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FRESHWATER

  • WLH
ex Lymington to Yarmouth - Isle of Wight - car ferry, at
Pounds shipbreaking yard, Portsmouth.

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That must have been possibly prior to her sale to Western Ferries.My pic of her in that guise in the Ferries Forum.
 

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T'was indeed, she had just arrived from Portsmouth
and was off to the Clyde thereafter.
 

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Would she have taken me from Portsmouth to Ryde (IOW) when I was with Trinity House (about '67)? I remember returning to the mainland on the hovercraft from Cowes to Southampton - cost a packet, carried about 20 passengers and took 20 minutes instead of about 2 hours. World's first hovercraft service I think.
 

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She was on the Lymington to Yarmouth service.
 

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Freshwater was the infamous ferry which stood in for the Southsea and Brading on the Ryde Portsmouth route in the early 80s whenthey were in refit / repair. So poor was the accommodation onboard that a single decker bus was parked on her car deck to improve facilities!
 

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I remember taking the crossing on the Southern Vectis Bus/Freshwater on a cold winter evening. There was a small passenger lounge on either side but no facilities. It was deadful but everyone took the whole thing in good humour !
 

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