Scillonian III


Scillonian III

"Scillonian III" is a passenger ship based at Penzance in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, run by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. She operates the principal ferry service to the Isles of Scilly, assisted by the cargo vessel "Gry Maritha".

The "Scillonian III" was purpose built for the Steamship Company by Appledore Shipbuilders Ltd of Appledore in Devon, and entered service in May 1977. She is the third passenger ship to carry the "Scillonian" name and is currently in service for passengers and cargo 8 months of the year, carrying up to 600 passengers for day trips or longer holidays to the Islands. Due to the number of tidal currents which meet off Lands End, and the need for a shallow draught to allow access to the Islands, the sea journey to Scilly can be rough. For this reason "Scillonian III" is fitted with a "Flume" stabilizer system.

The "Scillonian III" has a length of 68 m, a beam of 11.85 m, a draft of 2.89 m, a gross tonnage of 1255.25, and a service speed of 15.15 knots.

In early 2007, press reports indicated that Cornwall County Council was expected to approved plans for the construction of a new ro-ro ferry at a cost of £17.5 million. This vessel would be leased to the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and would replace both "Scillonian III" and "Gry Maritha".cite news | first = Russell | last = Plummer | title = Ferry news | work = Ships Monthly | publisher = IPC Country & Leisure Media | pages = 6 | month = February | year = 2007]

ee also

*Scillonian

References

External links

* [http://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk Isles of Scilly Travel]
* [http://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/sea.htm Scillonian III]


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