|Ionic Ferry : Circa 1965|
As we were returning from the Isle of Man on Wednesday aboard the High Speed Catamaran "Manannan" operated by the delightfully Victorian sounding Isle Of Man Steam Package Company I was thinking what to do for this week's Sepia Saturday entry. Our visual prompt showed an old sea clipper (*) being towed into Littlehampton Harbour and therefore boats of one type or another seemed an obvious choice. Searching through a box of old colour slides, I found this one of the Ionic Ferry which I must have taken in the mid 1960s. I am not 100% sure where we were ferrying from and to fifty years ago, but looking at the history of the ship and the history of my travels as a youth, I suspect it might have been from Stranraer in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland.
Sea travel has certainly improved in the 50 or so years between my two photographs. Now fast catamarans slice through the waves of the Irish Sea and airline type service allows you to watch a movie or enjoy a complimentary coffee. Perhaps some of the charm has been bleached out of the undertaking as the barnacle-clad , iron-bolted superstructure has given way to jet-propelled, wind-tunnel sculpted panels, but, on the whole, I prefer my pictures old and my boats new.
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(*) I know that I am going to have several comments pointing out that it was not a clipper but a barque or a galleon or a three-masted schooner, but as far as I am concerned schooners are for putting drinks in and barques are for dogs - so clipper it is.