Former ferries of NI Part 1: From Sealink to Stena Line

Stena Galloway departs Belfast with Stena Caledonia in the background. Taken on June 16th 1999. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

A photographic look back at some of the ferries which have operated to or within Northern Ireland, including those which operated both for present operators and those which no longer exist. This first part looks at Sealink, Sealink Stena, Stena Sealink, and Stena Line.

Photo Feature: European Seaway, first days at Larne.

EUROPEAN SEAWAY leaves Larne on her first ever commercial service from the port, with the 20:00 departure to Cairnryan on 5/5/17. Copyright © Trevor Kidd

On the 3rd of May 2017 P&O Ferries EUROPEAN SEAWAY arrived in Northern Ireland (and Scotland) for the first time in her 26 year career.  The cross-channel freight ferry is providing refit relief this year on the Larne – Cairnryan route.  The following gallery is of various pictures of her first few days when she conducted numerous berthing trials at both posted.  EUROPEAN SEAWAY entered service with the 20:00 sailing from Larne on 5/5/17, becoming the largest ferry to ever operate from the County Antrim port in the process.  This feature would not have been possible without the contributions of Trevor Kidd, Gary Andrews, and Scott Mackey. SaveSave