Published: November 2020
Author: Geoffrey Watson
Geoffrey Watson photographed and travelled on many different ferries over the past forty years. Especially during the 1980’s when Russell Plummer organised an annual trip to the Baltic which became known as the Ships’ Monthly Ferry Cruise. With Russell’s knowledge and contacts, he was able to photograph ferries from the best vantage points and travel in style on the latest ferries, quite often with visits to the bridge and group dinners included.
Geoffrey's own business trips and leisure travel gave him the opportunity to see and travel on ferries in many parts of Europe, San Francisco, and Alaska. Some of these ferries were immediately recognisable as being ex British or, had been regular callers at UK ports under different names and guises. A few caught him out as the conversion work was so extensive it made them look totally different.
Starting with ferries seen around the UK & Ireland and cross channel traffic to Calais, Dunkerque, Cherbourg, Ostend & Zeebrugge. The author then moves on to ferries operating out of Holland, Germany & the River Danube before covering most of the Baltic ports and his first visits to Klaipeda in Lithuania, Reykjavik in Iceland & Thorshavn in the Faroe Islands. Heading in the opposite direction with ferries in Marseille, Cadiz, Palma, Gibraltar, Dubrovnik, Split, Valletta, Piraeus, Corfu, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Lipari, Ajjacio (Corsica), Venice, Bari, Naples, Capri, Messina, Tenerife and Las Palmas. Concluding this book with photographs taken in San Francisco and then up to the Alaskan ports of Ketchican and Juneau.
Some technical information together with general bullet points are included for each photograph, but the intention was for this to be mostly about the photographs, and locations.
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