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Photographer:Phil English [View profile]Title:Highland SeabirdAdded:Jul 20, 2005
Photo Category: Ferries
Off Tilbury Landing Stage, 17/7/82. I seem to recall that this vessel, unusual on the Thames, was operating as the Tilbury-Gravesend passenger ferry for a brief period.

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John Jones on Jul 23, 2005 22:31 (13 years ago)
I remember this one Phil.
Can't imagine sailing from Oban to Ireland in her though :-o
John J.
Phil English on Jul 21, 2005 11:34 (13 years ago)
Thanks for that snippet of info Will. She is certainly quite an interesting vessel.
Will Murray on Jul 21, 2005 09:57 (13 years ago)
Here is an excerpt taken from

Highland Seabird In 1976, Western Ferries took delivery of a high-speed catamaran, the first of her type to be seen in the UK. Her first season was spent on the Clyde, before moving to a new base at Oban in 1977. From there she ran services to Fort William, Mull, Iona, and Ireland. She spent her winters either on charter work or laid up. During March 1980 she spent a few days on charter to Sealink, operating to the Isle of Wight. A further charter in 1982 saw her spent some time based on the Mersey. Further charters around the UK followed, before she was sold out of the fleet in March 1985. She operated in the Channel Islands as Trident 2, later being transferred to other French owners.

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