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Autocarrier

The former Royal Sovereign excursion ship of GSNC as converted for Townsend Ferries for their cross-channel services seen at Dover in November 1974

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Excellent view of this conversion job, Derek. Very cleverly done. Who would have thought that the 'Royal Sovereign' could be turned into a 'carrier' like that? Remarkable. The name was terrible - uninspired and uninspiring, to say the least. All the best, Donald.
 

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Hello Donald, Whilst bemoaning the loss of Royal Sovereign I agree that they did quite an attractive job with her conversion. She may still be around, certainly she was in 2005 under the name Ischia in Italian waters. Derek
 

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Original plan was to convert her for cross channel excursions by day and freight sailings overnight, managed by P&A Campbell, no less. Proved hopelessly impractical so she became a freight ferry only. Lasted in Med till 2007 then sold for scrapping. Name resurrected that of "Autocarrier" (1931, 822grt) built by Southern Railway to cater for car traffic on Dover- Calais route (26 cars craned on and off, 307 passengers)
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20A/slides/Autocarrier-03.jpg
 

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Great photo and fantastic detail clearly showing how much her conversion altered her apperance but I am under the impression that the Autocarrier was sold to the Italians in 1973 not in 1974, that is what it states under the history of Townsend Thoresen.
 

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