|On Saturday September 19, 2009 the Port of Liverpool and the River Mersey bid farewell to to a ship which during the past decade or so has become a much loved Mersey regular. Fred. Olsen Lines' classic BLACK PRINCE bade her final farewell as she sailed for Southampton where she was due to arrive on September 23. with calls at Dublin (September 21 and Falmouth September 22) to make her final two cruises - The Historic Home Ports cruise to Norway and her final Canaries sailing. Never again will her iconic "fireman's helmet" funnel be seen poking above the transit sheds at West Langton whilst "turning round". Following her final cruises she will depart for Venezuela and a new career with SAVECA as a coastal cruise ship.|
Following the departure of the LADY OF MANN in 2005 the mantle of last traditional passenger ship passed to BLACK PRINCE and now she has gone. Fred Olsen's BOUDICCA will replace BLACK PRINCE on sailings from Liverpool in 2010/11 but BOUDICCA belongs to the 1970s generation of cruise ships - BLACK PRINCE to the 1960s generation of vehicle ferries and therein lay her charm. The photographs below show her departure from Langton Lock and show her sail up river before turning off Canning Dock and heading out to sea.