Ferry miscellany

29-04-2013

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Sea France RodinThis page has photos of ferries of all shapes and sizes away from the Western Channel, starting with one of Sea France Rodin when nearly new in December 2001 taken by my friend Stephanie Dinez.

 

Corran ferry Corran ferry

Moving almost to the opposite end of Britain, the Corran ferry across Loch Linnhe, near Fort William.  These two views show the, to me odd, arrangement of an angled ramp

 

Camusnagaul ferry

Another ferry across Loch Linnhe is that between Camusnagaul and Fort William.  It's in effect a floating school bus and is seen here tied up at Fort William.

 

Lorod of the Isles at Oban

Caledonian MacBrayne's Lord of the Isles berthed at Oban.

 

Calmac Jupiter at Dunoon

Calmac Jupiter at Dunoon

Two views of the Cal Mac ferry Jupiter sailing from Dunoon to Gourock, in the right hand one a rival Western ferries vessel can also be seen.

Rowing boat ferry at Weymouth

Rowing boat ferry at Weymouth

The smallest ferry you're likely to see!  There are rowing boat ferries across the harbour at Weymouth two of which are featured in these photos.

 

The Swan on Windermere

Once a Furness Railway ferry, now a pleasure steamer, on Lake Windermere, the Swan arrives at the pier at Bowness on Windermere.

 

Windermere ferry

Windermere ferry

Two views of another ferry on Windermere, the car ferry across near the middle of the lake.

 

 

Adrian Gilbert at Falmouth

Adrain Gilbert at Falmouth

Heading back south to Cornwall, two views of the St. Mawes ferry at Falmouth.  The vessel is the Adrian Gilbert which used to be with British Railways operating between Kingswear and Dartmouth.

 

Flushing ferry at Falmouth

Another passenger ferry from Falmouth is across the inlet to Flushing, seen here alongside the pier at Falmouth.

 

Torpoint ferries

The Torpoint ferry is a chain ferry between Torpoint and Plymouth, two of them are caught about to pass halfway across the Hamoaze.

 

Higher Ferry, Dartmouth

The Higher Ferry across the Dart at Dartmouth, a chain ferry.  In 2006 the vessel used was propelled by paddle wheels.  The first view shows her as she had just finished loading.

 

Higher Ferry, Dartmouth

A photo of her underway, the paddle wheels create a lot of splashing!

 

Higher Ferry Dartmouth

By 2009 a new vessel - without paddle wheels - had replaced the "paddller" on this service.

 

Lower Ferry, Dartmouth

Further down the harbour is another car ferry, the Lower Ferry.  At busy times their are two ferries in use, possible as this one isn't guided by chains but by tugs.

 

Lower Ferry, Dartmouth

In this photo you can see the tug alongside the ferry "barge", when leaving they go astern then cast off, swing round and tie up again so part of the crossing the ferry is effectively drifting!

 

Lower Ferry, Dartmouth

Another, closer, view of one of the ferries with Dartmouth Castle in the background - a short crossing with some lovely views!

 

Lower Ferry, Dartmouth

This one shows the tug in the process of swinging round, it can seem that half the crossing is spent like this!

 

Kingswear - Dartmouth passenger ferry

The other ferry across Dartmouth Harbour is this passenger only service - though both the others can and do take foot passengers - which plies between pontoons at the railway stations of Kingswear and Dartmouth - the latter station never had a train service, just the formerly railway operated ferry.

Ferries on the pontoon at Dartmouth

The passenger ferry alongside Dartmouth pontoon along with her sister ships ready to go on cruises up river or out to sea.

 

Dart Venturer at Totnes

One of those above was seen later at Totnes having come up from Dartmouth once the tide allowed.  You can do a circular trip steam train - boat - bus from Paignton via Dartmouth and Totnes.

 

The Fairmile at Dartmouth

The Fairmile, a wartime Rescue Launch, now doing cruises with the Greenway Ferry entering Dartmouth Harbour from Torbay.  She was previously Western Lady III

 

The Fairmile off Slapton Sands

Another photo of The Fairmile later the same day off Slapton Sands.

 

 

MY Legend at Dartmouth

MY Legend at Dartmouth

The MY Legend is available for charter - if you have very deep pockets, she's seen here in Dartmouth Harbour.

 

MV Oldenburg at Ilfracombe

MV Oldenburg at Ilfracombe

MV Oldenburg

The Oldenburg serves Lundy Island from Bideford and, as here, from Ilfracombe.

 

Mudeford ferry

Mudeford ferry Christchurch

This little ferry operates from Mudeford Quay across the mouth of Christchurch Harbour in Dorset.

 

Red Funnel catamaran at Calshot

Red Funnel catamaran at Calshot

Two of Red Funnel Line catamarans on the Southampton - Cowes foot passenger service passing Calshot.

 

Red Funnel Line ferry

Red Funnel Line ferry

A Red Funnel Line car ferry on the Southampton - Cowes vehicle carrying service.

 

Ostend Spirit at Ramsgate

Ostend Spirit at Ramsgate

Ostend Spirit at Ramsgate

Trans Europa Ferries/LD Lines' Ostend Spirit at Ramsgate and sailing for Ostend.

 

Stena Europe

Stena Express

Moving to the Irish Sea, Stena Line's Stena Europe and Stena Express seen from Stumbles Head while entering and leaving Fishguard on the Rosslare run.

 

Reedham Ferry

Reedham Ferry

Going inland and to the other side of Britain, four photos of Reedham Ferry across a river in Norfolk.

 

Reedham Ferry

Reedham Ferry

It's a small, 3 cars max, chain ferry worked by one man who takes the fares as he changes ends on the way across.

 

  Well, that's it for now, but I'll be adding some more in the course of time as I get the photos.

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