blanca, a resort town separated from nearby Denia by the looming presence of Montgó, a 2,470-foot mountain which…

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Last of the line: the Kapetan Alexandros A (ex-Doric Ferry)

The six purpose-built ships of the Atlantic Steam Navigation Company were completed at British shipyards between 1957 and 1968 for ASN’s North Sea and Irish Sea operations and all had…

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Viking XPRS rebuild

Such has been the success of Viking Line’s new Viking XPRS, operating for nearly twelve months between Helsinki and Tallinn, that her owners are extending the ship already: Dear passengers!…

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Last of the classic train ferries: A round trip with the Rosalia

In Northern Europe the train ferry is under threat. The scene surveyed by P. Ransome-Wallis in his masterful book Train Ferries of Western Europe at the end of the 1960s…

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Farewell Roi Baudouin, Georgios Express

The legendary Georgios Express, the former Belgian/RMT Roi Baudouin of 1965, set sail on Monday, 23 March, under tow to Aliaga in Turkey for scrap. The ship had been laid…

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Hengist, Horsa, Senlac: The Rafina Summer of 2004

Although built together for Sealink, being delivered in 1972-73, the Hengist, Horsa and Senlac never operated together as such, the Senlac being Newhaven-based. There were a few occasions when the…

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The Vortigern – 40 years ago

March 5, 1969 was launching day for British Rail’s Vortigern at Swan Hunters’ Tyneside Neptune yard. The ship would go on to have a succesful UK career of 19 years…

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The ‘new’ Stena Caledonia

. . . In January 2009, Stena Line confirmed they were continuing their recession-busting modernisation programme by investing £1.8m in a thorough upgrade of the Stranraer-Belfast route’s single conventional vessel,…

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The great ports: Igoumenitsa

Major ferry ports in the UK and much of Northern Europe tend to be accessible only to travellers; gone are the days when ships formed an easily accessible part of…

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