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  1. Just to add to my previous post. I forgot to add another error from the guide. They state that Ostrehen "rather than Ouistreham" is well connected by highway and rail to Caen. The nearest railway station to Ouistreham is actually Caen Railway Station itself which is 18 km from the Port of Ouistreham.
  2. Regardless of the fact that Ouistreham hadn't opened at the time that they wrote their book it was still there on a map, the port wasn't just invented with the arrival of Britanny Ferries. They obviously knew the details of the route and the ship when the guide was published, but spelt Ouistreham incorrectly Plus they made a very obvious mistake by stating that the UK departure port for the route was Plymouth. No excuse for that either!
  3. I notice that the review states that the "DUC DE NORMANDIE operates on the new route between Plymouth, England and, the area of France in which her name implies, Normandy. The port city is Ostrehen, connected by highway and rail to the larger city of Caen". American reviews always tend to be full of errors. For example, anyone that takes the Berlitz travel guide's seriously are obviously unaware of the amount of mistakes in their publications.
  4. Hi Nick I'll have to get them out and take photos of the brochure on my tablet as my scanner doesn't work. Not sure but I think that I have a copy of the 1978 brochure. Give me a day or so and hopefully I can upload the images. Sean
  5. Your absolutely correct regarding the photos being rare for the FREE ENTERPRISE II at berth 49 considering the time of departure but as I've previously commented upon I've seen photos somewhere online of the FREE ENTERPRISE II sailing around Dock Head towards berth 49 presumably to take up her position for the evening sailing departure to Cherbourg. As I've previously pointed out I've also seen a photo of the FREE ENTERPRISE II alongside berth 49. I will definitely persevere with searching for the photos but it'll take some time. I've just checked and your correct that the last seaso
  6. Exactly it was an extremely tight schedule and I think that is why the late evening departure probably used berth 49. Townsend Thoresen couldn't afford the possibility that the FREE ENTERPRISE II would be held up by a late running VIKING. It's because of the tight schedule by the FREE ENTERPRISE II between Southampton and Cherbourg that the Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port came about. Townsend Thoresen had been in discussions with Portsmouth who we're keen to build a cross channel ferry terminal. 1975 was the last year that the FREE ENTERPRISE II was the permanent seasonal ves
  7. There was definitely passengers and vehicles going onboard the FREE ENTERPRISE II on the occasion of my visit to see her at berth 49 in 1973. I think that it may well have been the case that the FREE ENTERPRISE II used berth 49 for the late night call. If one of the VIKINGS was late departing berth 7 it would definitely have impacted on her tight schedule to Cherbourg. There was definitely signage in the port for Townsend Thoresen at berth 49 during that period.
  8. I was just going to upload the exact same photo....you beat me to it by minutes 🤗 Kloster Ferries SUNWARD at berth 49. In the Ocean Dock the following vessel's. Union Castle Line REINA DEL MAR at berth 47. Cunard Line CARMANIA ahead of her at berth 46. Cunard Line QUEEN MARY at the Ocean Terminal at berths 43/44. In the Empress Dock the following vessel's. A couple of unidentifiable Red Funnel Towage tugs. An unidentified Fyffes Line vessel at berths 24/25 An unidentified vessel at berths 26/27 (black and white funnel). On the Itchen Quays.
  9. A few more photos. FREE ENTERPRISE II alongside the layover berth 6 VIKING II at berth 7. The FREE ENTERPRISE II departing from berth 7. The VIKING I entering the Princess Alexandra Dock. The EUROPIC FERRY having just departed berth 3 in the Princess Alexandra Dock. An early view taken in 1964 of the "brand new" VIKING I at berth 7, British Railways Board FALAISE is seen ahead of her at berth 9. FALAISE was in her final season at Southampton operating the last remaining British Railways service from the port to St Malo.
  10. My father worked in the Port of Southampton for 42 year's. When I was a young lad he often took me to work with him (you'd never be able to anything like that now for obvious reasons). I went to work with him one Saturday evening in the summer of 1973 with special permission by my mother. My father was working at berth 49 for the FREE ENTERPRISE II. I can remember the event very well because the reason why I wanted to go to work with him that night was to see a late arrival of the SS FRANCE that was arriving at the nearby Ocean Terminal at berths 43/44 in the Ocean Dock. Because
  11. STENA LINE used the linkspan at berths 24/25 in the Empress Dock and the linkspan at berth 30 on the Itchen Quays. The Ocean Dock is a completely different dock. Ocean Dock consists of berths 42/43/44...45...and 46/47. The latter berths is where the current Ocean Terminal is situated. In 1967 when the inner dock was filled in to create two extra ro/ro berths the Outer Dock was renamed the Princess Alexandra Dock. Townsend Thoresen initially used the linkspan at berth 7 and used berth 6 as a layover berth. Townsend Thoresen used berth 1 for the VIKING IV freight ferry.
  12. Photo was taken in 1979. The two vessels in question are the VIKING VALIANT and VIKING VICTORY VIKING VALIANT is on temporary Winter lay up and the VIKING VICTORY is covering for her. VIKING IV is at her usual freight berth.
  13. PORTELET ( 1967, former LION of P&O Ferries) had left the fleet by the time the ROZEL ( 1974, former St EDMUND, KEREN) was chartered by BCIF from Cenargo and entered service with the company on 21/03/1989. The PORTELET had finished her charter with BCIF on the 01/10/1988 after two seasons operating from Weymouth to the Channel Islands. With BCIF concentrating their entire operations at Poole from January 1989 rather than from Portsmouth the Weymouth link was dropped. The PORTELET finished her final sailing from the Channel Islands to Weymouth on the 01/10/1988 and returned to her
  14. After leaving or should I say being made redundant by British Channel Island Ferries in 1993 after the takeover by Condor Ferries I joined Geest Line. I used to work for Geest Line on their GEESTBAY, we took 12 passengers in luxurious accommodations on a 32 day round trip from Southampton to the Windward Islands and Trinidad. Port's of call were Antigua, Dominica, St Lucia (Castries and Vieux Fort), St Vincent and Port of Spain. It was a great 32 day round trip with plenty of time off in port including night stops in several port's. And the crew accomodation was very good, nice
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