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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« on: Aug 26, 2020, 11:55 AM »
At this time, when cruise ships are very largely out of service because of COVID-19, ferries are still continuing to ply their routes, and this made me think of some ferry services that I have particularly enjoyed.

Thinking about it, I have enjoyed many ferries, large and small, but my most memorable ferry moments seem to have been on the smaller ships, such as these :

  • Strangford to Portaferry in Northern Ireland
  • a little ferry on the drive from Gothenburg to Lysekil in Sweden



  • the ferries across the Bosporus from Istanbul to Üsküdar
  • the Likoni Ferry in Mombasa in Kenya

I also remember a little ferry in Norway on a QE2 excursion, in Hardangerfjord, but my photo shows the fjord rather than the ferry itself...

Hardangerfjord

I love getting out of the car or bus and standing out in the fresh air, as the little vehicle makes its way across the water. In Istanbul, you could even eat a little snack and gulp down a glass of hot sweet tea as you crossed the Bosporus.

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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #1 on: Aug 26, 2020, 12:14 PM »
Lymington to Yarmouth is a good one; very scenic and on a blue sky day is one of the very best.
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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #2 on: Aug 26, 2020, 01:12 PM »
Been on a couple of scenic ferry trips in the outer banks North Carolina, the seagulls are pre programmed to show up dive bombing the stern of the ferry for scraps! ;D ;D
The most scenic ferry ride I've been on was the Vancouver to Nanaimo service in Canada.

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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #3 on: Aug 26, 2020, 01:14 PM »
Of course a great ferry ride familiar to anyone who went to Hong Kong was the star ferry.....

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #4 on: Aug 26, 2020, 01:27 PM »
Of course a great ferry ride familiar to anyone who went to Hong Kong was the star ferry.....

Chris, your attached photo will not open. Meanwhile, here is the Star Ferry photo (with QE2!) from Ben Zabulis :



I have not had the good fortune of visiting Hong Kong and enjoying the Star Ferries, but their fame is sufficient for me to guess that they, together with the Bosporus Ferries in Istanbul / Üsküdar, are the most famous ferries in the world.

But happy to be corrected and to learn about even more famous ferries :) .

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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #5 on: Aug 26, 2020, 04:59 PM »
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I have not had the good fortune of visiting Hong Kong and enjoying the Star Ferries, but their fame is sufficient for me to guess that they, together with the Bosporus Ferries in Istanbul / Üsküdar, are the most famous ferries in the world.
Those two definitely make the list although I think a lot may come down to local preference, I'm sure we have a few members from Liverpool who will nominate the Mersey Ferry... ;D ;D

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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #6 on: Aug 26, 2020, 05:46 PM »
Two routes I have travelled frequently getting to and from playing jobs are the ferries from Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Port Jefferson, New York, and from New London, Connecticut, to Orient Point, New York.  :)

The first photo is one of the Bridgeport to Port Jefferson ferries. The second photos is one of the New London to Orient Point ferries.
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #7 on: Aug 26, 2020, 06:50 PM »
Those two definitely make the list although I think a lot may come down to local preference, I'm sure we have a few members from Liverpool who will nominate the Mersey Ferry... ;D ;D

Even for those of us who never had the pleasure, many of us would know and love "Ferry across the Mersey" :) .


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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #8 on: Aug 27, 2020, 04:59 AM »
Another interesting ferry route is the one from Butterworth to Penang in Malaysia. However, here in Hong Kong we do of course have the famous Star Ferry but, interestingly, there are many others which connect the outlying islands, in fact there are 22 ferry routes altogether and all make for a good day out. Here's a few pics, one taken on the Star Ferry with a 'First Ferry' coming in alongside and a couple of the Lantau Island ferry.

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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #9 on: Aug 27, 2020, 05:57 PM »
Those two definitely make the list although I think a lot may come down to local preference, I'm sure we have a few members from Liverpool who will nominate the Mersey Ferry... ;D ;D

It's also about the history of these two ferries names - Royal Iris & Royal Daffodil. For those who don't know the original Iris & Daffodil were requisitioned, because of their shallow draft, during WW1 to be used in the Raid on the Mole at Zeebrugge in April 1918, where they served as HMS Iris & HMS Daffodil.
On returning to service in Liverpool they were renamed Royal Iris & Royal Daffodil, on command of King George V.

If you have the time, it's an interesting part of WW1 to read about, Wikipedia is a good enough place to start.


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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #10 on: Aug 27, 2020, 06:22 PM »
The Star Ferry.

We took our three children, aged 13, 11 & 7, to Hong Kong in 1993 when my brother was serving out there with HQ Bde of Gurkhas.
Apart from ever so reasonable McDonalds - they never had them as part of their diet in UK but....., their favourite thing to do when we went into Kowloon, was to travel on the Star ferry 3 or 4 times! It was partially the hustle & bustle of the passengers and the fact that the trip only cost a few cents, that appealed to them the most, as well as the just the thrill of being in such a busy harbour.

On a slightly different tack, while we were there we were in Kowloon one evening and went for a walk along the viewing balcony of Ocean Terminal where there was a cruise ship in overnight, i think it was HALs Rotterdam. This was before The Twin Towers, when you could actually walk up to the end of the gangway and look down into the heart of the ship. My three were fascinated to see inside the ship and wondered just what it must be like to go onboard. [Little did they know...*] We walked a bit further along and stood opposite the dining room, noticing passengers enjoying their evening meal at tables next to the windows. Being children, my 3 waved excitedly and a few passengers waved back, which made their day!
* I said 'little did they know' because, not long after we returned to UK, out of the blue, i was offered a job as a Ship's Security Officer with Premier Cruise Lines by a friend from my RM days. At the start of my second contract, i was able to take my family to spend two weeks in USA, 1 week in Orlando and the second onboard my ship, Oceanic.
After their experience in HK they always made a point, whenever they sailed with me, of waving at anybody who waved at them. They were lucky to have been able to sail with me on many occasions, which was on each of the ship's i served on. By the time i was on QE2 they were several years older and able to enjoy, and appreciate her, probably more than they would have in say 1994.
As the saying goes, experiences and memories stay with you for a lifetime, my children - oh and my wife's - time spent with me onboard are among their most treasured memories.   

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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #11 on: Sep 01, 2020, 04:30 PM »
Living near the Clyde as I do there are a couple of favourite ferry routes within an hour (max) of my doorstep.

One is the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay(Isle of Bute) route and the other is the Ardrossan to Brodick (Isle of Arran) route - the latter has always been close to my heart as I come from West Kilbride which is just along the coast from the port of Ardrossan.

I have sailed that ferry route since I was a young boy and it holds a special wee place in my heart.

The route has been served by various vessels from a paddle steamer (Glen Sannox), a turbine steamer (Glen Sannox) and various motor ships through to the present day where the route is primarily served by the 1993 Lowestoft built mv Caledonian Isles operated by state funded Caledonian MacBrayne.

The view as you approach Brodick Bay is stunning - Arran's highest peak Goatfell dominates the skyline then you arrive in the bay and come onto the berth at Brodick - the largest town on Arran, an island often described as "Scotland in Minature" due to the Highland Boundary line that runs down the middle of it giving dramatic mountainous terrain on one side and lush green lowland landscape on the other. The local industry on Arran also works very hard for their island, producing malt whisky (2 distilleries), Gin, Ale, Cheese, Cosmetics, Chocolate etc. There is also a nice golf course on the island for those who like to waste a walk ( :) )

I also love sailing on a summer Thursday from Greenock to Brodick (via Dunoon, Rothesay, Largs & Cumbrae) on ps Waverley.

The first photo below was taken by Dunoon resident John Huggins using his drone in January 2019.
The shot shows mv Hebridean Isles (1985) which along with her older fleetmate and former Ardrossan-Brodick vessel mv Isle of Arran (1984) provide winter relief cover when the regular vessel is away for overhaul, heading out of Brodick Bay for Ardrossan. John was on Hebridean Isles at the time he took this shot.

The second shot was taken in 2016 by Ayrshire photographer Peter Ribbeck. His father owned a paper shop in West Kilbride when I was young. This shot shows mv Hebrides (2000) doing battle with a "mucky" river as she crosses from Ardrossan to Brodick on a wintery afternoon in January. She was also on relief duty.

They both show (IMHO) the beauty of the Arran landscape in winter.

Gav



« Last Edit: Sep 01, 2020, 04:41 PM by Clydebuilt1971 »

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #12 on: Sep 01, 2020, 08:56 PM »
Beautiful indeed! And surely very enjoyable.

Are these car ferries as well as passenger ferries?

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Re: Favourite ferries and ferry routes
« Reply #13 on: Sep 02, 2020, 08:40 AM »
Beautiful indeed! And surely very enjoyable.

Are these car ferries as well as passenger ferries?

Hi Isabelle,

Yes they are roll on roll off car ferries as well as pax.
That wasnt always the case - it was only in the 1950s that cars began being carried to the island on purpose built vessels. At that point they had hoists and turntables as they werent roll on roll off.

Gav