From our reporter on the spot Anni Ruecroft (Wightlink Steward)
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Monday, 12 January 2015
|The WightLink Ferry ST HELEN seen here about a week ago in Portsmouth|
photograph is copyright by Anni Ruecroft and shown here by permission
We now have a whole lot more information on the two St Class ships built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd and these two fine ships where the last of a very long line of ships built at Leith in Scotland.
Thanks to Anni Ruecroft (Senior Steward) who began her working life with WightLink and started out working on the ST HELEN is a mind full of information on the two ships and we will be featuring her story of working on the ships along with many great never see before photographs so please keep checking back on the website for further information and videos of the last ships built at Leith.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
The ferry ST HELEN Ship No 535 turning on her own length as she had Fore and Aft props
seen in this photograph by Tim Webb and shown on shipsnostalgia website first)
The final ship built and launched at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in September 1983 and handed over 6 months later just before the shipyard was to close its gates for the last time, is about to reach the end of her career working in the South of England as we here that she is to be retired in a couple of weeks time bringing an end to a working life as a ferry used by many on her trips across the Solent.
At the time of writing we don’t know what her eventual fate will be, will she be scrapped or can a buyer be found for her just as her sister ship the ST CATHERINE has found a new lease of life working in the sunshine as a ferry out of Corsica/Sardinia.
Should further news about the ST HELEN be known we hope to bring you the news here first on the Blog and you can of course find out more about the last ship built in
Leith on the website?
Thursday, 1 January 2015
To all our readers we wish the best for 2015 and thank you all for your support and interest, look out for much more news in the year to come with lots of interesting articles on this Blog and on the website at www.leithshipyards.com