I had many seasons in my life … I had quite a few romances … have been to nearly 300 places – they are all gone, but not forgotten. I have lost family and friends that are always with me … and keeps my heart warm.
I had money that is gone, but totally forgotten.
But for this tropic is there really only one thing for me; Stena Voyager; my joy and my headache for many years on the Irish sea between Belfast and Stranraer, Scotland.
Have used “him” in two challenges before and I think “he” will pop up again.
Also I was there through the planning and the start up of this majestic craft.
Once built to the price of £65 million. Today gone … 100% recycled in Landskrona, Sweden by the mother company, Stena AB many companies -Stena Recycling.
Built in 1996 by Finn Yards, Rauma, Finland.
Class & type: HSS 1500
Tonnage: 19,638 GT
Length: 126.6 m (415 ft 4 in)
Beam: 40.0 m (131 ft 3 in)
Draught: 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
Installed power: 2 × General Electric LM2500
2 × General Electric LM1600
Propulsion: Combined gas and gas (COGAG)
Four Kamewa Type S waterjets
Capacity: 1,500 passengers
800 lane metres
What killed this amazing product was the price of the crude oil. When put in traffic the price was about $25 per barrel – when taken out of service in 2011 the price was around $130. For a fuel-hungry vessel that was simply untenable.
Talked to crew members the last week when travelling with the new vessels on the route and we all agreed that there will never be anything like this at sea ever again and we all are so thankful for the chance to have been a part of it.
“Gone, but never forgotten”
(crew member, Stena Voyager)
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