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Sound of Seil Launched at Cammell Laird

Photographs  John H. Luxton & Peter Challis 2013

SOUND OF SEIL, the second of two car ferries constructed by Cammell Laird was launched on Thursday July 25, 2013. Her sister ship SOUND OF SOAY had been launched on Monday July 22. The SOUND OF SEIL had be brought out of the construction hall the previous night and placed on the slipway.

The first three photographs by Peter Challis taken around 08:00 shows the SOUND OF SEIL on the slipway around 08:00, the next two photographs show her at 10:30. Around two hours later on the rising tide the ship was floated off and assisted by SMIT WATERLOO and SMIT BARBADOS into the wet basin with  a little extra assistance from SMIT ZEBRUGGE as she passed through the wet basin river gate. When she came afloat three whistle blasts were sounded.

SOUND OF SOAY and SOUND OF SEIL are the first complete ships to be built at the Cammell Laird yard since 1982,k when HMS UNICORN (now HMCS WINDSOR) was launched.


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