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Old 19th June 2006, 00:08
maritair maritair is offline  
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Ships callsigns

I used to be a regular traveller (Passenger not crew ) to the channel islands on B.C.I.S. before it was taken over by condom ferries a question does anyone have the original radio callsigns for


this is to complete my logbook many thanks in advance

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Old 19th June 2006, 07:49
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Ahoy Roger,
The HAVELET was built as
now called:
The CORBIERE was built as APOLLO and still sailing again as APOLLO[CFG6209]
CORBIERE (1985),
BENODET (1984),
OLAU KENT (1976),
APOLLO (1969)
The BREIZH IZEL was built as WANAKA and now called DUCHESS M
Ship Name: DUCHESS M
Ex Names:
BALBEK (2000),
DUCHESS M (1989),
RATA HILLS (1976),
WANAKA (1975)
Call Sign: P3JE3
PORTELET was built as LION(1967) renamed
now called:
All the best
Changer de cuisine donne de l'appétit!
My piccies also @:

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Old 19th June 2006, 18:41
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taken over by condom ferries
Deliberate or spelling mistake I wonder
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Old 19th June 2006, 23:02
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Hi Matthew
No not a spelling mistake a play on words , since the old BCIF boys who were taken over thought they were a much use as a chocolat teapot.When Condor came into harbour it was always worth watching -like strictly come dancing
I believe they were only allowed to hit the sea wall three times . Roger .
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Old 20th June 2006, 01:18
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But - who is still in operation!!
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Old 24th September 2008, 04:26
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Originally Posted by cambria49 View Post
She is certainly remembered in Cork by virtue on the occasion she almost rolled over while relieving on a Brittany Ferries sailing to Roscoff during Storm Force conditions. She limped back to Ireland where her vehicle deck was cleared using forklift trucks. Heave-a-lot was the label bestowed upon her I think.


I was working aboard Havelet on that trip as second steward, can remember it well. The car deck was a right mess, overtunred lorrys with oil all over the place, damaged cars, etc.

The Havelet ship was chartered to Brittany Ferries for a month to cover sailings ex Plymouth to Roscoff and Santander as well as Roscoff to Cork as the Bretagne had engine troubles at the time ( April/May 1992 ) and the Coutance was serving in the Gulf ( first gulf conflict ). The newspapers had been full of pre-election news at the time but the incident did make page 3 of the Daily Mail.

Altough the Havelet had a French crew at the time of the charter we still had several UK crew aboard including myself Sean 2nd Steward, Sonia the officers stewardess and John Cornick purser.

The Havelet was a happy ship to work on, in fact out of the 9 ships I have worked on she is my favourite with many memorys. Yeah she rollled, accomodation was cramped, she lacked everything but she holds a special place in my sea going career!
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Old 3rd September 2010, 20:40
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Interesting, I was 2nd engineer on the Havelet for a year or so prior to leaving the sea. We had quite a busy time as at the end of dry dock after much engine room work, they used an incorrect ratio of a running in fluid or used it for too long. It was an additive to the fuel. I wasn't on board at the time so I'm not exactly sure what went wrong but that was a very costly error both in man hours and financially. We ended up pulling and refurbishing 2 to 4 units per 2 week trip, doing a unit in the mornings in Weymouth. The oil consumption prior to the unit overhauls was astronomical and the funnels were belching out dark smoke. Quite a work up, however, as others have stated here, it was a friendly ship. I also sailed on the Breizh Izel, Corbiere, Portelet, Beauport and the Rozel.
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Old 4th September 2010, 20:33
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You can find the histories of all the BCIF ships on this site.
Just click on a letter which opens up a list of ships begining with that name, scroll down to the one you want and click on it.
The site is in Swedish, but some computers can translate the script for you.
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Old 10th September 2010, 16:02
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Re: BCIF ships

Thanks for the link, there are photos there I hadn't seen before.
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Old 5th August 2019, 12:19
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M/S Corbiere

I remember John Cornick the purser ,the senior master was a guy called Colin Perkins ,believe he ended up sailing a desk job.
Many happy hours on BCIF ferries .My interest is that I am an ex Radio Officer.
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