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And Then There Was One.....

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Forgive me for a bit of self-indulgent nostalgia.

My interest in ferries started in the 1970s and, at the time, centred upon Townsend Thoresen, as the company that used to transport us on all my childhood family holidays.  I have watched the former TT fleet gradually dwindle over the years.

Well, I have just discovered that we are now down to the very last former TT passenger ferry still in service.  A couple of the former freight fleet (Via Mare, ex-European Clearway and Sea Partner, ex-Cerdic Ferry) are still in service in the Eastern Med and Black Sea respectively.  But apart from them, there is now just one solitary former member of the passenger fleet still in service - none other than the 53 year-old, 1965-built third member of the original Thoresen Viking fleet, Viking III, still sailing as Red Star 1 between Brindisi and Vlore.

Vitsentzos Kornaros, ex-Viking Viscount, is still around but has been out of service at the shipyard at Perama since last August.  So, if she does not return to service (hhvferry, any ideas on that?), then Viking III will be the last of the line to survive in service.  Amazing! 

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It's being reported on the Townsend Thoresen facebook page that Vinsentzos Kornaros (ex Viking Viscount), which has been laid up and out of action since 2017, has been sold for breaking at Aliaga.  If true, this really does leave Red Star 1 (ex Viking III) as the very last ship to survive from the once mighty Townsend Thoresen fleet.  As far as I am aware, the now-54-year old ferry, which was the 5th oldest of all the passenger ferries that sailed in TT colours, is still in service and still going strong.

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(Meanwhile, this evening, at 18.24 GMT, is the 33rd anniversary of the tragedy at Zeebrugge that hastened the demise of the 19 year history of Townsend Thoresen as a trading brand and the 59 year history of Townsend Car Ferries).

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On 06/03/2020 at 15:29, Gareth said:

It's being reported on the Townsend Thoresen facebook page that Vinsentzos Kornaros (ex Viking Viscount), which has been laid up and out of action since 2017, has been sold for breaking at Aliaga.  If true, this really does leave Red Star 1 (ex Viking III) as the very last ship to survive from the once mighty Townsend Thoresen fleet.  As far as I am aware, the now-54-year old ferry, which was the 5th oldest of all the passenger ferries that sailed in TT colours, is still in service and still going strong.

It's not 100% certain yet, at least not publicly, and there were some potential buyers who wanted to get her back into service, but it does seem like the barbarians are at the gates for her.

http://hhvferry.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/IMG_0162858_TN.jpg

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