Holyhead to Ireland: Stena and its Welsh Heritage

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Holyhead to Ireland: Stena and its Welsh Heritage

Post by cambria49 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:15 am

My new book, written with Ian Collard, will be published 30th November. Holyhead to Ireland - Stena and its Welsh Heritage, charts the history on which today’s successful port and trade is built – the era of railway ownership, for it is without doubt that Holyhead and the Stena Line routes to Ireland of today owe their existence to the railway companies of yesteryear. http://www.amberleybooks.com/



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Post by Strum » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:00 pm

Well done Justin. i've just been reading about something similar in another old Book. All the best with it. :D



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Post by cambria49 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:29 am

I hope Strum won't mind the blatant plug! Holyhead to Ireland: Stena and its Welsh Heritage https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holyhead-Irela ... 235&sr=8-7will be available next week.

The Port of Holyhead has a long history and is now operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd. The company took over ownership of the port from Sea Containers in 1990, which only six years previously assumed control of the harbour as part of the Sealink privatisation. Ranked as the United Kingdom's third-busiest ferry port, after Dover and Portsmouth, Holyhead handled a remarkable 1.9 million passengers in 2009. The operation is an impressive one, with world class tonnage operating for both Stena Line and Irish Ferries on sailings to Dublin Bay. In addition, cruise ship traffic continues to develop and grow and, with the recent availability of the Anglesey Aluminium jetty to the largest cruise ships, the future looks bright for this new trade.

In Holyhead to Ireland, the authors aim to place on record the heritage on which today's successful port and trade is built - the era of railway ownership, for it is without doubt that Holyhead and the Stena Line routes to Ireland of today owe their existence to the railway companies of yesteryear. And why should the railways find themselves operating ships? Simply, they saw the benefits of extending their operations beyond the buffers! Co-ordinating rail and sea traffic for passengers, mail and cargo, they built first-rate ships and developed state-ofthe- art port facilities, pushing aside the irregular and unreliable services that had been run in a rather less than perfect fashion.

Justin Merrigan and Ian Collard tell the story of the port in words and pictures, from the establishment of a harbour to the present day, from sailing packets that took a day or more to make the short crossing to the super-fast catamarans and the Irish Sea's largest ferries of today that can make the journey in less than two hours.



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Post by Enviro500 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:27 pm

Justin,
Have you an ISBN no. publisher etc..Perhaps I can order at W.H. Smiths or Waterstones over here
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Post by Strum » Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:13 pm

cambria49 wrote:I hope Strum won't mind the blatant plug!

Not at all Justin. Sounds like a great read. All the best with it. :D



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Post by cambria49 » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:35 am

Hi Enviro,

Full details of the book can be found on the publisher's website here: http://www.amberleybooks.com/shop/artic ... 89589/Holy
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Post by Strum » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:36 am

Brilliant Cover. Nice one Justin. :D

Now just out of curiousity, and I always thought this, is there an estimated amount of people who travelled through the Harbour on the Mailboats, Ferries etc since it was built?
Don't tell me that's in the Book haha? :D



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Post by cambria49 » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:50 am

That's a really good question and I'm afraid it isn't in the book. The historical figures I do have are below.

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1938 - 555,000
1948 - 688,000
1950 - 681,000
1953 - 691,000
1956 - 852,000
1959 - 870,000
1960 - 894,000
1961 - 849,000

In the days of intensive HSS operation before the loss of Duty Free saw in the region of 1.3mn passengers per year.



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Post by Strum » Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:38 pm

Wow, they're some statistics. Thanks for that. :D



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CAMBRIA 49,
Sadly those figures could rise in 2011 many on one way tickets...
...lets hope not eh

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Post by cambria49 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:31 am

Just arrived in London with my family and looking forward to seeing in the New Year with friends in Holyhead before sailing through Dublin Bay once again!



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Post by Snowhite » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:10 pm

Welcome back to this side of the World Cambria, have a Happy New Year.


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Post by Strum » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:54 pm

Snowhite wrote:Welcome back to this side of the World Cambria, have a Happy New Year.

I second that justin. All the best. :D



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Post by Enviro500 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:40 pm

Cambria & Family,

Have a great trip home to Dublin and a good New year

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Post by cambria49 » Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:16 am

Thanks guys!! Just about to leave Woking for Holyhead via the A5! :)



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Post by Enviro500 » Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:36 am

Cambria, you almost passed my House Jcn 9 on the M 40 for Aylesbury-Bicester..
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Hard to know where best to post this. I was looking for "If Some Village is Missing Its Idiot . . ." but had to settle for here.

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