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  • January’s mystery ship

    January’s mystery ship

    20th November 2014

    John Burling supplied this month’s mystery ship, sending in two photos to test readers’ knowledge. He saw the ship moored in the river Tamar at Plymouth in the mid-1980s, and the dredger in mid-river was photographed in Portsmouth harbour in…

  • Captain Paul Sellers

    Captain Paul Sellers

    20th November 2014

    Captain Paul Sellers, master of Irish Ferries’ chartered ro-pax Epsilon, talks to Jehan Ashmore about his career and the role of the Italian-flagged ferry Epsilon, which operates two routes: Dublin to Holyhead and, at weekends, a roundtrip between the Irish…

  • Captain Rune Andreassen

    Captain Rune Andreassen

    16th October 2014

    Captain Rune Andreassen, master of the purpose built, ice-strengthened specialist adventure cruise ship Fram owned by Hurtigruten, talks to Steve Newman about his career, ship and the challenges of ice navigation. Why did you go to sea?I guess the sea…

  • October’s Mystery Ship Answer

    October’s Mystery Ship Answer

    15th October 2014

    The October Mystery Ship is the 4,119grt ‘turret’ steamer Pearlmoor, which was designed and completed in 1905 by W. Doxford & Sons at their Pallion Yard on the Wear, to the order of Walter Runciman & Co’s Moor Line of…

  • December’s mystery ship

    December’s mystery ship

    15th October 2014

    This month’s mystery ship was supplied by Jim Shaw, who commented: ‘All I know is that the photo was taken in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and is rumoured to be that of a former Dutch passenger/cargo vessel. Unfortunately, there is not much…

  • November’s mystery ship

    November’s mystery ship

    18th September 2014

    This month’s mystery ship was supplied by Mr M. Stevenson, of Tockington, Bristol, who wrote: ‘My grandfather, a ship’s captain in the early 1900s, may have been involved with this ship, possibly around Japan. Unfortunately I don’t have much information…

  • September’s Mystery Ship Answer

    September’s Mystery Ship Answer

    18th September 2014

    Close scrutiny of the photograph reveals the vessel to be Lempa, the second of two identical fruit ships completed in late 1952 by the German shipbuilders Bremer Vulkan atVegesak for the Honduran subsidiary of the US-controlled United Fruit Company, Empresa…

  • Captain Ian Hutley

    Captain Ian Hutley

    17th September 2014

    Captain Ian Hutley has had a long career at sea, starting with P&O cargo ships, and later P&O cruise ships. But he is now a senior master with Red Funnel on waters much closer to home, as he explained to…

  • August’s Mystery Ship Answer

    August’s Mystery Ship Answer

    20th August 2014

    The August Mystery Ship was the liner Hikawa Maru, which is preserved in her company colours of the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line (Japan Mail Steamship Co)at Yokohama. The 11,622grt vessel was built in 1930 as a passengercargo liner for…

  • October’s mystery ship

    October’s mystery ship

    20th August 2014

    This month’s mystery ship shows some kind of small cargo vessel berthed in port. The name on the ship is unreadable, unfortunately, making identification more difficult. So can any reader supply more information about this ship, or indeed the vessel…