17th November 2007, 01:21
Does anyone have a picture of this ferry/passenger vessel. I saw and went on board in Durban in the 1990's
It was the Santa Maria de la Caridad built 1967 Irene 1984 Cypress Express 1985 Maria 1 1985 Estrela do Mar 1987 1999 Coco Explorer 1
17th November 2007, 05:31
Simplon Postcards have Santa Maria de la Caridad here (http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/Trasmed1.html#anchor783759)
17th November 2007, 05:38
Also a shot of her here (http://www.nedcruise.info/coco%20explorer%20I.jpg) as Coco Explorer 1.
23rd November 2007, 14:00
I have just added 2 pics of her taken in Durban when she was there as Estrella Do Mar. The closest I can date them is post 1994. She was quite a nice little vessel and her owner was very friendly and amicable to our many visits. I recall she had some dormitory style accomodation, small cabins and some lounges with aircraft style seats for deck passengers. She first came to Durban for a refit and thats when we first went on board her. Later on she ended up in Durban permanently and was operated by "Coastal Cruises cc.", the intention I supect was to do short "out to the blue" jaunts out of Durban. I know at one point she was operating alongside as a bar/restaurant.
I dont know what happened to her after that, but she did not end up like the Royal Zulu (Santa Maria de Les Neves?) did, languishing near the silt canal.
23rd November 2007, 18:17
Thank you Reklaw
I remember also the Royal Zulu, had no idea until recently they were near sisters, how strange they both ended up in Durban
Thanks for the posting
24th November 2007, 05:49
I dont know if they were sisters, they sure didnt look alike, although in certain aspects they were very close. Estrella was much bigger and I dont think Royal Zulu had any accomodation. I have a few pics of her too which I must post.