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Anyone Interested In Ferries?  
User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3007 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.
Cheers
-turbolet

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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2959 times:

Boeing JetFoil ferries  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up



User currently offlineCoyoteguy From Mexico, joined Oct 2001, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

Love them.... and cruise ships  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6305 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2934 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.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineAS737900 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

Yes... when I lived in southeast Alaska it was either take the ferry or fly... so I got a lot of both in. I actually miss the taking the ferry... it was so relaxing.

Here is a link to the Alaska Marine Highway vessel info page Here

Here's a pic of the newest addition to the fleet...


And one of the ferry that goes to smaller villages... like Metlakatla where I lived for 12 years.



User currently offlineDavid B. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

I rather be on a boat then a plane. On a plane there is nothing to do Sleepy

By The Way: How can a terrorist crash a boat into a skyscraper Nuts



Teenage-know-it-alls should be shot on sight
User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8018 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2920 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.  Sad

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.


User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

Well... I think (and hope) there's no way the new ferries can open while traveling...
They have a large visor and a three-wing folding pneumatic ramp.



-turbolet


User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

Waaaaaaay back in the day, my grandpa used to drive the Staten Island ferry

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2880 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!
User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

"Where's the 42nd Street Ferry?"
"Here I am!"  Innocent


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2847 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.)

redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2830 times:

Oh and by the way, can someone explain what the cross sign under the name is for? I've been asking everyone I could think of but noone can explain.

-turbolet


User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

Here I'm posting the pic of the Ta' Pinu with the visor open again (it didn't show up last time):

This is the harbour at Cirkewwa, Malta, before upgrading works started (now they're building a terminal and more protection from the elements):

This is what it looks like now (the two banana ships, one of which is visible in the bgnd, were disposed of recently and the only surviving ones are now Ta' Pinu, Gaudos and the old Calypso):

And this is the Gaudos leaving Mgarr Harbour, Gozo:

I could keep posting about the new ferries all the time!
-turbolet


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2824 times:

Since I live on the biggest Island in the Baltic Sea it means a lot of ferry crossing (since I usually travel by
car). >www.destinationgotland.se< is the link to the
company that do the transport...


User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

And I found a few pics of the new ferries under construction, too!! It's the Malita, the last one of the order, which should be delivered early next year.  Love  Love




-turbolet


User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

Turbolet

The cross sign indicates that the ship has a bow thrust unit below the waterline.

If you'd like to join the Ferries of Southern Europe discussion group, I will post the link for you

Cheers

Scotty


User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

Thanks Scotty!
If you can post the link, I'd appreciate it.
-turbolet


User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

Turbolet

Try this - you'll have to create a Yahoo Login ID first

Happy chatting

Scotty

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FerriesofSouthernEurope/?yguid=31964804


User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

btw Turbolet.

do you know this ferry?




She used to be well known to us here in Scotland as the KEPPEL and left for Malta in 1995.

Scotty



User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Sorry. This one



User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

Thanks Scotty!
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.
Cheers,
-turbolet


User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2667 times:

Actually Scotty, if you want, you can check it out yourself: go to http://www.gozochannel.com/companyop_ferryfleet.htm, click on Our Fleet, Photo Gallery. Then when the window opens click on Current and choose the Calypso.
-turbolet


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11720 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

I didn't know we had our own Navy! Big grin
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



Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

Turbolet

For some reason the link to the pic keeps breaking.

Anyway, its not the Calypso. Its a small passenger ferry with a blue hull and a single funnel/mast arrangement midships and is owned by Hornblower, which is plastered on the side in big red letters!

Did you sign it to Ferries of Southern Europe?

Cheers

Scotty


25 Turbolet : Yes, I signed in! Hornblower!!! That name sounds very familiar to me! There's a small ferry which matches your description which has Hornblower II wri
26 Scotty : Turbolet Its Hornblower not Hornblower II as far as I know Scotty
27 Turbolet : OK Scotty, I'll see if I can trace it down; if I can I'll drop you a line. Cheers -turbolet
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