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Everything posted by Gareth

  1. It doesn’t look long enough! 🤣
  2. Last appearance in the BF timetables appears to be 11 March Santander - Portsmouth. So presumable leaving the BF fleet on 12 March. Correction: Running a Portsmouth-Le Havre sailing overnight on 12 March, so presumably destoring in Le Havre on 13 March.
  3. Ah, just seen this. All makes sense now, thanks Neil.
  4. So is this rumour that MSM’s refit has been cancelled / postponed?
  5. What’s the rumour Tony?
  6. Occasional irregular Plymouth-St Malo positional sailings. These have not happened this year, but they used to happen when the same ship was used to maintain a token service on both the Plymouth-Roscoff and Portsmouth-St Malo routes during the winter refit period.
  7. Some good photos from Mr Shaw there. That one of Etretat is at an unfortunate angle - not her best lines! But a good view of the funnel.
  8. I did hear a rumour that BF was planning on replacing its replacement for the triangular rolls with banana bread. But then they realised they didn’t have enough geast.
  9. The lorries may have been coming for bananas. They probably split and peeled off when they realised PA was only a geest on the quay.
  10. Lee Shaw. Good one! 🤣
  11. Was more thinking of depth....
  12. Gosh - slightly surprised she fits!
  13. Correct. Pont Aven continues to service the St Malo route until arriving in Portsmouth on the morning of 29 December. She then has her New Year cruise before undertaking a single Portsmouth-St Malo sailing on 2 January for obvious reasons. Bretagne is back on the St Malo run permanently with the day sailing from St Malo on 29 December.
  14. I suspect they must have decided that “your lives are not in immediate danger and beyond that there are no safety concerns that would be of any use for you to know about” might not have the same calming effect on morale.
  15. “There are no safety concerns” for a ship adrift without power is an interesting one.
  16. Indeed. Nor are they an exact science. Every situation is different and the same combination of factors rarely occurs twice.
  17. That’s true - strike may be the explanation.
  18. I am sure that TFM meant Friday. Yes, it’s a juggling act for BF when a berth is out of action.
  19. Correct. On the current schedules, PA is in St Malo on Thursdays.
  20. I agree with Colin, Brigitte, great pictures. Any word in the town on how she is going down on the Cherbourg route?
  21. The problem with the swell at Roscoff is that the berth is barely shielded from it. Cherbourg and, to a lesser extent, Ouistreham have more protection inside the harbour such that the berths remain tenable.
  22. Yes, a very vulnerable route in winter storms.
  23. Hoe and Barbican are the picks if the town. Orherwise, I agree, the rest of the town itself is pretty grim. Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar are very pretty, and then of course you’ve got Dartmoor and Salcombe/Dartmouth just up the coast and Cornwall the other way. David was suggesting the wider area, not the town.
  24. The key word in Scarlton’s post is “licence”. How generic are these things, and how much is each licence specific to the purpose for which it was issued?
  25. Do I read that right, that there are going to be eight of them......?!
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