Former Seacat ferries operating to NI (operated by IOMSPCo and Sea Containers Ferries Scotland)

Seacat

Seacat Scotland seemed revolutionary when she entered service on 1st June 1992 boasting a crossing time of just 90 minutes from Belfast to Stranraer. However, the established Larne based operators, Stena Sealink and P&O, where not long in responding with their own fast craft.  This culminated in Stena Line moving to Belfast as well for the introduction of their far larger HSS craft. Seacat lasted a mere 12 years before withdrawing all services - the last crossing being on Monday 1st November 2004 from Troon to Belfast. Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Seacat Scotland seemed revolutionary when she entered service on 1st June 1992 boasting a crossing time of just 90 minutes from Belfast to Stranraer. However, the established Larne based operators, Stena Sealink and P&O, were not long in responding with their own fast craft.  This culminated in Stena Line moving to Belfast as well for the introduction of their far larger HSS craft. Seacat lasted a mere 12 years before withdrawing all services – the last crossing being on Monday 1st November 2004 from Troon to Belfast. Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Seacat Scotland in her later livery. Copyright © Gary Andrews
Seacat Scotland in her later livery. Copyright © Gary Andrews

 

Hoverspeed Great Britain. Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Hoverspeed Great Britain. Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Hoverspeed Great Britain pictured crossing the Dover Strait.
Hoverspeed Great Britain pictured crossing the Dover Strait in an almost identical livery to that she wore when serving NI. © Fotoflite.

 

Seacat Scotland, Donegall Quay, Belfast, March 22, 1994. Copyright © Alan Geddes.
Seacat Scotland, Donegall Quay, Belfast, March 22, 1994. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

 

Seacat Scotland in her later livery is pictured inbound, Belfast Lough, September, 15, 1994. Photo taken from tug Coleraine. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

 

Seacat Rapide. This was the craft which closed the Seacat Belfast to Scotland operation in 2004. Copyright Scott Mackey
Seacat Rapide. This was the craft which closed the Seacat Belfast to Scotland operation in 2004. Copyright © Scott Mackey
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