The Harbour Through The Years

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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:17 am

If I could see a bigger picture I would be sure, but I'm 99% certain that the mailboat is wearing the then new British Rail livery here. This was a black topped red funnel, rather than a black topped buff funnel. For the latter, the black top was much deeper than appears in your picture. Also, in B&W, the red funnel would appear darker than the buff.

The livery was applied to both the Cambria and the Hibernia during their winter refits in Belfast, 1964/65.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:47 pm

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I think the Ferries came shortly after this.
I remember the Cambria berthed at the Carlisle Pier and the new Car Ferry (Caledonia Princess) on the east Pier.
I wonder was that the first Ferry?TT
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Enviro500 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:53 pm

Thomastown,
The Ferries started in fact Summer 1965 with a Borrowed ship from the Dover-Calais route, I thinks it was the 'Normania, and shortly after the first pucker car ferry, named "Holyhead Car Ferry No.1", how original is that. Cambria 49 can fill in the correct detail I am sure.

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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:17 am

TT, as Enviro says, the first car ferry was the Normannia, brought in from the Dover - Boulogne service from July 9 - 19th 1965, pending the late delivery of the Holyhead Ferry 1 from her builders. The Caledonian Princess came to the service for the summer of 1969. She then appeared from time to time until 1975.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Enviro500 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:50 pm

Cambria 49,

Great to hear from you, Are you in the Harbour vicinity around 6-14th Sept ?. I will be home,
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:25 pm

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Postcard of the Leinster leaving the Harbour.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby jwdalk » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:06 pm

My great grandmother was drowned when the Leinster was torpedoed. Ironically, her husband was drowned in the 1895 Christmas Eve lifeboat disaster. A strange and a cruel world!
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby grammer » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:37 pm

JW wrote
My great grandmother was drowned when the Leinster was torpedoed. Ironically, her husband was drowned in the 1895 Christmas Eve lifeboat disaster. A strange and a cruel world!


Strange and cruel is an understatement :shock: :shock:
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:50 am

Hi Enviro,

I still live in Australia, so doubtful!

jwdalk, my own great grandfather was a survivor of the Leinster - he was a member of the crew.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Enviro500 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:15 pm

Cambria,
Still in Tasmania or Mainland ?
I thought you might have be on your Globetrot again, I hope all the family are in good fettle.

I go to Belfast on Sept 10th for the Annual Bonnets & Halfcabs bash and on to the minirailway at Dunawhey Junction. See picture from last year on my F.B.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby farmboy » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:15 pm

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Thomastown, you have a great range of interesting photos, thanks for sharing them with us. 8-)
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:06 am

Yep, still in Tasmania. I was back in D/L for a few weeks in January. :)
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Enviro500 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:25 pm

Cambria 49,
Call me when back to the U.K.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:04 pm

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I Took this photo of The Earl William in January 1990
As she left Dun Laoghaire for the last time.She was played out by a Piper.
From the TT Photo Collection.


Hope you like this one Cambria 49
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:15 am

Indeed TT! I was on the end of St Michael's Pier for the departure having made the previous two round trips in the ship as a guest of the Master and Officers. Very happy memories of some great people on board.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:28 pm

cambria49 wrote:Indeed TT! I was on the end of St Michael's Pier for the departure having made the previous two round trips in the ship as a guest of the Master and Officers. Very happy memories of some great people on board.


What a treat that must have been.I never had the opportunity to go on board.But I felt sad to see it leaving.TT
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Denis Cromie » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:58 am

Great pics and interesting topic. :D
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby skins » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:38 pm

I wonder if Cambria49 has access to the RTE Player? "Nationwide Revisited" last night was devoted to the history of the car ferries on the Irish Sea, and I'm sure he would love to see it. I must say I had completely forgotten about the blockade of the Harbour by the "Munster" back in 1987.

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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Holla » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:06 pm

Yeah skins ,i watched that progame last eve ,got a quick look at a few locals at work down around the harbour .
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:17 am

Hi all, yes I watched it yesterday - was lovely to see my old friend, Capt Idwal Pritchard, again. Now sadly no longer with us. I enjoy weekly email contact with his brother, also a Holyhead master and have sent him the link to the program.

I remember the event well, March 1982. My page on the blockade is here: http://www.sealink-holyhead.com/sealink ... ckade.html
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Denis Cromie » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:10 am

Watched on RTE/Player last night. I also forgot about the Blockade,recognised one of the Packet Porters. :D
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby cambria49 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:23 am

Martin Kinsella.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Denis Cromie » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:55 am

Thanks Cambria. I didn't know him but a face I'd seen so often in the Town.
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Strum » Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:17 pm

cambria49 wrote:I remember the event well, March 1982. My page on the blockade is here: http://www.sealink-holyhead.com/sealink ... ckade.html



I never heard about that before. Great story Justin, well told. :D
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Re: The Harbour Through The Years

Postby Thomastown » Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:28 pm

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Sad to say she is gone,had hoped they could have salvaged her.TT
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