"St Clair" depating Lerwick during a short "cruise" to witness the departure of the Tall Ships in 1999.
Ended service with P&OSF in 2002 now named "Barakat" & used in Red Sea Pilgrim trade.
The one that was in service 72/73 was a conventional single screw (Sulzer Main Engine) Passenger ship with 3 Electric deck cranes built at Ailsa Troon in 1960. She was replaced by the first ro/ro "St Clair" in 1977 which was originally "Peter Pan" built in 1965 I think later Southern Ferries "Panther" from the Southampton- Spain route and then briefly "Terje Vigen" on charter to a Norwegian Company before coming to P&O Scottish Ferries. She was replaced by the ship pictured here in March 1992.
wmac1953, yes spot on with the St. Clair (4), purchased by Southern Ferries (P&O) on 10th October 1973, renamed Panther and put into service on the Southampton-San Sebastion route. 6.12.1975 renamed Terje Vigen on charter. 31.3.1977 transferred to P&O Ferries (Orkney & Shetland) & renamed St. Clair. 1992 sold to PNSL Berhad, Malaysia, renamed Nusa Pejuang, tonnage increased to 6757 grt. December 1997 sold to Indian shipbreakers. Coastie also correct regarding St. Clair (5). Built 1971 by Schichau Unterweser A.G., Bremen as Travemunde for Moltzau Line A/S, Gedser, Denmark. 4,500 grt, twin screw, 2 x 12 cyl M.A.N. diesels, 13,400bhp, 21 knots. In an interesting career she later worked for Sally Line, Brittany Ferries, Truck Line out of Poole and the French Government on charter. Modified by the builders in Bremerhaven for Scottish service in 1991, tonnage increased to 8696 grt. 1992 purchased by P&O Scottish Ferries Ltd. & renamed St. Clair. 2002 sold and towed to Rotterdam for repair as the Barakat. Still trading, IMO No. 7104441, Call Sign HZBR, Flag Saudi Arabia, In Service as at 10.01.2007. Registered owner Baaboud Maa, Saudi Arabia. Ship manager Baaboud Trading & Shipping an-Nil Street, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Coastie, a pleasure and she's a good looking ship. Apparently on 24th August 1997 she undertook the last Lerwick/Bergan summer sailing which she'd been steaming for the past 5 summers. When the franchise went to Northlink Ferries in September 2002 she made the last sailing on the main Lerwick / Aberdeen route on 1st October that year. Do you know which ship is now sailing the route? It's of interest to me because my long deceased father came from Aberdeen and I still enjoy the occasional visit to that part of the world. I know it wouldn't have been practical for me but it's interesting to discover that there was once a Lerwick/Bergan service. I've taken my car over to Bergan on a number of occasions but always had to go via the Tyne. Scary in the late 60's watching your Mini Cooper S being swung into the ships hold on a cargo net! Bergan line from distant memory, toured Norway then home via Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and finally Calais. On leave from BP, great trip.