Ships Monthly July issue out now


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


Waterfront – HMS Cattistock awarded the Freedom of Poole, Incat propose electric ferry, the oldest active icebreaker still in service, royal celebration for Hebridean Princess, lifeboat flotilla in Poole, and remembering two ship lovers.

Ferry – Spirit of Britain chartered to Irish Ferries and renamed, new E-Flexer for Canada’s Marine Atlantic, and Stena’s freight vessels getting a capacity boost with an extra deck. Russell Plummer

Cruise – Expedition ship Hanseatic Inspiration refurbished, refitted in Belfast, and is Ocean Adventurer going for scrap?

Naval – China’s third aircraft carrier, Norway outlines new long-term defence plan, and the Duke frigates soldier on with the Royal Navy.

Cargo – More bulk carriers for Belships, US to impose import tariffs, new tankers for Seaspan, and Messina Line expands fleet.

Preservation – National Historic flagships announced for 2024, James Craig celebrates 150 years, and the steam tug Kent gets grant.


Profile of Condor Islander, the latest ferry linking the Channel Islands, which arrived last year after more than a decade of service across the Cook Strait and now operates out of Portsmouth.


Marine Technology – New technologies being introduced in the maritime sector are expected to radically change it over the next decades.

Preserved Paddlers –  Two well-known English paddle steamers celebrate their centenaries in 2024, Kingswear Castle and Medway Queen.

Weymouth Pair – Recalling a few memorable weeks in the summer of 1964, when the unlikely spectacle of two rival paddler steamers could be seen working out of Weymouth.

Super Dreadnought – The history of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of a class of battleships which became known as ‘Super Dreadnoughts’.

Maritime Mosaic – The stunning scenery of Svalbard is enhanced by a wide variety of ships.

Blue Funnel –  An exploration of the interchange of cargo liners between the fleets of Blue Funnel and Glen and Shire Lines.

Ambassador – Profile of the newly founded Ambassador Cruise Line, which operates two ships.

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