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Holyhead Ferry 1 at Dún Laoghaire

Photographs © Neil Ralphs

NHheadFerry.jpg (60698 bytes)NHheadFerry2.jpg (55045 bytes)These photographs show the almost new HOLYHEAD FERRY I at Dún Laoghaire in the 1960s. The first photograph shows the ship at the East Pier ro/ro terminal which has long since disappeared and was the first ro/ro berth at Dún Laoghaire.

TSS HOLYHEAD FERRY 1 was constructed by Hawthorn Leslie of Newcastle in 1965 for British Railways.

Length oa: 112.47m  Speed: 21 knots

She commenced operations on the Dún Laoghaire - Holyhead route in July 1965 replacing the PRINCESS MAUD.

HOLYHEAD FERRY 1 also served on the English Channel and Channel Island routes in the 1970s.

On May 30, 1981 HOLYHEAD FERRY 1 was towed to Spain for scrapping.

Neil writes:

The 'Holyhead Ferry 1' was seen at Dun Laoghaire in August 1966 - immediately following the shipping strike of that year.

We had arrived in Dublin from London on the 'Hibernian Coast' on her first trip after that strike. My wife well remembers Capt. George Maerns who kept us all amused with his personal reminiscences of local Irish life in Wexford, Arklow etc. on the passage up from Tuskar Rock.

The 'Hibernian Coast' (built as 'Aberdonian Coast' and sister to the 'Caledonian Coast') was built by Hall Russell in 1947 and for a coastal cargo ship was fast - capable of 14knots. The voyage from East India Dock in London to Dublin being completed in 48 hours. The ultimate destination was usually the West Trafalgar


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