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  1. martijon

    St Faith

    If you look at the port side, the windows covered are in a slightly different place and gives a somewhat unbalanced look - the starboard side looks better as they are more centrally lined with the panels on the mezz deck level
  2. martijon

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Looks like Victoria is causing problems again today - she's just left Portsmouth (1330) with the Clare right up her backside, waiting off the hulk to get into the berth. They are the only 2 ships running so it must be a painfully long wait if you don't manage to get on the Clare. Not sure which ship is the running boat, but if it's the Clare, then the V of W is 90 minutes late!
  3. martijon

    Goodbye St helen

    I heard a rumour yesterday that she is going to the Netherlands and not joining Delcomar - completely unsubstantiated, but an interesting hypothesis. It came from a lorry driver who travels daily as part of his business.
  4. martijon

    St Helen

    Fair enough - but still 6 0r 7 years with many more heavy artics which tended to distort them I believe - certainly watching the angles that they went up at some times I can believe it.
  5. martijon

    St Helen

    I understand (though not confirmed officially) that those on the Caedmon were in worse shape owing to the greater number of lorries driving over them in the first ten years when she operated from Portsmouth
  6. martijon

    St Helen

    Early evening, but still dark!! She left with the 1500 sailing at around 1740 from Broad St, so probably about 1900 when she arrived at Fishbourne
  7. martijon

    St Helen

    If I remember correctly, it was pouring with rain. Add to that the fact that it was a very dark night and blowing a proper "hooley" I can't imagine many people standing on a slipway at Fishbourne with their cameras, bearing in mind it was n't generally known anything had happened until the crew went to lower it as they approached. Whether any were taken the next day once she was back at Portsmouth prior to going to Southampton for temporary repair though, I have no idea
  8. martijon

    St Helen

    I remember the night of the 27th December 1979 - I got off at Broad St and then when she sailed again the prow was knocked off - now that WAS a rough trip!! Getting across on the 0900 took 1 and three quarter hours, and it's the first time I've seen the other 3 ships all queuing up at Wootton Beacon to get into Fishbourne. The return trip was the scheduled 1400 which left at 1630. It must have been sometime just after 6 when she lost the prow.
  9. martijon

    (Yet) Another Red funnel crash

    Not quite sure that's the case!!
  10. martijon

    Yesterday's chaos

    What a mess!! One breakdown on the St Clare, and the whole of the Gunwharf area becomes gridlocked for hours. When I tried to get into Old Portsmouth at around half three yesterday afternoon the traffic queue went back through Cambridge Road, Museum Road and back onto The Terraces, and even at half eight last night it still went back as far as Ravelin Park. I can only imagine how the waiting passengers felt when the Victoria of Wight pulled off the route for the hulk at around 7 pm, leaving the service in the hands of the 2 oldest and smallest vessels. Surely the crew could have run one extra trip, which would have decreased the backlog significantly, particularly on the freight side, (which seemed to consist mainly of the George Jenkins fleet and about a dozen vintage buses). At one point, cars were being marshalled onto the upper floor of the terminal, only to be brought back down again when eventually they could board a ship. I came home from Southsea around 3 o'clock this morning and popped past - the Cecilia was just leaving with 1 mezz deck, packed to the gunwhales and still 3 lanes of car traffic in the terminal with about half a dozen large artics. On this occasion, Wightlink, you deserve all the flack that gets thrown at you - there didn't seem to be any effort on their part to make things easier for the motorists, some of whom were 5 or 6 hours late away on their booked sailings. Even the cafe still shut at 9 o'clock!! Does anyone know what the issue is with the Clare anyway? She is still at they lay-by this morning, I notice.
  11. martijon

    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Christened by Countess of Wessex at Fishbourne today
  12. martijon

    St Faith

    Looks like the St Faith has had to return to Gunwharf for some reason - vesselfinder shows her docked there now (1715), but she left at 1630; any one know what's going on?
  13. martijon

    Goodbye St helen

    Yes, that is the upper lounge - it was locked while I was on board, due to low passenger numbers (on both ships) - and from what I can remember, the artwork is still there, at least on the Catherine (GB Conte)
  14. martijon

    Goodbye St helen

    Yes, the flaps have been disconnected so they just hang loose all the time. The prows are down so that they can gauge the correct place to drop the prow, but it is all very reminiscent of the Broad St slipway days - once the vessel is moored there is a general chaotic exodus of foot passengers and vehicles at the same time - none of this stopping the traffic so that footies can board safely. Interestingly they only park traffic 2 abreast on each side and on the mezz decks, which has cut down vehicle capacity, though it makes it a lot easier to get in and out of cars, It also means they don't have to sort the load first - vehicles board in the same order that they turn up, with cars, trucks, lorries all mixed up. The crossing takes around 35 minutes, so is much the same as their original crossing time - at Portovesme the port is in the middle of a large industrial area which is quite run-down - the ships berth her stern inwards, turning as they approach the berth. At Carloforte, the terminals are literally right on the main road, which can cause delays with disembarking traffic. It is possible to sit outside at a pavement cafe and the vessels berth about 60 feet away, this time bows inwards - see photos below. There was always a police officer in attendance to help the traffic flow. There are 5 berths on the seafront at Carloforte, as other vessels which sail to alternative destinations berth as well - when 2 ships were unloading at the same time, it was quite chaotic, to put it mildly.
  15. martijon

    Goodbye St helen

    I realise there are probably much better photos to be found elsewhere, but here's just a few I took when I was in Sardinia back in May. Both ships look very good and very well cared for
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