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Looks like she finally made her way onto the beach earlier today in Aliaga

Vronskiy in the new Trasme livery -  

Disastrous news but only to be expected, in the greater scheme of things we all have a « BBE »....😩. So for all you young guns on here, a short history lesson.... Back in the late 70’s/early

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Yes I  also have lots of good memories of travelling on the Duc.   I recall spending lots of time on the  outdoor deck as well as in the restaurant.  Sad to see her go especially as she looked quite good in her later life and I think she could have gone on a bit longer if covid had not intervened. Expect we will see lots more ships being scrapped prematurely now. Definitely the end of an era.  

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Is there any doubt that she has indeed been scrapped? She was shown bunkering off the coast of Malta on Wednesday, with marine Traffic last plotting her position there at 19:04, and Vessel Finder has her heading west from this position, last showing her off the coast of Tunis yesterday (approx. 16 hours ago). 

I would love it if she's had a last-minute reprieve. I have fond memories off frequently travelling on her when she first came into service as the Prinses Beatrix on the Hook to Harwich route. Although operated by Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ) she's was the last of the 1970's 'Sealink' branded ships still in service (as far as I know).

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2 hours ago, De Hoek said:

Is there any doubt that she has indeed been scrapped? She was shown bunkering off the coast of Malta on Wednesday, with marine Traffic last plotting her position there at 19:04, and Vessel Finder has her heading west from this position, last showing her off the coast of Tunis yesterday (approx. 16 hours ago). 

I would love it if she's had a last-minute reprieve. I have fond memories off frequently travelling on her when she first came into service as the Prinses Beatrix on the Hook to Harwich route. Although operated by Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ) she's was the last of the 1970's 'Sealink' branded ships still in service (as far as I know).

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Sadly the post directly above yours proves otherwise... :(

2 hours ago, TonyMWeaver said:

 

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2 hours ago, De Hoek said:

she's was the last of the 1970's 'Sealink' branded ships still in service (as far as I know).

As far as I know, Saint Eloi, Chartes, Prince Laurent and St Columba are all still around.  And, technically, Galloway Princess was also (just) a 70s ferry.

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3 hours ago, De Hoek said:

Is there any doubt that she has indeed been scrapped? She was shown bunkering off the coast of Malta on Wednesday, with marine Traffic last plotting her position there at 19:04, and Vessel Finder has her heading west from this position, last showing her off the coast of Tunis yesterday (approx. 16 hours ago). 

I would love it if she's had a last-minute reprieve. I have fond memories off frequently travelling on her when she first came into service as the Prinses Beatrix on the Hook to Harwich route. Although operated by Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ) she's was the last of the 1970's 'Sealink' branded ships still in service (as far as I know).

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Damla off the coast of Malta on Vessel Finder has been there for almost a week, it's what i call a Ghost Ship.

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Oh well, looks like she's definitely gone then. Funny, my (now very elderly) parents still referred to her as "the new ship" when I told them she'd been scrapped - they haven't travelled between Holland and England by ferry for a very long time now! 

She wasn't as pretty as the likes of the Avalon (on the Hoek van Holland to Harwich route), or the Koningin Juliana or St George, but she was a very comfortable ship, and I always enjoyed the night crossings on her.

Nice to hear there are still a few (former) Sealink ships still out there!

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Yes, it all gets stripped out and sold as appropriate. Nothing new about it (literally!). There are many examples of recycling. Panelling and other fittings from the Titanic's sister ship Olympic ended up in the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick for example where the dining room uses the interior panelling and decoration from the ship's first class lounge.

You can see some of it here:

http://atlanticliners.com/white_star_home/olympic_home/

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There is a guy on Facebook purportedly selling various fixtures and fittings from the Marco Polo, recenly beached at Alang. I`m not going to link it as I`m not certain of its provenance. But if you google shipping author Peter Knego, he has bought lots of ships bits and pieces and has them containerd to his home on the West of the USA..He has some interesting pictures. He has been doing it for years though.

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On 19/01/2021 at 11:37, Gareth said:

Her stern door always looked so narrow it reminded me of trying to get my car into the garage!

There was always some disappointment as a child at the end of a holiday to drive into Ouistreham and see the stern side of the DDN's funnel on the horizon.

Funny how times change, these days I'd much rather the DDN than the Normandie. They don't make 'em like they used to etc etc.

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1 minute ago, Jim said:

There was always some disappointment as a child at the end of a holiday to drive into Ouistreham and see the stern side of the DDN's funnel on the horizon.

Funny how times change, these days I'd much rather the DDN than the Normandie. They don't make 'em like they used to etc etc.

Do you mean you used to keep missing the ferry?🤣...Nice to see you again by the way

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42 minutes ago, Paully said:

Do you mean you used to keep missing the ferry?🤣...Nice to see you again by the way

I'm just passing by.

Not a chance we missed the ferry... my Father was the kind who had you at the airport 5 hours before a flight.

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Just now, Jim said:

 

I'm just passing by.

Not a chance we missed the ferry... my Father was the kind who had you at the airport 5 hours before a flight.

Man after my own heart...

Keep passing by though

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