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Sound of Soay Launched at Cammell Laird

Photographs  Peter Challis 2013

July 22, 2013 was an historic day for the Cammell Laird ship yard in Birkenhead when the first of two new ferries constructed for the Clyde operator Western Ferries was launched from the slipway outside of the construction hall. This is the first complete new ship to be constructed at the yard since HMS UNICORN (Now HMCS WINDSOR) was launched in 1992. Many thought that they would never see the day that another complete ship would be launched from the yard which weathered some dark days in the early years of the 21st Century following the COSTA CLASSICA debacle. One hopes that these two ferries will be the first of a whole new generation of ships to originate from the yard.  An interesting coincidence that the launch of the new vessel has taken place on the same date as that of the birth of a future heir to the throne of the United Kingdom. There can't be many ships that share their birthday with that of a future monarch!

The ship is reported to have been craned into the water at the bottom of the slipway to await the incoming tide. Once afloat tugs from Smit and Svitzer towed her into Cammell Laird wet basin.


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