Monday, November 21, 2011

MS "EAGLE" of 1971

EAGLE was built in 1971 by DUBIGEON-NORMANDIE shipyards and delivered to P & O Southern Ferries on the 18th of May, she departed on her maiden voyage two days later to Lisbon, she was 11.600 GRT with capacity for 750 passengers and 200 cars, she was Diesel propelled with a total of 20.400 bhp, the vessel had a top speed of 23.3 knots, but would normally cruise at 20/21 knots. She was by todays standards a very small ship, but ships were measured in a different way those days, I have sailed a couple of times on the ship and she was far from being small, she offered huge amounts of open decks with a beautiful wrap-around promenade, also on sun deck, there was a beautiful appointed Panoramic Bar with amazing sea views. She was the first ship I cruised so she will always have a special place in my heart snd she was beautiful. Brochures and postcards of my private collection

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