March issue of Ships Monthly out now


The March 2024 issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and is packed with all the usual news and outstanding articles and features.


Waterfront – Megaship Icon of the Seas christened in Miami, cruising on cargo ships is still possible, and first methanol-fuelled large boxboat.

Ferry – Stena Line signs long-term deal with Peel Ports, Pride of Canterbury goes for scrap, and Epsilon leaves Irish Sea for Baltic.

Cruise – Hurtigruten Expeditions’ ship Maud caught in a storm, Celestyal Olympia has been sold, and numerous cruise ships depart on world cruises.

Naval – Turkey’s Naval Forces’ new vessel, new Chinese frigate shows itself, and HMS Diamond fires missiles in anger.

Cargo – Cargo ship contracted for St Helena services, heavy-load carriers form an alliance, and China develops rotor sails for new ships.

Preservation – Type 21 frigate Ambuscade to be saved, historic steamship Robin towed home, and is it the end for historic North Carr lightship?

News feature – HMS Wellington, the only surviving Royal Navy Grimsby class vessel, celebrates her 90th anniversary as she remains on the Thames.


Cruise ship Vista – Alan Moorhouse profiles Vista, the latest member of the Oceania Cruises fleet, the company’s new Allura class flagship.

Ferry disasters – Over the last 70 years a number of large ferries have sunk, including Estonia, with tragic consequences and often great loss of life.

Queen Mary 2 at 20 – Designer of Cunard Line flagship Queen Mary 2, Stephen Payne, highlights the career of the ship during her first 20 years of operation.

Scottish cruising – Some past cruise visitors to Scottish waters before the pandemic, with an upturn in the fortunes of the sector under way.

Large ‘Barges’ – The careers of the four ‘large barges’ operated by London & Rochester Trading Company, built in the late 1960s, which enjoyed long careers with different owners.

Transatlantic – A look at the fleet of Transatlantic Carriers in the 1960s, with a recollection of a voyage to Canada.

Shipspotting – Photo feature showing crude oil tankers and product tankers around the world.

USS Wisconsin – The illustrious career of the battleship USS Wisconsin, built in the 1940s and recipient of six battle stars, now preserved at Nauticus.

Ships Monthly contents March 2024
Ships Monthly contents March 2024

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