Turbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3690 times:
Hi all, as you may know I live on the island of Gozo, Republic of Malta, and since the sea separates our island from the big Malta, we have to take a ferry to arrive there.
This has fostered an interest in ferries in me. Our shipping line, Gozo Channel Co. Ltd. (which I hate as a matter of fact) operates three ferries at the moment: MV Calypso, delivered 1970; MS Ta' Pinu (2000) and MS Gaudos (2001). It is expecting to have MS Malita (the third of the series of new-builds) to be delivered in early 2002. And I must say I just love the new ships! The thing I like most is going up to the sun deck at night, watching the lights of Malta and Gozo and the Comino tower and feeling the wind against my hair! I love that!
So, is anyone else interested in ferries, and are there any where u live? Post pictures and info, I'm interested.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6510 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3617 times:
If I can't get there on an airplane, or by road, I don't go. Ships tend to sink at the most inappropriate time when I'm on them. Well, it was really only a friends cabin cruiser a mile off Florida. Haven't been on anything that floats since. I like watching them though.
people are odd, fascinating, and oddly fascinating.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3603 times:
Of course, I better cross my fingers that the North Sea/Baltic Sea ferries have a better safety reputation nowadays.
I remember in the last two decades there were two horrible incidents of the car ferry doors coming open unexpectedly while the boats were under way and sinking two large car ferries, causing in both cases horrible loss of life.
I do, however, remember as a small child the ferries that crossed Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. I still remember the famous Star Ferry and the HYF ferries, especially the newsstands at the ferry terminal.
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3563 times:
Well there really are no ferries where I live (Chicago) but yes I am interested in them. Everytime I visit the Portland area (I used to go out with someone from Portland) I always look forward to driving up to the Seattle area and riding the ferries on Puget Sound. We usually rent a cabin in Port Townshend and ferry over from island to island. Sometimes we take th car on it sometimes we just go for the fun of it.
Also the ferries in the Bay Area are pretty cool too!
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
Just for the hell of it I've taken the ferries from Marblehead, Ohio, to Kelleys Island, Ohio, and back... I love watching them cross the three miles out to the island and back, while I sit on the pier a mile away in Lakeside, Ohio. Granted these ferries are much, much smaller than the ones you've posted above, but they're still fun to watch.
I was on the Dover-Oostend ferry in 1988, a conventional ferry not a hydrofoil or hovercraft. I don't remember much of the ride, probably because I was nervous. (see below.)
As for smaller boats I'm not much a fan... too much motion sickness for me, and I've got a fear of drowning in any water which is too murky or deep for me to see the bottom. I'm almost 30 years old and I still sit strapped in a life jacket whenever I go out. (Yes, I can swim.)
Turbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3366 times:
I can't see your pics... can you please upload them somewhere and post them later? I'm kinda thinking what ferry it can possibly be... If it operated with Gozo Channel, then it might be what we now know as the Calypso. As far as I can gather, it joined Gozo Channel about 1995, followed by the two twin ships Cittadella and Mgarr (Texelstroom and Marsdiep previously). I don't know anything about the background of the Calypso apart from the fact that it was built in 1970. It's still operating today, the only surviving ferry of the 'old guard' along with the stalwarts. It operates most of the late evening/early morning services (the stalwarts consume three times as much fuel).
So if you can post a pic, I'd be interested to see if it's the one.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13657 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3348 times:
I didn't know we had our own Navy!
Washington State Ferries has info on all their vessles as well as GPS to tell where they are. I love riding on the Chinook and Snohomish speed ferries. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/index.cfm