Primrose (updated)

Posted: 28 September, 2009 by SeaBart in ugly
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IMO : 7357567

Build : 1975 by NV Cockerill Yards Hoboken, Hoboken in Belgium, nr 878 as Princesse Marie-Christine

I know it’s getting boring but I just can’t help it. I know it’s a ferry again. I know it’s againan English Channel ferry to be exact. But there is just no escaping of the fact that for some reason the English Channel Ferries are all designed with ugliness as starting point. And then modified to look even worse. And lately I have been wondering if there is a connection between the looks of the ferries and the declining amount of traffic over sea between England and the main land of Europe over the last decades. Anyway: Primrose, ferry, England, Belgium: ugly. Modified: even more uglier.

And here she is in here unmodified early state of ugliness:

Picture from collection Marko Hänninen via

Picture from collection Marko Hänninen via

To be honest: she didn’t look too bad when she was brand-spanking new…is this a case of a “princess” turned into a frog??

Update (28-09-2009)

Apparently she is sold, or chartered out or whatever, but somebody decided to paint over the lettering on her sides making her now look like the floating White Cliffs of Dover, or a giant ice-cube in the North Sea, or ….or….. or…… well, you fill it in yourself, let your imagination run wild.

And this is her opening her big gob….scary sight!


  1. Klimakillergegner Gegner says:

    recommen to travel to Egypt to see some Egyptian ferries…..

  2. seabart says:

    Did that, been there, Got the t-shirt and already have thrown it away.

    And please note that almost all retired English Channel ferries go to Africa to be used there. There are a few of them here on the site.

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