Last Saturday I was on a mission …. to find my beautiful big boy – before he will all be in small pieces. Of course the harbor office was closed – and all gates where closed, it was Saturday. But I walked along the road and there he was … in the dry dock, Stena Voyager had come to his finale destination.
I know that vessels and boats are refereed to as female – but not this one for me …. this is for me very much a HE! Also because I always joked about it – if he had been a woman, he would had sailed even less. (Sorry, Girls only a joke). In over 4 meters high wave were he not aloud to sail, because of the rescue system, nobody really knew how safe it was in too high waves – so we had to tie up and lay still if the waves was too high. But 4 meter high waves are pretty high. A bit temperamental at times for being a male.
Normally when he gone into dry dock for 2-3 weeks he has come out like a shinning white swan, so majestic – this time he will not be waiting on the dry dock to be filled with water so he will be able to float. He will be leaving in piece by piece.
When I stood there by the gate and looked him – tears came in my eyes, not because of that he has come to his finale rest – no because the surroundings he is laid to rest in. Just metal scrape everywhere, it was so rough – he didn’t look very healthy, but I could hear his breathing. The A/C was on and still very loud, so still life in him and still looking big and strong.
The most exciting working place I ever had – and all the problems … and all the joy when everything worked as it should onboard. One of the 3 Condors of the ocean; powerful, fast, big, spacious and so smooth.
I wasn’t able to take a photo of Stena Line’s red and white logo on the two “funnels” – a building in the way.
But here are the last photos of the most fantastic exciting time of my working life … and the memories will always be with me. I’m happy over that I had the opportunity to be a part of his fantastic years out on the Irish Sea, nearly 11 years in totally with the start up. What fantastic journey we had together.
It seems like we both has come home for the finale rest to this little beautiful town in South of Sweden, Landskrona. Meant to be ????!!!! Because we had this hate and love relationship, you and I. You are the most powerful man in my life ever *laughing. And also the most extravagance one and with the highest maintenance.
Like most vessels I worked on – they have come back and hunted me under a new name, somewhere else in the world. At least you was aloud to keep your name into the end. Who knows what would be built out of your pieces, – you’re slightly too big to become razor blades. Once you cost Stena AB £65 /$99.16/€76.46/SEK561.00 millions to build.
You will always be here with me, in that special corner of my heart and now I’m leaving you behind. Rest in peace.
P.S. I just got a phone call from the local newspaper and on Thursday coming (23/5) will I visit Voyager together with a journalist by name, Pär … he’re going to do an article about HIM and his story. I suppose I will be telling the story. So the story goes on a bit longer – glad that even in his last moments he will be notice. Nice one – it feels good!
“I can’t change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Powerful male, powerful life …. powerful music cloud; Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli singing “Time To Say Goodbye”.
Photos of Stena Voyager at sea provided by and thanks to:
pstew.co.uk/pixstel.com – Featured photo: landgangen.se