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BRETAGNE: 30th Anniversary

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Here’s the link to the actual Tweet in better quality 

#30ansduBretagne "Brittany, the first building managed by Brittany Ferries at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, is a dream! An innovative public / private partnership has allowed Breton shipping to take a major step forward thirty years ago.

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Watch those tweets Neil! Check there are no boogieing bears before posting. 

As for 'worst shipping magazine in history' , I suspect any newsletter published by this lot might give them a run for their money. 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.mngship.org/&ved=2ahUKEwiv_eKhlK_jAhWRxoUKHaBFChMQFjAHegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw1lO8M9desXBYfeCrLhDi2Z

😉 Ed

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Bretagne has been a familiar sight in Portsmouth for over 25 years, and this weekend she is celebrating her 30th birthday.

She was the first fully commissioned cruise-ship for Brittany Ferries and a great achievement for a company that was relatively new. Since being launched from the Chantiers de L’Atlantique in St Nazaire, she has become a moving tribute to the hard work and determination of the Breton farming cooperative that started the company, bearing the same name as the region in which the company began and their headquarters still remain.

Bretagne is one-of-a-kind, thanks to the work of a Scotsman named Alexander Goudie. Described as a floating art gallery, three hundred original pieces of art are displayed on-board in honour of Brittany. Ceramics, drawings and paintings were all passionately designed around a region he adored.

Regular travellers on the Bretagne are well-versed on how to make the most of the crossing, beginning with a drink in the piano bar, followed by a meal in Les Abers restaurant, lovingly described as the place to eat on the English Channel. Happy and full, passengers retire to a comfortable cabin for a good night’s sleep ready for their arrival in St Malo.

So, please join us to raise a glass to Bretagne, for she is a jolly good ferry which nobody can deny!

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https://brittanyferriesnewsroom.com/30-years-young/?fbclid=IwAR1mTi2HrSnOU3lixNh4zMegh5dqNEF1M-ajNQ7fitdhRLcaDQifPXEB-s4

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Just got off her in Portsmouth after a really fast run..old girl was doing over 20 knots most of the crossing..late leaving St Malo due to tide...

   Great ship many wonderful memories over many years...

 

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Happy birthday to the ‘old girl. Feels Iike only yesterday she sailed into Plymouth Sound for the first time - complete with a party on the Hoe!

She truly is integral part of generational memories to holidays to France. 

Here’s to at least a few more years sterling service! 🥂 

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She turned out pretty true to the original artists impression too! If only the ice-cream bar was still there... ☺️

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The obligatory crew photo, marking 30 years, and her sporting le grand pavois to make the occasion :) 
 
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My all time favorite - just like all the other ships.

Sailed on Bretagne when she was about a month into service, 30 years ago, has been a favorite ever since. 

Actually I like the current Armorique, (the first was just awful in any sort of sea) never feels crowded.

The Trecastel was also pretty grim.

I can cope with the PA, not a huge fan but worth doing the Thursday out of Plymouth to get the restaurant.

Never been on the Barf, thought the MSM was huge and a bit souless.

Normandie felt second hand about 2 years ago.

Must book another crossing on the Bretagne before she goes, it's worth is just to be up forard as she comes into St Malo!!

Rhys

 

 

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seeing nostalgic pics of her from he 90's with her z-stripe and unique paint scheme is quite emotional. It is interesting how Bretagnes livery was not as large and intimidating as that of the Val and Normandie.

Looking at her now, stripped of character and identity is sad, but it is great to see her still going today.

 

There are many vessels from the mid/late 80's plying Uk routes today, eg/ DFDS Newcastle pair, P&O's Hull pair etc - cruise ferries built in this day have longevity, there is no reason why they cant continue for many years to come.

 

Le 'Quib.

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Can’t think of many ferries that would evoke so many memories by their passengers. Bretagne certainly has a following like no other. 

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On 12/07/2019 at 08:47, Khaines said:

Just a heads up to Bretagne fans

Resurrecting this thread to say there is a large feature on Bretagne in the new issue of Ships Monthly, she iscalso on the cover.  Also includes a feature on Pelican the freight only BF ship who sails from Poole.  Will be buying it.  

The summer edition of Voyage Magazine also has a nice feature on the Bretagne, pages 70-71. 

Its not available online yet, but should be soon. 

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Not sure if I have seen the summer edition yet, is a new one out?  Will pop round to Poole port and pick one up.  Edit - the picture on Andy’s link is the one I last seen so yep, a new issue.

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With all the rumour and discussion surrounding the future needs of various carriers such as a Bretagne replacement for BF at St Malo, Condor's lack of conventional overnight berths between the U.K & Channel Islands and DFDS' future at Newcastle, Damen's recent announcement could prove instrumental.

I found this interesting.

https://magazine.damen.com/markets/dredging-and-marine-contracting/damen-scales-up/?fbclid=IwAR2D5HRhqqcmk8jramduH-x3PvgYiu7DhvNm-ZNTgAnsH8FPz472x8eCp30

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15 minutes ago, neilcvx said:

A standardised vessel as a replacement the Bretagne fans will be choking on their round rolls.

It would be a half-baked idea not to replace her with a ship having a little individuality to differentiate the route from the alternatives. Ed. 

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