SEACAT IN NEWHAVEN 1992

SeaCat starts a cross channel service

By Bill Purcell

Photo:SeaCat Newhjaven 1992

SeaCat Newhjaven 1992

Bill Purcell

Photo:SeaCAt 1992 Newhaven

SeaCAt 1992 Newhaven

Bill Purcell

Photo:SeaCat 1992 Newhaven

SeaCat 1992 Newhaven

Bill Purcell

Photo:SeaCAt 1992

SeaCAt 1992

Bill Purcell

Photo:SeaCat 1992

SeaCat 1992

Bill Purcell

Photo:SeaCat 1992

SeaCat 1992

Bill Purcell

Photo:SeaCat entering Newhaven Harbour 1992

SeaCat entering Newhaven Harbour 1992

Bill Purcell

Photo:SeaCat Newhaven 1992

SeaCat Newhaven 1992

Bill Purcell

Photo:SeaCat 1992

SeaCat 1992

Bill Purcell

This page was added by Bill Purcell on 16/05/2014.
Comments about this page

With respect, Bill, these aren't all the same vessel. 

The fast ferry service at Newhaven was inaugurated by Stena Line on April 13th 1996, with the Seacat Stena Lynx 1 and it's this vessel that's seen entering the harbour and swinging ready to berth at the #2 ramp. So immediately successful was she at Newhaven, that she was replaced on June 25th by the larger capacity monohull Superseacat Stena Pegasus.

The other Seacat, viewed from the ferry and seen lying at the East Quay is the Hoverspeed Great Britain, Hoverspeed's original Seacat, and (though hotly disputed by some liner 'purists') one time holder of the Hales Trophy, better known as the 'Blue Riband' of the Atlantic. The port was then owned by Sea Containers, as was Hoverspeed, and it was common for their Seacats to lay up here or call in for repairs.

Not 100% sure why she has the Argentinian company 'Ferrylineas' logo, as I can find no trace of her being chartered directly to them. Maybe a sub-charter from Emeraude Ferries.

By Andy Gilbert
On 17/05/2014

One September we were staying at Sunnyside caravan park, Seaford & noticed the Seacat from the window so went onto the beach to watch it coming in. We were so impressed got straight on the phone (brochure was in the caravan) to ask if we could book a trip. Next morning at 7.30am we went to Newhaven & queued up. For only £10 each & after going through the rather odd customs tunnel, we boarded. We went up on top to admire the view as we pulled out of the harbour but then it got rather windy so we went down inside, found some communal seats & sat looking out of the windows. On arriving in Dieppe we had to go in backwards because of the wind & the choppy sea. Mid channel it was like hitting a brick wall when hitting a wave. We were an hour late arriving too. We had a good look around Dieppe, sandwiches on the beach & went in a cafe & Tabac shop for duty frees. Then back to the boat & a lovely trip home. It was a brilliant day out, never to be forgotten...

By Brenda Hall
On 18/05/2014

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