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  1. Good Evening! So Quick Voyage Report from my trip to Cherbourg on Friday. Took advantage of the great BFe offer, managing to get on the Friday departure from Poole, coming back via Portsmouth. Would have done Saturday but was booked up (as was the Portsmouth Friday outbound crossing). So arrived at Poole station into some hazy mist! Cycled down to the harbour and joined the queue. Passing through, finally got told to cycle up to the top vehicle deck. Barfleur was well loaded. Picked up the breakfast meal deal of two mini-croissants, hot chocolate and apple juice before departure. Lines were soon dropped as the mist started to clear - must be when I do this trip - had hazy mist in Cherbourg when I did it a few years back. Passed by the Condor Liberation and the cargo ship Daisy, which was loading superyachts. Passed round Brownsea Island at a slow rate of knots, before passing the Bramble Bush Bay and Old Harry's Rocks. I do love coming out of Poole, it is very scenic. We dropped off the pilot and the Liberation could be seen passing round towards the chain ferry. she took quite a wide course compared to us, passing a lot further out, I assume so she can get up to speed quicker. Looked round the shop before relaxing at the self service restaurant, watching the view out the front. Through the haze the Cap Finistere could be glimpsed, almost like a ghost ship. Soon Cherbourg came into view and a pilot boarded. We entered via the eastern entrance, last time I came via Barfleur, (admittedly as said about 4-5 years ago!) it was via the slightly closer western entrance. we passed the Cherbourg 4 undergoing maintainence and berthed in the normal Cherbourg 2. We were called down to the car decks and was soon off, heading into Cherbourg. This was the first time I had looked round some of Cherbourg, and it is a nice town. Popped into a couple of sports shops and surprised to find no trace of anything Tour related! Whilst was out shopping I missed the Stena Horizon arriving, using the berth by the cruise terminal. Soon it was time to head back, and was soon onboard the Normandie Express. she was still fairly busy, but not quite as much as the outbound trip. we left a good 20 minutes early (I demand my 20 minutes in France back!) and after passing the inner harbour was up to 20 knots, and full power after leaving the outer harbour. The NEx is good as a A-B ship, for getting there quickly, but admit I do prefer the conventional ferries, with the extra outside deck, and facilities. But she does the job well. After a nice calm crossing and lovely sunset we soon slowed down. Still amazes me just how far out we have to slow down, especially compared to Cherbourg, Poole and Channel Islands, where top speed seems as soon as you leave the harbour confines. Despite the early departure we stopped at the end of the Portsmouth approach channel to allow the departure of the Etretat, meaning we still arrived on time and not early. Good advantage of the NEx was that bikes were parked right at the stern by the ramp, so was the first person off! No queues for me! Overall yet another great trip. And I do like the Barfleur, she is very compact but in a good way. Pictures can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpGYc6L
  2. Evening! Visited Sandbanks yesterday in my way to the Poole Boat Show, couple of pictures attached of the Barfleur, MN Pelican and Condor Liberation. Nice place to watch the ferries at Sandbanks, and fairly lucky with Brambles Bush Bay being on the Purbrook side for both Barfleur and MN Pelican. Barfleur looks a lot better condition paintwise than Normandie, shows how the more extensive / longer Caen route has bigger impact.
  3. The Barfleur passes the outbound Mont St Michel (Bound for Ouistreham) on her way into Portsmouth, before heading to Santander for scrubber installation. 8th March 2015
  4. I just wanted to share some photos from my new vantage point in Gosport since I started working for the National Coastwatch (NCI) based in Fort Blockhouse. 'Pont-Aven' departing Portsmouth for Santander (21/03/17) 'Baie de Seine' departing Portsmouth for Le Havre (21/03/17) 'Mont St Michel' departing Portsmouth for Ouistreham (06/03/17) 'Amorique' arriving in Portsmouth from Ouistreham (05/02/17) More to follow as I get them....................!
  5. Hello. this subject may have already been discussed, but concerning the lengthening of the barfleur, according to different sources, the barfy has been lengthened by 9 meters and according to others by 7.20 meters. Does anyone have the truth? A strange thing : in 1991, when i was travelling on the trégastel, there was à model of barfy on board and the légend was : lenght 151 m ( or 150 but not 14x m... Shure !) and 18000 grt ?? (It was a model of the former design) .... Strange
  6. Andy

    Barfleur enters the Caen Canal

    Barfleur entering the Caen canal for layup following her second withdrawal from service, pending charter/sale.
  7. Andy

    Au revoir Barfleur

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  8. Andy

    Barfleur departs Poole

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  9. Andy

    Barfleur departs Poole

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  10. Andy

    Barfleur

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  11. Andy

    Barfleur Bridge

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  12. Andy

    Barfleur- Wake

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  13. Andy

    On Deck - Barfleur

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  14. Andy

    Barfleur Ships Bell

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  15. Andy

    Barfleur - Deck

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  16. Andy

    Barfleur Canal

    What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
  17. What was thought to be the second 'final' ever Barfleur crossing between Poole and Cherbourg - 3rd October 2011
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