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  1. She's off again today. Wight Sun covering with resultant delays
  2. More issues this morning due to a linkspan fail at F'bourne - not sure which one though
  3. They were triple decking her earlier in the day though. She coped very well today considering the weather conditions. It was the Faith which was 45 minutes late at one point with the Clare not far behind her
  4. Not doing very well with the other two either. Clare still at Fishbourne with a very delayed 1900 sailing. Constant triple decking and low tides plus the wind aren't doing them any favours.
  5. Apparently the Red Eagle "lost" one of her anchors this morning - it fell off (!) as the vessel approached Cowes just before 10 AM. The ship is now out of service while her hull is inspected for damage alongside in Southampton. The Island echo website has more on this story
  6. Reading the article, it says 16 extra sailings between Fridays and Mondays - presumably 4 per day, using all 3 vessels in the way they did on the Monday of the Festival tjhis year
  7. Wight Light showing as berthing at Gunwharf arm. Any ideas why or is this just a gltch on vessel finder?
  8. I can remember years ago when they'd be double decking at 5 am on Saturdays - and going back even further when they'd have all 4 of the older ships running half-hourly through the night on a Friday. Things ain't what they used to be... and considering the prices, I can understand why!!
  9. martijon

    Wight sun

    Her timekeeping on the Portsmouth run this past few days has been atrocious, even with the hour's lay-over between sailings
  10. Yes, they were all different - Catherine was the lowest, then they got progressively higher through to the Faith
  11. And of course the headroom on the St Helen was lower than the Faith, so they still wouldn't have been able to take double-deck trailers on the Helen
  12. Not the first time a Fishbourne ferry has set out for Dunkirk!!
  13. Was it linkspan issues that caused the problems again this morning, I wonder?
  14. Apparently there are issues with the upper linkspan today at Gunwharf - there are delays of up to 90 minutes at the moment
  15. Let me try and answer these one by one: The car deck is more or less the same width - in fact if anything I think it might be a couple of inches wider. I know in her latter days on the Solent it was more common to put three coaches abreast on the Cuthred than it was the Caedmon. Any difference though is negligible/ The windows overlooking the 2 side lounges were unique to Cuthred - they made quite a good viewing point when the vessel was loading up. Even when the port side lounge was replaced by a second set of ladies loos the windows were retained, though obviously they were on the corridor side, not directly into the loos!! The stairways were both at the stern end of the ship - Portsmouth end. They came up into the bar area at each corner, almost adjacent to the doors out on to the open deck Yes, there are two lower lounges - as usual hardly ever used. They had softer padded seats in them, the same as in the side deck lounges, rather than the hard plastic found on the later vessels. One was furnished in orange seats, the other in green I believe. When she ran in Portugal, these were closed off to the public and used for storage. They were also much less well-lit than on the C-class - very dark and dingy, which was handy if you wanted a quick sleep during the crossing Hope that helps - I'm still trying to find the photos I took when on her in Portugal; as soon as I get them, I will post them
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