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Caledonian Princess

At Stranrear, from a postcard.

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What a magnificent view of her - and as built in the colours of the Caledonian Steam Packet for whose Stranraer to Belfast route she was built by Dennys at Dumbarton in 1961. By 1968 she had been absorbed in the BR (Sealink) Fleet. She spent time at Fishguard and at Weymouth on the Channel Islands run then latterly at Dover from where she was laid up in 1981. In 1984 she became the "Tuxedo Princess" floating nightclub on the Gatehead side of the Tyne under the Tyne bridges. Apart from a brief appearance in a similar guise at Glasgow (when she was replaced at Gatehead by former fleetmate Dover, renamed Tuxedo Royale), she remained there for 24 years, very much part of the local scene. She was towed away last year, initially to Pireaus then onward to Turkey for demolition. Thank you for posting.
 

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Thanks chaps! Just to confirm Purser, she was built for Stranraer to Larne. Also, upon completion of service at Dover on 26th September 1981 she was laid up at Newhaven pending sale.
 

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I was lucky enough to see her in Pireaus, in a very neglecting state. Nevertheless, I managed to get a few photos, as I wouldn't see her again.
 

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Remember going on board her when she opened to the public on her first arrival at Larne. Still have a little brochure somewhere. Always thought she looked her best with Caledonian's yellow funnel and rampant lion and never looked as well under Sealink. It was sad to see the photo in Ships Monthly recently of her being broken up at Aliaga. Jim.
 

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This vessel was 3,630gt and 1,306net and registered at Stranraer. Built by Wm. Denny & Bros of Dumbarton as Yard No 1501 in November 1961 to replace the PRINCESS MARGARET. Visited Holyhead drydock for refits on regular basis and operated out of the port to Dun Laoghaire a number of times in the 1970's and was the most travelled Sealink ship operating from there ports. 1991 became the TUXEDO PRINCESS owned by Riverzest Ltd UK and based at Glasgow as restaurant/night club and 1996 owners restyled Riverzest [Glasgow] Ltd and later she moved to Newcastle. Official No 168902. Sold to Greek interests in 2008 and renamed PRINCE and then resold to Avsar Gemi Sokum Ltd of Turkey and arrived Aliaga 23.8.2008 for scrap. Tonnage had become 4,042gt whilst under Sealink.
 

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