A near two year lay-up on the Thames for former P&O Ferries vessel Pride of Dover (1987/26,433gt) ended on 29 November 2012 with departure under tow by German tug Eide Fighter and a final destination believed to be Tuzla, Turkey. However, the weather took a hand and a week later tug and tow had made it no further than Lyme Bay where they were sheltering from severe conditions. Even now there has been no clear indication of the vessel’s eventual fate, as Tuzla is better known for ship repair and conversion than for demolition. P&O confirmed a sale to ‘German interests’ and said the 2,290-passenger/650-car ferry (pictured) would be leaving for ‘repairs’. RP

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