VIDEO: Brutal way to scrap a ship as team beaches 26,000 ton Pride of Calais on purpose

VIDEO: Brutal way to scrap a ship as team beaches 26,000 ton Pride of Calais on purpose

VIDEO: Brutal way to scrap a ship as team beaches 26,000 ton Pride of Calais on purpose

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Falmouth has seen plenty of ships arrive for repair over the years, but thankfully none have arrived the way this former channel ferry did at a Turkish scrap yard

For more than 20 years, the MS Pride of Calais plied her way across the English channel disgorging thousands of motorists and holidaymakers in France.

These days things aren't looking quite so rosy.

Forlorn and unwanted, the 26,000 tonne ship lies beached in a Turkish breakers yard awaiting her destruction.

The Pride of Calais served on the cross-Channel route from 1987 to 2012. Last year she sailed between Ramsgate and Ostend before being send to the scrap yard in October.

Dismantling such a large ship is a specialist job that takes hundreds of men several months, and the specialists at the breakers yard in Aliaga, Turkey, have a spectacularly brutal method.

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7:37pm Mon 27 Jan 14

DCI Jen says...

That's sad, I used to travel on the Pride of Calais often.
That's sad, I used to travel on the Pride of Calais often. DCI Jen
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8:23am Wed 29 Jan 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Yes it does seem a shame, end of an era, it was a bit tatty on board though, the 'Sea France' ferries in my view were fitted out inside with better quality furnishings etc, although the food was more expensive with less choice than on P&O Stenna Line. I wish I still had all my photos. I suppose everything has to be updated now with ferries, particularly mechanically wise. I had never really thought before as to how or where they destroy unwanted ferries, I find the article interesting.
Yes it does seem a shame, end of an era, it was a bit tatty on board though, the 'Sea France' ferries in my view were fitted out inside with better quality furnishings etc, although the food was more expensive with less choice than on P&O Stenna Line. I wish I still had all my photos. I suppose everything has to be updated now with ferries, particularly mechanically wise. I had never really thought before as to how or where they destroy unwanted ferries, I find the article interesting. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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