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Taken in March 1987 from Erskine Bridge as North Sea Ferries' newbuilding departed from Govan for her trials.
Originally for the Hull-Rotterdam service she is now called PRIDE OF YORK on the Hull-Zeebrugge run.

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Nice shot of the ship and the coastline as well. I sailed on this ship last week. Took her Japanese-built sister out and then came back on Pride of York. She is clean and well looked after but still looks like she has been worked hard, however I think that is a good thing with commercial vessels.
 

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IMO 8501957 , Call Signal GIFR , Class Lloyds Register of Shipping , Flag UK.
Ship Type : RORO Ferry.
Build in 1987 by Kværner Govan Shipbuilding Ltd Glasgow Scotland UK as " Norsea " for P&O North Sea Ferries Hull UK.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 31.785 / 18.197 / 6.545.
Main Engine : Sulzer 6ZAL40 - 2 x 5.000 bhp / Sulzer 9ZAL40 - 2 x 7.500 bhp.Total - 25.000 bhp.

2003 Renamed "Pride of York ".
 

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Norsea was built by Govan Shipbuilders Ltd. The takeover by Kvaerner did not happen until 1988.
 

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why can we not built ships like her now. See the telegraph P and O building in the east med I expect she will fail after a few years.
 

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Countries which have ended and finished off their merchant shipbuilding like Denmark, Sweden and Britain - it is unlikely that they have the competetive strength to even return to the markets and work up a new brand and quality reputation against South Korea, Japan or groups like STX Europe (Finland and France shipyards), Fincantieri. We must accept these times are gone forever for our merchant yards, unfortunately!

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Paul: It is more likely that these naval ships, too, will be built abroad in the future than it is that Britain will ever return to being a merchant shipbuilding nation. We could, of course, pour zillions of pounds into shipbuilding by way of (illegal under the EU) government subsidies but do you want your taxes increased and your pensions, benefits and health care services cut just so we can say we build ships? Maggie Thatcher sold the (already ailing) UK shipbuilding industry down the Swannee 25 years ago, so she could get her rebate from the EU. It's too late and utterly pointless to try to go back.
 

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