prides of rathlin and ailsa

Louise.s
16th December 2006, 22:52
Are these still running? I had a great time on these ferries anyone out there remember me??(Thumb)

GaryAndrews
17th December 2006, 00:30
Are these still running? I had a great time on these ferries anyone out there remember me??(Thumb)

Hi Louise...

I loved the pair at Larne - was on the last P&O sailings of both ships..(and have a few items from both!)

Sadly both are long gone from UK service - the Ailsa finished in 1996 and the Rathlin in 2000.

The Ailsa sank last year near Suez - she was owned by El Salam Maritime.

The Rathlin is still running in Indonesia as the BSP III - I occasionally post news snippets about her to my ferry groups..

Cheers

Gary

Louise.s
17th December 2006, 11:25
Oh how sad about the ailsa. When were you on them Gary and what dept. did you work??(A)

GaryAndrews
19th December 2006, 22:10
Oh how sad about the ailsa. When were you on them Gary and what dept. did you work??(A)

Sadly not a worker but a ship enthusiast who was always very well looked after by the crew of the ships - guys like Jim McMullan, Eddie Ervine, Maurice Austin, Peter Barlow-Morris, Al Sodhi.

I still run into some of the ex catering crew too - mainly around the bars of Larne.

I recently ran into Nobby Clarke who was being entertained with me by the European Highlander's master Paddy McAlinden.

Louise.s
20th December 2006, 21:34
Wish i had taken more photos(MAD)

GaryAndrews
23rd December 2006, 23:24
I have quite a few onboard pictures

Have a look at

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/pride_of_rathlin_1973_inr.htm

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/ailsa_rathlin_plan.htm

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/free_enterprise_VII_1973.htm

Louise.s
24th December 2006, 21:21
I remember the club class on the rathlin very well. During heavy weather going across to Larne the drinks cupboard fell off the wall and bashed me. (Jester)

cambria49
27th December 2006, 03:38
Gary, did you know a 2nd mate, John McKenna, on Jim's watch? He has just retired from Dublin Port where he was a Pilot.

GaryAndrews
27th December 2006, 20:28
Gary, did you know a 2nd mate, John McKenna, on Jim's watch? He has just retired from Dublin Port where he was a Pilot.

The name is familiar....

I used the European Causeway to get to and from Scotland for our family Christmas and I hardly recognised anybody....

Louise.s
7th January 2007, 22:16
Did anyone else stay at the Loch Ryan hotel for an overnighter??

Hawkeye
8th January 2007, 00:27
No, I always travelled during the night to join in the morning.
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cambria49
13th January 2007, 10:27
I remember being permitted to sleep on the Ionic Ferry overnight in Larne on one occasion; and on the Europic too ahead of an early morning round trip - happy dayzz!