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  1. I travelled across a couple of days ago, and overheard someone saying that White Horse Ferries have decided that the 'Heap' is too small for their purposes, and will not now be keeping her. Obviously not confirmed, but it may explain why there's no progress on her. So possibly back to the drawing board?
  2. Re: Hythe Ferry Yes, she's still at Saxon Wharf.
  3. Re: Hythe Ferry Oh I hope she does go to them. I think she'll be in very good hands with them. Loved hearing her distinctive 'chug' from here in Hythe, and hopefully we'll get to hear that, and see her running in our area for many more years to come. (H)
  4. Re: blast from the past That is a good vid, and one I've held on my favourites for a while now. It dates from 1974, when that particular craft (Freedom) was new, or at least the centre section (cabin section) was new. The hull was actually built up from parts re-used from the craft that overturned a couple of years earlier. Freedom stayed with Hovertravel until 1984, when she was bought by Eurosense in Belgium, and converted with flat side decks for survey work in Belgium, and was eventually scrapped in 1989. Skipcool3, the craft you saw in pieces in Southampton by Dock Gate 4 was the one currently preserved in the hanger at the Hovercraft Museum (Sea Hawk). She spent a decade or so in undercover storage at Portchester, after her stay in that car park, before then being moved to the Hovercraft Museum. Exciting times for the Portsmouth to Ryde service, and I look forward to seeing the new craft! Doug
  5. Re: St. Claire - Update please!! She left yesterday, I noticed.
  6. Re: Cuthred (Mira Praia) Lots of photos Hello Robin and welcome to the forum! Many thanks for the update. The area around Setubal looks lovely! Have you looked at some of the other threads on here, such as this one? http://forums.bfenthusiasts.com/showthread.php?t=6698 You will see on there photos of Mira Praia's near identical sisterships, which have just been retired from service.
  7. Re: Cuthred (Mira Praia) Lots of photos Cheers Ian. I've got the one on the Wightlink ferries in general, but the Fishbourne and Yarmouth books are next on my shopping list.
  8. Re: Cuthred (Mira Praia) Lots of photos That's great Ian, thanks for the updates on them.
  9. Re: Cuthred (Mira Praia) Lots of photos I've just done a bit more searching and have answered my own question! I see that Fishbourne went to Turkey, and she was the one that was subsequently lost. I don't know if Camber Queen (Mira Troia) still survives? I assume she doesn't.
  10. Re: Cuthred (Mira Praia) Lots of photos Did Fishbourne join them also, or did she go elsewhere? I've not heard anything of the sisters, other than that one of them sank on her moorings during a storm or something?
  11. Re: Cuthred (Mira Praia) Lots of photos The last I heard was that whilst she had stood down from use as a car ferry, she was still being used for foot passengers only. If I can find out anything further I'll let you know.
  12. I recently discovered the site below, with a load of excellent photos showing the ex Cuthred from all angles (inside, on the bridge etc) http://www.ptnauticmodel.net/album_paulo/thumbnails.php?album=19 Also check out a couple of the other ferries in the albums. Although they're not ex cross-Solent ferries, they look quite similar to some of the older ones don't they.
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