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  1. I emailed APSS further to ask about photographs. I had a vague but perhaps useful response:
  2. @hhvferry Thank you for digging this out, really appreciate it. So it looks like Cuthred was quite a bit different to the other C-Class internally, unless they were similar early on. Looks like this was all fairly stripped back when moved to Setubal. The lower lounge in particular looks like a vast improvement over the other C-Class ferries.
  3. Yes, I remember the interiors pictured. I think the most recent interiors or at least carpets (load bearing ones in Caedmon 😄) and coverings were installed in the early 2000's... Yep, the old tannoy speaker was there right until the breakers. I wonder if at one time, there were plans to sell them on for further use whereas the other two were already too "past it". It looks like a rather boilerplate response though so perhaps they'll still be sitting there indefinitely. There is definitely some sort of ambiguity with these old ferries. The current operator Atlantic ferries is clearly completely different and has nothing to do with the old ferries.
  4. Had a response from APSS, rather to the point but hey, Names removed:
  5. @Pigeonrat Yes, the C-Class interiors sound interesting in their original configuration, apparently vinyl seats, different colours in each from other posts I've read on here. I only really remember these from the mid 90s on as I would have been too young to remember their pre Wightlink interiors. I found some images of Cenwulf's interior online which wasn't the colours that she went to the Esbjerg with http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/extra_bilder/cenwulf_1973_omb_1.htm I've never been in St Clare, usually if I go from Portsmouth it ends up being on one of the W-Class or St. Faith. @hhvferry Thanks for that, if you have any other images that would be very much appreciated 😊
  6. Two of the other TransSado ferries are just up along the coast: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Setúbal,+Portugal/@38.4929752,-8.8301871,96m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0xd194307e49642f1:0xeabefa3d424489ab!8m2!3d38.5254047!4d-8.8941 Some photos from an urbex group: http://www.lugaresesquecidos.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=948&hilit=mira+praia&sid=e490fab3aa7f9677b9db79e12eb28c90&start=10#p4221 I know it's not particularly relevant but I've been doing some research in the hopes of coming closer to finding out what's going on with Cuthred. Interesting how two of the ships were effectively just abandoned on a beach whereas the others are moored on the jetty. Probably doesn't mean anything though.
  7. Interesting, many similarities but also many differences. There seems to be a lot more going on in the engine rooms on the later C's. Looking at the original decks in the plans for Cuthred, it makes you wonder if adding a mezz deck and a full sun deck didn't help the problems with speed on Cuthred. It's a shame that there are no interior shots of Cuthred from before Setubal. I've heard nothing back from the Boat Centre so I don't think this will happen. Atlantic ferries gave me the contact details for APSS (Who own Mira Praia etc.) and I have sent them an email. Does anywhere know where Rapido originates from? Apparently she also came from the UK but I can't find much information.
  8. Thanks @martijon very useful information! I guess it's just the poor resolution of the video which gave the impression of the car deck being narrower. Also the C's had some mods by Wightlink didn't they? Stairs etc. onto the sun deck which probably gave the impression of things being a bit more grand so to speak. The windows sound interesting but were they not somewhat obscured once the mezz deck went in? No, it seems unbelievable really, especially when out of any of them, I always thought Cenwulf would be the one still running. Presumably Cuthred had just as much a rough time as Caedmon did initially yet seemed to be a bit better for it if the few photos and videos from Setubal are anything to go by.
  9. Looks so familiar, you can definitely see the resemblance the C-Class had. Funny to think that the first prototype C-Class is now the only one in existence. I've never seen Cuthred\Mira Praia in person so if one day she does make it back over here, that would be brilliant. Looks like me that the car deck is not as wide as it was on the other C's. Also it looks like there are windows which overlook the car deck, I'm pretty sure they weren't there on the other C's? I'm wondering, are the stairs on the Cuthred accessed in the same was as the other C's as the area for the lifeboats are about where the stairs and shell doors would have been on the others. Also does Cuthred have the lower lounges under the car deck? The boat centre have not responded to my email as yet but I'll post any updates here if any.
  10. Interesting, thanks for clarifying this. Do you know of any other mods other than the removal of mezz decks?
  11. I have sent an email to the boat centre asking them if they perhaps know anything. As it's not business related any reply will be a bonus 😊. Yes, though personally Cenwulf was my favourite but Caedmon just had such an eventful time it's simply not possible to not mention her on threads like this 😄. It would be great to get Cuthred back though and would be interesting to do the odd Portsmouth-Fishbourne run, though I doubt that would be feasible given that apparently she has the Camber Queen engines now so surely would be even more under powered than before.
  12. It's very strange. On the Google Earth desktop application, there is the option to view historic imagery. The earliest time it shows Cuthred at that jetty is 24/05/2010 but in a different position. At some point between then and 25/05/2013 Cuthred was moved to the current location, the most recent imagery is from 30/08/2015. But there is 3D setting which I think may have been created at some point during 2016. Somebody presumably must be paying for this arrangement. But I suppose both the jetty and the boats could be abandoned, however there are a lot of changes on the satellite imagery over the years, with many boats being added but not often removed. In the latest imagery it's all looking a bit crowded there now. Maybe someone is buying old ships with good intentions? I wonder what kind of condition Cuthred is in now? Perhaps not Caedmon levels yet 😄
  13. To update this thread further, I've done some more searching around on Google and have found a few more fairly recent images (October 2017). There is a business right in front of where Mira Praia has been for the past 10 years or so called "BoatCenter". They have several images on their Google Maps page showing off their business. 360 degree image from the yard, you can see Mira Praia in the background: https://www.google.com/maps/place/BoatCenter+-+Serviços+e+Actividades+Náuticas,+S.A./@38.4970538,-8.8366707,3a,57.6y,207.32h,99.69t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipM221HThOzGkP_B15W3pjocKkeV08lLyW9oNyy9!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipM221HThOzGkP_B15W3pjocKkeV08lLyW9oNyy9%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi0-ya28.5-ro0-fo100!7i5660!8i2830!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0xd19430bd7b0847b:0x6faeac00247ac743!2sVertigem+Azul!8m2!3d38.5206413!4d-8.8970818!3m4!1s0xd1942a81e0a3149:0xf8004226f983c27!8m2!3d38.4962996!4d-8.8363445 You can see the masts, funnels and bridge behind the building: https://www.google.com/maps/place/BoatCenter+-+Serviços+e+Actividades+Náuticas,+S.A./@38.496299,-8.836344,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipO_LcNATUadr6WE-ESqWn4vvJshEVysVSjvd-0P!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipO_LcNATUadr6WE-ESqWn4vvJshEVysVSjvd-0P%3Dw203-h202-k-no!7i1361!8i1356!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0xd19430bd7b0847b:0x6faeac00247ac743!2sVertigem+Azul!8m2!3d38.5206413!4d-8.8970818!3m4!1s0xd1942a81e0a3149:0xf8004226f983c27!8m2!3d38.4962996!4d-8.8363445 It doesn't look like any of the former Setubal ferries have anything to do with this company though.
  14. Techsnap

    St Faith

    I'm a little surprised that St. Faith was kept on rather than St. Cecilia. I understand that St. Faith is slightly newer but I was under the impression from various posts that St. Cecilia was in slightly better order than St Faith. Although I suppose that there could have been more resale value in St. Cecilia to St. Faith so that could have contributed to it. I suppose eventually, St. Faith will join them either way, unless Wightlink are planning to hold on it for the long term. Was any other work done when the mezz deck was removed, I'm assuming that the interior etc. is the same as it's always been?
  15. Looks like it was a good send off! Thanks to all who have posted photos and videos for those of us who couldn't be down there on the day :). That's disgusting. It's one thing to have taken it down on the sly which is just as unacceptable, but surely it should have been obvious by the way it was presented that it wasn't just a random bit of memorabilia just lying around. Hopefully it will be returned to its rightful owner!
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