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Emeraude France Emerges From Cammell Laird

Photographs  John H. Luxton, Ian Collard & Stan Basnett 2007

After spending exactly one month in dry dock at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead EMERAUDE FRANCE emerged on to the Mersey around 12:15 on May 19. She had entered the yard on April 19, 2007. Despite her month in dry dock she emerged with her Emeraude Ferries livery intact with no attempt having been made to remove the defunct company's fleet name, web address or logos. Even her dummy funnel had not received "steam packet red" . One would have thought that the Emeraude fleet names would have been removed. After emerging from Lairds she crossed the river to Prince's Landing Stage for bunkers where she was secure at 12:37. She remained at the stage until 13:27 departing for where she arrived around 17:00. Her slow crossing to Douglas, was according to an correspondent, due to problems with one of her engines,


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