The St. Columba ferry

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The St. Columba ferry

Post by MikeMahon » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:37 am

Does anyone remember the St columba ferry ? I think it operated in the late 70s and early 80s . it was the first ferry I had ever been on when going on a PAB tours holiday to Llandudno in Wales. . I remember it had a beautiful Lounge in the stern section. And it used to do a big three point turn in the harbour before it left .



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Post by Rocker » Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:31 pm

Every time I pass this posting I think of the Columba. What a magnificent vessel. I spent so many times going back and forward to Holyhead that I knew it inside out. I was lucky enough to have privileges to travel first class and the joy of the lounge and the facilities. The food was first class. Sad now to look out at the harbour and think of the good days scry scry


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Post by bugrock » Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:30 am

Never heard of it! :oops:


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Post by Rocker » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:12 am

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This site will give you an idea of just how gorgeous the Columba was when she came into service,
http://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk ... d-present/


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Re: The St. Columba ferry

Post by jabra » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:30 pm

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The Columba was indeed a lovely ship but do you remember the Cambria and Hibernia sister ships . They were good ship in

their day and long before them we had the infamous Princess Maud it was horrendous they used to call it the rock n roll

ship, It would no sooner be outside the harbour when the passengers would be vomiting all over the place. No stabilisers and

three and a half hours from Dunlaoghaire to Hollyhead.


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Post by Rocker » Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:46 pm

I remember them all even the Maud. I was about 10 and we went on the Maud third class on the deck ...God I can still remember how ill I felt and how poor I felt when we looked through the fence at the other classes!! We also had to return on it and we knew what to expect!!


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Post by bugrock » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:27 pm

Thank, Rocker, for the video. I do remember the Princess Maud, Cambria and Hibernia though. The bands played on in the little bandstand during summer. What a great feeling that was.


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Post by keeper » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:01 pm

I remember them all and traveled many times but even now I get nightmares and flash backs of the floating cork Princess Maud grrrrrrh 😳 My Mam when getting off the bus at Cooks would start saying the Rosary down Marine Road that it would be the Cambria or the Hibernia, the elation when it was aforementioned or the complete deflation when it was the Maud, happy days though 😀



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Re: The St. Columba ferry

Post by Strum » Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:53 pm

Good link Rocker. This is a great art piece on the Columba. Saint Brendan's voyage I assume???


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Post by Rocker » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:22 am

I think I remember the story of this. It was supposed to be St Columba going to Iona.

Google says "Colmcille studied under some of Ireland's most prominent church figures and founded several monasteries in the country. Around 563 he and his twelve companions crossed to Dunaverty near Southend, Argyll, in Kintyre before settling in Iona in Scotland, then part of the Ulster kingdom of Dál Riata, where they founded a new abbey as a base for spreading Celtic Christianity among the northern Pictish kingdoms[5][6] who were pagan. He remained active in Irish politics, though he spent most of the remainder of his life in Scotland. Three surviving early medieval Latin hymns may be attributed to him."


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Re: The St. Columba ferry

Post by Sinead » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:01 pm

This vessel was hired by a Dun Laoghaire man for a day, she went out into the Irish Sea and became a Casino for the day! There was a large Texas Hold 'Em tournament - the year 1979 or 1980

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